It’s no secret Dede Gotthelf, who has owned the Southampton Inn for 20 years, is a fan of felines. In keeping with tradition, she named the Inn’s new eatery Claude’s after the family cat.
“The restaurant [at the Southampton Inn] has been named after our cats since the beginning,” said Gotthelf, who opened the restaurant in May. “From Oso to Klide’s and now Claude’s…The name is part of the culture of the hotel.”
The welcoming hospitality and approachable menu are other important components. The new wholesome and modestly priced menu was crafted with the guest’s palate in mind, encompassing select favorite foods from the past five years.
“We moved away from the upscale menu we had last year and brought back our roots of garden fresh, small bites,” she said. “Guests very much like starters, salads, sandwiches, sizzlers and sweets.”
Breakfast and lunch choices are available daily. Popular options for breakfast, which is served from 7-11am, include the Southampton omelet, beach buttermilk blueberry pancakes and smoked salmon platter. Guests can indulge in a lunch menu that features lobster roll sliders, grilled farm veggie sandwiches and angus beef hamburgers until 7pm. For dessert, frequenters report falling in love with the selections of ice creams, seasonal sorbets and the delectable molten chocolate lava cake at first bite. Another welcome surprise: there’s a dietary consideration menu that caters to vegetarian, alpha-gal and gluten-free diners without fear of cross contamination.
And Claude’s is making a splash in another way: The pool patio bar is open from 3-7pm offering a refreshing mix of floats, shakes and tropical cocktails like the Rum Punch (light rum, dark rum, pineapple juice and orange juice) and the Southampton Manhattan (bourbon, sweet Vermouth and splash bitters) in addition to the lunch a la carte menu. When possible, Claude’s likes to use herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant garden. Guests can also dine al fresco in the beautifully planted courtyard under cheerful umbrellas surrounded by colorful flowers.
The informal and relaxing atmosphere carries itself to the intimate indoor dining room. It’s furnished with décor from local artists making the setting ideal for chatting with friends and family.
“Unlike the previous restaurants [at the Southampton Inn], we are aiming to keep Claude’s open year-round to encourage the community to [discover] all the different experiences the Hamptons has to offer.”