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Orient by the Sea Restaurant & Marina
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Orient
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Asian, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Orient by the Sea is tired. We have eaten several meals there and we have been disappointed on each occasion. Very nice people run it and work there, but they could do so much better if: a) the food were prepared with skill and effort; b) the service was more attentive and more thoughtful; c) they took better advantage of their incredible location by sprucing up the place; d) the menu did not overreach. Focus on seafood, offer fresh ingredients, and don't use so much oil and grease. Make a decent cocktail, using fresh ingredients instead of mixes and fillers. Serve your food at the appropriate temperature.
Recently, we ordered the fried fisherman's catch, the wrecked chicken and the fish and chips and we left most of the food on our plates, even though we were starving, and even though we waited well over an hour for it to be served after we had ordered. Hardest of all to justify? The pricing. Everything, everything, from beverages to appetizers to entrees, is tagged with a sky-high price. There is so much room for improvement here, and so much potential if someone would see fit to serve better food with more care, creativity, and efficiency. As it is, I cannot recommend this place.

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Thank Pinotnoir68
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Beautiful spot off the beaten path, when you want a little bit quieter than Claudios thus is the spot, amazing spot & good food, good people!

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1  Thank lee_leeNy
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Lunch time after a long drive from Manhattan. Beautiful view sitting on the deck checking out the boats, watching the fishermen unload their catch and marking time by the arrivals and departures of the Orient Point-New London ferry. Our primary concern before making our food choice was that whatever we ordered had to be fresh, fresh, fresh. Assured that the Special Cold Seafood Platter complete with half of lobster, two oysters, two shrimp, two clams and cole slaw was indeed fresh, our transition to vacation-mode was complete. Eaten with a local draft beer and attended to by a charming wait staff, everything was delicious.

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Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

During my family vacation we decided to go to this place. Location was easy to find, great view, lovely for a peaceful lunch or dinner.

Food quality was not what we expected considering the location.

Prices were a little high.

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Thank GEspinosa1984
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Lunch by the water can't be beat. This is a no frills place where I had great shrimp cocktail and a side of cole slaw with a glass of white wine.

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Thank MABM917
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