Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa

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Seafood
*The Admiral's Deck and West Deck are on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be honored. Admiral's Deck and West Deck will be open seasonally, weather permitting.

Dining at Danfords is an experience like no other: one that delights your palate as you soak in the sights of the spectacular Long Island Sound. Perfect for that special celebration or for a treat any day, we're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day - and on Sundays for our famous brunch. Come see what's here for you.

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4.2
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4.4
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MB
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely dinner for my parents 60th anniversary. Excellent table with a harbor view, uncrowded, unrushed, excellent food, quality choices for vegetarians (yay!) and an attentive, accommodating server. A little pricey but it was well worth it. And I'll keep this on top of my list for the Port Jefferson area.

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 21 November 2019

Thank you Michael for such a wonderful review! We're so happy to hear that everyone in your party had a great time. We look forward to serving you again!

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A
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food presentation nice however hamburger cane out. Old
Nice desserts

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was excellent!! I’ll go again

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 14 November 2019

Thank you Peadar for your wonderful review.

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MF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and service. Excellent restaurant week option and will come back again.

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 9 November 2019

Thank you Mike for the great review. We look forward to dinning with you again!

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JL
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We went for restaurant week. My husband got oysters which he loved. I got the price fixe. I enjoyed my salad, the mashed potatoes and my steak, but it was a bit chewy. The bread pudding for dessert was a favorite among myself and my daughters. I would love to visit this place in the summer when they have outdoor seating and you are overlooking the water. Overall it was a very positive experience.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

We went during restaurant week. I had only been there for a brunch and I definitely enjoyed dinner there more. It was intimate and quiet. We loved it. Food was good It wasn’t great but it was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a party of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meals on the LI restaurant week menu. The Gouda mashed potatoes were perfect

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 9 November 2019

Thank you very much for the wonderful review! We're glad you and your party enjoyed themselves. We hope to see you back soon.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location great food and service was fantastic

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 1 November 2019

Thank you Luke! We appreciate you taking the time to give us such a terrific and stellar review. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent, scrumptious, creative, artful food and outstanding service!

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you Lisa! We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 16 October 2019

Thank you Suzanne! We're very happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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K
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food needs to be improved upon. We ordered clams when they arrived they were not shucked properly. The clams were dead!
The crab crustini was bad the crab was off. The shrimp cocktail had no taste.
The fish and chips were delicious.

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 12 October 2019

I apologize for your experience here and I can assure you we only use the best and freshest seafood around. I sincerely hope you are willing to give us another chance to make it up to you. If there's anything I can do for you, please give me a call at 631-928-5200. -Clayton. Restaurant Manager.

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NS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was okay at best. Definitely not worth what we spent. There are better restaurants in Port Jefferson for the money.

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 10 October 2019

Hello Nicolas, I'm very sorry we didn't meet your expectations, but I assure you we only use the highest quality products and we aim to please all our guests. I sincerely hope you give us another chance to prove ourselves to you.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

One other couple at 11am in the restaurant off the hotel lobby. Facility is adjacent to Port Jefferson ferry landing and is part of a high dollar marina. Guessing it can get busy. Sights from our window table of the landing and marina were excellent. Quiet dinning appreciated. Food was perfect. Service was courteous and timely.

Wave Seafood & Steak at Danford's Hotel, Marina & Spa
Responded on 2 October 2019

Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to you dining with us again soon.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food Great, Service great, but if it wasn't for a gift card, i couldn't afford to go. Maybe a little lower price or put on Groupon.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service !

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

It was not busy and our server was terrible. Took 20 minutes from seating to get a drink, 25 minutes to get some cold bread, and 30 minutes to get unimpressive appetizers. Thankfully, the main course came out very well. After the lackluster experience, we skipped dessert and got some treats and coffee across the street.

GR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a great place overall. We have been coming to danfords and wave since our wedding night 17 years ago. The food is incredible, the staff friendly and professional and the ambience and scenery are everything you would expect from an upper class establishment.

