The Shelter Island Tavern

4.3
72 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian

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Located within a Historic Boutique Hotel on scenic Shelter Island. Delicious food, welcoming service, beautiful ambiance with outdoor dinning options , fireside dinning, lively bar scene.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Closed for renovations. Re-opening as Caci Shelter Island 5/26/18
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Phone number
(631) 749-5659
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Neck Road
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I had been to this place before so I was surprised that things were a bit problematic this time. In defense of the restaurant, this was their last night before closing for a month or so during the off-season. So the fact that many menu items were unavailable was something that didn't bother us too much (although two of our party had been looking forward to the Brick Chicken). But we found the service offhanded (though some of servers were trying their best, at least one was borderline hostile). The biggest problems were with the waiting time for the food, which was more than an hour, and then two of our party got the evening special, Shrimp carbonara...we were all a bit stunned that there was nowhere a single shrimp to be found in either portion! Once we informed our server, she was extremely professional and took the items off the bill, but it was not a pleasant surprise. So we think this otherwise excellent restaurant just had a bad night and will definitely rebound. But with restaurant reviews being written practically every few minutes, no restaurant can really afford to have as bad a night as this one was.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tavern offers wonderful food and service! We have eaten there nearly a dozen times with a variety of delicious options. We are always impressed.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Compared to some of the options onShelter Island which either have lower quality food, higher prices, or both, this is a very good option. It's not inepxensive to say the least, but the food is very good, and the service reasonably good.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining experience at The Shelter Island Tavern! The food consistently is great. Portions are generous. Service is friendly and efficient. This spot is a gem and we look forward to our next visit. Thank you

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. The local bay scallop special was absolutely delicious. Service was friendly.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasing spot and attended by mostly local Shelter Island folks in the off-season, mid-week, when we attended. Friendly staff and seek to accommodate well. Excellent menu options and specials.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was good but my daughter and my niece shared the Mac and cheese but it was not good with the spicy cheese last time it had cheddar but it didn’t have it this time but everything else was great thanks

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The specials were amazing-- local bay scallops cooked two different ways-- over a lobster risotto or fresh ramen. On a chilly night the French Onion soup was delicious as well. The service was great. Live music made the atmosphere lively, though conversation was a tad bit more difficult during the guitarist's set. We did not stay for dessert, but I have heard great reviews about it as well.

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M
Dusseldorf Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff and tasty burger meals. We stayed in the nearby B&B, short walk.

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NS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointing experience. Out on Shelter Island for an over night visit. Read reviews from other diners and expected better food and especially service. We were seated in a corner table and felt ignored by our waiter. Only thing that kept us from leaving was the nice live music.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to the Inn and our evening around the welcoming fire pit waiting for our table. A great memory, and a delicious meal to commemorate a significant occasion. We will be back!

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Charming location. Appetizers were good, especially the Kung Pao cauliflower. Main course, not so much. Service was not great either.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fun night for us. The cocktail menu was creative, the food was delicious, the specials were great, and of course dessert worth waiting for. Next time I'm on Shelter Island, this will be high on the list.

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J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Pomme souffle great. Pricey wine list.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All good - a short wait for service since it was busy

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S
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the location (near the Perlman concert), the outdoor porch dining and the service. The salads are great and the pasta. The chicken sandwich was disappointing.

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NY
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Comfortable, casual spot with a welcoming atmosphere. Good food, service and value. One of the better spots on Shelter Island.

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LS
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually had a 5 Star visit, in part due to the company and the time. The folk singer on the open air porch was excellent. The striped bass as good as i've ever had over excellent vegetable risotto. The mussel appetizer was very good. According to our daughter and son-in-law, the lobster roll was as good as they ever had. Our grandchildren's hamburgers were generous, the one with the mac & cheese destined for a leftover lunch. Give my wife steamers and she's in heaven; she also had delicious Kong Pao cauliflower.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern gives an exceptional dining experience. The service certainly deserves more than 5 stars, the food is beautifully and perfectly prepared & served, the ambience is one of the tops on the Island, and the only let-down is that it doesn't offer lunch or brunch. I'd eat every meal at the Tavern were it possible. The fish and seafood dishes get my top grades.

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k
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you Alice for all your help on Wednesday night. The food was delicious and we certainly will return. Ask for Alice if you go!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Tavern, great food, excellent service and good music. Will definitely return.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner menu and very good food. Lovely ambiance. Can dine inside or outside. Excellent service

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DT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and lovely ambiance. Good cocktails, great salads.

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service ambience 5

Excellent place, like a home cooked meal.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'll be back!!!!!!!!!!! Close to home, easy access, friendly staff, food was beyond delicious and properly served.

Great specials!!!!!!!!!!!!

JandG

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific everything, and live music weekend evenjngs, our new standard big night out.

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KT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome atmosphere. Staff was phenomenal.

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S
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our second visit as pleasant as our first. The pasta is great but my husband's fish and chips a little soggy this time. But we all enjoyed it very much

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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a family of 7 including an infant and every staff member was exceptional. They made us feel like we were at home and the food was great. The back had a pool and comfortable sitting area were we spent time relaxing with one another in a quiet atmosphere.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Prime rib was ordered rare and arrived medium to medium well for all four dinners. We ate it and should have sent it back. They must use a thimble to measure drinks.

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S
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it -- just looking for a Shelter Island place near the Perlman Center which wasn't outrageously expensive. The Tavern is delightful particularly on the porch. The food was great and you could have a burger, sandwich, appetizers or main courses and just mix and match. The service was nicely friendly and we were just happy with the experience and look forward to going back.

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GM
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed. Menu was different than shown on OpenTable. Two items I pre selected were not even offered.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Restaurant! Our waiter & waitress were so attentive, and our steaks were perfect, as were our desserts!

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Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was very good and the service was great! The bartender was wonderful. Would recommend this restaurant .

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JG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good food; good service. A very convenient and welcoming spot on Shelter Island. Specials always a good choice!

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on Shelter Island, if not THE best!

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AJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant on a unique island Good food good service nice people. I would highly recommend it any of my friends.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Having accepted the booking we arrived there with two kids in tow only for them to inform us that they don't serve lunch.

Very unimpressed.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, in a very relaxing setting!

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DB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.., had a lot of fun

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