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Harbor Lights, Norwalk, CT

Harbor Lights

4.4
4.4
721 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Harbor Lights is the premier seafood house located in East Norwalk, CT. Located on the Norwalk Harbor, it offers well-prepared, attractively presented and sophisticated fare. Open year round, the glassed-in terrace allows for a comfortably heated dining experience in the winter without losing the outside dining experience in the summer. Our long dock in front of the restaurant provides plenty of room for boaters to tie up for lunch or dinner, and the dining room affords fantastic sunset views. Harbor Lights has been bringing the fresh refined flavors of the Mediterranean to Diners in Fairfield County for over a decade. The Prime sunset seating and views of the Harbor, the breeze, the um-brella-bedecked outdoor patio, unparalleled service and incredible food make this waterfront spot hard to resist.

Please Note: We Do Not Guarantee Specific Tables. We Do Not Guarantee Waterfront, Window or Deck Seating.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 866-3364
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We offer on site catering of up to 150 people. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Give your guests the ultimate New England Experience at Harbor Lights Restaurant. Our Private Events Team is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. With the perfect waterfront backdrop for any event, the restaurant can be rented out in its entirety, or you may reserve one of our semi private areas. Our creative culinary team will design a personalized menu that best suits your needs and inspires your palate. Stunning waterfront views, attention to detail and focus on superior service makes Harbor Lights the desired destination for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, office parties, retirement celebrations, cocktail parties, holiday soirees, fundraisers, corporate events and more for up to 200 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Chris: (203) 866-3364
  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Cross street
    East Avenue
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 721 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

721 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service. Lobster roll was a monster! Clam chowder was creamy with lots of clams.

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  2. tckdp

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service by Julio was excellent, the Sword Fish, crab cakes & Tiramisu superb.

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  3. BobL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food done to perfection AaaaaaassaaszsZZAAAAAAAAAAA

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  4. MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and view boats in sound. Service was excellent. You will enjoy your meal and the ambiance.

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  5. DaphneD

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting, the scenery, the food were all good. Everything was great including the show that the cormorants, seagulls and boaters put on for us. The beautiful breeze and the blue sky topped the cake.

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  6. rosag

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The harvest salad was a delicious combination with kale and the added lobster meat was a very good portion and tender.

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  7. Scoopjackson

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous lunch for six guests. Excellent service and delicious food. A beautiful setting overlooking the harbor. I had the crab cakes for an appetizer and the pear and Gorgonzola salad for my lunch. We all enjoyed our meals and will be back again for sure.

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  8. GerryB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I had the pastrami salmon appetizer and it was outstanding. My wife loved her shrimp scampi. I enjoyed the Barramundi but would be nice if a vegetable accompanied it.

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  9. Bailey

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good lobster roll , slaw and fries. Skip the bread brought out before the meal. Not carb worthy. No check on our drinks. Poured water in my beer glass! Sun a bit tough on you if sitting inside. Probably would’ve been cooler to sit outside. Waiter dropped catsup near our table and the mess got on my daughter. Nothing said or done. Strange reaction, as if it didn’t happen. Oh, well.

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  10. GuyRealtor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favorite places to have lunch or dinner in Fairfield county. They view is spectacular and the food off the chart delicious and the average meal is priced reasonably. The young kids working there are very courteous. A couple of the young servers can be a bit forgetful during busy hours, but there always someone make up for them I strongly recommend Harbor Lights.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. The night we were there they had a large party seated in middle of the indoor dinning room. Still had great food and service but the noise level was high. Parking is tight but Valet takes care of that!

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  12. Sheldon

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Mediocre good, rushed and inattentive service-could not get outdoor seating even though open tables were visible

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  13. frankc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great choices on menu. Service is excellent. Beautiful view of Long Island Sound.

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  14. CrystalR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was great, service was a little slow, it wasn't too busy when we got there.

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  15. RoyA

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance. Food and drinks were good. Great location.

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  16. NydiaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This is worth going to! We had a lovely table outside so could look out at the view. Our server was young/inexperienced but she did her best and we had a great time.

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  17. VictorW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Horrible service...never even had a chance to taste the food. After waiting for more than 45 minutes after giving them our order, with no one checking back with us, we simply got up and left.

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  18. Rudy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The view of of Norwalk Harbor and or of Long Island Sounds is why you come here.

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  19. RachelleG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. People are friendly. Location is amazing. Nice views.

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  20. GeraldL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful outside on a nice night. Food is excellent.

