10 Top Wine Restaurants in the Hamptons

Discover getaway-worthy wine lists by the sea

10 Top Wine Restaurants in the Hamptons
Beachfront views of Lake Montauk are a summer-suited part of the outdoor-dining experience at Showfish. (Courtesy of Showfish)
Aug 13, 2020

The Hamptons, the seaside region on New York's Long Island, has long been a go-to summer escape for city dwellers in Manhattan and beyond. With the coronavirus-sparked shift toward socially distanced dining and with warm weather at its peak, there are even more reasons to head to these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners. While indoor dining is limited to 50 percent capacity (and tables must be spaced at least six feet apart), most of these destinations also feature idyllic dining areas outdoors, from a charming French sidewalk bistro to a Greek island–inspired hotspot.

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The American Hotel

45 Main St., Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Telephone (516) 725-3535
Website www.theamericanhotel.com
Grand Award

Tables on the front porch of the American Hotel
The front porch of longstanding Grand Award winner the American Hotel is now an additional space for outdoor seating. (Joan Kraisky)

The restaurant at the American Hotel is a mainstay for farm-to-table cuisine in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and one of the state’s top wine destinations. Holding a Grand Award since 1981, its cellar is one of the original 13 to earn the honor. Today, under chef Jonathan Parker, the restaurant continues to offer a French-influenced menu of dishes like seared tuna steak au poivre, locally sourced duck and an endive chiffonade with walnuts. These dishes are joined by 2,000 labels from owner and wine director Theodore Conklin’s wine list. The 20,000-bottle cellar is ever-evolving but largely focused on French regions, as well as wine countries closer to home, like California and, of course, Long Island. The list also puts emphasis on producers practicing minimal-intervention techniques to highlight terroir in their wines. Noteworthy picks from Italy, Spain, Austria, Washington and more add further diversity, in addition to a substantial dessert-wine list. For those who prefer not to dine indoors, there’s outdoor seating both in the hotel’s “secret garden” and on the picturesque front porch.


Pierre’s

2468 Main St., Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 537-5110
Website www.pierresbridgehampton.com
Best of Award of Excellence

A plate of lobster salad at Pierre’s
The lobster salad at Pierre’s features fresh tarragon and a Cognac dressing. (John Musnicki)

Pierre's may be in the heart of Bridgehampton, N.Y., but the restaurant is distinctly French in spirit. Chef-owner Pierre Weber—a fifth-generation baker—has put together a menu of dishes that Parisian diners would recognize, using South Fork ingredients. This includes tuna tartare, lobster salad and pan-seared cod, plus meatier plates for the turf-inclined (a rack of lamb or pasture-raised hanger steak, for instance). With a focus on wines from France and particularly Bordeaux, Weber’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list is a worthy match for his menu. Beyond an extensive list of reds from top estates like Palmer, Kirwan and Lafon-Rochet, the 470 selections are rounded out with options from Alsace and the Loire, as well as a substantial selection of Burgundies and American Chardonnays. The restaurant’s charming patio is ideal for summer dining.


The 1770 House

143 Main St., East Hampton, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 324-1770
Website www.1770house.com
Award of Excellence

The outdoor dining area surrounded by gardens at the 1770 House
Plush greenery surrounds the outdoor tables at the 1770 House. (John Musnicki)

The 1770 House inn has served East Hampton, N.Y, since, well, 1770, and it retains much of its history through its architecture and design. But the restaurant offers a wine list and a seasonal American menu fit for modern tastes. Whether in the dining room, on the patio or downstairs in 1770 House’s casual tavern, chef Michael Rozzi’s prix-fixe menu offers contemporary dishes with locally sourced ingredients like burrata with summer truffle, spicy fluke tartare, striped bass and sweet corn risotto. Rozzi’s three courses are paired with wine director Michael Cohen’s Award of Excellence–winning 250-selection wine list highlighting California and France. A strong list of Burgundies is complemented by California Pinots and Chardonnays, including a vertical from Peter Michael. Noteworthy California Cabernets and reds from Bordeaux, Piedmont and Tuscany flesh out much of the list, followed by a selection of dessert wines from Sauternes, Long Island and beyond.


The Bell & Anchor

3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 725-3400
Website www.bellandanchor.com
Award of Excellence

Spaced-out tables inside the Bell & Anchor
Guests can still grab glimpses of the water through the reopened indoor dining room at the Bell & Anchor. (Courtesy of the Bell & Anchor)

Overlooking Long Island’s Noyack Bay, it isn’t surprising that the Bell & Anchor focuses on local maritime culture, history and cuisine. This influence is clear in chef and co-owner Sam McClelland’s menu, where seafood classics mingle with new interpretations. This includes steamed mussels with coconut milk and Thai chiles, fish and chips, tuna poke and bouillabaisse. An Award of Excellence winner since 2013, owner and wine director David Loewenberg’s list offers 120 labels, many well-suited for seafood pairings. The main concentrations are France and Italy, including several Champagnes, plus a range of rosés and whites from Provence, Long Island and California. Fans of fuller-bodied reds can look to bottles from Spain and Bordeaux, as well as a hefty selection from Tuscany and Piedmont. There are plenty of lighter reds, too, and the list brims with Cabernet Francs, red Burgundies and Pinot Noirs from Sonoma and Oregon. The Bell & Anchor reopened its dining room in June, which provides a peek at the nearby bay.


