Bistro Ete

4.5
142 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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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great place! We are glad to have discovered it. We had an excellent meal and were happy to meet the owners. We will be back.

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KD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

It took two hours to get our entrees. It is a small place and the menu is very long and very ambitious. Would be better with fewer selections and much faster service. We did not stay for dessert as after almost three hours, we had had enough.

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service Clearly could not

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Very cozy and delicious food. Liz and Chef Ari made the experience even more special by visiting every table and conversing with guests. We will definitely be back!

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

let me begin by confessing, we dine out more than the average couple. Once a year, we go on a eating out hiatus for a month. our trip to Bistro ETE marked the end of one of these "breaks" . (And we ubered, and it was a late valentines celebration.)
We had delicious drinks at the bar, then moved to our table and had a bottle of wine and a couple apps, and entrees and then a few more apps, then dessert with large snifters of brandy. Everything was superb.
the highlights: the fresh mint they use has extraordinary flavor, in cocktails and their mint chocolate chip ice cream. the razor clams were a rare treat, confit duck wings had amazing flavor and texture.
the staff and couple who owned the place were warm and relaxed. this will not be our only trip to Bistro Ete.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful Valentines meal at Bistro Ete. The chef had a special prix fix or you could order off the regular menu. However there were lots of specials. I had a hard time choosing but had the halibut in black truffle champagne sauce that was heaven. Many special desserts as well. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with the freshly baked warm spicy chocolate chip cookie under homemade ice cream. All in ll great meal!

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FW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and plan to come often. A warm, friendly atmosphere, excellent food and service. They were gracious in accommodating my dairy allergy and switched the vegetables that came with my entree without complaint. The food has fresh and complex clean flavors: everything we ate, from start to finish was delicious. Service was perfect.

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KA
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This place is okay, but does not deserve its premium pricing position based on the food, service, or ambiance. Things are just okay, BUT... Lots of buts for us in our visit this past Saturday. The server was not well informed about the menu or the wine list, so was constantly referring to notes. The appetizers were good, no complaints there. The fish special that my wife had was just okay, with a tepid sauce that did not carry much flavor or pizazz, but when priced at $48 you expect a lot more. (BTW, the server did not tell us the prices of the specials, and we, perhaps at fault here, did not ask. But still, you expect a lot more in what was served). My steak/frites was okay, but served with roasted potatoes, not frites, a sauce on the steak was also tepid and did not carry much flavor, and finally the dish was served with the same side salad as came with my appetizer. The chairs are wood, no cushion, so that subtracts from an otherwise pleasant ambiance. After awhile, those chairs become uncomfortable. So we will not hurry back to this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Birthday dinner they did provide a sparkler with desert w/o reminder. Very busy food was okay but entree took almost 1.5 hours to arrive.

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b
New York Area
419 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s Long Island Restaurant Week and the menu was quite large and very interesting. I had escargots for an appetizer, duck confit for the main course, and a poached pair covered in chocolate for dessert. It was all delicious. I paired the meal with a French Macon wine with the escargots and a red Bordeaux with the duck. The meal cost me $30 as did the wine. All in all, it was a very good value.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent LI restaurant selection!

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at this restaurant during restaurant week. Food was very good and waitstaff was very attentive but portions of the scallops were small and eggplant appetizer was bland.

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w
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

this was our second visit to this charming gem. we had a very early reservation (5:30) and were the first diners in the dining room. we asked to sit at the corner nook table, but were told no since it was a table for four. we did sit at that same table the last time we were there and we were a '2' then also?!? it was 5:30 so the chances of all the tables being filled, before we were done, were pretty slim. i admit that i am quite particular as to where i sit, however, i also understand that if a restaurant is busy they do need to seat accordingly. since we were so early, and all the tables were available, there was no reason why we should not have been seated at our requested table. we were not thrilled that we had to sit at a tiny table for 2, when the entire restaurant was empty! annnyywaayyy ... on to our meals. i, once again, enjoyed the grapefruit martini - it is so delicious and the faint touch of rosemary is lovely! to start i ordered the soup du jour which was potato leek .... omg, it was awesome!!!! for my entree i had the seared scallops and they also were divine - cooked and seasoned perfectly! unfortunately, my husband's choices weren't as fabulous. he had the seafood chowder and was quite disappointed with it. either the clams or calamari were so chewy that they were inedible and the remaining seafood was not identifiable in flavor. for his entree he ordered the catch of the day, which was monkfish wrapped in bacon. it was a very small serving (for a man) and thinly sliced which caused it to lose the moist texture and sweet flavor of monkfish. bistro ete is a darling little gem of a restaurant, with a chef who genuinely cares about what he serves. the owners are welcoming and friendly. we will return! the table situation was a major downside to the evening, especially since when we left there was only one other couple in the dining room, as it was still very early.

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SH
New York Area
315 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly. Great good A keeper.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience. Everything was delicious and perfectly balanced. I couldn’t ask for a more exciting tour of southern France on my palate than what Chef Ari prepared that night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 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
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 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 21, 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
148 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 12, 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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CD
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
55 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 29, 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
71 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 1, 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
43 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 18, 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 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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