Ditch Plains

★★★★☆
Named after Montauk's fabled surf spot (some say the best in the northeast), the only surfing you'll be doing here is via this seafood shack's Wi-Fi connection. We predict it's cheaper and easier than going out to The End of the Island. And you can take the subway.
  • 29 Bedford St

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: Cross Streets Downing St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-633-0202

About Ditch Plains

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Daily: 11:00m-2:00am

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I was here on Saturday night with my boyfriend, and we were lucky enough to have Rob as our bartender. He is simply amazing. Our glasses were never empty and he was the most entertaining bartender I have ever met, and I go to a lot of bars. He somehow had the ability to keep every person at the bar entertained, and with a full glass in front of them at all times. He was making me, and the people around me laugh through out the night. I will definitly go back again on a Saturday night just to sit at his bar. Thanks Rob!

2
★★★★★

I was here on Saturday night with my boyfriend, and we were lucky enough to have Rob as our bartender. He is simply amazing. Our glasses were never empty and he was the most entertaining bartender I have ever met, and I go to a lot of bars. He somehow had the ability to keep every person at the bar entertained, and with a full glass in front of them at all times. He was making me, and the people around me laugh through out the night. I will definitly go back again on a Saturday night just to sit at his bar. Thanks Rob!

Pros: The bartender, the mac and cheese hotdogs

Cons: None that I could tell

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I love the menu here. Great comfort food, especially the clam chowder and hash browns. Prices could use a slight bump down and this is not or should not be everyday food, but when I need quality grease and salt along with some drinks (no diners!), this is it.

2
★★★★★

I love the menu here. Great comfort food, especially the clam chowder and hash browns. Prices could use a slight bump down and this is not or should not be everyday food, but when I need quality grease and salt along with some drinks (no diners!), this is it.

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The best part of the meal was the service, which was friendly. Prices were more expensive than the listed $$. Entres were in the $25-$35 range. Wine was only served by the bottle, and since two in the party were drinking cocktails, I could not have a glass of wine unless i was going to drink the bottle myself, which is odd for a 'fine' restaurant not to serve someone a glass of wine with dinner. The food itself was disappointing. Three people shared two appetizers: the Seafood Tacos none of us liked. There were three on the plate and we each took one bite and put all three back on plate. The tuna tartar had an aftertaste or spice that none of us could place, and none of us liked. All three of us ordered the lobster roll, based on CitySearch's recommendation and at $28 it's quite an expensive sandwich which is ok if it's great, but on a scale of 1-10 we all gave it a 5, just average. No one in my party will be returning.

1
★★☆☆☆

The best part of the meal was the service, which was friendly. Prices were more expensive than the listed $$. Entres were in the $25-$35 range. Wine was only served by the bottle, and since two in the party were drinking cocktails, I could not have a glass of wine unless i was going to drink the bottle myself, which is odd for a 'fine' restaurant not to serve someone a glass of wine with dinner. The food itself was disappointing. Three people shared two appetizers: the Seafood Tacos none of us liked. There were three on the plate and we each took one bite and put all three back on plate. The tuna tartar had an aftertaste or spice that none of us could place, and none of us liked. All three of us ordered the lobster roll, based on CitySearch's recommendation and at $28 it's quite an expensive sandwich which is ok if it's great, but on a scale of 1-10 we all gave it a 5, just average. No one in my party will be returning.

Pros: service

Cons: food. prices. no wines by the glass

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Four of us went to Ditch Plains last night. We wanted a casual spot with good food and atmosphere. It si the perfect spot for a low key night out. The hostess, bartenders and wait staff were all very nice. We waited at the bar and had a reasonably priced wine while my friend had a tasty mango margarita. When we were seated we ordered the burger, fish special, Mac and Cheese(to die for), salmon tartar and shrimp salad. Seriously everthing was so delicious. True the burger is small but the quality and fries are worth it. We had no room for dessert but look forward to trying one next time I go. Another plus si although teh seafood is teh main attraction plenty of options for meat lovers.

