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“Improved...with kindness.”
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Price range: US$50 - US$50
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Nestled in the charming village of Water Mill, NY, Mirko's restaurant thoughtfully integrates a graceful ease and culinary excellence in and out of the kitchen. Combining an elegant unpretentious atmosphere with a critically acclaimed menu, Chef Mirko Zagar and his wife Eileen delightfully inspire and nurture their select clientele in a cozy, comfortable setting.
Reviewed 9 December 2012

Many years ago when Mirko's first opened, we thought their food was very good, if not a bit pricy. One thing we noticed, and others agreed, was that the greeter had an attitude that they were doing you a favor by feeding you. Hmmm...nobody's starving and there are other choices, so we didn't go back for many, many years.

I'm happy to report that our recent return showed a marked improvement in the greeting we received. Kind, warm and with a smile, is how I would describe it.

As for the food, we must also give credit to their capable chef. Everything was delivered as ordered and we were amply fed. My rack of lamb was superbly and expertly prepared, and the desserts were simple and yummy; generously proportioned, too. Most enjoyable.

So why do I give Mirko's a 3-star rating?

To begin with, the surroundings need much in the way of improvement. The room is, shall we say, plain. With that, there comes some compliment, as no one is trying to flog Aunt Sadie's art work!

However, the air was stuffy; one simply couldn't get one's breath from the high level of heat. Attempts to have it lowered were unsuccessful for the most part and we left in a sweat.

Most noteworthy were the high prices. The wines are sold at 3 times their retail price, which I feel is gouging the customer, as they offer only the standard varieties, to my recollection. The dinner pricing is equally excessive when compared to competing restaurants, of which there are a number from which to choose.

I see no claim in what some of my friends say, that Mirko's is one of the best restaurants on the East End. In saying that, I believe that they fail to consider all matters in their analysis and that includes relative value. It is here that Mirko's falls down in my opinion.

From my viewpoint, as someone who dines out more than he should, Mirko's chef serves food "properly". Properly trimmed, seasoned, cooked and presented. This is what I expect of all restaurants and a premium should not be associated with getting it.

Finally, I see no premium associated with their back-alley location, behind the U. S. Post Office in Water Mill. Except that the brick-paved garden at Mirkos provides diners with relative peace and quiet in the summer, it does nothing to relieve them of the dreary surrounds of the restaurant in the gloomy winter.

Short of these few issues, which obviously do not matter to their loyal patrons, Mirko's is to be recommended to a man who enjoys to be parted from his money...and there are many of those in the Hamptons.

For these reasons, I give Mirko's a generous 3-stars. I'll be back in another 20 years, God willing...and if I can afford it!

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4 - 8 of 9 reviews

Reviewed 3 December 2012

Salad $16 plus tax and tip :nothing that hasn't been eceeded in dozens of Long Islland restaurants.Main course was quite good, but rigatoni should be for 35$ No high end Italian beer, just Becks and Amstel Lite.So what's all the fuss for $460 for a fousome with tax and tip.Bottom line :good food,serious gaps for the money,average service.If you are well healed it might be a good evening.

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Thank reisman18
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

I live in East Hampton and like so many others...we never go "west" to eat.

We wanted to try something new on our way to Connecticut so we stopped in Watermill.

After 13 summers in East Hampton I never knew this place existed.
It is easy to find if you know it is behind the Post Office in Watermill.

Had the duck for my main course......fantastic.

The service was good and I'm sure I will be back.

1  Thank MVO747
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Reviewed 5 August 2009

We were shocked to see that Foody's was rated # 1 in Water Mill!! This is a small, inexpensive, ordinary pizza place with hard uncomfortable seats, suitable for teenagers. Instead, please do check out the elegant Mirko's, the true # 1 in Water Mill!! All four of us dined there on Sunday, July 26th, for our second satisfying, happy time. The food is sophisticated, fabulous, delicious, and terrific, as is the lovely presentation. You must order an appetizer and dessert, too, as all courses were really superb!! We just loved it!!! It is not inexpensive, and they have no Prix Fixe, but it is worth every penny!!! Check it out!! The earlier you are seated the better, as it gets very crowded as the evening progresses. (We think Robert's is the true # 2 in Water Mill).

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Reviewed 10 September 2015
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