12 Hamptons and North Fork restaurants for your summer dining bucket list

Dubbed “Mykonos in the Hamptons”, Calissa is a go-to for some of the area’s best Mediterranean food. | Credit: Doug Young
A bottle of white Greek wine, a cucumber and tomato salad topped with a slab of feta cheese, and assorted mezze plates at Calissa in the Hamptons

Dining out in the Hamptons and on the North Fork means choosing from a world-class batch of restaurants with creative menus inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and beyond.

Dig into sumptuous housemade pasta and crab and avocado salad at a modern Italian spot on the southernmost edge of the Hamptons. Take a group for a Greek feast at a chic Mykonos-accented spot in Southampton known for show-stopping salt-baked fish. In Bridgehampton, a Basque-inspired restaurant sources its oysters from just miles away.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta dinner or a lighter seafood meal, it’s all in the Hamptons and on the North Fork and ready to be devoured. Read on for a guide to some of the best tables to book near the beach this summer.

Dopo la Spiaggia (Sag Harbor)

As a Hamptons stalwart, Doppo la Spiaggia serves refined Tuscan fare and sought-after garden seating. The menu sticks to classics such as fritto misto with shrimp and calamari and an oven-roasted Berkshire pork chop with cherry peppers. Pasta dishes include linguine with fresh Manila clams and garlic and veal tortelloni with porcini mushroom cream sauce. The restaurant is especially transportive, set in a shingled cottage that faces the water.

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Calissa (Southampton)

Dubbed “Mykonos in the Hamptons,” Calissa is a go-to for some of the area’s best Mediterranean food. Bring a group and book a Greek feast, which includes appetizers, sides, and mains, such as salt-baked fish or the Insta-famous two-pound lobster pasta. A kid’s pasta (with butter or tomato sauce) means this chic venue is also a family-friendly spot. Plan to visit on a night with live music, known to showcase Latin jazz and Spanish guitar.

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Dopo Argento (Southampton)

Pasta with clams at Doppo Argento in the Hamptons
Dopo Argento has served some of Southampton’s most-loved modern Mediterranean fare since 2020. | Credit: Dopo Argento

Dopo Argento has dished up some of Southampton’s most-loved modern Mediterranean dishes since 2020. The sophisticated yet unpretentious spot, decked with glossy white walls, contemporary chandeliers, and large black-and-white photographs of olive groves, is ideal for a meal that exudes quiet luxury. An experience here channels Southern Italy, full of fare including squid ink pasta and seafood, whole branzino in lemon herb sauce, and the practically mandatory finale of ricotta cheesecake with orange-flavored liqueur. Head up to Bridgehampton for Dopo’s sibling woodfired pizzeria, Dopo il Ponte, for a more casual vibe.

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Bird on the Roof (Montauk)

This Aussie-inspired restaurant is all about coziness and the feel-good eats follow suit. The veggie-centric menu includes sweet and savory brunch dishes such as fluffy banana pancakes and an epic roasted veggie sandwich with romesco, broccolini, and Swiss cheese on rye. It all pairs well with one of Bird on the Roof’s standout espresso drinks—Australian coffee culture is world-renowned, afterall—or a selection from the thoughtful wine and beer menu. A new dinner menu offers a nice balance of seafood centric dishes, like scallop crudo and mussels with fries, plus vegan options including oyster mushroom tempura, tofu green curry with veggies and a pesto gnocchi.

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Edgewater Restaurant (Hampton Bays)

Edgewater is perched on the southmost edge of the Hamptons offering supreme views of Shinnecock Bay—with a stellar Italian menu to match. Request a window-side seat before sunset and graze on meatballs with burrata, crab and avocado salad, shrimp oreganata over tomato risotto, plus plenty of housemade pasta dishes and pizzas. Bonus points for the substantial kids’ menu, which makes Edgewater a family favorite for fueling up after a day on the beach.

