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About The Plaza
"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.
Southampton, NY 11968
Contemporary American, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Available for Private Events
Across fromFirst Neck Lane
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Plenty of free parking directly in front of the restaurant.
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
Private Party Contact:
Doug: (877) 280-6564
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
The Plaza Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
So it was my birthday and wanted someplace delicious.....this had decent reviews but honestly the food wasn't that great. I asked my server for something light and yummy and she picked the stripped Bass and I wasn't very impressed. To ask for $52 per entree I expect really good food. This place wasn't it.
We dined for the first time this season at Plaza Cafe and were so happy that we did, even though it is on the expensive side and quite a drive. The food was wonderful! Our favorites were still on the menu and as good as ever. This quiet, calm dining room is a great place for a romantic conversation over fine food made with local ingredients, great seafood, and wonderful wines. Our server this trip, Sam, was both friendly and professional. Thank you for a great evening!
sorry for my delayed review. we dined here a couple of weeks ago for our anniversary. we have been here prior, but it has been awhile. i did note on my OT reservation that it was our anniversary, however, it was not acknowledged. our host was pleasant & professional & obliged us with our choice of a table. our waiter was attentive & pleasant. the restaurant is warm & inviting & the tables are nicely spaced. my husband had the proscuitto wrapped shrimp & risotto appetizer, both of which were delicious & cooked perfectly. i was very excited when one of the special appetizers was stuffed squash blossoms, which i adore! these were stuffed w/shrimp & lobster. i was a bit disappointed as i found the texture a tad rubbery & lacking in flavor. my husband had the shepherds pie for his entree which was flavorful & loaded with seafood. i ordered the seared sashimi grade yellowfin for my entree. i love seared tuna & order it often. it was seared perfectly & presented nicely. my first 3 or 4 slices were absolutely delicious, tender as they should be - quality tuna!! unfortunately, the remaining 3 or 4 pcs were extremely sinewy, therefore, inedible. we dine out often & i am not normally one to complain, however, i felt this needed to be mentioned so i did advise our waiter. i assumed that the chef would have been shown the tuna, when it went back to the kitchen, so he could have seen all the tendons in the uneaten slices. i must say that chef gulija is a true professional and an extremely caring & attentive chef! he spoke w/me regarding the tuna & the fact that he was surprised since he indicated that he purchases only top cuts. i am sure the problem with this portion of tuna was an oversight and not the norm. it was unfortunate that he did not see the remaining tuna. he clearly is extremely passionate about providing quality food & i was very appreciative with him personally tending to this issue and discussing it with me.
This restaurant was recommended to me by a resident in town.
Their wine list is limited and very overpriced. The wine we selected was from an unknown vintner, as were all the wines on their list, but I was familiar with the region, so I thought it would be alright.
It wasn't and when I asked them about it, they became very defensive and said perhaps it didn't taste that good because of the type of appetizers we ordered.
They suggested that it needed to breathe but honestly a young Oregon wine doesn't need to breathe.
They were willing to give us a cheap glass of wine in exchange for the bottle of wine. I asked to taste the replacement wine and found it also lacking.
Then our entres arrived. My date had fish that was fine but underwhelming. I ordered the cowboy steak, the most expensive item on the menu, and found it to be fine also but not up to an equivalently priced steak at Sparks.
The appetizer was good and we skipped dessert as the options were not unique and we were pretty much done with this restaurant.
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