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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Bar Seating (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Casual (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Seasonal (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I go here every couple of months. The seafood is fresh and tastes amazing the service is spectacular.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I love Liv’s - have never had anything but a fabulous dining experience

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

WE went to Liv's for Valentine's Day. Two great meals, excellent cocktails, responsive service. And yes, the oysters were fantastic, especially Ichabod's. What more is there to say?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Liv's on several occasions, so we knew it would be really good. The mussels were to die for, and our tuna and pasta entrees did not disappoint. They were delicious!! The one small letdown was the wait for our entrees. There were a couple of other tables who came in after us and got their food before us, and not sure what the delays was due to. Our waitress did follow-up and made sure we knew what was going on. Maybe it was due to it being Valentine's Day and their being business. No sure. Would not keep us from returning though. It is still an outstanding place to have a drink, some oysters and a great entree!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Truly one of our favorite restaurants...Robert and his team are wonderful. Oysters were incredible and Liv's shucker is probably one of the best in the state!! We will drive from our home which is on the other end of the state and not think twice...well worth the drive!

Two super satisfied customers

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our dinner at Liv's was a belated birthday celebration for my wife. We arrived a few minutes early and the restaurant was a little more "energetic" than I expected. Table wasn't our perfect choice but she had a great time and loved her dinner and that's all that counts.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A wonderful meal, fantastic service and the quality of ingredients and preparation was outstanding. As an example, as an owner/restaurateur, I shared some commentary on a particular dish which was met with great appreciation and without ego. A recognition of the level of commitment they have to the guest experience. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very enjoyable evening dinner prior to a show at The Kate. Service was professional and attentive. Meals were some of the best we've had from any restaurant. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Liv's continues to perform at a high level. Food is great, especially the seafood. $1.00 oysters on Wednesdays are super. One of our favorite places. Gets a bit noisy on weekends.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I absolutely love this restaurant! The food is always incredible and the service is fantastic, I highly recommend a night at Liv's!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The only drawback to this wonderful restaurant is its somewhat strange layout and interior design that is bland and somewhat characterless on an otherwise charming coastal New England Main Street The food, however, is outstanding in every way. My girlfriend and I both started out with the chopped salad and a plate of oysters which were both fresh, flavorful, and ample. My girlfriend had seared sesame salmon with Thai noodles and broccoli, and the flavors melded beautifully, accentuated by a lovely peanut sauce. I had the shellfish paella, which was revelatory. The shellfish were expertly cooked, and the rice was beautifully spiced. The chorizo gave it a wonderful kick, and paired with a wonderful white that cut through the spice that made the dish a standout. We finished off the meal with an Almond Joy flourless chocolate cake with an amaretto mango sauce that is still memorable several days later. Great coffee too, which believe it or not, is hard to come by at some fine dining establishment, which do not prioritize this part of their service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

ask for mel to tend you table she is awesome and so is the entire staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Liv’s continues to be a great restaurant. The food is wonderful and the waitstaff professional. Everything we ordered was well seasoned.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

All of our meals on Sunday evening were not that good. We were disappointed. Other times we have been at Liv’s the food is delicious!!! Maybe a different chef on Sunday???

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Tables are close together so you get bumped when people walk by but the food was fantastic. The server had one very needy table that held things up but it was a great time.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were so happy the mussels with the delicious sauce were back on the menu (appetizers). I also had the roasted mushroom salad which was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I celebrated New Years Eve 2017 at Liv's Oyster Bar. It was a very pleasant experience. The wait staff was right on point and the food was outstanding. Will be returning real soon!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Liv’s is a favorite restaurant of ours and it lived up to our expectations. The food was outstanding. The oysters were fresh and so tasty. The calamari was battered lightly and was tender and delicious. So were the rest of the appetizers we tried. The Caesar salad and wild mushroom salad were scrumptious. Our entrees were exceptional. We had the swordfish, ahi tuna, apo special, hangar steak and the fried seafood dinner. Every entree for the 10 of us was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed them tremendously. The service was exceptional too. The hostess was great. Our waitress was fantastic- pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable. She and her crew kept us happy with drinks, water, bread etc. I highly recommend Liv’s.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service from Zaida... fabulous Oyster selection and specials. Never rushed and noise level is fine. They could tone the light level down a bit. Will certainly go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We are repeat customers of Liv's. It is unquestionably the best restaurant in Old Saybrook. There were five in our party, and we ordered a wide variety from the menu. Each dish was of high quality - no losers in the bunch. Wednesday night in the winter is a buck-a-shuck for oysters. Last night's were Fisher's Island bred and were very tasty. It was a truly delightful meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took a family for their first time and they loved it! The service was superb!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food here is always amazing and the service is the best I’ve ever experienced! By far my favorite restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

ive eaten here a couple times and the food and service are always good. its a great place for a date night just make reservations because its not a big place and if there's no bar seats you could wait awhile

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Liv’s was back up to my expectations (after a funky gas smell the last two times we went) . No gas smell, meals were excellent, service was great. Yay because this is my favorite local restaurant. We’ll resume our regular visits 😃

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic oyster selection. Service and food are always perfection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent meal for my wife and I on her birthday. What a great find.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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 2, 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 .

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 26, 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 24, 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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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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