The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

4.2
311 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
OPEN DAILY 4-8PM FOR DINE-IN, CARRYOUT AND DELIVERY! CALL OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE TO RSVP OR ORDER ONLINE!

The best seafood as well as great steaks, burgers and more. Saltwater has an impressive wine list with over 100 wines. We offer the freshest raw and chilled seafood. Additionally, you will find options for those looking for chicken, vegan, or gluten free fare. A family friendly restaurant, Saltwater offers a children's menu for those under 12. Join us in one of our four dining rooms or out on Litchfield's largest porch and patio.

Support The Litchfield Saltwater Grille during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 311 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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coachk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

We sat outside due to Covid which was fine - but there was zero decorations or ambience on the outdoor patio. Literally nothing. tables and chairs, that's it.
The food was good but not amazing. Our server was excellent.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting, so glad you enjoyed the service. We have definitely cut back on all of our decorations as we have to disinfect everything every night, and more decorations means more disinfecting. And with it being such a tough time for small businesses as the governor requires us to be out of the building by 10 there just isn't time. We appreciate you coming out during Small Business Weekend. We hope you can visit again during more typical times.

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TimD
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Service was slow, and the food was just ok. Don’t think I would go back

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

I am so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. We are not used to receiving such low ratings, so I would love to learn what went wrong so we can gain some insight into your experience and learn how we missed the mark. I sincerely apologize that we did not meet your standards. Feel free to email me directly at litchfieldswg1@gmail Best, Brook

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KevinD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

After a long day of hiking, the food was excellent. Many of us had the AHI Tuna which was minimally cooked as advertised with a nice pineapple topping, and the Halibut special was done just right. Crab cake appetizer had a nice sweet potato crust. The special cocktails were very tasty, particularly the spicy Margarita and the local blueberry vodka martini. The service was friendly and timely.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Hi Kevin, Thanks so much for your thorough and positive review! We appreciate you choosing Saltwater Grille and hope to see you again soon! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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vipcourtm
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere- sat inside but outside looked really nice, served by owner who was very nice. Wait staff super nice, good food, nice date night out - would 100% go back

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Thanks Court for the positive review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Saltwater and hope to see you again soon! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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BobbyC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love going here, the food is wonderful, the staff is friendly. We usually do a couple appetizers and a salad with of course a cocktail or two. We can’t wait for their happy hour to return....

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Thanks for being a return customer Bobby! We, too, can't wait for things to get a little more "back to normal." We appreciate your review and send wishes your way for a Happy Thanksgiving.

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vipflutegirl4
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

A Dinner during Covid has different standards. We ate indoors because it was quite chilly outside and we felt quite safe, except for our server, whose mask kept falling below her nose. She was definitely the low point of our evening. She had no charm, was inattentive and inefficient.
The food was quite good. We started with the tuna and it was lovely. Our entree was the salmon with spinach and Parmesan ( we both had the same thing) and it was well-prepared, though it was heavy for me.
All in all a decent evening, as it was a birthday, it did not rise to the occasion.

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JPaulV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food and excellent service in a cozy environment.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Thanks so much for visiting and your positive feedback! These are strange times for restaurants, so your support and feedback is encouraging to us all. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Just ok. Waitress disinterested in my food allergies. Pulling teeth to have her ask the kitchen if they had items
I could eat.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Hi there, I am sorry to hear your experience was less than what you expected. Can I ask what your allergies are? We have a full gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian menu-- we definitely must be missing something, and would love any feedback to help us improve.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

I’m sure it was Covid related but this was not a good experience. We were seated around 6:15 and didn’t get our dinners until 8pm. The dinners were cold, we had to send my sons’s Duck entree back because it was inedible. They offered to bring something else but we had waited so long for our dinners we just wanted to leave and stopped at McDonalds because he was starving. my swordfish special was tasteless and the baked potato and vegetables were cold. This was not inexpensive either!

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Nannettev
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Service was slow, but I can imagine that servers are just getting back up to speed with renewed COVID service...they also have a greater distance to cover with tables being spaced out.

The hawaiian plate was great, as were the oysters. The fried artichokes need some work. The artichoke interior was mushy and the outer batter did not have any flavor.

We did ask for inside seating on our reservation, and did not bring jackets. We were seated in the porch, which was okay. It was enrobed in plastic, but the doors had spaces on top where air was let in. They did have small heaters, so it was warm enough. But, I would have preferred indoors.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

HI Nannette, I am so sorry to hear that you were seated in an area less than preferable to your liking. We are not used to people choosing indoors nowadays, so we typically people put on the enclosed porch or patio as that is what people ask for. Whenever you make a reservation, just put a note on where you would like to sit and we will accommodate (inside/outside/quiet/etc.) Or if you are ever unhappy with where you are seated, let us know and we will do our best to move you.

