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Sunset Beach

3.8
3.8
143 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Sunset Beach is located in Shelter Island Heights, where guests can enjoy the summer-time flavors of Italy and the French Riviera. Both lunch and dinner are served in either the comfortable dining area or the open-air pavilion. Every ingredient is seasonal and sourced from local day boat fishermen and organic farmers who work with Sunset Beach to provide a delicious meal to vacationing diners. Guests love the pasta with baby scampi, rack of lamb, vegetarian tagine and fresh whole fish. The menu changes often, but favorites such as bouillabaisse and salad ni�oise are always available at Sunset Beach. After your meal, try the sorbet or the berries and cream for a sweet treat.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 7:00am-11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am *We will only be open on weekends from May 15th - June 7th until we open 7 days a week on Thursday June 11th.
  • Phone number
    (631) 749-2001
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Edgar Cungu
  • Private party facilities
    Sunset Beach can accommodate parties up to 250 people.
  • Private party contact
    Reservations Office: (631) 749-2001
  • Neighbourhood
    Shelter Island
  • Parking Details
    Guests are welcome to use our parking lot as you may not park along the beach until after 5pm (unless you have a local permit).
  • Public Transit
    The Hampton Jitney stops in Greenport, NY and Sag Harbor, NY. From there you are able to walk or drive onto the Shelter Island Ferry (Ferry time: approximately 15 minutes). You can call ahead for a local taxi to pick you up on the Shelter Island side.
  • Entertainment
    Live DJ, Friday through Sunday.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 143 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience

NoiseModerate

143 Reviews
  1. BoJo

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2015

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The restaurant was overbooked and we were seated in the unappealing ground floor room used for hotel breakfasts. The service from the staff and the kitchen was abominable. We waited over an hour to be served our entrees and then left because they were nowhere in sight. Too bad because we had enjoyed the experience, on the upper deck, in the past

    2 people found this helpful

  2. justdance

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2015

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The main clientele are "beautiful people" that come from huge yachts. If you're not one of them don't expect any attention or service. We made a reservation 3 weeks or more in advance and were offered a table by the kitchen door. Once we complained we were told that everything else was not available and we had to wait to be seated in the "cafe" section with other exiles not deemed "beautiful enough".

    1 person found this helpful

  3. Soup

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food is good but not great. Skip the entrees and have a few apps and cocktails and enjoy the view!

    1 person found this helpful

  4. FashionFriend

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It just wouldn't be summer if I didn't pay at least one visit to this Shelter Island staple. Each year the chef reinvents some basic item into a melt in your mouth affair. This year it's the straciatella with asparagus. While burrata is on everyone else's menu everywhere, this is a scrumptious variation on the trend finished with a lemon zest that makes it sing. The mussels are always flavorful as is pretty much everything on the menu. We always share at least 3 or 4 items like the cevice that was so amazing fresh we tried to take our time and savor every bite. Make a reservation in advance soon. They roll up and out on Labor Day.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2015

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Sharing menu items were too small. We were told kitchen was closed 20 minutes before it was supposed to.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Danceshrink

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2015

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    I frequent many NYC Open Table Restaurants. I spend many summers in the Hamptons and had heard about Sunset Beach . I had been hoping to get there For several summers and was looking forward to finally going there. I was expecting an amazing delicious upscale dining experience. The food was basic expensive with a limited menu and they did not have the "Fish of the day". The waitress was matter of fact bordering on unfriendly and barely listened to our order or check on us during the meal. Seemed like she was doing us a favor! We got asked if we wanted a refill of coffee while we paid our check . The setting and view were lovely and the bar area was nice so that the experience was not a complete wash. I might go back for a drink and the view.

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  7. AmyB

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for years and love it everyone. The food is fantastic and the ambience is wonderful! Everything is the right balance!

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  8. Marissa

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here. It's like an afternoon in St Tropez... Except you're in New York. You must get the fried artichoke!

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  9. Foodie101

    New York Area

    159 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wow what a sceen. Great for people watching. Food was amazing and they had no problems serving Happy Birthday party of 50 people at prime time

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  10. DB2468

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for lunch around 3 pm. Service was surprisingly good considering most places in the Hamptons get so crazy good service is hard to find. Food was also tasting. Lots of great seafood options.