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  21. ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner by the water, a bit loud, and I would’ve preferred to be closer to the water but all around amazing

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  22. LizC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful location / view. Food was excellent. Service was a little slow at the beginning, but the scenery made it ok :)

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  23. TedY

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was superb and setting can’t be beat. Entrees and apps were very good but my tuna was overdone as was scampi. That’s why I only gave 4 stars for food. But overall excellent

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  24. JillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect day...great spot excellent service, most enjoyable lunch..that lasted waaaaay too many hours,(our choice, but good friends lovely music and a beautiful breeze. Perfect summer afternoon. Like you were on vacation with a 5 minute ride home.

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  25. ShellyW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant, this was my third trip to Harbor lights. The service is fantastic. The restaurant is lovely if you can sit outside, even better. Love being right next to the water. Sunset was gorgeous. The food is yummy. I only had one critique, the seafood in my Arriabatta was a bit over cooked for my taste.

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  26. Lbhd

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Wanted it to be great. Hostess was great considering we had 4 instead of 2 which was original reservation. She was so accommodating. Very few seats at the bar. Server was nice. Ambience was nice. Right on the water. Food…. Not so good Red sauce chock full of sugar. Stuffed shrimp did not have much flavor. Burger good. Too bad!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Great location food was not as good as it use to be. Maybe just a bad night.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husband's 34h birthday last night. The views were stunning as we sat on the lower deck. Our server Nicole was attentive and personable and really made the evening special. We ordered shrimp dumplings to start, and then a hot lobster roll, and scampi which we added lobster to and it didn't disappoint. We were super stuffed when Nicole said wait you need to order dessert to put a candle in, so we got the chocolate mousse which was incredible. Nicole also made sure to know our names to make it even more special (especially when it came to singing happy birthday). We will definitely be back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The food at Harbor lights is mediocre at best. Fish fry was poorly executed as batter was not cooked all the way through even though outside was dark brown. This result suggests the fish was frozen or the oil was not hot enough. Other entrees were not very good either. My wife says it’s better than I experienced but given all the poor reviews for food it’s clearly hit or miss.

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  30. MarciB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The view was great but you are we asked for an umbrella we did not get one and our server was exceptionally slow. We waited a very long time just to pay our bill. The portions were very small for what we got $14 for a salad that was basically a side salad is a little ridiculous and $17 for a signature drink. I won’t order that if I come again.

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  31. TamaraS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    View is great, food was good. I’d go back for sure.

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  32. staceym

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The location and sitting on the water was great. However, it took 20 minutes for us to get ice water, my husband asked for bread, he literally had to get up and go inside to get it for us. I ordered oysters, they were so small, I wasn't sure whether they were empty shells or not. It took almost 45 minutes to get our food. As much as I like the location, not sure I'll go back there again...probably not.

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  33. GeorgeS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service, the staff and the food were all outstanding, but there were two tables near us that were extremely loud. People were actually screaming. It made the evening unpleasant.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, excellent service and delicious food. What else can you ask for!

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  35. GregH

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and location. They have much improved the deck for outdoor seating.

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  36. Wally

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my girl friend's birthday seated outside. The view was perfect, the service was friendly and efficient thanks to Lisa, the pear salad was great, shrimp and lobster were perfect. And we capped the meal with key lime pie. Everything was delicious. Think we just found our favorite restaurant.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Harbor Lights on many occasions and they never disappoint. Our server Lilly was very accommodating, attentive, and friendly. My wife and I had a delicious dinner sitting outside which was comfortable and has a tropical feel to it.

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  38. Todd

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great environment and service, but food was just ok. You pay for the view.

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  39. EricL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Nice harbor view with plenty of seating and valet parking. We were there during Sunday brunch and the place got very busy. Our server was very attentive when we first arrived. As the restaurant filled up, we didn't see much of her. It wasn't her fault, they just needed more staff.

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  40. Zozo

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful view, perfect summer night on the water. Friendly atmosphere, good food A most pleasant experience

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FAQs

Harbor Lights is rated 4.4 stars by 721 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Harbor Lights

82 Seaview Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    East Norwalk
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    10 minute walk from East Norwalk train station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 866-3364
  • Catering
    We offer on site catering of up to 150 people. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Give your guests the ultimate New England Experience at Harbor Lights Restaurant. Our Private Events Team is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. With the perfect waterfront backdrop for any event, the restaurant can be rented out in its entirety, or you may reserve one of our semi private areas. Our creative culinary team will design a personalized menu that best suits your needs and inspires your palate. Stunning waterfront views, attention to detail and focus on superior service makes Harbor Lights the desired destination for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, office parties, retirement celebrations, cocktail parties, holiday soirees, fundraisers, corporate events and more for up to 200 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Chris: (203) 866-3364
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