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Sunset Beach

151 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Hot Spot

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Sunset Beach is located in Shelter Island Heights, where guests can enjoy the summer-time flavors of Italy and the French Riviera. Both lunch and dinner are served in either the comfortable dining area or the open-air pavilion. Every ingredient is seasonal and sourced from local day boat fishermen and organic farmers who work with Sunset Beach to provide a delicious meal to vacationing diners.

Guests love the pasta with baby scampi, rack of lamb, vegetarian tagine and fresh whole fish. The menu changes often, but favorites such as bouillabaisse and salad ni�oise are always available at Sunset Beach. After your meal, try the sorbet or the berries and cream for a sweet treat.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 7:00am-11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am

*We will only be open on weekends from May 15th - June 7th until we open 7 days a week on Thursday June 11th.
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Phone number
(631) 749-2001
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Edgar Cungu
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Private party facilities
Sunset Beach can accommodate parties up to 250 people.
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Private party contact
Reservations Office: (631) 749-2001
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Parking details
Guests are welcome to use our parking lot as you may not park along the beach until after 5pm (unless you have a local permit).
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Public transit
The Hampton Jitney stops in Greenport, NY and Sag Harbor, NY. From there you are able to walk or drive onto the Shelter Island Ferry (Ferry time: approximately 15 minutes). You can call ahead for a local taxi to pick you up on the Shelter Island side.
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Live DJ, Friday through Sunday.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBoJo (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on September 2, 2015

The restaurant was overbooked and we were seated in the unappealing ground floor room used for hotel breakfasts. The service from the staff and the kitchen was abominable. We waited over an hour to be served our entrees and then left because they were nowhere in sight. Too bad because we had enjoyed the experience, on the upper deck, in the past

justdance (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

The main clientele are "beautiful people" that come from huge yachts. If you're not one of them don't expect any attention or service. We made a reservation 3 weeks or more in advance and were offered a table by the kitchen door. Once we complained we were told that everything else was not available and we had to wait to be seated in the "cafe" section with other exiles not deemed "beautiful enough".

vipSoup (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

Food is good but not great. Skip the entrees and have a few apps and cocktails and enjoy the view!

vipFashionFriend (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

It just wouldn't be summer if I didn't pay at least one visit to this Shelter Island staple. Each year the chef reinvents some basic item into a melt in your mouth affair. This year it's the straciatella with asparagus. While burrata is on everyone else's menu everywhere, this is a scrumptious variation on the trend finished with a lemon zest that makes it sing. The mussels are always flavorful as is pretty much everything on the menu. We always share at least 3 or 4 items like the cevice that was so amazing fresh we tried to take our time and savor every bite. Make a reservation in advance soon. They roll up and out on Labor Day.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

Sharing menu items were too small. We were told kitchen was closed 20 minutes before it was supposed to.

Danceshrink (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

I frequent many NYC Open Table Restaurants. I spend many summers in the Hamptons and had heard about Sunset Beach . I had been hoping to get there
For several summers and was looking forward to finally going there. I was expecting an amazing delicious upscale dining experience. The food was basic expensive with a limited menu and they did not have the "Fish of the day". The waitress was matter of fact bordering on unfriendly and barely listened to our order or check on us during the meal. Seemed like she was doing us a favor! We got asked if we wanted a refill of coffee while we paid our check . The setting and view were lovely and the bar area was nice so that the experience was not a complete wash. I might go back for a drink and the view.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

We have been coming here for years and love it everyone. The food is fantastic and the ambience is wonderful! Everything is the right balance!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

Love it here. It's like an afternoon in St Tropez... Except you're in New York. You must get the fried artichoke!

vipFoodie101 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

Wow what a sceen.
Great for people watching.
Food was amazing and they had no problems serving Happy Birthday party of 50 people at prime time

vipDB2468 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

Went for lunch around 3 pm. Service was surprisingly good considering most places in the Hamptons get so crazy good service is hard to find. Food was also tasting. Lots of great seafood options.

Kharmalicious (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Our car was robbed in the Sunset Beach parking lot. Luckily, we did not have many valuables. I have read countless reviews about purses, phones and pretty much anything being stolen while near this place. Saw people doing cocaine in parking lot.

