We've been going to the Southside Hotel since it opened in 2002(?). Ned, the owner, runs this restaurant/bar (not a real hotel) off of Main street in downtown Bay Shore. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff is friendly. Ned created the menu himself and every dish is good to the last bite. Crab cakes, wraps, stuffed shrimp (you'll need a doggy bag), burgers, steaks, and daily specials make this a popular place. It's amazing he hasn't opened another location yet.
They take reservations, a good idea if you're arriving on a friday at 6pm. We always get there around 4:30pm. I've never heard a complaint! our circle of friends use this place for catering, too.
the prices are great: $5 burgers, $12 steaks, $5 appetizers, $4 beers. Highchairs and crayons are offered and the bar is in a separate room.