The 10 Best Restaurants in Montauk

Duryea's Lobster Deck

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For evidence of Montauk’s transformation from sleepy fishing village to full-on Hamptons, just take a look at its dining scene. Local favorites have undergone chic renovations, trendy farm-to-table menus are the norm, and familiar Manhattan exports have made their way out east. Here are a few of the best.

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Scarpetta Beach

Patio tables overlooking the water at Scarpetta Beach restaurant in Montauk.

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa 

Address
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-668-1771

If you make only one upscale dinner reservation in Montauk, make it at Scarpetta Beach. The eastern outpost of this Manhattan favorite focuses its menu on seafood without abandoning the perfect pastas that made it famous in the first place. But you’re really here for the views. Outdoor tables on the sprawling deck overlook the Gurney’s private oceanfront beach, while the glass-enclosed indoor space offers sea views even on rainy days.

What to Order: Standouts include the fresh crudos, grilled branzino, and lump crab meat tagliatelle.

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Duryea's Lobster Deck

Duryea's Lobster Deck patio in Montauk

Duryea's 

Address
65 Tuthill Rd, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-668-2410

Once a no-frills, BYOB spot, this 80-plus-year-old Montauk institution got a major makeover under new ownership in 2016—think teak patio furniture, waiter service, and a fresh liquor license. Most entrees are for sharing (a 2-pound steamed lobster, 3-pound grilled octopus, a rotisserie chicken) but you’ll want to keep the lobster roll all to yourself. One thing that hasn’t changed? The postcard-perfect sunsets over Fort Pond Bay.

What to Order: Durya's soft and buttery lobster roll is frequently named one of Montauk’s best.

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Showfish

Three plates of seafood and vegetables from Showfish at Gurney's Star Island

 Gurney's Star Island

Address
32 Star Island Rd, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-668-3133

At Showfish, Montauk native Jeremy Blutstein—chef behind Hamptons favorites Almond and Crow’s Nest—takes full advantage of the east end’s natural bounty. Montauk fishermen supply seafood, nearby farms provide produce, and even the lobster kimchi fried rice uses goods from Blutsein’s own Bridgehampton-based Kimchi Jews. The kitchen will prep your own catch of the day, but you truly can’t go wrong with the standard menu offerings. The selection of crudos are light but flavorful, and even the lone pasta dish incorporates buttery uni and feathery chunks of Jonah crab.

What to Order: A dry-aged tuna steak served bone-in like a ribeye will delight the most dedicated carnivores.

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Gosman's Dock

Gosman's Dock

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Address
500 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-668-5330

Gosman’s is about as OG Montauk as it gets—the seafood shack has been serving lobster rolls and chowder since 1943. Today, the dock is a walkable shopping village with boutiques, an ice cream stand, a proper fish market, and four distinct places to eat. Inlet Cafe, on the ground floor, overlooks Montauk Harbor and splits its menu between fresh sushi and classic New England seafood; Gosman’s Topside mixes frozen drinks and cocktails on a second-level patio with panoramic views; Gosman’s Seafood Restaurant serves grilled fish, fried seafood, and raw-bar specialities overlooking the harbor; and Gosman’s Clam Bar dishes take-out versions of its clam strips, lobster rolls, and chowder.

What to Order: The chowder here is unbeatable.

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The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge

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Address
183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-250-8439

No guide to Montauk's food scene would be complete without mentioning The Surf Lodge, the hotel, restaurant, and concert venue that’s hosted the likes of John Legend and Patti Smith. Though famous for its celebrity clientele and rowdy parties, the largely sustainable restaurant is a worthwhile stop for lunch or brunch—especially if you can grab a seat on the outside terrace overlooking Fort Pond.

What to Order: For the restaurant's popular weekend brunch, don't miss out on favorites like the bacon-egg sandwich with creme fraiche or waffles with rum-marscapone and maple syrup.

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Hideaway

The Hideaway

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This casual Mexican joint tucked away in the Diamond Cove Marina serves up classics like elote, guacamole, and excellent tacos. Seafood dishes are sourced from nearby Gosman's Dock, and fresh tortillas are handmade daily.

What to Order: Don't leave without sampling a ceviche that truly packs a punch.

Address
364 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954-5104, USA
Phone +1 631-668-8700
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Navy Beach

Outdoor couches and tables at Navy Beach in Montauk

 Navy Beach

Address
16 Navy Rd, Montauk, NY 11954, USA
Phone +1 631-668-6868

Postcard-perfect sunsets make this nautically-themed restaurant, which also has outposts on the Caribbean islands of St. Thomas and St. Maarten, a must for warm summer evenings. Claim an outdoor spot on the 200-foot-long private beach, once occupied by the U.S. Navy, to watch the sun sink behind Fort Pond Bay while sipping on a glass of rosé—the restaurant has one of the longest lists of the pink stuff in the Hamptons. Seafood, naturally, is the menu’s star, with local ceviches and crudos, clam-corn chowder, and roasted fish all on offer. 

What to Order: The soy-glazed halibut with sushi rice, goma wakame, black sesame, and red curry coconut is a unique take on a classic catch.

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La Fin

La Fin Montauk

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This recently opened French spot is a place to see and be seen, delivering chic aesthetics and a farm-to-table menu sourced from local farms and vineyards. Kick back in the emerald-splashed dining room and indulge in a cocktail while taking in the views of the Montauk Harbor in front of you.

What to Order: The mussels bathed in spicy Provençal broth will make you feel like you're dining on the French Riviera.

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The Backyard at Solé East

Backyard at Sole East

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Dining at The Backyard will give you the perfect excuse to stroll the lush gardens of Montauk's Solé East Resort, all while indulging in chilled rosé and Mediterranean spreads like spicy eggplant and fava bean hummus. Featuring poolside dining and live music, it's the perfect spot to come with friends.

What to Order: The flatbread with summer squash, goat cheese, arugula and shaved parmesan is a favorite.

Address
90 2nd House Rd, Montauk, NY 11954-5063, USA
Phone +1 631-668-9739
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South Edison

South Edison

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This family-owned spot in the heart of Montauk is consistently ranked as a locals' favorite. The eclectic selection of small plates like oysters, burrata, and sashimi sits alongside creative mains like crispy rabbit tacos and seared yellowfin tuna. You can also find a unique list of cocktails here, including the "Pickle My Pepper Martini," made with pickle brine and fresno chili.

What to Order: The black and blue sea scallops with pumpkin-carrot puree, shaved brussels sprouts, king oyster mushroom, leek, and fennel confit is a showstopper.

Address
17 S Edison St, Montauk, NY 11954-5346, USA
Phone +1 631-668-4200
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The 10 Best Restaurants in Montauk