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Winter Outdoor Dining on the East End

The Hamptons and the North Fork on the East End of Long Island have several options for outdoor dining. These East End outdoor dining picks include igloos, heated patios and decks and more. Read on for the most cozy outdoor dining experiences this winter on the North and South Forks.

The Hamptons

The American Hotel, Sag Harbor

The American Hotel in the heart of Sag Harbor Village on Main Street has five unique dining areas within their restaurant. One of the most coveted dining areas, no matter the season, is their front porch. The front porch allows their outdoor dining guests to take in the cheerful Sag Harbor scene while creating those perfect photo op moments with the florals and historic elements surrounding you.

Advanced reservations are highly encouraged. The American Hotel is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn, Southampton

Claude’s Restaurant on the edge of Southampton Village is open daily and year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner beginning at 7am and is open until 11pm.Weekend brunch is served from 11am-2pm. Claude’s at Southampton Inn is also within easy walking distance of Southampton’s various shops for plenty of festive shopping experiences.

Guests may dine at Claude’s café on their spacious outdoor patio. Note that the courtyard patio is not covered and dining is weather permitting. Guests may also sit outside and enjoy a Hot Toddy or their favorite winter cocktail by the firepit.

Flora, Westhampton Beach

The gorgeous and popular Hamptons restaurant, Flora, offers a beautiful outdoor dining space. Their heated winter garden features private igloos for brunch, lunch and dinner. Igloos seat up to six guests. Reservation allotments are up to 90 minutes during lunch and up to two hours for brunch and dinner. Brunch is served exclusively on the weekends.

Click here to book your reservation directly and to learn more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Flora in Westhampton Beach is currently open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 12pm Monday through Friday, and at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Fresno, East Hampton

Fresno is considered to be East Hampton’s best kept dining secret. This Hamptons’ favorite dining spot is located within a short walking distance from the East Hampton train station. It features a beautiful and spacious outdoor patio. The cozy outdoor patio features six space heaters and incredible lighting for mingling and reading the menu. There are two large, quiet filters allowing lots of air movement.

The restaurant features nightly dinner specials and menu highlights include spicy “buffalo” cauliflower with a creamy blue cheese vinaigrette and scallions; salmon tartare with jalapeños, scallions, and crispy homemade potato chips; slow braised beef short ribs with local red cabbage, white polenta and apple gremolata; and cazuela roasted local cod with dashi broth, wild mushrooms, baby bok choy, rice noodles and an Asan slaw. Fresno is also well known for their comfort-food inspired desserts.

Main Street Tavern, Amagansett

Main Street Tavern in the center of Amagansett Village offers daily happy hours from their classic and innovative beverage list. This Hamptons restaurant also serves 10pm bites for late-night indulgences.

Their outdoor garden dining space features heated seating at their cozy picnic tables. Their beer garden is also both indoors and outdoors. Favorites from their menu include the late-night Tavern Burger or the new Steamed Dumplings and Chicken Bites. From their Brunch menu, the top selections are the Brioche French Toast and Grilled Hanger Steak.

T-Bar, Southampton

T-Bar Southampton, located diagonally across the street from the Southampton train station, serves a variety of classic cuisines with a modern twist this winter indoors and outdoors on their covered stone patio. Diners can remain in comfort thanks to the covered patio, high hedges, and state of the art space heaters. T-Bar in the Hamptons serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday beginning at 5pm. Reservations for outdoor dining are encouraged.

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

Topping Rose House at the corner of Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike offers extensive outdoor dining options all year round. During the winter months, their wrap-around verandah is heated with ample space heaters. In addition, guests may choose to enjoy a coffee or cocktail at their outdoor firepit in the garden.

Topping Rose House is a luxury hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Hamptons. They are open year round and are open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on the weekends.

North Fork

American Beech, Greenport

American Beach Hotel and Restaurant in the heart of Greenport Village offers cozy, heated outdoor dining. Their outdoor dining features cute, private domes for dinner guests looking to cozy up this winter season.

American Beech is open for dinner Wednesday through Friday beginning at 5pm. Lunch and dinner are served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12pm. Lunch is served from 12-3pm. Reservations for heated outdoor dining are encouraged.

Buoy One Seafood Restaurant and Bar, Riverhead

Buoy One Seafood Restaurant in Riverhead on West Main Street in Riverhead offers ample outdoor dining for the winter season. The restaurant features a clear tent that is completely heated, allowing for a warm and cozy outdoor dining experience for those visiting the North Fork.

Buoy One Restaurant is the original restaurant, with an additional East End location in Westhampton. The restaurant is open year round and is famous for their daily, freshly caught seafood, in addition to their seafood market. They are open seven days a week beginning at 11am.

Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead

Farm Country Kitchen, located on West Main in Riverhead close to the downtown area, offers outdoor dining and seating during the winter months. The restaurant is nestled inside a colonial home on the banks of the Peconic River and creates a true essence of country North Fork dining. Favorite dishes include the Park Bench Salad, Bonfire Wrap and BBQ Shrimp, to name a few.

Farm Country Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 11:30am-9:30pm.

Main Road Biscuit Co., Jamesport

Main Road Biscuit Co. on Main Road in Jamesport offers plenty of comfort food favorites along with a covered outdoor courtyard with string lights and space to move around. Popular dishes for the winter include their biscuit sampler, Biscuit & Gravy, and their Oyster Fry.

Main Road Biscuit Co. is open seven days a week. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am-3pm, and Friday through Sunday from 8am-4pm.

The Preston House & Hotel, Riverhead

The Preston House & Hotel, set in the heart of downtown Riverhead and directly across from the Long Island Aquarium, offers a spacious and cozy outdoor dining experience for the dinner guests. Their outdoor dining space features an enclosed porch with full air circulation and heaters so that diners can dine in a comfortable space while still enjoying some scenery.

Outdoor dining is also available under our pergola which has full heat lamps so it is not enclosed but remains very comfortable as guests tend to enjoy the ambience under it.

The Preston House is currently open Wednesday to Thursday from 4-9pm, Friday from 4-10pm, Saturdays from 11:30am to 10pm, and  Sundays from 11:30 AM to 9pm.  

Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm.  Outdoor dining is always available  and it is first come first serve, even with the reservation

The Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island

The Ram’s Head Inn is a popular mainstay for visitors and locals on Shelter Island. Open year round, this iconic waterfront hotel and restaurant is once again offering their igloo outdoor dining experience in their spacious backyard. There are also plenty of lawn games and activities for friends and family to partake in.

The Ram’s Head Inn is open seven days a week for dinner. Reservations for their igloo dining experience are strongly encouraged. The restaurant is also hosting regular bingo nights, trivia nights, and live music. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:30am. The Ram’s Head Inn also offers a picnic lunch Monday through Friday from 11am-4pm.

Windamere, Mattituck

Windamere on the waterfront in Mattituck offers a unique outdoor dining experience with private igloos. Their heated igloos can accommodate up to eight guests. Located on their patio, guests will enjoy a cozy North Fork outdoor dining experience paired with stunning views of the water. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Windamere, located at Strong’s Water Club & Marina, is currently open Thursday through Sunday until 8pm. Lunch is served Friday through Sunday beginning at 12pm.

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Author: VGordon