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Restaurants: Waterfront Eateries Northeast US

We will be featuring waterfront (or close to) some restaurants within reach of anchorages. Periodically, we’ll feature a new restaurant we’ve tried out. If you have a favorite, you’re welcome to submit a review or just a referral.

Here are a few we’ve already sampled. We’ll add descriptions as time permits.

Long Island /New York

Manhasset Bay, NY
You won’t believe the upscale transformation – completely rebuilt in 2003, with a great new outdoor space. Call for reservations and dock space.

Huntington, NY
New upscale restaurant where Coco's used to be.

Lamottas Waterside Restaurant
Port Washington, NY
Jake's hangout and cigarette boat central at the Manhasset Bay Marina.

Shipwreck Diner
Northport, NY
Best breakfast in town.

Skipper’s Pub
Northport, NY
Best bloody Mary on the waterfront pub food to go with it.

Sagamore Yacht Club
Oyster Bay, NY

Wonderful Sunday brunch on their outdoor deck.

Canterbury Ales
Oyster Bay, NY

Pub atmosphere with great seafood but a little bit of a hike from the waterfront.

25 East American Bistro
Danfords in Port Jefferson, NY

Indoors is fancy but Admirals Deck outside is just perfect for a lunch and a beer on weekends.

Claudio’s Clam Bar
Greenport, NY

Right on the Harbor in the expansive north fork marina, serving hamburgers and seafood picnic style, with music on weekends.

Original Crab Shanty Restaurant
City Island, NY
Open year round since 1977, expect big portions at reasonable prices

Connecticut/Rhode Island/Massachusetts

Beacon Restaurant & Bar
Brewer’s Yacht Haven East in Stamford CT
Very nouveau upscale décor and exceptional cuisine right at the marina, with outdoor deck. This is not the main Brewer’s marina in Stamford!

Bill's Seafood
Westbrook, CT
By the swinging bridge across from Brewer's Pilots Point Marina, Bill's serves up delicately fried seafood and delectable margaritas. The Tiki bar overlooks the salt marsh.

Crab Shell
Stamford, CT
Very busy but good service and great seafood - a multitude of fish dishes. Dine inside or out. Try the seafood pasta dishes or soft shell crab. EXCELLENT! Apple crisp before you go!

Vuli Restaurant
Stamford , CT
Top of the Marriott location provides a scenic view of Long Island Sound. Italian/Mediterranean style food.

Overton's Seafood
Norwalk , CT
Seafood/American/Hot Dog Stand

Cobb's Mill Inn
Weston , CT
Continental - American cuisine.

River House Tavern
Westport , CT

Positanos' Restaurant
Westport , CT
Italian - Seafood

Harbor Lights
Norwalk CT

Mediterranean fare and a waterfront deck next to Overton's on Seaview Ave.

Branford, CT
Well worth the five minute walk from Brewers' Bruce & Johnson's Marina.  Just turn right out the entrance and Lenny's is 1/4 mile down. Not fancy but popularly priced fantastic seafood!  (Try the broiled scallops).  Cash only but they have a cash machine.  Visit the ice-cream shop across the street for dessert!"  (Ian Dunn) Note: we've eaten there now and it's a treat. The soft shell crabs were perfectly prepared - lightly battered and deliciously crispy. Expect to wait for a table on weekends.

The Boom at Dodson’s Boatyard
Stonington, CT

The other "quintessential sailor’s hangout" offering waterfront American fare in casual style. Dock space out front.

Plouf! Le Bistro de la Mer
Stratford, CT
French cuisine in a playful atmosphere on Beach Drive.

The Bait House at the docks
Guilford CT

Sandwiches with a view of Faulkner’s Island Light. Yep, they sell bait and fishing licenses, too.

Guilford Mooring Restaurant
Guilford CT
Serving up seafood and hearty American fare.

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood:
One of Connecticut's Year-Round Dining Gems
On the Five Mile River, Rowayton, CT
Home of Coastal Provisions

Sam's Dockside Restaurant
Branford, CT

Not exactly waterfront but great food at the Brewer’s Marina, including an outdoor rawbar.

