This review reflects a visit to Surfside Inn last summer, in order to give you the inside scoop for the upcoming summer 2014 season. I visited this Inn and restaurant last summer in July for lunch around 1pm with my family. We always enjoyed our visit to Surfside; we loved the peaceful, quiet ambiance with the ocean just across the way. Though you could not see the ocean from the windows by the booth, you could still taste the salty air and feel the gentle ocean breeze. There is seating outdoors, I prefer indoors where you could have a private air to sit and dine. The vibe inside is rustic and casual.
Their menu is surf (the front yard) and turf (the farm) style with a selective pasta dish menu. It mainly includes a variety of healthy options, from their list of soups, salads, appetizers and entrees.For our lunch, the three of us ordered a standard wedge salad to split, that was artfully prepared and tasted just as good. My brother had a bowl of their filling New England Clam Chowder and the lobster roll with a side of potato chips that automatically comes with the order. I had the lobster with a side salad instead of French fries. The side salad included a small handful of blueberries with feta cheese. The lobster roll is great, especially topped with their crunchy, chopped scallions, just not as filling as LUNCH. If you are looking for a “lighter” version of the roll, try the lobster roll here. My mom had the fried clams and shrimp basket with steak fries. I couldn’t resist trying one each of the shrimp and clam strips. Next time, my mom said that she would order that dish as an appetizer for everyone to share and have the lobster roll. To drink, I generally order ice water with lemon or their traditional lemonade.
The dinner menu, in comparison with the lunch menu, is very extensive. Dinner there sounds incredible! Menu selections include PEI mussels, artichoke, spinach and brie dip and little neck clams for appetizers, and broiled tilapia and braised pork shank for entrées.
The service is very good. The waiter was very personable and took the time to recommend dishes and come check on us to see how we were doing. I always appreciate when a waiter/waitress comes back to the table and takes the initiative to refill water and clear plates. The wait staff here consistently get the job done.
The next time I visit I would love to try their creamy cheddar grits. I sometimes feel like I am a southern girl at heart. Every time I visit the South, I crave homemade grits and never go a day without a hearty bowl of plain grits drizzled with honey or cheese grits with either yellow or sharp cheddar cheese with a biscuit. Delicious! The herb gnocchi also looks like a good bet.
Although this inn is not considered to be one of the more frequented eateries, it is still very much worth a visit. Visit their website at http://www.surfsideinnmontauk.com/