The Plaza

4.4
294 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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"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: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Available for Private Events
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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 294 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great service , good food,

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SK
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Delicious. Lovely. Again and again. Never disappointed.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

All around very enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Yet another truly amazing dining experience,
Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The excellent and veteran food critic at Long Island's newspaper Newsday, Peter Gianotti, has judged The Plaza Cafe the best seafood restaurant on Long Island. I'd say it's the best seafood restaurant in the United States, without exaggeration. Chef and owner Doug Gulija is beyond culinary artist -- he's a culinary genius. His innovative, creative dishes are absolutely superb, extraordinary -- all of them. His shepherd's pie -- a seafood version with with lchunks of obster and shrimp -- is one of the greatest dishes ever. Going to The Plaza is a culinary experience of the first order. It's the tops. And not only is the food fantastic, so is the service.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

My son turned 17 and i wanted him to experience an amazing dining experience, the plaza is it !
Thank you
Absolutely outstanding in every possible way

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

As always, The Plaza Cafe delivered. I love this restaurant, it is my favorite one in all of Southampton. The food is always excellent, and the service is top notch. Barry is a wonderful waitress, and has impeccable timing and manners. Doug is a fantastic Chef, and the food is top notch!
We are repeat customers, and whenever we go out, this is our place to go.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

As always the Plaza Cafe rises to the standards of the Best of the Best . Doug & his staff are impeccable & meticulous about everything it takes for a superior dining experience. His specials are creative & extraordinary. As a matter of fact my friend & I both ordered their appetizer specials along with their entree special. Thanks for a great evening out .
Noel Love

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Loved everything about it, they never disappoint! Great food, great drinks!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This place never disappoints. The food is elegant, the ambiance is casual , the service is warm and helpful (Barrie is a fantastic server) and the drinks are precisely mixed (Alex is a great bartender). The room is spacious and the fireplace gives a cozy feeling in the cold months. The menu features fresh, generally local, seafood, but the meat dishes are excellent too

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

the space is simply lovely and quiet enough to have a real conversation without having to shout across the table...the wait staff couldn't have been more helpful, upbeat and friendly...the presentation of all our dishes was artistic and amazing...the food was absolutely delicious. can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our experience. thank you for your thoughtfulness in all these details.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Douglas Gulija is one of the most talented chefs out there. Amazingly fresh seafood, creatively and lovingly prepared.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

This is the best restaurant in Southampton. The cooking and preparations are done with great care with a wide choice of fresh fish, always an interesting meat dish and something delicious for those not interested in fish or meat. The appetizers and desserts made on premises as well as the main dishes are all of equal and outstanding quality. The wine list is extensive with wines from Croatia that are wonderful and can't be found in many places. The dining room is relaxed and quiet. On a chilly night thee is a roaring fire in the fireplace at the end of the dining room. If you like great warmth sit close otherwise get a table a little removed from the fire.
Call to see if there are specials being offered. On a Wednesday night we were offered 1/2 portion servings of appetizers and main dishes at 1/2 the regular prices. These were more than adequate followed by a fruit crisp and home made ice cream and a perfect espresso.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good, but overpriced for the experience. The noise level was ridicously high and the difficult to communicate with your dinner partner. There is no atmosphere and most of the people there were over 60.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Food and service were great. 1/2 plates available at times. Pleasant, professional staff. Music a bit loud — room was not crowded this night. Expensive vs most markets.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

My wife and I got a table on a quite Monday . We had a 5:30 pm table that was easily changed by the staff from 6:30. Our table was next to the fireplace, a wonderful setting. The dinning room is quaint and pleasant. Sam, our waiter very nicely covered the menu which heavily focuses on fresh local seafood. The restaurant offers half price / half size appetizers and main courses, which we highly recommend. We ordered the lobster bisque with corn, fois gras for appetizers. Both were incredible! Inspired, we ordered the 1/2 portion Panko Marlin, horse radish encrusted cod, sea bass and Shepard's pie. OMG! All incredible! Tender, flavorful and fresh. To complete to crazy good experience, dessert was a day special strawberry short cake with strawberry ice cream with caramelized strawberry slices. Mind blowing!
The chef/ owner came to our table to introduce himself. He was very engaging and open about the history of the restaurant.
In conclusion, we got a culinary experience. OUTSTANDING! Can not wait to return.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved it - can't believe I've never been here before!
Will put it on our list of grew at places to eat in Southampton.

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OT
5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Local fresh food creatively put together. The desserts are a must! Attentive service.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Delicious seafood with excellent service. Highly recommend the swordfish Parmesan. However, the ambiance and atmosphere do not match the food or price at all. Feels and looks like an inexpensive cafe yet the food is delicious and expensive. The restaurant misses the mark because of this. It wouldn't take too much to fix this up a bit and make it more romantic with a cozy vibe. Dim the lights, candles, nicer art, better sound absorption with curtains or rugs or ceiling pads that dampen the sound. I would go back but would love to see it fixed!

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2017

After trying all the top restaurants in Hamptons, I can easily say that this is the best restaurant in all of Hamptons.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Wish it weren't so pricey. This was our first visit but it's too expensive to make it a regular. And we live here.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

This place is a great FIND ! The bland name does nothing to prepare you for the dining experience that awaits! The owner/ chef is an artist at his trade! The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Located within walking distance from the equally charming Southampton inn , I recommend this place anytime you're in town for a romantic dinner. Great atmosphere, Great food and a Great wine list. What more can you ask for in a Hampton Restaurant? I go every time I'm in town and it never disappoints. This place is a treasure you'll want to visit over and over.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Return back to the States from a long summer vacation dinner.

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