Calissa

1020 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 500-9292
Website www.calissahamptons.com
Award of Excellence

Diners at Calissa’s outdoor tables
Calissa serves Greek cuisine under stars and string lights in Water Mill, N.Y. (Courtesy of Calissa)

Calissa brings the character of one vacation capital to another, serving up a dining experience inspired by Greece’s Mykonos. The theme is evident in chef Bob Abrams’ lengthy menu of mezzes and small plates, including tzatziki, melitzana and octopus, plus entrées from local seafood like grilled swordfish and branzino fillet. Overseen by wine director Kylie Monagan, Calissa’s wine list carries this same spirit, with more than 250 labels highlighting Greek and French regions. The Award of Excellence–winning selection offers myriad Chardonnays, Assyrtikos, Sauvignon Blancs and more whites to sip alongside the restaurant’s seafood. And for fans of pink and red, there are plenty of rosé options and robust reds made from Xinomavro, Nebbiolo and Cabernet to pair with Calissa’s pork souvlaki or half rack of lamb. There’s both indoor and outdoor dining areas, the latter of which is set on a secluded outdoor terrace.


Lulu Kitchen & Bar

126 Main St., Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 725-0900
Website www.lulusagharbor.com
Award of Excellence

At Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor, N.Y., guests can dine on French-leaning Mediterranean cuisine in the tented outdoor area surrounded by natural decor, or in the sidewalk seating area in front of the entrance, with barriers between tables and the sidewalk. Managing partner Steven Jauffrineau oversees the wine program, an Award of Excellence winner comprising 240 labels highlighting French regions. Wood-fired cooking is the backbone of French-trained chef Philippe Corbet’s dishes, such as whole grilled branzino, grilled lamb chops with harissa-yogurt and a few pizzas. There are also some standout vegetarian options like miso-marinated grilled watermelon and a grilled heirloom cauliflower for two.


The Palm East Hampton

94 Main St., East Hampton, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 324-0411
Website www.thepalm.com
Award of Excellence

The Palm is a nationwide leader in wine-centric steak-house chains, with 23 Restaurant Award–winning locations, most of which have held their titles for over a decade. Most are also in major cities, a contrast to the Palm in East Hampton, N.Y., set right off of Main Street in the historic Huntting Inn, now open for indoor or outdoor dining. Wine director and general manager Andrew Tobin is in charge of the 200-plus wine selection list with highlights in California and Italy. The program is moderately priced and supported by an inventory of about 1,700 bottles. From the kitchen, chef Richard Pims’ menu features classic wedge salad, Bourbon-glazed salmon fillet and an array of steaks, all aged for a minimum of 35 days.


Scarpetta Beach

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 668-1771
Website www.scarpettarestaurants.com/montauk
Award of Excellence

A two-top table of food overlooking the ocean at Scarpetta Beach
Outdoor dining comes with uninterrupted ocean views at Scarpetta Beach. (Courtesy of Scarpetta Beach)

Scarpetta brings refined Italian cuisine to a handful of locations across the United States, including Restaurant Award–winning ones in Miami, New York City and Montauk, N.Y. The Hamptons outpost holds an Award of Excellence for its 250-label wine list managed by LDV Hospitality corporate beverage director Daniel Beele. Highlighted regions include California and Italy, meant to match chef Dane Sayles’ American-influenced Italian menu of dishes such as tagliatelle with summer vegetables and goat-cheese crema, chilled corn soup with pickled chanterelle mushrooms, and veal tenderloin with gnocchi and roasted eggplant. The waterfront outdoor dining space at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa also has some tables under a shaded overhang.


Showfish

Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 668-3133
Website www.showfishmtk.com
Award of Excellence

An outdoor table set for two with wine and food at Showfish
Both sunny and shaded spots are available for dining at Showfish in Montauk, N.Y. (Courtesy of Showfish)

At a counterpart Gurney’s resort a few miles east, Showfish features a similarly sun-soaked outdoor dining experience, with beachfront views of Lake Montauk. The eclectic menu covers a variety of cuisines and includes creative plates like a reimagined Greek salad with whipped feta and mint, lobster and kimchi fried rice and a dry-aged, bone-in “tuna rib eye.” You’ll find diverse options on the wine list as well, which excels in France, California and Italy. Supported by an inventory of 4,200 bottles, there are more than 150 selections to choose from at this first-time Award of Excellence winner.


Stone Creek Inn

405 Montauk Highway, East Quogue, N.Y.
Telephone (631) 653-6770
Website www.stonecreekinn.com
Award of Excellence

Plated lamb chops at Stone Creek Inn
Lamb with eggplant and summer squash–ratatouille is on the menu at Stone Creek Inn. (Courtesy of Stone Creek Inn)

A historic setting meets contemporary cuisine and a consistently exceptional wine program at Stone Creek Inn. Occupying a 1910 farmhouse, the restaurant has been open for more than two decades and an Award of Excellence winner since 2006. The wine program built by general manager and wine director Gabrielle Walsh shows impressive variety in regions, styles and price points. Plenty of $75-and-under picks are listed alongside splurge-worthy names like Dom Pérignon, Opus One and Château Lynch Bages. The 300 selections are strongest in France and California. Long Island wines are well-represented, reflecting the local focus of the menu by chef Christian Mir, who co-owns Stone Creek Inn with Elaine DiGiacomo. The restaurant is open for indoor dining as well as outdoor dining under tents adorned with strung lights.


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