Indian Wells Tavern is a laid-back and intimate restaurant that serves some of the heartiest, feel-good dishes paired with a great value. Situated on Main Street/Montauk Highway in the heart of Amagansett and within walking distance to boutique shops and museums, the Tavern is the place to catch up with friends and family any day of the week. Grab a cocktail and appetizer at the bar, or stay for dinner.
Upon arrival at 5:30pm, the bar already had a lively crowd of mostly men watching a March Madness basketball game. The dining room had three tables occupied, one couple and two families. I was pleased to see that the restaurant is very child-friendly. Sarah accompanied us and sat in a high chair at our booth. The booths are very spacious and comfortable. The back booths can sit three and three on either side.
Sarah was our waitress and was very prompt and accommodating throughout our dining experience. She also offered great recommendations, including the Seafood Pasta and Banana Taco for dessert.
For my drink, I had a glass of their Iced Tea Lemonade ($3) and my guest had a Cosmopolitan ($10). The Cosmo was not to bitter and had a lovely essence of zesty lemons with each sip.
To start we split the Calamari: tender calamari lightly floured, flash-fried, served with home made marinara and chipotle lime sauces ($12); and Kale salad with avocado and goat cheese ($12) that was on the specials menu. The calamari was crispy and flavorful; a great way to start off our meal. I liked that the salad was generously portioned with large pieces of fresh avocado plus the goat cheese made it even more special. I can’t resist ordering a salad if it is topped with goat cheese.
For our entrees, we chose the Seafood Pasta: Bostwick’s style with lobster meat, shrimp and scallops tossed with penne in a sun dried tomato cream sauce ($25) and the Roasted Chicken: Lemon and fresh thyme brined chicken, pan roasted and served with natural jus, mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach ($19). I couldn’t get over how spectacular their seafood pasta was, with generous chunks of lobster and large bay scallops. I think I found my favorite seafood entree. The roasted chicken was generously portioned with moist, tender chicken meat brined in fresh thyme. The mashed potatoes and spinach complimented the chicken very well.
For dessert, we shared the Banana Taco: a crisp flour tortilla cup filled with vanilla bean ice cream, caramelized sliced banana, pecan brittle and whipped cream ($9). My guest drank an Irish Coffee ($10) made with Jameson Irish Whiskey. We also had a taste of their Apple Crumb Pie, a special dessert menu item with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle ($7). Both desserts were very memorable. I recommend ordering one dessert between two to three people.
The prices here are very fair and the portions are more than satisfactory. That is a rare find in the Hamptons, and I especially love that Indian Wells Tavern stays true to their price points all year long.
Mondays is burger, brew and wings for $19, Tuesday is Prix Fixe night, Wednesday is Fajita night ($19), Thursdays is prime rib night ($26).
At the helm of the kitchen is Chef Tyler Hannibal who has been with Indian Wells Tavern for two and a half years. He formally worked at Rowdy Hall, O’Malley’s, and Babette’s. “I work closely with Balsam Farms, and sometimes with Amber Waves Farm. I also like to visit the farmer’s market in East Hampton at Nick and Toni’s during the on-season,” explains Hannibal. “For this coming season, I am looking forward to the fresh, local fish from Stuart’s Seafood Market [in Amagansett].”
Keep up-to-date with their specials and events here. Indian Wells Tavern is opened daily beginning at 11:30am-10pm nightly, except Sunday when they are open until 9pm. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Tavern will close at 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Their sister restaurant, Bostwick’s Chowder House just down the road on the same side closer toward East Hampton is opening for the season on April 7th. The have some of the best seafood platters and lobster rolls around, I can’t wait!
http://indianwellstavern.com // 631-267-0400