The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

4.5
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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!).

What 213 People Are Saying
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BA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes great seafood or steak

D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried the restaurant for the first time with a groupon we were given. It was a delight! Oysters were fresh and briny, steak and lobster were delicious, raw pepper encrusted tuna was perfect. The only complaint was the mustard and parm encrusted cod was not encrusted at all-it’s absolutely delicious but there is no crust. Service was lovely!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific service by Courtney! Very pleasant and a delightful person. Food was great. Scott the chef customized a menu item to my wife’s choice which was very accommodating. Had a very pleasant conversation with Andy the owner at the end of the evening.

JP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places to have a good meal! Wait staff courteous and efficient...never disappointed.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. We had a reservation for 6:30 and got there an hour early. We had a drink at the bar and had our cards read. Everyone was super friendly and the food and service was superb

KS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! And that can be hard to accomplish with seafood! Our server Kat was terrific! Would recommend to our friends and family! A little pricey but worth it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Bread was excellent. Food was kind of rich and not too well flavored.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cake poached eggs and sauce was outstanding.
There were 4 in our party, not one had a complaint.
We will definitely be back.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner from the rolls, all the way to dessert! Everything was good to perfection. No complaints here!

Our waitress was awesome. She always came to check to ensure we were happy with everything. She was so nice. Even helped my husband select a drink that he said was amazing .

Looking forward to coming again!

OZ
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely good food. Good seafood. Great waitstaff / hostess / staff in general. Everyone is super nice. Totally worth the price. I got the sweet potato crab cakes, the cheese plate, and the bread pudding and everything was delicious. 10/10 would recommend and would definitely go back again. Thank you !

AA
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

SWG is a lot better than It once was. The overall experience was pleasant and the menu had something for each of us.

J
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch using lunch menu. Very good food and service, will definitely return in future.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with a party of 6 and everyone just loved the food , coffee and cocktails. Our server was delightful as well.

f
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good waitress and the service was excellent.
The food was much better than the last time we dined here so perhaps
there is a new talent in the kitchen.
Overall we were very satisfied and will definitely return.

ES
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous, particularly appreciated the attention of the manager who greeted us and sent us off, great waitress.
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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it very much. We have eaten here twice and it’s been excellent every time.

HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner there on July 4th. 1st time. Everything was great. The drinks, food, specials and service were excellent. To top it off, I had mentioned briefly to the server that it was our anniversary and she automatically told us that we'd get a split of prosecco on the house. Will definitely be back. The clams on the half shell were fresh and delicious.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat outside- our server was exceptional. The special was duck which was delicious. Our table also had the swordfish which they enjoyed. We all look forward to going back again.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. The service was very slow. The host seemed upset that we asked for an outside table, saying he had to make sure there were no other reservations for it. The place was about 60% empty and remained that way during our meal so I don't see what the fuss was about.

N
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was looking for a good seafood restaurant. We went and ordered the calamari which was under cooked, the small amount of marinara sauce was good.(ask for extra if you go)
The clam chowder lacked taste and clams.
The broiled salmon was excellent , the rice was cold and the vegetable added color not much volume.
The sweet potato crab cakes were sweet potato’s! No real crab flavor or content very disappointing. I did not eat them took them home for a vegetable side dish($24.00).
The table bread service as advertised was non existent until we asked for bread during the main coarse and no butter offered.
I left a review for the owner but was disappointed he did not reach out to me. If he had I probably would not have taken the time to reply to this survey.

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor area was wonderful. Waitstaff was very friendly and helpful

C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to relax with a friend and enjoy a good meal.

S
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal in an excellent setting. We will definitely return.

S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We dined in the pub room, more relaxed and informal. We had burgers, soft shell crabs, and steamed little neck clams. The quality of the food was great and everything was yummy. The only negative was extremely slow service. It took 1 hr. 15 mins. for the entrees to arrive. A free dessert was offered for the inconvenience, however.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Our reservation was for 715pm and seated right away, we didn't get salad till 815 pm and then entree at 9pm and 3 out of 6 were under cooked (2salmon and 1 lobster) waitress never asked if they wanted something different or even asked about our empty drinks. After requesting manager, he took off the bill the 3 dinners.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. We will definitely be going back.

KP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’m very pleased with my experience at the Saltwater Grille! Our server, Susan, was excellent and the food was delicious!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. My new favorite place to eat which says a lot from a foodie.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, quality of food was excellent. Lobster tails and oysters were small, otherwise very good. Can’t emphasize to much how good the service was, from the wait staff to the greeter. All top notch . Will definitely return. We came for a 20th anniversary dinner with our son and were very pleased !!!

BK
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood served beautifully in an unpretentious fashion. Bravo. Also, great experience on holiday weekend!

MN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service was friendly and very helpful

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great (the bread! The mussels! The tuna!), ambiance lacking but sufficient for a non-fancy dinner out. Enjoyable staff — makes a huge difference!

LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was very good as usual. Ambiance was good and service was excellent. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to my friends.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
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!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
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.

A
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
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!

SM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
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.

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.

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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