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Oyster River Tavern

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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
+1 203-932-0440
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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216 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since this is a seafood restaurant you would not think they would have a great French onion soup. Piping hot with loads of gooey melted cheese. Also tried the combo seafood platter. My girlfriend said the shrimp didn't taste right. Disappointed in the scallops, very small but look big since they breaded it too much to make it look bigger.... More 

Thank bilasi
Milford, Connecticut
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decent seafood but I've had better. Seems to get very hyped but not sure why. The lobster bisque was good and the service was good as well.

Thank MikeI283BL
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Went based on reviews here. Ate outside since the weather finally was nice. Food was quite good once it came...will try another visit later when they are staffed to handle outdoor seating. Salad, burger, fish were all quite tasty

Thank thestgeorges
Eastham, Massachusetts
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318 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Nice view if sitting at window tables, Service is good. Oysters are very good. The fried food is not that great at all. too much breading< much too much, The place looks (depending on your perseption ) either old and run down or quaint. Would go back for the oysters.

Thank 98999Mike
Milford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This is a go to restaurant that my wife and I go to for the best mega salads ever. They use real chicken breast for their grilled chicken salad not that fake tasting chicken other places use. And the chef salad is piled high with good quality meats and cheese. Two salads will set you back about $28 but you... More 

Thank waynebZ148UE
Winter Park, Florida
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520 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Good little bar right off the beach. Come in grab a drink , or some oysters. Its a small little place, & seems to be popular with the locals.

Thank Stephen K
Waterbury, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Lousy parking! Food was OK, lots of breading on the fried fish. service good. Value average. with the right seat you do have a nice view. The place is DATED, and not really in a good way. Best deal is the raw oysters, and YES we will go back for them. Will not order friled fish but try the burger... More 

Thank ndr1974
New Haven, CT
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I came here with a friend in Feb. I had a grilled ahi sandwich and she ordered mussels. Food was fine, service was fine too. The real reason to come here is for the view of the water.

Thank LovesLatinAmerica
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went there for a lunch date with my wife. Heard about through Groupon. It was a deal of a century with the Groupon. I will definitely be back without one. Lobster bisque was one of the best I've had. The Broiled seafood platter was delicious. First time I've seen swordfish included in the platter. The view is excellent. The waitress... More 

Thank Tommy S
Milford, Connecticut
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My hubby, daughter and I had lunch at Oyster River. The French Onion Soup was the best. The broth is still calling me! The fried shrimp and fries was perfect. We had the 1/2 order which was more than enough. Hubby had the Ruben. Needless to say, lunch was a great success. The service was great and the price was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-932-0440

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?