Bistro Ete

4.5
128 reviews
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Bistro Eté, now located in a permanent-year round location, is everything you long for in a restaurant tucked away in a quaint spot in The Mill Center. Transformed by Interior Designer Karen Gorman to reflect an understated chic and comfortable style that transports you to the Coast of France. This unpretentious dining experience celebrates food and wine in a setting for all the senses yet does not compete with the flavors.

Chef Arie, inspired by his Cypriot heritage, formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and his years working under Two Star Michelin Chef Philippe Da Silva in Provence, presents cuisine reflective of this coastal style. Longtime customers can still indulge in his classic dishes such as escargot, striped bass with champagne truffle sauce and his own dry aged steaks. Of course Chef Arie’s menu will include many mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian dishes driven by altering his favorite recipes for his vegetarian wife.
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SH
New York Area
296 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly. Great good A keeper.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab evening... super nice food. Love the restaurant.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistro Ete for the first time and had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and served very hot. The dishes were classic yet inventive. The ambience was very warm and inviting. Service was attentive. It clearly exceeded our expectations. We will certainly return.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance attentive and casual country chic. Peconic Bay scallops should have an accompaniment of vegetable and or starch. Left restaurant hungry. Expensive $34 entree !

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

disappointing in an area which desparately needs new and good restaurants. The owners and staff are trying very hard but not up to the neighborhood despite the neighborhood prices.

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LM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the true restaurant stars in the Hamptons. Food, service, ambiance and chef/owner are superb!

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B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love it here! They are the nicest people and the food is delicious but not light fare!

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bistro Ete!! Whenever we finish a dinner there we say we should go more often.

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w
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we had a lovely dinner and evening at bistro ete !! owner/chef arie and his wife were both very welcoming and friendly! arie stopped at our table after dinner, which is a nice, caring touch! liz even had "beary latte" join our table :-) !!!!! the ambiance is very welcoming, warm and cozy!! our waitress, katie, was extremely pleasant, attentive and friendly! the pink grapefruit martini was SO delicious and creative! i had the soup du jour which was a creamy cauliflower creation that was fabulous - smooth, light and flavorful. my husband had the steamed littleneck clams w/sausage, shallots and peas, which he enjoyed. for our entrees i had the zucchini spaghetti with heirloom tomatoes and hubby had the swordfish special. i did thoroughly enjoy the zucchini spaghetti, however it could have used just a touch more seasoning - imo. i would order it again though. i love that chef arie offers vegetarian options ! looking forward to trying either the vegetable paella or seared scallops on our next visit !! thank you!!!

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, feels like a true French local restaurant. Personable service great food with a good selection of choices on the menu. I love the small plate choices. I enjoyed the passion and the craft of the chef.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit was as good as the first!
some of the best food on the east end

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VN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this warm, friendly, stylish, delicious restaurant. Food is spectacular, (and we are true foodies), drinks are fresh and creative, and the people (from Chef Arie, lovely Liz and rest of the staff) send the wonderful experience over the top!!!
We are so happy to have it as part of our lives.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I had heard good things so I must have caught them on an off night. The bread was delicious. The onion soup was nothing special and lacked that crispy cheese top. My entree, pork, was overdone and difficult to cut or chew. The mushroom sauce was delicious but there was almost none of it. The stuffed squash side was very good. They were very accommodating and did take my entree off the bill. It was very expensive for Hamptons mid week off season. A good steak frites at a reasonable price would be a nice winter "locals" addition to the menu. The only beef entree was a NY strip at $48 a la carte.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class

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

Always excellent food and the grilled calamari was amazing and zucinni spaghetti extraordinary as always. But the service, our waiting staff lady ah Yaya. She roams slowly, and by the time she rattled off the daily specials which were numerous, and she was stiff with all the names and ingredient. And it sounded tasteless, we just wanted her to go away.
Service is a big part of interactiveness so let's see how many more times we are willing to return for its food only.

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

We had a delightful dinner at Ete. Service was friendly, food was yummy! It’s a medium sized place with light wood, decor.

