The Plaza

4.6
314 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
"The Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island. Period"is what food critic Peter Gionotti of Newsday calls The Plaza. Along with its recent three and half star rating from Newsday, The Plaza has also garnered 3 stars from the New York Times as well is being listed in The Zagat Surveys Top Restaurants of America.

The Plaza has been owned and operated for the past 18 years by Chef Doug Gulija. The dining room has just gone through a makeover to give it more of a relaxing/'beachy' look and a new bar menu has been added. Tucked away behind the Southampton Movie Theater and across from The Southampton Inn it offers an eclectic menu as well as an award winning wine list along with friendly, professional service by a well trained staff. Come and experience for yourselves one of the best dining experiences in the Hamptons.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(631) 283-9323
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Douglas Gulija
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Private party facilities
The Plaza can be closed for a private event for up to 70 guests and is the ideal setting for a private party and/or business meeting. Lunch and dinner menus for private events are custom written and start at $39
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Private party contact
Doug: (877) 280-6564
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Catering
The Plaza Cafe can cater small, intimate formal events in your home or larger tent/ballroom events of up to 225 guests at the neighboring Southampton Inn. Chef/owner Doug Gulija is always in attendance making sure the evening is a memorable one.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Across fromFirst Neck Lane
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking directly in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 314 People Are Saying
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I go here for every special occasion. The Plaza is our favorite restaurant

Great food great chef and wait staff. Perfect.

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went as part of a package with a show at the Southampton Cultural Center. Choices included items form the regular menu so was a great value. The atmosphere is pleasant, relaxed and upscale and very comfortable. with friendly and attentive service. Well conceived dishes, although the cod, while nicely prepared , was a little dry. But overall, would highly recommend this place and will be back

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Plaza is an absolutely superb restaurant. Doug is an extraordinary chef -- a culinary artist. Every dish is a treasure. A Newsday reviewer has described The Plaza as the best seafood restaurant on Long Island -- I'd say it is the best seafood restaurant in the United States. Not only is the food out-of-this-world good, but Doug provides a special, unusual, inventive -- and super-delicious -- touch to each dish. Also, his team is great.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the things we've always liked about The Plaza is the fact that the tables aren't crammed in to serve as many people as possible. The wait staff is pleasant and accommodating. The full service bar has an impressive selection of wines and liquors. The wine list has a wide selection of local, regional, and international vintages. The ambiance is all about relaxed intimate dining and conversation. The tables are far enough apart to allow for a modicum of privacy for intimate conversation. The music was contemporary, smooth, and contributed to our overall enjoyment of what was a very pleasant and relaxing dining experience.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, The Plaza Cafe exceeded our expectations!

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CE
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with our son and daughter-in-law to celebrate our anniversaries, everything was so delicious.

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CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent. The service was terrible. We were the only table that did not get bread. Or dinner plates sat for a half hour before the HOSTESS came over to clear.

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JK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fabulous. Only problem is noise level too high

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Truly the best restaurant on the South Fork!! The food, service, and ambience is FIVE STAR

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JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the seafood shepherd's pie and the macadamia crusted i think mahi. Both were delicious but nothing was as amazing as the white chocolate cheesecake. What an amazing dessert. Glad we saved room.

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TK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service; charming as usual. Barri is a fun and welcoming wait staff and we are always happy to see her.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional seafood; best clam chowder I've had! Bring your appetite!

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LS
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The taste of the sauces, vegetables and garnishes were rich, varied and delicious. The squid, scallops were fresh, perfectly cooked, the swordfish medium, not medium rare, not worth returning. The obvious care in the preparation in every regard makes me confident that when I make my preference known, it will be perfect. The hummus and sauce on the calamari was absolutely delicious, the sweet corn risotto for the scallops was spot on to my wife's taste, truly a product of the fresh corn ... I would have preferred it a little less so. The peas, spinach with my swordfish was excellent. One non-problem was that we both ate two rolls each, to mop our plates! The one, hardly a real, problem, was that the accompaniments tended to overwhelm the squid and the scallops when taken together. I suspect a request to partially separate them in the presentation would help, it was easy to do that with the scallops which have a lot of taste on their own, but I would like to have alternated the tender delicate squid with tastes of the extraordinary hummus. Kudos, obviously the squid chosen were very small, a welcome change from the larger ones that dominate most restaurants. You can't get this minutely picky unless the food is extraordinary. It was. We will be back and will suggest this to our summer guests.

