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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Casual (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Fun (13)
Romantic (12)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tapas (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Quick Bite (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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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great if you like seafood, a little limited if you dont.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Liv's has consistently provided a relatively sophisticated and accomplished menu. It focuses primarily on seafood but has other good options as well. The wine list is good and reasonable priced and the service is excellent with knowledgable wait staff.

Decibel level permits good conversation and It is an enjoyable place to eat.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Table was ready when we arrived. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Had to ask for bread after it was offered and didn't show. Food was well prepared and we enjoyed our choices, oysters, fish taco's, Caeser salad and mushroom ravioli. I would recommend this restaurant and plan to revisit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was amazing, literally cleaned our plates. Service was efficient, friendly and unpretentious. We had a wonderful time and plan to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

What a fabulous meal ! Chef Brescio is the finest on the Shoreline. Every dish at our table had nothing but extremely fresh ingredients. Presentation was outstanding also. Highly recommend making this a must on the Holiday to do list.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Tapas, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I’ve been here several times. The food has ALWAYS been amazing - the service, timing of order being taken to presentation of food to table - SO SLOW - and this last time a middle of a week dinner with empty TABLES - not even busy.

So Disappointed.

Off night perhaps - just know if you go - you’ll have great food - everything else is up in the air.

Good Luck

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have always enjoyed our meals at Liv's. However, this time something was different. The food was not up to their high standards. We specifically asked our waitress if there were any specials and she said there were not. The waitress for the next table proceeded to review the day's specials with them.
Perhaps there has been a change in management or in the kitchen, but we will not be going there again. This is unfortunate as this was our anniversary dinner. It was so bad we have booked another date night anniversary dinner at another restaurant because we feel cheated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Just a little noisy when all the tables were full. Food was very good as were the drinks. Service was excellent .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent fresh local sea food creatively prepared. Well structured wine list. Very helpful worth gluten free guests. Tasty and imaginative desserts. Worth the trip and the price!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent place, oysters were the best! We changed the time of our reservation at the last minute and they were very accommodating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Reliably great food. My seared tuna was lovely. Others really enjoyed squash ravioli, swordfish and a seafood special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As always it doesn't disappoint. Great food and service. Had the oyster's - tasty and delightful. We had several of the small plates - the short rib pastrami and the shrimp roll all delicious. Planning our next visit with friends soon.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. Our table was ready when we arrived. The service was on point. The menu had many options. I will likely return soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Oyster specials make it a must go to place. Just overall very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 27, 2017

As always the service was A++++. It was a great night out with my mom for oysters.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Terrific food with outstanding and friendly service. One of our favorite restaurants on the shoreline.

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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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