Liv's Oyster Bar
Liv's Oyster Bar

Liv's Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.livsoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: (860) 395-5577
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Mon, Weds, Thurs & Fri 4-6 PM
    Dinner: Monday: 4:00 PM - Close
    Wednesday,Thursday: 4:00 PM- Close
    Friday: 4:00 PM - Close
    Saturday: 5:00 PM - Close
    Sunday: 4:00 PM - 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes.From weddings in your favorite venue to intimate dinners in your home. We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes. Please contact us to learn how each event is tailor made and customized to your desired experience.
  • Special Events: Mon-Fri: Happy Hour Menu 4-6 PM
    $1.00 Oysters On Wednesdays Starting October 8th

    Sunday's:
    3 Course
    Prix Fixe Menu
    4 PM to 8 PM.
    (Starting Sunday, November 23rd)


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.
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Liv's Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (36)vibrant bar scene (19)romantic (18)hot spot (16)good for groups (10)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great oysters at Liv's, again !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We love Liv's for their oysters, especially, but their seafood is always delicious - we went with friends and enjoyed their hearts of romaine, other salads, many platters of raw, perfectly shucked oysters, Old Bay fries and Butternut Squash soup. Every visit to Liv's is fun and we go when we are in the area. We have reservations for another night coming up soon - and did I mention the great service? The front reservation desk is helpful and polite, the servers are attentive and well informed - Liv's is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food; very noisy
    Oysters
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very noisy; Hard to reserve table for 6-8 people; Tables nicely spread out; food is excellent; wonderful oysters; our favorite shoreline restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better!
    Bland
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We've been here a few times now and it's always good, but even better now! Improved larger menu. Always FANTASTIC oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    PlinVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had an amazing meal at Liv's. The ambiance is a little strange, but the food is wonderful. Everything we ordered was delicious. The scallops are particularly awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hallowe'en
    Octogenarians
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Greeted by a remarkable carved pumpkin, a true work of art, showing a dragon on the front and the candle inside casting the light of a sailing ship on the wall behind. The oysters, as usual, were first-rate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We requested a quiet spot in the bar and were not disappointed. Hostess actually gave us a few choices and was most helpful. Waitstaff came right over to us - no waiting problems at all. Dinner was exceptional (we had the 8oz steak!) and beautifully presented. Soft music in the background so one could enjoy a conversatiion. No complaints at all - it was, indeed, a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must for gourmets
    lysanne
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We felt very comfortable in the stylish dining room - the service was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable - the food was truly outstanding in taste and presentation - we had the Grilled Ocotopus as an appetizer and the Fennel & Pepper Crusted Yellowfin Tuna as the main course - it was the most harmonious and refined tuna dish I ever had (sushi quality, great flavor combinations!). We were split over the Chocolate Tart with Fresh Raspberries - my husband found it not chocolaty enough - but I really liked the custard like, smooth texture with a hint of caramel combined with a crisp crust. Overall a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    BulldogMom02
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Besides the food, the service was truly outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive to us and polite and welcoming. Will definitely be going back to enjoy again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC in Quaint Old Saybrook
    mountainbambina
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    THis restaurant met every standard i have for dining in a seafood restaurant on a special occasion. Everything we ordered came out fantastic and I am so glad I found this restaurant to dine at in the future. Steak, Scallops, Butternut Squash soup, and Raviolis were all prepared to perfection and the wine offerings were great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Knk53
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had another great meal at Liv's Saturday night. It was the premier of their new fall menu. My husband had the yellowfin tuna and said it melted in his mouth. I had the sea scallops with brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and a cider glaze. I wanted to lick my plate! Also, great oysters on the raw bar and the clam chowder was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best in Old Saybrook
    RickMedlocke
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had been to Liv's twice previously and always had a great meal and a great time. This time, we were told that because the menu was new - only two days old - that there were not any specials. As such, there was not the variety of entrée options that were previously offered. Nevertheless, our meals were wonderful - our guests particularly liked the salmon and the Asian fish. We also had the raw bar sampler - still pretty good but its presentation needs to be updated.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Enjoyable
    MMHartfordVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've dined at Liv's several times and have always had a great experience. The food is well prepared and delicious however, this last visit I ordered the lobster risotto and found it lacking in flavor. The risotto was over-cooked, there was very little lobster in it and the flavor was bland. Sorry Liv's...you usually knock it out of the park, but not this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best
    BobTVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The best around. Food always consistent, waiters good, atmosphere friendly. Always a good choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gusto
    Gusto
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Over the years, Liv's has consistently improved as their cooking touch has become ever more delicate. That same commitment to improving one's dining experience was manifest recently when, after learning that they had served a poorly prepared dish, they went out of their way to make certain that our next dining experience was flawless including making good on that previously uneaten entrée. It's not that a restaurant occasionally won't make a blunder, the success is in noting that mistake and paying attention that one's next experience is improved. Good for Liv's!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been here many times before and have always loved the food, casual atmosphere, and the ambiance. The oysters are fabulous - none other like them in this area. Location is convenient and the variety of food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Liv's Oyster Bar Old Saybrook
    diningdiva
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Never having been there, we didn't know what to expect, It exceeded our expectations. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive, and the food was fabulous!! The Salmon with spaghetti squash was done to perfection, not dry and overcooked nor raw and under cooked. The tuna steak was the seafood equivalent of a filet mignon. The fresh fruit dessert had a light mild lemon flavor, that was just right, not heavy or mushy( my term for when flavors mush together) each flavor stood on its own. Oysters and clams were some of the best I have had. Will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    2Watermelons
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a lovely birthday dinner with our guest jeweler after a busy weekend at EFWatermelon . The food was great especially the mussels, oysters and French fries. The shrimp and grits was outstanding. Dessert all made there was awesome especially the ice cream sandwiches. Only down side was waitstaff wasn't very familiar with wine list so when we ordered a lovely bottle of red we were charged for a different one which was twice as much. It was approved by the gentleman who ordered it but was shown to him from across the table so he did t catch the slight difference. The manager took care of it and all ended well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food - fair service
    RIGuy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food is good and definately worth trying. Just be aware of the service - or lack thereof. The staff can make an enjoyable night with great food, much less enjoyable. Our order was wrong. We had to wait 25 minutes for our second round of drinks to arrive. Not sure if a bad night or not, but, other tables had same problem.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    Respo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to Liv's Oyster Bar Friday night with a group of 7. Everyone in our group loved the ambiance, service, wine & food! What a wonderful evening & what a great find nestled in the town of Old Saybrook! We will definitely be back with more friends in the future!! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fish Tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went on a Saturday night. Service was outstanding. She recommended the Halibut which was one of the best I've ever had. My wife had the fish tacos which I would order when I return. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • newbie
    bobsVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    New chef shows up and the great Liv's gets even beter. I did not think it could. Fabulous meal will run, not walk back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and creative menu!
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Just dined here for first time w my husband and we loved it! We consider ourselves to be foodies and a bit picky and this place definitely exceeded our expectations. The oysters were served nice and cold and clean... And the apps were very tasty... Had the squash blossoms, tuna tartare and grilled octopus. We also tried the trout and it was delicious! It was sort of on the pricey side, but completely worth it. We had read some poor reviews about the service, but can't say we had that experience...our server was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off its A game
    Gusto
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While I'm generally a fan of Liv's and eat there often enough, my recent meal of Asian Short Ribs was as dry as packing material. Most restaurant when a meal is left uneaten either offer a replacement or take the dish off the bill. Not the case at Liv's. On the plus side, at an adjacent table a diner was choking, and the staff promptly and successfully performed the heimlich maneuver. Even if the kitchen can let diners down, they are in the good care of a capable staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IMHO - best food in the area
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As a fish lover, i find Liv's is the best. Clean preparation...not too much oil or other distractions from the main attraction. Great apps and salads too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite restaurant
    Joyful
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend at Liv's. What a wonderful experience! From the great service to the outstanding food, it has become our new favorite restaurant. We plan to visit again November for a birthday celebration with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice relaxing night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary. Very pleasant experience. Diversified menu; broad enough so we could try something new, but not so broad that they tried to do everything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great all the way around!
    MMHartfordVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've had appetizers at the bar before, and this is the first time we sat down to a full dinner. All I can say is that our part of 4 are picky eaters and we were all extremely happy with our meals. They even serve our favorite Stony Creek beer which just solidifies them as a "neighborhood" gem. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    Molly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Been to livs three times and it seems to get better every time we dine there. We brought guests from New York and they really were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful find
    InfrequentReviewer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We live in NYC and enjoyed the day in Mystic with friends. We wanted to find a place that was on the way back, had a relaxed attitude with excellent food and ambiance. Hello Liv's! There were 5 of us and we split two Oyster taster trays to start - yum! Perfectly fresh, and labeled to make it easier to compare types. I had the trout which was quite memorable, though the two people who had the lobster risotto thought it was good, just not "knock-your-socks-off." The server split the desserts for us - a spectacularly rich chocolate torte, perfectly garnished w/ fresh whipped cream. Service was excellent/Attentive but not obtrusive. We would definitely go back and will recommend to others. Free, easy street parking is also a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liv's Oyster Bar
    DRobDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ambiance was very nice, service superb. I am a bit of an Oyster Buff: best fresh oysters (Kelly's Reef, CT I have ever tasted. Charred tuna was perfect. We'll be Back-David Robinson
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Stay at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa all the time. How did we miss this gem in the past? Food and service were great. Asking for suggestions, the tomato/crab soup was bland. The halibut was exceptional; the couscus was also bland. We figure the chef does not want to season the dishes. He/she should. Otherwise we totally loved the evening. Would recommend it to anyone in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency Is Great
    ParticularVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The saying "consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind" should never apply to Liv's. Each time we dine here, we are treated to the same consistent quality of food, excellent service and an overall enjoyable experience. The food variety is the right balance of "regulars" and new creations. The grilled octopus appetizer is equal to any found in Turkey or Greece. The fish and chips balances the taste of fried foods without being heavy. The hangar steak was cooked to the perfect doneness and was tender (not always the case with this cut of beef). The bread is fresh with a great crust (and worth the carbs). And the oysters - say no more as to the variety and freshness. The staff always make the guests feel welcome and never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Local Gem
    LINDACVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not our first visit and not our last. Liv's serves quite good food in a crisp upscale atmosphere. Oysters are excellent as is burger. My chilled shrimp cocktail was sadly not as delicious as other times, a little dry and "iodine-y" tasting. They were not meticulously cleaned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the selection of 6 different oysters from around the Northeast. Liv's special martini was a great start. The calamari was lightly breaded, perfectly cooked to be crispy on the outside and not over cooked on the inside. A very nice meal. The street noise dining on the front patio was an issue at times, especially when Harleys went by insisting on sharing their noise with everyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • un-even at best
    StefanoVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Once again... this restaurant dropped the ball AND on a Thursday night no less !! ........ not even a weekend evening !!! The service was horrible, the food was mediocre, and it just goes on and on! We are locals who have been huge supporters of this restaurant int the past and have given them multiple visits to check their status....... and there is just no consistency at all !! I think we might be done giving them any more "tries" !!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Spot
    MNHIIVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband, daughter (14) and I had a wonderful dinner at Liv's during the last week of August. The food was varied (allowing three of us to choose something to our liking) and each dish was better than the next. Service was excellent. If you are in the Saybrook area, I highly recommend your spending one evening at this lovely spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinning experience
    funNfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Liv's has a romantic and friendly atmosphere and great for couples. I would highly recommend the oysters and the seafood entrees. The ambience enhances the eating experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent food and service. Oysters are exceptional. A bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very positive experence
    gracelyme48
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We haven't been to Liv's for a few years and I don't know why because the last time we went, it was excellent. In any event, our dining experience this week-end was more than positive. The food was great, the service was efficient and not over-bearing. It was a wonderful time and we will be back sooner rather than later. I guess because we live on the other side of the bridge, we have been eating over here more. But, we will be back and I will give it a positive review when speaking with my friends. I'm not a dessert person, but my husband and his sister ordered dessert, and it was so delicious. I am happy for the owner/chef. A true success story in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always...fabulous
    NoviceFairfieldFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I have been to Liv's on several occasions and have never been disappointed. If you like seafood, the food is wonderful but not excessively creative, the service attentive but respectful and the interior beautiful. There is no shtick or gimmicky theme just a very nice dining experience. Of course the fact they had 8 varieties of oysters never hurts the cause in our book...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate