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“Amazing food, long wait” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matunuck Oyster Bar

Matunuck Oyster Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Jersey
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388 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Amazing food, long wait”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2011

DH and I met friends here for an amazing dinner. Seafood was incredibly fresh and well-prepared. Sides were good too. New to oysters and the staff was helpful in selecting beginners and helping me figure out how to eat them. We got there at 7pm on an absolutely freezing night and had over an hour wait. You can stand at the bar for drinks and oysters while you wait if you can get a spot. We were crammed in like sardines, though! I imagine it would be a lot better in summer when you can hang out on the outside patio. Hope we get to find out soon!

  • Visited February 2011
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Warwick, RI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2011

I have been to the Matunuck Oyster Bar on 3 occasions and each time it's wonderful! The platter with the selection of local oysters is a must if you're an oyster fan! The lobster salad is simple and delicious. The waitstaff is amazing and friendly and the burgers are wonderful. I'm going back this Saturday. What a great restaurant!

  • Visited January 2011
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Newport, RI
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Over-rated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

For starters, I'll simply suggest that the grease needs to be changed much more frequently -- it would be a significant improvement for a restaurant that offers a variety of fried seafood.

For those who are not into seafood there really are no items that would satisfy -- especially hard on the wallet is a mediocre burger offered at an outrageous price ($12.95)! Newport high-end restaurants don't charge as much. And this locally produced free-range beef? Nothing special. In the warm months the deck does present a pleasant enough ambiance, but the interior seating area is cramped and has zero atmosphere. All in all not worth money, or your time.

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boston
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“Good food, beautiful views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2010

This restaurant is located in a gorgeous spot, overlooking a salt pond marsh. Be prepared to wait over an hour for a table, but it's worth it and the wait isn't so bad because they have plenty of picnic table seating and offer wine and raw bar options while you wait. We drank some pinot grigio and munched on some deliciously fresh and plump jumbo shrimp, and enjoyed watching the sunset over the marsh. Try to sit outside on their deck where the views are just beautiful, although inside isn't so bad either, there are huge windows and the restaurant is bright and inviting. The lobster roll was one of the best I've had, lots of meat, great flavor and a bun toasted perfectly. The Frutti di Mare was also great, the seafood was so fresh and juicy! Our server was really friendly and attentive, and overall it was a great time!

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Torrington, CT
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“One of our two favorite local places”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

Yes the lines are long, but be patient. Its worth it. We've eaten there 6 times over the past two summers. Loved every minute. Best lobster bisque EVER, stuffies too. Nobody has better fishnchips. Relax, enjoy the sunset. But don't stand in front of anyone sitting enjoying their dinner. That's the only bad thing I've had happen there. Perfect sunset, and someone's butt in my face while they were waiting to get in. Waiting people should be at the bar or in the "corral". MOB please take note.

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