The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

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179 reviews
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The Saltwater Grille, located in Litchfield, Connecticut, is a casual full service restaurant offering a variety of fresh fish and other seafood. Saltwater has an impressive wine list with over 400 wines. The New England restaurant offers some of the freshest raw and chilled seafood dishes like oysters and clams on the half shell. Additionally, you will find options for those looking for a great steak, chicken or vegetarian fare. A family friendly restaurant, Saltwater offers a children's menu for those under 12.


Join us in front of the fire in the lounge, in one of our four quiet dining rooms, or out on the patio (weather permitting!).

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our dinners were delicious! The bread, soup, salad, crab cakes and entrees. Oh and the drinks too!! We’ll be back for sure. This restaurant will make you happy!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great there and the service is top notch! I'm looking forward to going back very soon.

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

Excellent place to eat, we go often both with and without Groupons the place is amazing and the staff very friendly no matter what time of day you choose to go! Highly recommend!

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was the best part of our experience here. We shared a delicious cheese plate and I ordered the cod and my husband had the tuna. Great food, ok service. They offer a ridiculous Groupon that has so many restrictions that I’ve never seen before and our waitress was pretty rude when we mentioned using it. If you’re going to use a groupon for this place , READ THE FINE PRINT. Their management will not budge on any of the restrictions and you will end up wasting your money by not being able to use the groupon.

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GL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were both very good but we were forced to eat in a noisy lounge which wasn't to our taste.

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NM
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, especially the appetizers. We returned here after having moved out of the area several years ago, and we were not disappointed. Better than ever.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Website advertizing was misleading for special ocassion stating that regular menu items would be available in addition to listed specials for Mother's Day which they were NOT.

Aside, food was good, small portions.

Slightly overpriced for amount and quality.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Booked reservation thru Open Table, well in advance of Mother's Day for an early dinner. On line recommendations were fabulous. We were seated in the bar area, two large TV's blaring and very noisy. Not exactly what I had planned for my 85 year old Mom. Ordered and food was delivered promptly. Mom asked for the day's special soup, tomato walnut, and clam chowder was delivered. Mom asked for wild rice pilaf and mashed potatoes were delivered. Rice pilaf was not dressed, ie, butter? olive oil? herbs/spices?? It was just cooked rice. We both had a salmon dish. The fish was cooked perfectly. Had to request bread on three different occasions. Server was pleasant but too many errors to merit a more favorable rating.

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ML
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visiting on Mothers Day we had a large group and were accommodated in the lounge area. The table was well prepared although the adjoining tables were small booths located close by our large group. It was at times difficult to hear one another within the small space. Our server Maria was very pleasant knowledgeable and attentive. She had the assistance of others on staff to bring all of our 9 dinners out at the same time. All were pleased with the quality of their dinner. We will be back!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food was terrific and staff was exceptional . Will most definitely recommend and return ourselves . Cozy atmosphere and music were a nice surprise too.

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TM
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used a Groupon for the three course meal. The surf and turf meal was delicious and properly presented. Jill was timely with serving our food and drinks. We are planning on a return visit.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, waitress and restaurant were great. We did not have to wait to be seated.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to meet friends for a delicious lunch. We were greeted with smiles from the staff. Soft shell crab sandwich was outstanding. A delightful restaurant.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, service and appearance of the restaurant were wonderful. The issue I had was that there was a large group already seated and they put our party of two right next to the large group. We were only the 2 tables filled at the time so there were at least 15 empty tables. There was eventually 2 other tables seated, all in our little area. So it was loud and crowded and itt didn't have to be.

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends. Food was perfect, service was exceptional. We took our time enjoying our friends company, and were not rushed with wine selection, or ordering food. The waitress was very accommodating and there was no urgency throughout our visit. We had reservations for 7pm and we were thee last to leave. Thank you for a PERFECT evening! We look forward to our next visit.

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d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jill the waitress was very helpful in assisting a vegetarian in a seafood restaurant

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P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very fine restaurant, with food that is tasty. The wait staff do an outstanding job. I go here about every three weeks. The scallops wrapped in duck bacon is my favorite appetizer.

