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Johnny Ad's Drive-In

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910 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2128
860-388-4032
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11:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 24
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    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Clam Strips, OK Lobster Roll and Chowder

Close to closing time on a Sunday, I ordered takeout, clam strips for wife and hot lobster roll for myself. Got home. Fried shrimp and lobster roll. Called and they made it good. Being very close (5 mins) away from where we were staying, Johnny Ad's made a clam strip platter and I picked it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2014
El_Pirata
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Being a regular on the Shoreline, we have been going to Johnny Ad's for years now! Our most recent visit was borderline poor, the whole belly clam plate was extremely small and tasted terrible! The Hot Dogs were tasty as usual and the service was rushed...not many smiles from the staff anymore! Sorry to say this place has really gone... More 

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26 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Growing up on the shoreline, our family ate here regularly during the summer months. I recently had an opportunity to revisit Johnny Ad's after a two decade hiatus. So much in the area has changed, but Johnny Ad's appears to have pretty much stayed the same (there's a large wall mounted television now, but it was thankfully not intrusive). We... More 

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We are locals who give this place another shot every couple of years.The owner happens to be a good guy. Big Mistake. Food gets worse and more expensive every visit. Clam Bellies were 90% strips and 10% partial bellies deep fried in old oil. Could have done better at BJs Wholesale Club

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Oslo
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70 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Visited the restaurant once before and was not thrilled. Visited again with my two sons for lunch. Friendly staff... But it ends there. Lobster roll tasted fishy and was tough(frozen and put on grill?) for all three of ours. Chowder was thick but also fishy tasting. Price of 17.oo for a roll is steep. We could not finish our meal... More 

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Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Was passing through the area and wanted some local sea food. Found this place.Large selection to choose from. Seemed to be a local hang out. Food was fantastic. Cash only no credit cards. I will stop here again my next time through.

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We've been going to this great little take out place for years. Unfortunately it has not been very good the last few years. Scallop roll, whole belly clam roll are just average. Gave up on the fries long time ago. Completely tasteless. However, the onion rings are wonderful. As far as the lobster roll, go across the street to the... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This has to be a local's favorite. No pretenses, just a good little joint with the best hot lobster rolls I've had so far. Step in, belly up to the window, place your order and go sit down. They call your number when your order is ready. They are open all year long and have seating both inside and out.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Close to closing time on a Sunday, I ordered takeout, clam strips for wife and hot lobster roll for myself. Got home. Fried shrimp and lobster roll. Called and they made it good. Being very close (5 mins) away from where we were staying, Johnny Ad's made a clam strip platter and I picked it up. For my troubles, Johnny... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I Love me some clams and was glad to have some so close to my Family when visiting. Have also had seafood chowder and Hot Dog. Would get it all again.

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Rome, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have family in the area so whenever we visit this is one of our favorite places to go. It's family friendly. In the summer we can sit outside and enjoy the informal atmosphere. The fresh seafood is great. The service is quick. The scallop or lobster rolls are my favorites . Other family favorites are the fish tacos and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 910 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2128
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: 860-388-4032
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm

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