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Oyster River Tavern

38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932 - 0440
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Ranked #35 of 144 Restaurants in West Haven
Hours:
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
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English first
Trumbull, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Cool place with lots of food and cheap. The oysters are really good and so is the fried clams. The stuffed clams not so much. The service was excellent. Why not more stars. The place is a dive bar. So go with friends for a low key night and fun. Don't go expecting an elegant dinner with white table cloth.

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Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

When you go to a restaurant with the word "Oyster" in it then you have to try the oysters! We had the raw oysters as well as the raw clams and were disappointed in the size. Tasty but not very large. My husband had the mussels that he thought were just "so-so". Our other guests had the lobster roll which... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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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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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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5 reviews 5 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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New Haven, Connecticut
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259 reviews 259 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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Additional Information about Oyster River Tavern

Address: 38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
Phone Number: (203) 932 - 0440
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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