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Chowder Bar

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123 Maple Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706-8735
+1 631-665-9859
11:30 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Brightwaters, New York
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I have been eating at the Chowder Bar for two decades. It's the first place my 26 year old son wants to go when he comes to visit. Lynda and Pat keep churning out excellent chowders, great fish and chips, lobster rolls, clams, mussels, crab cakes, sandwiches, salads, and various fish specials. I'm a particular fan of... More 

Thank marycontheroad
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Do not judge this eatery by its quaint appearance; it may be small in size but large in flavor. Best seafood and soups in Bay Shore, NY and one of the best on Long Island.

Thank JSR122
Plainview, New York
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Excellent chowder good fish dishes friendly service. It looks like a dive but a nice food place! Located next to parking lot for Fire Island ferry. Small place but good food.

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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Can't be called a discovery since its been there since 1946 but its still a find for most since its so tiny and off the beaten track..maybe seats 8 at the foobar, 15 in the bar area and another 20 in the adjacent room. Very friendly owners and staff...serving simple food ...fresh clams and oysters, really good soups and then... More 

Thank Quality First
Neptune Beach, Florida
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226 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of six. They were out of several basic menu items. Portions of a swordfish special were meager. A lobster roll was mostly surimi although priced like the real thing. If it had tasted good I might not have cared. Service was neglectful. Too bad, years ago it was a favorite.

Thank kbockl
West Islip, New York
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

soups and seafood excellent. good value and caring ownership and staff. simple hang out casual..beer clams fish perfect

Thank sgoodtrade9
Neptune Beach, Florida
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226 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I had high hopes, but with so many wonderful seafood restaurants around I've got no plans to return here. Lobster roll was mostly surimi (but priced like lobster.) Swordfish was over cooked and sides were uninteresting. Some folks enjoyed the chowder (half Manhattan/half New England) but it tasted canned to me.

Thank kbockl
Dorset, Vermont
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Has gone downhill since last year. New England Clam Chowder which used to be wonderful now has only several very small chunks of clam and overuse of thickening agents. Sandwiches are ordinary, nothing special. Convenient stop for all Fire Island ferries.

Thank davidhnichols
West Islip, New York
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Have eaten here twice. Both times very good. A little hard to find so use your GPS, right next to the ferry. Food well prepared and fresh. A little more expensive than other small local restaurants but you get what you pay for. Will definitely go back.

Thank subman2
Washington, DC
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I was looking for a place just off the highway and before NYC to eat lunch and this place was perfect. Not right off the highway but pretty close. Great chowder and awesome seafood platter. My daughter had the clam sandwich was was also excellent. I'd come back here in a heartbeat!

Thank Neal B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Maple Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706-8735
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Long Island  >  Bay Shore
  • Phone Number: +1 631-665-9859

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?