LI Waterfront Restaurants Reopening Their Outdoor Seating

The weather is finally heating up in these parts. And there’s no better way to soak up the sun than enjoying a cocktail and seafood plate at one of Long Island’s waterfront eateries. From casual surf shacks to fancy restaurants, I scoured the Island for the waterfront restaurants reopening their outdoor patios in the coming weeks.

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Harvest on Fort Pond, Montauk

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image: @harvestonfortpond

Indulge in rustic Italian cuisine while the sun sets over Fort Pond at this Montauk eatery. Using flavors from the Mediterranean, chef Jake Williams keeps the seasonal menu diverse and exciting. The restaurant also has its own vegetable garden, adding an extra degree of freshness to its dishes. Enjoy outdoor seating in the vegetable garden starting Memorial Day weekend. Phone: 631-668-5574 | Address: 11 S. Emery Street Click to go

Drift 82, Patchogue

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image: @drift82ny

Situated along the Patchogue River near the Great South Bay, Drift 82 is a beach-themed surf and turf restaurant serving up everything from calamari and fresh local lobster to New York strip steak. Its bright atmosphere and nautical feel make it the perfect destination to kick off summer. Outdoor dining begins the first week of May. Phone: 631-714-4950 | Address: 82 Brightwood Street Click to go 

Surf’s Out, Fire Island

Starting May 4, Surf’s Out is reopening its doors as the Kismet crowd returns for the season. Complete with sushi, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads and seafood, the menu is sure to have something for everyone. And nothing says summer like hanging out at a Fire Island restaurant, watching the sunset and eating all your heart desires. Phone: 631-583-7400 | Address: 1 Baywalk Click to go

A Lure, Southold

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image: @alurerestaurant

A Lure Chowder House and Osteria offers a casual but quaint setting for boaters, locals and visitors. Located at the Port of Egypt Marina, the restaurant picturesquely overlooks the Peconic River. Stop by and dig into seafood, steak, burgers or tacos—and savor the relaxing atmosphere unique to the North Fork. Outdoor seating becomes available around Memorial Day. Phone: 631-876-5300 | Address: 62300 Main Road Click to go

Louie’s, Port Washington

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image: @louiessince1905

A Port Washington mainstay since 1905, Louie’s offers stellar views of Manhasset Bay coupled with fresh seafood and eclectic American fare. Choose from a wide assortment of lobster dishes, surf and turf, sandwiches and Italian food—and don’t forget to follow up with the cocktail you deserve. Outdoor seating is available on a first come, first-served basis. Bonus: the outdoor seating is already open. Phone: 516-883-4242 | Address: 395 Main Street Click to go