The 10 Best Restaurants For People Watching In The Hamptons

The Palm, East Hampton

Photo: The Palm

A weekend in the Hamptons is all about seeing and being seen.And if you’re heading to New York’s swanky beachy outpost for the holiday weekend, you’ll probably want to go to the centre of the action, where you can spot celebrities, fashionistas, and New York’s most well-heeled.

Our friends at Zagat helped us compile a list of the best places for people-watching in the Hamptons.

From charming Victorian inns with great outdoor patios on main streets to trendy restaurants where the celebs eat, these are the best places to observe Hamptons life.

Star Boggs

6 Parlato Drive, Westhampton Beach

This New American restaurant is 'insanely sceney,' which makes for great people-watching in trendy Westhampton.

Dine either inside, in the Warhol-lined dining room, or outside on the gorgeous patio.

Stone Creek Inn

405 Montauk Highway, East Quogue

This adventurous French-Mediterranean restaurant has been called a 'culinary tour de force' for its creative and delicious menu.

Therefore, it's no surprise that the restaurant attracts celebrities and gourmands looking for a great meal in a sophisticated setting, making this a great place to people watch.

The Palm

Inside the Huntting Inn, 94 Main Street, East HamptonThis outpost of the legendary New York restaurant offers a taste of Manhattan in the Hamptons.

Like the original New York spot, the walls here are covered with caricatures of celebrities and famous locals, the food is simple but tasty (think giant lobsters and steaks), and the service is delightfully old-school.


755 Montauk Highway, Water Mill

Robert's offers outstanding and imaginative Italian food in a cozy, comfortable setting.

Set in an old farmhouse, this place provides a respite from the trendy Hamptons scene. But don't be fooled by the casual setting: foodies and celebs looking to go incognito come here for a great meal in an intimate setting.

Luce & Hawkins

In the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, 400 S. Jamesport Ave., Jamesport

Located in a gorgeous restored Victorian home that's now an inn, Luce & Hawkins serves creative farm-to-table fare that takes advantage of the plethora of local ingredients (including from their own garden out back).

The setting is charming and romantic, making for an optimal place for engagements and special-occasion dinners.

1770 House Restaurant & Inn

143 Main Street, East Hampton

Set in an elegant old-colonial home with blazing fireplaces and a peaceful patio, the 1770 House Restaurant & Inn serves thoughtful and 'delectable' American fare in a charming setting.

The menu is pricey though, so if it's too expensive for you, head downstairs to the less formal tavern-type setting with a reasonably-priced pub menu.

American Hotel Restaurant

49 Main Street, Sag Harbor

People come to the American Hotel Restaurant for the quintessential Sag Harbor experience: dining out on the hotel's charming patio while watching the celebs stroll by on Sag Harbor's Main Street.

Tutto Il Giorno

6 Bay Street, Sag Harbor

People rave about the 'absolutely amazing' cu sine and warm service at this cozy Sag Harbor Italian restaurant.

With its excellent food and open terrace, celebrities love Tutto Il Giorno (Donna Karan's daughter Gabby is a partner).

St. Ambroeus

Nick & Toni's

136 North Main Street, East Hampton

This legendary East Hampton standout is still bustling with celebrities and the in-crowd who come for the excellent Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, much of which is cooked in the ornate wood-fired oven.

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