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South Edison (Montauk)

This casual Montauk hotspot is just steps from South Edison beach and serves local fare in a spacious dining room lit by Edison bulbs. Post up at the bar for craft cocktails such as the Pickle My Pepper martini (vodka, pickle brine, and tingly Fresno chiles). Drinks pair well with global dishes including empanadas stuffed with curried lamb, sesame shrimp tacos drizzled with tahini, and pork chop Parmesan in spicy fra diavolo sauce. Translation: there’s something for everyone at this laidback oceanside gem.

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Backyard Restaurant at Solé East (Montauk)

A poke bowl with jalapeño-marinated tuna over rice, greens, watermelon radish, fried leeks, and red onion at Backyard Restaurant in the Hamptons
The menu at this trendy outdoor spot is influenced by coastal cuisine from all over the world. | Credit: Backyard Restaurant

This backyard restaurant is set behind the luxury hotel Solé East but open to all, and one of the best ways to enjoy the elegant American Tudor property. Dine in the gardens by the pool where the sounds of live music or a DJ often entertain people enjoying brunch, lunch, and dinner inspired by coastal cuisine from all over the globe. Highlights include an inventive clam chowder with chunks of applewood-smoked bacon, just-caught fish on the grill, and a cavatelli tossed in tomato sauce with lobster meat, jumbo shrimp, and oyster mushrooms, finished with a shower of Parmigiano.

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The Halyard Restaurant at Sound View (Greenport)

The Halyard is a tranquil New American restaurant in the heart of Greenport. Its sprawling spaces include an outdoor deck with soothing Long Island Sound views and a wood-paneled dining room that channels an ancient whaling ship, complete with a piano bar. The raw bar is a must at lunch and dinner and showcases an exquisite fluke crudo with cucumber and chile crisp. For something heartier, consider whole lobster with bearnaise or grilled Montauk swordfish in lemon beurre blanc. The kitchen prioritizes hyperlocal ingredients, which means every menu item here is served at the peak of its season.

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Claudio’s Tavern & Grill (Greenport)

Diners feast on seafood at the partially covered veranda at Claudio’s Tavern and Grill in the Hamptons.
Claudio’s outdoor veranda serves up Peconic Bay views and seats for up to 100. | Credit: Claudio’s Tavern & Grill

Claudio’s has sat in the shadow of mega yachts parked at the Greenport docks since 1870. A new outdoor veranda looks out on enchanting Peconic Bay vistas with seating for up to 100. The view pairs well with local oysters and clams from the restaurant’s raw bar, plus seafood-forward entrees including swordfish bolognese and branzino with saffron aioli.

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Noah’s (Greenport)

Noah’s is the epitome of summer dining thanks to its hyperlocal small plates sourced from Long Island’s East End. A dining room with white tablecloths, nautical artwork, and fresh flowers sets the tone for a refined and romantic beachside escape. Meals here feature plenty of rustic touches, such as shared plates of shrimp and oysters or roasted garlic cloves to smear on warm toasty bread. Bring friends to do justice to the group-friendly menu, full of dishes such as calamari fritto misto, grilled sardines, lump blue-claw crab cakes, and more.

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American Beech (Greenport)

This chic indoor-outdoor spot is perched next to the Hotel Greenport and boasts a see-and-be-seen crowd—which means reservations are a must. American Beech’s globally influenced New American menu was made for sharing, featuring highlights such as truffle fries, magenta-hued beet risotto, seared local duck breast, and more. Regulars know to save room for the creative desserts, especially the gourmet take on s’mores, roasted over an open flame. Grab a seat in the restaurant’s outdoor section, complete with comfy couches, rattan chairs, and tropical decor, for the ultimate al fresco meal.

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Armin and Judy (Bridgehampton)

This restaurant takes cues from coastal Europe and is known for its iconic roadside sign—“I Baguette You.” Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Armin and Judy claims local icon status for its housemade breads and pastas, plus its reliance on ingredients and produce from the surroundings. Cases in point: oysters are sourced from just miles away, and the salad special uses seasonally available greens. The restaurant also has a small market lined with imported specialty groceries to-go, so plan to stock your kitchen with French condiments, snacks, and tinned fish.

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Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner is a writer based in Brooklyn, where she lives with her wife and rescue dog. You can follow her on Instagram @melissabethk and Twitter @melissabethk

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