We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
+1 860-395-5577
16:00 - 20:45
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 20:45
Mon 16:00 - 20:45
Wed - Thu 16:00 - 20:45
Fri 16:00 - 21:45
Sat 17:00 - 21:45
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 215: English reviews
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a family dinner and it was ok. The service was excellent but the food was not worth the prices. I'm not saying it was bad, just not great. We did not get the oysters so I can't comment on them. Overall just ok

Thank margaret T
Singapore, null, Singapore
Level Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the sampler plate that came with oysters, clams and prawns. The cocktail sauce was yummy and most importantly the seafood was really fresh We ordered the shaved Brussel sprouts salad and cod fish. Salad was tasty and the cod fish was done perfectly with herb butter sauce Try it if you are in the area!

Thank SsLun
Niantic, Connecticut
Level Contributor
68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Joined another couple in this great little fish restaurant in downtown. Great ambiance and terrific service. We arrived on a Wednesday night when raw oysters were a buck. The two dozen Mystic oysters went down wonderfully with a martini and glass of wine. Three of four of us had a great meal. I recommend the Cod, Salmon and haddock dinners.... More 

Thank 73journey
Killingworth, CT
Level Contributor
547 reviews
403 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Fresh fish wonderfully prepared, delicious sides, excellent service, good wine list, and a bustling restaurant filled with satisfied diners--Liv's is a very good place to go for dinner.

Thank v0yageur22
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Staff was very friendly and attentive. Oysters are a must if you love them or not! Quaint little town. Had the squash stuffed with goat cheese.. to die for - but you only get 2 so order 4. I highly recommend you visit here if you are passing through Saybrook.

Thank loves22travel
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
168 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We went there for the happy hour and I gather that it is one of the best restaurants in town. We had the oyster platter, which was fine, and two beers, which were fine, but the strange thing was that they offered only one beer, one white wine, and one red wine for happy hour...why no choice?

Thank thasler
Harrison, New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Restaurant was nice and service was good but did not enjoy my lobster roll. Not enough lobster in the roll!

Thank Linda M
Level Contributor
105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had heard of Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook and in particular, their Happy Hour. So my wife, daughter, and I decided to give ‘em a try. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm and they’re closed on Tuesday. The restaurant is ideally located on Main Street in Old Saybrook at what used to be a theatre. The restaurant... More 

Thank latestarter99
Level Contributor
70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I have yet to have a bad meal - EVER. I take my customers to here solely for the oysters. I know have them keeping a list on their iPhones of what ones they like the most. The food is amazing. Whether it's the salmon to the French fires, there isn't anything bad on the menu. The menu is small,... More 

Thank Maria A
Granbury, Texas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

My husband ordered the Salt Pond oysters for an appetizer and said they were tremendous. He had the seared tuna and I ordered the fish tacos. We were both very impressed with our choices. Our server, Bryan did a terrific job taking care of us. Great evening!

Thank pattythom

Travellers who viewed Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant also viewed

Old Saybrook, CT
Old Saybrook, CT

Been to Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 20:45
16:00 - 21:45
17:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-395-5577
Liv's is the brainchild of John Brescio. He is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who worked at Tavern on the Green and Judson Grill in New York as well as Aux Delices in Greenwich. Liv's is names for the Brescio's young daughter Olivia, a photogenic tyke whose black and white blowups grace the walls. 'The combination of easy comfort and really good food makes Liv's Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook such a find' - The NY Times.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?