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11 Waterfront Restaurants on Long Island to Take Your Family to This Summer

11 Waterfront Restaurants on Long Island to Take Your Family to This Summer

On a balmy summer night, grab the whole family and enjoy a meal with a stunning, nautical view.

The only thing better than a backyard barbecue is a dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the Long Island Sound. Picture it: A drink in your hand, a delicious meal in front of you, a gorgeous cotton candy sky, and a couple of quiet, well-behaved kids. (Hey, a parent can dream!) Sounds like the perfect night, right?

There are plenty of waterfront restaurants on Long Island to make this dream a reality. Here, the best family-friendly eateries with views.

Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille

395 Main St, Port Washington

This Port Washington mainstay serves up local seafood in a casual diner-style atmosphere with a pristine view of the Manhasset Bay.

Anchor Down

1960 Bayberry Ave, Merrick

Fresh local seafood is served alongside live music and unobstructed views of the East Bay.

Harbor Mist Restaurant

105 Harbor Rd, Cold Spring Harbor

This two-story restaurant is tucked within a quiet cove inside Oyster Bay. Dine in for on Mondays or Tuesdays from 4-9pm for 50 percent off your dinner bill.


155-57 Bayview Ave, Rosedale

This waterfront locale was completely renovated after being devastated during superstorm Sandy. It’s large deck makes it a great place to meet a group for a causal seafood dinner.

Inlet Seafood Restaurant

541 East Lake Drive, Montauk

This two-story waterfront restaurant, owned by two fishermen, features inlet views, so you can watch the boats coming and going. The menu at this crowd-favorite includes American seafood and sushi.


258 E Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays

This restaurant, which features seafood and sushi, is located conveniently off the Montauk Highway and has sweeping views of the canal.

Jordan’s Lobster Farm

1 Pettit Pl, Island Park

In business since 1938, this causal waterfront restaurant is a favorite among locals and vacationers. They’re known for their lobsters and crab, but have a long list of other seafood options, too.

Salt on the Water

3100 Whaleneck Dr, Merrick

This new waterfront restaurant features plenty of outdoor seating. Guests will love the happy hour, live music, and, of course, the seasonal seafood menu.


43 Canoe Place Rd, Hampton Bays

This waterfront favorite is popular, because it’s accessible by boat and is known for its tropical tiki-inspired vibe.

Navy Beach

16 Navy Rd, Montauk

Located on 200-feet of private beach, this waterfront mainstay has both indoor and outdoor dining options—some of which are right on the sand!

The Beacon

4454, 8 W Water St, Sag Harbor

Thanks to sweeping views of the Sag Harbor Bay, this waterfront Long Island restaurant is a favorite for cocktails, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Image: Waterfront view at Louies Oyster Bar & Grille
Credit: Maria Mazzola

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Brigitt Earley

Author: Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor based in NJ. She’s a new mom to a baby boy, runs an Instagram account full of the most delicious food she can find (@literallyallthefood), and loves to hate a good barre class. See More

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