The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

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150 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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JO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
29 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
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
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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DM
1 review
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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TG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andy and his staff always come through. They are a staple in the Litchfield County area and beyond.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time that we sat in the dining room instead of the bar area. Bar area has much more ambiance.

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MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Calamari was small and lacking. Swordfish was so terrible. Tasted grey. Burger ordered to replace it came out dripping blood when ordered medium well.
Waitress saw it and told us she would remove both dinners from our bill. She also brought a table size brownie sundae dessert.

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t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great first visit
We will definitely return

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BY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent with a friendly staff. I’ve been there twice for birthdays and the complementary dessert were to die for. Will keep coming back.

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu is extensive,very good specials of the day. The food is attractively presented and well
prepared.

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TA
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was excellent! Vegetables that came with dinner were excellent!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent service, delicious food and great atmosphere.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with atmosphere, service and food. We used a Groupon and the menu was more than sufficient. Will definitely return.

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P
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saltwater is a great place for an outstanding meal. The hostess seated us immediately and was very friendly. Our waitress was also very attentive and friendly. The meal was outstanding. You gotta try the duck- bacon wrapped scallops!

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went out for a Thursday night dinner. Our reservation was for 7:30, but we arrived early and they were able to seat us early. The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. The waitress stopped in just enough to check in. We will definitely be back.

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SD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! We were very impressed. The place has a nice ambiance and the atmosphere very relaxed. They do have a bar area for those wanting that kind of vibe. But our meals were perfect.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing
Waitress was perfect

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place good food good service would definitely come back recommend

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k
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Litchfield Co about 40 miles from the restaurant, so on a cold rainy night in November made reservations for the following night. When we came in the area to the right was quite noisy but one look at us (we're in our 60's) and the seater took us to the left (into what I would call the geezer section) The voices in this area rarely exceeded a whisper. Normally at a new seafood restaurant I have Baked Salmon or Swordfish, because you never know how overcooked the shrimp will be; but the menu had so many possibilities that I and my date had to try new entree's. We started the evening with Clam Chowder and were pleasantly surprised that the chowder contained no sand! It was delicious without the sand! I had the crabcakes made with sweet potato the spiralized veggies, my date had the Oysters. This was our first experience at this restaurant and while most restaurants of this caliber charge NYC prices, the prices at SWG were so reasonable, we left a well-deserved 25% gratuity. We will share our experience with friends and we have already asked another couple to join us the next time we visit!

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I came to celebrate the improved health status of one of us, and found some offering for everyone, well presented and well served. This is definitely a place we want to return to, as often as we can. Our only negative was the extremely noisy party in the same room of the restaurant, making our conversation difficult to hear at times. We wondered why they were not seated in another room .

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, quiet atmosphere and pleasant decor. My daughter and husband's fish dishes were very fresh and tasty. My duck special was delicious and crispy.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great experience. The service was fantastic. Will come back again for dinner. I highly recommend this place to friends and colleagues.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience very pleasant staff and excellent food

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TG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We all suffered stomach craps afterwards. Food seemed “day old”

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chilean Sea Bass with a black bean sauce was sublime! And they seated us in the back room which meant that it was a bit quieter...although every table was filled. That green salad with the house made onion vinagrette is fantastic! Great to know they sell it too.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Somewhat limited menu. Perhaps if oysters are your thing this is a good place but otherwise the food is ordinary but ok. It is a decent local place but not worth going out of your way for. The service is friendly and attentive.

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C
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in quiet dining room.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Great atmosphere.

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W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very comfortable restaurant with a very nice menu, extensive wine list and reasonable prices. I had Beet salad, the simply prepared tuna and a bottle Louis Jadot Puilly Fuise. I can't remember what my wife order but she thoroughly enjoyed her meal.

I will go again.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is lovely. The food was delicious from the appetizers to the entrees to dessert! We were a party of 5 and we all had awesome meals. Our waitress was very pleasant, knowledgeable about the food, and very attentive.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While the overall room acoustics were good (thank goodness no horrible music), and conducive to conversation, our table was near the kitchen entrance, so heard a lot of dish clatter.
The waitress was extremely pleasant and attentive, she tried to make up for the kitchen deficiencies.
The food was mediocre at best and not worth the prices. Both mussle (shellfish) meals were quite tasteless. The scallop meal was ok, but the veggies and rice were both tepid upon arrival and needed to be returned.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Oysters on half shell and wedge salad were fine to start. Shrimp and lobster entree a disaster for $37.00! A few tiny shrimp and one very small lobster tail with perhaps 2 bites worth of lobster meat. And none of it tasted that good. Avoid this entree!

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