15 Orchard Beach Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883 - 7800
Butlers Flat Clam Shack
DescriptionButler's Flat Clam Shack is located at 15 Orchard Beach Boulevard (in the Capri Marina) in Port Washington, New York. The parking lot is paved. It is a short walk to this outdoors only restaurant. There are two, handicapped-accessible spaces. There are three wooden steps up to the ordering window and restrooms. There is a ramp up to this deck. Unfortunately it seems to be permanently blocked by a large power boat.
The tables, chairs and benches are located on either the brick patio or wooden deck area. Some tables have unbrellas. There is also a large awning over several tables.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms necessitate the three steps as well.
- Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Terrain: a bit uneven
Places to rest: no
Paths and walkways: wooden walkway, brick patio area
Ramps: ramp is blocked
Steps and staircases: three steps to order window and restrooms
Width of aisles: OK
Places to sit: tables, chairs, benches
Location of restrooms: on wooden walkway
Type of restroom: multi-stall, with a handicapped-accessible stall
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: this is a restaurant
Friendliness of staff: friendly
A lovely summer day on Long Island is a day foroutdoor dining. Because our summer is short and because we don’t usually have that many nice summer days, I feel the need to dine outdoors, preferably in a lovely setting near the water, whenever possible.
Butler’s Flat Clam Shack is at one of the Capri Marinas on Orchard Beach Boulevard. We parked in the paved parking lot (two handicapped spaces) and a bit uneven, and walked over,
There is a small building with a walk-up window at which to place your order. There is no inside here. We had to walk up three wooden steps to get to the ordering window. These same steps are required to get to the restrooms (multi-stall,handicapped-accessible) There is a ramp at the far end of the deck but it is blocked by a large powerboat that appears to be permanently parked here.
We placed our order at the window, took our drink and had a seat at one of the tables to wait for our name to be called. There are some tables in the sun, some with umbrellas, and some under a large awning. All of the seats come with a gorgeous view of Manhasset Bay with boats coming and going. Some of the tables are on the wooden deck area, some are on the brick patio area. The menu is what you would expect to find at a traditional clam shack.
This “seasonal clam shack is named after the lighthouse on the South End of New Bedford, Massachusetts…It was inspired by (the owner’s) early years in New Bedford with (his) family, eating fried clams and scallops..and the many years fishing in the Sound…(The Shack) supports local purveyors, which means that most of what is served comes from the Northeast.” (website) We shared some delicious fried clams and spicy shrimp. It was relaxing to just sit, enjoy our food and the view.
We arrived about 4:30 and found only a few others here. By 6:00 there was a long line to order, although there were still more than enough seats. We have no idea what you will find on other days and at other times.
This is definitely a summer place. If you can do the steps, or are with someone who can order for you, or you can yell loud enough without going up the stairs, this is a nice, relaxing place. It is a very casual place that we will visit again before it is closed for the winter.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.butlersflat.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”