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Liv's Oyster Bar

166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
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Ranked #4 of 70 restaurants in Old Saybrook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.
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79% Recommend
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English first
Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Each time I travel to Hartford, Ct., my only request is that we take the drive to Old Saybrook to dine at Liv's Oyster Bar. It is one of my favorite places to enjoy seafood and a cocktail. Casual with an understated sophistication. We arrive around 4 or 5 to take advantage of the unadvertised happy hour. Oysters are a... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband ordered the raw clams and we shared the lobster mac n cheese! Both were fantastic. I ordered mussels for an entree and my husband ordered a pasta. My mussels were excellent, but my husbands pasta dish was drowning in the sauce. Overall, the food was great, along with a great atmosphere and great service.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, upscale but casual atmosphere. Start with not bread but crispy toasts and olive oil. Spring Pea Soup quite large portion and very delicious, would appreciate offer of fresh cracked pepper although grinder is at table. Oysters the best of course. Burger perfect with large portion of good fries. Crabcake is indeed crabcake, no filler and just plain good.... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We love to sit at a nice restaurant bar and eat. This one offers lots of great atmosphere and a friendly staff. The bartender Kristen pours a perfect drink every time, and if the conversation gets boring they have a few flat screens to keep your attention. A view to the oyster shucking area is fun and a partial view... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I will be a somewhat critical of this restaurant afterwards, but let's start with the most important things first. My wife and I had a crab and avocado dip appetizer, and the halibut as a main course. Both were delicious, the halibut was simply perfectly prepared, served on some vegetables and potatoes - and also a nice sized portion. Our... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We went as a last minute Sunday evening dinner. We made reservations just a couple hours before. We couldn't wait to try this place as it is rated very highly here on Trip Advisor. We actually completely depended on it to find this place. Once again TA came through. The wine we had was excellent and priced in with other... More

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New York City, New York
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368 restaurant reviews
1,327 helpful votes 1,327 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

We were driving around Old Saybrook and I asked a few different people where we should have dinner. I liked the guy who said he has been living there for 40 years and the best seafood he has had was at Liv's. He could not have been more correct. I started with the Caesar Salad, (large) then the Lobster Roll,(also... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

very good seafood restaurant. a bit pricey for the everyday diner. would go back since we live close. possibly for the happy hour!

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Robert M, General Manager at Liv's Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Next time your in, take try at our "Casual Bites". It's a great selection of sandwiches and more. More

Waterford, CT
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Had several appetizers and found all the flavors to be great. Raw bar is always fresh! Everything was prepared perfectly and presentation nicely done as well.

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We've been dining at and enjoying Liv's since moving to the area about eight years ago. The menu and preparations have always been diverse and delicious, but the new menu, just introduced, is OUTSTANDING! For appetizers, I had the yellow fin tuna tartare and my husband had the grilled octopus. Both perfectly prepared and seasoned. For entrees, I had the... More

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Robert M, General Manager at Liv's Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the Great review!! We really appreciate it! More

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