For Two Hundred Years
This land was home to the Dimon Family. Generations of Dimons etched their varied legacies into the turning centuries -- from yeoman farmers, to Revolutionary minutemen, from famed clipper ship builders to wealthy maritime merchants and peers of the well-known Vanderbilts and Manhattan elites. The story of the Dimon family is rich and layered with success and scandal, triumphs and tragedy.
We invite you to enjoy the quiet slice of country that was beloved by the Dimon family for two centuries. We strive to tell the tale of their very American dreams in our reinvention of "the Manor," and bring a feast of local history to the table.
The Manor REstaurant
Step inside the Manor and experience cocktail and cuisine expertly crafted and courteously served.
Farm to table and dock to dish, enjoy fresh, seasonally inspired dishes that delight the senses and warm the soul.
Just as the Smith & Dimon clipper ships carried exotic teas, silks and spices from far away ports and destinations, we seek to bring global influences to traditional fare.
Meet Chef Chris Kar
A North Fork native, Chef Chris Kar was born and raised in Southold town. At the age of 14, he started work in the kitchen of his parents' longtime local mainstay Jamesport Country Kitchen. He left LI to earn a B.A. in Business Managment at Clemson University. Upon returning to his hometown, he was lead production cook for Christpher Michael Catering while coaching baseball and wrestling at Mattituck High.
In 2017, he left for Vail Colorado, working for Chef's Dan McGuire and Kevin Erving at two of Colorado's highest regarded fine-dining establishments -- Game Creek Club and Beano's Cabin of Beaver Creek Vail Resorts. Returning to the East
End in 2020 Chris worked as Sous Chef for Brian Szostak at the Bridgehampton Inn, eventually taking over as executive chef of Jamesport Manor Inn where he had been consulting for several years on both kitchen and business management.
In March of 2022, Chef Chris led the Manor into its new chapter, re-opening the Jamesport Manor Inn as the re-imagined Dimon Estate. The restaurant pays homage to the Dimon family and their significant role in local history over the course of their 200 years as prominent residents of the town and owners of the property on Manor Lane.
Chef Chris has is passionate about slow food and for cuisine as a form of storytelling. He believes the best food comes from source you can point to; the local North Fork bayman, vintner and farmer; filling his own Greenport apartment with herb and vegetable seedlings that will eventually make their way to your plates and glasses at the Dimon Estate.
Photos by Conor Harrigan