DB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Terrible service waitress did not give us any attention forgot our salad I had a broken glass my soda was in it and when I told them they poured the soda from the broken glass into the new glass what if there was glass still in my soda? Cheep move!!! Food was not good fish salty and fishy steak under cooked also they opened windows and bugs were flying around! We asked for a burger and they would not serve us one because we had to be outside eating? Really? We might as well eaten outside with all the bugs flying around !! I will not be returning! Upsetting because we were celebrating my sisters birthday. They didn’t even make her feel special by singing with us! Expensive for just mediocre food and terrible service! Finally the bathrooms were disgusting!! Before I left I was sure to tell the management. They said they would call house cleaning! Gross!! Shame on this restaurant!!

PC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

steak overcooked. desert-very small portion. fish sandy

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Server was not warm, almost argumentative. Asked for chicken dish without lettuce of any kind, asked for cooked spinach on side, instead got raw spinach on top, but eventually got the cooked spinach. Just wasn't thrilled with this experience. In times past it was wonderful. Took our boat over with friends who had not eaten there yet. :(

R
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was amazing. Anthony the food runner did an outstanding job when he restocked everything at brunch.

MW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

This was my second time dinning here and this visit was entirely different than the first. My granddaughter, who is from Colorado and doesn't see to many fresh lobsters, and I both ordered two pound lobsters. I'm not sure how close to two pounds one of the lobsters was, while the other was probably in the neighborhood of three pounds. When there are two people at the table, and they both order the same size lobster, there should not be such disparity when they are brought to the table. I hardly think these were the only two they had left. My granddaughter ordered a side of garlic mashed potatoes, hers came with corn on the cob and red potatoes. I ordered my with no sides and mine also came with red potatoes and corn. There where no seafood forks available and one of the crackers broke on first us, and it was sometime until our waitress was around so that we could get another one. This all could have been overlooked if the lobsters were good. Unfortunately, they were so over cooked and chewy that we left half of them.
We took the ferry over from Bridgeport just to have lunch at the Wave restaurant and it proved to be a big let down.

JJ
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We have dined at this restaurant many times but on this particular occasion (which was my birthday), it took 2 hours to get our entrees - and then they weren’t even hot.
We were all very disappointed. Up until this time, we have always enjoyed the food & service at Wave Seafood & Steak but after this experience, we may go elsewhere.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Usually I can't say enough good things about Danford's, and I'm sure that this was just a one time episode; however, my fillet mignon was dry and cold, and the mash potatoes were like glue. The two guests that I was with shared the lobster pot, which probably took at least a half hour to cook. They must have prepared my meal quickly, and it laid around in the kitchen until the other was ready. The ambiance and the service was excellent. As I said I have been there before, and the food was superb. Also, Saturday night in the summer, and the place was crowded. Sorry to complain.

LL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

This the LAST time we will dine here. We live close by and each time we hope the service will get better but no. For the price we expect good service (this isn’t NYC after all). The service has always been consistently BAD. Had reservations at 6:15 for 4 people. Our waitress had 2 tables. Two. Took 40 minutes to get our drinks. They arrived after our appetizers. I could go on but our bill was &270 plus tip - 3 appetizers, 4 dinners, 4 drinks. No coffee or dessert. Please. I’m willing to pay but it was a memorable meal for the wrong reason. We’re done with Wave.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Steak was disappointing.

KM
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The jumbo crab cake was out of this world. So was the swordfish fresh catch of the day. However, the bronzini (another fresh catch of the day) was rather fishy and not that flavorful. I would just go with swordfish catch of the day. The spinach sausage rigatoni was amazing too. Malbec from Altos Del Plata was a great red wine. Service and ambience was wonderful

E
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like to eat this brunch is for you. Unlimited Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's top it off. The cost is very fair and there is a lot of breakfast and lunch choices. Take a walk along the water when you finish you will need it

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

First time at Wave Seafood & Steak in Port Jefferson and our party of four was very disappointed.
We knew going there that the food and drink were pricey, so we expected good food, service, and attractive interior. The food was not good at all and tasted as if it came from a box or frozen.
The interior was very bland, especially the long large curtain used to block off another room, not classy at all. The service was terrible. We had to stop busboys and other wait staff to find our waitress at least four times. We will not be returning.

TL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food.That said,I got an 8 oz filet mignon that wasn’t 3 oz on the plate-and there was nothing on the plate with it.If you’re going to do everything ala carte,and upcharge for everything,at least give the diner a steak that’s a real piece of meat.

