Best Fire Island Restaurants

If you're already dreaming of lazy days on the beach at Fire Island, only one thing can complete this perfect summer escape: great restaurants. After a day of digging your toes in the sand and

splashing in the surf, the finishing touch is an excellent evening meal. Before you begin your vacation, take some time to read up on the best Fire Island restaurants to make your trip even more special.

1. Matthew's Seafood House

No trip to Fire Island would be complete without indulging in the local seafood. One of the best places to do so is at Matthew's Seafood House, a family operated restaurant since 1974. Besides the excellent fresh seafood, many visitors return to Matthew's Seafood House for its beautiful waterfront location. If you want your clams on the half shell served with a refreshing breeze off the water, this is the Fire Island restaurant for you.

2. Flynn's

If you're looking for happy hour, one of the best Fire Island restaurants is Flynn's. For some travelers, a day of sunbathing and an evening of local seafood isn't enough - they also want an ice cold beer or a refreshing cocktail. At Flynn's, you will find drink specials from 5 to 7p.m. and great evening entertainment. To satisfy an appetite, try the coconut shrimp with tropical plum dipping sauce or the catch of the day.

3. Blue Whale

Everyone loves seafood during a summer vacation, but what if you're craving something else too? Blue Whale is a great option, serving American fare ranging from classic tuna and grouper dishes to heartier choices such as a porterhouse steak for two. For this popular restaurant, reservations are recommended. After your meal, why not stick around for music and cocktails? This restaurant is known for a great late-night atmosphere especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

4. Island Mermaid

Looking for the best Fire Island restaurants for watching the sunset? Check out Island Mermaid, with its relaxed outdoor dining and range of healthy, refreshing dishes. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch you might be tempted to return to this restaurant more than once during your stay. Popular

dinner items include sesame coated halibut with Asian noodles or crab cakes with spicy mustard sauce. After your meal, stick around for a few drinks to experience a slice of Fire Island nightlife.

5. Maguire's Bayfront Restaurant

Another great spot to watch those famous Fire Island sunsets is at Maguire's Bayfront Restaurant. Here you can choose between dining inside (with a more elegant atmosphere) or out on the patio (a more casual atmosphere). Many visitors return to this spot for their excellent lobster. Light eaters will also want to check out the happy hour when appetizers are all on offer for 25% off. There are also drink specials too.

From juicy steaks to local seafood, elegant balconies to buzzing bars, you will find a wide range of dining options throughout Fire Island. At all restaurants, be sure to check out the daily catch for the freshest seafood options.

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