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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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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a pleasure when we dine!

Friendly, helpful staff in both the dining room and lounge area. Attentive service and pleasant atmosphere. We always see smiles when we walk in and that's a great way to start a meal! Food is a bit interesting and always served at proper temperature as well as nice presentation. We work in Old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
LoveToDineshoreline
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Essex, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
NYC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I took my family to this restaurant recently and I noted that a 18% tip would be added to the bill since we were 6 people. I guess lots of people short tip when they have large parties... The food served was okay, but just average. The service, however, was not. The waiter didn't seem to know who had ordered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The menu has nice options for everyone and the food was fresh & delicious. The wine list is vast and reasonay priced. The wait staff is friendly & helpful. The children's menu was reasonably priced with many delicious and healthy options (Unlike the majority of restaurants). Our young daughter loved her salmon, rice & broccoli dish that she asked for... More 

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A friend had recommended Otter Cove to us and we were very happy we stopped here for lunch. The ahi tuna sandwich was one of the best my husband has tried. Just the right level of wasabi with a perfectly seared piece of fish. My salad was huge and was full of beautiful large cranberries, apples, tender grilled chicken, and... More 

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Dinner was good but service was only adequate. Prices fair for meal received. Decor was very nice and the restaurant was very clean. Would give it another try if in the area again.

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Bristol
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181 reviews 181 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We went to dinner with family members on a Thursday night at Otter Cove. While our waitress was very nice and very friendly, there were several problems getting our orders right. For example, my husband and I ordered Caesar salads were and were given house salads; our son ordered soup which never arrived, (he had to remind the server he... More 

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Essex, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Last Saturday we stopped in for dinner as the snow was prohibiting venturing out too far. Great surprise as we sat in the bar and were greeted by a friendly waitress who strived to please. Full restaurant menu was offered and our meals were fresh and delicious. I opted for shrimp and the Otter Cove salad (outstanding) which was bountiful.... More 

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Essex, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Friendly, helpful staff in both the dining room and lounge area. Attentive service and pleasant atmosphere. We always see smiles when we walk in and that's a great way to start a meal! Food is a bit interesting and always served at proper temperature as well as nice presentation. We work in Old Saybrook so this has become one of... More 

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Mystic, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Several friends decided to meet up for dinner last week - since we were all traveling from far ends of the state, we chose Old Saybrook as a central location. A little online , and we chose Otter Cove Restaurant, This is a low-key, lovely Yankee-style Pub, with easy access off I-95, ample parking and a very nice menu. It... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The restaurant has a nautical setting, very laid back with a nice menu. We had the $39 special which consisted of 2 entrees with soup or salad, and a bottle of wine. A real bargain- the meal was delicious the service friendly and competent.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a local restaurant with high standards for food and wine. It's got an easy-going atmosphere that the locals seem to love a lot. When I stopped in I was greeted like they knew me - which always gets things off to a good start. The food was solid and they had a nice selection of wines departing from... More 

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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: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
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?