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  11. Kharmalicious

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our car was robbed in the Sunset Beach parking lot. Luckily, we did not have many valuables. I have read countless reviews about purses, phones and pretty much anything being stolen while near this place. Saw people doing cocaine in parking lot. Fun atmosphere, great outdoor seating, scenic view, food and service was good, fast moving crowd but obviously filled with shady characters. If it wasn't for being robbed, it would have been a great evening.

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  12. AaronN

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2015

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was never the selling point here but it has fallen off again. They don't even serve bread any more - just bread sticks. Portions are very small. Had poussin (baby chicken) and it was one tiny baby - maybe 3 or 4 mouthfuls. $18 cocktails etc. Same beautiful setting but food doesn't match.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. Falconwoods

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not great food for the price, however the view of the water is great. Staff was friendly. Could have had a better selection of wines. Overall it was ok I wouldn't rush back

    1 person found this helpful

  14. califoodi

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a winning combination great French food overlooking a picturesque beach

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  15. nibor

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    awesome…wonderful…a must go to…so glad we got to go this summer before they closed...

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  16. Richard

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2014

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    fun energetic setting. beautiful sunsets if you have good weather.

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  17. plc747

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    very disappointed used to be one of my favorite places three of us dined only two dinners came out 25 minutes later as we were done third dinner came out then someone spilled a drink on us had my favorite moules frites no taste really went down hill hope management gets it together as it is a lovely setting

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Food4fun

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2014

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    This place is way over-hyped. Service was terrible, everything was completely disorganized - the manager didn't even know what was going on. Our food came out at random times, and my husbands entree arrived after everyone else had already finished. Not worth the ferry ride over.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Goodchoice

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    You feel like you are in Europe......South of France! The ambience, vibe, view and food all spectacular.

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  20. ALD8

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I booked a reservation using open table and when arrived, was told they no longer do reservations with open table. When asked if we would be able to still get a table we were ignored. When asked again the hostess acted as though she didn't even remember and still did not answer if we would get a table or even give a wait time. They were rude and we ended up leaving.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. MraZ

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2014

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful waterfront setting, especially at sunset. Service from French-accented staff was very friendly (yes that is possible). Attractive crowd. Food was decent, simpler fare even good.

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  22. rockerfeller

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food but portions way to small for the prices they charge. Good atmosphere and location.

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  23. Amy1

    New York Area

    165 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The setting is amazing. The restaurant . . . not so much. VERY expensive for small portions of just ok food. And the service is extremely snooty - Very Euro and Very Superior. Best to come for a drink, and go elsewhere for dinner.

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  24. eastsider

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunset beach the most romantic restaurant on the East Coast. The food was great!

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  25. Vivi

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Tried to walk in on a weekday at 2:00pm and was told the wait was 45 minutes, with a lot of attitude at that. Went on OpenTable and found a table was available within 1/2 hour. Strike one! At the reservation time, was told that they don't keep the OpenTable app there so they had no idea I had made a reservation. Waited another 10 minutes for a table to be set up, even though there were empty tables. Waitress was edgy and rude. Took 15 minutes to bring drinks. Never really checked back with us. Food was ok, but by then we were so annoyed we just wanted to get out of there. It's a shame as it's a beautiful setting, but will not waste our time or money again.

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  26. Willajane

    New York Area

    221 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2014

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Did not honor the reservation Made us wait with everyone who did not reserve Sat us in a place where you coul not see the view Took forever to get food The scene is like Fellini on steroids Ruins the bucolic Shelter Idland vibe

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  27. MAC1

    New York Area

    141 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Whats not to like about sitting outside eating seafood and looking at the water. Only negative is the price...very expensive.

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  28. Carrie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    $34 for pasta w red sauce and basil?!?! are you kidding me?

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  29. viaggiatrice

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunset Beach is popular, chic...and the food is fabulous! We were expecting a beautiful view (it really is the ONLY place on the water in the Hamptons) but we were not expecting to find such a great meal. My husband had the BEST grilled lobster we've ever tasted. The crab cakes were awesome, as was the tuna tartare and watermelon salad. We were there on a weekday at dinner with our two children (10 and 5) and my sister and we just loved it. We all cannot wait to return. Service was great. Food fabulous. Truly a wonderful evening.

