Smith Street and Midway Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-1851
Seven days 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Commander Cody's, a year-round fish market with dinners to go and outdoor tables in summer, is off the beaten track. Expect fish that is local and in season, along with fried chicken and ribs. It's not afraid to serve fresh bluefish but it sells smoked fish, too. 

185 Bridge Street, Shelter Island, NY 11965
631-749-4300
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays, until 11 p.m. weekends.

The Dory is on the edge of Chase Creek at Dering Harbor, with ducks and swans almost within touching range. It's a great place to escape the summer rush and have simple food at reasonable prices. There is an indoor dining room and bar, but eating on the big deck over the water is the way to go. There are always specials and the menu includes the familiar - calamari, Greenport oysters, burgers, grilled Cowboy steak, mussels, and lots of fresh fish. Jazz on select days.

23 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-0053
Open for dinner, Wednesday-Monday, 5 p.m. Crudo Bar 3 p.m. Reservations needed for 7 or more.

Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels, the chefs and owners, who have considerable culinary training -- he worked with Mario Battali, for example -- moved their Bayville restaurant to what had been Planet Bliss on Shelter Island in 2011 and have been getting accolades ever since. The menu is small and changes weekly, in keeping with what is available locally. A la carte ordering is possible only in the bar but guests go for the chef's prix fixe dinner. It has four antipasti which might include house-made chicken and ramps sausage, followed by a pasta, which also is made in-house, and a choice of entree, which might be Hudson Valley duck breast or fluke or sea bass. One night dessert was strawberry-rhubard crostada with buttermilk ice cream. Vegetarian, vegan and pasta tasting menus are available.

63 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-1998
Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m- 9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday is burger night, open from 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.

The Islander serves a coffee-shop menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Monday night has burgers said to be too big to finish. Otherwise there are pancakes, sandwiches, steaks, fish, and salads. Drop in to see the mural by Shelter Island's own Catherine Brigham.

27 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-0579
Seasonal. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Call for hours.

Kyle, who uses only one name, gained knowledge of various cuisines in her travels and that is reflected in her restaurant's menus. Falafels and Buddha bowls are signatures as are hand stretched pizzas and  house-made baked items. 
 

184 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, 11965
631-749-0003
Seven days, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

When you enter the market the first thing you see is food -- and lots of it! It is an authentic French bakery/gourmet market with North Fork produce, an organic and raw juice bar, a brick oven for handmade pizzas, and a great variety of sandwiches and hot meals. Eat on the outdoor deck with a water view, or take it to go. 

81 Shore Road (Crescent Beach), Shelter Island, NY 11965
631-749-0476
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days.

The grand old Pridwin Hotel , at the end of Crescent Beach, offers fine sunset views and is a mainstay on Shelter Island. The Petry family, father and son, go fishing and provide the restaurant with their catches, and they take advantage of what grows on the North Fork's farms. There is a nice take on striped bass nicoise with artichokes and arugula pesto, for example, and an extensive list of Long Island wines. The Wednesday night cookout with live entertainment is very popular. The Pridwin Lounge is great for drinks, including cocktails with infused liquors and syrups. Boaters are welcomed.

108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island, NY 11965
631-749-0811
Seasonal. Dinner, Wednesday-Monday 5-9 p.m., Saturday lunch 11:30 a.m.-3p.m., Sunday brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Tuesday.

This romantic, somewhat formal inn has lawns and gardens spreading down a hill toward the water, trees with swings, and a long veranda where you can enjoy a drink in the summer. In winter, there are fires on the hearth to keep away the chill. Brunch, which offers everything from crab cakes to omelettes to rich desserts, is popular. The menu changes with the seasons; some recent spring selections were poached halibut with orzo and herb rack of lamb. Reservations very much encouraged. Sunday night jazz in summer.

55 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island
631-749-5977
Friday-Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.

Jim Hull, a charter boat captain for 26 years in  Shelter Island and Montauk,  opened the brewery in July 2015. There are usually around eight handcrafted small-batch beers on tap, made with Shelter Island ingredients, like honey, hops, and local herbs -- even beach plums. There is a pairing menu with flatbread pizzas, crostini, papas fritas, arancini, lobster rolls, pretzels, and hot dogs. 

17 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965
631-749-5345
Breakfast and lunch, seven days, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 a.m.–6 p.m. in season

Year round, and in the heart of Shelter Island Heights, Stars Cafe is a small, friendly, casual cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Smoothies, a juice bar, and in-house roasted organic coffee are featured. Its local husband-and-wife owners are committed to homemade ingredients, whether in American or Latin dishes. Smoothies, organic juices, and the cafe's own roasted coffee are featured, along with desserts and warm pastries baked daily on the premises. In the warm months, the building's lower level becomes an ice cream shop.

35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965
631-729-2001
Monday-Thursday, breakfast 8 a.m.-noon, lunch noon-3 p.m., dinner 6-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, breakfast 8 a.m-noon, lunch noon-4 p.m., dinner 5:30-11:30 p.m., Sunday, breakfast 8 a.m.-noon, lunch noon-4 p.m., dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. Modified menu available between lunch and dinner.

Part of one of the hotels owned by Andre Balasz, this Mediterranean beach-style restaurant on the edge of Crescent Beach will instantly transport you to the French Riviera or Coasta Italy. With white umbrellas, yellow-and-white awnings, and some dining tables and chairs in the sand, this three floor restaurant  is a perfect summer spot. The first rooftop is a bar, which is always open late, usually to 4 a.m. on weekends. The next step is a dining room with a roof but no sides, and the last step, literally in the treetops, is a deck topped only by strings of lanterns. The menu tends toward the South of France, with signature dishes like bouillabaisse, grilled lobster, filet mignon au poive, and moules frites.
 

41 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-3210
Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m., Sunday–Monday, 5-9 p.m. Open seven days in season.

This stylish yet unpretentious favorite is well worth the ferry ride. Starters include local oysters and clams on the half shell, crispy calamari salad and grilled Portugese octopus. Meat eaters will find a variety of steaks, and other entrees usually include a pasta and inventively prepared seafood such as potato crusted halibut piccata, miso glazed salmon, or moules frites. The evolving menu is local and seasonal. Monday is traditionally bouillabaisse night, and specials appear on other days. It's worth phoning to secure a table. A food market also sits behind the cafe. A food truck is launching at the end of June, serving lunch from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. every day, in the parking lot. Pulled pork and BBQ sandwiches as well as hot dogs and burgers.