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“Seafood Casual”

Johnny Ad's Drive-In
Ranked #36 of 81 Restaurants in Old Saybrook
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Cash only accepted but ATM available. Very casual atmosphere and also outdoor seating along busy road. Seafood yummy!

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

You will feel like you have stepped back into the '50s when you enter Johnny Ad's clam shack in Old Saybrook, CT. This little store opened in that decade and the music reflects that heritage. But it's about the food! We have been dining here for more than 30 years, and the clams, lobster rolls, hot dogs, and sea food have never disappointed. The variety is amazing, and you can get fresh seafood cooked more than one way, but throw caution to the wind and go for fried. You won't be disappointed by the clam strips or bellies, the shrimp, soft shell crabs (in season) and even the French fries. Recently they have instituted an "Open all year" policy, so you can dine al fresco at picnic tables directly next to the restaurant weather permitting; otherwise, there is dining inside. Whenever we have friends visiting from out-of-state, we insist that they dine here, as the food continues to amaze us with its freshness, over-all excellent quality at reasonable prices. Johnny Ad's will make your trip to this gorgeous part of the Connecticut Shoreline even more special.

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I love the nostalgia of Johnny Ad's. The simplicity of ordering and picking up the food at he window works for me. The place was exceptionally clean too. The fish tacos, clam fritters, fries, hot dogs and burgers were all winners on our visit. However, I do believe that a good seafood establishment should have really good cole slaw and Johnny Ad's slaw fails in this reviewers judgement. It also would be nice to see a few more broiled seafood options.

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I love this place! Every year when we return to Old Saybrook, it is the first place we stop. I have never had anything bad here. Love the clams, love the lobster rolls, love the outside tables.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My wife loves their clam strips. I like their softshell crab. Clam strips were very good. Fries are ridged steak fries. Coffee shake was good.

Crab platter had crab ovedone. Food arrived quickly.

All food is vey good, but expensive for a drive in.

Counter staff could not make change without register. She was middle aged and should have known how.

They do not accept credit cards. ATM onsite.

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