Where To Get Dinner In Montauk This Summer

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Come Memorial Day weekend, it seems like every New Yorker and their extended group of friends makes the great escape down the Long Island Expressway and out to the Hamptons. Suddenly, our Instagram feeds are filled with delicious foods, beach views, and epic day-to-night parties just feet away from the ocean. We're ready to hop on the next Jitney just thinking about it.
The latest hot spot? Montauk, the beach-y hideaway at the east end of Long Island. Montauk boasts the buzzy Hamptons energy we know and love, but offers a chiller, more laid-back vibe. There's something for everyone, whether you're looking for day drinking and bonfires on the beach or a five-course meal with a view.
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The best part of Montauk? Quite possibly the restaurants, which range from hidden drive-ins to eats right on the beach to a party on your plate. Keeping reading to see our favorite eats under the Montauk sun.
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Inlet Seafood Restaurant

Owned by six commercial fishermen, Inlet offers some of the freshest seafood we've ever had. The menu includes a wide selection of traditional fish and meat dishes, but the real star is the sushi, which they swear was often still swimming just the day before. The two-floor restaurant is also so close to the sea, you can smell the salt air. Plus, it offers some of the best sunset views in Montauk. Be sure to make time to sip a drink out on the balcony while you wait for your table — Inlet doesn't take reservations!

Inlet Seafood Restaurant, 56 East Lake Drive; 631-668-4272.
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The Lobster Roll

Quite literally on the side of the highway, The Lobster Roll is the perfect casual bite. Come for (duh) the lobster rolls, and stay for the house-made creamy New England clam chowder. They even have a lobster bowl, which features a scoop of lobster salad on leafy greens.

The Lobster Roll, 1980 Montauk Highway; 631-267-3740.
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Duryea's

Stationed on a dock, Duryea's gives guests more than just a meal —it's also a beautiful seaside experience replete with endless photo opportunities. The restaurant even has its own fish market and lobster deck, so you know the food is fresh. Our suggestion: Go family-style so you can taste a little bit of everything.

Duryea's, 65 Tuthill Road; 631-668-2410.
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Crow's Nest

String lights, a fire pit, and tiki torches give this cozy restaurant the ultimate rustic vibe. The menu features plenty of natural and fresh eats, but the blue crab tagliatelle is an absolute must. Make sure to come a bit early and grab a glass of rosé down at the beachside bar — it's the best Instagram spot in town.

Crow's Nest, 4 Old West Lake Drive; 631-668-2077.
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Backyard Restaurant

Overlooking the pool at the Solé East Hotel and lined with string lights, Backyard is perfect for a romantic date night. Sit at a table for a more traditional dinner or opt to take it easy on the couches, where you can still have food served directly to you. And be sure to stop by the little boutique next door for a curated range of Montauk-only finds.

Backyard Restaurant, 90 Second House Road; 631-668-2105
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Navy Beach

If you're looking for casual coastal cuisine served to you right on the beach, Navy Beach should be your go-to. The laid-back waterfront venue offers breathtaking sunsets and one of the largest selections of rosé in the area. Set on Fort Pond Bay, which used to be occupied the US Navy, the restaurant also welcomes boaters to anchor down and swim up for a bite.

Navy Beach, 16 Navy Road; 631-668-6868
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The Surf Lodge

Head to The Surf Lodge for the quintessential Montauk party experience. The hotel-meets-restaurant-meets-club offers live music right on the water and keeps partygoers raging until the wee hours of the morning. Grab a drink and lounge at the tiki-themed beachfront area, or grab a bite at the restaurant just feet away. It's the ultimate Montauk go-to for a fun, booze-filled night (or day!).

The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street; 631-483-5037.
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Ruschmeyer's

The glamorous summer camp aesthetic here will make you want to book a room and never leave. Where else can you play a giant game of Jenga while you wait for your food, much of which is made from local ingredients? Come on a Tuesday for Burger Night, featuring guest chefs, boozy milkshakes, and, of course, burgers.

Ruschmeyer's, 161 2nd House Road; 631-483-5154.
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