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L
Nashville
69 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Way over priced and very poor service. Wait staff looks grubby and unkempt. Service was so slow and food was repeated delayed with lots of apologies and no improvement over the course of the meal.

Rolls were dry and hard. Why would you serve pasta in that kind of burl wood bowl?

Just completely unresponsive staff and almost $400 for 4 people with just entrees and an appetizer for the table.

And it’s in a shopping center.

No ambiance

Skip it.

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c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great but very slow service. It was a busy Saturday night but waited a very long time for everything. But food was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Noise level much too high and restaurant was not half full. Very difficult to hear. Need rugs curtains ceiling absorbers. Shame as food is creative and delicious. Could not wait to leave. Did so before dessert to escape noise

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall an underwhelming experience. We read the reviews and set our expectations high. The ambience is ok, the service suffered (they got busy at some points and started confusing tables and orders more frequently than expected).

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

One of the best meals I have had in the Hamptons in the last few years.
Very unique for the area. Felt like we were dining in a bistro in TriBeCa or something.
If they have the sea bass entree as a special...get it! One of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten.

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i
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A new restaurant for us and a terrific surprise. Kitchen was really good; Pappardelle with short ribs was yummy (sauce in particular), black angus steak was a good cut, slightly overdone (so go one temp cooler when you order). Fried artichokes and sauce were very enjoyable, try it with a wedge of lemon. Wine selection was limited but some good choices.

Will definitely put Bistro Ete in our rotation...Watermill has a good dining option again.

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J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truffle everywhere, from the drinks to the pasta to desert. Onion soup was one of the best we've ever tasted - intense flavor and plenty of onions and cheese. Everything we ate was superbly prepared, the menu was varied and interesting. Service was terrific.

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

From the moment you walk into Bistro Ete, you feel like they are happy to have you there and they are going to work hard to ensure you have a positive experience. Food was delicious, service good and it was a very pleasant evening. It has been a great addition to Water Mill.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farm to table food here is super fresh...highly recommend!

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

One of the best restaurants we have been to in years!!!

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MC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great selection with innovative cuisine. Terrific presentation and preparation. Wonderful care for delicious cuisine!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing. Really creative, healthy and delicious. The Papperdelle with truffles was over the top delicious.

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p
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Mixed quality on the food

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H
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we loved it. The atmosphere is not pretentious but very comfortable. The menu is not lengthy, but has plenty of choices. The wine list is simple, but very nice. The service was excellent in many ways. One of the party had an allergy and the chef came out (without being asked) and worked the choices to fit the allergy. Will definitely go back.

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b
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to go weekly. I love every thing and everyone there

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

It was really good food

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good place, good food and service. perhaps they might work better on the wine list, and stop abusing offering "Truffles" on every dish, but it is certainly a nice place

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MC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful - the space is beachy and comfortable, menu very thoughtful, presented well and very tasty. The team are welcoming and accommodating - and the chef very accessible and happy to be involved. I will be returning again soon.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Superb! Outstanding! I’m in love.

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l
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I first visited this lovely little restaurant in Water Mill a year ago and thought it was great. We didn't return till mid-summer this year and we're now kicking ourselves for that poor decision. It remains as good, if not better, with farm-to-table dishes (the chef/owner has a garden behind the restaurant) and very warm and friendly service. My husband had swordfish which he loved and I repeated my prior choice of zucchini "pasta" with a very fresh and light tomato sauce that was fantastic. How perfect to eat a pasta dish that tastes exactly like pasta but is healthy and without fattening carbs! The atmosphere is casual but very pleasant and there's a small bar area that's also used for dining. The prices are reasonable, especially for the area, and all the desserts and just about everything else too are house-made. It was pretty packed on a Wednesday night, so we're hoping this place is here to stay. Don't miss it!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, very good service, sincere interest in diners all around satisfaction. This is a great place for a meal.

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M
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not
your pretentious Hampton restaurant. Understated, but excellent food and service.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.
Very friendly staff. Owner made sure to go to everyone’s table. Since we ordered a pasta dish with truffles he gave us an educational lesson on the different types of truffles.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love this place! They could not be nicer and more earnest about the food they prepare and it really is delicious!

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