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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
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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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
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Arlington, VA
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This could have been the best meal of my year. The food is superb and we love the restaurants atmosphere. However, the service was lacking in so many ways, including those that could make a meal like this special. It was also an anniversary meal, though we did not share that with the restaurant and did not ask for anything... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been to Liv's on several occasions and have been very satisfied with our meals. Today, unfortunately, was a vastly different dining experience. We went for an early dinner to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant was fairly empty. Our waiter was attentive, but not very knowledgeable about the menu. We were there for happy hour and... More 

Thank Nancy S
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is absolutely delicious, the service Amazing. Very fresh food, nice place for family and friends.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was looking for a good oyster bar in the Essex Village area and found this place online. Then, quite by chance, this place was recommended by some people we started chatting to in a park. The oysters i ordered were described on the menu as "big and briny". Well, they were briny alright, but big...I don't think so. They... More 

Thank John L
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was our first visit and will not be our last!! We met friends who came in from NY we from RI. The staff, food, service couldn't have been better! We started with oysters and their amazing chowder. Entrees included salmon, lamb and scallops down to the delicious dessert it was overall fantastic dining experience!!

Thank lpw749
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

My favorites are the dumplings, hanger steak & chicken. Hardest thing is deciding which to have! The staff is great, fast and friendly.

Thank Mandy F
New London, Connecticut
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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Excellent waitress, food is overpriced and not great quality. First time ever sent back mussel appetizer as the stringy tough mussels were a huge disappointed. Salad Blt uninspiring at best. Fish tacos ok. Gouging prices. Restaurant did take mussels off bill however chef thought they were just fine. Yuck.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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129 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We were attending a function in Old Saybrook and decided to have dinner at Liv's Oyster Bar. What a great decision! I love oysters and that was what drew me in. I had a half dozen of some great oysters and some shrimp to go with them. My wife raved about the shrimp and I was happy with the Oysters.... More 

Thank Joep63
Cromwell, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

My family and I enjoyed an amazing dinner there Saturday night! From the fresh assorted oysters and their delectable sauces, to the varied entrees, coffees and desserts, all of which received high praise. It was a busy night for the wait staff, but the smiles on the customers faces makes it obvious this is a special place on the shoreline!

Thank Jason L
Ct, Usa
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We generally go to Liv's for the Wednesday Happy Hour as we can get a divine selection of briny delicious oysters and raw clams for $1.00 each as well as a nice bar menu and good drink selections. Altho they do a bang-up business, we have never had to wait any inordinate amount of time for food and drink and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $29
American, Seafood, Gluten Free
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
4:00 pm - 8:45 pm
4:00 pm - 9:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?