2
★★★★★

Four of us went to Ditch Plains last night. We wanted a casual spot with good food and atmosphere. It si the perfect spot for a low key night out. The hostess, bartenders and wait staff were all very nice. We waited at the bar and had a reasonably priced wine while my friend had a tasty mango margarita. When we were seated we ordered the burger, fish special, Mac and Cheese(to die for), salmon tartar and shrimp salad. Seriously everthing was so delicious. True the burger is small but the quality and fries are worth it. We had no room for dessert but look forward to trying one next time I go. Another plus si although teh seafood is teh main attraction plenty of options for meat lovers.

Pros: Food and vibe

Cons: you might have to wait

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Ditch Plains might be known for their seafood, but I love their burger. It's one of the best in the city. I remember the review in the Times touting it as good as Shake Shack's, yet I've never had one, nor do I care since I don't have to wait in that queue to get one. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and their wine markup is great (half bottles instead of glasses for the same price). I treat myself to something nice every time I go (a fantastic bordeaux for $15 and a great montrechet? for $20). I've never had a problem getting a table or a seat at the bar for a fun, friendly night out with the neighborhood regulars.

2
★★★★★

Ditch Plains might be known for their seafood, but I love their burger. It's one of the best in the city. I remember the review in the Times touting it as good as Shake Shack's, yet I've never had one, nor do I care since I don't have to wait in that queue to get one. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and their wine markup is great (half bottles instead of glasses for the same price). I treat myself to something nice every time I go (a fantastic bordeaux for $15 and a great montrechet? for $20). I've never had a problem getting a table or a seat at the bar for a fun, friendly night out with the neighborhood regulars.

Pros: burger, spicy Corona drink, light & airy atmosphere

Cons: the "wine glasses" - or lack thereof

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The burger was tasy but a bit on the small size for the price. The meat was cooked exactly like I wanted, and the cheese was melted on perfectly. The clam chowder was a very nice appetizer. The friendly staff and nice beer selection is a plus! also, breakfast anytime! The egg sandwich is very good and the hash browns are spot on as well!

2
★★★★☆

The burger was tasy but a bit on the small size for the price. The meat was cooked exactly like I wanted, and the cheese was melted on perfectly. The clam chowder was a very nice appetizer. The friendly staff and nice beer selection is a plus! also, breakfast anytime! The egg sandwich is very good and the hash browns are spot on as well!

Pros: Good selection, great lunchtime place

Cons: a bit pricey for the portion

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They've got a nice set up, good ambiance and friendly service, but was irked that for the $24 lobster roll (pretty steep in the lobster roll world) they wouldn't let me substitute french fries instead of the sweet potato chips it came with. Was told I'd have to order a whole side of french fries (I would have paid a dollor or so for the substitution-- but a whole separate order?!). And then the roll comes in a basket literally on top of a pile of chips, making it impossible to knife and fork it. Last straw was burnt bun-- could barely taste the lobster over the charcoaled bits of bread.

1
★★★☆☆

They've got a nice set up, good ambiance and friendly service, but was irked that for the $24 lobster roll (pretty steep in the lobster roll world) they wouldn't let me substitute french fries instead of the sweet potato chips it came with. Was told I'd have to order a whole side of french fries (I would have paid a dollor or so for the substitution-- but a whole separate order?!). And then the roll comes in a basket literally on top of a pile of chips, making it impossible to knife and fork it. Last straw was burnt bun-- could barely taste the lobster over the charcoaled bits of bread.

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This place is great. They give you big coffee in a to-go cup so you can take it with you when breakfast is finished. Always seated quickly and coffee and water served with in minutes. The frenc htoas t special is awesome. Eggs benedict is great too. PRices are unbreatable in the area - with most thingt on the menu $5.00. The service is stellar - check this place out.

2
★★★★★

This place is great. They give you big coffee in a to-go cup so you can take it with you when breakfast is finished. Always seated quickly and coffee and water served with in minutes. The frenc htoas t special is awesome. Eggs benedict is great too. PRices are unbreatable in the area - with most thingt on the menu $5.00. The service is stellar - check this place out.

