Sick of seafood? The menus at these Montauk eateries will reignite your affair with fish. From shrimp and short rib burritos to lobster egg rolls (plus even the occasional non-seafood snack), this beachfront town is challenging culinary classics. Here are our 10 favorite restaurants to experience a taste of Montauk.
Dave’s Gone Fishing
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Indulge more than just your sense of taste at Dave’s Gone Fishing, a waterfront restaurant serving every dish with a side of sunset views. Brought to you by the husband-and-wife duo behind former Montauk favorite Dave’s Grill, this more intimate iteration continues where Dave’s left off. Locals can rest easy knowing that Dave’s famous smoked tuna spread, original cioppino, and the always-different (and delicious) catch of the day still have a prominent place on Montauk’s menu.
It should come as no surprise that the city’s favorite seafood place has made Montauk its new home. At Seamore’s Montauk location (situated within the iconic Breakers Motel), seafood-loving locals can dig into creative catches, such as ponzu-peanut-avocado poke, curried mussels in coconut milk, and shrimp and short rib burritos.
Seafood-loving locals from Brooklyn and beyond rave about Red Hook Lobster Pound, a beloved lobster-slinging chain whose inaugural Montauk location went live this summer. We didn’t think it was possible, but the Pound’s lobster-bacon mac and cheese, tuna melts, and New England elote (don’t ask, just try) taste even better beachside.
Don’t let the name fool you: the tasty treasures at Montauk’s Herb’s Market go beyond mere groceries. In-the-know foodies flock to this “locals only” establishment for a taste of Herb’s famous fried chicken, hailed as being “the best on the East End.” Also offering down-home delicacies, such as rotisserie and barbecue chicken with house-made barbecue sauce, Herb’s serves up a dining experience that’s no-frills, just flavor.
Trust a chef known for his “dock-to-dish” practices to deliver a seafood restaurant so good that it stands out amongst a sea of similar spots. At Flagship Montauk, the pillar of the Hamptons’ food scene is cooking up a taste of Montauk with a fine-dining spin. Shrimp-sugar cane spears, lobster egg rolls, and shellfish-black truffle pasta round out the menu at this spot serving Hamptons elegance with a Montauk attitude.
At South Edison, the only thing fresher than the seafood-focused dishes is the restaurant’s interpretation of American cuisine. Here, olive oil-braised baby octopus tacos and chili-spiced lobster with street corn share space on the menu with the town’s most sinful sundae and Edison’s famous Pickle Martinis. Serving old-school classics with an original spin, South Edison is redefining American dining, one meal at a time.
Ask any local where to find the town’s coolest catches, and the chances are that they’ll point you toward 668 The Gigshack, or “The Shack,” as it’s known to in-the-know eaters. The “Global Surf Cuisine” at this family-owned establishment puts an international spin on Montauk mainstays, resulting in daring dishes such as spicy coconut milk mussels and tuna tartare taquitos. Tip: whatever you order, be sure to wash it down with The Shack’s own Montauk Hard Label brew.
Lobster Roll, Amagansett | Courtesy of Lobster Roll
Montauk’s Lobster Roll declares itself as the site “where summer begins.” Taking in the spot’s classic picnic tables, umbrellas, and fresh-caught fish dishes, we’re inclined to agree. This summer, savor the season with The Lobster Roll’s tuna sliders, lobster salads, swordfish steak sandwich, and more.
Experience a taste of traditional Mexico in Montauk at Yucatan eatery La Brisa. An outpost of Manhattan’s popular Tacombi chain, La Brisa’s seafood-focused menu pays homage to its Montauk surroundings, while its homemade tortillas and coastal Mexican recipes stay true to the restaurant’s roots. Snag a seat outside to dig into Montauk fluke ceviche, shrimp and bean quesadillas, and seared Montauk tile fish tacos.
Fans of longtime legend Zum Schneider NYC will be thrilled to learn about Manhattan’s favorite German beer joint’s Montauk expansion. Beery oyster shooters and pan-seared scallops with sauerkraut are just a sampling of the seafood-focused offerings at Zum Schneider Montauk (which also cooks up bratwurst and brezn for you traditionalists out there).