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H2O Seafood Grill - Restaurant Review

- A casually elegant restaurant in Smithtown, New York

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating

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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

H2O Seafood Grill, Smithtown, NY - Salmon

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Located on Main Street in Smithtown, Long Island, New York, H2O Seafood Grill is a casually elegant restaurant that offers a wide variety of delicious seafood, from appetizers like tuna tartare and oysters on the half shell, to an array of freshly-prepared sushi, to main courses featuring salmon, Chilean sea bass, swordfish, flounder, lobster and more. They also offer a substantial wine list to complement meals, and they feature a lounge and sushi bar as well.

We were greeted with attentive service, and each course, from appetizers to dessert, was exceptionally well-presented.

H2O Seafood Grill - Restaurant Review

Soft lighting sets the tone at this casually elegant eatery. Cozy banquettes and dark wooden tables stand out against the white wooden walls which are complemented by deep-toned wood floors. Decorative touches abound. A whimsical metal fish hangs from the ceiling, and sepia-toned photos on the wall give diners glimpses of Long Island during the 1920s.

Your dining experience starts with olive oil enhanced with thyme, rosemary and roasted garlic, which is enjoyed with home-made focaccia topped with fresh herbs.

Starters include Atlantic shore mussels served with thyme, white wine and lemon. The seafood crepes brim with tender bay scallops, shrimp, crab and bass in a lobster chervil cream sauce. We found the shrimp and lobster wontons to be especially delectable. They're pan-seared and crisp, stuffed with succulent shrimp and lobster, and served with a hoisin sauce and mustard oil that makes for an excellent blend of flavors.

I especially enjoyed the warm goat cheese salad, one of their most popular items, which features a good blend of flavors: small squares of of Granny Smith apples, fresh greens, walnuts, and of course, goat cheese, topped with a shallot dressing.

For the main course, my husband had the Alaskan king crab legs, which he described with a groan-inducing pun as "fit for a king." They were delicious and rich and dusted with garlic, black and white pepper and cayenne.

The hazelnut-parmesan crusted swordfish is flaky and tender, and served with toasted couscous, a delectable lemongrass beurre blanc, truffle oil and Dijon mustard.

In addition, there is an extensive menu of other fish entrees including beer battered local flounder, shrimp pasta, branzino and other options.

The side dishes are to die for, and if you're counting calories, you might just want to cheat for one evening. I highly recommend the "angry" mashed potatoes, which include a heavenly blend of spices including garlic oil, red pepper and more. The lobster mac and cheese adds the rich taste of seafood to the popular comfort food.

There's a wide variety of wine on their extensive list, including four wines on tap. Wines are also available by the glass or bottle. The Plowbuster, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was a good complement to the salmon. It's light-bodied with hints of cranberry and a white pepper finish.

The wine list includes a number of locally produced vintages as well as Italian, Austrian, California, Australian and other wines.

Although the phrase "decadent dessert" may seem overused, the sweet, end-of-meal offerings at H2O bring the description to a new level. I thoroughly enjoyed the peanut butter banana split, a modern twist on the classic dessert. Scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream and warm and crispy peanut butter sit atop slices of bananas, where chocolate ganache and whipped cream add an over-the-top finish to this delectable dessert.

My husband was clearly thinking of lower calorie fare when he ordered the seasonal fruit and sorbet, but he enjoyed the luscious blend of beautifully presented bananas, strawberries, blackberries and apples that crowned his raspberry sorbet.

H2O Seafood Grill Information:

H2O's address: 215 West Main Street, Smithtown, New York
Phone: (631) 361-6464
Website: www.h2oseafoodgrill.com
Cuisine: Seafood
Hours: The lounge is open until midnight from Monday through Wednesday, until 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy live music in the lounge on Thursday and Friday nights.

The sushi bar is open until 10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, until 11 p.m. on Thursday, until 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The dining room is open for dinner from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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