Pros: Great service, food and coffee

Cons: tables a little close

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Ditch Plains is cool. My girlfriend and I eat there all the time. It's a good, quality place where the food is always consistent. Love their brunch and their bloody marys. Also love the calamari salad and the lobster roll.

1
★★★☆☆

Ditch Plains is cool. My girlfriend and I eat there all the time. It's a good, quality place where the food is always consistent. Love their brunch and their bloody marys. Also love the calamari salad and the lobster roll.

Pros: the price

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I've been here for dinner twice, and brunch once, in the last 2 weeks. We've never had to wait for a table (even during the stupidly busy Sunday brunch rush) and the service has always been exceptionally friendly and fast. Despite its appearance, it's not the type of place you'd go just for a drink as the bar is small and many people eat at the bar. But heck, for the prices, order a half bottle of red and 2 hot dogs with fries then walk out only $15 lighter!

2
★★★★☆

I've been here for dinner twice, and brunch once, in the last 2 weeks. We've never had to wait for a table (even during the stupidly busy Sunday brunch rush) and the service has always been exceptionally friendly and fast. Despite its appearance, it's not the type of place you'd go just for a drink as the bar is small and many people eat at the bar. But heck, for the prices, order a half bottle of red and 2 hot dogs with fries then walk out only $15 lighter!

Pros: Great ambience, very friendly staff

Cons: Service can sometimes be a little intrusive - "how is everything???"

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I've been to Ditch Plains several times and have always enjoyed myself EXCEPT on nights when I've sat at the bar and been served by a very ARROGANT and OBNOXIOUS bartender. Who is this guy? He is rude, belligerant and only nice when you order your drink. After that, he pushes you to order another, pay or get out. I've seen him snap at many MANY customers. He even had the audacity to ask "Hey, you want a shot?" and after we agreed (assuming he was offering us something on the house), he tacked them onto the bill!!!!!! Unbelievable behavior. His attitude is a disgrace and would keep me away from future visits. But BESIDES that SMALL detail, Ditch Plains has a great lobster roll, a fantastic bloody mary (even if it's made by said bartender) and a deliciously rich mud pie.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Ditch Plains several times and have always enjoyed myself EXCEPT on nights when I've sat at the bar and been served by a very ARROGANT and OBNOXIOUS bartender. Who is this guy? He is rude, belligerant and only nice when you order your drink. After that, he pushes you to order another, pay or get out. I've seen him snap at many MANY customers. He even had the audacity to ask "Hey, you want a shot?" and after we agreed (assuming he was offering us something on the house), he tacked them onto the bill!!!!!! Unbelievable behavior. His attitude is a disgrace and would keep me away from future visits. But BESIDES that SMALL detail, Ditch Plains has a great lobster roll, a fantastic bloody mary (even if it's made by said bartender) and a deliciously rich mud pie.

Pros: the food, the price

Cons: that bartender, the bad rock soundtrack

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Granted I've only gone once, and apparently managed to avoid some of the gimmicky references I've read, but I found the food to be sincerely developed and excellently executed. I had three courses there and every single one was terrific. I had their housemade chicken liver mousse, grilled fish special with a side of creamed corn and key lime pie. Basic plates to be sure, but they were all well presented with care and nailed it in terms of flavor. I had no service issues at all, and liked the decor. I've told dozens of people to check them out and look forward to visiting again.

2
★★★★☆

Granted I've only gone once, and apparently managed to avoid some of the gimmicky references I've read, but I found the food to be sincerely developed and excellently executed. I had three courses there and every single one was terrific. I had their housemade chicken liver mousse, grilled fish special with a side of creamed corn and key lime pie. Basic plates to be sure, but they were all well presented with care and nailed it in terms of flavor. I had no service issues at all, and liked the decor. I've told dozens of people to check them out and look forward to visiting again.

Pros: Food, service, what else is there?

Cons: Wasn't into the surfing videos

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Loved it! Great food, service. I live in the neighborhood and like an idiot forgot my wallet. The manager came by my apartment and returned it himself because it was close by. Highly recommend! THANKS!

