Liv's Oyster Bar

4.7
1849 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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Experiences

  • Mussel Night

    $16.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Join Us on Fridays for Mussel Night! One Pound of Mussels, Choose From 3 Different Sauces and Either Liv's Fries or Old Bay Fries.

Offers

  • Buck A Shuck 4-5:30

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Fri 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Join Us 4-5:30 for $1 Clams and Oysters of The Day!

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 1849 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipKage
New York Area
6 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 6 days ago

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
3 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!

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AllyE
New York Area
4 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.

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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!!

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

Livs has quality food and drink also excellent service

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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
1 review
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!

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

It was delicious!

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LaurieB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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vipCharlesW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even in a very difficult-COVID-19- environment Livs continues to offer excellent meals prepared and served by a dedicated staff!

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vipJulieP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went early on New Years Eve and had a fantastic dinner. Drinks, food and service were all very good.

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MicheleT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were incredible! As always Liv's didn't disappoint between entree choices and taste. Can't wait to go back! Had the General Tso Tacos, BLT salad and Apple Crisp for dinner and every bite was amazing.

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vipangg
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried oysters were amazing! We're going back again this week!

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elleno
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable setting with gorgeous black and white photos of Liv as a little girl at the beach, fabulous creative seafood and warm, helpful wait staff and hostess- thanks for a memorable dinner Nadine!!

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CherieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our second time here in two weeks. We really love Liv’s Oyster Bar! Everything we have had has been fresh and delicious! The description of their oysters could NOT be more spot on, right down to every adjective. The parsnip soup was to die for and the Sesame Crusted Salmon was cooked to perfection and delicious. The cocktails are all incredibly tasty libations, with creative ingredients. Also, the Martini with their homemade stuffed blue cheese olives? Wow. We also tried their white chocolate mousse dessert and it was perfect for two, even if your stuffed. Ha, not to mention, it is unique and scrumptious. We really love the food here and will make it back here on a regular basis.

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TinaCT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Black Friday meal after a long day of shopping. Clam chowder was great. Scallop entree was probably best I ever had.

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vipEikiM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and octopus and the pasta was fantastic as was the scallops.

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vipmrbu
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nadine is an amazing hostess/manager. I felt socially distanced and safe. The food was exceptional and the service on point.

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steakme
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another solid meal all around. Highly recommend the oysters.

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Winegirl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food here is stellar and the cocktails are inventive and delicious! I had the octopus appetizer, and I've only had octopus that competes with Liv's in Manhattan! Amazing! An excellent wine list also.

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JohnM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place.

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ElizabethH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Dinner - great service !
The clam chowder was delicious.

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EddieK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very Good overall! Food and drinks were excellent. Dessert not so much.
I would go back.

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rduffr
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Formal or casual. Lunch or Dinner.

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vipWillie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Livs has done a great job of distancing tables, wearing masks and adding the BLT salad from their Shack menu to the Oyster Bar menu' The oysters are always fresh and perfectly shucked, the Old Bay fries are hot & delicious - and that is what I have every time we go - my partner has mussels, oysters, Caesar salad, and whatever else he can eat - it is always delicious and one of our favorite dinners out for date night -

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KarenG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing evening. Food and service was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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 1849 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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