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18 Bay
18 Bay

18 Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.18bayrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (631) 749-0053
  • Hours of Operation: Current Hours
    Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday and Monday 5:30pm- Close, Sunday: 4:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Duvall Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 18 Bay
A weekly four-course chef's menu straight from the local markets including handmade pastas and handcrafted cocktails all set in a beautifully restored Farmhouse.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing meal, great service, a bit noisy...but that is because some guests don't use inside voices! It's a prix fix with a twist. You get an amazing antipasti plate with 4 tapas like selections, that is followed by a pasta course, then you get to choose between one of two entrees, with a dessert to wrap up the evening. All are perfectly prepared and plated...so delicious. Go."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "First rate prix fixe menu and wine list. The four part appetizer was superb. Service was excellent and very friendly despite a very busy restaurant. Our server was mature and experienced and knew her wines as well."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The bar and bartender were excellent. Dined outside, and table was special....liking to be in the corner for more privacy. Food was good, but too many courses. By the time we got to the main course, we were full and if your not hungry, food does not appeal to your taste buds. We had lamb, rabbit and pork, all at one seating...too many different taste buds going on. The wine and drinks were expensive and our designated driver, who was drinking, club soda, was ignored when he asked for refills. Dessert was not appreciated, as we really could not eat another bite. I will look closer next time, at to what the restaurant is offering for the night. Somehow, we missed seeing the second pasta dish on the posted list. Continued below."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It had been a year since our first visit to 18 Bay and our wait, though far too long, was worth every moment. Everything about this exquisite restaurant speaks to an attention to detail, whether it is the food, the service or the surroundings that is rarely matched anywhere. The four appetizers were simply terrific...particularly the seared sea scallop in a corn ragout and the grilled lamb spare rib. The yellow watermelon and radish salad was also sensational. The rabbit ragu over pappardelle was also incredible as was the seafood stew. If you want a unique dining experience in very romantic and elegant surroundings, this is an experience you should not miss if you venture to Shelter Island. Thank you..."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We tried 18 Bay while vacationing on Shelter Island. It was exceptional. We recommend it highly. Our server made the dinner special as well."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We went as a couple, leaving the teenagers with their Netflix, hoping for a wonderful, grown-up romantic evening dinner and we were not disappointed. Lovely, elegant restaurant with a pleasantly quiet ambience. Worth dressing up for. Friendly professional service, excellent cocktails (18 Bay Cosmopolitan (highly recommended) and Mojito, food to die for, and a very nice bottle of Fallanghina to remind us of our holiday in Pompeii in 2011. Caroline had the best panacotta 'in my life'; I just loved the whole menu. Bay 18 alone is worth moving to Shelter Island for."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Uninspired for the price. Service was below average. The food runners would place your food and not tell you what it was Experienced diners will find it underwhelming. I have enjoyed eating here in the past but the recent menu was mediocre for the 65 prix fix. I appreciate the use of local ingredients and the commitment to organic/sustainable is impressive but the items on the menu were poorly executed. Pasta with conch and lobster broth was plain and lacking broth, tuna crudo was a bland bite of tuna. The house made merguez was delicious but a small piece. The tiny Panna cotta dessert was completely forgettable. Overall it was a nice experience but I expected more for the price point, especially considering it's a set menu."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Homey porch dinner. Great drinks. Lovely dinner. Would love to go again since menu is different every week."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Don't let the ferry deter you away from making it to Shelter Island. This is easily the best food and value on the North Fork. Also, love that all the wines are by the glass, so you can try lots of different things."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "It was our 2nd visit to 18 Bay and the food and service surpassed expectations. The 4 course tasting menu is the best deal in the Hamptons at $65. Set of 4 mini starters was divine: Beet tartare, mini lobster roll, Pork belly with apricot, and Bluefish crudo with watermelon. Primi dish of homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes was a nice sized portion with incredible fresh flavor. My husband and I both had the Hudson Duck breast that was cooked perfectly and the 'Tatin' desert of peaches and blueberries was the best dessert I've had in months. Service is impeccable and we also met the chefs Elizabeth and Adam who pull it all together which added to the evening. Bravo 18 Bay - we'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Took our houseguests from the city to 18 Bay and everyone was blown away. Everything was delicious, especially the lobster profiterole served as part of the selection of four appetizers, and the pasta course consisting of homemade spaghetti alla chitarra with crabmeat and cherry tomatoes. Great cocktails and wine list. They're very accommodating of dietary needs and willing to make substitutions on the prix fixe menu. A really wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Truly one of our favorite places. We can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. Well worth the ferry trip."