Oyster Club – Marvelous in Mystic

Farm and Sea to Table

Your taste buds will come alive when you visit this casual, fine dining restaurant.
Located in historic, downtown Mystic, Oyster Club offers an inviting menu that change daily based on the seasonality and availability of locally harvested foods task management system.  Order the lobster roll prepared with local, hand picked lobster meat, butter poached with crispy shallots, apple butter, lemon and parsley with seasoned fries!  A favorite dish bursting with flavor, this roll will not disappoint.

Venture onto the shaded outdoor deck known as The Treehouse and enjoy sea breezes and nice views of the Mystic River!  Here, you’ll want to slurp oysters and sip on signature cocktails as you sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Why we love it:   They offer New England classics prepared with a twist!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Treehouse Open Seasonally
  • Lunch: Friday and Saturday, Dinner: Thursday – Sunday
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Reservation Suggested
  • 13 Water Street, Mystic, Connecticut
  • (860) 415-9266




David Burke Prime – Mondays are Lobster Nights!

Let the Good Times Roll!

Located in the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex, David Burke Prime is an excellent choice not only for deep flavor steaks but for succulent seafood, too!   Every Monday at David Burke Prime enjoy a 3 course lobster feast for just $39.  Appetizer selections include lobster bisque, lobster dumplings, and lobster tacos. Entree choices include lobster carbonara, Kung Pao-style lobster, or steamed or roasted lobster.   With the expertly prepared food, the upscale atmosphere and the attentive service, everyone is a winner at David Burke Prime!

Why we love it:   Aside from the lobster, they feature a  5,000 plus-bottle wine tower. 

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Reservation Suggested
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338
  • (860) 312-8753

Guilford Lobster Pound – Fresh Lobster Rolls!

Lobsters Caught Daily

Owned by Captain Bart Mansi, Guildford Lobster Pound is the place to go for locally harvested, fresh lobster!   Waking up at 4:00 a.m. every day, Captain Bart climbs aboard his 42′ lobster boat “Erica Page”  and goes lobstering in the Long Island Sound. He brings his catch back to the pound where he weighs and sorts the lobster by size.  Then, he gets to work!

Built right on the docks with picnic tables and umbrellas on the deck, you will love what Guilford Lobster Pound has to offer! Fresh, hot buttery lobster rolls, homemade clam chowder, hot dogs, chili dogs, ice cream, friendly service and incredible views of Faulkner Island to the South, Grass Island to the East and acres of protected Salt Marsh to the West.  Having a party? Captain Bart can accommodate you with a catered lobster bake, tent and more.   He’ll even let you rent his deck for your event by the water.    Now, that’s a really good time.

Why we love it:  BYOB!  Bring a bottle of champagne and celebrate summer as you savor every bite of your perfectly prepared lobster roll. 

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The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood – A Favorite!

Sustainable Seafood Dining Overlooking the Water

For an upscale dining experience featuring New England fish and lobster and an incredible view, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood ranks high on the list.  Voted “Best Seafood” by Zagat for six years in a row and most recently honored to receive “Best Seafood” in Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England” issue, this eatery will make your taste buds come alive!  Located right next door to Rowayton Seafood Market which was once an old fishing shack and the oldest lobster coop on the Long Island Sound, the culinary teams buys only the freshest and finest from this establishment.

Serving innovative seasonal dishes such as Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Spring Rolls, Maine Lobster Benedict, Maine Lobster Spinach Fettuccine – and tried and true favorites such as the Hot and Cold Lobster Roll and Lobster Grilled Cheese, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood is a shining star along the Connecticut shoreline.

Why we love it:  They partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program which means they care about healthy oceans and seafood for the future!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch
  • Reservations Suggested
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Docking Available for Boats and Yachts
  • 89 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, Connecticut 06853
  • (203) 866-4488


Stowe’s Seafood – A Treasure Chest in Connecticut!

Lobster Rolls Across from West Haven Beach

Rough and rustic, Stowe’s Seafood will delight lobster lovers looking for a fun and fresh seafood eating experience!  Located directly across from the beach, Stowe’s Seafood offers the perfect summertime hangout.  With limited indoor seating and plenty of outdoor seating, Stowe’s offers swashbucklers delicious beach food including fried lobster rolls served in a paper boat!  Family friendly, Stowe’s Seafood is open daily for lunch and dinner.   Ahoy Matey!

Why we love it:  It’s so beach casual.  

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Ford’s Lobster – Locally Caught Seafood

A Lobster Shack with A View! 

Visit this low frills local landmark on the Mystic River at Haring’s Marine for fresh seafood and incredible views of buoys, boats and beautiful sunsets!    Open most of the year, Ford’s Lobster offers outdoor seating right on the docks.  (Hello seagulls and salty air!)  All the food is cooked outside during the warmer months and when the air chills, everything moves inside where it’s casual and cozy!

