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About Liv's Oyster Bar

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.The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.

166 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 395-5577

Website:
http://www.livsoysterbar.com/

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.

Parking Details:
On Street or Parking Lot behind the building

Executive Chef:
John Brescio

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Mon-Fri: Happy Hour Menu 4-6 PM










Liv's Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Special Occasion (29)
Fit for Foodies (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Casual (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (15)
Fun (13)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Cozy (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been to Liv’s several times and always enjoyed our meals as have our friends. The big draw is the oysters; a great selection and best tasting oysters in the state.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Livs is a consistent performer. The meals are delicious and presented well. The raw bar features oysters from a variety of locations, both east and west coasts varieties. Course selections includes lighter fare like fish tacos through womderfully prepared Berkshire pork chops. I highly recommend Livs.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Oysters were wonderful especially on Wednesdays when they are $1.00 a piece. Hamburgers and fries are always delicious. Salad with bacon was great. Wait staff was attentive.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I have had a mixed experience at Liv's. Service has always been good and friendly. That being said the last time I was there, there was an unbelievable smell. I had been told about this by a friend and had gone two time prior without any issue but this last time it was noticeable. I mentioned it to the manager that explained that they were handling the issue and that it was a known problem. We had already ordered our meals and I felt that I should stay. I should have left because the bill was expensive to endure the smell. Embarrassed, I paid the bill and left making note on my receipt of the odor. That same night by chance a friend came in for his birthday, sat down nearby table ordered drinks and then left because of the smell. NOT HAPPY

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The oysters are amazing! We also had the Tuna Tartar with chips and the fish tacos so delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent. I ordered the tuna tartar and the clam chowder. Both were perfect. For entree I got the scallops, which were cooked perfectly. My wife ordered the fish tacos which had an awesome charred taste.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lovely evening great service and delicious dinner as usual. Our go to in Old Saybrook

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, good service, we love eating at the bar.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious oysters; interesting food choices; helpful, friendly wait staff and a candle in the bread pudding for the celebration! We were allowed plenty of time to visit with one another. Overall, a lovely night out...thanks Liv's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love Livs it’s always excellent!
Our waitress was very helpful and pleasant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved our dining experience. Everything was spot on! Thank you for a delightful evening!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food at Love's was delicious. Two of us were not very hungry, so we ordered a couple of appetizers. The creamed cauliflower soup was outstanding. Its smoked mussels added a wonderful contast to the subtlety of the cauliflower puree. The tuna tartar was fabulous as well. And the service was impeccable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

we like the oysters it is fresh and the staff is veryfriendly

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The place is beautiful and the food was magnificently delicious. Really better than expected. Will be going back. Great wines too:)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Liv's is usually the restaurant that I consider to have the best food around (i'm a big fish eater and their fish is always delicious). Last night's meal (swordfish) seemed more run of the mill than it usually is. Not sure if that was affected by environmental factors...there was a small of propane/gas that was very strong. I asked the host about it and he assured that it had been checked out and was OK but it was rather unappetizing. Really should have worked to air the place out. We (2) were seated next to a group of 6 women who were pretty loud so that was kind of annoying too. I'll go back because as I said, I usually love their food. Service was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

New fall menu. First day. Not quite up to past visits.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious in every way :-))— if you adore fish , this is your go to spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

