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The Back Porch

142 Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1440
+1 860-510-0282
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good32%
  • Average36%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
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Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
142 Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1440
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1 - 10 of 158 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because it was almost empty (3pm) we have really good, quick service. The burger was excellent, and cooked just right. Fairly comprehensive menu for both meat and seafood lovers too.

Thank Teenzone
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

6 for dinner with various meals. Service was very good. The food left much to be desired. Steak, salmon, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp, a wrap and fried scallops. Also, a bit pricey for what you get. No real bread, instead dry breadsticks out of a...More

Thank SoBreeze
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Have gone here a couple of times for lunch. The outside deck looks over the CT river and a boat yard where cars/ trucks come in and out and activity goes on all the time. It can be distracting to the view of the boats...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This place is great for Sunday afternoons!! There's always a band. I think they are a little overpriced but the staff is great and so is the location

Thank cherylkinct
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Went a few times over the summer..Food is ok.. in my opinion overpriced. Always takes awhile for waiter/waitress to take order and get your drinks to table. I recommend the chicken taquitos app and for a drink, they do serve fishers island lemonade (often hard...More

Thank carissa843
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We stopped based on wanting to eat on the water. Great view of the traffic moving up and down the river between the bridges. The wait staff "sold" me on a drink. I always appreciate a good employee that sells. Lunch was served very quickly...More

Thank Marti M
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Went to hear the band, and had some great clam straps and chowder...wonderful atmosphere, great staff!!

Thank cschiffer65
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

So you have a view of the bridge. Not so great. If the band is playing its loud and a lot of drunks and people smoking inescapably outside of every entrance The food was good, nothing special and a bit overpriced when you factor in...More

Thank JBMartiniguy
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Great location, needs upgrades. Service is good, mojitos are excellent. Views of Ct River are great! Exterior needs painting and maintenance. Looks shabby! Food was - ok. Burger was good, buffalo shrimp good. the rest ok.

Thank brynulf
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Back Porch has a pleasant atmosphere with a large deck overlooking the Connecticut River and marinas. If you go for the music and night life this is a great place with fire pit seating and space for dancing. The food is average at best....More

Thank w0rldtraveler1232
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1440
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-510-0282
Let us introduce ourselves! We are The Back Porch Restaurant on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. We serve lunch and dinner daily, featuring great food, a full bar, game room, and expansive patio with an incredible water views. At night we light our fire pits and on the weekends, feature live music. So whether you are in the mood for a meal or want to kick back with a drink and enjoy the cool breeze and sunset views, The Back Porch is the place for you!
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