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Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tuna” (23 reviews)
“blt salad” (5 reviews)
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166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place. Highly recommended. Not expensive. Friendly. Place is busy, reservation is recommended.

Thank Kevinton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liv's on Main Street in Old Saybrook, CT is one of the top restaurants in Connecticut. A fine dining experience, at a moderate price. No matter what you order, it will be a real treat. Liv's opened an oyster shack on the marina at the...More

Thank rbarrese1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The evening started out with drinks and appetizers that were perfect. Our main courses were so delicious that all four of us cleaned our plates. And then there was the dessert. The service was wonderful.

Thank Roslyn W
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We were spending the day down at the shore to celebrate our anniversary and wanted a little bite to eat. Found this place and they have buck a shuck happy hour from 4:00-5:30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. They had a lovely little patio out front...More

Thank Sabina V
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

All winter long Liv’s has a Wednesday night $1 oyster special. There is nothing better on the shoreline. A lovely bar to sit sipping a cocktail or wine and exploring the world of oysters. A favorite pastime of mine.

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 9 July 2018

My husband and I had dinner for the first time here on Saturday. Reserved a table at 5:15 since we were going to a show at Foxwoods. Loved everything about Liv's, from the food to the service. Out waitperson Amy was outstanding. We started with...More

Thank Pam L
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The oysters sampler is definitely worth a visit. I also tried the pan sautéed cod fish, and it was delicious. Did not have a look at the wine list but they have a good selection of local brews on draft. Very good restaurant overall.

Thank lucal478
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We had a wonderful experience for dinner on Saturday night. My husband thoroughly enjoyed 1/2 dozen oysters and my grilled octopus was the best I have ever had. (My only reservation was that the octopus was served with broccoli rabe and fingerling potatoes - as...More

Thank Judy A
Reviewed 8 June 2018

This restaurant is a quaint little gem in Old Saybrook. Good atmosphere and very clean. The food is excellent and service was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the Fish & Chips and recommend it highly.

Thank dar341
Reviewed 26 May 2018

This as my second time here. Everything was wonderful. We started out with a half dozen chilled shrimp cocktail and half dozen cherrystones on the half shell. Both were fresh, excellent and arrived quickly. We moved on to the grilled octopus. It was absolutely amazing...More

Thank italianfoodfan100
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 29
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-395-5577
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Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.
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