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Liv's Oyster Bar

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166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
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4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Description: Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary...
Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.
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  • 17
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Customer Service & Fresh Oysters

We travel out of our way to have dinner at Livs. The place is small but who cares when you have outstanding customer service and the food is consistently delicious. Check out the desert menu (pumkin cheesecake) and our bartender Maggy was quick and knowledgable about recommendations. Server Fay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
anartatez
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ADN
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We travel out of our way to have dinner at Livs. The place is small but who cares when you have outstanding customer service and the food is consistently delicious. Check out the desert menu (pumkin cheesecake) and our bartender Maggy was quick and knowledgable about recommendations. Server Fay was great!

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Thank anartatez
Connecticut
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The decor was simple and clean, nice without being fancy- perfect for a beach town. Our appetizers and meals were both delicious. I has a pasta dish with clams and sausage which was quite possibly the most original, flavorful pasta I have ever had. The drink list was inventive and fresh. I am looking forward to going back!

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Thank WinedownII
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I heard about livs after a trip to west marine, food is amazing as well as the service. You have to get the oyster sampler you get one oyster from different locations! Also the wedge salad with buffalo shrimp is so good too! Get it every time I go!

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Thank Jessie O
Shelton, Connecticut, United States
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Before our visit I knew little about Liv's. Since then everyone I've told said it was a great place and it was. There were four of us in our party and none of us had been there before. The ambiance was good. Well appointed and not noisy. The menu contained a small but yummy sounding entrees, but many appetizers, starters,... More 

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Thank Vincent D
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I came here to eat just a few days ago for my mother's birthday. Right of the bat, I noticed how friendly all the staff were. Our appatizers came quickly and there were no mistakes. The food was good, though I didn't particularly like the dish I had. The staff were attentive so they noticed this and asked if there... More 

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Thank Kaley S
Suffield, Connecticut
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Terrific restaurant with minimalist decor, clean and inviting to the eye, The staff was attentive and friendly and the food was very good. I enjoyed a hanger steak cooked to medium-rare perfection with corn and red bliss potatoes. Loved the black and white photo artwork adorning the walls!

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Thank AnneMarie B
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Eat at the bar. Great food, excellent drinks and friendly service. The menu changes regularly and did I mention dessert? Go, Enjoy, Repeat.

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Thank GregR9661
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

nice location but no view except car going by window Service slow but courteous. Food presentation very nice and food well prepared,

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Thank LhoytCT
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Have eaten here twice in October 2015, and both time the food was wonderful. I was with a large party on my earlier visit, and even tho we had reservations, we had to wait for a table. The management paid for a round of drinks for us, which was much appreciated! Every single person loved their food, and we tried... More 

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Thank Marsha M
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Liv's. We had always been put off by the premium prices, but you definitely get what you pay for.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-395-5577

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 29
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm

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