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was so excited to eat at 18 Bay after seeing the reviews and visiting their website. My high expectations were mostly around the quality and taste of the food. Here is our assessment: The portions were very small, bland and uninspired. After every bite, we found ourselves saying "its just OK". Just OK, is OK, if that is what you signed up for. However, my expectations were very high based on how they presented themselves and their prices. Note: We love to try all kinds of restaurants and food styles (especially different and interesting dishes) but this time we found ourselves very disappointed. Sorry 18 Bay, I would have loved to give you a great review!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What an amazing meal! My wife started with an elderberry and ginger cocktail which was so good that she wouldn't even let me taste a drop. The four course antipasti was beautiful to look at and outstanding to enjoy: chilled white gazpacho was perfect and refreshing and flavorful, the lobster crostini was better than any lobster roll on the east end, the fluke crudo with cherries was an inspiration. The pasta was sensational, sweet pea and mint offsetting the decadent brown butter. The crispy striped bass was cooked to perfection. The service was spot on and the space was quiet and refined. A special place for a special meal. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "18 Bay never fails to impress. We had a lovely meal of local fish and vegetables in a beautiful setting. The service was terrific. We are always greeted with a smile"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "You must try this restaurant. The menu started with 4 antipasti on a 4 sectioned plate. Each completely different but all went perfectly together. A small pasta serving came next which was perfect in size and most delishous . My wife had the halibut dinner choice and I had lamb. Both superb. Then desert , a simple semifreddo with strawberries. Yum. We also tried one of their signature cocktails the 18 bay cosmopolitan which started off the dinner perfectly. And we decided to do the wine pairing with each course which pulled it all together. Our server that evening was lovely and attentive . Please go and I am sure you will enjoy every bite of food throughout your dining experience. Lastly , it's not an inexpensive dinner but clearly try it"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Memorable meal great food,presentation,and service. Brought my own wine which was a plus. Save for special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Brought my husband here as a birthday surprise!!! We are both food snobs and extremely critical of Resturant dining. This was by far one of the BEST resturants we have ever visited. All 4 courses are fresh from the herbs to the vegetables and fruits as well as the fish. The setting is quaint and the service impeccable. My husband is a wine collector and was pleasantly surprised at the selection. We will without a doubt return! Bravo to the husband and wife chefs!!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Imaginative, very well-executed menu. One of the best on the east end. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "18 Bay is truly a first class restaurant. Extremely cordial and attentive service and each item of our dinner was exceptional. Will be sure to revisit on our next trip to Shelter Island"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "An unusual approach to the menu: the only decision you normally make is to choose one of the two offered entrees; four different antipasti and a pasta course are delivered to all before the entree, and a dessert afterward (you can ask for substitutes when you have a dislike or an allergy).The menu changes weekly, and is based on locally grown produce.Everything we had was delicious, with some creative combinations of flavors. A charming location in an old house, but gets noisy when busy (hard surfaces). Service friendly and knowledgeable,"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Loved the antipasti, especially the swordfish. The Saffron Tagliatelli with Lobster, Peas and White Butter was Devine. The lamb was prefect. The almond cake was delicious."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Although generally the food was excellent, the fish dishes tended to be salty so those folks with hypertension or heart disease may need to be careful. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have dined here half a dozen times since my first meal on opening night in 2011. The food is lovingly and tastily prepared without fail. I especially appreciate not having to choose among the tantalizing appetizers as all four are presented to each guest on a subtly divided platter. Service is warm and workmanlike. The cocktail menu, while surely inventive, I found dispiriting due to seemingly improbable ingredient combinations and a number of which were foreign to me. My savvy sister, a noted wine and spirits author, felt otherwise. Despite my doubts about the drinks menu, there is no doubt that 18 Bay continues to offer wonderful prix fixed dining in lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A fabulous experience with a unique approach to the menu...it is chosen for you by the selection of what is in season; you get to sample the delights of the chefs talents combined with the freshest local produce. You choose the entree from a limited list - a local fisherman caught the black bass which was served over savory greens. Every course was prepared to perfection. Wonderful Long Island to international choices of wines. The service - superb! Crisp linens, fresh blossoms, great music-definitely worth the trip to Shelter Island - only open for dinner - enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Dinner was great as usual! The owners Elizabeth and Adam are so warm and welcoming. Love 18 Bay!