Grey Lady - Montauk

3.9
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82 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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About

A sister restaurant to Grey Lady in New York City. The Grey Lady is a nickname for the fog on Nantucket. The owners are all lifelong Nantucketers, and when they decided to open a seafood restaurant, the name was a natural fit.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5.00pm - 10.00pm
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Phone number
(631) 210-6249
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Full Bar, Outdoor dining, View
What 82 People Are Saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.8
ambience
3.4
value
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55% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Seafood pasta was awful.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

closed even tho we had a reservation that was confirmed

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience here. We were told we needed to do a prefix menu. Within 30 minutes of sitting down, before we even had the chance to finish our appetizers they were taken from the table and our entrees were forced on us. Everything was cold and when we asked to hold the entrees the kitchen got angry with us. No one came to refill waters or take more drink orders. Mind you there were plenty of empty tables for dinner service the entire time. I asked to speak to the manager and had to wait 20 min for him to come over. I wouldn’t recommend eating here to anyone especially for prefix dinners. The food is crap and for $65/person it’s a rip off. Staff is inattentive and could care less about dining experience of their customers. I will not be returning.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We made a 630 reservation and we show up and the place was completely empty. I mean like no other human was there besides my family. They were blasting music for no reason. It was all very bizarre. Would not return. Food was fine but overpriced.

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful space but the menu is too limited; lots of fried foods etc. Service was great and while food was good-not what I would expect and doesn’t match the room or service.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The menu was very limited. It is not a dinner place but a good place to enjoy a great band and comfortable, pretty surroundings for a drink and appetizer. The trout pate was more like a spicy trout salad. Happy hour prices are moderate but regular prices were inflated. We were among the only ones there so service was good.

K
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was ok for a very casual night out. The food was good.

ME
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was a fun place in Montauk. If you're looking for a DJ, lively group, relatively young, and decent food and service, this is a great place. Clean, nice staff.

n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Don’t sit inside on the weekend or you won’t be able to hear anything. We had some other issues there initially, which I’ll give them a pass on (not rant about it on open table) but the staff was kind about it and comp’d a round of drinks. Either way, don’t plan to go here past 9pm or you’ll have to wait 15+ for the bathroom. Food was ok, no major complaints there.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, well kept dinning area and delicious food.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Super fun, but not the right spot for a date night. Food and service were fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The staff was not at all friendly and acted like they were doing us a favor by allowing us to eat there, meanwhile for the first hour that we dined, we were one of only three occupied tables inside. We had a reservation for 5 people and they sat us at a table for 4 until we negotiated with them to sit us at a table for 6 so that each person had enough room to eat. And it took actual convincing for them to agree. We waited for 15 minutes for a server to approach our table and when she did, she simply asked, “are you ready to order?” as if we were at a fast food counter. The food was just ok and on the bland side. When we asked for salt and pepper, she took about 8 minutes to bring it. I get that the chef seasons the food and probably believes it is done to perfection...but it just wasn’t seasoned well. We finished eating and the sever was nowhere to be found. The manager (or whoever he was) came and took my credit card. After i had already paid, the server arrived to ask if we wanted “anything else.” Overall, there was nothing special about the food, service, or ambiance...but the staff sure doesn’t seem to know that.

NI
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I made a reservation weeks in advance for an Anniversary, and I was traveling from 3 hours away, and was told 2 hours prior to the reservation that the restaurant was not even scheduled to be open that day. This is the first time that OpenTable failed me.

Someone from Managment contacted me to offer some type of recovery, however, due to traveling from out of town, this was not feasible.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Food was decent, portions were small and drinks were average. Service was pretty good. Music was great, fun and LOUD. You don’t go here for amazing food, but for a fun dinner that turns into a night out this is a good spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good stuff

g
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Could not be bothered to turn off reservation system when they were closed so we made a reservation & showed up at a time that it was impossible to get in anywhere else but they were closed!! Ruined our night. Obviously they do not care about their customers.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was terrible. So expensive and I couldn't even eat it. I got the fish tacos and my boyfriend got the seafood platter. Fried to cover up the horrible quality of fish. Do not go!

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the Grey Lady in Montauk. Food was awesome, great service, super cool reggae band playing. Only minor quibble would be the drinks we ordered. Super expensive and REALLY weak and on the pricey side. Other than that this place is highly recommended. Drink beer!

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was good. Very nice server and the food was solid. Its a cute restaurant in Montauk so really nothing wrong with it. Just don't think it really deserves more than 3/5 stars. Fod came out quickly but it was a bit loud for not being that crowded.

