Nautilus Cafe

4.6
925 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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Sun 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Tue 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Wed - Thu 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 925 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fantastic meal. The nautilus never disappoints. One of the best seafood restaurants on LI def the best in south shore. Staff is friendly and pleasant. The halibut is the best around! Congrats Nautilus, our favorite place!!

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K
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spot on👍 Ambiance, service and, best of all, food make it a place to head for. Love the price fixe lunch!

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HO
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simple great seafood always fresh we go there Often it’s always guaranteed to be a good meal

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nautilus has become one of our go-to places. The menu is varied but not overbearing; food and service are consistently great.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Very cozy atmosphere. No complaints.

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S
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small inteiment atmosphere. Good presentaion and food quality. Attentive service.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Terrific food. Good service. A little pricey.

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W
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My friends and I eat here often, mostly for dinner. There is a small selection of wine by the glass, but they are all delicious and well priced. This time, we had the Restaurant Week menu - 3 dinner courses for $29.95. A superb value - crab and asparagus bisque was smooth and creamy, the short ribs mouthwateringly tender. desserts wonderful. The service was well paced and the meal quite leisurely in spite of the crowd.

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SZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a nice meal at the Nautilus Café last Saturday night. The food was good, but it didn't wow me. I think my expectations may have been too high after reading the reviews. I had the lobster and my husband the strip steak. My husband's steak was tasty but a little tough. We ordered the fries and onion string combo which was under cooked and not very crisp. The leftovers that we brought home were much better the next night when we crisped them up in the toaster oven.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious specials but very pricey. Early bird specials are awesome!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nautilus Cafe never disappoints. I had the 3 course lunch prix fix (23.95). Manhattan clam chowder, Huge lobster Cobb salad and cheesecake for dessert. I took the cheesecake home because I was so full from the Cobb salad. The service is excellent; Attentive without being intrusive.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Nautilus Café is a great week-ender, a chance to relax in pleasant surroundings, enjoy good food and outstanding service.

I try to get to the Nautilus weekly. If I miss somehow, the week seems incomplete.

Msgr. Batule

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2
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been dining at the Nautilus Cafe for over 30 years.
Not once, I emphasize, not once in that time have we been disappointed or unsatisfied with the food.
The seafood is exceptional - the very freshest and of the highest quality.
The entire waitstaff is always accommodating, but I would be remiss if I didn't give an extra special mention to Deborah.
She is truly the GEM of the Nautilus Cafe.
With her pleasant personality, ready smile, exceptional menu knowledge and professionalism, she is always a delight to see.

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U
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Hostess was rude and unaccommodating same as the last time we went, Will Not Go Back

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always like the food at Nautilus... a sure thing when you have guests... friendly service, nice ambiance, summers are always a little problematic because its busy but year round we love it

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T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday afternoon lunch with friends. The lobster bisque was exceptionally good, and we each enjoyed one of the daily specials. I ordered the shrimp stuffed with crab meat - and was not disappointed. The mimosas were served in a fun and unique way. We were a larger group, thus fortunate to get the booth tucked in the corner. Our guests had a wonderful view of the canal from their side of the table!!!

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AB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent for decades

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DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff accommodating tour needs

Price Fix Sunday Afternoon a plus
Food tasty and fresh
Nice presentation

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful as always great drinks and food excellent service nice veiw of the Nautical mile all and all a great expeirience

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FR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was average. Pricey with small portions. The service was good.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. The ambiance and service was excellent.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Easy parking. Prices a little high but not bad for lunch. Service was excellent.

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E
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sehr gutes Seafood. Schwertfisch und Tuna haben lecker geschmeckt.....zwanglose Atmosphäre.

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LF
New York Area
230 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal. Fresh fish, well prepared, fresh salads, good sides, nice desserts, good bar, reasonable prices, friendly staff. And, a water view on the Nautical Mile. What else could you ask?

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. I had the halibut special and my sister had a lobster. The waitress was very attentive and courteous. I appreciate that even on a Sat night, the noise level permits conversation. It was a nice evening, so we enjoyed our view of the Woodcleft Canal.This is definitely a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! There’s 100% chance that you’ll have a terrific meal!

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was accompanied by two guests on my last visit. Each of them raved about the food and service.
Exceptional every time I visit.
Bravo!
Msgr. Batule

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Whenever we want delicious, well prepared food, we think Nautilus! We have never been disappointed. The entire staff is friendly and accommodating AND efficient! The friendly atmosphere keeps us coming back whenever we can.

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LF
New York Area
230 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish, lots of amazing seafood, fresh salads, delicious vegetable sides. Spectacular setting. Love it.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the Red Snapper with blackened shrimp & Combination Platter Scallops, Shrimp and Sol fried. Great meals! The homemade banana bread was delicious too. Will return.

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fine dining experience - always.
Great food, great service.
A pleasure!
Msgr. Batule

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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r
New York Area
229 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our go to restaurant when we meet our friends. Restaurant is half way between our homes.

Good wine, tasty food and great service. Waiter and bus boy are super nice and accommodating. Never rushed and we sit over coffee on Sunday afternoon. Will be back again

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w
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been coming here for over 30 years. It was my mom’s favorite restaurant. In fact we celebrated many of her birthdays here.

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t
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It was my mom's 91st birthday and I wanted to take her for soft shell crab. We were seated at a good table and our server, Laura, was fantastic! She treated my mom like gold and even snuck her a little extra banana bread for her to take home. Mom's crab was devoured as was my cod, which was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Be prepared, it's not quiet, but for a party or a casual night out, it's perfect!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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s
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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