The Hamptons

OSO at The Southampton Inn

Have you been to Southampton Inn’s OSO Restaurant yet? Oh SO delicious! Yup we had to “go there” ; ) It’s tucked away on the lower level in a refreshingly cool space with sleek leather benches lining the walls making for super comfy half-boothes at just about every table. Lighting was on the bright side but in a good way. It was just the place to have a nice “late” lunch which turned out to be the perfect summer light fare for such a hot, muggy summer evening. We loved that it was cool & refreshing and downstairs!

You can eat inside or out – poolside in the recently updated courtyard is a terrific option on those wonderful summery days when you want to just breathe in fresh ocean air all day long! You might even see Bear, the inn’s resident cat, strolling by – OSO is the Spanish word – hence the name : )

OSO puts its own spin on Modern American fare in style with The Hamptons’ rural appeal offering guests a farm-to-table dining experience which focuses on locally sourced ingredients and freshly harvested vegetables + herbs from the Southampton Inn’s own garden. Our salads were freshly picked and our dinner charbroiled to perfection – slowly & thoroughly with that hint of a real charcoal grill. I much prefer charcoal over gas for the REAL thing when it comes to food prepared on a grill.

Great presentation and nice size portions was a welcome sight for hungry eyes – Maddy and I had the Caprese Salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, aged balsamic drizzle and fresh basil from the inn’s garden. Alex had the lobster salad w/ succulent lobster cradled in baby greens with bell peppers and refreshingling light balsamic viniagrette – MUST SAY that lobster salad was very, VERY generous with large, meaty chunks of lobster rather then the standard chalky ones you might find at such an affordable price point.

Our waiter was very attentive which is nice when The Hamptons get so busy! You couldn’t really tell that they were actually out back cooking on the grill for us but when they served us the Steak and Cheese Baguette that was sliced steak with mozzarella served on a garlic baguette – you sure could taste that smoky flavor of real grilling. Just look at this grilled chicken with hot house tomatoes and crispy, rich green lettuce and sweet potato fries!

Unbenownst to us OSO received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in both 2010 and 2011 for its wine list, which includes 140 different types of wine and a collection of 590 bottles from France, Italy and California. Their list of specialty cocktails is rather impressive as well: OSO Classic Daiquiri with Bacardi, St. Germaine and lime juice, French Martini with vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice – Mojitos made with your favoite rum, fresh mint leaves and lime juice – almost sounds like a Southside at the beach club!! OR you might try their Black Cherry Cold with Grey Goose Cherry Noir and Coke unless of course you’d prefer Pink Your Drink by adding a splash of Chambord to any libation to make the Southampton Inn signature cocktail! SO after the beach…this is a perfect pit stop #yum

The Southampton Inn has always been a fave spot for weddings because it’s nestled on more than five acres of manicured lawns and lushly landscaped grounds. OSO’s on-site catering has become a favored pairing for all sorts of occasions from the intimate to the largest in scale. So if you’re coming out to The Hamptons we encourage a stay at The Southampton Inn and DEFINITELY drinks and hearty, country style food prepared with garden fresh ingredients al fresco at OSO!

Overall the service was genuine & friendly and we think this restaurant is way too hidden which is too bad because you might not know it was there unless you heard by word of mouth! We are happy to spread the word : )

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July 28th, 2012 Posted by | wine & dine...our take | no comments

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