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Liv's Oyster Bar

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1736 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Opening in 2006, Liv’s Oyster Bar quickly became a dining destination in Old Saybrook. Inspired by his daughter, Olivia, and years of experience in the restaurant industry, owner John Brescio set out with a desire to welcome the community to his family’s table.

Dining at Liv’s, whether in the main room, at the bar, or on the patio, is an experience to be savored with friends and family long after summer on the shoreline has past.
John Brescio also serves as Liv’s Executive Chef, creating simple, focused dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients, and the stunning seafood that the area provides. The menu at Liv’s changes with the seasons, bringing guests a true taste of the pristine environment. John works closely with Liv’s partners to make sure only the best produce is used, as he would serve nothing less to his family.
Together with his exceptional staff, John welcomes you to the special experience he’s created at Liv’s Oyster Bar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1736 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing!!!! Service, drinks, food...all top notch!

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SherrieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second visit to Liv's Oyster Bar, and our first since they reopened for inside dining. The food was just as delicious as the first time! We love oysters, and they were so fresh. My husband loved his chicken entree so much, he says we both have to order it next time. I enjoyed the fish tacos very much...it's one of my favorite foods.

The service was excellent, and the manager came over an introduced herself to us, which made us feel very welcomed.

We'll definitely be back!

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Rick
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. They did a good job with the social distancing.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fresh oysters were great. Lobster in roll was cooked perfectly. Truffle fries were impeccable. The best surprise was the Tres Leches bread pudding.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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Reacher
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All precautions were taken. Our dining experience was wonderful. The service was stellar and the food absolutely great.

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JACQUELINEB
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mmm Warm mushroom salad is to die for, Liv’s signature mussels are a must, and their Seafood Paella was delish...shared the first two items and brought most of the Paella home to enjoy yet again. LOVED THEM ALL❤️Hub could not stop talking about his scallop dish and the pea purée-and he is an accomplished cook.

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HSAMD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Dlllar oyster night is a real bargain for us year rounders. The accompanying meals were well worth it too.

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EdWaz
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! My first time and won't be my last.
Comfortable setting, with excellent service.
And more importantly, great GREAT food!

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TamaraP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was exceptional. Also the service. You could use a decorater for interior

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vipRedhead1951
New England
49 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great evening! Our server, Gillian, was outstanding!

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AlanD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food. Mushroom salad was very tasty, salmon nice, thick and cooked per instructions. Little noisy in the back.

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JanetB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and done perfectly. The service was superb. Highly recommend.

JM
vipJohnMicheleCT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Like Groundhog Day, I just keep getting the best seared tuna anywhere around, every single time. Outstanding meal.

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Nancy
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We hadn't been to Liv's for years and decided to take some out of town guests last Friday night. We were all really pleased with our food choices and everything was cooked perfectly. The range of menu choices made it difficult to decide what to have. Even our non-fish eating friend found several things to keep him happy. Our waiter Brian added a lot to our experience as he was incredibly well versed in every preparation making them all sound delicious, and at the same time, he was fun and appropriately chatty. He was attentive, but not smothering. All in all we were pleasantly surprised and will definitely be back!

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StevenR
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Shuck-a- buck can't be beat!! New waiter a little slow, but otherwise a great experience

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vipjeffl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! Perfect every time.

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ARoss
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was fantastic. Drinks amazing. Husbands fish and chips was average. All other items were so delish

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love Liv’s. Food was excellent, though portions were small. A bit pricey, but worth it.
Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had an excellent time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great personalized service by Julie and her team, as always!

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JackO
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food was outstanding as always I would reccomend liv's

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Oyster selection was good, and the oysters themselves were superb. Menu had nice variety, and among four of us, all dishes were well executed. Bar was great too. We’ll be back!

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ColleenF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fresh seafood with top notch service. Would definitely return.

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SuziZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could eat at Liv’s every day. Service is great waitstaff as well and the food- awesome

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CarterC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a nice evening out.

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vipFM10012
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall a good experience. Considerate and competent waitstaff, amazing front room manager, very good food. What better combination is there?

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RobinS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our 2nd trip to Liv's as we live over one hour away....and worth every bit of the trip! The oysters were excellent, fresh, tasted great. The food OMG was fabulous - my husband had the salmon & I the scallops and both meals were prepared perfectly and tasted wonderful. The service was excellent from the moment we stepped thru the front door we were greeted warmly, seated promptly even though we had arrived earlier than our reservation time and our server Zada was friendly & attentive. We will DEFINITELY be back and recommend Liv's to all!

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vipKellyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Liv’s, always the best!!!

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vipLocalGem
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was the highlight. The raw bar is exceptional. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the octopus appetizer because it was more chorizo and potato than octopus.

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matt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don't know how they continue to serve the most creative and flavorful food around. Every ingredient served has it's own purpose, no matter who subtle or bold it may be. We love coming here and always have a great meal, in a relaxed atmosphere. and the service is outstanding.

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vipRichC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mussels night was a hit! We tried all three types and each was delicious. Great value and excellent quality, as well as their usual friendly service.

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Jacko
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

service and food was awesome as usual I would recommend this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Liv's continues to be first rate, even after all these years! New dishes are wonderful, salads delightful, desserts always yummy!

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Lauramarie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Liv's Oyster Bar was fantastic. Our server Mel was well informed and gave us great suggestions. Whiskey sours were delicious. Oyster Stew was exceptional. My husband had fresh oysters (18) and said they were very fresh. The fried chicken was juicy and flavorful. The ahi tuna was cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the blood orange cheesecake, it was fantastic. We can't wait to return.

Liv's Oyster Bar
Responded on 12 January 2020

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RORINSKI
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The oysters are second to none. Flawlessly shucked, perfectly fresh, always delicious. Some, however, reached the table submerged in melted ice or tipped into the mignonette. But no matter.
The service is always good, sometimes VERY good. The bread is excellent, but a butter option would be nice.
The rest of the food, on the other hand, is quite ordinary. Vegetables are usually either undercooked (carrots) or overcooked (greens and crucifers). The seasoning is often heavy on the salt and lacking in any other flavor. Sauces tend to be overpowering. Dressings lack subtlety. Suggestion: get acquainted with herbs and brown butter.
We go for the oysters and put up with the rest. Noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!! Best tuna I’ve ever had.

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vipAuthor
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Delicious food, always reliable. Great oysters and the best burger you'll ever eat.

Liv's Oyster Bar
Responded on 12 January 2020

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vippostna
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the mussels special on Thursday. Three choices of preparation and lots of choices for the pairing. This was an addition to their regular menu. Inventive and tasty cocktails. The server was very attentive, even getting a wrap for one of us who was a little chilly. Easy parking and handicapped accessible. Can't wait to go again.

Liv's Oyster Bar
Responded on 12 January 2020

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TedD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

would have been outstanding review across the board, but noise level is high in the main dining space, especially when the room is full as it was on New Year's Eve. Great dinner. Great service.

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Liv's Oyster Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 395-5577.

Liv's Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1736 OpenTable diners.

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