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18 Bay

4.5
4.5
396 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary European, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:15 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (631) 749-0053

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels

  • Catering

    Contact restaurant for details.

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What 396 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. R

    Rufus

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Place is certainly unique and the history of the building brings a lot to the table. Service was friendly and accommodating. Love the fact that the menu changes weekly and that it’s all local ingredients. We both thought the food was just ok and if I had to pick one word - Bland. Fresh pasta was the standout for me while the dessert and oil blend for the bread was lacking in flavor. Place has a good story and perhaps I just caught them on an odd week.

  2. 1

    1225

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a pleasure to visit 18 Bay. The entire experience was first rate. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, the wine list is expansive and the food was delightful. The menu was seasonal, fresh and creative with gorgeous flavors and textures. For a high end tasting menu, I think the restaurant is quite affordable as well. I just generally liked the entire vibe in this restaurant. You can tell in every aspect that the owner/chefs take pride in their business and put the customer experience first....

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal, superb service, Jimmy made us feel right at home. Every restaurant on the island should take lessons from 18 Bay. Nuff said.

  4. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Extraordinary food. All wines available by the glass. Friendly, welcoming staff (Jimmy was great). The otters on the antipasto were amazing !!

  5. r

    robinl

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and ambiance was perfect! What a treat!

  6. PF

    PamF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome Experience! Loved the wine pairings. Food was creative and delicious. We will be back!

  7. SA

    StevA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorites were the pasta course, the main (Halibut) and the panacotta dessert..wow!! The chef tasting appetizer (4 selections) wasn't as successful as I felt the servings were too small to really appreciate but..... I will definitely be back!! A gem of Shelter Island in its 8th season....

  8. TM

    TeresaM

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect in every way 💗

  9. y

    yk841pink

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We spend our summer in shelter island every year and dining at 18 bay is a treat for us. We look forward to dining here every year. Thank you for sharing your talent and also thanks for Jimmi and all the staff who work there for making our visit so special every year! They are so personable and attentive and knowledgeable!

  10. SP

    StevenP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Jimmy was very accommodating as we got to the island late that Friday evening. Had a nice table ready for us and made sure we were satisfied. Dinner and service were great!

  11. PM

    PaolaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and atmosphere as always. We have been going to 18 Bay for years and never been disappointed. Best restaurant on the island.

  12. j

    jerryl

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Service started well but wasn’t consistent and was slow.

  13. KG

    KatieG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    The food was excellent and fresh. The drinks at the bar were awesome as well. The wait staff seemed overwhelmed, we had 3 different waitresses and there were some mix ups with our meal. However, the manager sent over a glass of wine for us to make up for the issues. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.

  14. A

    leslieA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The tasting menu for the evening featured innovative local seasonal fare The antipasto course featuring 4 offerings was tasty with only one slight misstep . The tuna crudo was delicious except for an extremely spicy pepper sauce beneath the crudo ( maybe habanero)that we were not warned about it should be tasted with caution ! ( and I like some spice) Next came a fresh pasta course with fresh pasta “coins” in a fresh pea sauce with shaved Parmesan . The pasta coins were very aldente rendering them almost inedible Another 30+ seconds cooking would have made a big difference and sauce was a bit salty for my taste which obscured the fresh pea flavor. My husband had the short ribs for his main course they were incredibly tender and delicious melt in your mouth good .I had the fisherman’s stew basically a ciopino ,again very flavorful but way too salty ( and I like well seasoned food ) dessert was just ok a profiterole filled with vanilla ice cream with a chocolate glaze on top. the profiterole was a bit too hard and very bland. Am I nit picking? perhaps. I did not mention any flaws to the server. .We arrived a bit early 6:45 for our 7:00 pm reservation and were seated immediately the restaurant was nearly empty and noise level was quiet as the evening progressed and the tables filled up it did get Very noisy ! The service was lovely and attentive. Would we go back again?Maybe Was it worth $230 not sure . The price $75 pp was inline with what you may spend in the Hamptons for a nice meal at a similar place.

  15. JG

    JimG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had heard and read good things about 18 Bay's cuisine, so it had to meet a high bar. It did, cleared the bar with ease. Happy to see Jimmy (formerly of Sweet Tomato) behind the bar and recommending wines, all reasonably priced. Our cocktails off their menu were exceptionally good and it went on from there. Portions (4-course fixed menu, choose only from two entrees) were just right. I really have no criticisms to make, even the air conditioning was set perfectly. We will be back!

  16. n

    natasha

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience1

    The food was excellent. The wine pairings very good. My only complaints would be the noise level and a feeling of being rushed, even though we were there for almost two hours. I think it goes with the territory of the limited choice menu, no surprises and everything is set to go in the kitchen. If it had been cooler and drier and we had eaten on the quieter and more intimate porch, I think these « comments » would be different.

