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Many dock n’ dine spots on both forks offer free docking within a designated, limited time period (typically, two hours), while others have complimentary tender service. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Bay, Sound, ocean — if you have a boat, the East End is your oyster. This summer, don your captain’s hat and head to one of these restaurants where you can dock and dine the night away. Dine responsibly!

Rumba in Hampton Bays encourages you to float on over. (Photo courtesy of Rumba)

EHP Resort & Marina (295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, 631-324-9191). Whether you’re just looking for some morning coffee and fresh baked goods at Buon Giorno, craving Si Si’s spectacular paella or a little seaside sushi with Sunset Harbor, EHP’s marina facilities in Three Mile Harbor welcome vessels of all sizes —  from 10-foot dinghies to 120-foot mega yachts —  from April through the end of October. There’s also a fuel dock and pro dockhands to help you into your slip. While it’s first-come, first-served, if you made a rezzie and want to be sure you’ve got a spot, call expert dockmaster Liam Kilroy (631-416-0553 or 631-417-6645) and he’ll get you on a running list he keeps when things get busy. EHP also offers six-person golf cart transportation around the grounds. If you prefer to anchor, use channel 09 and they’ll send out a tender. 

Rumba (43 Canoe Place Road, Hampton Bays, 631-594-3544) is the place to be for that endless summer island vibe. Perched on the Shinnecock Canal, come for the free, no-size-limit docking. The rule is: You can tie up as long as it fits! Then stay for the reggae music, soy and sugar cane salmon and rummy, yummy cocktails. 

North or South Fork, Duryea’s is a summer destination by the sea. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Duryea’s Orient Point (40200 Main Road, Orient, 631-323-2424) and Duryea’s Montauk (65 Tuthill Road, Montauk, 631-668-2410) are sister restaurants and beach clubs with menus of Mediterranean-inspired, shareable fare like grilled lobster pasta and savory bouillabaisse plus summer seafood staples like cold or hot lobster rolls and a full raw bar. Docking is first-come, first-served for boats up to 100 feet. Fuel, both regular and diesel, is available for purchase. No overnight docking is allowed. Visit for more information.

Salt Waterfront Bar & Grill (63 South Menantic Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-5535) offers cocktails, small bites and live bands at the Shipwreck Bar, as well as indoor and outdoor dining with a range of  seafood, like local oysters and fish tacos, along with steak frites, a Korean BBQ platter and chicken Milanese. Docking is available at the Island Boatyard on a first-come, first-served basis. There are usually about four slips open, give or take, and the fee is $1 per foot, with a minimum charge per boat of $25 and a two-hour limit. If you’d rather anchor in West Neck Harbor, they’ve got a tender that’ll come fetch you. Call 631-479-3333 and check out

The Pridwin Hotel’s Wednesday night cookouts are a great excuse to boat over. (Photo credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

The Pridwin (81 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-0476), beautifully renovated and reopened in 2022, is known for its luxe accommodations, beautiful water viewsand high-end restaurant. This summer, the hotel’s beloved Wednesday night barbecue tradition will return, too. Docking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Boaters are also given a QR code to order provisions that can be loaded onto the boat. Call 631-740-4608 to coordinate arrival and departure, and visit for more.

Marie Eiffel Market (184 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0003). While the Franco-forward market doesn’t have its own private pier, it’s easy enough to pull into the town-owned dock mere feet away. It’s free and first-come, first-served, with a two-hour limit and no size restrictions. If you need to fuel up, the adjacent dock is owned by Piccozzi’s Marina and Fuel. 

Ram’s Head Inn (108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, 631-749-0811). There’s nothing like dinner on the outdoor patio overlooking Coecles Harbor at this gorgeous, tucked away eatery and inn. The inn’s private dock can accommodate up to eight boats. There are also nine moorings and owner Aandrea Carter has a tender for pick-up. Carter recommends reserving via radio channel 77, or calling the Inn directly.   

On the Docks Waterfront Bar & Grill (177 Meeting House Creek Road, Aquebogue, 631-886-1160) has a beautiful outdoor dining area near Lighthouse Marina, with views of Meetinghouse Creek. Menu items include sandwiches like a French dip, and turkey club, and larger plates like blackened cod and beef short ribs. To dock, call the restaurant and they’ll send someone to tie up your boat. See the full menu at

Spots like Mattituck’s Windamere are boating-worthy destinations for delicious dining and drinks. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Windamere (2255 Wickham Ave., Mattituck, 631-315-5252) is the restaurant at Strong’s Marine. Dock your boat and try unique menu offerings like the “monster fried cod sandwich”—cod, American cheese and tartar sauce on a ciabatta roll—bleu cheese burger, strip steak and raw bar, lobster rolls and cheesecake from Juniors. Transient docking is available at Strong’s. Dockage is free Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday, fees are $2/foot with a  four-hour minimum stay. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 631-298-4739 or visit for more information.

Waypoint (400 Old Main Road, Southold, 631-765-6373), with sweeping views of Peconic Bay, has an expansive seafood menu. Dock your boat for lunch or dinner and share a seafood tower—six shrimp, 16 clams and 16 oysters—before enjoying mains like pan-seared branzino, lobster ravioli, shrimp pomodoro and locally caught fluke. Reservations are strongly recommended for docking your boat. Reserve at

Claudio’s Waterfront (111 Main St., Greenport, 631-477-0627) is all-new this year, with an updated menu and vibe. But change aside, its historic seaside suite of restaurants has long offered dockside service for those who want to pull up for a chowder, a plate of fresh oysters or to hear the live music. For more info on dock policies, call 631-398-4359.