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Otter Cove Restaurant

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99 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
(860) 388-4836
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

Ordered the Mongolian ribs from here and they where absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
ANG T
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Ledyard, Connecticut
via mobile
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California
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This was a packed, crowded restaurant, often known as an indicator, that it is a popular restaurant. On our particular visit, we had a long wait for the food after we ordered. I ordered a medium rare steak on the rare side and it was medium. Another person at our table also ordered a steak that was overcooked. Our server... More 

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Thank dayzpen
Ledyard, Connecticut
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Ordered the Mongolian ribs from here and they where absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu

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Thank ANG T
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

The food is wonderful....get there early as it fills up quickly. We were lucky enough to grab two seats at the bar. Bartenders were helpful in making food and paired wine choices. Very cozy atmosphere....

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Thank Claudia D
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

A rare Wednesday night out brought us to Otter Cove. I don't love their menu- it hasn't changed in years- but my husband wanted fish. Well, we stood at the hostesses stand for five minutes. No one greeted us, a server and a bartender made eye contact but didn't say a word. We left. I won't go back.

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Thank Denise C
Whitestone, New York, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Real nice atmosphere and great food, plus being child-friendly makes this a great place for a family to eat for a special occasion. A little pricey for an every night meal.

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Thank Millie W
Danbury, Connecticut
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

My family was celebrating our getaway and we are happy we chose to eat here. The food was very good and we just relaxed and took our time; enjoying not only the food but each other! The wait staff did not try to hurry us at all which added to our enjoyment.

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Thank Phyllis B
Hartford, CT
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Third time visiting Otter Cove and we left vowing never to return. Visited 9/6 after 8pm and even though the restaurant was half empty, we waited 10+ minutes to get to our table. Another 10+ minutes to see our waitress (who was nice) and another 10+ minutes to get our bottle of white wine that was not chilled. The waitress... More 

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1 Thank MM3_HartfordCT
Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Beautiful meal no a complaint in the world - highly recommended. Excellent food and staff were wonderful.

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Thank EssoBesso
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Use to love it here not sure what happened Slow night two bartenders on and not sure where they went for most of the night Ordered the special and literally had a stick of butter melted on top of the risotto ate the scallops left the risotto and told the bartender they were good but your chef over did it... More 

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2 Thank Suza2
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I must have liked it because I spent over 7 1/2 hour here! Let's just say it was a long and relaxed lunch with a new friend. Wait staff was very attentive and didn't seem to mind our complete domination of our table. Food was very good and we appreciated not ever feeling rushed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 99 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: (860) 388-4836

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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