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Feb 13, 2013 07:21 AM

Scrimshaw Restaurant Greenport LI, YIKES!

We had heard great reviews of Scrimshaw so we decided to head out to Greenport for a nice Sunday lunch.
They use Open Table so I made a 1 PM reservation. We drove 45 minutes and got there just before 1 PM.
They were closed for lunch!!! There were a few workers in the restaurant who said they were "setting up for dinner but not serving lunch today."
WTH??? I have always been happy with the Open Table operation. They have my cell # and email. Is it their fault? Or did Scrimshaw neglect to let them know they were not serving lunch? I am sure Scrimshaw got a notification of the reservation. Yikes!!
I complained to Open Table and the restaurant. Open Table apologized. No response from the restaurant.
We did have a very nice lunch at Bruce's Cheese Emporium & Cafe, one of our favorites in Greenport.

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  1. Hmmm....I don't think I ever heard anything great about Scrimshaw.

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    1. re: EricMM

      You won't from us. We're not going back. For the heck of it I looked at their web site again. "Sunday Lunch is listed!!"

      1. re: Motosport

        Another vote here for "never again." I spend months each year in the area and Scrimshaw has long ago been crossed off my (very short) list of restaurants. Tales of hideous service are legion. If the food were great, I would ignore the service issues. Sadly, it is not.

        1. re: erica

          Have you been to Bruce's?
          What do you like in the Greenport area?

          1. re: Motosport

            I've had only one meal at Bruce's, a breakfast with house guests. Food was good enough; service was poor, but perhaps that is to be expected on a busy summer weekend.

            We do not dine out for lunch. For dinner, I like North Fork Table for a special meal; Noah's in Greenport is just ok for less pricey but by no means inexpensive dining. We love the pizza at Grana in Jamesport ( have written up a brief report here) but it is a bit of a drive from our base in the Orient area.

            After many less-than-stellar dining out experiences, we now tend to cook at home. (Do not want to drive 30 minutes and be disappointed, as has been the case all too often).

            I did like Antares in Greenport for duck confit and was sad that they closed; have not tried others in that marina area.

            Anything new on the horizon on the NF? Friends (not the most food-savvy bunch) are high on Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck but I have not yet tried.

            1. re: erica

              We live near Riverhead. We don't head out to Greenport often.
              We like Bruce's for breakfast or lunch. The food is great and a little creative. The college servers are friendly and do their best during the Summer rush. I love sitting outside in the nice weather.
              For a while Bruce's did dinner and it was excellent but they stopped mid Summer. I guess it was hard to break into the dinner comptetion in Greenport.
              Except for a new Mexican Taqueria in Greenport, Lucharito's there is not much that is new.
              Love Lane Kitchen does a nice breakfast. We have not been there for lunch or dinner in a long while.
              Otherwise, I can't think of anything new on the NoFo.

              1. re: erica

                Love Lane Kitchen is great. I've been there a couple of times for lunch and dinner. My daughter especially likes the place.

      2. Next time try Noahs for lunch. We've eaten ther 3 times when we make our pilgrimage to Greenport. This is always during the week; but usually not on Wed. because a lot of stores are closed.

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        1. re: lenorel57

          We've been to Noah's and enjoyed it. We wanted to try something new and saw Scrimshaw was open for lunch as per their web site and Open Table.
          The whole point is that no one from the restaurant called or emailed to say they were closed.

          1. re: Motosport

            Maybe they're closed for the winter...or permanently. Of course you should have been notified.

            1. re: lenorel57

              When we go there they were setting up for dinner.