Grey Lady - Montauk

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75 reviews
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Seafood
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.
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ME
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, well kept dinning area and delicious food.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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NI
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good stuff

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g
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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p
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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g
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Unbeatably loud.

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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LA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

VERY limited menu choices. Prices a bit higher than warranted

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and the staff was very accommodating.

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S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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!

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LB
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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....

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

There is nothing vegetarian on the menu. The exorbitantly priced $28 tacos came in bone dry tortillas. Wouldn't recommend for a nice dinner. Best for 21-year-olds looking to get trashed after 10pm. Management is very nice though, I do want to note that. It's just not a good dining experience for anyone over 25.

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KS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was absolutely amazing and if solely based on that I would've given this five stars. however the service was absolutely horrendous. We had to basically flag down servers every single time we needed to order something including the check! The only time anyone came to our table was to mistakenly offer us food that we did not even order. This happened four times not even exaggerating. Such a disappointment! if they fix their service issues I would try this restaurant again otherwise would not recommend

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was exceptional,atmospher casual average , menu limited but excellent . The best brancini I ever had.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Flavorful but portions are small and overpriced! Service tries to compensate.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very bad service... that's all, don't even want to comment anything else

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BJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful experience. Would ever go back there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well I booked this restaurant in the summer and received an initial confirmation email as well as a follow up email the day before...October 9th. Well imagine our surprise when we arrived to a boarded up restaurant. They closed for the season without alerting patrons. Since this was Columbus Day weekend we were stuck looking for a last minute place to eat. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL !

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