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The Plaza Cafe
The Plaza Cafe

The Plaza Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.plazacafe.us
  • Phone: (631) 283-9323
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Available for Private Events
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Gulija
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Plaza Cafe can cater small, intimate formal events in your home or larger tent/ballroom events of up to 225 guests at the neighboring Southampton Inn. Chef/owner Doug Gulija is always in attendance making sure the evening is a memorable one.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Plaza Cafe can be closed for a private event for up to 70 guests and is the ideal setting for a private party and/or business meeting.
  • Private Party Contact: Bari Citron (631) 283-9323

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Neck Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from The Plaza Cafe
'The Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island. Period' is what food critic Peter Gionotti of Newsday calls The Plaza Cafe. Along with its recent three and half star rating from Newsday, The Plaza Cafe has also garnered 3 stars from the New York Times as well is being listed in The Zagat Surveys Top Restaurants of America. The Plaza Cafe has been owned and operated for the past 18 years by Chef Doug Gulija. The dining room has just gone through a makeover to give it more of a relaxing/'beachy' look and a new bar menu has been added. Tucked away behind the Southampton Movie Theater and across from The Southampton Inn it offers an eclectic menu as well as an award winning wine list along with friendly, professional service by a well trained staff. Come and experience for yourselves one of the best dining experiences in the Hamptons.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Plaza Café has a reasonably varied menu with some stand-out preparations (the seafood "shepherd's pie" is noteworthy). Generally, the place has a moderate noise level thanks to the high ceiling, even when there are vigorous golf groups who are staying at the Southampton Inn, on whose grounds the restaurant sits. On our last visit, however, there was a table of 8 doctors and pharma reps who were simply out of control, a number of them really howling like monkeys. I complained to the waiter, who of course agreed that they were out of line, but nobody went to ask them to quiet down. I cannot imagine that we were the only ones disturbed by the noise, and I noted that the excellent hostess seated all arrivals as far from them as she could."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The service was excellent, and the food was outstanding. This is a gem of a restaurant in the heart of Southampton."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The Plaza Cafe was as advertised. I requested a quiet table and we were seated in a corner right near the fireplace. Truly outstanding since this was an anniversary event. The food was outstanding and the service was just the best. It was concerned. Our glasses of water and wine were refilled with concern. The chef's complement of seared scallops was a surprise and wonderful. Don't miss an opportunity to come here for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We celebrated my husbands birthday this past Friday. We both had the special appetizer and the lobster and shrimp pot pies. They were amazing!! For dessert the chef had a candle waiting for my husband!! The staff was attentive and friendly! We will be going back the next time we are in the area!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Thirty-five years in Bridgehampton and Plaza Cafe is far and away the best restaurant my wife and I have visited. Outstanding in every category for a fine restaurant anywhere in the world - that includes Manhattan."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "To put is succinctly, this is one of the finest restaurants within 125 miles of NYC. We sometimes drive 160 mi roundtrip from home just to have dinner there and well worth it every time. The food, the staff, the Chef and his concern for his patron's experience put it at the very top of our favorite restaurant's list. DONT MISS IT if at all possible."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Extremely expensive for the quality of food and extreme lack of ambiance."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great, elegant dishes. Not huge American portions; well cooked, well presented, good service. We've eaten in a fair number of restaurants in the Hamptons, this is the best"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had a weak cosmo and husband had a scotch with flat soda. My meal at $49.00 was tasteless (salmon). Needs some type of seasonings. Husband had the fish pot pie and he also said it was tasteless. Won't be back. Can have a $210.00 anywhere but with all the competition out there can't believe it is still in business!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The lobster-shrimp Shepards pie was great as always! It's filled with lobster, shrimp and other goodies topped with a chive potato crust!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Hosted a group of 9 to celebrate! As always, the food was divine! The service was elegant and attentive! The special order cake (made in house) was fun and delicious! The table was arranged so we could all speak to one another. Who could ask for more?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Best seafood restaurant in the Hamptons! A bit pricey--but worth it. Comfortable surroundings. I had striped bass which was prepared wonderfully and was the best that I had ever eaten."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was by far one of the best meals I ever had. I can't think of one negative thing to say about the food. The waitress was very pleasant, however, we had to ask for bread as well as more water as our glass was empty most of the night. The atmosphere was romantic and special and you did not feel rushed to finish and get out. Definitely going back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have been spending weekends at my Southampton summer home for the past 20 years and have eaten at most of the popular dining spots. The Plaza Cafe is by far my fovorite and the place I return to freqeuntly for wonderful food and service. Their Sunday night prix fixe dinner is a bargain and can include a movie ticket at a small additional amount."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The menu had something for every mood. The food was prepared uniquely and was delectable!! Kudos to Chef and staff.."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "we love the Plaza Café....from the service, to the décor, especially the food, and the warmth of the owner/chef- Doug !!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have been here several times, too many to count... And it is excellent every single time! The food and service are unparalleled !"