This article was updated on July 19th, 2021
Montauk has become a hotspot among foodies. It stands out for its character – of course the proximity to the ocean beaches, being the Island’s end, and having beautiful accommodations. These traits help draw visitors at all times of the year. The dining scene has definitely grown in Montauk, and there are some standout places that we’d like to recommend that you may not have found in your recent travels there. This is our Hidden Gems series! Last time, we focused on the North Fork. Today, we bring you a more focused blog about those restaurants that are somewhat hidden or at least considered best kept secrets at ‘The End’ of the East End of Long Island. We hope you find these helpful in your food travels.
- Inlet Seafood Restaurant & Sushi
This restaurant fits into our Hidden Gems topic perfectly. I would have never known about this spot, if my friend didn’t bring me here. It’s located at 541 East Lake Drive. Serving both lunch and dinner featuring fresh, local fish and artfully prepared sushi, this place offers spectacular harbor views, especially at sunset. They provide the freshest seafood possible, “almost always locally-landed by one of their boats, while adhering to the strictest conservation standards.” Their tagline reads: Respect the ocean. Harvest the bounty. Feed the people. Who wouldn’t want to go here?
- Muse at the End
Muse is a great find that is more unexpected when you walk in and order. It is an unpretentious, cozy spot in the middle of town that surprises guests. Their menu offers Modern American cuisine with inspirations derived from its locale of Montauk. A Chef Matthew Guiffrida production, this dining spot is open all year. It can be found amidst the village at 41 South Euclid Avenue. Guests will enjoy live music every weekend by local artists, along with a regular dining room, bar with Happy Hour, and early bird Prix Fixe menu daily (excluding holiday weekends).
- Montauk Circle
Montauk Circle is a new-comer to Montauk this year and has gotten amazing reviews from quite a few visitors, placing it in the Top 10 Best Burgers in the Hamptons list on TripAdvisor. The Montauk Circle is in the heart of town is a must try. Montauk Circle Burger (MCB) has taken over a familiar location (the former home of O’Murphy’s Pub and Saltbox). We decided to put this choice in our Hidden Gems list because the service as well as the burgers are extraordinary. This is not your typical pub or burger place. It is above and beyond expectations. We recommend planning this into your visit. You’ll find this spot around the circle in town at 99 Carl Fisher Plaza.
These three restaurant selections are just a taste of the many hidden gems that you will discover in Montauk to suit your food cravings.
There are many dining options all season long on the East End of Long Island. Plan your getaway for the day, the weekend or longer. Be sure to visit our Events page and explore attractions, more dining, wineries, shopping, lodging and more.