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Sandpiper Restaurant

161 Cosey Beach Ave, East Haven, CT 06512-4946
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Ranked #3 of 57 restaurants in East Haven
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Most recent review
- Jul 23, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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37 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Naples, Florida
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162 reviews 162 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went for a late lunch so there was no wait and the oysters were possibly the best I ever had. The fries were also nice and crispy and moist. My husband had the stuffed scallops. We should have asked how they were prepared before ordering them. The breading was nice and spicy but the lunch portion was two large clam... More

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Champaign, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The menu has an outstanding seafood selection. The recent décor has a jaunty nautical theme. We were there on a Monday on a cool, misty evening. This may be the reason that we didn't have the wait that other reviewers have complained about. We had a great meal. Probably their problem is that they are too popular!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Still in shock about the experience i had tonight at the Sand Piper. The wait was long despite the fact that there were five or six visible staff walking around the dining room and 1 manager who refused to make eye contact with throughout our meal. There were also only three other tables. At one point a customer walked into... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I dined yesterday for lunch at the Sandpiper. It was one seafood restaurant I had never been to, so I thought I would try it. I ordered the baked stuffed scallops, but the waitress bought me baked sole and was hesitant to admit it was the wrong dish. When my correct order did arrive, I saw that the stuffed scallops... More

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East Haven, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I have eaten at Sandpiper too many times to count. The fried seafood is probably the best in Connecticut. The menu has not changed in years (needs an update). The food is consistently good. Although is has been renovated within the past two-three years the atmosphere is better but not good still. It is so loud no matter where you... More

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W. Hartford, CT
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123 reviews 123 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited for the first time with a friend who has been many times. This is a small, locally owned seafood restaurant that has appetizer and entree variety, very good quality and easy on the wallet prices. We found the stuffed shrimp, swordfish and clam strips all to be well prepared. Our mussel appetizer was good, however the broth had... More

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Nice place, great service, and the food was excellent. One the beach in East Haven we did not expect much. We assumed it would be a typical tourist on the beach meal..... But we ventured in. The food was superb! The New England Clam chowder was some of the best I have ever had! The salad with Scallops was excellent... More

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new haven, ct
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78 reviews 78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Living close to the sandpiper has always provided great seafood meals that I didn't have to prepare. The service is quick , the food fresh and to top it all off -- it tastes great. If ever asked for a good seafood restaurant referral, I always send people to the Sandpiper.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great fresh seafood fried platter. The service is very fast and prompt. I go all the time and bring my friends with me.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Since this restaurant i right across from the beach, I expected it to serve fish, shrimp, crab and maybe lobster, but when I opened their menu, I was quite surprised at the vast selection of everything from steaks to chicken and pasta. Brought six guests with me, so the selections they picked were just as varied, and not one of... More

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