  17. f

    foodie

    New York Area

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They offer a chef's menu with a choice for the entree. The food is excellent with lots of farm fresh ingredients. Although they're in an old, historic building, the service is informal and attentive.

  18. l

    loisw

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal was incredible - we have an amazing dining experience , the food was outstanding

  19. s

    sandy

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous!!!!!!!

  20. V

    Vinoecibo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Adam and Elisabeth continue to delight with their five course prix fixe. Truly farm sea land to table. Such creativity in the appetizer plate with its four elements. I could eat that pay the check and be content. Jimmy who runs front of house and beverage program is always so welcoming and enthusiastic. His extensive wine knowledge and the argon gas system provides spectacular wines by the glass. Let him do a pairing for you!!! Elisabeths pastas always rock. The laid back ambience of shelter and the space are the perfect setting Do not miss. Worth a trip from anywhere!!! A great find amidst the mediocrity of the hamptons food scene.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most memorable and intimate dining experience that I have had in the Hamptons. My palate was truly dazzled by 18 Bay's tasting menu from start to finish.

  22. C

    Camrob

    Denver

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Back on Shelter Island for a brief moment and wanted to try this place. It didn’t disappoint! Food and wine selections are amazing! A little gem on the rock!

  23. BB

    BBBE

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious food in a beautiful setting

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Unfortunately they struggled with timeliness of service. They realized this and to his credit the manager comped all drinks for the evening.

  25. DG

    DianaG

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You can beat the service and the food. Warm and homey atmosphere with a menu that is never the same and always delicious.

  26. M

    Mally1212

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An amazing experience! The best restaurant in the area and probably in NY.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Having a summer home on Shelter Island, we've been to 18 Bay many times, but last night was one of the best dining experiences ever. This place just keeps getting better every time we visit. The service is impeccable. Jimmy, the Maître d' makes us feel like family every time we're there. The place is absolutely adorable and it gives you the feel of dining in someone's beautiful home. And the food!!! The food is incredible! The first part of the tasting menu always includes a quartet of appetizers. This gives the chefs the opportunity to show their skill and diversity. The pasta course and the main courses are equally delectable. From start to finish, this experience is incredible and is not to be missed. Worth a trip to Shelter Island!

  28. Y

    Yasminny

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner birthday celebration! Love the food, ambiance and service. It’s like Cheers for gourmet dinner. Thanks to Adam, Elizabeth, Jimmy, Carolina and the rest of 18 Bay!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Exceptional food and service - constantly creative and exciting - competes with the best of the Hamptons.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at this cozy restaurant. The ambiance is romantic and pretty quiet. The price -fix menu was a little limiting but very tasty. The cocktails were delicious, hand-crafted concoctions. I would say the only drawback is the portions are small for what you are paying. Good restaurant for special occasion or small group dinner.

  31. SB

    StephenB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food was very disappointing despite the pride with which the owner presented the dishes. The four appetizers were fussy but uninspired, the main fish course was fine and the desert cake tasted store-bought. Overall, a let-down from all the internet and local hype. Vine Street Cafe the next night for dinner was less pretentious and much better.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing foods. Very creative. Comprehensive wine list with the best local N.Y. wines. Dessert was underwelming.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous evening all around excellence from start to finish if you can I would highly recommend going it will not be regretted

  34. JO

    JohnO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is our second time at this wonderful restaurant. The food is so beautifully created, presented, and served that I have to thank everyone involved in putting this special place together. Jimmy could not be more gracious and knowledgeable about cocktails and wine, and the chefs are masters. I look forward to going again, and again.

  35. KJ

    KarenJ

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food is quite good. Very quaint environment, but the acoustics are terrible -very loud - simply does not match the ambiance. We have enjoyed chef's choice dining with wine pairing many times at some of the best restaurants in NYC as well as all over the US and abroad. However here, we do not recommend wine pairing with dinner. While most of their wine choices are good, their timing is off. They offer relatively small pours and serve long before the course the wine is paired with is received. Much better off choosing a nice bottle yourself that works for the meal, so that you can enjoy your wine at your own pace throughout. The overall value here does not mesh with the cost.

  36. SJ

    SusanJ

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed the exquisite food, and the wine pairing. The appetizer sampler was amazing in its variety of textures and flavor, the lobster linguini was delicious and both the fish and the steak entre were lovely. We had an excellent time and would certainly return.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Wonderful food and caring attention to service and food! Very good!

  38. VB

    VeronicaB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jimmy our server was excellent and extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine presented to us for last night. I am a vegetarian and he had no problem accommodating me . We will definitely be back!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Exceptional locally driven cuisine. Every dish was on point. Service was very friendly but seemed a bit overwhelmed.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was terrific. The food from appetizer to dessert was beyond expectations. It's pricey but worth every dollar. Even our cocktails were good. I heard about it through a friend and it exceeded my expectations.

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  • Cross street

    Duvall Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Shelter Island

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:15 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary European, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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