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Oyster River Tavern

38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
+1 203-932-0440
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good43%
  • Average31%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (15 reviews)
“salad” (6 reviews)
“lobster roll” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real neighborhood kind of joint, which I like. The bar is usually hopping and can be a bit noisy. They have spruced the place up with beachy blue walls that brightened it. The ladies room was very chilly and the door should...More

Thank juddjr2004
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Good food, good portions, reasonable prices. Only the place is noisy. The bar is next to the dining area and there is open space between which carries the bar noise into the dining area.

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Had a wonderful meal , went with a friend, we had great drinks, and the waitress was wonderful! Would go back in a heart beat!

Thank Jeanking2014
Reviewed 22 September 2017

I came here reluctantly. My past experiences have been underwhelming. Today was different. We had the New York calamari for an app. It came with hot pickled peppers and tons of garlic very tasty. For entrees we had the fried shrimp and the fish and...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner last nite. Food was delicious. Staff was very pleasant and efficient Definitely a keeper

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I previously wrote how they have excellent French Onion Soup. Now I have to brag about the Lobster Rolls. A half pound of lobster is in this hot dog roll. Every bite had lots of lobster and not too buttery. Other restaurants put in 4oz....More

Thank bilasi
Reviewed 11 July 2017

1st the restaurant is either NOT air conditioned or it was broken. The dining room was stifling hot with only 1 or 2 windows opened. 2nd The staffing was minimal. 2 waitresses for the whole place. 3rd the signature cocktails were not worth the price....More

1  Thank Sue S
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I don't think you make a special trip to come here but if you are tired of Jimmies' fried food, Stowe's lack of service and tight quarters and you want a taste of "Cheers" by the beach this might be it. We live in West...More

Thank MyrellaCt_USA
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Since this is a seafood restaurant you would not think they would have a great French onion soup. Piping hot with loads of gooey melted cheese. Also tried the combo seafood platter. My girlfriend said the shrimp didn't taste right. Disappointed in the scallops, very...More

Thank bilasi
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Decent seafood but I've had better. Seems to get very hyped but not sure why. The lobster bisque was good and the service was good as well.

Thank MikeI283BL
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-932-0440
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