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Harbor Lights, Norwalk, CT

Harbor Lights

4.7
4.7
714 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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. Our long dock in front of the restaurant provides plenty of room for boaters to tie up for lunch or dinner, and the dining room affords fantastic sunset views. Harbor Lights has been bringing the fresh refined flavors of the Mediterranean to Diners in Fairfield County for over a decade. The Prime sunset seating and views of the Harbor, the breeze, the um-brella-bedecked outdoor patio, unparalleled service and incredible food make this waterfront spot hard to resist.

Please Note: We Do Not Guarantee Specific Tables. We Do Not Guarantee Waterfront, Window or Deck Seating.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 866-3364
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We offer on site catering of up to 150 people. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Give your guests the ultimate New England Experience at Harbor Lights Restaurant. Our Private Events Team is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. With the perfect waterfront backdrop for any event, the restaurant can be rented out in its entirety, or you may reserve one of our semi private areas. Our creative culinary team will design a personalized menu that best suits your needs and inspires your palate. Stunning waterfront views, attention to detail and focus on superior service makes Harbor Lights the desired destination for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, office parties, retirement celebrations, cocktail parties, holiday soirees, fundraisers, corporate events and more for up to 200 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Chris: (203) 866-3364
  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Cross street
    East Avenue
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 714 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fairfield

    Seafood

714 Reviews
  1. JamesL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious meal and beautiful view. The atmosphere was on point. The chef on duty was amazing. Our waitress was hospitable.

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  2. Chrissy

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had endive and pear salad. So good. My entree was great broiled swordfish with rice and ratatouille. My friends had great scallops over mashed potatoes, braised short ribs, and fish and chips. Everyone raved about their dish. We've been there many times and the food and service are always outstanding.

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  3. HenryB

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my gf out here on valentines and we loved it, I saw a tik tok about it and I decided to make the drive to Norwalk and I have to say, it was very much worth it! Will be coming as soon as it’s nice and hot out! Very good pricing and amazing food!

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  4. hakki

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, friendly and cordial . Delicious food . Nice ambiance and a wonderful ocean view .

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience. Relaxing atmosphere, excellent food.

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  6. Jane

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third NYE spent at Harbor Lights. We enjoy the atmosphere, quality of food, and service. Wait staff is friendly and friendly. We also enjoy summer dining outside.

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  7. DanielB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. It was all excellent.

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  8. Traveler

    New York City

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food. Prices as expected. Service excellent. Nice view.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Lobster roll was a monster! Clam chowder was creamy with lots of clams.

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  10. tckdp

    New York City

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service by Julio was excellent, the Sword Fish, crab cakes & Tiramisu superb.

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  11. BobL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food done to perfection AaaaaaassaaszsZZAAAAAAAAAAA

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  12. MichaelS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere and view boats in sound. Service was excellent. You will enjoy your meal and the ambiance.

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  13. DaphneD

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting, the scenery, the food were all good. Everything was great including the show that the cormorants, seagulls and boaters put on for us. The beautiful breeze and the blue sky topped the cake.

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  14. rosag

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The harvest salad was a delicious combination with kale and the added lobster meat was a very good portion and tender.

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  15. Scoopjackson

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous lunch for six guests. Excellent service and delicious food. A beautiful setting overlooking the harbor. I had the crab cakes for an appetizer and the pear and Gorgonzola salad for my lunch. We all enjoyed our meals and will be back again for sure.

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  16. GerryB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the pastrami salmon appetizer and it was outstanding. My wife loved her shrimp scampi. I enjoyed the Barramundi but would be nice if a vegetable accompanied it.

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  17. Bailey

    New York City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good lobster roll , slaw and fries. Skip the bread brought out before the meal. Not carb worthy. No check on our drinks. Poured water in my beer glass! Sun a bit tough on you if sitting inside. Probably would’ve been cooler to sit outside. Waiter dropped catsup near our table and the mess got on my daughter. Nothing said or done. Strange reaction, as if it didn’t happen. Oh, well.

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  18. GuyRealtor

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to have lunch or dinner in Fairfield county. They view is spectacular and the food off the chart delicious and the average meal is priced reasonably. The young kids working there are very courteous. A couple of the young servers can be a bit forgetful during busy hours, but there always someone make up for them I strongly recommend Harbor Lights.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. The night we were there they had a large party seated in middle of the indoor dinning room. Still had great food and service but the noise level was high. Parking is tight but Valet takes care of that!

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  20. David

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Mediocre good, rushed and inattentive service-could not get outdoor seating even though open tables were visible

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  21. frankc

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choices on menu. Service is excellent. Beautiful view of Long Island Sound.

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  22. CrystalR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was a little slow, it wasn't too busy when we got there.

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  23. RoyA

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance. Food and drinks were good. Great location.

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  24. NydiaG

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is worth going to! We had a lovely table outside so could look out at the view. Our server was young/inexperienced but she did her best and we had a great time.

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  25. VictorW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Horrible service...never even had a chance to taste the food. After waiting for more than 45 minutes after giving them our order, with no one checking back with us, we simply got up and left.

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  26. Rudy

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The view of of Norwalk Harbor and or of Long Island Sounds is why you come here.

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  27. RachelleG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. People are friendly. Location is amazing. Nice views.

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  28. GeraldL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful outside on a nice night. Food is excellent.

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  29. LizC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location / view. Food was excellent. Service was a little slow at the beginning, but the scenery made it ok :)

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  30. ElizabethB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dinner by the water, a bit loud, and I would’ve preferred to be closer to the water but all around amazing

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  31. TedY

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was superb and setting can’t be beat. Entrees and apps were very good but my tuna was overdone as was scampi. That’s why I only gave 4 stars for food. But overall excellent

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  32. williamT

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not too bad for the price, The lobster roll was good but not great.

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  33. JillS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect day...great spot excellent service, most enjoyable lunch..that lasted waaaaay too many hours,(our choice, but good friends lovely music and a beautiful breeze. Perfect summer afternoon. Like you were on vacation with a 5 minute ride home.

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  34. ShellyW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant, this was my third trip to Harbor lights. The service is fantastic. The restaurant is lovely if you can sit outside, even better. Love being right next to the water. Sunset was gorgeous. The food is yummy. I only had one critique, the seafood in my Arriabatta was a bit over cooked for my taste.

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  35. Lbhd

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wanted it to be great. Hostess was great considering we had 4 instead of 2 which was original reservation. She was so accommodating. Very few seats at the bar. Server was nice. Ambience was nice. Right on the water. Food…. Not so good Red sauce chock full of sugar. Stuffed shrimp did not have much flavor. Burger good. Too bad!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location food was not as good as it use to be. Maybe just a bad night.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my husband's 34h birthday last night. The views were stunning as we sat on the lower deck. Our server Nicole was attentive and personable and really made the evening special. We ordered shrimp dumplings to start, and then a hot lobster roll, and scampi which we added lobster to and it didn't disappoint. We were super stuffed when Nicole said wait you need to order dessert to put a candle in, so we got the chocolate mousse which was incredible. Nicole also made sure to know our names to make it even more special (especially when it came to singing happy birthday). We will definitely be back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Harbor lights is mediocre at best. Fish fry was poorly executed as batter was not cooked all the way through even though outside was dark brown. This result suggests the fish was frozen or the oil was not hot enough. Other entrees were not very good either. My wife says it’s better than I experienced but given all the poor reviews for food it’s clearly hit or miss.

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  39. MarciB

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The view was great but you are we asked for an umbrella we did not get one and our server was exceptionally slow. We waited a very long time just to pay our bill. The portions were very small for what we got $14 for a salad that was basically a side salad is a little ridiculous and $17 for a signature drink. I won’t order that if I come again.

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  40. TamaraS

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    View is great, food was good. I’d go back for sure.

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FAQs

Harbor Lights is rated 4.7 stars by 714 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Harbor Lights

82 Seaview Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 866-3364
  • Catering
    We offer on site catering of up to 150 people. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Give your guests the ultimate New England Experience at Harbor Lights Restaurant. Our Private Events Team is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. With the perfect waterfront backdrop for any event, the restaurant can be rented out in its entirety, or you may reserve one of our semi private areas. Our creative culinary team will design a personalized menu that best suits your needs and inspires your palate. Stunning waterfront views, attention to detail and focus on superior service makes Harbor Lights the desired destination for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, office parties, retirement celebrations, cocktail parties, holiday soirees, fundraisers, corporate events and more for up to 200 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Chris: (203) 866-3364
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