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l
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service very fast, like you sat down and they're like what would you like? Portions are generous. Included salad is fine, if tomatoes were very underripe. Potatoes with main were plain "boiled" boring, though the vegetables were good. Didn't have dessert. Stick with the plainer grilled items. Should have lobster rolls !!!

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent service, wonderful early bird special price

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The LSG was amazing. The oysters as advertised were plump, delicious and fresh. The food and service was great. My salmon, although very tasty, was not hot. Other than that, highly recommend it especially with the Groupon, made it even more enjoyable.

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s
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most delicious oysters I've had in quite some time (and shucked perfectly).
We had 2 of the evening's specials, and they both were delicious.
We were seated in their smaller dining room...so it was little quiet for my taste (I like to be able to talk without thinking everyone is listening). But the bar looked wonderful, and the other dining area looked inviting as well.
Will definitely be back!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Really nice atmosphere! Grilled Swordfish was amazing

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J
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, great value (we used a Groupon that we received for Christmas). Only qualm was that we were seated right next to cussin' f-bombling regulars and nobody wants to hear that when they are trying to enjoy a nice dinner date out. The staff was very accommodating to move our seats and sympathize. We loved the gourmet food and live music. Artichoke dip could have been a little less watery, we make one at home that is a better recipe. Pistachio Salmon and Creme Brulee were especially delicious. We'd recommend the Groupon experience though.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in the area. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place. Prices slightly higher than average but quality and ambiance reflected in price. Delicious food.

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KN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille is fabulous! I'm a little spoiled in that I live close to the shore so I wasn't expecting a place so far inland to do seafood so well. It was such an enjoyable experience celebrating my birthday here. Maria, our server was wonderful. We loved the cozy feel of the restaurant. Great drink selection! The tuna appitzer was excellent as well as the fried calamari. We also thoroughly enjoyed the salmon, swordfish, and shrimp and scallop pasta. We will definitely be back and recommend to others!

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JO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saltwater Grill is a wonderful place. The food is perfectly prepared and generous in portion size. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing. Perfect for a date or special occasion. We had restaurant provided, complimentary tableside singers who sang acapella. A lovely touch for Valentines Day. Their wine and liquor list is extensive and contained many gems not found anywhere else. The service was warm and responsive without any hovering. I love this place and will return again many times.

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GL
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening of drinks and dinner. The staff was very friendly and let us take our time so we didn't feel rushed! Will definitely be back.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! The crab cakes were delicious! Will definitely be back!!

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except the food was so under seasoned it had no flavor. Every dish. Disappointed.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went early so very few other people there. Had very good sword fish and the steak burger with salads for dinner and spectacular bread pudding for dessert. Service was good, food was served in a timely manner and all staff that came to the table was neatly dressed and very pleasant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had an early reservation so the restaurant was nice and quiet. Our server was definitely on top of her game and the food was delicious!

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f
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal on Monday night - a cold and blistery night
We enjoyed both the Onion Soup and the New England Clam Chowder.
Both of our fish dishes were very good, hot and well seasoned. We appreciated the
attentiveness of our waitress - Thank you

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure. Fabulous food, service, and the cocktails are fabulous

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ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best oysters in the area. Noise level depends on where one sits,The bar can be unsatisfactorily noisy when the band is playing! Overall, very good. Excellent service from Maddy.

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OA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous New Year's Eve dinner. Excellent dinner menu rich in options and flavors. Shrimp cocktails, Baked Stuffed Clams for appetizers. Steak and Lobster Tails for dinner. Rich and tasty desserts. Service was warm, efficient, unobtrusive and friendly all at the same time. Such a wonderful spot for a casual brunch or a special night out!

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m always so excited to come to the Saltwater Grille. Everyone from the host who seats you to the waiter’s are so nice the food selection is awesome and the food is always top notch and fresh! My husband and I usually start with the large cold seafood tower which is always fresh and tasty! I love this place, it’s a special occasion place for us as it’s 45 min from home but it’s worth it!

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great. We went there for our 26th Wedding Anniversary.

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