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Oyster River Tavern

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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932 - 0440
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice view, okay service and food.

We spent the day on the beach and stopped in for an early dinner. The place was not crowded and you have to park on the far side of the building, then walk around to get in. Our server kept our water glasses full but never checked in on us during the meal. We received our food from someone on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
OLynn78
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East Haven, Connecticut
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Eastern CT
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Hmmmm, I don't know how to review this place. We had lobster rolls and they were very good (a little on the dry side, but the waitress said to let her know if we wanted extra butter and we did not ask for it so it's our own fault), but later that night I did not feel well at all... More 

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East Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We spent the day on the beach and stopped in for an early dinner. The place was not crowded and you have to park on the far side of the building, then walk around to get in. Our server kept our water glasses full but never checked in on us during the meal. We received our food from someone on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Friendly owner, (Paul). Old fashion fried beach food well prepared. Blue point oysters were very good. Pick any combo of sea food you like,for your meal. Nice touch.

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We went the other night for a few beers. Even though the bar was busy the bartender was great. We also met a couple of nice regulars there. We didn't try the food...we will next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I've gone to see Paul and the Oyster River staff every time I have visited the US and its one of the best places for music laughs and to meet some good long lasting friends. The food is delish and the service always friendly and quick. I have made some great friends here :)

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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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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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 via mobile

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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West Haven, Connecticut
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: (203) 932 - 0440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub
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

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