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Oyster River Tavern

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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932 - 0440
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 8
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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
Lunch and drinks

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Ted K
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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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13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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 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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74 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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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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