The Oyster Bar Boat
Cuttyhunk, MA

Oysters and seafood caught today and delivered to your boat!
(See our article about Cuttyhunk for more information)

Skipper's Dock
Stonington, CT

20 Water Street
E. Greenwich, RI

Dock & Dine
Old Saybrook, CT

Old Harbor
Block Island RI

Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar & Café
Wood’s Hole MA

On the dock down Cobble Way, seafood of every type and local brews, too.

The Black Dog Tavern
Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Made famous by Bill and Monica, serving eclectic American food in Vineyard Haven.

The Black Eddy
Westport Harbor (N41.30.442, W71.05.187)
One Bridge Road
Westport, MA 508-636-6500

The Candy Store
Newport, RI

Great food, great happening atmosphere, on Bannister’s Wharf.

Newport RI

Newport’s oldest waterfront restaurant serving seafood and steaks, and the site of many America’s Cup celebrations.

The Mooring
Newport, RI

Great location on Sayer’s Wharf off America’s Cup Avenue, on the site of the old New York Yacht Club Station #6.

The Windward Grille and Dock
Hyatt Regency on Goat Island, RI

Great place to stop and fuel up on your way out of Newport, with a nice outdoor waterfront lunch spot from where you can watch the parade of vessels coming in and out of the harbor.

The Oar on Great Salt Pond
Block Island, RI

Quintessential waterfront sailor’s hangout. Simple fare and all three meals served.

Dead Eye Dick’s
Block Island, RI

Within walking distance of The Oar, offering seafood in a marsh front setting.

Finn’s Seafood Restaurant
Block Island, RI

Right on the old harbor next to ferry docks, offering great seafood selection.

Atlantic Inn Restaurant
Block Island, RI

Best on Block. Very fine dining, but need a cab or a bike to get there from any waterfront. Lovely lawn for cocktails under the stars.


Fabulously prepared fresh seafood, tender steaks, vegetarian too. Dine inside or out, on the shores of York Harbor . Serving lunch and dinner on weekends until Memorial Day, expanding service to 6 days (closed Mondays) through October. 1-888-860-7428

Fisherman's Wharf Inn
Enjoy lunch or dinner with magnificent views of the waterfront in Boothbay Harbor , Maine , at Fisherman's Wharf Inn.

Billing itself as " Maine 's Original Brew Pub," Gritty's opened in Portland in 1988. Sample the pub's own ales along with traditional pub fare.

Hurricane Restaurant
Waterside dining with a lovely view in Ogunquit , Maine .

Le Domaine Country Restaurant
"Dinner was an occasion to celebrate," says Gourmet magazine of this French country restaurant in Hancock , Maine .

Maine Diner
This Wells, Maine , landmark serves breakfast all day and has been featured on The Today Show.

Snow Squall Restaurant
Waterfront dining in Portland , Maine . Dinner theater on Thursday evenings.

Warren's Lobster House
When you're tired from a day of outlet shopping, relax on the waterfront in Kittery at Warren 's Lobster House, which offers a wide variety of lobster dishes, outstanding seafood and service, and the seacoast's finest salad bar in a waterfront setting. (207) 439-1630

New Hampshire

BG's Boat House
On the water in Portstmouth's Sagamore Creek, BG's serves the Seacoast's freshest seafood from second week of March thru October. (603) 431-1074

Dolphin Striker
The Dolphin Striker has been one of the hallmarks of elegant dining on the Seacoast for over 20 years. (603) 431-5222

Ferry Landing
The Old Ferry Landing, a fixture on the Portsmouth waterfront for 22 years, offers fine food and beverages and a deck adjacent to Portsmouth 's tugs. (603) 431-5510

Affordable dining with a priceless view. Located next to the tugboats in Portsmouth Harbor , The Stockpot has meant fine food in a casual waterfront atmosphere since 1982. (603) 431-1851

Saunders at Rye Harbor
Now celebrating more than 75 years of dining excellence, Saunders at Rye Harbor features fine dining in the ultimate seaside location. (603) 964-6466

Oar House
The Oar House serves seafood, poultry, beef and other specialties in an historic maritime setting in downtown Portsmouth . (603) 436-4025  Summer waterfront deck.

Cape Cod

The Black Cat Food & Spirits
165 Ocean Street 
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-778-1233
Fax: 508-778-1293
The Black Cat is the premier waterfront restaurant on Hyannis Harbor serving the freshest seafood, top quality steaks and creative pasta dishes. Enjoy the view of the harbor and its fishing and luxury boats while sipping a cocktail on the outdoor patio (seasonal). The Black Cat is open seven days from 11:30am . Weekend entertainment in the lounge during the Summer Season.