2
★★★★★

Loved it! Great food, service. I live in the neighborhood and like an idiot forgot my wallet. The manager came by my apartment and returned it himself because it was close by. Highly recommend! THANKS!

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I went here on a recent Sunday morning. The restaurant was pretty empty, maybe it fills up later. I ordered the grits and peach pancakes (special) and both items were excellent. It's a cute neighborhood find and I recommend it for weekend brunch when you want something lowkey. The restaurant has a modern decor.

2
★★★★☆

I went here on a recent Sunday morning. The restaurant was pretty empty, maybe it fills up later. I ordered the grits and peach pancakes (special) and both items were excellent. It's a cute neighborhood find and I recommend it for weekend brunch when you want something lowkey. The restaurant has a modern decor.

Pros: Modern decor, good food, location

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First they all ask if "you've been here before" like a bad press campaign. Then, the waiter with ADD wants to tell you "how things work here" and about "this special the chef came up with." Obviously, they've been primed to do a PR campaign on everyone "we serve 3 meals a day." which is immediately off-putting.

Yes, they've done a nice job renovating, appropriately hip and cool, but the lighting -- dark and black -- at 6 on a sunday when one craves lobster rolls and fried clams, all wrong.

Speaking of clams, where were they in the chowder? Could hardly taste a hint of ocean in what should be a home run. Then the cuke-tomato salad. Glistening, fresh, beautiful! And full of ....red pepper flakes? Being a non-traditional pairing, said flakes should be advertised on menu. With coughing eyes and burning throat i wished i could enjoy what would otherwise be simply perfect. Chicken liver mousse: harmless.

Bring back the ADD waiter who asks if we'd like something sweet. "We're still waiting for our dinner."

Lobster roll: chunky, fresh, gorgeous, tasty, but PLEASE. Could someone toast and grill that roll with a bit of butter. The three scant black BURN marks on the otherwise raw bread seriously detracted from what could be a winner. And then those clam strips.....excellent tartar sauce, but were those actually clams? Where is the taste of the sea?

Very very disappointing. Didn't even stick around for the ridiculous can of whipped cream with pie deposited on the nabe's table (do we not care about fresh homemade?). And let's talk about the to-go paper coffee cups for sit down dessert? Kitschy and uncool.

Mixing metaphors at Ditch Plains made me want to ditch fast and never return. Either be a shack and serve simple food with no frills service, or ratchet up a few notches, work on the kitchen, and PUH-LEASE don't accost us with the PR when we walk in the door. $79 check left us very upset.

1
★★☆☆☆

First they all ask if "you've been here before" like a bad press campaign. Then, the waiter with ADD wants to tell you "how things work here" and about "this special the chef came up with." Obviously, they've been primed to do a PR campaign on everyone "we serve 3 meals a day." which is immediately off-putting.

Yes, they've done a nice job renovating, appropriately hip and cool, but the lighting -- dark and black -- at 6 on a sunday when one craves lobster rolls and fried clams, all wrong.

Speaking of clams, where were they in the chowder? Could hardly taste a hint of ocean in what should be a home run. Then the cuke-tomato salad. Glistening, fresh, beautiful! And full of ....red pepper flakes? Being a non-traditional pairing, said flakes should be advertised on menu. With coughing eyes and burning throat i wished i could enjoy what would otherwise be simply perfect. Chicken liver mousse: harmless.

Bring back the ADD waiter who asks if we'd like something sweet. "We're still waiting for our dinner."

Lobster roll: chunky, fresh, gorgeous, tasty, but PLEASE. Could someone toast and grill that roll with a bit of butter. The three scant black BURN marks on the otherwise raw bread seriously detracted from what could be a winner. And then those clam strips.....excellent tartar sauce, but were those actually clams? Where is the taste of the sea?

Very very disappointing. Didn't even stick around for the ridiculous can of whipped cream with pie deposited on the nabe's table (do we not care about fresh homemade?). And let's talk about the to-go paper coffee cups for sit down dessert? Kitschy and uncool.

