Sitting in the Westlake Marina on the edge of Montauk Harbor, The Fish House restaurant with is rustic nautical setting; fishing boats on one side along with a beautiful view of the harbor is a treasure worth seeking out. Along with the outdoor bar, stage, and even a cornhole game it offers a perfect destination for any time of day, to relax with family or friends.
It was a cool, pleasant Saturday evening when we arrived, headed to the patio bar and chose from their impressive list of wines, beers, and many creative cocktails, while we waited for our table. I’d highly recommend the cucumber Saki-Tini- especially if you’re having sushi or fish. Soon after, we were seated and introduced to our lovely waitress Nicole.
Having eaten many of the Sushi and Specialty Roll selections, we decided to venture to some of the evenings specials that sounded so tantalizing. However, if you’re looking for some great rolls, the Rough Riders with shrimp tempura and cucumber inside, spicy lobster salad, and seared tuna outside is by far a house favorite, and mine as well. If you like it all raw, the Westlake is another favorite with avocado, spicy tuna, and shiso inside, which perfectly complements the fluke and sea bass outside. We enjoyed that roll along with the Mussels which were so fresh soaking in a white wine, cilantro, and garlic broth. For a salad we decided on the unbelievably intense Westlake Salad; bibb lettuce, topped with gently grilled local squid and dressed with basil, cilantro, and lime. What a perfect choice it was, fresh and bursting with flavor it was definitely one of the favorites of the night.
As we dined, local musician Jetty Koon played out back offering fine musical original and cover choices including, Gordon Lightfoot’s Edmund Fitzgerald, and select Grateful Dead tunes adding perfect background music to our nautical dining experience. Call or see the entertainment section for the live entertainment schedule.
Dinner included the Tilefish Scampi lightly breaded and sautéed in a gentle creamy lemon, butter, wine sauce accompanied by Gemelli and asparagus pieces. In addition, we chose three of the evenings specials, Halibut, Grilled Black Grouper, and St. Louis Ribs, and along with the Tilefish they were outstanding, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Sitting alongside fresh, homemade sweet, creamy, cream corn and wild rice, the thick piece of Halibut with a light pepper rub was only one of the three amazing tastes on that plate. Paired with red quinoa, tomatoes and arugula salad, the Grilled Grouper was flaky, lemony and mouthwateringly delicious. Finally, the St. Lois Ribs grilled with ancho, pineapple-bbq, and served with roasted potatoes and coleslaw were fork tender and the sauce a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.
So after that feast, somehow we were still able to sample some of the sweet treats. The delicious- Blueberry Lemon filo tart was light, flaky, and simultaneously perfectly sweet and tart. The Pineapple Tre Leche which is a fluffy sponge cake and pineapple combination soaked in rum sauce was truly a pineapple fans treat. Finally, the Brownie Sundae, or ‘Sunday Surprise’ as cousin Tom likes to call it, was quite decadent… a chocolate lovers indulgence. Thick slices of dark brownie with walnuts accompanied by John’s ice cream, hot chocolate fudge, and whipped cream… enough said. The Westlake Fish House menu is highly influenced by local catch and produce. Sushi & Sashimi, Specialty Rolls, Maki Rolls, the Raw Bar, and daily fish specials highlight many of the fish from the Montauk waters. In addition, there’s a combination of sea and land appetizers, Fish House specialties, and eclectic miscellaneous offerings- as well as choices for kids.
Such a fabulous location, delectable dining selections that can be enjoyed inside or out on their covered patio, Westlake Fish House is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Owners Larry and James and their staff are always friendly, welcoming, personable, and efficient. You won’t be disappointed!
352 Westlake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954 631.668.FISH (3474)