Elm Street Oyster House
Elm Street Oyster House

Elm Street Oyster House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmstreetoysterhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2036295795
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William Kulhanek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwich Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are numerous public lots located within blocks of the restaurant. Street parking is also available near the restaurant.
A word from Elm Street Oyster House
Elm Street Oyster House is a little gem of a restaurant, located right off Greenwich Avenue, in the heart of downtown. We offer the finest quality seafood from raw oysters to yellowfin tuna and king salmon, in a casual, friendly, elegant atmosphere. We have a world class wine list and a knowledgeable, accommodating staff. You will not find a better seafood restaurant in Fairfield County Connecticutt, guaranteed.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Elm Street Oyster House reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (15)notable wine list (8)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Spot
    Nothappy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fresh food and great service. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently great food!
    newyorkrox
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I love this place! Every time we go, it is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    212203
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    for a seafood-centric place, the seafood wasnt that good. seemed like thawed an hour ago, not super fresh. fish and chips was heavily breaded, not much fish. just meh across the board. too many better places in town for me to go back. also no bar -just beer/wine.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • charleneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a reliable and delicious meal. We love the Pearl Group places, Ruby, especially. Elm Street was a nice meal with good friends and everyone was happy with what they ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • true to form
    mesameone
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    great oyster selection, fresh seafood. skilled chefs, great wine list. chateau pinot from Sonoma my personal fav
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Occasional diner
    Food2freak
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Always a gem. The best oysters and clams, friendly accommodating service. A little noises, but worth it for the food. Fun for foodie lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hurry Up and Eat!
    eatermomVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a go-to place for us. We love the food, but notice the portions are shrinking. In addition, the service borders on rude. We've gotten the the check served along side the dessert or coffee. Wine pours are a bit stingy, but we love the half price Sunday night wines.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious seafood
    LmontNYCer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've tried all the Pearl Restaurants and Elm Street Oyster House has the most delicious food. My Paella was as good as I have ever had. Our guests loved their blackened swordfish, calamari, and soft shell crabs. And, the sides were as good as the fish! Great brussell sprouts and sweet potato hash.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent flavor and presentation. Wine list good but could benefit from some strong Californias like BV, Sterling, Acacia, Hewitt, Provenance, and there are some excellent Rosenblum Zinfandel Reserves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always solid
    local
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    They know how to do seafood, hands down. Always reliable and you can have whichever seafood you want in any way you like it. Sides and salads are great also. A few tables outside facing the street, nice also. Not too formal and very good every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Outstanding food, great place..what more could you ask? We had paella, shrimp po boys-excellent. The mini crab cake appetizer should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NCC
    NCAMC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Elm Street Oyster House always delivers. Crab cakes and salmon were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice atmosphere
    jfoodhVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice location - off Greenwich Avenue Food was good but not special Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArtyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very overpriced for such mediocre food with poor service
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • xyz123VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    this has always been one of my favorite restaurants. i eat almost anything on the menu and everything is delicious. i tried something different this time instead of the tuna, and had the fish tacos which were excellent. nice to sit outside as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the Elm Street Oyster House reviews archive.
  • Elm Street Oyster House is good
    Logan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a great meal at Elm Street. We had to wait 10 minutes for our table to sit inside as it was chilly outside but Manager was very congenial. We had a drink at the bar and the bartender ask others to make room for us, very friendly place. Great oysters, tuna and guacamole and great service. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, very pricey
    ShouldU
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Met a client for lunch. Parking always an issue. One appetizer, two lunch entrees, a glass of wine, two beers: $150 with tip. Food is good but not fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood, friendly staff
    GRfoodies
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A great little find in Greenwich; staff is friendly and knowledgeable, seafood is always terrific. Selection great. Wine list OK+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went late afternoon
    LenoxVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    delicious meal (glazed salmon and sushi grade grilled tuna with sauteed bok choy). Love that they do not close between lunch and dinner--a rarity in CT. at 4pm, noise was not an issue and by 4.30pm it started to fill up. Only negative, bread and breadsticks were so so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Seafood
    clgcoVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If you like seafood, this is the place for you. The food gets five stars. The variety of the menu gets five stars and the service is outstanding. The entrees vary in price from $18 to $34. Great atmosphere and value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant place, mediocre food
    ABWaler
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Maple glazed Salmon was a cloying odd taste that went unfinished by one of our party. Seafood paella had good shell fish, but mushy and very salty rice. Cheesecake dessert, even though tiny, also went unfinished.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth it despite some minor issues
    BedfordNYVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of our favorite seafood/fish restaurants. Arrived on time for our reservation for 3 people and was told it would be as long as 30 minutes to be seated. We spotted an empty table for 2 and asked if we could fit there (yes). Seated under a very cold a/c vent and asked twice before it was adjusted. The restaurant is small so they don't have a lot of flexibility when tables don't turn quickly, but we always enjoy dining here; prices are on the higher side but food quality is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive staff
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Staff is just superb in theiur attention to patrons' needs. Very, very impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful seafood find
    GRfoodies
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Wonderful, fresh seafood primarily, as the name would imply. Some delightful seafood appetizers, followed by well prepared entress, at a relatively reasonable price. Can get a little noisy if the crowd is "energetic", as was the case on our last visit. Service is great, wine list good, food terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fluffy1
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We like the cozy atmosphere and it's low noise level. Great for two people or a small party. The seafood courses are beyond expectation. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lobster roll!