(Editor's Note: This is Onyx' favorite place for seafood. She always asks us to bring her a kitty bag.)

Captain Parker's Pub
668 Main Street 
West Yarmouth, MA 02673

Chatham Bars Inn and Beach House Grille
297 Shore Road 
Chatham, MA 02633
Phone: 508-945-0096 or 800-527-4884
Fax: 508-945-6785
The Main Dining Room at Chatham Bars Inn is elegantly perched on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with soaring view. From a fireside breakfast for two, dinner dances every Saturday night, famous Sunday night Grand Buffet and daily breakfast and dinner. Dinner is formal and a jacket is required of gentlemen.

The Chatham Bars Inn Beach House has a spacious deck on the waters edge…a market umbrella to shade you… Chatham lobster rolls and chilled chardonnay… summertime dining at the Beach House Grill. Sweeping views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean compliment every meal, whether you enjoy breakfast or lunch, or festive theme nights.

Clancy's Dennis Port
8 Upper County Road 
Dennis Port, MA 02639
Phone: 508-394-6661
Toll Free US/CA: None Listed
Fax: None Listed
Clancy’s of Dennis Port is an award-winning restaurant overlooking picturesque Swan River. For years, Cape Cod Life Magazine has awarded Clancy’s “best family restaurant” along with the “best of” awards for lunch, clam chowder and seafood. Signature dishes include Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Steak Lucifer and Irish Fettuccine. Enjoy outdoor dining overlooking the Swan River or in the smoke-free air-conditioned dining room. Also, Sunday Brunch. Open daily 11:30am - 1:00am seven days a week. Full service bar & lounge.

Dockside Restaurant / Raw Bar
110 School St. 
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-778-1880
Fax: 508-778-2359
Beautiful view overlooking Hyannis Harbor. Full menu, raw bar and drinking under the stars. A must go to if you're in Hyannis !!! (Next to Steamship Authority)

Ebb Tide Restaurant
94 Chase Avenue 
Dennis Port, MA 02639
Phone: 508-398-8733
Fax: None Listed
E-Mail: None Listed
Situated across from the oceanfront and consisting of six intimate colonial dining rooms, The Ebb Tide offers a variety of seafood and meat dishes featuring New England cuisine and Cape Cod specialties.

Harbor Watch Inn
167 Onset Avenue 
Onset, MA 02558
Phone: 508 295 4600 or 888-295-5430
Fax: 508-295-2129
There's something for everyone. From bountiful breakfasts and casual fare to upscale, eclectic bistro dining, you will savor the freshest seafood and the New England traditional favorites. Whether you're seated on the outer deck, inside the spacious dining room, or enjoying a martini and entertainment inside the bar, you will always feel at home with attentive service and warm hospitality.

Mews Restaurant & Cafe
429 Commercial Street 
Provincetown, MA 02657

Ocean House Restaurant
Depot Street 
Dennis Port, MA 02639
Phone: 508-394-0700
The Ocean House Restaurant lounge opens @ 4pm and the evening meal is served @ 5pm . The Ocean House is the recepient of The Cape Cod View's Best Martini Contest.

Phusion Grille
71 Water Street 
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Red Inn & Restaurant, The
15 Commercial Street 
Provincetown, MA 02657

The Red Inn Restaurant,
15 Commercial Street 
Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-REDINN (7334)
The Red Inn is an intimate, award winning, waterfront restaurant located in one of the world's most spectacular settings. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sailing Cow Cafe
140 Route 28 
West Dennis, MA 02670

Skipper Restaurant, The
152 South Shore Dr. 
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Skippy's Pier 1
17 Neptune Lane 
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Spanky's Clam Shack & Seaside Saloon
138 Ocean Street 
Hyannis, MA 02601

116 Main Street 
West Dennis, MA 02670

Swan River Seafood
5 Lower County Rd 
Dennis Port, MA 02639

Trader Ed's @ Hyannis Marina
21 Arlington Street 
Hyannis, MA 02601

Chesapeake Bay

Pusser's Carribbean Grille
On Annapolis Harbor at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront. Deck overlooks the harbor and Ego Alley. Great spot.

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