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Jul 31, 2009 12:07 PM

Dining on Shelter Island?

Hello all,

Going to Riverhead for a business trip, and my colleagues (noting me as the "food person: in the group) asked me to scope out a restaurant on Shelter Island for dinner one evening next week.

Have seen a few (old) reviews for Chequit Inn and Rams Head Inn, but wonder if the food can match expectations given the price point. Really, I'm most concerned about getting good quality, fresh seafood in a decent (read: doesn't have to be schmancy) atmosphere.

Incidentally, "business trip" isn't code for "expense account paid" good value, even if it isn't "cheap", would be much appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Bobs Fish Market has great fish dinners at reasonable (especially for Shelter Island) prices: the dining room is sort of dark and old fashioned but there are tables outside on the porch too. Right near the IGA. They catch a lot of their own fish, and you can be sure it's as fresh as can be.
    If you want a more pubby atmosphere, the Dory is pretty popular. In Shelter Island Hts near Chequit. Outdoor waterfront tables available.

      1. re: emarcus

        I want to stop to get some macarons for my sister-in-law, but they have weird hours. Someday I will get there at the right time!

        1. re: coll

          Coll, not sure if you understood that the macaroon place has now expanded into a proper restaurant. Brunch is served Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Thursday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. I haven't been there yet, but got a very positive report from someone whose opinion I trust.

          1. re: emarcus

            I saw that right after I wrote. I know it's just a husband and wife team, that's probably why they only open for 3 or 4 hours at a time. Plus I'm usually over there on Tuesdays, so that must be why I keep missing them. Hope they still have the bakery!

      2. My experience with Shelter Island is you pay the price of a place that has to have all of their food transported by ferry. Most of the time when we dock at Shelter Island, we take a cab to the ferry and eat in Greenport. Whenever we ate at the Chequit, we found high prices for relatively ordinary food. We do like the Dory, mostly for burgers.


        1. We love Planet Bliss on Shelter Island.