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Oyster River Tavern

38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932 - 0440
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Ranked #22 of 144 Restaurants in West Haven
Sun 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Most recent review
- Jun 10, 2014
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English first
West Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This day and age value and service are the utmost importance. Ordered some food to go. Got there to pick up and found prices have risen drastically. Almost 30% more. Ordered wings well done. They were not! Portions seemed smaller also. Always wondered why they were a ghost town at 9pm while a neighboring bar was very busy. Now I... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This place is just down the street from our house and we visit it often. The portions are large (they used to be HUGE but now just large) and the service is friendly. It's definitely a local favorite but even on a busy night, you can usually get seated within 15 - 20 minutes (if there's even a wait). Food... More

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Shelton, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

It is unfortunate that the inside needs such updating because the food , service and view of the beach is great ! The rug on the floor is faded and dirty. Tables and chairs are old, chipped and need painting. The walls with paneling have chipped paint with old paint showing through. Inside atmosphere means a lot when eating. It's... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Great calamari! The place is perfect for a drink and some friend seafood in a less greasy setting than it's surrounding restaurant choices. The beach is right across the street.

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Milford, Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

friendly staff, good CHOWDAR! good food Its a bar, but better than most....food was decent sized...had less for more money elsewhere ,should have more drink specials and NOT just at the BAR...I could not sit at the BAR due To a Broken LEG in a cast.....I was refused a happy HR price on a drink due to sitting at a... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

While visiting the area we have two places that are a must to dine at. One of those places is the Oyster River Tavern. Small place in a nice shoreline location off the beaten path. Sometimes a small wait but well worth it. Half orders on the menu are of ample size for most any large portion eater. Be bold... More

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Ijamsville, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

I stumbled upon this place last week and was glad I did. Looks like a neighborhood place to eat some good seafood and have a beer. The service was good and my broiled seafood platter was really enjoyable. If ever back in the area, I will stop by again.

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231 reviews 231 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Have written about ORT before. It has been a while so, time for an update. Tried it again last week. Pros. Most portions are still large. atmosphere is cordial, views are interesting. Seating is roomy and comfortable. Four of us tried different menu items Mahi Mahi special, Fish and Chips, Fried Shrimp and Broiled Cod. Entrees come with a choice... More

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Milford, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This super friendly restaurant was recommended by a desk clerk at a hotel we were staying at. Our appetizers of colossal shrimp cocktail and hot lobster roll were as good as we've ever had anywhere. Entres of fried seafood combo and broiled haddock were good but not great for the price. The best aspect of this establishment was the wait... More

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Shelton ct.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place was a standard for my fried seafood fix for many years prior to the closing and after the reopening (I've reviewed here before).Last night for the second time in a row no oysters so I ordered whole clams (not available either) so I got the shrimp and scallops which were over salted and battered that was reminiscent of... More

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