Nautilus Cafe
Nautilus Cafe

Nautilus Cafe

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nautiluscafe.com/
  • Phone: 5163792566x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Brian Crofton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Special Events: Monday Night 2-4-1 Two Pound Lobsters
    Wednesday Night Steak Special 29.95

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nautilus Cafe
Located on Freeport's Nautical Mile, Nautilus Cafe offers the finest Fresh Seafood, Large Lobster and Prime Steaks, served in a nicely appointed dining room with tables covered in white tablecloths. With a beautiful view of Woodcleft Canal we are a spin off of the famous Dar Tiffany and Scotch & Sirloin restaurants.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Nautilus Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)scenic view (44)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (34)great for lunch (19)good for groups (13)great for brunch (9)romantic (8)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Steak night, yum!
    MrfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Without question the best deal ever. Cocktail, salad, great strip and skirt steak and potato. All for under $35.00. We love the food and Carlos is amazing. Thank you nautilus for a great dining experience. The most consistently good restaurant on Long Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeC200
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great as always, but I do miss the groupon discount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great choice
    gourmand
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    As always…the fish was expertly prepared and the service competent and caring
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    elegant4all
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a fabulous restaurant and I have often taken friends/family to celebrate special occasions. Unfortunately my most recent experience was very unsettling. The waiter was not attentive at all. He disappeared often and was not helpful at all. Thank goodness for the water person and other wait staff that seemed to want to assist us. This is the first time that I chose a Friday evening in a long time, maybe I will have to stick with the early part of the week to get good service. The food, drinks and atmosphere was still great. Tip was left to the water person and other wait staff that assisted with our needs. I also mentioned to the hostess of the situation, she did not seem that concerned.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner...
    Carol
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very enjoyable. Waiter was one of the best ever. Food is good, nothing spectacular. We will return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachlady
    DinnerDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They honored our reservation.The food was served hot and exactly the way we requested. In today's times, some waiters don't actually pay attention when the fish is requested medium rare. In this case the request was as ordered.kudos to the chef and waitress.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience
    WIDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant never fails to deliver. The staff is always very friendly and, as usual, they provided excellent service. The list of daily specials was varied and they all sounded good. I did stick to my usual and, once again, enjoyed the Best Prime Rib on Long Island. My wife was raving about how good her Halibut special was. We were there with a party of six, and everybody loved their meal. We all plan on going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak night
    Reviews
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Restaurant has a $35 prixe fixe for Wednesday night. Included are either a grey goose martini, pinot noir or one other option. Our waiter immediately said we could have pretty much any mixed drink and my appletini was very good. Served in a large shaker with a strainer, it provided 2 full cocktails. Everyone else had red wines. 3 ordered shell steaks, I had the veal chop. All were a bit overcooked to our ordered requests. One ordered very rare and came out brown inside. The waiter quickly exchanged it for one perfectly prepared. No attitude or unpleasantry, he was very professional. He was also very attentive to many allergies we all had. It was my birthday and we did not want dessert, so they brought over a sorbet with a candle. Nice touch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BourbonStarightUp63
    BourbonStarightUp63
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Guests from Florida in town for seafood lunch. On line this seemed like a nice looking place. We were seated immediately because there was no one seated in the restaurant when we arrived. Caesar salad was wimpy, brown edges on leaves and stems and not crisp at all; Clam chowder was warm not hot and the other people in my party thought it didn't taste any different than Campbell's Clam Chowder and didn't have that many clams in it (clam bits); my sweet potato soup was good and hot. There were 4 of us so each had a different entrée. Mussels as an appetizer were excellent. The filet of sole was dry, over cooked and not fresh; the bronzini w/panko was good and crispy; scallops were seared nicely but bland.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Barb1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had wonderful meal. the Nautilus is one of our favorite restaurants. the food was delicious and the service was excellent. I always enjoy dining here. you must have a reservation. It's always so busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the BEST in Freeport!!!
    LouieDelVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You can't go wrong at the Nautilus Cafe with either choice of Seafood or Land food. Always top notch service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    jetblu2001VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    great food and service! we had the seafood platter it was awesome! chowder was great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for seafood!
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We both greatly enjoyed our fish entrees which were prepared in a creative way. The lobster bisque was superb. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. Water glasses were kept full. The view of the Nautical Mile is lovely..Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my favorite
    weasel
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nautilus always has a big crowd and tight tables - especially for 2! They like to have large tables and many kids present running around the table and annoying patrons. The last 2 times we were here it was noisy and very crowded. Lobster tails were very expensive!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    foodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Room is small and tables are crammed together, but we requested and had the best table there with nice window view facing the water across the street. Service is “diner” friendly, but felt quite rushed....bus boys started cleaning off the table before we were quite finished eating, and we are not slow eaters. Most annoying. My man’s skirt steak was excellent, his Caesar salad and broccoli standard fare. My Porterhouse veal chop was awful! Fatty, slightly over cooked, (I ordered medium rare) no meat, all bone and fat.... a disaster. Crab bisques soup so so and basic french fries. Very nice glass of Merlot Could have gone to a number of high end restaurants on LI for price. Not a great dining experience by any means and won’t return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Consistently delicious "smart casual" dining. Always feels like we're dining out. Lobsterfest promo on Mondays - worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed on the nautical mile
