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Oyster River Tavern

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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
+1 203-932-0440
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Milford, Connecticut
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111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just happened to walk by here and stopped for a quick lunch. The waitress was very friendly and the lobster bisque was excellent. The variety of beers are somewhat limited but the bar scene and the restaurant scene is welcoming. The ocean view is really nice and adds to that feeling. Highly recommended.

Thank Anders G
Hickory, North Carolina
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175 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Family reunion at a great food and social tavern overlooking the ocean. Wait staff friendly and patient with our staggered arrivals. Fabulous fried and broiled seafood choices. Even steak & beef kebabs and fresh mozzarella and tomato salad. Variety of interesting cocktails and straight drinks. Fun local spot.

Thank JJ L
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590 reviews
448 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Thought I would review this place again. It's a mixed bag for sure. Prices are high for where you are. Portions and quality are average. We ordered fried calamari as an app. It was our best choice. It was served hot. It was delicious. Just enough to share. Entrees were salad with mahi mahi...fish was good but tasted previously frozen.... More 

Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Raw oysters are always good, and decently priced. Typical pub food. Water views of Long Island Sound are nice to look at, small outside patio dining. Have not been there after 8:30pm, but between 3 and 8:30 it's a good family atmosphere

Thank deeandb
New Haven, Connecticut
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Food was good, Onion rings were excellent, restaurant needs updating, very worn. Busy Bar area was loud.

Thank Robin S
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

What a fun place! Good food especially the oysters and shrimp cocktail!! We also had the antipasto and that was great. The view of the beach makes this more appealing. Great location. Great food quality. Worth the visit!

Thank 4dakz
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

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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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

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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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 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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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, 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 Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-932-0440

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