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Liv's Oyster Bar
Liv's Oyster Bar

Liv's Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.livsoysterbar.com
  • Phone: (860) 395-5577
  • Hours of Operation: Happy Hour: Mon, Weds, Thurs & Fri 4-6pm
    Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - Close
    Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - Close
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
    Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: John Brescio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us to learn how each event is tailor made and customized to your desired experience. We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Mon-Fri: Happy Hour Menu 4-6 PM


Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On Street or Parking Lot behind the building
A word from Liv's Oyster Bar
Opening in 2006, Liv’s Oyster Bar quickly became a dining destination in Old Saybrook. Inspired by his daughter, Olivia, and years of experience in the restaurant industry, owner John Brescio set out with a desire to welcome the community to his family’s table. Dining at Liv’s, whether in the main room, at the bar, or on the patio, is an experience to be savored with friends and family long after summer on the shoreline has past.The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "You're one of the few places with fantastic oysters. Thanks! Michael, our waitperson was gracious and attentive. Your menu was excellent - difficult to limit our choices!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "New chef, he is holdig up the tradition of fine seafood. A respected site for fish dinng."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Liv's is always mixing it up. The menu has some fresh items and some tried and true. I have to say I truly missed the Stonington Scallops - they were a never-miss no matter how they were prepared. The service is impeccable; efficient and friendly. The owner, John, is always delightful. His creative genius is never missed on us. This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The BLT salad with Buffalo Shrimp is a must-have!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Lobster roll very dry and scant on lobster. Overpriced. Excellent service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This place is a pearl. Oysters were fresh, cleanly shucked, cold and had the qualities "as described" on the menu. A wonderful touch for those who are oyster aficionados is that each different oyster on a platter is identified by name with a flag. Asparagus appetizer with Burrata and prosciutto was delicate and flavorful a terrific dish as was the tuna tartar. the soft shell crab main course lived up to the waiter recommendation, with light flaky crust, and accompaniments. Liv holds it own with the best in Manhattan without the attitude. Keep up the high quality food and friendly service."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The tuna with olive oil mashed potatoes was outstanding. The clams appetizer was delicious . The room was noisey. The service was good. It is easy to see why the restaurant was full at 7;15 pm."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food was very good, raw bar outstanding, good service. It was noted that a member of our party was celebrating birthday and they were given a special card noting the occasion with a gift card in it. Very classy and much appreciated."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was an excellent dining experience! Our dinners were superior and the oysters delicious, our waitress was attentive and friendly and did a superior job. We continue to be impressed with the chef's creative dishes. All are delicious. Our compliments to the chef!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I really liked the selections and terrific service. The presentation was great and the wait staff superb. I hope to return."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We live in Florida but come to CT for 2 months in the summer. Liv's is one of the first places we head to after we arrive."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was great and the food was awesome! We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Liv's and was recommended by a co-worker. It was wonderful, good oysters and shared plates specifically we had tuna tartar and grilled octopus!! Great food, nice atmosphere and good service!! Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Upscale casual with pricing to match, this is a lovely little hideout. Attentive servers on a busy early mid-week evening. Generous appetizers are share-able. Oysters and fresh seafood are the stars while burger lovers will be equally pleased. Do try!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Have dined at Liv's many times. This was a true disappointment. The service was extremely slow. Asked for bread two times and never received it. Asked for water and waited 20 minutes for same. The food was mediocre. As stated before, we have dined at Liv's many times with great results. This was a total change. Unfortunately, this will probably be our last dining experience at this restaurant. For the price, Liv's is definitely not worth it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Quite nice. 2nd time there. Will go back. Enjoyed it as did our friends"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went here for our 10 year anniversary. Specifically asked for a nice table and they seated us smack dab in the middle of the crowed restaurant. Ok, we can deal with that. We ordered from the raw bar. It is an "oyster bar". My oysters were not shucked properly. Two had pieces of shell in them and both plates were served with semi frozen cocktail sauce. We ordered yellow fin tuna and soft shell crab for entrees. My husband also got truffled lobster Mac and cheese. That was a true disappointment. Rubbery lobster and over cooked pasta. For $16 they better try harder. The soft shell crab was over salted and my tuna way over seasoned. Flavor is essential but the chef goes way overboard. Ambitious menu but sadly can't follow through."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had the seafood sampler. The best thing about it was everything was chilled perfectly. The flavor was enhanced by the chilling. We also shared some octopus, crab cake and yellowfin tartare. Every dish was tasty. I originally ordered banana cream pie but the waiter came back and said the chef wouldn't let him serve it because it hadn't set correctly. I then opted for the pistachio gelato. I lucked out because this dessert was perfect."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We decided to try a place we had never been and were wonderfully surprised. The food was excellent and our waiter was great. Definitely get the grilled octopus to share, outstanding."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have been coming to Liv's a lot since Olivia was 4 years old!! Like in the photos on the wall!! We always have a great meal there and come often. Our children give us gift certificates to Liv's also as they know we love it there. They also come with us with our grandchildren when they are in town. Only comment would be to have some round tables as it is easier to talk when we have six or more people in the group!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Excellent overall. service outside was a rather slow. did have constant contact with wait staff."