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Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
17:00 - 21:45
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Sun 17:00 - 20:45
Mon 16:00 - 20:45
Wed - Thu 16:00 - 20:45
Fri 16:00 - 21:45
Sat 17:00 - 21:45
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Liv's no less than at least a dozen times in the past, and they have consistently outstanding service and did quality. My family and I have never been disappointed by every item on their menu not by the team of servers in their employ. The fresh shellfish is top notch quality along with all the other... More 

Thank Kirk E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I go to Connecticut at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Always go to Liv's. Good craft drinks, best raw oysters. Amazing apps. By far the best restaurant in the northeast. I have parts of 2 restaurants in Dallas TX. Go on Wednesdays for dollar oyster night in the winter months. I never get to do that. You will be amazed. I am... More 

Thank jean s
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We came here for a family dinner and it was ok. The service was excellent but the food was not worth the prices. I'm not saying it was bad, just not great. We did not get the oysters so I can't comment on them. Overall just ok

Thank margaret T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We had the sampler plate that came with oysters, clams and prawns. The cocktail sauce was yummy and most importantly the seafood was really fresh We ordered the shaved Brussel sprouts salad and cod fish. Salad was tasty and the cod fish was done perfectly with herb butter sauce Try it if you are in the area!

Thank SsLun
Niantic, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Joined another couple in this great little fish restaurant in downtown. Great ambiance and terrific service. We arrived on a Wednesday night when raw oysters were a buck. The two dozen Mystic oysters went down wonderfully with a martini and glass of wine. Three of four of us had a great meal. I recommend the Cod, Salmon and haddock dinners.... More 

Thank 73journey
Killingworth, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fresh fish wonderfully prepared, delicious sides, excellent service, good wine list, and a bustling restaurant filled with satisfied diners--Liv's is a very good place to go for dinner.

Thank v0yageur22
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Staff was very friendly and attentive. Oysters are a must if you love them or not! Quaint little town. Had the squash stuffed with goat cheese.. to die for - but you only get 2 so order 4. I highly recommend you visit here if you are passing through Saybrook.

Thank loves22travel
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We went there for the happy hour and I gather that it is one of the best restaurants in town. We had the oyster platter, which was fine, and two beers, which were fine, but the strange thing was that they offered only one beer, one white wine, and one red wine for happy hour...why no choice?

Thank thasler
Harrison, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Restaurant was nice and service was good but did not enjoy my lobster roll. Not enough lobster in the roll!

Thank Linda M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had heard of Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook and in particular, their Happy Hour. So my wife, daughter, and I decided to give ‘em a try. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm and they’re closed on Tuesday. The restaurant is ideally located on Main Street in Old Saybrook at what used to be a theatre. The restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 29
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 21:45
17:00 - 21:45
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?