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“Bad staff, okay food, management nowhere to be found. Great patio.”
Review of The Back Porch

The Back Porch
Ranked #44 of 84 Restaurants in Old Saybrook
Price range: US$10 - US$24
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Let us introduce ourselves! We are The Back Porch Restaurant on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. We serve lunch and dinner daily, featuring great food, a full bar, game room, and expansive patio with an incredible water views. At night we light our fire pits and on the weekends, feature live music. So whether you are in the mood for a meal or want to kick back with a drink and enjoy the cool breeze and sunset views, The Back Porch is the place for you!
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Basically the atmosphere and outside patio saves it from being a complete waste of space. Two or three years ago this place was great. Now... It sucks. The waitress's are awful... Disappear for long periods of time. Forget what you wanted... Disappear again...you get the point. People behind the bar are well, below average.. And are so painfully slow I might as well hop the bar and make my own drink. One bartender in particular one night was so freakin rude I wanted to backhand her... Wrote a email to management all I got back was "thanks for your info" so much for caring about your customers. The manager during the day is ready to party while at work. Get real dude... Take care of your business. The food is blahhhhhhh and overpriced. Go elsewhere. Fun place to listen to bands and be down by the water but eat first and possibly pack a cooler in your car so at least you can have a drink at some point.

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Thank Katie M
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We returned to Back Porch after being away from Connecticut for five or so months. We enjoyed the restaurant previously and we enjoyed it again. This visit we both had martinis (nicely made), split the house salad (quite ample), had filet mignons (cooked exactly to our order) and we split a hot fudge brownie ice cream (quite tasty) with coffee. Our server was very attentive and helpful -- she ensured that my wife received a five-olive dirty martini made to perfection! As before we enjoyed the river and marina activity. The menu prices seem high to me, but that's true of most restaurants...

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Thank JBBannister
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Very nice bar on the water, with great service. Really enjoyed the place. Would be a great venue for any party, has lots of space and good wines.

Thank Ralph S
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Went to this place to meet and have dinner with friends. They had been there once before about a year ago. Copied below is an email exchange subsequent to this visit from friend and my response to it. Enough said..

thought back poarch restaraunt left a lot to be desired-
2.no butter for breadsticks-how did they get melted butter for lobster-???
3.lobster rolls were mostly all claws-dont like claws
4.music to loud-
dont think i will be going back-a lot better last year

still cant load adobe flash-but reading that big flaw exist-
microsoft recomends not using it till fixed-virus can attack-
oh well-maybe stop trying to load it for awhile-"

"I agree and then some on the Back “Outhouse” Restaurant!!!
Also – not in compliance with ADA Law for handicapped accessibility, I’m pretty sure.
Parking area full of boats in storage and potholes, not paved, no markings where to park....Just lousy, period.Never mind trying to cross the street to get to restaurant – it’s like the Indy 500 on that road - better be a good sprinter!"

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Thank shodan1
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This restaurant overlooks the CT River between the Baldwin bridge and the railroad bridge. Nice menu selection with musical entertainment.

Thank Sailor-NHYC
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