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vipMichaelK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drink

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Would recommend the crabcakes and stuff sole.

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Margareth
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed eating dinner outside next to a comfy gas heater. Oysters and a glass of French rose. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was excellent. We had ahi tuna, salmon and oysters. And the wait staff were great. Planning on returning because the food was so good. Unfortunately the atmosphere/ambiance was a little strange. Not sure if it was due to COVID but the layout inside was cut up and the lighting was bad. Outside was a lot better but obviously that won’t work in Winter. Next time I’ll get a high top in the bar area and not have expectations for a “romantic” dinner.

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Bubba
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very Good experience, wait staff friendly and helpful. Nice relaxing music. The only negative was the fish wasn't cooked all the way and had to go back to finish cooking.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

We sat for about 15/20 minutes before anyone even came over to us and that was only because I grabbed one of the servers to let them know no one had been over to us. Food was ok nothing spectacular and I put online reservation that it was my anniversary- overall pretty disappointed and won’t be back

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Pittstop
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always tasteful and well served. Being outside right now is a plus

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Davidd
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

It took 40 minutes to get our appetizer which was shrimp cocktail. Other patrons came in after us ordered got their appetizers and salads before we got our appetizer. The food is very good just our wages seemed frazzled and unintentive. We skipped dessert basically because we didn't have the time to wait. We had it over an hour ride just to get home

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Melinda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Lacks a little in the atmosphere category but we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place that always feels very welcome and friendly while you still get a fine dining experience. A favorite of ours!

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Responded on 22 November 2020

Happy 6th year anniversary! We will always find a space for you! Thanks for returning, and we appreciate you choosing us.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The blackened swordfish was amazing! The service was excellent and I'll definitely go back!

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the wine, food, impeccable service and ambiance! This restaurant consistently delivers in every aspect. Bravo!!!

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DonM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Saltwater Grill is one of our favorite restaurants. We now live in FL but always make a point of having dinner there whenever we are back in CT.

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JamesV
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone worked very hard to deal with the Covid restrictions. Food & service excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fish and chips are as good as you get in Maine , only cod vs haddock !

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SueP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was amazing as well as our service. Very large area for outdoor dining which was nice. My only complaint would be the landscaping...
The landscaping was not trimmed and the weeds were taller then some of the bushes.Also I would have to say for being a high end restaurant the umbrellas need to be changed out. Get rid off the free ones from the beer companies!!!

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vipalmac
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent Dijon cod and artichoke fritters. Wine selection limited but well chosen list. Social distance maintained.

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NancyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around! I will definitely dine here again!

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Wishfultraveler
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great spot, great food. The only reason I rated it 4 stars is because there was no dressing on or with the beet salad and they left the side dish off from the main course. The waitress was very accommodating and friendly.

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vipShell
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious meal seated on the outside patio. All entrees were well prepared, fish was fresh, veggies crispy. Coffee was great too.

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viprdrdr
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place for dinner and outdoor dining

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vipCreativefoodlover
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor spaces and very friendly service. A pleasant time on a summer evening.

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Mastiff
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restuarant was full of life everyone following covid protocols. The service was great as was the food. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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JazzyJay
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, good selection of seafood and non-seafood dishes. Good selection of house wines to pair with entrees. Nice outdoor seating area.

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vipWendyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We sat outside in the brick courtyard area on a nice evening. Our waitress was pleasant and took our drink order promptly. After ordering our food she came back to ask how many oysters we wanted in our oyster appetizer and then came back several minutes later to tell us the kitchen was all out of oysters. This was several days after Hurricane Isaias blew through the state so I understand deliveries were affected, but it set the tone for the rest of the meal. One would think the waitstaff would know what items the kitchen was out of each day. I settled on the lobster wedge salad for my entree and hubs had the steak au poivre which was overcooked and not super flavorful. All in all we have had better meals at this restaurant and hope that this dip in quality was due to COVID/hurricane etc.

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CarlaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good service. Food is just ok. Sort of dated atmosphere, menu and presentation.

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vipalmac
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent outdoor dining experience with friends

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MichelleN
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had surf and turf. Cooked to perfection. Raw oysters for appetizer were fantastic

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You can order delivery directly from The Litchfield Saltwater Grille using the Order Online button. The Litchfield Saltwater Grille also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 567-4900.

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille is rated 4.2 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.