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  30. Caseydak

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2014

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Sunset beach is a great place to go if you are lucky enough to be there when they are on their game. Unfortunately they are usually not. You have to go there knowing that you really dont care about the hospitality experience. You are going there to enjoy the company of your friends and the beach side view. Unfortunately service is nonexistent and obnoxious to boot by people who obviously dont care about ownership. Its a shame because it could be a great place if managemet cared enough.

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  31. Bubbles

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fnd! We had both Lunch and dinner there and loved it. Presentation and preparation were both outstanding and the Rose was fabulous! Do not miss this little Gem on the Beach...

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    48 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2014

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    First let's say the food was no better than fine. My "fillet" was full of bones which was disappointing, all sides were a la carte, other dishes I tasted were just good. The price for 2 people with one bottle of the least expensive wine and no dessert was $250. The night I was there a scantily dressed drunk girl was wandering around the restaurant tables and sitting on the arm of any chair that had a male in it <30 years old. No one seemed to think this was odd at all, except their girlfriends, whose eyes were shooting daggers as the boys seemed quite enchanted. Our waiter was far too cool to actually provide good service but he did have a really cool ponytail and gym-toned body. I would have preferred just a good waiter.

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  33. FashionFriend

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love hitting up Sunset Beach. Staff is excellent, food is excellent, view is excellent! You feel like you've left the hamptons and arrived in the Caribbean (ok minus the aqua ocean) avoid the crowds on the weekend and go mid week.

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  34. StevieMac

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It can't get any better-be prepared for a serious Hamptons scene....but it's definitely worth it.

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  35. foodie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    My favorite entree is the Steak Frites medium-rare and my favorite drink is Whispering Angel Rose. The portions are VERY small and the bill is always higher than I expect it to be, but the atmosphere is fantastic and the sunsets are outstanding. I like the seating downstairs, with my feet in the sand, but I also like the seating on the roof, near the balcony, because the view of the sunsets are the best from that vantage point. Best to go on weekend evenings in the summer, especially on Sundays. There are also ping pong tables, boccce ball court, and a fire pit!

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  36. Felicedoll

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I realize they have a short season to make their money, but prices were truly outrageous for mediocre drinks and food.

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  37. Willajane

    New York Area

    221 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    You could be in Cannes or Capri Sunset a beauty- food is light and delicious If you don't mind a DJ and glitz This is your spot

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  38. Henne

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I just love Susnset Beach - it is a go to when I have visitors on Shelter Island. The view, food and music are always perfect. The prices are very high but it is worth the trip - just realize it when you go that you will spend quite a bit when you are there. ENJOY!

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  39. mmk429

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2014

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Sunset Beach is a great spot for a drink but to dine good luck getting what you want. The waiters were terrible. We got the wrong order, and we didn't see a waiter the entire meal. One bus boy was the only saving grace. He got us everything we needed. I actually tipped him and told him he should be getting our waiter's (15%, no more--and we are big tippers) tip. I would only come for A DRINK back to this place, and only during the lunch hour when it is less crowded. It's honestly not worth the money. While the location and view are great, the pretentious service and so-so food is sub-par for the amount you are paying to eat there.

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  40. Overrated

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    As we approached the restaurant for which we had a reservation, four young 20 somethings were basically being asked to leave the bar. One was so drunk he could barely stand. The food was o.k., nothing to write home about, and it was DEFINITELY overpriced for what it was. I wanted to go back to the beach across from the restaurant to watch the sunset on the following night. My spouse was vehemently opposed, after the negative experience, but we went nonetheless. Sure enough the place was mobbed. The whole place is a bit pretentious. Seems like it's trying to be South Beach on Shelter Island, which just doesn't quite work.

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Sunset Beach is rated 3.8 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Sunset Beach

35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Shelter Island
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 7:00am-11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am *We will only be open on weekends from May 15th - June 7th until we open 7 days a week on Thursday June 11th.
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Guests are welcome to use our parking lot as you may not park along the beach until after 5pm (unless you have a local permit).
  • Public Transit
    The Hampton Jitney stops in Greenport, NY and Sag Harbor, NY. From there you are able to walk or drive onto the Shelter Island Ferry (Ferry time: approximately 15 minutes). You can call ahead for a local taxi to pick you up on the Shelter Island side.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Edgar Cungu
  • Entertainment
    Live DJ, Friday through Sunday.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (631) 749-2001
  • Private party facilities
    Sunset Beach can accommodate parties up to 250 people.
  • Private party contact
    Reservations Office: (631) 749-2001
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