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Otter Cove Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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99 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1438 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
+1 860-388-4836
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Found this place on TripAdvisor and my husband and I were in the area, so we dropped in! One of the BEST Bloody Marys we ever had. We enjoyed great clams from the raw bar, and their homemade clam chowder was outstanding. Finished it off with two of their salads which were VERY good.....so fresh and well made. We'd definitely... More 

Thank mstoochie
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic meal!! We shared appetizers and they were all delicious! The calamari was fantastic and came with a spicy sauce! Another was the flat bread pizza it was yummy! I had the filet with mashed potatoes and I love it! Someone in my party had the swordfish and said it was the best he'd ever had! The service... More 

Thank JWindhorst
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Always dependable - locally owned and operated ! GREAT service and high quality food ! In a "neighborhood", but attracts seasonal visitors as well.......

Thank David S
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Nice atmosphere and great service. Chowder OK, Flat bread and mussels excellent. Would definitely come back.

Thank Manuel P
New Jersey
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209 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Last time we visited a few years ago, we had very good food but very slow service. This time we had very good food with excellent service from a friendly, attentive waiter and very obviously the kitchen is being run better at this point as the various dishes we ordered arrived in a timely manner. One of our party thought... More 

1 Thank Veneto8
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The booths in the main dining room are great. Plenty of privacy. The decor is fresh and very clean. We like the food and it is a good value.

Thank Maureen O
Westfield, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Went in on a Saturday night after the 3:30-5:30 Essex steam train & boat tour with my 2 year old son. Did not have dinner reservations bet were welcomed by the hostess and informed we could dine outside (which I would but it was threatening to rain) with the fountain outside it would have entertained my little one. Instead we... More 

Thank Todd C
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191 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We have been here multiple, multiple times. The food and service have always been "spot on." We dined here with another couple at the bar. The bartender was apparently new and had no idea what she was doing. Never introduced herself and was certainly not prepared for the task at hand. Everyone else enjoyed their meal, except me. I had... More 

Thank diddy66
Waterford, CT
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130 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Food was ok but nothing special. I've been twice and each time wait staff stood looking without an acknowledgement. Once the bartender prompted a waiter into action. I'm sure the tourists love the outdoor patio but it overlooks the parking lot!

1 Thank Sunflower53092
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Lunch was ample servings and very good. Fish and chips one of the best ever eaten. Linguine and clam sauce needed a little more garlic.

Thank Ginny R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1438 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-388-4836

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?