LI’s Top Fine Dining Establishments

There are good restaurants, and then there’s fine dining—those venues that offer a combination of exceptional service, ambiance and, of course, culinary pizzazz. For many, they are the go-to places to make a positive impression for special occasions, while others simply like to bask in their excellence. Long Island has its fair share of offerings. Diners can’t go wrong at any of these eight.

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The LakeHouse, Bay Shore

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Looking onto the Great South Bay, The LakeHouse is a South Shore destination for excellent, seasonal New American cuisine. With seating for more than 100, it has two lounge areas, a deck overlooking the bay and waterfront lounge areas that are both illuminated at night. It also has guest dockage. Phone: 631-666-0995 | Address: 135 Maple Avenue Click to taste

George Martin’s Strip Steak, Great River

The eastern-most outpost of the George Martin Group wins on all the right points: intimacy, savory dry-aged steak offerings, a full menu of chops, seafood and house specialties. There are also excellent sides to boot. Phone: 631-650-6777 | Address: 60 River Road Click to taste

Limani, Roslyn

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Limani specializes in Greek-style seafood and familiar Greek dishes. It has an expansive menu along with an impressive wine list and selection of teas. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a large spotlighted seafood display on a bed of ice showcasing an array of fresh fish from North America and the Mediterranean. Phone: 516-869-8989 | Address: 1043 Northern Blvd Click to taste

Jema, Huntington 

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There’s no proper Long Island fine dining list without the inclusion of the stunning four-level space from Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. It churns out a small, seasonal menu led by Brazilian-born and French-trained chef Franco Sampogna. Around this time of year, look for the squid ink linguine with scallops, calamari and mussels, Long Island duck with creamy polenta, mushrooms and olives, and the Wagyu American beef with potato au gratin. Phone: 631-385-8486 | Address: 7 Gerard Street Click to taste

Jewel, Melville

Chef and restaurateur Tom Schaudel brought a glitzy flair to the Route 110 business corridor to the delight of nearby office hounds. The high-end New American spot has sit-down and lounge service that is always working at full steam. An adjoining sushi bar, Be-Ju, is also first-rate. Phone: 631-755-5777 | 400 Broadhollow Road Click to taste

North Fork Table and Inn, Southold

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Executive chef Stephan Bogardus has been getting lots of attention for his high-end New American fare. His legion of fans are hoping he will secure his first James Beard Award nomination, joining North Fork Table co-owner and pastry chef Claudia Fleming, a James Beard winner herself. The menu is seasonal, but “extremely refined,” Borargus said. The chef’s six-course tasting menu highlights many of the restaurant’s best offerings, including Peconic Bay fluke crudo, and Crescent Farms duck breast. Phone: 631-765-0177 | Address: 57225 Main Road Click to taste

Prime, Huntington

Dinner with a view of Huntington Harbor is just one of the many outstanding features of this Long Island staple of opulence. The menu ranges from succulent steaks and chops, to a raw bar, mizu sushi and handmade desserts. Phone: 631-385-1515 | Address: 117 North New York Avenue Click to taste

Rothmann’s Steakhouse, East Norwich

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Among Long Island steakhouses, Rothmann’s remains one of the top. The decor is alluring, the drinks are tasty and the steaks—oh, the steaks. Whether it’s a prime rib, rib eye or porterhouse—you name it—Rothmann’s delivers. The sushi is also a crowd-pleaser. Phone: 516-922-2500 | Address: 6319 Northern Blvd Click to taste

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