Harbor Lights
Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborlightsrestaurant-ct.com/
  • Phone: 2038663364
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:45am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer on site catering of up to 150 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Maximum of 70 seated guests in a beautiful room with panoramic waterfront views of the Norwalk Harbor and the Norwalk skyline.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris 2038663364

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Avenue
  • Public Transit: 10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Harbor Lights
Harbor Lights is the premier seafood house located in East Norwalk, CT. Located on the Norwalk Harbor, it offers well-prepared, attractively presented and sophisticated fare. Open year round, the glassed-in terrace allows for a comfortably heated dining experience in the winter without losing the outside dining experience in the summer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Harbor Lights reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (71)special occasion (32)romantic (32)great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (17)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • great view with good food
    jenre
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we went to celebrate a birthday. Restaurant overlooks the harbor and it was a gorgeous night. Food was very good and so was service. All made for a fun night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average food
    nick
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went there for fresh seafood and a water view. My companion had a limited view of the water and my seat looked out at the parking lot. The menu was very uncreative and the food was just average. The wait staff was very attentive.
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  • Definite Winner
    ChefBobVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Thanks to Open Table for leading us to this great restaurant on the water. The view and the food is outstanding. Hard to believe we hadn't found this restaurant before. So good we took friends back the next day for lunch. The lobster special was super, and the sea bass special was excellent. The clams casino, were the perfect appetizer. McKevie our waitress was a delight. One of the best restaurants in the Westport area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The was great and the taste was fresh. Will recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Marginally acceptable but don't go out of your way. While the staff was welcoming and genuine, the food was nothing special, a bit bland to be truthful, and quite pricey for what is was at $25 per entrée. And the view is hardly worth the billing. Simply put, I would neither repeat nor recommend
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  • enjoyable evening out
    coloneleats
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    View was terrific, but had the sun in my eyes for the first 45 minutes we were there, which was distracting. Could not understand a single word spoken by the waitress about the special, so didn't try to order, which was a shame. In a new restaurant, I usually try the specials first to get a feel for what the chef thinks is good food. Bread was served with tapenade, which I enjoyed, but no one else at the table liked, so the wait person brought butter, but we had to ask for it. No lemon for the water, which is my favorite--and you'd think in a seafood restaurant, lemon would be readily available. Food came expeditiously, and was hot, and very tasty. One member of our party did not care for her risotto but the rest of us enjoyed the fish
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Seafood
    dingoVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food all came out very good, just be sure to mention if you have any food allergies so the server can help guide you. The view of the Harbor was very nice especially during sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL!!
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Another absolutely outstanding culinary experience!!!! Again, cannot wait to go back! We celebrated our anniversary there, and I put in a request for a special table, especially since my husband had not had the pleasure, and again not disappointed!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike R
    MikeR
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great view of the harbor from the restaurant. Menu had several unique and well prepared selections all of which were very good. Our waitress was adequate but could have been much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As always. Better than great. Fantastic would be more accurate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TILEMANVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    very consistant, great food & service, love the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!!!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great place, great food, great service, great view, great from "soup to nuts!!!" Would definitely recommend for any occasion or just a bite out! Looking forward to my next (hopefully very soon) Harbor Lights dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary couple
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Thank you for making our 35th special! The food was delicious and the service spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and lovely setting
    auntkate
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed a excellent brunch (lobster roll and citrus salmon salad) good service at lovely setting, and a great decor. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    ChrisM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Located on the edge of a residential neighborhood, Harbor Lights has a great view of the harbor. But the greatest attraction is the consistently good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant with a water view
    New2town
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Shared a lovely table at the window with a view of the water. The service was excellent, drinks were very good and dinner just to our liking. The whole trout was done perfectly and clam chowder was delicious. Lovely place for a special evening although as it becomes more crowded the noise level can be a little difficult. All in all we enjoyed ourselves and look forward to more dinners there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid the rack of lamb!
    SabinaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have eaten here many times before and was never disappointed until the last visit. I had the rack of lamb. It was tough and had no taste at all. My husband's scallops and our friend's strip steak were fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Neighborhood Gem!
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times. The food is always wonderful. The variety is good. At times, it CAN be noisy, but most of the time it is moderate. It is a terrific place to sit inside and feel like you are outside!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rules are rules!
