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Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
16:00 - 20:45
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Sun 17:00 - 20:45
Mon 16:00 - 20:45
Wed - Thu 16:00 - 20:45
Fri 16:00 - 21:45
Sat 17:00 - 21:45
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Central Village, Connecticut
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very comfortable bar. We chose to have a couple drinks and the "House Special" hamburger . It was special and terrific!! Drinks are pricy but a good pour. We will go bck!

Thank pauldelmonico
New York City, New York
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attentive service and amazing food. From the hot bread, appetizers and entrees it is a memorable experience. The scallop entree was superbly prepared as were the short ribs of beef. One wish is for a few traditional desserts to finish it off.

Thank BELLHOP_11
Waterford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I liked the choices of food and drinks on the menu. The portions were good and the food was delicious!

Thank Bruce H
new york
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this better than most seafood place on the main drag on old saybrook, one of our favorite CT towns. A quick trip for the holiday weekend and we picked something different from the fried seaside fare for dinner. My monkfish in Meyer lemons wth lentils and leeks was amazing. He had the tuna over mashed... More 

Thank jkjdkc
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Liv's was recommended by a friend when the wait at all the restaurants in Mystic was 2 hrs! Got to Liv's around 8:15pm. They were still very busy but had a table available for 2. Our server, Melanie, was terrific! Professional, personable and accommodating. The food was excellent. I had clams and cavatelli which they omitted the meat in for... More 

Thank Sharon Z
Salem, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Oysters were great.... then downhill from there. Octopus salad was too over dressed: way too oily. They were kind enough to take that back. We then had the clam chowder which tasted more like salty bacon chowder. The servers were kind and attentive.

Thank Nelsoninct
Robert M, Manager at Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

While we're happy to hear that you received great service during your visit to Liv's, we are terribly sorry that your meal was not up to standard. We strive to provide all of our guests with fresh, delicious food and apologize that we missed the mark here. We sincerely thank you for letting us know while you were dining and... More 

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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I have been to Liv's no less than at least a dozen times in the past, and they have consistently outstanding service and did quality. My family and I have never been disappointed by every item on their menu not by the team of servers in their employ. The fresh shellfish is top notch quality along with all the other... More 

Thank Kirk E
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

I go to Connecticut at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Always go to Liv's. Good craft drinks, best raw oysters. Amazing apps. By far the best restaurant in the northeast. I have parts of 2 restaurants in Dallas TX. Go on Wednesdays for dollar oyster night in the winter months. I never get to do that. You will be amazed. I am... More 

Thank jean s
Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We came here for a family dinner and it was ok. The service was excellent but the food was not worth the prices. I'm not saying it was bad, just not great. We did not get the oysters so I can't comment on them. Overall just ok

Thank margaret T
Singapore, null, Singapore
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We had the sampler plate that came with oysters, clams and prawns. The cocktail sauce was yummy and most importantly the seafood was really fresh We ordered the shaved Brussel sprouts salad and cod fish. Salad was tasty and the cod fish was done perfectly with herb butter sauce Try it if you are in the area!

Thank SsLun

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 21:45
17:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-395-5577
Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?