Liv's Oyster Bar

4.7
1927 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 1927 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandraM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary they were super attentive and the food was amazing! They gave us a gift certificate at the end saying Happy Anniversary! Even if they didnt we would've still planned another outing there!

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vipCash
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent and so was the service. I real great neighborhood gem!

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vipScottM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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Sallie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ladies night out so we tried some tasty cocktails and just ordered apps. It may have been our choices, but everything came with some sort of mayonnaise based dip and somewhat tasted the same. Next time, we may order entrees to split instead. The service was fabulous and so was the vibe. It was great to see the lively table scene outside!

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None
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice early bird specials, keeps my Dad coming back week after week.

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RayR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Oysters and phenomenal food. Drinks were on point. Overall Great!

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KENL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and quality food. Our local favorite.

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EvaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious seafood!! So fresh and fast service (altho we were seated around the start of dinner service)

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vipDonnaC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Love Livs. Food and staff are amazing. Only complaint is the dining room needs a redesign. Too many tables, too close. Literally could not not hear our server or each other. It’s just incredibly loud.

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kcutham
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Other than surly hostess - great evening

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TINAH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nice time. Service was excellent. Food was okay. Salmon was over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Liv’s!! It is by far a jewel on the shoreline!! We considered trying a new restaurant but after not going out for so long with the pandemic we wanted a sure thing. They never disappoint, the food is always top shelf, the seafood is second to none!! The oysters are a culinary adventure each and every time FABULOUS!!! We have yet to choose a dish we did not love.

When you spend money on going out to eat we pick quality every single time and that’s why we keep returning to Liv’s! I don’t give that complement lightly but they are consistency quality and service has years long reputation and we appreciate that level of care and attention to detail in a restaurant establishment. Bravo!!! Keep up the good work!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good happy hour selection and amazing dinner items

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vipKateA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. ⭐️✨

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FrankB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining there for many years. Never had any meal that was not excellent.

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vipGloBo
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For for dinner. Three outstanding meals. Two people had Cod over what appeared to be a grain and corn with a delicious sauce. One person had a salad with beautifully prepared and sliced tuna. I had fried shrimp tacos. The shrimp were delicious but the stuffing for the tacos was completely flavorless. I asked for sauce and they brought two types which were fine, but I would not recommend that dish. Waitress was attentive and appreciative. Kind of loud because the people next to us we're very close to us. Interior tables are close together. Next time I would try to eat outside. We saw lots of beautifully presented and prepared dishes going by. Will definitely try it again

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LeylaN
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating indoors ina full restaurant post COVID Reopening. Little loud but not distressing. Server was amazing. Cocktails inventive and delicious. Oysters were fresh and descriptions were spot on.

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Dee2011
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster roll I’ve ever had. So tender. Drinks were delicious. I wish I could have had all my mess here.

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MarianW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time in a restaurant in over a year, so the happy hour crowd was more overwhelming than expected. The room was very chilly but the excellent clam chowder warmed us up!

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vipNoni
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been here several times over the years & this was my most positive experience. Good service & food!

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vipNStreetDiner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Liv's. Great salads, oysters, seafood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

While we love Liv’s food, there is nothing to absorb the sound, and for someone with hearing issues it’s becoming a difficult place to dine. The restaurant was not even full, and with many parties of four or more, with the noise echoing off every surface, I had a hard time hearing my friends.

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MartineC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We dined outside on the small patio at the entrance. Come early for happy hour. Liv’s Oyster Bar will not disappoint. Fresh oyster daily!

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vipTambo
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Our group enjoyed the oyster happy hour special and then moved on to dinner. Food was fresh and delicious. We tried the pasta with sausage and clams, fresh tuna, and salmon. All fish was cooked to order. Service was excellent. Can’t wait to return!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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Dinner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food! We sat at the bar, it’s a very pretty restaurant and a nice big bar. Started out with muscles for an appetizer they melted in your mouth. Then my friend had the beer battered fish which was excellent light flaky fish lotta flavor excellent batter. I had the general tso’s shrimp tacos That were not too spicy lotta flavor excellent choice we finished off our meal with cinnamon bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream it was excellent. I would definitely recommend trying Liv’s if you have not been there before. The staff was very friendly, one of the bartenders she wasn’t as personable but she made great drinks, the gentleman that was behind the bar was very nice and attentive.

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JeanS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely the best restaurant in the area. The seafood is always fresh .
I struggle eating here cause I don't consume meat or fish. My family enjoys the menu choices. The entire menu is heavy with fish choices and meat.
Wish you would have one outstanding poultry dish consistent on the menu.
Or one really good vegetarian option { that is not fired}

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters anywhere... great place!

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LRuiz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service at Liv's! Everything tasty and cooked to order.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raw oysters, muscles and white wine begin the adventure. So many entrees from which to choose that it will take many visits to sample them all, and that is the goal. Make time for and tracks to Liv's for a magnificent meal.

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vipMarcB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Liv’s.

Always friendly, great food and wonderful atmosphere.

We were a bit late for the rezzie, but they kept our table!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upon arrival for our reservation and our waiter was great! Our food was creative and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best I have had in quite a while. The mussels were outstanding! Our server was friendly and made our visit very enjoyable. We will be back!

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NoraM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tuna was great perfectly and the service excellent

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Denise
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! We will definitely go back next time we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an incredible experience we had! From the moment we walked through the door and met Nadine, to being seated at our table and greeted immediately by the wait staff.. then we had Sara come over to our table who was delightful! Probably one of the best service experiences I have had in a very long time! The oysters, clams, and the entire meal was excellent I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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alli
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food was terrific will go back again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Friday night around 630 with my bestie. We opted to try a bunch of the starters in lieu of a single meal each and we loved every second of it! We had the oyster sampler, mussels, dumplings, and tuna tartare - everything was delicious! Our server and the rest of the staff were super attentive but never made us feel rushed. We had a great time and closed out the tab after some yummy espresso martinis. It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening. Looking forward to the next visit!

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GlendaM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good my. Favorite place good
Good. Good. Good good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently great!

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 1927 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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