Fun atmosphere, great outdoor seating, scenic view, food and service was good, fast moving crowd but obviously filled with shady characters. If it wasn't for being robbed, it would have been a great evening.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 1, 2015

Food was never the selling point here but it has fallen off again. They don't even serve bread any more - just bread sticks. Portions are very small. Had poussin (baby chicken) and it was one tiny baby - maybe 3 or 4 mouthfuls. $18 cocktails etc. Same beautiful setting but food doesn't match.

vipFalconwoods (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2014

Not great food for the price, however the view of the water is great.
Staff was friendly. Could have had a better selection of wines.
Overall it was ok I wouldn't rush back

califoodi (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

What a winning combination great French food overlooking a picturesque beach

vipnibor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

awesome…wonderful…a must go to…so glad we got to go this summer before they closed...

vipRichard (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

fun energetic setting. beautiful sunsets if you have good weather.

vipplc747 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

very disappointed used to be one of my favorite places three of us dined only two dinners came out 25 minutes later as we were done third dinner came out then someone spilled a drink on us had my favorite moules frites no taste really went down hill hope management gets it together as it is a lovely setting

vipFood4fun (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 28, 2014

This place is way over-hyped. Service was terrible, everything was completely disorganized - the manager didn't even know what was going on. Our food came out at random times, and my husbands entree arrived after everyone else had already finished. Not worth the ferry ride over.

vipGoodchoice (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2014

You feel like you are in Europe......South of France!
The ambience, vibe, view and food all spectacular.

ALD8 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 25, 2014

I booked a reservation using open table and when arrived, was told they no longer do reservations with open table. When asked if we would be able to still get a table we were ignored. When asked again the hostess acted as though she didn't even remember and still did not answer if we would get a table or even give a wait time. They were rude and we ended up leaving.

vipMravs (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2014

Beautiful waterfront setting, especially at sunset. Service from French-accented staff was very friendly (yes that is possible). Attractive crowd. Food was decent, simpler fare even good.

rockerfeller (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

Delicious food but portions way to small for the prices they charge. Good atmosphere and location.

vipAmy1 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

The setting is amazing. The restaurant . . . not so much.
VERY expensive for small portions of just ok food.
And the service is extremely snooty - Very Euro and Very Superior.
Best to come for a drink, and go elsewhere for dinner.

rayL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

Sunset beach the most romantic restaurant on the East Coast. The food was great!

vipVivi (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2014

Tried to walk in on a weekday at 2:00pm and was told the wait was 45 minutes, with a lot of attitude at that. Went on OpenTable and found a table was available within 1/2 hour. Strike one! At the reservation time, was told that they don't keep the OpenTable app there so they had no idea I had made a reservation. Waited another 10 minutes for a table to be set up, even though there were empty tables. Waitress was edgy and rude. Took 15 minutes to bring drinks. Never really checked back with us. Food was ok, but by then we were so annoyed we just wanted to get out of there. It's a shame as it's a beautiful setting, but will not waste our time or money again.

vipWillajane (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 17, 2014

Did not honor the reservation
Made us wait with everyone who did not reserve
Sat us in a place where you coul not see the view
Took forever to get food
The scene is like Fellini on steroids
Ruins the bucolic Shelter Idland vibe

vipMAC1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

Whats not to like about sitting outside eating seafood and looking at the water. Only negative is the price...very expensive.

Carrie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

$34 for pasta w red sauce and basil?!?! are you kidding me?

viaggiatrice (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

Sunset Beach is popular, chic...and the food is fabulous! We were expecting a beautiful view (it really is the ONLY place on the water in the Hamptons) but we were not expecting to find such a great meal. My husband had the BEST grilled lobster we've ever tasted. The crab cakes were awesome, as was the tuna tartare and watermelon salad. We were there on a weekday at dinner with our two children (10 and 5) and my sister and we just loved it. We all cannot wait to return. Service was great. Food fabulous. Truly a wonderful evening.

Caseydak (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 10, 2014

Sunset beach is a great place to go if you are lucky enough to be there when they are on their game. Unfortunately they are usually not. You have to go there knowing that you really dont care about the hospitality experience. You are going there to enjoy the company of your friends and the beach side view. Unfortunately service is nonexistent and obnoxious to boot by people who obviously dont care about ownership. Its a shame because it could be a great place if managemet cared enough.