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Harbor Lights

4.1
662 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(203) 866-3364
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Chris: (203) 866-3364
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Catering
We offer on site catering of up to 150 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Avenue
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Public transit
10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

A good restaurant with a quiet and romantic feel. Although location is not very appealing. Nonetheless the dining experience was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

we celebrated Valentines Day great food, service and ambience

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Good, but not great. The food quality was below average. Our salmon was fishy and while there was an abundance of seafood in the seafood casserole, a lot of it was a dense fish of unknown origin. The seafood casserole also lacked flavor. The staff was nice and attended to our needs, but the overall experience was just "good."

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Had the surf and turf. The lobster was rubbery and obviously not fresh. The clams casino were all bread crumbs and no clam. The bread was very dry and not even warmed. The waitress had no personality. What a disappointment the food was and very expensive.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Dinner was delicious! One of the best lobster bisques I've ever had, and then Mediterranean bronzini on a bed of vegetables and olives. Pumpkin cheesecake was excellent as well.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Yummy food, good service and great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2017

food and service were good but they just didn't time the meals right. My Belgium waffles were cold. Everyone one else in our group had salads so there was no issue there.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Really nice food. Although our appetizer could of been better, the raw clams were really good but the crabmeat was still frozen, that was not too great. Otherwise the dinner was good.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Harbor Lights is one of our "go to" restaurants in the area. The food is excellent , creatively prepared and consistently delicious. Service is courteous , friendly and accommodating.. The entire staff is always welcoming and we are never disappointed. If you have not been, go, go, go.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2016

We really enjoyed the entire experience. We had the Swordfish special and Oysters Rockefeller. I recommend Harbor Lights for anyone planning a date.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

The ambiance and the food made our holiday dinner very special. We started with the fried calamari and ended up ordering a second one because it was so good. The lobster risotto was delicious and filling. Everything was fresh (so important at a seafood restaurant) and portions were definitely not skimpy. Our only regret was we didn't leave room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

Had family visiting for the holidays from Georgia. Brought them to Harbor Lights for dinner. They both loved it and can't wait to go back when they visit CT again this summer. The food, service and ambiance were all outstanding!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2016

We went for a quiet lunch and the setting, overlooking the harbor, was perfect. The food was very good and the service was terrific. We will have to return to try other items on the menu.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful time Saturday night. Lucky for us the restaurant was quiet. Our appetizers (lamb chop lollipop and lobster bisque) were delightful and our fish dishes were lovely, flavorful and creatively prepared. We shared the "Ekmek" for dessert and loved it! We look forward to visiting again, but remember, we are spoiled, the winter seems quieter than summer!

All the best!

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Food was wonderful and the service!! Went for a girls night and we had a great time! Love Harbor Lights been going for many years!!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

We love Harbor Lights and have been dining here for many years and have never been disappointed. The staff is very welcoming and the service is excellent and very accommodating. Sebastian, our waiter, is five-star. The food is consistently delicious and creatively prepared and presented. The water view setting is beautiful and relaxing. It's a sleeper of a restaurant that more people should know about because it's one of the best restaurants in Fairfield County. Please come and find out for yourself and then spread the word!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

it was an excellent overall dining experience.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2016

The Friday after Thanksgiving, we greatly enjoyed the food, which was well prepared, fresh, the right temperature and a variation of typical restaurants. The view overlooking the water was also a pleasure. However, all of this was soured by the unfriendly and noncaring waiter and other service providers, who made us feel that we were a burden. When I received a different soup than ordered and asked for the right one, it seemed to be a major happening. Too bad: Good food and location, but poor service.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2016

I went here for Thanksgiving dinner with family. The restaurant was quite busy, but the service was still good and fast. The lobster and corn chowder appetizer was excellent and the turkey dinner was very good. Overall I was very happy with the meal. The only slight negative is that it was quite loud inside.

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We have dinned at Harbor Lights on many occasions and had very good meals there. On Thanksgiving however the meal was not up to their regular performance neither was the service. I realize that they were extremely busy with clients but we waited patiently for 20 min for water. Our server pretty much ignored us for the time we were there. Never asking if we wanted coffee with our dessert, another drink, how was our dinner, etc. Dinner quality was not on point. The duck was like eating rubber, the fat was never rendered and the skin was not crispy. The turkey was hard and crusty from over cooking and had a weird orange sauce. The rest of dinner was ok, but we will not return for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Harbor Lights has long been one of our very favorites places to view the water, the animal life and the quisine is always verier and exceptionally good , including the way it is served and the people that serve it!

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2016

I went on Thanksgiving for the first time, I understand the crunch for time but I felt my waitress had no interest in serving me and gave me the check before I even asked or was really done with my dining experience.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We were at Harbor Lights for Thanksgiving Dinner. The place was crowded and noisy, as we expected it would be on a Holiday. We arrived at our reservation time and were promptly seated. It was a limited menu and the food was delicious and served efficiently, despite the hectic pace for the servers. Will return again, in a quieter time for a relaxing dining experience.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2016

Very good food and excellent desserts please make one or two great vegan or vegetarian 😀

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

we had a lovely Thanksgiving meal at Harbor Lights. There was a pre-fixed menu with lots of choices. service was excellent and the food outstanding. we had leftovers and enjoyed them. we will go back again to see what else is on the menu!

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2.0Dined on November 21, 2016

Went to eat there on a Monday night and there was nobody in the restaurant. Thought it was because of the early hour, 6pm. However, when we left there was only one table for two that was occupied. The food was not great, but the bill was.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Wonderful views of the harbor, airy space and great for a family lunch, service was impeccable too.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2016

The food was absolutely fabulous and the ambiance was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Food was great. Waiter was wonderful. We had a lovely birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2016

It never disappoints and the view is wonderful even on a cloudy day

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

The new patio allows one to dine literally waterside. The patio is a great addition to the terrace. The food is great which makes it an absolutely great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

We really enjoyed Harbor Lights! Great spot to dine on the water - a rare thing around here.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2016

Food is absolutely wonderful and fairly priced for how fresh and ample the servings. I do find their wine by the glass prices a bit expensive. House Chardonnay for $15 / glass excessive in my view. Need to find a lower price point.

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3.0Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at Harbor Lights, but were initially seated outside where it was too windy and then moved to an indoor table by the bar with no view. The waiter was outstanding, very professional. The space was noisy. The seafood was excellent, but the rib eye was not so good. If you go, make sure you are seated on the porch with the view unless the weather is outstanding.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Food was good, but restaurant is very loud.

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2016

Good food choices - very tasty. Restaurant is pretty - nicely decorated. Good service - pleasant and attentive waitstaff. Nice view of the harbor. Parking readily available. Will definitely go again for a nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

so some nights are truly magical.. And our dinner at Harbor Lights was one of those.
We came before sunset, the patio was great, the food was great, the service was great.
There was music from the Oyster Festival across the Harbor which added a level of fun!

My husband ordered the branzino, they didn't have the kale, for the side, (which was fine with him) he asked if they could switch to potatoes- the waiter came back out and cutely said absolutely but he needed his greens as well!

What a great spot to go with friends, family and enjoy a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

The Tuna special and Lobster Bisque were great. My Orange Roughy was just OK. It's a sweet little place right on the water with twinkly lights. Parking was rough, very narrow lot.

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1.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Food was overall below quality. wait staff was helpful and A+. I wont be eating at this place again. Not a great lunch.

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2016

Went for a special occasion and food and service were superb. They couldn't have been more accommodating. Love this restaurant.

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