Liv's Oyster Bar

4.7
1860 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Opening in 2006, Liv’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant 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.
John Brescio also serves as Liv’s Executive Chef, creating simple, focused dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients, and the stunning seafood that the area provides. The menu at Liv’s changes with the seasons, bringing guests a true taste of the pristine environment. John works closely with Liv’s partners to make sure only the best produce is used, as he would serve nothing less to his family.
Together with his exceptional staff, John welcomes you to the special experience he’s created at Liv’s Oyster Bar.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 1860 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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s37sc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Menu online not accurate. No bread was served and no specials . A lot of dishes seemed to have Asian influence.
Not a lot of fish dishes as expected. Not what it used to be

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HunterM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are the best in New England, great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful sunny spring day outside. Happy hour menu was delicious!! Great service.

KM
KeithM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Nadeen makes us feel welcome. Great wait staff. Chef is awesome! Oysters are amazing!!
Thanks Livs!

JK
JenniferK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the Happy hour oysters. The cocktails were delicious. The staff is always attentive. A favorite spot for my girlfriends and I to meet up.

KD
vipKristinD
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! Food always amazing, service wonderful! Love the tacos, salmon and steak! Tuna tartare is also great. Really everything is good. You can’t order wrong.

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JenniferO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were delicious! I had cod with this amazing Israeli couscous. My friend had the fish and chips and thought it was the best fish and chips she's ever had. Service was great as well!

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Kimberly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You'll want to try everything on the menu, and you won't be disappointed, My favorite is the fennel crusted tuna...

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vipWoodman
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, very good. Start off with a dozen oysters and a nice glass of white.

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RyanL
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service..........................

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Chris
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first sit down in a restaurant meal in a long time that i truly enjoyed. The food was exceptional. Service was perfect. We haven’t wanted to return to a restaurant because of ehhhhhh experiences since covid began. I can’t wait to return for another fresh and innovative meal. Chris

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first experience at Liv's. Will definitely be back and will also be recommending this gem of a restaurant to my friends!

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vipangg
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is always amazing!

JC
JCStone
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always happy going to Liv's. The food is spectacular. The service is amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attentive service and well prepared food...

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular as always, delicious and creative with excellent presentation. Great food experience!!

JL
JessicaL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus and oyster sample were fantastic. Overall had a special birthday dinner here that exceeded all of our expectations.

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vipKage
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too many sandwiches and bite meals for a finer restaurant. Expected better selection of entrees

Liv's Oyster Bar
Responded on February 20, 2021

Kage, Thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately we have updated our menu offering to more casual bites because we have have to rely on takeout out and delivery during our current restrictions. We hope that you come back and give us a try later in the year when we return to our more extensive menu offerings.

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vipmmmm
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING food, warm service, lovely atmosphere. Amazing blue-cheese stuffed olive martini, mouth-watering fried oyster on celeraic slaw appetizer, perfectly cooked salmon over delicious fried rice, fennel crusted tuna... and off-the-hook Old Bay fries.
Wonderful.

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vipCash
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and staff were great. You have to try the claim chowder, to die for!

AE
vipAllyE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Liv’s and she did not disappoint! The variety of oysters were outstanding and delicious. The clam chowder was out of this world- creamy with out being too dense. I will definitely be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was just delicious!! Loved everything we ordered especially the battered fish and chips and lobster risotto!!

JO
JackO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Livs has quality food and drink also excellent service

JJ
JimmyJacks
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Raw bar was awesome... oh and the cocktails! Will definately be back

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PatriciaT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time, and certainly not the last. We travel from Norwalk CT to Old Saybrook and stay overnight just to dine here. EXCELLENT food, service, everything. Can't wait to go back.

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AllysonP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I especially love their truffle/ parmesan fries! Would definitely recommend this restaurant! A lovely evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!

LB
LaurieB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good prices! Always a pleasure to be here

JH
JimH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Dinner at Liv’s, and are at the bar. Tuna steak with fennel was amazing!

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PhilipW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal, good service, and good ambience.

There were no 'specials' the night we were there and the menu is identical to what it was four years ago.

JO
JackO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was awesome we really enjoy this restaurant

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Kodas
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, had tuna tartare, oysters, shrimp tacos, braised short ribs and Philly cheese steak sandwich! And don’t forget the wonderful dessert that finished this delightful evening! Thanks Liv’s!

KN
KathiN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal at Liv’s! If you can sit at bar Brian the bartender is the best there is.

DB
DanB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The raw bar specials are great. Service was very good and friendly from start to finish. The meal was tasty however very small portions (lunch size) for a dinner. Only three options for a dessert.
Overall very good.

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vipWineEsquire
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was fun, food was great, service was excellent! Will be back again soon!

KA
KennethA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A covid safe environment. Food and service are outstanding. The clientele has a choice for quiet, intimate dining or stimulating discussion with a friendly lot at the bar.

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vipBTON
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have to get oysters and the variety and sauces are wonderful. I usually only think to get seafood here and it is great but my wife got the short ribs and they were also excellent!

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vipNYtoCATraveler
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice experience at Liv's. Awesome Oysters and a great meal. Good job at the bar with the plexiglass partitions also.

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EJMCQ
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

He had a great experience. The oysters were great and so was the service.

GM
GinaM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oysters bar has a nice variety of shellfish which was attractively served on a platter with sauces.
The waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful in the menu selections.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Liv's Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Liv's Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 395-5577.

Liv's Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1860 OpenTable diners.

Liv's Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/livs-oyster-bar/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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