The Plaza Cafe

4.7
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397 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
"The Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island. Period"is what food critic Peter Gionotti of Newsday calls The Plaza. Along with its recent three and half star rating from Newsday, The Plaza has also garnered 3 stars from the New York Times as well is being listed in The Zagat Surveys Top Restaurants of America.

The Plaza has been owned and operated for the past 18 years by Chef Doug Gulija. The dining room has just gone through a makeover to give it more of a relaxing/'beachy' look and a new bar menu has been added. Tucked away behind the Southampton Movie Theater and across from The Southampton Inn it offers an eclectic menu as well as an award winning wine list along with friendly, professional service by a well trained staff. Come and experience for yourselves one of the best dining experiences in the Hamptons.
What 397 People Are Saying
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jamesh
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

truly the best restaurant in all of the Hampton's
consistent
and consistently better each time we dine there !!

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Kittykat
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first visit to the Plaza Café. We feel very welcome. The food was super delicious. The atmosphere is very special because it is so intimate. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 10 March 2020

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for joining us our first day back fro a short winter break and starting us off on the right foot with such a very kind review here on Open Table. I certainly hope to be able to cook for you again soon after your first visit. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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BRENDAG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a while since I dined at The Plaza Cafe and I was reminded how delicious Chef Guilja’s food is and how warm and inviting his staff and dining room are. We will be back soon!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 28 February 2020

Dear Brenda, It was a pleasure meeting you and Ed. Really enjoyed talking with you and really appreciate your taking the time to share such a very kind review here on Open Table. Can't wait to make it out to Fork Hill Kitchen in Union City, NJ! All the best, Doug

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vipmarie
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy place in the center of Southampton with a pleasant bar scene, plenty of menu options and good service. The chicken dish was particularly good ( and so ample I took some home). Definitely a place to go back to again and again.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 22 February 2020

Good Evening Ms. Conway, Thank you so much for joining us for dinner last Saturday evening and for leaving such a very kind comment card here on Open Table. I was very happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and would love to hear of anything you think we can improve upon. Looking forward to cooking for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Douglas Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Great food.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 3 March 2020

Good Evening, Thank you so much for joining us for dinner on Valentines Day and for taking the time to leave such a very kind review here on Open Table. If I could kindly ask what we could do to improve upon our service and ambiance it would be most appreciated. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipTomC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Doug is amazing and the atmosphere is elegant and special. Plaza Cafe is a gem!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 March 2020

Hi Mr. Crowley, Thank so much for joining us for Valentines Day and for taking the time to leave such a very kind comment here on Open Table. Always love cooking for you both and hope to do so again soon! Doug

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The chicken was wonderful, the crepe brûlée was heavenly. What a friendly, attentive staff!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 9 February 2020

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us last night and for taking the time to leave such a kind review here on Open Table. I hope to be able to cook for you again soon. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipJimAndAnn
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most enjoyable restaurant from attractiveness of the restaurant; knowledge, explanation of menu, and attentiveness of staff ( all with smiles) ; GREAT FOOD; and wonderful chef/owner: DOUG!!!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Harmon! You are the best!!!

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Aviva
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had not heard of the Plaza Cafe but it was one of the options offered by the Southhampton Cultural Center with their theatre ticket/dinner option. We considered the three restaurants participating, and ended up choosing the Plaza Cafe, we were not disappointed, in fact it far exceeded what we imagined would be a good meal. Everything tasted super fresh, like you could tell the ingredients were the very freshest available, the flavours in everything we ate had wonderful complex but subtle added goodness. My husband and I were also blown away by the desserts, in house made, not oozing with sugar, but just wonderful. We are looking forward to returning for another sublime meal..

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 25 January 2020

Dear Ms. Sucher, I am so happy that you chose to dine with us for our Pre Theater package with the SCC and very grateful for the very kind review you left here on Open Table. I sincerely hope to cook for you again soon. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipDevotee
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food prepared beautifully.
Great deal at 1/2 price 1/2 serving

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 15 January 2020

Good Evening, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us this past Sunday and for taking the time to leave such a very kind review here on Open Table. I was very happy to hear that you enjoyed our Half Plate Menu and hope to be able to cook for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - clearly chef knows how to create a menu pleasing to the palate.
Appetizer, wine, entrees, dessert - all stellar

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 January 2020

Good Afternoon, Thank you for joining us for dinner last night and for taking the time to leave us such a very, very kind review here on Open Table....our first one of the 2020!. Hoping to be able to cook for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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petern
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Marielle is the new Barry. Prices are up there but we knew that going in.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 3 January 2020

Happy New Year Chipper! Thank you for celebrating New Years with us and for sharing your experience here on OT. Very glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us, especially the service provided to you by Mariel! Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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FredW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. The 1/2 price 1/2 portion option is perfect for us.