Mixing metaphors at Ditch Plains made me want to ditch fast and never return. Either be a shack and serve simple food with no frills service, or ratchet up a few notches, work on the kitchen, and PUH-LEASE don't accost us with the PR when we walk in the door. $79 check left us very upset.

Pros: good quality, nice employees

Cons: amateur service, kitchen needs help

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i came here with a bunch of friends for dinner last night. i think that they have the best staff that ive encountered in a really long time. the hostess was very nice and exclaimed no problem! when we changed our table from 4 people to 7 people and then to 8 people. the waitress exclaimed totally! whenever we asked for something. she helpfully repeated the specials twice as more and more people arrived.

we started with the crab dip (w/bagel chips, $14) and the baked macaroni & cheese ($12) for appetizers. the crab dip was served piping hot. it was very creamy (maybe too much for my taste), and there were very large chunks of crab that we had to fork onto our plates. the mac n cheese came bubbly and with a nice baked shell. i think that they used gruyere or some other type of pale white cheese instead of american, but it was very good anyway. i never get tired of mac n cheese!

my friend and i split the lobster roll ($23) and the mixed green salad ($6). the lobster roll came on a bed of crispy sweet potato chips. the soft roll was filled with lightly dressed chunks of lobster interspersed with little bits of celery. so good. the salad was just salad, but it was a sizeable pile of fresh greens.

for desserts, we ordered the mud pie & the key lime pie ($6 each). the waitress also brought us sour cream & apple pie as well as yellow cake with chocolate frosting on the house. we polished off the desserts in record time because they were simple and awesome. the key lime pie was my favourite tart and creamy. the apple pie was crumbly and warm. the mud pie was like a chewy brownie. the cake was dryer than i would have liked, but i was having such a good time, i really didnt care. desserts came with a can of whipped cream, which was a sweet and silly touch.

overall, one of the best dining out experiences that ive had in a very long time. will definitely be coming back!

2
★★★★★

i came here with a bunch of friends for dinner last night. i think that they have the best staff that ive encountered in a really long time. the hostess was very nice and exclaimed no problem! when we changed our table from 4 people to 7 people and then to 8 people. the waitress exclaimed totally! whenever we asked for something. she helpfully repeated the specials twice as more and more people arrived.

we started with the crab dip (w/bagel chips, $14) and the baked macaroni & cheese ($12) for appetizers. the crab dip was served piping hot. it was very creamy (maybe too much for my taste), and there were very large chunks of crab that we had to fork onto our plates. the mac n cheese came bubbly and with a nice baked shell. i think that they used gruyere or some other type of pale white cheese instead of american, but it was very good anyway. i never get tired of mac n cheese!

my friend and i split the lobster roll ($23) and the mixed green salad ($6). the lobster roll came on a bed of crispy sweet potato chips. the soft roll was filled with lightly dressed chunks of lobster interspersed with little bits of celery. so good. the salad was just salad, but it was a sizeable pile of fresh greens.

for desserts, we ordered the mud pie & the key lime pie ($6 each). the waitress also brought us sour cream & apple pie as well as yellow cake with chocolate frosting on the house. we polished off the desserts in record time because they were simple and awesome. the key lime pie was my favourite tart and creamy. the apple pie was crumbly and warm. the mud pie was like a chewy brownie. the cake was dryer than i would have liked, but i was having such a good time, i really didnt care. desserts came with a can of whipped cream, which was a sweet and silly touch.

overall, one of the best dining out experiences that ive had in a very long time. will definitely be coming back!

Pros: really really really good service, chunky lobster roll, simple desserts

Cons: tables not made to accomodate large groups

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After numerous positive reviews I figure I try out this place. The decor, atmosphere, pricing and service were good, however, I found the food highly disappointing. Plain and simple: the chef is in love with salt. Every dish we tried was drenched in salt. My wife and I typically don't mind salty foods and enjoy salty dishes if they were meant to be prepared that way, but the chef just went crazy with it. We had five items: The wild sea bass was blackened on the outside but not fully cooked on the inside. My wife took a couple of bites and pushed it to the side. The lobster roll was just drenched in mayo and surprisingly full of salt. Same story with the french fries. The spicy calamari salad was probably the best dish we had there but even that had too much salt. So needless to say we were disappointed. It reminded me of when I cook and I'm unsure of the flavoring/taste, I would just throw more salt on the food. We probably should have complained to our server, particularly about the sea bass, but at that point, we would have complained about all of the dishes. Its unfortunate as we were looking for a new seafood place in the area since both Pearl Oyster and Mary's Fish camp have become way too crowded.

