Liv's Oyster Bar

4.8
2035 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2035 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Excellent food. Service is fine but not necessarily attentive or interested.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Oysters were fantastic and the food was great. Service was prompt and friendly. Always have a great meal and evening at Liv’s.

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DiningSisters
New England
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived during happy hour. Great deals on apps and drinks. Everything was delicious and fresh. Our server was professional and attentive. Highly recommend you can’t go wrong. Can’t wait for summer for the lobster rolls at Livs Shack!

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Critsports
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Like Liv's a great deal. As a couple we are tough to please. One who doesn't eat meat, another who is Gluten Sensitive.
Love the Oysters and go often for those.....a plate of them with the Bay Fries are always a delight. The menu is a bit harder to navigate on the vegetarian side. The Chef likes bacon and it appears in and on a lot of items. Some you can remove, some not. He also tends to like spicy things. One trip the Butternut Squash soup was delicious but too hot as in spicy.
Overall the food is flavorful and we enjoy it there.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food outstanding but the staff were helpful and suggested food and drink that made our night out special.

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ToddA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience great food. Waiter was also great and knowledgeable. Was a refreshing experience being in the company of those that get it

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vipKristaM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the oyster sampler and the panzanella salad. I had the the yellowfin tuna and my husband had the special that night which was bacon wrapped monkfish. Drinks were very good and atmosphere was warm. Server was fantastic. Highly recommend. Stopped here before seeing a show at the casino and will visit again.

KM
vipKeithM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Livs was fabulous!
Food was great!
Hostess Nadeen makes us feel at home!
Waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive.
We love livs!

JC
JosephC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room was clean and well appointed, the service was absolutely outstanding, and all of our courses were amazing.

JC
JenniferC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are always a must. Arugula mushroom salad was awesome with bits of bacon. The pear crumble with a scoop of ice cream was fantastic. I’d recommend this place anytime. It was a great date night.

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Bay1
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Dinner was exceptional which it always is.

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Dreamer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Kat was our server and she was great!

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StephenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening at Liv’s. Everyone loved their meal. Each cooked superbly. Our waitress Sam was fantastic as well. Couldn’t have asked for more.Highly recommended

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vipScmnj
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

food and service excellent. Restaurant lacks ambience and the front seating was more like a cafeteria searing. New Years eve celebration was too low key. Restaurant could have tried to make it festive.

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Petros
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall very good attentive service, accommodating with changing the time for the reservation in a a busy night, but when I asked for a simple green salad they could not provide. This should be a staple, like asking for bread.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true dining experience from the impeccable service to the perfection to detail and taste of the food!!!

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vipKeithM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Livs is awesome!
Food is great!
Oyster’s outstanding!
Service excellent!
Enjoy!!

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mfp2014
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly like Liv's, however, I find the portions are extremely small for the price you pay. We got the beef tenderloin, with mash potatoes and green beans. Lucky my husband and I are not big eaters. We paid 42.00 for two small pieces of beef, a smear of mash potatoes and about 10 green beans.

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Mark1
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was having dinner with a friend and I ordered Tacos as a main. They came out cold so I sent them back - when they were returned half the order was still cold. The waitress was great and the manager was very helpful which has to be noted. I will go back again.

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CarrieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite of food was amazing.
I go to Livs often just for the mushroom truffle salad because I love it. This time I added the duck breast and it was absolutely perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth.
I also had the butternut squash soup which was so delicious it’s my new fave!
Drinks were great and service attentive!
Love Livs

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ArmasS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We dine at Liv’s a few times a year. This last visit was , as expected, very good indeed. The service was spot on. The noise level was spirited. The fresh oysters, great cocktails and delicious entrees (chorizo encrusted cod and a very well prepared duck breast dish) made for a great pre-Holiday dining experience.

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Dierdre
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious and and great service! We will definitely be back!

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vipBill
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of four arrived in time to enjoy a couple dozen oysters at a "happy hour" special of a Buck-A-Shuck! That, along with a wonderful martini, got the evening off to a fantastic start. Our entrees were outstanding with nothing but smiles from everyone at the table. We liked the changes to the menu since not all of us at the table were seafood fanatics. Atmosphere was enjoyable and the service was excellent. A wonderful evening.

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious-mussels and truffle fries are always a treat. Service was outstanding.

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vipElizabethW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had never berry yo Liv's before. We sat in the first room near the bar in a booth. It was very quiet due to just a few booths and tables but very distanced from other tables - Great! It was a Wednesday night and the bae seats were full with people enjoying the $1.00 raw clams, oysters and mussels offered between 4- 5:30pm. The bar seat=s were nicely partitioned with clear plexiglass. Our waitress was outstanding and said she had been there since March. Very helpful and knew the menu cold. With two glasses of wine and an entree it averaged $71.00 per person but the food was excellent and prepared exactly as requested. I enjoyed going on a quiet night as the back dining room tables are closer together and the noise level was moderate so we could hear easily. I will definitely go back!

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ElenaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's hard to find a combination of nice/casual and very good food. This is our third time at Liv's in the last couple of months, and they've consistently had both good food and service. We brought a picky family last time, and each found something they liked very much. A miracle! Highly recommended for pre-show, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic dinner at Liv’s last night! We haven’t been there in quite a while but I must say it was the best meal we have had around the CT shoreline in a long time, and we dine out a decent amount. Food and service were amazing. We will definitely be back. The only thing I would change/ suggest is that they dim the lighting a bit during dinner as it was a little bright and I personally find lighting to be important in setting a nice evening out mood. But other than that it was really perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a concert dining’
Very helpful and accommodating!

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BeckyR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

MP
MeganP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredibly good vibe with delicious food and great wine! Will definitely be coming back. It was my one year anniversary with my boyfriend and they treated us so well and gave us a gift card on the way out! So sweet and unexpected

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PennyRez
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The four of us all commented on how delicious our meals were. Excellent service as well. Noise level was very high at first (7:00 dinner) but it diminished by the time we left.

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NaideA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Meal was flawless beginning to end.

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ShannonL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, terrific flavors and very attentive service.

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Denise
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liv’s never ever fails to impress! We love Brian, who’s friendliness always makes us smile. The bartender, who’s name I forget, was also just amazing. She was so professional, warm and friendly that the experience was wonderful. Alex the oyster guy is also amazing. A+ all around.

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Tina
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, staff is great and nice atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious! Best chowder around. Unique menu with the freshest ingredients. Love it!

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KSCT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We returned to Liv’s about a month ago and then on 11/27. Both times the food and service were very good. The first time we were in the first room next to the raw bar on a Friday night . The noise level was fine. On the recent visit we requested the main dining room. The tables were full and close together. The noise level was significant, but to be expected in a full dining room. We had to lean into each other to hear (we were all over 65). I only mention it so that others will be aware. Our server was attentive and pleasant, the only hitch being at the end of the meal when we had received the check, we had to wait to pay. Since the dining room was not full at that point I guess they didn’t need the table and weren’t in a rush. Overall we would return.

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CindyD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The whole experience, food, value, and service was exceptional. We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and drinks. The quality and entire experience is as good as ever. We have been coming since 2006!

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vipAlexR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great night. I understand staffing is a challenge. Took about 10-13 minutes to get our first drink order. Which is ok since it seemed short on staff the night before thanksgiving.

The team is excellent. And the food was excellent.

Would always suggest the service a sauce with the tacos given the are a bit dry.

The service pace picked up after happy hour bar crew left.

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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 4.8 stars by 2035 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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