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had dinner for two. Ordered the soft shell crabs and tuna appetizers. Both were prepared with care and full of flavor. The entrees were a big surprise. Literally the swordfish steak was large enough to feed four individuals. Grilled to perfection I ate it all! We also ordered the lobster pot pie, very unique and well done. Certainly look forward to returning and trying the rest of the menu items. Thank you for the great meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Definitely will return. A tad pricey but quality was quite high. We had an excellent dinner, service was both efficient and welcoming. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and service . The MAHI MAHI and the duck were outstanding . Would definitely go back and recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "although the decor was a bit bland, the cuisine was excellent. Our group ordered a vairiety of items and all were very pleased with the results. The one major criticism is that they served our martinis in tiny glasses. Cheap"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We visited again on a night Plaza was short handed due to a car accident. The Chef himself served us our salad to help out. We both ordered the Mahi-Mahi encrusted with Macadamia over a puree of plantains and chorizo..The dish was simply out of this world delicious.Restaurant is quite, fire roaring,staff is warm and friendly. Except for some minor delays caused by the staff shortage, it was an excellent meal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall the food was very good at this quite place. I had read positive reviews & thought I'd try their Restaurant Week menu. An update in bar/wine offerings as well as more organized service would greatly beneficial. The decor is dated & the interior, which has great potential, needs some maintenance attention. The cafe was not too busy yet the hard suffices do not absurd any sound, so it was probably louder than it could have been."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife loves this place, I took her their for our anniversary and she is always asking to go back. The chef came to our table to answer questions she had about the wine list on a busy night. It was very impressive. My only wish is that the portion size would be just a touch bigger. For the price an appetizer and entrée should fill you up."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Plaza Café is one of the finest restaurants in the world! This is an extraordinarily great place. Doug is a genius of a chef."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Plaza Cafe is a terrific choice for fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. Each table was greeted by the chef/owner Doug. I went with friends for a "girls night out" and it was relaxed and refined all at once. Food portions were generous and the service was attentive. Definitely a place to keep going back to!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "If you are looking for the place to impress than Plaza Cafe is what you been searching for. The service, food and atmosphere complement each other. You always leave with a smile and a promise to return soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had another sumptuous meal, served flawlessly by the raging fire! Who could ask for more on a frigid winter evening! If you haven't been to the Plaza Cafe, you must try it! Try the prix fix, it's amazing!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It was our first time at this restaurant, we were celebrating our anniversary. They appeared busy for a Saturday night in the winter which was good. Our waiter seemed to forget that we existed from the start. We were left waiting for our drinks and waiting to order for quite a bit. I got the attention of another waiter to see if she could help. From that moment on every thing was perfect. She served us for the rest of the night and was one of the best servers we have had. Food was delicious. I had the seafood "sheppard's pie" which was more like a Lobster Newburg and my wife had the swordfish. Both dishes were prepared perfectly and had wonderful taste. We finished with the apple pecan dessert, which was outstanding."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent, and the service and ambiance were great. I'll definitely be back next time I'm out in the Hamptons."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We were greeted very warmly on a cold winter night. The room is really pretty and we were seated in front of the fireplace (best seat in the place, I think). My husband and I had the oysters as an appetizer. They were delicious. The waitress told us there were a limited number of specials still available. The entree special was a grilled swordfish with butter poached lobster, pan-seared sea scallop and mussels in a tomato fennel broth, topped with an AMAZING lobster aioli. We both ordered it and… WOW! For dessert we had the apple pecan cake. This is one of the best desserts I've ever had. I usually go for a chocolate dessert, but this is a MUST HAVE!!!! Overall, a great evening!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Delicious seafood. Not inexpensive, but well worth it. I had tuna and my wife had salmon. A wonderful evening. We can't wait to go back. We sat next to a roaring fire in the fireplace and it was soooo relaxing. Staff is very attentive to details."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Fish always well prepared, meat dishes not so well done. Dining room beginning to look old and menu from 10 years ago. As one of the most expensive places in the area, there are better."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Not enough variety in the menu; most entrees were $35+. Swordfish was slightly overdone. This is not a restaurant we would be able to eat at regularly. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We have been going to Plaza Cafe for years and it never fails to impress!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "4 of us were there for dinner on Monday night in November. The place was beautiful. Great ambiance. The food was amazing. The service was solicitous without being annoying. Had a tiny snafu with tonic in drinks, which was rectified without fuss. Chef came out at the end to talk. Kind of sad that there weren't more people there.....I guess that's a hazard in the Hamptons off season. Of course, that's the best time to go. We urge everyone within 25 miles of the place go there for dinner a lot!!!"
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Consistently perfect, fantastic chef, sublime ambience, wonderful seafood dishes"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Plaza Cafe which is tucked away on a quiet side street near the Southampton movie theatre delivers consistently excellent food Each dish is beautifully constructed especially the seafood.Many of the ingredients are lically sourcedThe wine list is extensive and the recommendations are right on the mark."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Sometimes fixed price servings can be skimpy on quantity even if delicious. Not here. Good portions and delicious."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Service was not great....they need more staff. We waited several times for plates to be cleared and for orders to be taken. Also, it was a special birthday celebration and while we were too full for order dessert, it would have been thoughtful for the restaurant to bring something, however small, with a candle to mark the occasion."
    Dined on 11/9/2013