When your meal starts with asking for more cranberry in a cran/seltzer you get nervous. My hamburger ordered med. came rare. My fear that it would lose all of it's beautiful presentation was correct. Blue cheese gone on one half...fries heated up by cooking them some more..they ruined a great hamburger. Manger gave a free cocktail and was accommodating, but did not realize that the dish was ruined the way the kitchen handled it. They should have just started over..I would have happily waited. The desserts left a lot to be desired and I was sorry I got one. Was so disappointed for Zagut rated restaurant. My niece did enjoy her roasted fish so I said nothing and was happy for her. Our waitress was very attentive and asked all the right questions, but the kitchen just seemed put out that THEY got it wrong. Been in the business so know what is right and what is wrong.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We are never disappointed at Liv's! The food is excellent and consistent, the servers are very friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is trendy and comfortable. Always a winner!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Liv's Oyster Bar never disappoints! On quaint Main Street, pleasant surroundings inside, enjoyable to sit at the bar for a drink (marvelous creative cocktails) or dinner. Menu is always changing and full of interesting options for every palate. I like to order the squash blossoms (divine) or the octopus salad for my appetizer (or fried oysters that are not on the menu!) and I had the swordfish which is lovely and light. My dining companion had the hanger steak that she raved about. Service is great. Love Liv's.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Outstanding as always. Our favorite restaurant in Connecticut. Attentive service, nice wine selection, the oyster sampler and romaine hearts salad provided a fresh and tasty start to the meal, the swordfish dish and New England seafood roast were cooked perfectly (loved the broth in the roast) and served steaming hot. Finished the meal with carrot cake (the honey ginger and cream cheese frosting was “wow”) and the campfire torte (unique desert with homemade marshmallow and dark chocolate ganache cake with a bourbon caramel sauce with smoked nuts) provided a perfect ending with the Cappuccino.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My friends and I ate there recently on our way to the casino for a concert. We sat outside and the service, food and atmosphere was excellent. We would certainly recommend it and will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great selection of local oysters. Had fun getting a sampler and trying out the different styles. Calamari appetizer was wonderful. Perfectly cooked, lightly breaded, and the right amount of heat. I had a homemade pasta with clams and sausage that was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

My husband and I met at Liv's for a quick happy hour bite before a meeting at our sons school. The service was good and the food as well. It was a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, as usual. Our go-to place for a nice quiet meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I am repeating my own prior reviews of Liv's, but we have never had a meal at Liv's that was not great. The seared (barely) tuna was as good as I have ever had anywhere, and while our server was relatively new, she was as nice as can be. Never rushed and never waiting too long.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great innovative seafood.
Excellent oyster selection and presentation
Chef John runs a great establishment ,never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

excellent service and food, with a quiet relaxed atmosphere

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food an service ( our waiter Patrick was outstanding) was very good A+++.
They allowed me and my wife to split the salad an dinner and the portions where perfect!
Bottle of Malbec wine was very good an not over priced (30 bucks).
Overall great dinner!!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Though the menu is not extensive, there's an interesting selection of both seafood non - this in addition to the raw bar. It's always an easy place to go for dinner that never disappoints.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our second trip to Liv's this summer. This time, the service was a bit slower, despite it being less busy. The oysters were still good, but weren't amazing like a few weeks ago. Still a very good meal, with good food. See you next summer!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food and service were great, however the portions for the price were extremely small, they should have been about 50% larger (and they still would be on the smaller size).

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We always enjoy having dinner at Liv's. Everyone on the staff provides excellent service. The manager Julie always accommodates to makes sure we have an excellent dining experience. We have been customers of Liv's from the beginning and it is a gem along the shoreline. Joan and Peter Cahill

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Awesome oysters. Very creative menu with high quality ingredients. Excellent wine list. Delicious, and great service

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Met at Liv's for a light dinner. Had made reservations for two but had a family member come last minute. They were able to take us outside, but we chose to sit at the bar. Had a few specialty drinks- they were good, not memorable though. When we go to a fairly high-end restaurant we expect exceptional cocktails, but this wasn't the case. Secondly, we decided on sharing several appetizers and a salad. The salad was excellent, but the apps were mediocre. Thick breading on calamari- the dish tasted as if it was reheated, oyster special was fair.
Quite disappointed, since I had chosen to go there and had enjoyed several other delicious meals in the past.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Still one of our favorites...Food and service are both great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Always good.
Good food, good service, god fun.
Go there.
We do....

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Had not tried it in several years even though we live in the area... we walked by and saw a menu posted at the door and decided to try again... so we made the reservation and discovered that what we saw was a luncheon menu ... bottom line is that this is New York pricing without New York standout food... so, we now know and will not return...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Four of us had dinner at Liv's. Staff is welcoming and the environment is nice. Sadly, they were out of all tuna dishes, so I could not order what I intended to. The service was excellent and the food very good. The goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms were good, but very small and bland in flavor. Oysters were fine. My halibut was very good, as were the salmon dishes enjoyed by my dining companions. The fruit compote for dessert was good, but nothing spectacular.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food and they take in consideration any allergies. This was a better dining experience than a previous one.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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