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My husband's favorite go to oyster bar on the shoreline. He always gets the seafood or oyster sampler and will eat the whole thing himself. My favorite is the clam chowder... sets the standard and can't find anything close to meeting it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The ambience, food, wine and staff are wonderful!! The raw oysters are some of the best I've ever eaten. They are the freshest and best tasting oysters I have ever had! Liv's is one of the best restaurants in CT."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that we visit about 2-3 times a year and always come away with a feeling of why did we wait so long to come back. The reason for the question is that the food is so delicious and is made with fresh ingredients. I have only had superb meals at Liv's. The only ding on this night was the banana cream pie which was a bit dense for something I usually expect to be light textured. The service was very good with an appropriate pace of food delivery and attentiveness. Mixed drinks and wine menu is very thoughtful and reasonably priced. One thing I absolutely like about Liv's is that they use Open Table for reservations. The only reason we don't frequent more often is that Liv's is a 45min drive away. I already miss Liv's."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Seasonal residents of Old Lyme and Old Saybrook can rejoice in the fact that Liv's has only gotten better during the "off season". The service is still excellent in that the servers take the time to care about the guests. The revised menu is not large, but has many great choices. Having a large appetizer plus small plates allows for alternatives. Our grilled octopus was reminencent of that found on the shores of the Bospherus in Turkey. The fried oyster sandwich was perfectly prepared as was the fish and chips. The crab and artichoke dip had just enough texture. As usual, the brread is worthy of violating a no-carb diet. In addtion, on a busy Saturday night, our Open Table reservation was honored immediately."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere and consistent service. Go there...."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Liv's is comfortable, service is excellent and the food is delicious. Menu offers variety of raw oysters,(selection changes frequently), light bites and full dinners. Everything is fresh and presented artfully. One if our top choices on the shoreline."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "general area has been lacking a top notch eatery for some time but this fills the void quite nicely; great food w/outstanding service= they know what they're doing; borderline noise level however so ask for remote table if romance is important "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Loved all of the expertly prepared fish and seafood. So fresh! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The selection of oysters being offered was superb. The flavor, freshness and presentation of the entrees was also top notch. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "First timer here. Was concerned when the table for 2 we were seated at had the worst table wobble we've ever experienced. A "team" considered it's repair options all while a perfectly good - and empty- table sat next to us. I was astonished when, upon announcing we would simply move to the next table rather than engage in an engineering exercise, we were not allowed by a less-than-well-trained underling! Fortunately, our server came upon the scene and common sense prevailed. From that point forward, the service was excellent and the food outstanding. My wife's lobster tagliatelle was superb, as was my lightly seasoned arctic char. After a rough start this place recovered nicely. Vibrant atmosphere; contemporary menu; quality execution. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We go to Liv's often, had not been there all winter, so we were looking forward to our dinner. We had to wait to be attend to, first time that had happened, we did notice that they had few wait people that night. And then our dinner was not up to Liv's standards. The new menu looks very slick, but my soft shell crab was a disappointment, and I love soft shell crabs, however, the vegetables with it were superb. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We had not been to Liv's in quite a while. It always use to be a "knock your socks off" experience. Although the food was good, it was not the standard we had expected. My entree, though tasty, would have been better if the sauce was hot, not room temperature. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Liv's was our go to place. However, the last two or three times we have gone on Sunday, and been disappointed with the service and the food. These were the things we had raved about previously. We will just have to see if another night is still up to their former top standard. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Very good server and Raw Bar nice choices, Meal great"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The freshest oysters and a great variety. Soft shell crabs outstanding. The restaurant was packed but Michael our waiter gave us great service. Attentive but not intrusive. A perfect evening. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I really like Liv's, but I think it's overpriced. Maybe it's the way of the world, but $12 for a martini and $10 for a salad seems excessive."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We have previously been to Liv's at least a half dozen times for dinner and enjoyed it. Thiss visit was a major disappointment! It was a Sunday evening and a new menu. Maybe the chef took a night off, or the menu was not sufficiently developed. My appetizer was grilled asparagus that was heavily laden with a taste that seemed to be unburnt gas from the grill. The burata topping the asparagus was overripe and rubbery. The Arctic char and halibut main courses for the the table were topped with a few pathetic sprigs of wilted parsley each with perhaps three leaves drooping for wilted stems. That was the garnish. The appearance of the plate was pitiful. On the bright side, the lemon tart got a rave review. Not sure I will be back. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We've been dining at and enjoying Liv's since moving to the area about eight years ago. The menu and preparations have always been diverse and delicious, but the new menu, just introduced, is OUTSTANDING! For appetizers, I had the yellow fin tuna tartare and my husband had the grilled octopus. Both perfectly prepared and seasoned. For entrees, I had the arctic char and my husband had the tuna. Again, both excellent. I didn't order the tuna, although I love tuna, because I'm not a fennel or au poivre fan, but the seasoning was delicate and just right to enhance the tuna and not overpower it. Bravo, John. You've really outdone yourself. We'll return soon. We highly recommend Liv's."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Over the years, Liv's kitchen has become ever more refined and the cuisine more delicately prepared. Apart from the always good seafood and shellfish, Liv's achieves what many restaurants attempt without great success - a consistently great burger that arrives at requested level of doneness."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "First time here. Cozy, quiet and very good ambiance for an enjoyable evening for food, drink and conversation, for one or two couples. Was pleasantly pleased. The oysters are spectacular. Overall the presentation of the food was very good. Had the flounder. Fish was very fresh and cooked just right. The waiter was just so-so, but sufficiently good enough for our purposes. I will surely be going back there. This is a keeper for me."
    Dined on 4/18/2014