E
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I were visiting Port Jefferson for a wedding, spent several days at Danford’s and were not disappointed. We grabbed appetizers out on the deck the first day while waiting on the room. Exceptional, especially the tuna poke and “stuffies”. It was so good we returned for dinner... twice. Twin lobster tails and the cauliflower steak were incredible. The clam chowder makes a great add on to any meal. Our servers were great, always on top of things. Fantastic weekend, thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Just to start off went there with my family cause was my parent 40th weeding anniversary. Made a reservation at 5pm from OpenTable app and requested a table by the window so we could have a view of the water. We got the table next to the entrance no windows beside the one on my back facing a part of the front yard and just a glimpse of the water. Didn’t make a fuss. The waitress Griselda was a mess to start with. She came to the table 20 times to ask if we were finished. NO WE ARE NOT!!! Get the point!!!
She cleaned the table she dropped the sauce from the mussels all around, missed my mother in low real close. My father got the steak that came with just fried onions on top so I ordered for him a side of fries. My mother the duck which came with rice, my wife and mother in-law the branzino that came with mashed potatoes and I ordered the swordfish that came with mashed potatoes so I requested instead of mashed fried. I got charged $7 for French fries. So when check came I asked the waitress why did I got charged she goes: “ oh we don’t do substitution here but if you want I’ll take it of the check”.
Like hell you should!!! Or you notify me when you take the order that you DONT DO SUBSTITUTIONS!!!
Was a 40th wedding anniversary do you think anyone came with a drink or a piece of cake? NO. Anybody said to the coupe happy anniversary from the staff? NO. And I did mentioned to the hostess and the waitress Griselda.
What a shame spending close to $400 and being treated like : WE DONT CARE”
Shame on the management and the owners for having this low class service attendant.
NEVER AGAIN, Port Jefferson has better places to go and spend my money!!!

AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

You’re paying for the view. Gorgeous waterfront but the food was mediocre.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food is on the level of Applebees but for higher prices. Dining room tends to be noisy (based on two visits to this place). Nice view of the water and such. Maybe was a busy night, but food took a long time to arrive (resulting in cold mashed potatoes, which they were good enough to waive the bill for).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Slow service and food was cold.

AG
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Business dinner party of five. Food was okay, clams on the half shell not nearly chilled enough. Wedge salad was very good as was the Branzino. Regarding Branzino, better restaurants would filet tableside assuming they have proper staff which brings me to the service. Service was less than desirable. Had to ask waitress multiple times for service, was not that busy. When we asked a second time for our srinks waitress threw the bartender under the bus when all along the drinks were sitting waiting to be picked up. We know this because one of our party checked and saw the drinks there and ice was somewhat melted when finally served. Nonetheless we have a nice time even with the shoddy service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Two of the four entrees were not good at all. I had sent them a private email because I never complain but thought I needed to this time. I got no response. The linguine in clam sauce had no taste and the halibut special was over cooked and very dry. The sauce on it was a paste that was dry as well and had a strong flavor that was too concentrated .

s
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal looking out over the water. Great for families, business meetings, large groups or dates

H
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The seafood was amazing and fresh! I was not disappointed. Also, you gotta try their cheesecake. It’s so creamy and rich. One thing that I was not too happy with was the service. Although the waiter was super nice, the service was a little slow.

WR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

My wife and I have been here several times over the years and have had events (100+ people) at Danford’s. This past weekend we went on Saturday and this is what we experienced: A very nice waiter who was covered in sweat to start off. It seemed like all the staff were working hard and I think they were very understaffed. Basic stuff like not having table properly set (asking for bread plates) and taking a long time to get our initial cocktails. Ordered Oysters on half shell as app. Not properly shucked and were actually room temp - not ice cold as they should be. Quality was awful. Ordered wine to be served with our entries and but it did not arrive until we were basically done with dinner. We both had broiled lobster tails and they were pretty good but way over cooked. Desert was cheese cake that was obviously not made their - and had been frozen. Dinner for 2 of us with two drinks each was $220. Still left a 20% tip but for the price, it stunk. Two stars really being generous and likely won’t be back.

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