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent presentation of local produce carefully prepared mix of delicate tastes, savory, sweet and spicey."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner here over my husbands 40th birthday weekend. We popped in during the day to make sure that they could accommodate a vegetarian. The chef spoke with us. He was delightful!.. Extremely accommodating. Our food that evening was wonderful and the ambience was lovely. We will definitely be back. The whole team was friendly and professional."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was disappointing the four courses were not great the appetizers were In appealing tough squid a tiny pizza tough athe little dis patty was good but needed a sauce the best was the cold Brussels sprouts A choice of one of two entrees a fish dish or fillet mignonette and short rib wit microscopic potatoes boiled the two meats did not pair well the courses were served with ceremony not going back for awhile"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "18 Bay never disappoints. We celebrated a family birthday this weekend and had a terrific time. Tasted cardoons for the first time. Cozy ambiance friendly attentive service. Food is imaginative and local. First of the Peconic Bay scallops. We will be back as usual"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We had a not so great dinner here a few moths ago. Although the food was outstanding, the service was enough to make me want to NEVER go back. We decided to give it one more chance and 18 Bay was back to its old MO. Exquisite and creative food and more than adequate service this time around. As locals, we forgive and forget and will make this restaurant a habit."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "made a 9pm reservation and didn't sit down til 9.45 pm. we would of liked to see something comped or a free appetizer while we were waiting. after working all day and not eatting we wanted to sit at 9 and eat, not be leaving the restaurant at 11.30. once we placed our order, it took about 10 minutes to get our apps (which was the same for the whole restaurant) but after that, the timing and service was great. the menu was the same for the whole restaurant. everyone got a plate of 4 smalls apps, choice of 1 of 2 entrees, a pasta salad i believe, and a choice of 1of 2 desserts."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Though the food was good, the service was inexcusably poor. Ordered botlled water, never got more than a glass each thiugh the partly filled bottle was removed from the table and we had to order a second with the same result. The bus staff kept trying to fill glaases with tap. They have no concept of wine pairing. They simply plopped a glass of white or red. No name no origin no compositon just the type (here's a riesling or a nebbiolo). We were also seated by a drafty door and I needed my coat the entire evening. This was nit a goid experience. We will not be back."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We took the ferry from Sag Harbor just for dinner here because it was highly recommended. We were blown away by the delicious meal! I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys fine dining! I am allergic to seafood and shellfish and they were able to substitute without question. I appreciate restaurants who think of these possibilities ahead of time! The lamb entree was incredible. And the potato with truffle oil sauce was amazing. I wanted to slurp up the sauce with a straw!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Went to 18 Bay for the second time with my sisters and cousins. We had been here together two years ago. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional. One appetizer was better than the other...I just love the fact that you try all four appetizers, we had difficulty picking the best. The pasta was so fresh and delicious. Main courses were cooked perfectly and pear tart with gelato was a wonderful closure to our meal. I have been hear several times and will have no hesitations in recommending it. Well run ferry makes getting here easy!"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "We eat out quite a bit and 18 Bay is definitely on our top 5 list. We had the 4 course meal and would highly recommend it because it gave us an opportunity to try some of the chef's outstanding selections, especially on the appetizer list. Service was very attentive and informative. Great cocktails - love the lemon martini. Celebrated our anniversary. Pricey but worth it!!!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We have been here several times and have always liked the food. The last time we were here, it was 40 min after sitting before we got our drink because "the bar was backed up". This time the 4 course meal took 3 hours. It was 1 hour from th time we sat till we got our appetizers and then 45 min between each course after. We have had 23 course tasting menus in New York that have rivaled the time. The service is friendly but there is clearly not enough staff. We heard apologies being made all around us. At 9 pm on a Saturday the bartender and hostess were busing tables, bringing out meals and doing all they could to help. After the first time we thought it was an off night. Now we won't go back."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We have eaten at 18 Bay several times since it opened and it has become our favorite dinning destination - the best on the island. Have never been disappointed and enjoy the discovery with the multi-offering appetizer plate."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Shelter Island is limited to the amount of places you can eat. That said, there was no sacrifice in good food and good service. This place is by far the best on the island. They were courteous and attentive. The food was very good and they give you a fun selection. The only thing you have to do is pick your entree. Stay away from Vine Street! 18 Bay is the best on the island!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013