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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
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Madison, Connecticut
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch on a Saturday with a large group after spending four hours on an 'Eagle Watch' along the CT River. The restaurant had a great decor and was very comfortable. I chose the Chicken Caesar Salad and my wife had the Reuben Sandwich. We were both very happy with our selection and the food was great. Others... More 

Thank EdCT
Fairfield, Connecticut
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great little place right off the highway! Clean, very cute and cozy. The staff was very personable and the food was sooo good! They had a nice selection to choose from on their menu. We had crab cakes as an appetizer. They were so delicious and moist....not dried out like some can be. For our entrée we both... More 

Thank tweety3380
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
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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211 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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 

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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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206 reviews
171 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 

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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
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?