Liv's Oyster Bar

4.7
1635 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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.
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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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. I had the tuna and it was so flavorful and one of the best I’ve had. Our waitress was very sweet and always made sure we had water, bread, etc. The ambience was very nice and they had beautiful photography around the restaurant. Overall dinner was lovely and I would definitely go again

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here before and it is always good and the people are so friendly and nice. Food is great and so is the atmosphere. recommend highly. I understand they have some other new spots and cannot wait to try them as well.

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place in CT. Excellent food and superior service. My wife and I travel an hour to go there for special occasions.

RH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service as always. New preparation on the PEI Mussels which we liked. Super fresh stripped bass with crispy skin over local corn and favs beans.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were there on a busy Friday night and the noise level was high. Server was pressed but friendly and as attentive as he could be. Food was excellent.

OG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We know this is a beloved local place but our lobster roll (not a bargain) smelled of tin or metal and it
made us wary.

RP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Great martinis. Oysters a little pricey.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Liv's is consistently great food and service. Highly recommended, especially when they do $1 oysters on Wednesdays in Fall and Winter.

s
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is fabulous...wine list extensive...temperature too chilly

GV
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first, or last visit to Liv’s. Always great food, wine, oysters, and service.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance; calamari was great👍. Somewhat small entree selection, but the entrees were very good.

MK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Liv's Oyster Bar. The food was prepared perfectly and the service was outstanding! I ordered the salmon and our waitress asked how I wanted it cooked (which I have never been asked before) and I responded almost raw and it came out exactly how I wanted it. A definite must dine at when in Old Saybrook!!!!

B
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently terrific food and great service.

TH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very positive experience.....from Hostess Julie to Bus waiters, everyone was excellent.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have to start off by saying my husband and I love Liv’s.

We dine here often and always get the warm mushroom salad and truffle fries. The warm mushroom salad was the best salad I’ve ever had until today.

We were extremely disappointed with our food today we would have thought for sure they had a new chef. The salad is typically arugala greens with lots of warm wilted sautéed wild mushrooms, lots of goat cheese and drenched in truffle oil. Tonight it was arugala with barely cooked baby portabellas, a very stingy sprinkle of goat cheese and very dry amount of oil that was either almost all olive oil or grapeseed oil. No truffle flavor at all!! Actually the salad itself had no flavor at all.
Even the fries were a tiny portion and had no truffle at all just a very light sprinkle of parmigiana cheese.

We were so disappointed and surprised. We did let the manager know and generously gave us the meal free.

I am really hoping that this gets resolved so I can enjoy my favorite salad again.

I gave 4 stars overall due to the outstanding servers and fair and caring manager.

j
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can not say enough good things in favor of Julie, the G.M., Mal, the waitress, and Nina, the busser. They could not do enough to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. They certainly added to our special night. The people that work at your restaurant make it what it is.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Livs

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All was good.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately what should have been a wonderful experience in Old Saybrook was marred by the owner's rudeness & the undercooked burger which still wasn't right after 2 trys.

LA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant with excellent wait staff. The menu was fabulous and the presentation of the food incredible. Well done, Liv’s Oyster Bar!

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exceptional service, delicious local seafood

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience and dinner at Liv’s! We’ll definitely be back!

J
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall we had a great time but, the place was very loud and the tables were very close together. The oysters we amazing and the service was good. The fish was delicious but the gnocchi was chewy and dense.

Liv's Oyster Bar
Responded on July 22, 2019

Jaume, We don't have gnocchi on the menu currently?? Can you please send us an email with more detail?

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. It was a little noisy, so conversation was difficult at times. The menu had something for everyone. Wait staff was professional.

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are top notch.

DC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is nowhere on the shoreline that has better service!!!

BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely, little restaurant on Main St in Old Saybrook. Great for the oyster lover!

l
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were wonderful. Everything we ate and drank was delicious- interesting flavors and balanced. Our server was very helpful and even encouraged us to try specific items.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal. Our server Tony was an all around perfect 10.
Thank you for being consistent over the years with your food.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit. The oysters were wonderfully fresh and the main dishes were delicious and truly memorable!! The service was equally outstanding. After having visited all top-line restaurants on the Shoreline we think that Liv’s Oyster Bar is the very best. Thank you!

RC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Julie, Tony, and crew. Food was delicious. Always great here!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner last night at Liv’s. I would highly recommend!

BK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to dinner before going to The Kate for a show. The meals and service were an excellent experience, our waiter was professional and courteous. We look forward to dinning at Liv’s again.

B
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently great.
Wonderful oysters, fresh fish and creative menu.
Worth a trip.

SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious dinner ! We had happy hour appetizers of oysters and truffle fries -awesome. Then on to salmon and tuna entrees which were delicious. Great time. We will be back!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long-standing customers and love Liv’s. We always enjoy ourselves and every aspect of the experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A very good casual restaurant in Old Saybrook, especially for oysters and seafood. Didn't try other items on the menu. Experience was marred by a loud, obnoxious group of men watching TV - from their table in the dining room. We had come 3 nights earlier to a truly wonderful experience. I would have a hard time recommending if the crowd became this unruly, again.

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was served artfully and very tasty

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent & dinner was fabulous

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