Where to Eat in Old Saybrook: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Randal Brittian

Old Saybrook is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 10,242 at the 2010 census. It contains the incorporated borough of Fenwick, as well as the census-designated places of Old Saybrook Center and Saybrook Manor.
Things to do in Old Saybrook

1. Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

166 Main St, Unit 4, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2386 Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 38 +1 860-395-5577
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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.

Reviewed By GolfNut1968 - Madison, Connecticut

Tried Liv's Saturday evening. Ordered dinner of scallops, portion is appetizer size and obviously precooked as we were served within 5 minutes after placing order. Wife ordered swordfish which was slightly larger portion but also precooked. Restaurant is noisy, overpriced (a la carte entrees $28 & 29) precooks its meal, service was fine & friendly but would prefer watching a movie at this theatre turned restaurant. Will not return.

2. Sweet Luna's

139 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2302 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 860-391-8194
Excellent
55%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Sweet Luna's

Delicious, healthy, self-serve frozen desserts. We offer Gelato, Frozen Yogurt, Sorbets. The perfect treat for kids, families, grandparents, friends, and anyone who just needs a little happy! Save

Reviewed By Birdman2012 - Anchorage, Alaska

This place is great. I love their froyo flavors, and they always have a great selection of toppings. The rewards program is great for regulars too. They are also very attentive to food allergies and have all of the froyo recipes in a binder to make sure that you or your little one doesn't have a reaction to anything.

3. Dagmars Desserts

247 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2332 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 860-661-4661
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Dagmars Desserts

Reviewed By Kathi J - Middlebury, Connecticut

The lunch was fantastic! Soup and a sandwich was outstanding! Then the desserts! I can't tell you how delicious everything that I tried was! Simply delectable cookies, cakes, scones. Soon I will have tried everything! We were able to eat outside in December! It was lovely. The staff is friendly and helpful.

4. Ashlawn Farm Coffee

455 Boston Post Rd, #1, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1516 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 860-339-5663
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Ashlawn Farm Coffee

Reviewed By fithy07 - Boston, Massachusetts

This place is a great little coffee joint. EVERYONE in town comes here and you can often find a line.

The food here is incredible! Their bagel selection is unbelievable, I love the French toast bagel toasted with cream cheese, unreal. Their sausage cheese biscuit is the best breakfast sandwich you will put in your mouth ( I love it because there is no egg), these go fast and are homemade. It is pretty heavy and filling.

The coffee I have found to be okay. I drink mostly espresso. The lattes are made with cold brew instead of espresso, do when I order my lattes I usually ask for "hot shots" instead of cold brew. They are much better served this way. The cappuccinos are pretty delicious I might add.

All in all we find ourselves coming here every weekend for breakfast when we visit. The staff is super friendly and very patient. A cute place that is always packed with regulars enjoying coffee and a good conversation.

5. Fresh Salt

2 Bridge St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2502 (Formerly Terra Mar Grill) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 50 +1 860-388-1111
Excellent
57%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 662 reviews

Fresh Salt

Named Best Waterfront Dining and Best Seafood by Connecticut Magazine in 2016, Fresh Salt serves seasonal and locally inspired meals. Our tables overlook the waters of the Connecticut River where the fresh river meets the salt of the Long Island Sound. It's a treasured and historic spot with a natural environment that is rich in life. Fresh Salt restaurant reflects that lively diversity: We have a raw bar, a seasonally varied menu, and offer as much as we can from the farms, brewers, cheese makers and other food enterprises that are springing up around our region. Fresh Salt delivers a dining experience that's comfortable and relaxed. Our staff is here to be of service to you, our kitchen stands ready with fresh ingredients, a deep wine cellar and carefully crafted fusions of foods and beverages that bring tastes together in delicious and new ways. We have tables by the fire, at the bar, and in season offer seating outdoors on the Fresh Salt Terrace. Awards include: - Best Brunch, Best Waterfront Dining, Best Seafood, and Best Hotel Dining from Connecticut Magazine, January 2016 - Named Upscale Restaurant of the Year by Connecticut Restaurant Association, December 2015

Reviewed By siteations - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I've had numerous meals at the Fresh Salt and every one has been amazing. The lobster roll is a buttery taste explosion. The New England Clam Chowder is fantastic and I always start with that. When I don't get the lobster roll and try another of their seafood offerings I'm never disappointed.

The desserts are always a treat and I always get something chocolatey. Even though I shouldn't.

6. James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast and Gelateria

2 Pennywise Ln, Corner of Main and Pennywise, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2221 Takeout, Seating Italian, American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 860-395-1781
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast and Gelateria

A community cornerstone – a general store in 1790, the town’s first pharmacy in 1877, and later a soda fountain where townspeople would gather. Now, this historic building has been lovingly repurposed into an elegant Bed & Breakfast. Three guest rooms feature four-poster beds with luxurious Italian linens, modern oversized showers, and gas fireplaces. As a nod to the soda counter, today’s patrons are tempted by Italian gelato, made daily on the premises.

Reviewed By Denise C - Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States

After a ten mile bike ride this was the perfect spot for some nourishment. And since I was with my sister I got to sample two smoothies. The choices were endless and the young women on staff helped us choose. I got the chocolate cherry smoothie and my sister got the vanilla chai with protein powder. Hers was a bit sweeter than mine, but both were yummy. The only downside was the cleanliness of the shop. We were there at 10 am and it looked like whoever closed the night before forgot to sweep and wipe down the tables. I will go back for gf ice cream cones.

7. Pasta Vita

225 Elm St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-4135 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-395-1452
Excellent
66%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Pasta Vita

Reviewed By DFS60 - Norwich, Connecticut

Love, love, love this place. The selection of prepared foods is bountiful and every single meal I have had has been excellent. During a recuperation from surgery, my co-workers brought 6 different dishes from PV for me and everyone cooked perfect. Service has always been outstanding. If you don't feel like cooking, go to PV and you will have a home cooked meal in minutes!

8. Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant

150 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2373 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 860-388-9646
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 326 reviews

Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant

Reviewed By El S - Hamden, Connecticut, United States

Had High hopes here. That was quickly dashed when I got my burger which I requested med and got way over done. My lunch partner ordered poached pear salad but couldn't eat the pears as they were off tasting. When I told the server all this all I got was sorry about. Really ... well sorry about that I will NOT be returning" . Best get your act together Penny Lane.... too many much nicer places close by. BYE BYE !!!

9. Aspen Restaurant

2 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1510 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 860-395-5888
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Aspen Restaurant

Reviewed By BillnBarbR - East Haddam, Connecticut

My wife and I were out on a Tuesday night and decided to stop in and have a quick meal at Aspen. We we both disappointed with our meals, not enough to send back to the kitchen but just enough to know we won't be back. Menu needs a refresh for sure. My wife had the fried oyster small plate and the oysters were cold! My burger was just ok, so all in all I don't believe in just ok

10. Monkey Farm

571 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1506 Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 860-388-4866
Excellent
33%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Monkey Farm

Full service Bar & dining-room , great food, large menu, reasonable prices. Enclosed porch, smoking deck, Pinball, Pool & Darts. Wifi Juke-Box. Bar is open Mon- Thurs 9:00am - 1:00am Friday & Saturday 9:00am-2:00am Sunday 11:00am - 1:00 am

Reviewed By Bob H - Newington, Connecticut

We went to Monkey Farm on Saturday. A 'typical' cafe with good food, friendly staff and a neat atmosphere. Not your normal "BIKER BAR". Food was great, the seafood bisque was awesome as was the French Onion soup. We had the Roastbeef sandwich and the...More?

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