    Opsimath
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I am more than willing to pay for an overpriced lunch but the haughtiness of the staff ensured my never returning to Harbor Lights. We were a party of two arriving at a less than one-third filled restaurant where we were restricted to table-for-two only. Placement of these tiny tables was unappealing but the rule is ... two people cannot take a table-for-four even if most of them are empty and the lunch hour is over. Aside from that, our $20 sandwiches were nice - simple wraps with a side of french fries. Nothing special, just nice. Oh, but the harbor view is lovely. If you go, it is really only worth it if you can get a window table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TILEMANVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    OUR WAITER (SEBASTIAN) WAS PERSONABLE, FUNNY AND VERY EFFICIENT, WE LOVED THE FOOD AND THE RESTURANT
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exactly what I expected
    dinner4two
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I were immediately greeted when we entered the restaurant. Our seats were by the water which is what I requested in my reservations. Our waitress was great, she made our first time experience a good one. The food was good, the view was even better. I think my salmon was gone in 60 seconds and the key lime didn't stand a chance. It's also smart that the ice cream shop is right across the parking lot. We loved it and we would definitely recommend this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Rkraft
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful setting ,the waitress was one of the best made us feel like family food was the best seafood thank you for a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scottVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    we were hoping to enjoy a beautiful summer evening . and while the views were excellent, the windows had to stay closed because the a/c was on. while i understand that, we wished we could have enjoyed the summer breezes. net,net...it was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service great find
    DawnM
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised! Great octopus, 2/12 lb lobster, and swordfish. Excellent waiter. Very attentive and spot on with recommendations. Outdoor feel despite being inside. Would have preferred an "outdoor" window table. Maybe next time. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Cady9
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was very good. We had the sea bass over a Greek salad. The bass was sliced thin and grilled making it very light and refreshing. The view of the harbor is really nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner Experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had the clams casino as an appetizer and it was great! I also had the seafood jambalaya and it was fantastic. Our waitress was phenomenal! Will go back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    PeterC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waiter Sebastian gave us plenty of time to order; did not rush us a bit. He gave my friend advice on what to order. Everything was deliciously and well presented. Very quiet with views of the Norwalk harbor. Good value for the quality of the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Views!!!
    jlminvVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Reservation on time. Got last water view table. View and sunst were beautiful. Service was very good. No rushing. Food is just slightly above average. Go for the views, nothing else matters once you get there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harbor Lights is a Bucket Lister!
    cyp24
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a beautiful summer evening and eating at Harbor Lights made it truly a memorable evening. The setting was wonderful watching the boats go by and the food was amazing--both presentation and taste! Thanks for a wonderful way to wind down from a busy week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sham
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Seafood is great. Not many choices if you don't like seafood. The view of the water is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    Isabel
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great view of the sound. Lovely decor, great service and great food. Felt as if I were on the Cape on vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing
    Carol
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We arrived early on a Sunday for brunch, so pretty quiet. Waitress was very friendly. Decor was pleasing. View was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood with no NYC trip
    vintage911racer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We favor Oceana and Aqua Grill for seafood, but those restaurants involve a trip to NYC, never a hardship, but . . .. We have been to Harbor Lights before but not closely juxtapositioned to our NYC seafood favorites. This time, we said, "Oh wow, excellent food, well prepared, fine service from a probably new but refreshing young waitress, and - of course - a water view (at high tide). What's not to like here, just 15 minutes from home." We're going back this week. We recommend you try it. Ask for Veniza if you prefer a very attentive and very pleasant waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always
    DrJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant remains as one of our top three restaurants. The only disappointing thing about the restaurant is that it has removed Oysters Rockefeller from the appetizer menu. Otherwise - fantastic.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive ice tea/mediocre food
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food was acceptable. What I found unacceptable was being charged $3 for a refill on our ice teas. The waiter was right there every time we finished our medium size ice tea (mostly ice of course, it's ICE tea) asking us if we would like more. It was a hot day & refreshing but I had no idea that we were being hit with a $3 charge for a refill. I was shocked when I got the bill, those ice teas really add up. Won't go back, feel tricked & taken advantage of.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice on the water
    Josie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had a great dinner it could have been a bit less pricey but it was fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good.
    Bradybunch6
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The appetizers were good not great. My fiancé had lobster as did my son and were both happy with it. My fish was a bit dry but not awful . Three other main courses were good. We felt rushed out which was a bummer since we were celebrating my bday. We figured most of Norwalk is alive and fun especially on a Saturday night. We left at 11 and definitely felt as though the staff couldn't wait for us to leave Shame as the space overlooks a piece of the harbor and is pretty even in the dark .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 323 reviews are from the Harbor Lights reviews archive.
  • Beautiful summer setting
    Sally
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Harbor Lights is a beautiful spot for a summer evening. Though you are not technically 'outside,' you overlook the harbor in a room completely wrapped in windows, many of which are open and breezes blow through the dining area. Best of both worlds in case the weather changes. Lighting is pretty inside when it gets dark - ambiance is great. Service is quick and very accommodating - thoughtful staff. Food-wise, a bit average. Lobster bisque was dark and not creamy - odd flavor; our fish entrees though attractively plated and creative with sides, was a bit overcooked and dry. Caesar salad was good - so was the basket of bread and calamari. Nice wine selection and specials menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    Diner0619
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I went to dinner to celebrate my birthday, and we were extremely disappointed with both the atmosphere and the service. Kids from another party were running around the restaurant and sitting on the window sills next to our table. I don't mind family dining (as a parent myself), but I would never let my kids interrupt someone else's dinner like that. The waitstaff should have asked the parents to keep the children at their own table vs. allowing them to come to our table and continuously interrupt us. We couldn't even have a conversation because the kids were so distracting. In addition, our waiter forgot to bring my drink -- I had to ask twice. Our table was shaky, and after asking multiple times, it was never fixed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great sea food
    lovepuppyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Returned to restaurant after great sea food meal a few days earlier. Best fish entrees around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.