Patchogue is one of the most buzzed about night-out hubs on the South Shore—and for good reason. The bustling food scene includes everything from Mexican to meatballs, craft beer to fruity cocktails, hopping joints with live music and those with cozy corners. Whatever you fancy, one thing is for sure: you’ll never go hungry in this town. Six Patchogue restaurants boast bucket list-worthy menus.
South Ocean Grill
Situated right on the water, this hidden gem is often praised for its “carefully crafted food” and “delicious cocktails.” South Ocean Grill is “super cozy” and “intimate, but relaxed.” Serving innovative dishes in a beautiful setting, this quaint eatery also has an outdoor seating area. Recommended plates: Mexico City Corn, Mushroom Goat Cheese Flatbread, Kale Salad, Roquefort Burger and Homemade Tres Leches Cake. Eat here.
Located in downtown Patchogue, Bobbique is a Memphis-style barbecue joint and a hot spot for locals. This dine-in or take-out restaurant always delivers, offering an extensive menu of ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Authentic blues music and an “amazing craft beer selection” keep diners coming back week after week. Recommended plates: Fried Pickle Chips, Smoked BBQ Wings, The Bobbi Burger and Sweet Potato Fries. Eat here.
Arooga’s is the place to be on gameday. This modern sports bar has an abundance of beers on tap and every table has its own flat screen TV. Since everyone is cheering for their favorite sports team, it can get loud, but you’ll never miss another touchdown again. Reservations encouraged, as is getting there by noon on Sunday to score a seat at the bar. Recommended plates: Arooga’s Buffalo Pretzel, The Sampler, Cranberry, Walnut and Spinach Salad, It’s Sooo Gouda Burger. Eat here.
PeraBell Food Bar
This casual eatery has a laid back atmosphere, but the candlelit tables offer extra ambience without being fussy. The creative, flavorful menu keeps diners on their toes. An outdoor eating spot is an extra bonus! Reservations are a must as wait times for a table can be more than 30 minutes. Recommended plates: P.B. Poutine, Iceberg Wedge Salad, Guanciale and Fig Pizza and Gorgonzola Crusted Flatiron Steak. Eat here.
When cravings call for casual Tex-Mex, Del Fuego is a great option. This spot offers a diverse menu and lively décor, satisfying every craving. The “never-ending supply” of house chips and salsa are a crowd favorite and the staff is touted as being “super friendly.” Be prepared to wait for a table—it can get busy. Recommended plates: Lone Star Fries, Lobster Quesadilla, Yucatan Chicken Enchiladas and Chef Steve’s Fried Chicken. Eat here.
That Meetball Place
For something quirky, try That Meetball Place. Locals swear by the “reasonable prices,” “quick service” and “interesting menu.” This casual eatery likes to keep things laid back and even serves a wide assortment of craft beer favorites in mason jars. As one reviewer claimed, “Nobody makes meatballs like Nonna, but these were still tasty as hell.” Recommended plates: TMP Tater Tots, Kale Salad, Lobster Risotto Balls and Buffalo Chicken Balls. Eat here.