    Niteoutdining
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Bustling Friday night business with high noise levels – that however did not detract but only added to the vibrancy of the restaurant.when after considerable period of time our food did not arrive, the host was kind enough to come over to explain that it had been dropped and they were starting over. He then proceeded to bias around of drinks. Frankly, he could have gotten away with saying nothing. They left us with a great feeling and the food was spectacular from trout to lobster roll to softshell crabs to halibut.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Expert from Ft Lauderdale
    123mlm
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Heavenly food, oysters were wonderful, fish perfect and sides were exceptional. Excellent service and even though very busy we were take care of right away. Small dining area so a little crowded but only adds to charm of this special occasion restaurant. We cannot wait to go back and try more
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprised at the size
    Kristie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great little bistro atmosphere. All the staff were wonderfully friendly. Certainly added to the experience. Tables a bit tight together although I understand the reason. Such a small dining room ..they need to get as many tables as possible into the space available. Our reservation was early so the restaurant was fairly empty and that allowed for us to have conversatuons while enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but Noise is Oppressive
    DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Elm Stree has wonderful food, but lately the noise level has become intolerable. I left the resraurant frustrated at being unable to communicate with our friends and with a splitting headache.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only one complaint
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I love the Elm Street Oyster House! The food is fantastic, the service is very good and the location is great. My only gripe is that the tables are on top of one another and that does take away from the ambience/privacy. I realize this is necessary due to the size of the restaurant, but sometimes it can effect the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise with Seafood
    CJK123
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The seafood is as good as ever at this small Greenwich restaurant. The dining room is as cramped as ever and you can enjoy your own and your neighbors converstion while eating great seafood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too small to work
    SessiLeigh
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Restaurant in chic part of Greenwich is very, very small. Had to ask to change tables after being seated at a table worthy of 6 year olds. No space to get legs under tiny table and no space to actually eat and cut food. Next table was a much larger booth and this was fine. Fried oysters were good and scallops as entre were okay. The so-called butter bathed lobster tails had no butter flavor and needed salt to get some taste--- seemed to be frozen so long that taste left. Restaurant is popular but food is very mundane for the prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit of a disappointment.
    Patrice
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This has been my favorite restaurant for well over 15 years. I made a reservation and was placed at a table that was a couple of inches away from the other table on one side and close enough to a table on the other side that staff had to brush against our table every time they went by. Finally, I saw a table open up and asked for it they did move us, but that table should have never been there. The next couple moved there requested a move as well. My favorite meal is the sesame crusted tuna. The last time I had it, it was amazingly fresh and seared perfectly. This piece seemed much smaller, which might explain why it was more than seared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    DJKar
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Relaxed environment, good food and quick service. Parking was a problem on Greenwich Avenue. arrive early, before noon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best oysters I've had!
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Such a great little bistro...can't wait to return! Best oysters I've had in a long time. Wonderful meal, great service...need I say more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i asked for a bankhead seat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    i asked for a bankhead seat because i have a bad hip and you did NOT accomodate. i have been a regular for 10+ years and i was insulted
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the noise level
    BBQ5
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Very good seafood & service. Main dinning room can get noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisure lunch
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We were in a hurry and wished we could have enjoyed a leisurely lunch as the place was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    Kayaker
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great service,friendly bartender,wait staff attentive. Above all,excellent food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for anniversary dinner
    Maggie
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner over at Elm Street Oyster House this year. Ordered oysters, tuna carpaccio, mahi mahi and lobster, with a bottle of the Bruce Pinot. Everything was spectacular, and we were done eating our main course 45 minutes after we arrived. Very attentive service, though not hovering. We told them ahead of time it was our anniversary and they made sure to set aside a nice table for us, greeting us with "Happy Anniversary" when we walked in. We'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.