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north fork waterfront dining

Island = Water. Choosing to live (and visit) surrounded by water, it makes sense that we love to dine in a restaurant with a water view.

The North Fork and Shelter Island have many — and nothing sets the mood like a great view.

The shores are dotted with fine-dining and casual options to take in a meal on the water.

You can even arrive by boat to a few of them — doesn’t get much better than that.

Sit back, relax, breathe in the salty air and enjoy—these waterfront dining spots will have you coming back for more.


A Lure Chowder House and Osteria

62300 Main Rd., Southold, (631) 876-5300

Relax and dine on fresh seafood on the wrap-around deck or in the spacious dining room, both with expansive views of Peconic Bay. And while taking in the sights, enjoy one of their specialty cocktails like the East of Egypt.


BBQ Bill’s Famous Texas Barbecue
47 Front St., Greenport, (631) 477-2300

A bit of Texas in Greenport. What can be better than enjoying authentic barbecue while overlooking Greenport Harbor? Dine indoors or outdoors while savoring their homemade barbecue sauce, special rubs and an array of menu items from which to choose.


Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill

104 3rd St., Greenport, (631) 477-6888

Located by the North Ferry on Greenport Harbor, you don’t have to paddle to get here but you can watch the ferry from Shelter Island dock. Their famous chowder won the People’s Choice Award of the 2012 Maritime Festival Chowder contest.


Claudio’s Waterfront Restaurants

111 Main St., Greenport, (631) 477-0627

At Claudio’s Restaurant you will dine in a National Historic Registered Building, circa 1845. This is the oldest, same family-run restaurant in the U.S. Or step outside, walk down the dock and enjoy Claudio’s Clambar with outdoor dining, an expansive bar and music on the weekends. Or take it down a notch and go right across the dock to Crabby Jerry’s for a beer and a burger. Whatever your mood, one of the three will hit the spot and provide waterfront views.


La Plage

131 Creek Rd., Wading River, (631) 744-9200

Catch the sunset at La Plage, which provides water views overlooking the beach. Offering both indoor and terrace seating, this romantic restaurant serves French-American cuisine. It is off the beaten path but the views are hard to beat!


The Loft Restaurant

48 Front St., Greenport, (631) 477-3080

Located in the heart of downtown Greenport, sit up on the deck and take in the views of Mitchell Park and Marina and Greenport Harbor. Friendly, comfortable and a local favorite, The Loft serves 18 different burgers as well as pastas, ribs, steaks and daily specials.


Meeting House Creek Inn

177 Meeting House Creek Rd., Aquebogue, (631) 722-4220

Located right on the creek, enjoy fine food with a great view. Serving American cuisine, you can dine inside or out. Make sure to meet up with friends, have a drink at the tiki bar and debate the merits of owning a boat as they traverse by on the creek.


The Old Mill Inn

5775 West Mill Rd., Mattituck, (631) 298-8080

You can’t get much more waterfront than The Old Mill, as it cantilevers right over Mattituck Inlet. Sit in the dining room or out on the deck, enjoy the sunset and admire the fishing boats as they pass by. Wonderful fresh food, including the North Fork summer staple of lobster, and a lively pub scene complete the picture.


Orient by the Sea

40200 Main Rd., Orient, (631) 323-2424

This is as local as local gets but also attracts varied fans as it is located right by the Orient Point Ferry. Relax with a cocktail and enjoy the view of Gardiner’s Bay as you dine on fresh seafood, pastas, salads, steaks, local vegetables and more.


Porto Bello Restaurant

1410 Manhasset Ave., Greenport, (631) 477-1515

An all-time favorite of locals and visitors alike, Porto Bello is located right on Sterling Harbor — you will have to navigate the yachts as you enter the parking lot. Gather a group and enjoy a night out in a warm and friendly atmosphere and indulge in the tasty Italian cuisine.


Pridwin Hotel

81 Shore Rd, Shelter Island, (631) 749-5450

Timeless. Sit on the expansive porch, look out over the bay, sip a special “Pridwin” cocktail and enjoy fresh fish caught by the owner and his son. And, don’t forget the legendary Wednesday night cookouts complete with music and dancing for the entire family.


Ram’s Head Inn

108 Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island, (631) 749-0811

Classic with Old World charm, this is an inviting seaside get-a-way. The restaurant provides a farm to table dining experience and looks out over the sweeping lawn down to Coecles Harbor.



102 Main St., Greenport, (631) 477-8882

Located right on Preston’s Warf, with three waterfront views and a dock on which to have a cocktail and enjoy a delicious meal, Scrimshaw offers it all for those looking to experience true waterfront dining. In addition to the usual fare, several Asian specialties are also on the menu.


Soundview Restaurant

58775 Route 48, Greenport, (631) 477-0666

A landmark on the North Fork, Soundview offers panoramic views of Long Island Sound. Peruse the eclectic menu as you sip one of their signature cocktails in an inviting pub-like atmosphere or on the seaside deck.


Sunset Beach Restaurant

35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island, (631) 749-2001

Crescent Beach, here we come. This is a lively, hip, beach-side French restaurant with sunset views and a late night scene.