Shell and Bones Oyster Bar & Grill

4.6
782 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Lunch: Wednesday -Friday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(203) 787-3466
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Arturo Franco-Camacho
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Howard Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking and parking in an adjacent lot.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 782 People Are Saying
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Poor service, very expensive, taking good food and covering it up with sauces and herbs, trying to be to fancy instead of serving good quality food.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Our server Patrick was very attentive and polite. Plus the sommelier Jennifer was wonderful! We had a great time celebrating our birthdays together here. Thank you!!

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ME
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went during restaurant week, good choices. Our waiter was excellent.

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JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 70th birthday celebrated with my best friend we arrived early but were seat right away meal came quickly food was delicious!

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited during Restaurant Week and were very happy with the menu and the wine selections. Our salmon dinner was very good and the pear tart and cream sherry was the perfect ending.

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahh, Sell and Bones. I have been there several times for lunch but this was my first visit for dinner. Other than being a little pricey, this is great place for great food, ambiance, good conversation, and excellent views of New Haven Harbor. Service was excellent and my two friends that accompanied my wife and I really enjoyed it.

I had a salmon dish that was wonderfully prepared. The other dishes were Filet mignon, Lobster and tuna. All were excellent.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Too loud to talk. Too expensive. Food sub par. It was very disappointing.

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CT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always. The food here never disappoints and this evening was even better than usual. The swordfish with grits and Bordeaux sauce was off the charts. The service was excellent and it’s always nice to see Arturo.

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Michelle, made the evening even more wonderful...good food, great views...

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GF
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and view. The seafood is excellent. Cool out of the way location for any type of event.

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MI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great afternoon for my son’s 16th Birthday!!!!

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OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All good. Service perhaps a little too quick!

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view. Was able to secure a reservation on line overlooking the water. Food and service were both great. I thought the meals were a bit pricy but worth it for the atmosphere. Drink prices were way too expensive so unfortunately we all drank tap water. I think $16 or $18 for a Bloody Mary (a one shot drink of not even premium vodka) and $5 for a single cup of coffee is too much. Had the drink been $10 I would have ordered one. The bread was freshly baked and delicious as were our meals.

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HS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Delicious fresh dishes. Candlelight and a table by the fireplace. Perfect for date night!

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant has a definitive marina and beach front theme. The tables are extremely close together, leaving no room for private conversation nor quiet intimate dinner. The food was outstanding. Everything from the oyster appetizer to the creek brulee dessert was prepared perfectly and served with an artistic flair. Our waitress seemed unable to keep up with her tables and tertiary staff proved inadequate to fulfill the services of a waitress.

I will come here again.

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Find this place using trip advisor and had good reviews so decided to try it. Very nice inside atmosphere but noise level is loud. Waitress was good and rest of servers helping us was good but seemed to rush us through dinner which I hate. I had mussels appetizer which was good then had the shell and bones dish. Very good. My wife had cod dish also tasty. Menu is a bit lacking in the types of seafood offered. All in all I would try again but prices are a bit high

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Good ambiance and staff very attentive. Fish a bit bland and not as fresh as I expected.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a group of 9 with a range of ages. The menu is extensive. Everything we ordered was delicious and the portions were very generous. The restaurant is in a super location on the water and has a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back when we are back in New Haven next year

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BK
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a very pleasant surprise. The setting is just lovely and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch/brunch. The service was excellent and the wait staff was attentive. They did try to clear the table several times while one of us was still eating but apart from that, we did not feel rushed. The meals were beautifully presented and portions were great. Two of the four were vegan/vegetarian and the selections available were more than sufficient. Great menu and delicious foods. The price was a little expensive but overall a good value for the time and the quality of food we enjoyed. We would easily return when we are in the area.

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a scenic view of New Haven harbor. Very professional and efficient service. We have had great dinners here in the past, especially the ribeye, which is as good as any steakhouse in the area. The brunch was disappointing. The clam chowder should be called potato chowder. It was also too thin and bland for our tastes. The burger was very good and the house chips were great. The "Boston" steak and eggs and chicken with waffle were good, not great. We have high expectations for this restaurant based on past experience. This meal was less than thrilling.

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JF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable server on wine and beer list. All staff were friendly and helpful.

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T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner on a Friday night. It was pretty busy. The clams on the half shell were delicious. The shaved fennel salad was also great. Entrees were delicious too. This place is not inexpensive but I think it’s worth the cost.

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k
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant - fantastic food , service and ambiance .

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my boyfriend here for his birthday and had the best dinner I've had in New Haven. Our waiter was very friendly, and he brought out a candle and complimentary ice cream at the end of our meal.

The prime rib was amazing, and their bread is delicious.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. We had a wonderful dinner.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

While the food was excellent, it was loud, too loud! I went there for a quiet meal, I am not sure if it was because we were close to the bar but you should not have to yell to have a conversation with the people sitting across the table fro you to be heard.
If the bar was closed off a little more, that might make dinning there more pleasurable experience.
The desert menu left a lot to be desired

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JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best waterfront spot in New Haven. Great, fresh seafood, delicious prime steaks, salads, nightly specials and cocktails. In warm weather, the windows are open to the harbor.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We dine there every time we are traveling through on business; 5 times a year. We enjoy the location, service and often the food. Disappointed in the Lobster on one occasion and was surprised by the cost of the pepper Steak ($65 which the waiter never disclosed)considering the house NY strip is REALLY good for like $38 or $42. The steak was not work $65 period. (And we eat at he likes of RUTH CHRIST and Morton’s. We have always been excited to dine there as your oyster guy is sook sweet and cooks them just like we ask and the service is solid. But disappointed the last two trips. Mr and Mrs Darrell Diodato
6 East Red Gold Circle
Camp Hill, PA
17012

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service with super location .
Fried oysters are to die for

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GF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Brian was outstanding- prompt service and kept his full attention on our table

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for a very loud table right next to us ( namely the women in the group) that nearly spoiled an otherwise great dining experience. We understand it has nothing to do with the overall ambiance, food nor service ( which was outstanding) but we didn't expect loud bar language in the dining area at 5:00pm . . .

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night at Shell and Bones -- i had been there for business but never with my wife. We were have dinner pre-show at the Rep. Despite arriving a little late, they were very accommodating to work with our constrained schedule. Service was outstanding, and there were MANY outstanding food choices. Good luck picking one salad... Raw bar is amazing, and there was great variety for main dishes, even for landlubbers. Our server was very helpful and creative in designing a non-alcoholic "mocktail" that met certain dietary limitations. Overall a great meal, great view, and will be back. Final tip -- leave extra time for parking, as you may not get into the small lot and have to park some distance away.

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JY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hospitality great food great service
Great raw bar
Very accommodating to every request

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting right on the water which is a rarity around here. Food was very good, well prepared, and on time with little confusion. Happy hour provided some apps and drinks at a discount. Would highly recommend.

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LL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shell and Bones never disappoints. The food is fresh and so delicious. Beautiful waterfront dining. The staff always makes me feel special.

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TA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend this restaurant for two reasons!!! My salmon and grits we're delicious!!! Our server Molly had a great sense of humor to go along with my guest. She was friendly and provided great service!!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve and staff were amazing. I had a wonderful lunch. Thanks again

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MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great. View and ambience was very nice. Food was overly priced and what we did eat was mediocre at best. Wine pricing was ridiculous. Would possibly return for a beer and mussel pot. That would be only thing. Be prepared to spend a good amount for a nice view only.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, great service with a great view. We will be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful to be able to sit outside in nice weather, and because the large glass doors are open in nice weather, the whole restaurant feels outdoors on the water. The food and service are exceptional.

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