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Otter Cove Restaurant

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99 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
(860) 388-4836
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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All hours
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Sunflower53092
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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
Colchester, Connecticut
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

To celebrate Fathers Day, my friend and I decided on Otter Cove for lunch after reading many restaurant reviews in the Old Saybrook, CT area. The place was clean and we were greeted warmly. I had the fish and chips and she ordered the linguini with clam sauce. The caesar salad was fresh but nondescript. Bread was not provided. The... More 

Thank UConnRon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

WOW! We were patrons of this restaurant many times last summer, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This time, all I can say is if Otter Cove wants to survive until next summer, they need to get better servers, you know, who actually want to SERVE people. Our waitress, provided the worst service I ve ever had in my life. She... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, wait staff was courteous and very accommodating. Great atmosphere too.

Thank scooter28464
Essex, Connecticut
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

There are not many restaurant choices in this section of the shoreline so we were disappointed in our experience at Otter Cove. The interior is nondescript. The lighting is more than dim and the acoustics are a real problem. On the bright side, our waitress was very good. We dined with another couple and 3 out of the 4 meals... More 

Thank Kronberg
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

What a big disappointment for moms day! The vegetables were not fully cooked, potatoes were cold, curled milk in the coffee and the salad wasnt fit for a rabbit. Dry as a bone! Dessert was included but since I couldnt eat it right then you would tbink they could offer you a container but no! They certainly charge enough that... More 

Thank Tricia D
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

When we arrived the doorway was overcrowded. I thought this must be much improved from my last visit. The owner asked if I had a reservation. When I said no she said it was a ten minute wait which was fine. After ten minutes we were seated. Most tables were empty except for a table of ten. After ordering apps... More 

Thank TravelingBlonde77
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit to Otter Cove. We were very impressed with not only the food quality and selection, but the restaurant itself was gorgeous and well maintained. The food entrée selection was excellent. They offer a small plates selection which is perfect for smaller appetites. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodated ours requests to a tee.... More 

Thank Rich B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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 (Formerly Vinnie's Saybrook Fish House)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: (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?