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Liv's Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook, CT

Liv's Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
2088 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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 395-5577

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Brescio

  • Catering

    We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes. From weddings in your favorite venue to intimate dinners in your home. Please contact us to learn how each event is tailor made and customized to your desired experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Our space adds the perfect presence for smaller events (8-10). Warm, inviting, with our spot-on staff there to assist, Liv’s would love to be your host for any occasion. Please contact the restaurant for reservations.

  • Private party contact

    Julie, 860-395-5577. catering@livsoysterbar.com: (860) 395-5577

  • Neighborhood

    Old Saybrook

  • Parking details

    On Street or Parking Lot behind the building

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,088 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Seafood

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  1. AS

    ArmasS

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Liv’s is one of our go to places. Cocktails are good, service is on top of things without being intrusive, oysters are always a must have. This visit I had Barramundi Milanese which was plentiful and outstanding. My wife opted for Swordfish Puttanesca and it was delicious, fish was cooked perfectly, tender and moist. The restaurant itself is always bustling and therefore can be a bit noisy. If you get to Old Saybrook you have to have a meal at Liv’s!
  2. H

    Heather

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We drive 45min for a birthday dinner there every year and Liv's is always delicious!
  3. IS

    IvanaS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. This time we enjoyed the swordfish and the seared tuna. Amongst our favorite places for summer dining.
  4. RK

    RichK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience, Dodd was amazing and the service level of staff was on point.
  5. C

    Chuck

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good but not great. Service was slow, as though they were understaffed.
  6. KE

    KENL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite! Perfectly shucked fresh oysters. Best cocktails made by Brian.
  7. DS

    DiningSisters

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were fresh and cold delicious! The best clam chowder I have had by far I wish I could get it in a bowl. Main course fish was delicious. We took advantage of happy hour which helps make the final bill more affordable given high prices wherever you go nowadays. But if you get a memorable meal the price is worth it. This was maybe our fourth time and it’s been great each visit. I will be back again soon that is for sure!
  8. MP

    MichaelP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Way too noisy. Has been for years. Needs acoustic improvement or I won’t be returning.
  9. K

    Kathryn

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, lovely setting. Never disappoints.
  10. C

    Cobia

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Meal was excellent! Room was too cold! Service was a little slow!
  11. CE

    CaptEZ

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time visit, but there there will be more !! The Happy Hour was great, Mystic oysters sweet & clams briny & firm. Definitely worth the ride from Branford.
  12. JA

    JudithA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. He loves oysters and he enjoyed a dozen. The rest of the food was delicious and we had great service.
  13. a

    amber

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and Brian at the bar is amazing
  14. BL

    BarbaraL

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had friends visiting from Florida so we wanted to go to a restaurant we knew would impress them . The cod and scallop entrees were amazing as was the ahi tuna. The service was impeccable. Prices were in line with other upscale restaurants in the area. We had a great time.
  15. T

    Teddi

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Liv's for 15 years and we always have the BEST dinners there!! It is our favorite restaurant and it is GREATin every way!!!
  16. CA

    ChrisA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The waitress was excellent- she didn't rush us, but checked back with us at the perfect times. The food was of the high quality we expected, and not generic. It was creative and delicious. There is a lot of good seafood dining in the area but we will carve out a spot for Liv's on our list to visit regularly- Liv's has its own style and personality and that is a big part of what will bring us back.
  17. Y

    Yaya

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A most perfect evening. Great variety of oysters, and diverse entrees.
  18. JP

    JaimeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was exceptional! We have lived in the area for many years and have never been to Liv’s. We have missed out! We will be going back.
  19. w

    williamj

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent job as always
  20. JH

    JoseH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a superior meal of the Scallops with Gemelli and fresh pea sauce! To die for! And my husband had a fabulous blackened fish tacos which he referred to as the best fish tacos he has ever had! Our server Jake was impeccable!
  21. LS

    LorenS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We decided to sit at the bar for dinner. As always, the food was superbly prepared. Unfortunately, the bartender seemed completely uninterested in taking our drink or dinner order. Barely looking at us and not making eye contact or talking to us. Perhaps she was having a bad night. Finally, we asked if we could order. When she realized we knew someone at the restaurant she was more pleasant. She was very pleasant to another gentleman at the bar who was clearly a regular. Again, I truly wonder if she was having an off night, because I’ve always had great service.
  22. N

