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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill

100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
+1 203-787-3466
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Four of us had dinner here on a Saturday night. All food was very good, but the noise level was more than "energetic." Nearly had to shout to be heard at our table for four. Service could have been more prompt. The rating is higher...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Shirley D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful location, fabulous food and friendly competent servers. The food was delicious. My husband is a chef so he’s quite particular about food and he loved the octopus salad and his pasta dish. My salmon was delicious and they had no issues with making it...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mjrrnc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this place by googling seafoodin New Haven. Looked good so we tried it, the atmosphere, food and servicd was excellant. We had an early dinner so there wasnt much of a crowd, by the time we left the place was packed. The portions...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kenkle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn’t sure what to expect because this place is former location of one of my favorite restaurants (Sage) I avoided going because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Well, my daughter and mom took my wife and I for our Anniversary and I have...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank j2dagee68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the few places in New Haven on the water with great views of the Sound and the Marina and outdoor patio seating The food was delicious, the service was perfectly staged - time for enjoying a drink, with appetizers and entrees following at...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 531beverlyb
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place on the water but we didn’t get to see all of that because of it being night and bad weather. It really didn’t matter because the waitress was excellent. The chef was fabulous. He presented our appetizer, our soups and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Shana R
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views of the harbor with top-notch service, drinks, and food! It was a happening place with a good mix of age groups. The entire side of the restaurant opens up to the ocean.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank amaranteman
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Can be pricy but you are paying for the view as well. Lunch may be your best bet for easier parking and getting a table on the dock. Don’t drop your phone in the water! I can only imagine all the stuff sunk down there....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank imsupafly
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Consistently excellent. Really great fresh seafood, meats, veg and salads. Very well chosen wine and beer selection. Weekday Happy Hour specials are extraordinary value if you find the regular prices too hot to handle.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Clebbycol
Reviewed October 7, 2018

this is a wonderful restaurant! always friendly servers and delicious food and seafood! the view of the water is great and on a good day the breeze from the ocean makes it even better!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Judy P
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Maryann B
March 4, 2018|
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Response from RockridgeC | Reviewed this property |
We were a party of 7 and the service was great. I’d call and ask the management if they felt they could handle 25. Parking not an issue.
January 23, 2018|
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Response from AnnieSueDK | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a parking lot in front of the restaurant. It fills up on busy nights.
March 4, 2017|
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Response from TripMember25102016 | Reviewed this property |
On a Monday evening sitting near the fireplace, it was relatively quiet even though the restaurant seemed full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $40
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-3466
  • E-mail
At Shell & Bones, the focus is on seafood and steak, utilizing fresh & sustainable ingredients. All soups, stocks, sauces, and desserts are made in house under the watchful eye of Chef Franco. His style reinterprets many classic recipes, while also creating new favorites and award winners including our clam chowder that won The Big Taste competition of greater New Haven. Free parking is available in front of the restaurant, on the street and in an adjacent lot nearby.
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