8 Places to Eat Outside in the Hamptons

Hamptons restaurants have gorgeous interiors and that’s great for that unfortunate-but-necessary rainy day. When it’s sunny, though, nothing beats the backdrop of sand, sea, and sunny skies. On a quintessentially beautiful summer day or night, when the host or hostess asks, “Do you want to eat indoors or outdoors?” a true Long Islander answers “outdoors” without skipping a beat.  When you’re out East and looking to eat al fresco, pull up a chair (or boat) at one or two or eight of these spots. West of Long Island? Check out these rooftop bars.

Canal Cafe

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image: canal cafe

The best food and atmosphere ever served on a paper plate. If you just said, “Paper plates in the Hamptons, really?” Canal Cafe has achieved its goal. Always laid-back and never stuffy, Canal Cafe boasts a 70s vibe. Chow down on a lobster roll or tuna sandwich on the deck as you watch the boats pass you by in the harbor. Have a boat? Dock it and grab some grub.


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image: cowfish

Plop yourself down on an outdoor couch or take a seat in an Adirondack chair and enjoy some of the best panoramic views for waterfront dining in Hampton Bays. Raise a toast at the Happiest Hours at the outdoor bar, where there are half-priced drinks and apps weekdays from 3-5pm. Listen to live music Friday nights. Have kids? CowFish has a pirate ship playground for them to play on while you chat with your friends and family.

The Driver’s Seat

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image: tom ratcliffe iii

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, it’s no wonder The Driver’s Seat Restaurant has earned the reputation of being Southampton’s meeting place. Eat your meal of choice on the backyard patio, where the hedges and white fences offer a sense of serenity.

Navy Beach

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image credit: navy beach

A favorite Montauk beachfront restaurant. The menu is casual and coastal, the views are exquisite. Dig your feet into the sand as you eat lunch right on the beach at one of the white picnic tables by the bay. Boaters can drop their anchors in the protected waters of historic Fort Pond Bay, which was once occupied by the United States Navy and where two Navy piers are still part of the water landscape.

Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina

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image credit: oakland’s restaurant and marina

Waterfront dining like no other. With a marina and outdoor seating, the Shinnecock Inlet gem is the perfect spot to dock your boat for dinner on the outdoor deck with an amazing view of a Long Island summer sunset. There’s live music by the outdoor bar Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and to-die-for crab cakes every day.

Osteria Salina


Authentic Sicilian cuisine from the Isola di Salina in the heart of the Hamptons. Now open in its new Wainscott location, Osteria Salina has outdoor seating that lets guests feel like they’re at home in their own backyard. Large trees and potted plants line the property, allowing you to eat your delicious Italian meal in peace.

Red Stixs Southampton

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image: red stixs southampton

The upscale Beijing-style restaurant has a spectacular red-and-white outdoor patio that lets people feel like they are in full summer mode. From the chic large back patio to the more exclusive lounge area and tables along the restaurant, guests can keep cool while breathing in some fresh summer air with the signature Red Stixs Lychee Martini and refreshing Chicken Lettuce Wraps.


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image: rumba

CowFish’s sister restaurant, you can actually take a boat from CowFish to Rumba. Step off the boat and you’ll feel like you just arrived on a Caribbean vacation. Relax and unwind with a specialty rum drink in the outdoor seating area that is right on the water. Like CowFish, Rumba offers half-priced drinks and appetizers weekdays from 3-5pm. On Mondays, sip a half-priced mojito between 12-5pm and consider it 5 o’clock somewhere.

Tell Us: Where’s your favorite spot to eat outside in the Hamptons? How about all over Long Island? 

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.