The Hamptons Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Rita Cantina
28 Maidstone Park Rd., East Hampton
Balmy summer nights and dinner plans with a crowd call for the shareable feasts Mexican cuisine does best. Rita Cantina is new to the Springs and sticks to local bounty (where possible) for its menu of wagyu short rib birria tacos, fried scallops, and grilled Mexican street corn. Great food aside, the yellow-and-white patio with its stripey parasols is a sunny, happy place to hang out both day and night. Images courtesy of Eric Striffler.
295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton
SíSí is a pan-Mediterranean concept dishing out Levantine, Greek, and Italian classics like Fattoush salad, pasta, and tahini-and-charred-lemon drizzled everything. In other words, all the exploding-with-flavor veggie-forward food that feels so right on hot summer nights. Located within the newly-opened EHP Resort & Marina, the view—especially at sunset—is spectacular. If you happen to be exploring the East End by boat, the marina accommodates anything from twenty-five to one-hundred-and-twenty footers, making docking and dining a total breeze.
La Fin
474 W. Lake Dr., Montauk
Tucked into the former Swallow East space, La Fin brings a touch of St. Tropez to the Montauk seafront. While chef and co-owner James Tchinnis cut his teeth at Le Cirque, the food at La Fin is simple, sustainably sourced from local farms, and healthy-ish. The setting, on the other hand, has a touch of that unmistakable Riviera glitz with plush turquoise seating and a stellar playlist. The morning menu is a light one, featuring juices, paleo muffins, and chia puddings. Dinner centers on oysters, seasonal seafood, and seriously good lobster toast.
Morty’s Oyster Stand
2167 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
A toasty lobster roll, crisp fries, and a cold glass of Chablis are the components of summer on a plate. Morty’s Oyster Stand excels at the hyper-fresh, sustainable-when-possible seafood and salad we all crave when the soupy summer heat sets in. Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas are perfect for bigger groups, but there’s something whimsical about the nautical-themed wallpaper and white-wood interior that encourages lazy suppers. Plus, there’s a live (and resolutely laidback) comedy night every Tuesday. Images courtesy of Eric Striffler.