We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$21 - $30
CUISINES
American, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (413)
Filter reviews
401 results
Traveler rating
180
103
50
22
46
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
180
103
50
22
46
Show reviews that mention
All reviews cornbread seafood salad cakes relish tray valet parking island city cheese platter olives
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Portion sizes are outrageous— our family actually found it to be wasteful and a real turnoff. Everything is over the top. Menu is huge and overwhelming. Prices are crazy ($30 for fish and chips?!) Complimentary bread/veggie platter was enough to be a meal in itself....I actually had to laugh watching the servers run around with huge bread platters on each arm with steak knives skewered into the loaves of bread with hunks of yellow cheese attached. Looked like something you’d expect to see at one of those medieval times restaurants. The food served to our family of three could have fed a family of six easily. I might not have minded if the food was spectacular—but it was just okay. I much prefer restaurants that have smaller menus and smaller portion sizes, but focus on quality. Won’t be back.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 21, 2022

We had never been to City Island so decided to go and we found Sammy's. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked in. The salad was fresh, the complimentary bread was good and the staff very friendly. The main courses were...delicious and we had enough to eat and to bring home. Waiting time for food was okay. They also have valet parking nearby and a nice view of the Long Island sound is a short walk away.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 30, 2021

Sammys fish box is the worst place to eat!!! Do not eat there please You will get poisoned or you will throw up. Thats how bad the food is

Date of visit: October 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed September 12, 2021 via mobile

City island 🏝 home of seafood for New Yorkers it infamous FYI box restaurant is swim 🏊‍♀️ under the sea fish tanks everywhere and interior is all about the pacific and is earth greatest sea animals

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 25, 2021

OMG... the food is crazy good! If you are a seafood lover then Sammys restaurant is the place to visit. It is the place for a seafood lover surrounded by a lake. There is Sammys fishbox, Sammys shrimpbox and Sammys seashore restaurant. Before I food...arrived we were served with two types of bread, butter, cheese, ice relish tray with olives. Yum! And thank you to our waiter Jimmy.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 25, 2021

Was there June 24/2021 food was poor portions smaller and price was doubled than when we went in October 2020

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 11, 2021

The people were very nice and helpful thruout. We had two different style lobsters a steamed and a baked stuffed which were both excellent (and we've visited Maine often). Everything they brought out with the meal (corn bread, Italian loaf, salad, corn, fries) were exceptionally...tasty. It wasn''t cheap but it was an excellent value - and desserts each were enough for two.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed March 12, 2021

Food was tasteless and way overpriced. It did not include what was stated. The salad lettuce wasn’t even cut up. I will not return and don’t recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed February 28, 2021 via mobile

I probably had one of my worse meals at Sammy’s. My wife & I ordered baked clams & calamari for appetizer. Calamari was soft & chewy. Then we ordered Stuffed Shrimp with crab Meat. The shrimp and crab meat very rubbery. It must have been...frozen, before cooked. Even corn on the Cobb was soft, must have been sitting for a long time, before being served.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed January 22, 2021

The worst experience so far. I’ve been here before but never had I experienced bad customer service as such. When we arrived we were seated and although it was heater in the tented area it was freezing cold. There was only two heaters and not...to mention the wait for the food was half hour. After receiving our food mines was cold we told the waiter and he replied we have to walk with the food from a block always😠. I was floored I couldn’t even eat it just with the whole experience I was ready to go. We packed the food and we asked for the check. Only to find out they only accept chip cards. My husband had to walk outside around the corner to ATM. Never will I go here again. $120 was a waste I want my money back....More

Date of visit: January 2021
Helpful?4  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Had the pleasure of dining here the other night. Could not have had a better experience for my 1st time eating out during the pandemic. All servers were fantastic! Our waitress, Janice was great! The food was plenty and wonderful! Sammy's outdoor setup is beyond...what I imagined. Sorry to see some of the negative reviews. We were a small party, we were seated right away & the service was excellent. With the pandemic, there are so many rules set in place for dining. Our experience was a very positive one. SAMMYS ROCKS!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 21, 2020

Poor service when to go eat with my with food took forever to come when finally came food was cold they said the will give us new meals and they didn’t they bought the same meals back over cook and the rest of the meal...still cold bad service will never go there to eat again very Unprofessional peopleMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed October 11, 2020

The food was spectular! & the host was very polite! We'll definitely be back!! Thank you! 😊 I would highly recommend this restaurant

Date of visit: October 2020
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 22, 2020

nitemare getting to city island between the traffic and crazy drivers. Seriously the food isnt great and is seriously over priced, the small portions. staff unimpressive. they should get a new chef not worth the time or effort to commute not to mention a waste...of money, place should have shut down years agoMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Helpful?5  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 21, 2020

I'm not one to write bad reviews but when a hostess gets disrespectful, it just ruins the whole experience. I understand we were a goup of 12 and it isn't allow to sit that many people together but we were willing to compromise if we...sat near each other. The hostess said it'll take 1:30 hours for us to get tables near each other, ok no problem other resturants had very long lines too. So she keeps coming out and takes everyone around us including a group of 12 people? We decided to compromise and we split groups. Then, she tells us only 6 people can sit together? At that point, it was coming off as if she was doing this on purpose. Then she said, no tables near each other. My group sits down far across from the other group, I mean complete opposite corners. Guess what, we look around multiple empty tables but she said she can't change us at that point because they are reserved for other people? No reservation required if anyone wants to know, pass 4PM. The waiter was good, food amazing but hostess from hell. FYI, her name is Maria.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Residence Inn by Marriott New York The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium
555 reviews
3.18 miles away
Ramada by Wyndham Bronx
459 reviews
3.78 miles away
Fathoms Hotel & Marina
32 reviews
4.29 miles away
Extended Stay America - New York City - Laguardia Airport
205 reviews
4.47 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Artie's Steak & Seafood
192 reviews
.76 miles away
The Lobster Box
113 reviews
.04 miles away
Scavello's On The Island
45 reviews
.14 miles away
Filomena's Pizza
19 reviews
.56 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
City Island Nautical Museum
16 reviews
.59 miles away
Great Neck Steppingstone Park
45 reviews
2.16 miles away
American Merchant Marine Museum
5 reviews
2.16 miles away
Island Current Fleet
11 reviews
1.04 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Chris J
July 14, 2020|
Answer
Response from 582virgieg | Reviewed this property |
Yes
0
Votes
jotis85604
April 19, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from drdjr | Reviewed this property |
Yes but only credit cards with the chip.
1
Vote
jotis85604
April 19, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from braziliangem | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. If you are going to split the bill, let your waiter know in advance to avoid any confusion.
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Sammy's Fishbox Restaurant

Yes, Sammy's Fishbox Restaurant offers takeout services.

Sammy's Fishbox Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4