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Tide Runners - Hampton Bays

Tide Runners
7 North Road
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 728-7373
Overall: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Decor: 7/10
Value: 5/10

We ended up at Tide Runners just by chance because Cow Fish was closed due to hosting a private party (wish we knew that before driving out there!) Last time we passed this place it looked busy and it was packed again during this last visit to Hampton Bays so we figured it was a good time to check it out. We descended some steep steps past a live band and were greeted immediately and seated at the outside deck, right next to the water. We had four adults and two children and were seated at a square table with only four seats. When we asked the hostess to sit at the adjacent table that could accommodate us, she somewhat argued a bit and told us to stick high chairs on the corners of the table. Once our waitress came over, she actually asked us if we would want to move to the next table because we looked squished. We started off on the wrong foot but after we moved tables, service throughout the night was fine.

The location is what really makes this place. It is directly on the canal with a view of the Shinnecock Canal Bridge, so you may catch a train or two pass by as well as many boaters, fishermen and waterfowl. We walked through the inside of the restaurant briefly in order to sit outside but from what I saw, it wasn't anything special.

The food tasted good, but for the most part it was overpriced. A crab cake appetizer sold at $17 should be enough for a few people to split or enough for a meal for one. It was small and enough for an appetizer for one, if that. However, it tasted good! We also ordered the special Thai calamari salad and the calamari was chewy, breading was falling off and it was desperate for more dressing. We love baked clams but at almost $20 for just two baked clams (which really means 1 clam) we weren't going to even think about ordering it! Our entrees were decently priced for the portions. Two of us ordered the pecan crusted salmon with a honey mustard glaze and two ordered the special Mahi entree with a soy, ginger and maple sauce (pretty much teriyaki). The taste of the salmon was good, but I could have done without the sauce. It was a bit spicy for honey mustard and was a strange pairing for anything crusted with pecans. The mahi tasted great, but part of the fish was dry, almost like overcooked chicken. The entrees were accompanied by generic rice pilaf (can't complain about it really) and mixed seasonal vegetables which were rather soggy. We did order dessert, key lime pie and chocolate chocolate chip mousse. The key lime pie was delicious but the chocolate mousse which came highly recommended by the waitress because it was homemade by the owner herself had a major texture issue. It was very eggy and thick like perhaps it had been frozen and thawed. The only chocolate chips were at the very bottom of the glass. I should have sent it back to be honest. Overall, taste of everything was good, execution was poor.

Because of its location, high prices are expected. Tide Runners sort of took it a little too far though. If everything was amazing, fine. But it wasn't. This place could be a great hangout if you know what to order and what's worth the price. We will probably be back because it does provide a relaxing atmosphere but hopefully will have better luck with the food.

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1 comment:

  1. Have eaten here twice. First time, it was a disaster. Overpriced food of poor quality. Drinks were fine. Decided to give the place a second chance. Big mistake. The only thing going for this place is the location. Young adults will surely enjoy the atmosphere on the weekends, but if one decides to have dinner there, I am confident you will regret it.


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