    Bigtow4
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Reservations were for 6pm made a week in advance. Requested a window table but were told there wasn't one available (even with one in view). Service was friendly and nice; relatively quick. Appetizers were Clams casino and coconut thai shrimp. The clams were tasty and prepared well, but they added too much bell pepper, which is something I've never had in clams casino before. The coconut shrimp was huge (2 pcs) but was a little overdone and tough, and fairly bland. Ceasar salad was perfect!! For dinner, I ordered the surf and turf (skirt steak & ale battered shimp) The steak was cooked well but exceedingly tough and completely without flavor. The shimp was fried in OLD oil which completely ruined the flavor, and the meal. Not reccomended.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday dinner. Everything was excellent-clams on the half shell, surf and turf, horseradish topped rare tuna and lava cake. Server was delightful. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like2travel
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had the early bird special, which is normally a good value. The soup was fair. The main courses were good, but the baked potatoes were dried out. The chocolate cake was inedible. Won't be in a hurry to come back here soon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Norma
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food is great and the service is very good. I loved grilled bronzinis and the sallad. The steak withshrimps was delicous
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTED
    Gracie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The trip to the Nautilus Cafe was as good as ever. The food, the service and the atmosphere were great as usual. I have never had a bad meal here. So nice to find a place you can depend on.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NAUTILUS CAFE
    rigl36VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Terrific nautical mile restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and a great value. Service is always terrific. Best seafood on Long Island.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nautilus Cafe Terrific Again
    Al101713VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have eaten at the Nautilus Cafe severeal times now. Each visit is a wonderful dining experience. We try something different each time. The fish is cooked to perfection. The service is impeccable. Everyone and everything is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfecto
    elegant4all
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Always nice atmosphere and food is superb. Wonderful, cheerful and knowledgable wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Halibut
    luv2danceVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I love coming to this restaurant. I ordered the Halibut special. It was so delicious. Brian whatever you are doing, keep doing it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly fomfortqblr
    FdollieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The noise evel was fairly quiet; we could have a real conversation; food was very good; service was FABULOUS (Chuck, our waitor was so good,) Highly rcommnd this place for an adult evening out. Great early bird special!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. Service was a bit slow but otherwise no complaints.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nautilus Cafe
    Localpeople
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food and service. 2 pound Lobster is always good and fish is always fresh. Disapponted in the $15.00 corking fee when it used to be free (bring your own wine). This was a really unique perk that was offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, bad service
    capflint
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food has always been very delicious, and so has been the service up until the last time I went. They had a new server that was absolutely horrible. Very rude to us and did not even bring the full order to the table. It is a shame that such a good establishment has such bad service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    PickyPicky
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was up to our expectation. The service was very good and every table had a nice view of the canal. The food was pretty good compared to some of the other restaurants in the area and valet parking was a nice touch. I would repeat.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUEnRICHVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Nautilus Café is a restaurant you can always count on to have an excellent meal. The fish is always fresh and prepared perfectly. The steaks rival any other steakhouse on Long Island. Service couldn't be better. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Friends
    diningfriends
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had four people in our group and everyone enjoyed the dinner. Two people had Veal Chops and two had Shrimp. The shrimp were large and cooked right. The service was wonderful. We all enjoyed the dinner and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Night
    edjo
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Major Success...Food was wonderful, service was as expected, our corner table was perfect, as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • miloVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Everything was good. BUT I was very disappointed when the check came. The server put in ADDITIONAL charges. I don't know if that is a commom practice of the Nautilus Cafe. PLEASE check it out for me. If it was I think you should remove them for OPEN TABLE. LET'S SEE IF THIS IS ADDRESSED BY THE RESTAURANT. IT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY ... Thank you.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outtoeat
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a great dinner for my daughters 19th birthday and had a very nice waiter named Brian!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • monday 2 for 1 lobsters
    bowlerVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It was a great night . The food and service was was excellent as usual, and getting 2 for 1 lobsters is a great deal. Keep up that special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had the branzino fish with planko and pinnioli nuts which I was disappointed in because it was dry. All the other food was really good especially the baked clams and sauted spinach. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nautilus cafe
    mjk29
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    excellent food, professional yet freindly service, very acomodating valet parking. reasonable prices in consideration of excellent food served. can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Jbjr
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had a great lunch on the water while driving through Long Island. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We sat down and placed our order with the server. 2 other tables sat after us and placed their order after us. They received their food before we did. I complained but was not taken care of. I will never return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate