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Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sunsetbeachli.com
  • Phone: (631) 749-2001 x34
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 7:00am-11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am *We will only be open on weekends from May 14th - June 13th until we open 7 days a week on Monday June 14th.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Loic Larteau
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sunset Beach can accommodate parties up to 150 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Antoine Lecas (631) 749-2001
  • Entertainment: Live DJ

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Hampton Jitney stops in Greenport, NY and Sag Harbor, NY. From there you may walk or drive onto the Shelter Island Ferry (Ferry time: approximately 15 minutes).
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Guests are welcome to use our parking lot as you may not park along the beach until after 5pm (unless you have a beach sticker).
A word from Sunset Beach
A seaside hideaway nestled in the sands of Shelter Island. Sunset Beach features a beach side French bistro and bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Tried to walk in on a weekday at 2:00pm and was told the wait was 45 minutes, with a lot of attitude at that. Went on OpenTable and found a table was available within 1/2 hour. Strike one! At the reservation time, was told that they don't keep the OpenTable app there so they had no idea I had made a reservation. Waited another 10 minutes for a table to be set up, even though there were empty tables. Waitress was edgy and rude. Took 15 minutes to bring drinks. Never really checked back with us. Food was ok, but by then we were so annoyed we just wanted to get out of there. It's a shame as it's a beautiful setting, but will not waste our time or money again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Did not honor the reservation Made us wait with everyone who did not reserve Sat us in a place where you coul not see the view Took forever to get food The scene is like Fellini on steroids Ruins the bucolic Shelter Idland vibe"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Whats not to like about sitting outside eating seafood and looking at the water. Only negative is the price...very expensive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "$34 for pasta w red sauce and basil?!?! are you kidding me?"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Sunset Beach is popular, chic...and the food is fabulous! We were expecting a beautiful view (it really is the ONLY place on the water in the Hamptons) but we were not expecting to find such a great meal. My husband had the BEST grilled lobster we've ever tasted. The crab cakes were awesome, as was the tuna tartare and watermelon salad. We were there on a weekday at dinner with our two children (10 and 5) and my sister and we just loved it. We all cannot wait to return. Service was great. Food fabulous. Truly a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Sunset beach is a great place to go if you are lucky enough to be there when they are on their game. Unfortunately they are usually not. You have to go there knowing that you really dont care about the hospitality experience. You are going there to enjoy the company of your friends and the beach side view. Unfortunately service is nonexistent and obnoxious to boot by people who obviously dont care about ownership. Its a shame because it could be a great place if managemet cared enough."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "What a fnd! We had both Lunch and dinner there and loved it. Presentation and preparation were both outstanding and the Rose was fabulous! Do not miss this little Gem on the Beach..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "First let's say the food was no better than fine. My "fillet" was full of bones which was disappointing, all sides were a la carte, other dishes I tasted were just good. The price for 2 people with one bottle of the least expensive wine and no dessert was $250. The night I was there a scantily dressed drunk girl was wandering around the restaurant tables and sitting on the arm of any chair that had a male in it <30 years old. No one seemed to think this was odd at all, except their girlfriends, whose eyes were shooting daggers as the boys seemed quite enchanted. Our waiter was far too cool to actually provide good service but he did have a really cool ponytail and gym-toned body. I would have preferred just a good waiter."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Love hitting up Sunset Beach. Staff is excellent, food is excellent, view is excellent! You feel like you've left the hamptons and arrived in the Caribbean (ok minus the aqua ocean) avoid the crowds on the weekend and go mid week."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It can't get any better-be prepared for a serious Hamptons scene....but it's definitely worth it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My favorite entree is the Steak Frites medium-rare and my favorite drink is Whispering Angel Rose. The portions are VERY small and the bill is always higher than I expect it to be, but the atmosphere is fantastic and the sunsets are outstanding. I like the seating downstairs, with my feet in the sand, but I also like the seating on the roof, near the balcony, because the view of the sunsets are the best from that vantage point. Best to go on weekend evenings in the summer, especially on Sundays. There are also ping pong tables, boccce ball court, and a fire pit!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "You could be in Cannes or Capri Sunset a beauty- food is light and delicious If you don't mind a DJ and glitz This is your spot"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I just love Susnset Beach - it is a go to when I have visitors on Shelter Island. The view, food and music are always perfect. The prices are very high but it is worth the trip - just realize it when you go that you will spend quite a bit when you are there. ENJOY!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Sunset Beach is a great spot for a drink but to dine good luck getting what you want. The waiters were terrible. We got the wrong order, and we didn't see a waiter the entire meal. One bus boy was the only saving grace. He got us everything we needed. I actually tipped him and told him he should be getting our waiter's (15%, no more--and we are big tippers) tip. I would only come for A DRINK back to this place, and only during the lunch hour when it is less crowded. It's honestly not worth the money. While the location and view are great, the pretentious service and so-so food is sub-par for the amount you are paying to eat there."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As we approached the restaurant for which we had a reservation, four young 20 somethings were basically being asked to leave the bar. One was so drunk he could barely stand. The food was o.k., nothing to write home about, and it was DEFINITELY overpriced for what it was. I wanted to go back to the beach across from the restaurant to watch the sunset on the following night. My spouse was vehemently opposed, after the negative experience, but we went nonetheless. Sure enough the place was mobbed. The whole place is a bit pretentious. Seems like it's trying to be South Beach on Shelter Island, which just doesn't quite work."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Sunset Beach is always festive and never fails to transport you. The food is fabulous, the service friendly and the atmosphere inspiring. I felt like I was having lunch at a chic resort in the south of France."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The view is lovely at sunset but they try way to hard to be "cool" and should focus more on food and service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Sunset Beach is an enigma. The location and set-up of the establishment is beautiful, and one feels as though they are in the South of France or Martinique, which is indeed valuable. But that's where it ends. The food is average at best and the service poor except for the lovely hostess. The server was inattentive as were her minions of staff all moving about with their heads down. When beckoned they are stunned,"Me??" A friend cautioned, "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. It's "hipsterish." That was correct."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "waited for two couples before us to be seated. when it was our turn, we were told it would be 20 or more minutes????? we left and did not regret. we ate at the lovely Pridwin Inn."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Consistently great.. Feels like South of France....I always bring out of town guests... Best spot on Shelter Island or the Hamptons for lunch"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I come here every summer and am never disappointed. I hear people rag on the service a lot, but I've always been happy with mine. Bartenders (Kurt and Kirstie?) were awesome and make some great cocktails. Great place for dinner or just to hang out, enjoy the scenery and have some drinks."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a great place and way to temporarily escape from reality. In additional to the spectacular natural beauty of the setting, the people watching is boundless. The food was very simple, but good. A very vibrant bar/beach scene."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Made a 7:00 dinner reservation to see the sunset and requested a table on the upper level. Were told ok. When we arrived, the upper level was closed; the next level was closed due to a private party. We ended up sitting in what is referred to as the cafe on the street level. Ordered a rose wine on the menu; they were out of it; were also out of three entree items on the menu and - they were out of bread!! How hard is it to get some loaves of bread. They were closing for the season at the end of the week...but they couldn't manage to buy some bread! We left and will only go there for drinks. Prices are high and food does not warrant those prices."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "We love it at Sunset Beach for either lunch, dinner, or drinks. Fun atmosphere, loud music, its a little bit of Europe in Shelter Island. The food is good but not great, like a steak frites, burger, salad, etc. A bit overpriced, like 4 croquets that are dime sized for $20! And the house rose is $75 a bottle! But you don't go for the food, its more about the ambience and beautiful views... and the sunset!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Good scene and if u order the right dish the food is good. Horrible service; non professional staff all around"
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "This is the place to go for great food and ambience. The frisee calimari salad was delish, as was everything the 4 of us had. The view is off the hook, beautiful people, bar scene is fab. Sergio (our waiter) was superb. As the night progressed the bar and restaurant were full. Go early for the beach and stay for fun bar scene, excellent bistro fare, and a sunset not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Well we sat next to Hoda Kotb from the today show... That should tell you what type of a scene this place is. The food and wine were overpriced but that's what you would expect from this type of place. 3 shrimp in the shrimp cocktail for 18 dollars little ridiculous at least give 4 the striped bass special of the day was way too salty the salad was delicious and the north fork wine was marked up about 100% which was a tad painful haha. But again the scenery was beautiful people watching and celeb citing as always was great"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "Had a group of adults for my bday dinner. All great except restaurant allowed ten 3 year olds to play in in front of our table. We had to get them to move as neither restaurant, nor the respective parents cared that their kids were ruining our dinner. If you are a group without children, ask to sit on roof terrace and not in sand. We did not know better."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "slow service, screaming kids(not the restaurant's fault) and, no view unless one sits at the railing or roof deck. the roof deck, which I am told is always windy! I had the steak, medium, it was obvious it was frozen as it was flat of flavor and watery. the tomato salad, the tomatoes were ice cold. based on hostess behavior, best to know her too. very disappointed, but it was sunny and I have my health! I am going to chalk it up to a bad day at sunset beach"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Highly recommend this restuarant. A tad expensive but worth it! The service was very good."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "The food and service are just OK, it's the view you are coming here for"
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "We weren't expecting much, considering the wildly mixed reviews here & on Yelp, but wanted to visit Shelter Island for dinner & see the sunset. It was a Tuesday night, so I can't vouch for what happens there on the wknd, but we had great food AND service, & the sunset was amazing! Lively crowd even on Tuesday. Grilled octopus entree was excellent. Go!"
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "Great views Of sunset..... Food Very good... GoodForASpecial Occasion."
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "Very nice sea view. Can be quite crowded despite the long journey to get there"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Sunset Beach is the sceney place to eat on Shelter Island, no question about it. The surprise comes in that the food tends to be remarkably high quality, and the service is accommodating and doting, especially during lunch and weeknight dining. Towards the weekend the restaurant and bar get incredibly packed and the service suffers mildly. They'll go above and beyond to rectify any mishaps though. Late night on the top floor is my favorite way to eat here, although the bar scene is worth checking out, if for nothing else than a chance of pace from the usual casual Shelter Island routine."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Although the view at sunset is fabulous, the dishes look and taste like they were prepared at breakfast time. Everything just reheated and dried out. Frozen squid used for calamari instead of locally caught. And was it squid or something else? Mussels that sat in old juice all day, shriveled up and tasting like yesterday's dish."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "The restaurant and its terrace is set next to the road but traffic is reasonably quiet. We did not like the experience. The restaurant was virtually empty which did not add to the ambience. We ordered Loup de Mer and we got a whole fish with no vegetables, rice or potatoes. It was not Loup de mer but a small seabass. Really disappointing! We could have been warned when ordering. Prices are high."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "Sunset Beach never disappoints! But this evening was a particular standout. Everything from the music to the waiter to the cocktails were just perfection. I am a little scared that it might never be topped. Do yourself a favor and order 4 serving of the croquettes right at the start, you will not regret it. The scenery could not be better if it was art directed. And dont forget to pop into the shop in the lobby afterwards for really cute, beach-friendly shoes, wraps and bags."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Locally caught and grown selections, fabulous sunset view. I really appreciated and enjoyed the local wines selection. Only bummer was the service. The hostess seemed confused, at best . Our waitress had the personality of a rock. The exception was the helpful bartender who convinced me to try the very excellent wine from a nearby vineyard. The menu selection was great, though my seabass was slightly overcooked and we were disappointed that we could not sub out Brussels sprouts for squash (though honestly, the squash was so good it was not a huge disappointment. Still, hardly seems like a request the kitchen could not accomodate). If they could improve the service, I would have rated higher."
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "Trashy loud obnoxious (and that included the staff sadly) So loud and full of botox skinny 30year old women and 50 year old fat men. 'Euro' If you're tacky you will love this. If you have some class you will hate it."
    Dined on 7/12/2013