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l
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Plaza Cafe. It was wonderful. Service was excellent. We had crab cake appetizer which was delicious. For entrees we has Lobstet and Shrimp Shepherds Pie, snapper and horseradish crusted cod. All were prepared and cooked perfectly. It was a wonderful dinner. We shred the strawberry shortcake desert again wonderful.
We will definitely be back. It was a great experience.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tres bon repas, tres fin. Le lobster est remarquable. Belle carte de vin

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

Food is outstanding!
Missed waitress Barry that evening as she was off!
She is amazing!

Congratulations to chef and Owner Doug on great place!

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NP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable experience. Pleasant atmosphere. Food was exquisite. We had tuna, crab avocado lian for an appetizer. Could have consumed more of them!!
Absolutely fabulous!
The salmon was cooked perfectly- so moist and full of flavor.
Grilled lobster was fantastic. Already recommended.

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KD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and lobster shepherds pie was amazing! Apparently it is the only item that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened. It is a must try.

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Caribbean
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This is one of the best (and most underrated!) restaurants in Southampton. There’s not a lot of ambiance in the summer (though it’s really quite cozy in the winter), but the food is consistently excellent. I’ve never had a bad meal there.

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K
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary! My husband and I want to extend a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to Chef Douglas Gulija at The Plaza Cafe for making us feel so special! He and his staff were so warm and welcoming. And the food was top notch, as always! If you haven’t been to Plaza, GO!!!

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S
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Outstanding people that run it and food a home run. Now my favorite Southampton rest.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The worst dinner I’ve ever had at plaza cafe and in the Hamptons in the last ten years. Was embarrassed I brought a friend and houseguest there for dinner.
45 minutes to get our first drink is inexcusable and not tasking a dinner order for 1 hour is as well.

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B
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience! The service was superb, the food was delicious! Don't be fooled by the casual looking front and signs, it is a luxury dining establishment!

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RP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed meal. Our server was incredible - knowledgeable, funny, non-intrusive. Excellent menu. All loved food and atmosphere. Not a "scene".

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service , good food,

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food, using local ingredients. Great selection of both appetizers and entrees. Excellent service.

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Plaza Cafe was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. I’ve never had crispier Bass skin in my life...just delicious.

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N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Lovely. Again and again. Never disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was wonderful. It is over priced. Nothing was bad, but it’s too expensive.

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HP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wanted to take an old girlfriend to something special in the hamptons as she appreciates great food so we went to the Plaza Cafe. We were both blown away by the amazing food.
I hear the restaurant might be having a major interior design update son

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LS
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. The combination of ingredients were unexpected, creative and delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

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HP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Part of me doesn't want anyone to know about this Hamptons gem because it's possibly the best food on Long Island. I'm not kidding. It's crazy more people don't come here but thats probably because it's a not a huge noisy scene because so many people go out to show off their shoes, bags and watches and not for the food. This restaurant is about the latter.
Yes, it's THAT good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

All around very enjoyable!

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the finest seafood restaurant in the United States -- and I'd say the world! Chef/Owner Doug is a culinary genius. Every time we've dined at the Plaza through the many years I am blown away. Food does not get better on this planet. Doug's creativity, his culinary artistry is extraordinary. And his team works with Doug in perfect harmony. Now this might seem like a too positive review, an exaggeration -- it is not! The Plaza is The Best.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another truly amazing dining experience,
Thank you

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th time at this restaurant, over perhaps 6-7 years--it's now planned into a "date weekend" almost every year. The seafood is so thoughtfully prepared and delicious beyond expectation. And they thankfully give the diner filling portions at each course, so you remember what you ate! I had the crab tian as an appetizer--it was that or the daily special scallop ceviche similarly prepared. The tian was hugely satisfying! Then, the black sea bass prepared with Asian spices and supplements--again, delicious. There wasn't a drop of the fish/broth/vegs left on the plate! Our waiters were friendly and informative. A lovely evening, as hoped for and expected!

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ME
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant nestled away from the hassle and bustle of Main Street. A true gem.
The wait staff was informative and attentive. I truly recommend the restaurant. The food choices exceeded all expectations .

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DW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always excellent with professional yet friendly service. It is very “unHamptons” which I why we enjoy it so much. Highly recommend it!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We traveled to go there and stood the night. Excellent food and service. Barry is always a pleasure. Met the chef, he is a down to earth kinda guy and a great chef. Will definitely go back.

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T
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time we eat at Doug Gulija's "Plaza" it's a special occasion to enjoy the finest seafood dishes on Long Island. The seafood Shephard's Pie is an original and well worth ordering and better eating it. Great menu of fresh seafood that is artfully presented.

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