I had the pleasure of dining for lunch at Greenport‘s landmark eatery, Claudio’s Restaurant. Claudio’s is celebrating their 146th season and has been owned and operated by the same family all of these years. In fact, did you know that Claudio’s is America’s oldest same-family owned restaurant?
I admire the nostalgia each time I visit Claudio’s: the old-world nautical interior, grand bar, and wooden table seating in their side room with excellent views of Greenport Harbor. Whether visiting Claudio’s for a drink and appetizer at the bar, or for a full-course seafood lunch or dinner, I am always reminded of my visits to Greenport and touring the quaint seaside community ever since I was very young. It has become a family tradition to visit the restaurant at least once during the early autumn months.
For this particular visit, I was delighted with a customized tasting menu by Chef Eric Kuna. This past summer was Chef Kuna’s fourth year as Executive Chef at Claudio’s.
To start, I had a cappuccino dusted with cinnamon. I usually wait until after dinner to have a hot coffee beverage, but it was a tad chilly that midweek afternoon.
My Tasting Menu
- Soup Trio- Creamy Lobster Bisque, Gruyère French Onion Soup au Gratin, New England Clam Chowder
- Claudio’s Classic Peconic Bay Baked Clams: (3) chopped with herbs and spices ($9)
- Mediterranean Grilled Octopus: Kalamata olives, capers, frisée, lemon vinaigrette ($14)
- Parmesan & Panko Crusted Cod: Cod filet, green and yellow squash spaghetti, caper lemon butter sauce ($27)
- Surf n’ Turf: Sliced filet mignon and broiled lobster stuffed with crab, scallops, and shrimp meat served with lemon and melted butter, and an arugula salad
- Homemade Chocolate Molten Lava Cake: served with vanilla ice cream
My daughter had lunch from their ‘Little Mate’ kid’s menu and enjoyed their fried cod filet with French fries. She ate it all up along with tasting some of the Lobster Bisque.
The soups were served at the perfect temperature. I loved having a taste of each of their signature soups. My favorite was the French Onion: traditional yet refined, not too watery and filled with oozing cheese and sweet onions. The Peconic bay clams are always a hit. My family and I order these during each visit. The stuffing includes small, diced clams that are mixed with an array of herbs and spices. A must when dining at Claudio’s. The octopus was light and citrusy, a pleasant way to start the afternoon.
Our entrees were the Crusted Cod and Surf n’ Turf. I particularly loved the squash spaghetti, a rare find in restaurants out east and a must try. The generous piece of cod was flaky and lightly breaded with panko. The filet mignon was perfectly sliced and I am still thinking about how outstanding the stuffed lobster was!
My favorite was their homemade, dense molten lava cake oozing with rich, gooey chocolate fudge sauce served with soothing vanilla ice cream! It is not a true Claudio’s dining experience if you don’t save room for dessert.
Please view their full menu here. Additional notable menu items include: Clams Vongoli ($26), Stuffed Flounder ($30), and Lobster & Shrimp Scampi ($36) on their dinner menu.
Claudio’s Restaurant will be open everyday except Tuesdays beginning at 11:30am. The restaurant will be open thru to Thanksgiving for 2016.