Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill

4.7
1813 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Located in Historic City Point, New Haven, Connecticut, Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill occupies a space that has been a legendary restaurant location for decades. Daniel Kay along with partners Marc Knight and Robert Bolduc (of Geronimo Bar & Grill) completely remodeled the restaurant. Its design pays homage to the areas nautical history while offering a light and airy space with clean lines, amazing water views, ocean breezes and a fireplace for those chilly nights.
To complete the package the trio has brought in award-winning Executive Chef Arturo Franco Camacho (Franco). Franco is a veteran of the CT food scene whose extensive repertoire spans from Chef de Cuisine on the QE2 to opening several of his own successful restaurants (Roomba, Bespoke and Suburban).
At Shell & Bones the focus is on seafood and steak utilizing fresh & sustainable ingredients. We have both indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitting) and can accommodate private parties and corporate events.

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
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
What 1813 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chip
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Too many people in restaurant. Tables too close together. Too much and crowded traffic. Hope I did not get COVID. Food and staff were fantastic.

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PatriciaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best overall meals I’ve had in a long time. We took our servers recommendations on appetizers, including an amazing charcuterie board and delicious cocktail, and were blown away. Fresh seafood and a perfectly cooked steak as well. Only disappointment was the only had one of their desserts available as the others were all sold out (and I would’ve ordered them all). Cannot wait to go back!

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SHIRLEYR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, however, too many people for these times. Women’s bathroom one stahl at the time.

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My date and I shared the oyster Rockefellers, this was my first time ever eating oysters and I must say- they were DELISH! So yummy and wonderfully seasoned. I ordered the 'Icelandic Black Garlic Cod', the seasoning on TOP of the fish was delish but the fish itself and the rest of the plate was super bland. Salt anyone? My date ordered the Boston Steak Frites, he said it wasnt salty as he read in another review and the fries were perfection. For drinks we had the Geronimo Margaritas, they were good-but not amazing. I like my margaritas on the stronger side and this drink was too soft for my preference. Would I go back? Yes! I would give it another shot.

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HainesB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The entrés were both excellent. I had the lobster salad and shrimp linguine. Appetizers not so good: the fried cauliflower is does not pass as food; the oysters Rockefeller were OK, but nothing special. The desert, creme brulé, was covered with so much fruit garbage that its its character was lost. My appetizer served long before that of my wife, which no decent restaurant should have done. Water view nice; decoration rather industrial and not particularly pleasing; noise level much too high for me.
Service good when I could get the water's attention.

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SaraR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food, well spaced tables and covid protocol well observed! Very enjoyable

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DanR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was moderately good. The service was excellent. We had the halibut and the salmon, both had a good taste but nothing exceptional. The restaurant offers a very beautiful and scenic view. If you gauge the overall dinner experience versus the price, not sure it is justifiable.

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was so excited to eat here, I made the reservation weeks in advance, they confirmed my reservation with me the day before, and they were closed for renovations when I SHOWED UP to eat and never let me know. When I called went straight to voicemail. Terrible and will not be dining here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and we’ll be back soon

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markm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice. Always excellent food. Not too crowded for New years eve

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MegK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Amazing!!!!! We had the bouillabase and seafood tower. Both were so fresh and absolutely on point!

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KarenL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a delicious late lunch on New Years Eve day

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PaulaP
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolutely delicious meal and dining experience!!! We had wonderful wait staff and service. The food was all on point!! No rushing...and the espresso martini is to die for. Would highly recommend!

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vipdhdd
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a nice setting. Observed all guidelines for Covid. Unfortunately they have decreased business hours and we chose a day that they did not have many items on the menu.

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KyrstiP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here on several occasions and have always had a wonderful experience. At our last time visiting it was the week between Christmas and New Year and you could tell they did not expect to be as busy as they were for lunch - but still had outstanding service and even the manager was bringing food to tables.

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DKEATS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very courteous and accommodating, the food came out in a timely fashioned and cooked to perfection. Cocktails were also fantastic and reasonably priced, seafood was fresh and clean. 10/10 will be returning again

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TwoSisters
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic indoor dining experience! Thank you Shell & Bones for making the extra effort to be Covid-safe for dining inside!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service great food! Couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas Eve experience

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I come here every Christmas Eve for our holiday tradition. We love the food and the ambiance.

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JAEe
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful view! Lovely sparkling water fried calamari was amazing!!!! The the chocolate fondue and fried donuts were the best!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience!!! Everything was top notch! Will be back!!!! Thank you

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ChristineL
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Husband’s birthday

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just a so-so experience. Service was a little off- slow to bring drinks, meals served at different times, forgot to leave seasoning off fries. For a seafood restaurant, the crab cakes were a big disappointment- no better than Mrs. Paul’s in the grocery freezer section! This was my first visit so maybe I just picked the wrong menu item. My husband’s fish tacos were alright.

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DeniseS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Celebrates my mother in law’s birthday last Sunday. The brunch was excellent!!! They accommodated us to eat outside and the service was perfect.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was excellent. We will definitely be returning again

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robertb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Prices were high and food was mediocre, then the waiter over charged us $15. He corrected it for us but didn't explain it or apologize.

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EdWaz
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great experience.
Food is excellent with service to match.

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Shari
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.

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NandiJ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved it. Great service ... good food . Clam chowder was awesome .... bouillabaisse could take a bit more seasoning but it was fresh and still tasty .

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JBo1
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite spot for a special night. Chef's Filet Mignon is outstanding. Highly recommend for great meal with your significant other or some close friends.

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LW23
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were there on a cold raw Covid day, but I'm sure on a nice day with its views of the Sound, a great place for drinks and seafood.

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vipbillie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The bouillabaisse was very good and plentiful. However, the crab cake/bacon sandwich totally missed the high standard a good seafood restaurant should have.Very good wines and excellent waterfront location.

LM
LauraM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Amazing experience as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view on the waterfront, great food and service.

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silv
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and attention to detail . Beautiful and very clean with all covid guidelines . Great drinks too !
We had some dietary restrictions which they helped with and even had options for kids .

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LauraM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. I have never ordered the same thing because everything on the menu looks amazing and every time I have been there the special sad seem to get better and better. Well worth the price for the exceptional service and view.

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Reggie
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An early Thanksgiving dinner that started at 330pm and ended about an hour after sunset. An enjoyable experience overall.

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SharonD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!! The service was great. And the restaurant followed all social distancing protocols. Can’t wait to go back!!!

CA
CATT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving - second year in a row - service, food and ambiance were perfect!

FAQs

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 787-3466.

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1813 OpenTable diners.

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.