Nautilus Cafe

4.6
890 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(516) 379-2566
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Crofton
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking
Street Parking
Public Lot
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Special events & promotions
Monday Night 2-4-1 Two Pound Lobsters
Wednesday Night Steak Special 32.95
Prix Fix Luncheon $22.00 3 course
Early Bird Special Till 630 , 6 pm Fri,Sat,Sun
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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Sun 4:30PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:30PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 4:30PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 4:30PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 890 People Are Saying
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food
4.7
service
4.2
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant never fails to satisfy. We took our college bound grandson here for a special dinner before his departure to Richmond, Va. A big athletic young man with an appetite to match, he was all over steak night. The steak was perfect as was our seafood entries. Service is always sharp with friendly yet professional servers.
I will put the Nautilus up against the best seafood restaurants L.I. has to offer .
Suggest you make a reservation and take advantage of valet parking when available;e.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love the soft shell crabs. No one makes them like the Nautilus. Wonderful

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The Nautilus never disappoints! I have been ordering the Swordfish there for years and it is always the best cut and always delicious. They don't rush your plates and the waitstaff is great. I highly recommend this restaurant, the best on the Nautical Mile.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The Nautilus Café never disappoints. It's a splendid dining experience. From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, it's a delight.

Msgr. Bob Batule

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Always have a great experience especially when Laura is there and a bonus when she is our waitress. We know when we bring friends they are always very pleased

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The food and service are consistently good at a fair price. The early bird dinner is excellent.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I had tuna and my friend had shrimp, both are tasty but a little bit too salty for my taste, however is good. Salad is typical. Staffs are nice. I would recommend it and will come back again. However I had problem with parking because when we arrived it was crowded and we didn’t see anyone for valet so I had to park far and had a long walk but it was a beautiful day so we didn’t mind.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Fantastic lobster! Really enjoyed the food and the view.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Our server, Pedro, was exceptional
Food 👍 would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Always a great spot for a excellent food and service. We've been going there for lunches and dinners for many years.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

5 of us went for girls night out, on lobster night. Only 1 table accommodates 5, so we had to wait about 10 minutes past our reservation time but the staff was trying very hard to get us seated. Everyone was very attentive and even before we sat our pending waitress asked if we were getting the lobsters so she could reserve them so we didn’t miss out. Vicky, our waitress was wonderful and everyone was great. Fun night all around. We loved the burnt broccoli too!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Steak was amazing !!! Great place to eat ! Service was excellent as well !

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Outstanding! Always a pleasure to go to the Nautilus Café for a meal. It's my favorite restaurant - hands down.
Msgr. Batule

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

This is a good spot for meeting up with friends after a day at the beach. The food is enjoyable and the service is great. There is a before 6pm deal that gives you soup or salad, a side dish and dessert and coffee for the price of your entree. It is worth getting there before 6 otherwise it is a bit pricey.

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Old school, expensive for what you get. Nice view, pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

As usual food is great , seafood and steak always very very good,
The chef know how to be selective with choice on seafoodand promotion on meat and lobster all the time

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

A constant classic in an iconic location. There is no better way to do seafood than at Nautilus on the nautical mile in Freeport!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

One year anniversary of my father passing

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food was excellent, very fresh and presented well. The service was impeccable! It was an unexpected pleasure.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Came here for the first time to celebrate my mom's birthday the other day, and the experience was great and personal. Don't let the size of the place fool you. It's a neighborhood gem on Nautical Mile. The ambiance gives the place an Old World vibe to it, especially as jazz classics play in the background. The cafe's quaintness is definitely a spot everyone can go to for special occasions, casual dining or even a romantic date! Before my mom and I left, the restaurant gave my mom a handmade cheesecake and sung "Happy Birthday!" to her. It was such a special moment and she enjoyed it to the fullest. We ordered their oysters (they were Bluepoint oysters, if memory serves right), baked clams, Fish & Chips, and Brazino fish. Each dish was crafted perfectly, fresh and hot. Definitely give this place 5 out of 5 stars~

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

THis is our fourth visit to Nautilus. Every visit was outstanding. THe service, menu FOOD was all GREAT!! It has become one of our favorites. If I had a complaint, the tables are a little close. But this did not detract from an outstanding dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

There are many choices along Freeports restaurant row, but Nautilus, is probably the most upscale. The waitstaff is excellent, not noisy at all. The seafood was very good and prepared well. It has valet parking and has a very nice early birs special. I would highly recommend. We had the lobster and halibut which were both delicious.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Extremely overpriced for the portion of fish served. Will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food and service were great. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Went here for the first time and loved it. Special thanks to our waitress Diana who was attentive and very personable. Food was excellent. Will definitely be coming back with friends.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This restaurant is a gem! Very attentive wait staff, nice decor and quiet noise level. Food was delicious! My wife and I loved the chopped baked clams with a slight amount fontina cheese baked in - yummy! I had a swordfish steak special and it was the best I ever had - thick 3/4” with melted seasoned butter cooked to perfection. Will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. Table for six. Excellent prime rib, steak and seafood. Our waiter was prompt and friendly. He is truly a professional who enjoys his work. The tuna appetizer and bone in prime rib are a must try. Looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were all very pleased by the whole experience. Adorable waitress, Ali, good bread basket, ample drinks, delicious seafood ( every main comes with a nice salad), sides were great and yummy dessert( frozen mud pie). What more could you want. Bonus... valet parking in busy Freeport!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was excellent and service was superb and waitress was friendly and very attentative

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It had been a while since we had been here, and it was great to be back! Everyone loved their entrees, fish was cooked just right, service was informed and attentive but not at all intrusive. Overall a delightful night!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The nautilus café was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure how upscale the restaurant would be but it possesses just the right amount of class without being overly snobbish . The hostess was kind, the wait staff was courteous and informative. It had great atmosphere as well. A very bright place so you feel like you're outside, without baking in the sun. It is on the higher end of the price spectrum for the nautical mile. Wish there was a self parking but that just comes with the territory of the Mile; the Valet was nice and quick. All in all a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We always enjoy our meal here. The food is excellent and a bargain if you make it for early bird. Our friends drive from Westchester just for the lobster tails.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always a great meal.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Excellent!
Always outstanding!
No complaints.
Always a pleasure.
My favorite restaurant - second place on my list isn't even close.
Msgr. Batule

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Enjoyed the food, great atmosphere for a date. Will recommend, will return

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As usual, everything was excellent. The service is always outstanding. When we arrived we were disappointed because they were not featuring their regular menu. There was a fixed "Father's Day" menu. My husband and son were both craving stuffed lobster and it was not on the menu. I asked if it would be possible to get it and after checking with the kitchen, she said no problem. The lobster was cooked to perfection. My son who is a foodie and a chef said it is not easy to cook lobster to perfection. He orders it every time we go there and it is consistently "perfect". We love this restaurant and it is the only place we will eat on Nautical Mile. If you go in time for the "Early Bird Special" you can't beat the price for what you get!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food
Great service
Great handling of food allergy in my party

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Good simple seafood. Keep it that way!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Outstanding all the time.
Never disappoints.
A great find years ago and still enjoyable with frequent visits now all the time now.
My favorite - hands down!
Three cheers for Brian and his staff.
Msgr. Bob Batule

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Waitress was extremely accommodating and lovely. Food well presented

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