The American Hotel

4.3
104 reviews
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French
The American Hotel is one of the few historic hotels remaining in the United States. Here, visitors can come and visit and take a trip back in time to the mid-1920s when smoking rooms and jackets were commonplace among velvet furniture and strong whiskey served on the rocks. During the summertime, The American Hotel hosts local and traveling musicians who play classic tunes on the lobby's gorgeous grand piano six nights a week.

Of course, The American Hotel is more than just a hotel, it houses an excellent restaurant as well. There are multiple dining areas depending on what kind of experience guests are looking for. The Main Dining Room is a lively and rambunctious room that holds about 80 people while the Drew Room is a quieter, more private area for those looking for an intimate evening. The food is quintessential American cuisine from across the United States.
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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the very best food, service, and atmosphere here. The staff helped me celebrate my birthday in the very best way.

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RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is always professional...great wine list and an excellent recommendation...Ron is a true gentleman

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been coming here for four or so years and always great food and fun, classy atmosphere. Their veal chops or lamb chops are always show stoppers and have yet to have disappointing seafood as well.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Restaurant staff allowed us to come in, sit down, order and start eating before informing us that my husband’s sleeveless tee shirt was not acceptable attire, requiring him to put on their tee shirt with sleeves. This rule was not posted on premises or web site. The incident was very embarrassing and we will not go there again, whatever we’re wearing.

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Bread was stale. Fish smelled like ammonia. Veal was tough and overcooked.

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Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my wife for her birthday. The service was very good and the food likewise. It didn't really explode in our mouths with flavor and it wasn't a thrilling experience but it was a good, well prepared, well presented meal. It's a good place to visit for a meal and then walk around Sag Harbor afterwards. We really did enjoy the colorful indoor ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2012
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. A bit heavy for summer but very last bit delicious. Not a light summery plae overall bc of decor but worth trying it!

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SK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2012
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I have had many pleasurable dining experiences at the American Hotel in the past. I wanted to introduce guests visiting from Santa Fe to a lovely Hamptons institute. It was a big disappointment due to horrible service, mix ups with entrees and a bad attitude from all the wait staff. Won't be coming back for a long time or ever!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A timeless Classic! The way I would like to be treated! Worth every penny! Elegant, delicious food, historic setting, great wait staff... They make each patron feel like royalty!

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R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2012
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was not as good as usual, possibly because we went on Mother's Day. Also, we were told we had to order from the Prix Fixe menu, but just as we were finishing our meal,we overheard our waiter tell guests at the next table that they could order from the regular menu as well as from the PF one.
We also had to ask for things, such as a glass of water, or a cup of ice, several times. We felt somewhat ignored. Food was excellent, but service was not.

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NT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great folks and great food!

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We decided to go off season because it is usually packed during the summer months. We were seated in one of four? dining rooms alone. One of the dining rooms was very crowded but my wifie pointed out that she thought that that dining room was for the locals since everyone seemed to know each other. So much for snobbishness.
We enjoyed everything starting with the cocktails which were well prepared and very cold. The appetizer which the waiter recommended was excellent. It was local bay scallops simply prepared and not overcooked as they usually are. The same was true of the roasted cod and the Scottish salmon. The portions were generous. As for the service, the waiter was attentive but not pretentious.

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r
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to be disappointed but much busier these days and the good tables are few

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in the Hampton's!

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D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.
The staff is always eager to please and the dining experience is divine.
Our favorite place on the East End.
No one else comes close.

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I loved this hotel the only thing was the shops closed early and had they no room service- but still loved it will absolutley stay there again

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read the reviews and there were many negative and almost cancelled my reservation, I am glad I did not. I don't know what all the reviews were talking about the staff being rude. They were far from rude. It was exceptional service, and the food top notch. A little pricey but well worth it from start to finish!!

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MC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my wife's birthday in January for lunch. Great menu, the service was excellent and we enjoyed the historic and tasteful ambiance. We were not rushed and the waiters were very attentive and cordial.

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OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2012
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It would be easy to be intimidated by The American Hotel: the maitre d' and at least one of the waiters are not the warm and fuzzy type, the wine list is very long, and menu items are expensive. Get over that and you can have a wonderful, romantic lunch in the winter. (Summer is an entirely different story. I don't go then.) Request the bar room, have a shrimp cocktail, a burger, wonderful tomato soup (if it's a special), excellent salads, fresh fish. There are reasonably priced wines like a $29 muscadet. Sierra Nevada's on tap.

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, just great!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

New Year's Eve was festive and wonderful.
The food was superb and generous and we totally enjoyed the ambiance
of this traditional but not stuffy restaurant.

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b
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2011
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice for Christmas but not memorable. That is sad considering the price. That would be sad at any price.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2011
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Neither one if us liked our salads. Too many field greens. We were very disappointed for such a renowned restaurant as the American Hotel.

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l
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A dining experience at The American Hotel never disappoints! We took guests and they were
impressed by the level of food, service and ambiance offered. The cozy back room is a favorite of ours.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2011
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Twenty minutes late being seated. Treated with contempt by host. Waiiters could not be bothered fo offer to take drink orders for another twenty minutes. Numerous menu items 'became unavailable after being ordered. The dishes that did come out looked unappealing and tasted only a little bit better. All in all a depressing dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. Great place for a special lunch. Enjoyed every aspect.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2011
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Bar noise spilled over into the restaurant. Decor is dated. Ambiance is lacking. Food was very good but, not dazzling for the money and reputation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had to wait for our table to be ready, even with a reservation but after that, it was a perfect lunch. sat outside and felt totally indulged. great atmosphere, food, service. best bloody mary!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2011
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were seated in the atrium which was just beautiful. The food was wonderful and we couldn't have enjoyed the evening more. The tuna ceviche appetizer and lobster consomme were very good appetizers. We had the rack of lamb off the regular menu and the best veal chop ever which was a special.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2011
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good selection of specials and excellent service. Food was outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

could not have been better.....

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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2011
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Unique place with excellent service, very good food, extremely comfortable, would highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2011
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I now understand the mixed reviews. The wine list is extensive, the Bananas Foster delicious. However, the awful service and medicore food for a Friday evening were extremely disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2011
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food consistently good. Service usually spotty.
A laid back atmosphere that is relaxing.

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K
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2011
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The American Hotel is a standard fixture in Sag Harbor and a place to go for a drink and a bite to eat. I usually have dinner. last visit was lunch with a visiting girlfriend. The prix fixe lunch is ok. Stilly pricey for what you get the service last time was so so. The pleasure of the experience comes from sitting in the old building somehow one absorbs its past.
I will go there again because I like it.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2011
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

When I booked on Open Tabyle I mentioned that it was a birthday and when we ordered dessert there was no candles in the cake or any
acknowledgement of a birthday

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OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The American Hotel is reliably good.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The perfect special occassion place, the American Hotel continjues to do it all with near perfection. Impeccable service is a stately and elegant setting void of stuffiness. And the kitchen prepares solid presentations of its menu with a somewht traditional French leaning and cold seafood offerings supplemented by a smidge of new American. The American Bison special in a traditional French Bordeleise was wonderful. They do it right. Take your honey and enjoy the evening.

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DL
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The American Hotel might not be the pinnacle of elegance any more, but it has immense slightly-funky charm, and very good food, an interesting menu, fine service more like a local restaurant than a swell-big-City place. It's expensive, perhaps, though not so much for a "resort" context, but manageable, and worth at least the occasional splurge...

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2011
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The restaurant has acknowledged my complaints and have been very generous in response. May have been a one night experience because of the staff having being busy the prior days, so we will give it another visit later in the season.

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