    Niles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, excellent mussels and much, much more...
  23. z

    zvar

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed the oysters and the meal that we had. The service was uneven, but I feel it was because everyone seemed to show up at the same time. The service was fine, but there was a long wait between items showing up.
  24. c

    cheshire

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A usual Saturday evening dinner with another couple
  25. t

    tlee

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. , get there early if you want to sit outside
  26. CE

    ConstanceE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Wonderful for a special evening out
  27. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Freshest oysters and local to boot. Great cocktail choices and something on the menu for everyone regardless of your dietary restrictions. Great service laid back and fun
  28. w

    williamj

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service as always
  29. JP

    JoanP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Go for the oysters of course, and the Ahi Tuna dishes are fab. If I had to give constructive criticism, I would say there is a bit of water damage on the ceilings in the hall and restrooms and it doesn’t match the rest of the updated loveliness of the restaurant!
  30. KG

    KevinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My wife and I went on 5/20/22 for our anniversary. We've enjoyed every visit to Liv's, and this time it was amazing. I had a Striped Bass special that was great. The dish had many wonderful flavors and even some lightly pickled peppers that added a spectacular taste. I also had to have a variety of 6 Oysters, along with the Warm Asparagus Salad. The salad was an "explosion" of flavors in ever bite. It had caramelized onions and a variety of tasty mushrooms, with a dressing that was exceptional. My wife tasted it and said that she will have it on our return. My wife had the short rib burger and an order of the Truffle French Fries. She was extremely happy. We finished by sharing a chocolate brownie dessert that was sensational. They also have a pretty exceptional wine list and an excellent selection of wines by the glass. Our server was Maddie, who told us that it was her first night. We made a point to tell her how great she was, because she pulled it off like a veteran. She was excellent.
  31. SB

    StephenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best raw bar in the area; tuna tartare was excellent; great/friendly server, Chrissy.
  32. M

    Mrsg

    Naples

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fabulous, year after year! Fresh shellfish always a favorite. Chowder is my absolute favorite!
  33. GD

    GlennD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner for two. Food, ambience and service was wonderful.
  34. AJ

    AnnaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating with our youngest daughter and we had an absolutely wonderful time! The oysters were so fresh and delicious and the dinner was exceptional. Our compliments to the chef!!! His selection of spices, vegetables and dish presentation was amazing. Thank you for a great culinary experience and evening!!!
  35. UT

    UTSP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food and service good. Found it to be very noisy, and quite chilly.
  36. SP

    StevenP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    What a wonderful dinner! The mussels amazing great atmosphere and attention to detail will definitely be back next time we are in saybrook
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been there two weeks in a row and the service and food were outstanding.
  38. DB

    DavidB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    If you love Oysters than Liv’s is the place to be .
  39. S

    Suzette

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Livs as a treat for our birthdays. The question we asked was why we don’t go there more often. The food is amazing. We always start with the mussels; we do everything but eat the sauce like soup! They are super. Next comes the oysters, always fresh and delicious. Our server was such a great help and nice guy. My husband is the chief of wine selection having been in the wine business. He said they have the perfect wine list; interesting and reasonable. Since we were celebrating a birthday, the brownie dessert, which was delicious, came complete with candle. We plan to go back soon and take company with us!
  40. J

    Joananne

    New England

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Patio dining was open which was a great experience. All aspects of dining were perfect. Thank you

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Liv's Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 395-5577.

Liv's Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 2088 OpenTable diners.

Liv's Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Liv's Oyster Bar

166 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Old Saybrook

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On Street or Parking Lot behind the building

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Brescio

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (860) 395-5577

  • Catering

    We offer off premise catering for events of all sizes. From weddings in your favorite venue to intimate dinners in your home. Please contact us to learn how each event is tailor made and customized to your desired experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Our space adds the perfect presence for smaller events (8-10). Warm, inviting, with our spot-on staff there to assist, Liv’s would love to be your host for any occasion. Please contact the restaurant for reservations.

  • Private party contact

    Julie, 860-395-5577. catering@livsoysterbar.com: (860) 395-5577

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