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Oyster River Tavern

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38 Ocean Ave, West Haven, CT 06516-7048
(203) 932 - 0440
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our favorite places. Love the fried shrimp, whole belly clams and lobster roll. Always good service. Informal bar atmosphere so if you are looking for something fancy this isn't for you.

Thank Craig S
Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as fried shrimp goes i have had it everywhere as it is one of my favorite things to eat. i look forward to coming here because they give great big portions of very big shrimp breaded lightly and cooked perfectly every time. the sirloin steak my wife gets is also great for the price. water view on top of it.... More 

Thank bobby k
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the Ruben and omg it was a amazing Perfect taste huge portions Waitress was very attentive ( she was blond) Met Todd from the kitchen and he gave good recommendations on drinks and food will be going back soon They don't have food like this in Puerto Rico

Thank bianca8709
West Haven, Connecticut
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Nice view of the water as you dine on great seafood as well as other types of food. Nice bar area as well. Fried seafood at a very reasonable price. Great char broiled burgers as well.

Thank j2632h
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in to this restaurant tonight. There were no draught beers on tap. What kind of establishment doesn't have beer on a tap these days? Talking with some friendly customers at the bar. They told us there hasn't been any beer selection in quite some time. The vodka selection was scarce. This worries me about the quality of the... More 

Thank Deborah J
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Soft shell crabs, oysters, beers. Informal setting, good views, nice waitstaff. Foods done right. What else ya want, buddy?

3 Thank LesDye
West Haven, Connecticut
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Spoiler alert. My stepson worked here four years, mostly pleasently, but had hair raising tales of owner craziness. Vuew is delightful. Staff is pleasant. Large proportions, well prepared with attentive waiters. I would especially recommend the french onion soup except my stepson used to be the preparer, so I don't know if that has fallen off in quality. Otherwise, food... More 

1 Thank Thomas F
Mesa, Arizona
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Hmmmm, I don't know how to review this place. We had lobster rolls and they were very good (a little on the dry side, but the waitress said to let her know if we wanted extra butter and we did not ask for it so it's our own fault), but later that night I did not feel well at all... More 

Thank Moovis
East Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We spent the day on the beach and stopped in for an early dinner. The place was not crowded and you have to park on the far side of the building, then walk around to get in. Our server kept our water glasses full but never checked in on us during the meal. We received our food from someone on... More 

Thank OLynn78
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Friendly owner, (Paul). Old fashion fried beach food well prepared. Blue point oysters were very good. Pick any combo of sea food you like,for your meal. Nice touch.

1 Thank Ted K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ocean Ave, West Haven, CT 06516-7048
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: (203) 932 - 0440

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