With lots of choices for a scrumptious meal, let’s talk about lobster!  Choose from the hot or cold lobster roll, the steamed lobster with drawn butter for the purist at heart, and the Lobster Bomb or the Lobster Bisque Bomb –  made with tons of  lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque.   Bring your own beer or wine – and remember to drink responsibly.

Why we love it:   It’s a local hotspot.  Plus, Ford’s (renamed Ferriera for the movie) was seen in, “Mystic Pizza”!

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The Place Restaurant – Lobsters on the Grill!

Keeping Things Simple

At The Place Restaurant in Guilford, you’ll enjoy roasted lobster while sitting outdoors on a stump.  Yes, a stump!   An unusual, rustic restaurant with approximately 50 seats, visitors dine sit by the crackling wood fire and enjoy savory clams, smoky lobsters, sweet corn, salmon, blue fish, catfish and even rib-eye steak!   With a limited menu that stands tall in a centrally located area, a server comes over and take your order.  Everything is cooked on the 18 feet long. fire-pit!

Feel free to enhance your dining experience by bringing anything you want.  Side dishes, tablecloths, candles, beer and wine.  Almost anything goes!

Why we love it:   It’s quirky and fun!  They cut and crack your lobster shell and serve it with melted butter.

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  • Seasonal; Weather Permitting
  • Cash or Check Only
  • Dinner on Weeknights
  • Lunch and Dinner on Weekends
  • 901 Boston Post Road
  • (203) 453-9276

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale – Waterfront Dining!

Great Views from Every Table

It all started in over 30 years ago with small road side clam shack and a commitment to serve only the finest, freshest seafood available, to give generous portions, to provide prompt and friendly service and to keep prices reasonable.  Today, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale Restaurants operate 3 locations on the Connecticut shoreline serving over 15,000 diners during a busy weekend!

Known for its fresh seafood and award winning Lobster Rolls –  you have to try the Connecticut hot buttered lobster roll! Or, throw on a lobster bib and crack into a perfectly steamed lobster. This casual and friendly restaurant in New Haven does not disappoint.

Why we love it:  They have Happy Hour specials!

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Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale – Madison Location!

Award Winning Lobster Rolls and More

It all started in 1979 with small road side clam shack with a few picnic tables and a promise to serve only the finest, freshest seafood available, to give generous portions, to provide prompt and friendly service and to keep prices reasonable.  Today, Lenny & Joe still live up to that commitment touting three casual and friendly restaurants in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven!

Lobster lovers – try the Connecticut classic hot buttered lobster roll or the cold roll with mayo!
Stuffed with over a pound of lobster meat, you’ll enjoy every morsel of this meal.   And, kids – visit the Madison location and ride the Carousel with proceeds supporting the community!

Why we love it:  Tons of outdoor picnic table seats here!

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  • Open Year Round – 7 Days a Week
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 301 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut 06443
  • (203) 245-7289

Lobster Landing – Popular Lobster Shack in Clinton

Fresh Lobster Rolls and Live Lobsters To Go

Located off Route 95 on some pilings overlooking the Long Island Sound, Lobster Landing has been serving fresh lobster rolls to hungry lobster lovers for decades.  During it’s 100-year history, this rough and ready shack has been knocked down twice by hurricanes and put back together!

With a very limited menu of just three items  –  Sausage, Peppers and Onions on a Roll, Hot Dog with American Cheese and the ever popular Hot Lobster Roll packed with 1/4 pound of freshly picked lobster meat on a toasted sub roll with lemon and melted butter –  Lobster Landing does not disappoint.  With a small retail market up front, live lobsters are available for your lobster bake at home!

Why we love it:   Don’t let the appearance of this weather-worn shanty’s scare you away, the Lobster Rolls are delicious! 

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Costello’s Clam Shack – A Favorite in Noank

Droolworthy Lobster Rolls Are a Mainstay Here!

Located at the mouth of the Mystic River in the Noank Shipyard, Costello’s Clam Shack serves up several seafood food favorites including whole belly fried clams and lots of lobster!   The sister restaurant of Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough down the street, Costello’ s Clam Shack offers an amazing Hot Lobster Roll prepared with a 1/4 pound of pure lobster meat drenched in melted butter, a Lobster Salad Roll with almost a 1/4 pound lobster meat lightly dressed with minced celery added for crunch value and the Whole Steamed Lobster served with fresh drawn butter and cole slaw!  Yum.

Open for lunch and dinner, this two level clam and lobster shack offers plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the water and live entertainment during the warmer months.    Casual and fun – you’ll love what Costello’s has to offer!

Why we love it:  A lively summer spot!

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The Lobster Shack – Not Your Typical Lobster Eatery!

