Yes the location of Blue Canoe cannot be beat. Yes it is new and still developing. As such, one would expect hiccups in service and modifications in offerings as the chief realizes what works well and what doesn't seem to be a crowd pleaser.
On our visit, the lobster bruschetta was tried. Upon ordering it, the waitress warned, "It is NOT a lobster roll". And it wasn't. Not that it was bad, but if you are hankering for a old fashion lobster roll, overflowing with delicious lobster meat, you will be sadly disappointed. If you do order it, I leave you to decide if the price was worth it.
Next up was the cheeseburger. Greenport is in the midst of a cheeseburger rivalry and it is not clear which restaurant will finally get the top spot. Noah's has a difficult act to beat. And Blue Oyster's offering was creatively presented, but the meat patty was overloaded with chopped ice berg lettuce. The little wire dish in the shape of a fish was cute, but added to the difficulty in eating it because one cut not easily cut the burger in half. And the meat itself was nothing to rave about, just average. The French fries were good and that made the dish enjoyable. Would not order it again, end of story.
The question we asked ourselves after the experience, will we return? If it is a beautiful afternoon or evening and we wanted a delightful outdoor space to enjoy it, then yes we would. But would we tell friends you must go to this restaurant because the offerings are outrageously good, the short answer is no. When we will try it again and sample more complex dishes, hopefully the chef's skills will shine. After all, Vine Street Cafe on Shelter Island is one of their restaurants and everybody gushes over its food.
My very good was biased by the setting because the same food in a non-waterfront location without an outdoor deck would earn an average. In summer, any restaurant on the East End on a beautiful day could serve week old bread and find somebody to write a review and say it was the best ever tasted. The true test will be over the winter when the day trippers are gone and the local crowd will decide how good the food is with a foot of snow outside and no allure of the outdoor deck.
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