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Oyster River Tavern

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38 Ocean Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516
+1 203-932-0440
11:30 - 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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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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113 reviews
85 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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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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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457 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 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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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 10 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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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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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

One of our favorite places. Love the fried shrimp, whole belly clams and lobster roll. Always good service. Informal bar atmosphere so if you are looking for something fancy this isn't for you.

Thank Craig S
Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

as fried shrimp goes i have had it everywhere as it is one of my favorite things to eat. i look forward to coming here because they give great big portions of very big shrimp breaded lightly and cooked perfectly every time. the sirloin steak my wife gets is also great for the price. water view on top of it.... More 

Thank bobby k

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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?