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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill

100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
+1 203-787-3466
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“bucatini” (10 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate there with a group of work colleagues. The appetizer (their clam chowder) was excellent, however, the main course, filet mignon, and all of the accompanying sides were over seasoned and far too salty, and for me that's saying something. The service was very...More

Thank Spectrum D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended, and with good reason! Food was tremendous. Service was flawless. Views of harbor were beautiful at sunset. Definitely worth check out this restaurant! A bit high end so prepare to pay, but they deliver. Highly recommended!

Thank PJA09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A. Comacho just never seems to be able to get the whole act together! It’s his 4th try. We have worked to support him in his other restaurants that have since gone under but again this one is poor service and young waiters with little...More

1  Thank E C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bucatini with clams, excellent. Tuna very good. Mussels with cream, very very good. Also side of fries. Main dishes are very generous and we all brought something back home (was good to share the joy). Nice setting, great views. A bit noisy. Good wine selection....More

Thank pieroinusa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time dining at Shell and Bones and we were not disappointed. The setting is beautiful as it’s on the water and the restaurant interior, while expansive, is made very comfortable with well laid out furnishings and a beautiful fireplace. Even though...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Visited on a Saturday night and despite the restaurant being at near capacity the service was excellent and prompt the food was well prepared and excellent. Shell & Bones deserving of my highest recommendation!!

Thank Mike06461
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Has been one my favorite restaurants in the New Haven area. The atmosphere is great and usually the food is very good. They have a good wine selection and great bartenders. The last two visits, one just this past weekend and one in November the...More

1  Thank JeanMarie2121
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

It was difficult to decide on what to order as I wasn’t sure of the items listed on the menu. I ended up sticking with the steak which was delicious! The atmosphere was very nice!!! Make sure you make reservations and request a table near...More

Thank tpwolf
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We've been here twice and both times were memorable. The seafood, of course, is a reason to go; but everything on the menu was great. Franco Camacho's kitchen is as good as it was in the old days of Roomba and Bespoke, plus the location...More

Thank Dyova
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

I’ve always enjoyed my many visits to this location, but my last two visits I’ve noticed a definite decline in the level of service. My latest experience was very similar to my previous one, I hope this trend remedies itself before the bust warmer weather....More

Thank mjd572
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Maryann B
5 March 2018|
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Response from Maggie215 | Reviewed this property |
Hi They have different sections-including a great patio if the weather cooperates- but unsure if they have a private room. I would call and speak to the manager. Service was so great and the food was delicious so I would say... More
24 January 2018|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Sort of & very limited. I had to park down the narrow lane.
5 March 2017|
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Response from TripMember25102016 | Reviewed this property |
On a Monday evening sitting near the fireplace, it was relatively quiet even though the restaurant seemed full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-3466
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At Shell & Bones, the focus is on seafood and steak, utilizing fresh & sustainable ingredients. All soups, stocks, sauces, and desserts are made in house under the watchful eye of Chef Franco. His style reinterprets many classic recipes, while also creating new favorites and award winners including our clam chowder that won The Big Taste competition of greater New Haven.
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