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vipSusanB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at the Plaza Cafe. The dining room was comfortable and welcoming. The hostess and waitstaff were friendly and well informed about the menu. We definitely plan to go again.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 30 December 2019

Good Afternoon Ms. Brewer, Thank you so much for dining with us this past Friday and for taking the time to leave such a very kind review here on Open Table. You paid us the best compliment we can ask for when you said, "We definitely plan to go again" and we sincerely thank you for that!! If I might, could I kindly ask what we could have done a little differently to have provided you with little better meal so that you would have had the 'perfect' experience? Thank you Doug GUlija Chef Sin

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vipTHOMAS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE HAMPTONS.THE FOOD IS SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE FLAVORS I HAVE EVER TASTED.THE STAFF IS TOP NOTCH AND ARE ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.

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SherylH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Plaza Cafe blows us away with their creative, delicious offerings. This visit was our annual girls' holiday dinner at The Plaza, and the festivities started at the bar with Sam's perfect martini and mixed drinks. We had a great table by the fireplace and shared appetizers and entrees because we wanted to taste both the evening's special dishes and our regular favorites.

For appetizers we chose the calamari and the burrata, which never disappoint In addition to several of Chef Doug's signature seafood dishes, we included the duck in the order and it was really superb.

If you've never visited before, it's worth a trip just for the decor -- including the glass tiled bar -- and the cozy feeling of the space during winter time. And of course off season is the best time to enjoy the full attention of the staff and kitchen!

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Terri
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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WinifredC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my grandmother to the Plaza Cafe for dinner this past Tuesday and it was PHENOMENAL!! The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable and efficient, the wine was very tasty and the food was amazing. We both got the Lobster and Shrimp Sheppard's Pie and it was the best meal I've ever had. The atmosphere was even fantastic with a fireplace being a focal point of the establishment, making it quite the cozy spot. The chef & owner even greeted all the tables that were there, he's very nice! Highly recommend checking this place out if you are in the Southampton area.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Winifred, Thank you so much for brining your Grandma in to The Plaza Cafe and thank you so much for sharing such a very kind review here on Open Table. It was a real pleasure meeting you both and I certainly hope to be able to cook for you again in the near future. Have a Merry Christmas! Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipKathrynS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the service is amazing & the staff is beyond attentive. We go here at least once a month!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you Kathryn!

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vipJimAndAnn
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Encourage guest to go multiple times so you can try every thing on the menu. ALL GREAT!!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Harmon! If we could share our feelings on our guests, you two would also be 5-Star!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the best meal we’ve had in a Southampton restaurant - food, service and ambiance. We’ll be going back!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 18 November 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for joining us for dinner last Saturday evening and for leaving such a very, very kind review here on Open Table. I certainly hope to be able to cook for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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CharlesL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have had a better experience. The staff was incredible and truly care about their customers.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 17 November 2019

Thanks Charley! It was great seeing you and Janell again! My staff loved you guys and can't wait for you to come back!

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vipRJ1961
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we celebrated our anniversary here tonight and the service, food and place were excellent... we love this place and recommend it to everyone...

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 November 2019

Dear Mr. Paust, Thank you for joining us for dinner this past Thursday to celebrate your Anniversary! Happy Anniversary! Thank you also for taking the time to leave such a avery kind review. I certainly hope to be able to cook for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/owner

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vipJaneK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, but very expensive. Save for special occasions.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 2 November 2019

Dear Mrs. Kreiger, Thank you for dining with us last Sunday and for the very kind review here on Open Table. I respect your comments about our being expensive, but so are the ingredients we work with. We do really try to be more than a special occasion restaurant and during the week we offer a Half Plate Menu that guests really seem to appreciate and we also offer a bar menu which is really fun. Hopefully you will take advantage of those two options. Sincerely Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipJimAndAnn
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lifetime favorite restaurant!!
Gets even better every year. Chef, food, and staff image all fantasy

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 29 October 2019

"Our Lifetime favorite guests" Thank you so much for the very, very kind words! Looking forward to cooking for you both again soon! Thank you so much for your loyalty over the years and your kind conversations!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG ! I love this restaurant! Truly the best in the Hamptons.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 18 October 2019

Thank you so much for such a very, very kind review. Hope to be able to cook for you again in the near future!