A Fancy Food Truck By the Water

If you’re a lobster lover on a mission to find a really good hot lobster roll, you’re taste buds will jump for joy at The Lobster Shack in Branford.   Located on the water at the Birbarie Marina, this lobster eatery isn’t a shack at all – it’s a food truck loaded up with sweet, succulent lobster meat!    With plenty of outdoor seating by the water, this seasonal sensation offers a delicious Connecticut lobster roll –  lobster meat drizzled with butter stuffed in a toasted bun and blessed with quick squeeze of lemon juice.  For a heartier appetite, go with the “Whaler” Lobster Roll.  It’s a hot roll packed with 8 ounces of lobster meat.  Now, that’s a biggie!

Why we love it:   This is a low frills/high thrills kind of place.  The lobster rolls are delicious!

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Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock – Rolls With a View!

A Popular Take-Out Restaurant at the Water’s Edge

Located at Shaw’s Cove in New London, Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock is a seasonal take-out restaurant where seafood lovers can sit back and enjoy an authentic New England experience.   A little hard to find but worth the adventure, Captain Scott’s is situated between the railroad tracks and an active marina and boat yard. A narrow shack with plenty of outdoor seating, Captain Scott’s offers and amazing lobster bisque, hot and cold lobster rolls and steamed lobsters that you can crack into!

Family owned and operated and named after Captain Thomas A. Scott who  arrived in New London in 1871 to build Race Rock Lighthouse in the Long Island Sound, Captain Scott’s is a seasonal favorite.  In addition to serving the best lobster rolls on the Connecticut coast, Captain Scott’s dishes out steamers, fried whole belly clams, scallops and hamburgers and chicken tenders for the landlubbers.   It’s all good.

Why we love it:  This place is an all around summer sizzler!

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S & P Oyster Co – On the Mystic River

New England Seafood (lobster) with a Twist!

Situated in Mystic, a 19th century fishing village steeped in maritime history, S & P Oyster Co offers fresh, tasty seafood classics with a modern, South American flair!  With views of the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, this restaurant offers fish and lobster prepared on the fancy side!

Choose from a variety of seafood dishes and cocktails.   Try the Lobster Alfredo made with premium, hand-picked tail and claw meat and the chef’s signature Alfredo sauce.  Tossed with al dente linguine and finished with Pecorino Romano cheese –  this is a lobster pasta you must try. Another treat is the Warm Lobster Roll made with hand-picked lobster tail and claw meat with a Spanish paprika butter and lemon with baby arugula.  Lip-smacking delicious!

Why we love it:  Head to the top floor bar for amazing views! 

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Fresh Salt – Creative Cuisine Along the Coast

Locally Sourced Ingredients Whenever Possible

Situated right where the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound meet, Fresh Salt offers the finest views and the freshest seafood around!   From Lobster Frittata for breakfast to Lobster Wontons and the Connecticut Lobster Roll for lunch – you’ll savor every bite of Fresh Salt’s menu selections. Be sure to make reservations for dinner and Sunday Brunch too when Fresh Salt serves more mouthwatering flavors.

Located at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Fresh Salt exudes an upscale casual, nautical-themed ambiance and boasts patio seating in the warmer months.  See for yourself why Connecticut Magazine names Fresh Salt as “Top 25 Most Gorgeous & Delicious Outdoor Dining Spots in Connecticut”!

Why we love it:  It’s a palate pleaser!   The wall of windows lets the outside in.  

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Dog Watch Cafe – Scenic, Waterfront Location

Enjoy Lobster with a View!

Located in beautiful Stonington Borough, directly overlooking Dodson Boatyard, Dog Watch Cafe offers a casual, seaside atmosphere where you can sit back and relax as the salty air wash over you.    Enjoy the spectacular harbor sunsets while you indulge in the lobster salad roll prepared with Jim’s chunky lobster salad served cold on a toasted New England style roll with lettuce or a yummy lobster BLT.   Other seafood menu items include Clams Casino, Sea Scallops, Salmon and more!  Not into seafood?  Dog Watch Cafe offers delicious selections for landlubbers in your party!

Why we love it: They have indoor and outdoor seating.  Local brews and live music on the weekends!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 94 Water Street, Stonington, Connecticut
  • (860) 415 4520
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Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough – An OMG Lobster Roll in CT

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Abbott’s Lobster was founded in 1947.  Right on the water, they offer great views and a Connecticut style lobster roll.  This roll is made with a quarter pound of lobster, drenched in butter and served warm.

You’ll love their steamers, stuffed clams, clam chowder — acclaimed by food writers and reporters worldwide. Clams and oysters on the half shell, mussels, shrimp, crab, corn on the cob and a great New England seafood feast!  While they do not serve alcoholic beverages, feel free to bring your own wine or beer.

Why we love it: Legendary Seaside Restaurant On The Mystic River

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