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall1food2service4ambience4

The service was good. The drinks were good. The food was SO SPICY it was insane. The chicken sandwich had the MOST spicy sauce on it, my son couldn't eat it. 3 of us ordered the fish tacos and WHOA! beyond spicy. Everything had to be sent back. And we are OK with mildly spicy but this was nuts. So while the place was pretty, I wouldn't go back

p
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun place for family at night it’s an 20 something crowd fun

g
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Unbeatably loud.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner and to go out! Bathroom situation was not good. Only 2 stalls for the whole place.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent, branzino dish was a winner. Service was solid if not a little rushed. It was overpriced but I’ve been to more overpriced, and it was expected considering the location and the bougie / trendy vibe they aspire for as part of their restaurant/nightclub blend. Bathroom situation was the worst thing about the venue, it was nothing short of abysmal, took 30-40 minutes to wait on line and use restroom. I would have hung out longer and I probably wouldn’t go back until they fix this.

LA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I had the fish tacos. I know it's trendy and it's the summer but there was such a small amount of fish in each of my two tacos. It was tasty but more of an appetizer than a meal. There was more red cabbage than anything. I would have been happier with more fish in the taco & ditch the fries. They were good but not a good side for tacos. Maybe a fresh salsa or salad.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We were checked it and asked to wait at the bar. The host did not return for 30 minutes and sat other people before us. The people he seated seemed to be younger and hipper. Overall, we seemed a little too old for the place and were definitely given the cold shoulder compared to younger patrons. We wound up leaving after waiting for 30 minutes. We will try another Grey Lady location in the future perhaps. I couldn't actually assess the food, so I gave it 4 stars, since I don't want to fault a place based on info I don't have.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were looking for more low key restaurant iur first night in Montauk and the Grey Lady fit the bill. The outside space was nice with the high tables. The food leans toward comfort and was very well prepared. The specialty cocktails were very good. The inside can be loud so if you are looking at a more romantic feel eat outside.

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I don’t understand the buzz about this restaurant. The food is very ordinary and overpriced. Very limited, boring menu. Nothing much to write home about...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Had to ask to get a server and a drink after waiting a half hour after being seated. Then waited almost an hour and a half for entrees. Also, there is an enormous line for the two unisex bathrooms. Each trip my someone in our party took 15 to 20 minutes.

AL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

VERY limited menu choices. Prices a bit higher than warranted

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with friends. Everyone who works there is super attentive, they serve great food, and fun atmosphere. Will be back a million times over.

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was good and the staff was very accommodating.

S
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Caters to a very young crowd. Was early in the season, had dinner on a rainy night over MD weekend. Even half full, noise level was pretty high, can only imagine what it will be like at height of the season. Lots of milennials, mostly women, in white jeans and stilettos, guessing they were fueling up before hitting Surf Lodge. Staff was lovely and service was quite good, but if you are over 35, you may want to go elsewhere!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in Montauk. The food and the spicy jalapeno margaritas are amazing! Also, love the ambiance.

LB
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First time here and not quite what we expected. More like a casual seafood “shack” with waitress service. Food was ok, lobster rolls disappointing, banana split was the worst attempt at a dessert favorite and best left off the menu. The wait staff was very pleasant which made the extra star possible. Not cheap and definitely think there are better places in Montauk. Wanted to like it more....

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food: Burrata tomato salad, crab toast, fried seafood were worth every expensive penny. Only complaint: Music outside was so loud, had to yell over it while in the restaurant.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome awesome food. Burata was amazing. Watermelon margarita incredible. Fresh watermelon.
Fish tacos amazing. Sea bass incredible.
Very relaxed. Great service. Great value for montauk.

J
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Cozy spot by the water in Montouk. On a non-Friday and Sat night it's a great spot for dinner with a view. It gets a bit wild on weekends, but either way the food is really great. Limited menu, but everything is good!

DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was lovely. The owner and waitstaff very friendly and accommodating. The food was quite good and the marguerita was excellent. Nice casual dining spot in Montauk
I would definitely go back

CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I arrived for my reservation and was told they did not have it in the system. When I showed them the confirmation email, they essentially ignored it. They kept telling me that they would look into it and just never coming back while I stood there for an hour.

While standing there, I watched them selling people tables if they agreed to a $1,000-$1,500 minimum tab. It was clear that they had decided they had such a high demand for people to get in and drink "bottle service" that they were giving away previously reserved tables in order to make as much money as possible. Why care about a customer who is coming for dinner when you have a 21 year old and his friends who will spend $1,500 just to sit at a table?

I've never seen an establishment treat patrons like this before. It was appalling. If you want to have tables available for bottle service starting at 10 PM, then fine. But don't allow people to make open table reservations past 10 PM, have them come all the way to your restaurant, and then ignore them because you've decided you have enough demand for bottle service that you don't need that table to be filled with people eating dinner.