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CraigR
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding in every way as always . This is one restaurant where you know the owners put their heart and soul into every aspect. This has become increasingly hard to find in restaurants recently .

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vipBobM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals I have had in years. Pray they have the lobster corn chowder on the menu and oh my!...the scallops were impossibly tender and perfectly prepared in a heavenly polenta.

This is the best meal I have ever had in the hamptons and possibly NYC as well

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 1 October 2019

Dear Mr. Matthews, It was a pleasure meeting you both. Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us and thank you for taking the time to leave such a very, very kind review here on Open Table. I certainly hope to cook for you again soon! Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipASutter
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night dining at The Plaza. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. The staff is pleasant and professional. Just an all around wonderful evening.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 22 September 2019

Dear Ms. Sutter, Thank you so much for dining with us last Saturday and for taking the time to leave such a very kind review of your dining experience with us here on Open Table. I was very happy to hear that you loved both the food and the service provided to you and certainly look forward to cooking for you again in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipPatA
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plaza has to be one of the best restaurants - and best kept secrets - in the Hamptons! The food is delicious, no skimpy portions of seafood here, served by courteous, friendly and attentive wait staff. Recommend the sautéed calamari, cod and lobster and shrimp “shepherd’s” pie. Extensive wine list, too. Not sure why we haven’t tried this restaurant before, but will definitely be back again. Highly recommended!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 12 September 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us this past Saturday and for taking the time to leave such a very, very kind review of your dining experience with us! I was so happy we lived up to your expectations and certainly hope to cook for you again in the near future! Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipJoanB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely evening. Good food, great service, and very pleasant evening because Noise level was minimal. A definite repeat!

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NormaV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining room with attentive waitstaff, appealing menu, and attractive bar. A lovely place for a special meal.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 September 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you for choosing to dine with us Sunday evening and for sharing your experience here on Open Table. I was glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us and certainly hope to cook for you again soon. If I may ask what you thought was a little lacking in the food category it would be very much appreciated as I am always looking to improve. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exceptional food great service try it you woll not be disapointed

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 September 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you for choosing to dine with us last Saturday and for taking the time to share your experience here on Open Table. Your comments about the food and service was very much appreciated! Look forward to cooking for you again soon. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipLaurrich
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very much enjoyed! Food was excellent, service was awesome, and drinks were excellent. The Plaza was simply a very enjoyable experience.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 September 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you for choosing to dine with us last Thursday and for taking the time to share your experience here on Open Table. Your comments about the food, service, and drinks was very much appreciated! Please note that during the week we offer a Half Plate Menu which many to believe is a great value. Look forward to cooking for you again soon. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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MargaretI
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We were a party of women and were placed near the bar and the kitchen s something that happens frequently.This group did not want to ask for a better table although at 7 when we arrived there were many tables available.My opinion at the price.s charged there should be. no poorly placed tables

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 4 September 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you for choosing to dine with us last Wednesday and for taking the time to share your experience here on Open Table. I am very sorry that you did not like the table you were sat at and that it took away from your dinnig experience. As you noticed very shortly afer the dining room totally filled up. The next time you choose to dine with us please ask for me and I will ensure you get a table to your liking. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef.Owner

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Has special cocktails. More on the pricey side.

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 27 August 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us on Saturday evening and for sharing your experience here on Open Table. I was very happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and sincerely hope to cook for you again in the near future. Please note that after Labor Day our Half Plate Menu is offered during the week which a lot of guests really appreciate. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef/Owner

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vipMaureenL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, love the service. Our favorite restaurant!

The Plaza Cafe
Responded on 28 August 2019

Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us last Friday and for taking the time to leave such a very kind review of your experience here on OT. I was very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Food, Service and Ambience of our restaurant, and that The Plaza Cafe is your favorite restaurant. I sincerely hope to be able to cook for you again soon and please note we offer a Half Plate Menu all week after Labor Day. Sincerely, Doug Gulija Chef.Owner

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PamelaS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is ALWAYS divine here --such a treat!! I love the candles in the fireplace in the summer and roaring fires in the winter-- a bit of heaven!

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vipBruceB
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Southampton! Food and service always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location, and settinf.

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The Plaza Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (631) 283-9323.

The Plaza Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

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