1
★★☆☆☆

After numerous positive reviews I figure I try out this place. The decor, atmosphere, pricing and service were good, however, I found the food highly disappointing. Plain and simple: the chef is in love with salt. Every dish we tried was drenched in salt. My wife and I typically don't mind salty foods and enjoy salty dishes if they were meant to be prepared that way, but the chef just went crazy with it. We had five items: The wild sea bass was blackened on the outside but not fully cooked on the inside. My wife took a couple of bites and pushed it to the side. The lobster roll was just drenched in mayo and surprisingly full of salt. Same story with the french fries. The spicy calamari salad was probably the best dish we had there but even that had too much salt. So needless to say we were disappointed. It reminded me of when I cook and I'm unsure of the flavoring/taste, I would just throw more salt on the food. We probably should have complained to our server, particularly about the sea bass, but at that point, we would have complained about all of the dishes. Its unfortunate as we were looking for a new seafood place in the area since both Pearl Oyster and Mary's Fish camp have become way too crowded.

Pros: Price, ambience

Cons: Food was very disappointing. Chef prepared the food as if he was salting the road after a snowstorm.

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I've gone here with my wife 4 times in 3 months. The wine and the mussels were great. The owner (Marc) is so nice and welcomed us in when we were walking by the last time we went. In this day and age when owners see us as just wallets, its nice to have someone who cares enough to give an INCREDIBLE deal on wines and smile and talk with the customers. I just got an invite from them about 2 happy hours a day- That is just too cool. The food is simple and great, if a little on the pricey side, but you can get out of there with the knowledge that you saved on wine and were surrounded by super nice people. Don't get me wrong, the food is not "expensive", it's just not super cheap but I love it! (if you couldn't tell)

2
★★★★★

I've gone here with my wife 4 times in 3 months. The wine and the mussels were great. The owner (Marc) is so nice and welcomed us in when we were walking by the last time we went. In this day and age when owners see us as just wallets, its nice to have someone who cares enough to give an INCREDIBLE deal on wines and smile and talk with the customers. I just got an invite from them about 2 happy hours a day- That is just too cool. The food is simple and great, if a little on the pricey side, but you can get out of there with the knowledge that you saved on wine and were surrounded by super nice people. Don't get me wrong, the food is not "expensive", it's just not super cheap but I love it! (if you couldn't tell)

Pros: staff, wines, simplicity

Cons: small place

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a perfect place to get have a few after work drinks. the half wine by the bottle is genius, and not at all overpriced. i had the spicy calamari salad, raw oysters, lobster roll, and a mississippi mud pie. all were to die for. also went for breakfast one morning, it was ok, nothing too special. overall i would highly recommend ditch plains.

2
★★★★★

a perfect place to get have a few after work drinks. the half wine by the bottle is genius, and not at all overpriced. i had the spicy calamari salad, raw oysters, lobster roll, and a mississippi mud pie. all were to die for. also went for breakfast one morning, it was ok, nothing too special. overall i would highly recommend ditch plains.

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I definitely recommend this restaurant. We went early, so it was quiet but the food was excellent and they serve breakfast , lunch, and dinner all day. Lots of fish on the menu , I had oysters and they were very fresh and the lobster roll which I def recommend. The atmosphere was also cool flat screen tv's above the bar- playing surfing videos and the staff was friendly and on point.

2
★★★★☆

I definitely recommend this restaurant. We went early, so it was quiet but the food was excellent and they serve breakfast , lunch, and dinner all day. Lots of fish on the menu , I had oysters and they were very fresh and the lobster roll which I def recommend. The atmosphere was also cool flat screen tv's above the bar- playing surfing videos and the staff was friendly and on point.

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