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Rocky's Aqua

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34 Riverside Dr, Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, CT 06413-2625
+1 860-664-3788
Wed - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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Madison, Connecticut
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Great spot! I had not been there in years. The restaurant has been completely redone and looks great. Excellent food. Friendly staff. Very impressed.

Thank Lrcrue
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Wow! What a special review! Thanks for taking the time out of your day to send 5 stars our way! Rocky took over this restaurant 8 years ago and since then there has been constant effort by everyone involved to transform the building into a warm, loving, friendly atmosphere! Our staff will constantly amaze you as they continue to amaze... More 

Old Saybrook, CT
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450 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Off the beaten path, we'd never heard of Rocky's Aqua before a visit to Trip Advisor. So glad we found it. We'll certainly be back in the spring. I started with the fried calamari which was lightly battered and cooked to perfection. The fra diavolo could have used a bit more zip, but I didn't mind. My wife had a... More 

Thank bjproducts
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Congrats on finding one of CT's hidden shoreline gems! We will reopen in April, so please come back to see us in the spring and summer months as well! Thankfully, you took time to speak about our wonderful staff! They truly are the oil that keeps this machine moving! With their constant effort, smiles, and overall love for helping others,... More 

Clinton, Connecticut, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

So thankful to the staff at Rock's Aqua for helping us celebrate my husband's recent birthday. Sam guided me through the arrangements and his suggestion of a buffet luncheon worked out perfectly. Our server, Jen, was terrific and the food delicious The homemade ice cream was the perfect accompaniment for birthday cupcakes. Although the day was chilly, the room was... More 

Thank Laurie P
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Laurie, thank you so much for your kind words and taking time out of your day to express such gratitude! Your family and friends were a delight, and seeing you come back a week later solidified our assumption that we had a new friend! Our staff, including Jen, is always a pleasure to see. They truly love what they do... More 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We are fortunate to be able to dine at Rocky's Aqua throughout year.....we dine there about 10 times a year...the summer months can be very crowded on the weekends for a good reason....great food and service and an outstanding waterfront location.... While the menu is not extensive, the offerings are are great and the drinks are reasonably priced.... The restaurant... More 

Thank Damian W
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Damian, thank you so much for taking time to review our restaurant! Lucky for you, the restaurant will remain open until January 1st, so please come back and see us again soon! We will plan on opening sometime in mid April to start the 2017 season! We are truly blessed to have such an amazing following and appreciate you frequenting... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

A mid November afternoon with the sun playing on the water, a handful of boats in view, and some excellent food. Well worth visiting, but expect it to be crowded in summer. Off season is quieter and the food is just as good.

Thank Scotsounds
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Whether you come visit us in the Spring, Summer, Fall, or early Winter, there will always be a smiling face greeting you ensuring that you leave smiling as well! Our food remains fresh with extreme attention to quality throughout the season! We are so happy that you came to visit us during our "quieter" months and hope to see you... More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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215 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Window view of the very large marina along with tasty lobster bisque, delicious garlic bread and friendly efficient staff made having lunch at Rocky's Aqua an enjoyable experience. Don't let the appearance that this restaurant is in a commercial area, which is what I thought, deter you from stopping here to enjoy the food or the view.

Thank wildlime92
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

When reading your review 2 things stood out and painted smile on my face from ear to ear! There is a constant effort made by all of our staff to remain friendly and efficient at all times and for you to have experienced both is music to our ears!!! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to... More 

Holland Patent, New York
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

After a late afternoon cruise on the Connecticut river, how welcoming it was to settle in at Rocky's Aqua restaurant. Our light fare involved lobster bisque, clam chowder, and clams casino -- all wonderful! The staff was attentive, the views were wonderful, and parking was a breeze. There are plenty of menu choices for lunch or dinner. If the lobster... More 

Thank CRM65
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

What a delight it is to read your review!! The next time you find yourself in the area, please make an effort to stop in again to try some of those menu choices that you found enticing! I can assure you that you won't be disappointed! Along with the staples you mentioned, our mussels, ahi tuna, and fried oysters are... More 

Madison, Connecticut
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Good food, great atmosphere and vistas. Friendly servers. Nice menu for lunch or dinner. Modernized and clean. Plenty of room to enjoy the food and your party.

Thank imaginehd
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant! Since Rocky took over the restaurant 8 years ago, there has been a constant pursuit of creating a clean, fun, relaxed atmosphere within our walls and we are delighted to see that you acknowledged the changes! Please come visit us again soon! Luckily you reside in Madison and we stay open... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Food was OK. Prices were too high. Service was OK. View was nice but not great. Won't be going back.

1 Thank William B
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

William, there is a ton of thought process and constant effort by everyone at Rocky's Aqua to ensure fair pricing, a fresh food product, and an unmatched hospitality by our staff. It sounds that you were completely "blah" about your visit but we don't have any detail as to how to improve. We love reviews, good and bad, as they... More 

Higganum, Connecticut
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

we have been to rocky's aqua many times and were always pleased; however, our lunch event on wed. Sept. 28, 2016 was very disappointing. our waitress never told us the daily specials, and had to be reminded twice to bring us lemon for our water, my wife's fried calamari was bland an poorly presented, my fish sandwich was satisfactory, the... More 

2 Thank frank k
Sam G, Owner at Rocky's Aqua, responded to this review

As I can see from your previous review and your frequent visits to the restaurant, you have had positive experiences while visiting us. This experience is disheartening for us because our service and hospitality is something we are truly proud of! In the future, if you are having an unpleasant time for whatever reason, please let us know about it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Riverside Dr, Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, CT 06413-2625
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Clinton
  • Phone Number: +1 860-664-3788
Rocky's Aqua is located in Cedar Island Marina overlooking Clinton Harbor, Cedar Island and Long Island Sound. Enjoy the never ending activity with the constant boat traffic, the southwesterly trade winds on one of our two beautiful decks.

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