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Oyster River Tavern

££ - £££
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
+1 203-932-0440
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there for a lunch date with my wife. Heard about through Groupon. It was a deal of a century with the Groupon. I will definitely be back without one. Lobster bisque was one of the best I've had. The Broiled seafood platter was delicious. First time I've seen swordfish included in the platter. The view is excellent. The waitress... More 

Thank Tommy S
Milford, Connecticut
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby, daughter and I had lunch at Oyster River. The French Onion Soup was the best. The broth is still calling me! The fried shrimp and fries was perfect. We had the 1/2 order which was more than enough. Hubby had the Ruben. Needless to say, lunch was a great success. The service was great and the price was... More 

Thank roddy88
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Quick service and the meal was good. A Ruben and a broiled scrod meal were well prepared and tasty. The house Pinot Grigio was very nice. The waitress was attentive and got the answers we were looking for. I could not get a decaf coffee though, they only had regular.

Thank James F
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

I have been here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is great the drinks are good and the staff was friendly. What more can one ask for

Thank j2dagee68
Milford, Connecticut
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115 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We just happened to walk by here and stopped for a quick lunch. The waitress was very friendly and the lobster bisque was excellent. The variety of beers are somewhat limited but the bar scene and the restaurant scene is welcoming. The ocean view is really nice and adds to that feeling. Highly recommended.

Thank Anders G
Hickory, North Carolina
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201 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Family reunion at a great food and social tavern overlooking the ocean. Wait staff friendly and patient with our staggered arrivals. Fabulous fried and broiled seafood choices. Even steak & beef kebabs and fresh mozzarella and tomato salad. Variety of interesting cocktails and straight drinks. Fun local spot.

Thank JJ L
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604 reviews
460 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Thought I would review this place again. It's a mixed bag for sure. Prices are high for where you are. Portions and quality are average. We ordered fried calamari as an app. It was our best choice. It was served hot. It was delicious. Just enough to share. Entrees were salad with mahi mahi...fish was good but tasted previously frozen.... More 

Milford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Raw oysters are always good, and decently priced. Typical pub food. Water views of Long Island Sound are nice to look at, small outside patio dining. Have not been there after 8:30pm, but between 3 and 8:30 it's a good family atmosphere

Thank deeandb
New Haven, Connecticut
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Food was good, Onion rings were excellent, restaurant needs updating, very worn. Busy Bar area was loud.

Thank Robin S
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

What a fun place! Good food especially the oysters and shrimp cocktail!! We also had the antipasto and that was great. The view of the beach makes this more appealing. Great location. Great food quality. Worth the visit!

Thank 4dakz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?