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Ebb Tide Seafood and Lobster Shack, Port Chester--anyone been? Worth a trip?

Wondering if anyone's been to this place.

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  1. I guess the question would be a trip from where? I haven't eaten there, but I did buy lobsters from there a few years ago. At the time it was basically a store in an industrial part of Port Chester with a few tables on the side. Ambiance was zero. I'd assume the seafood would be very fresh, but can't comment on the preparation.

    1. I have been there many times. For Westchester, it's as close as we can get to a seafood "shack". The menu changes from day to day. I have had their chowder (okay),soft shell crab in a sandwich (wonderful) and most recently, monkfish in a red calamari sauce, which was really fresh and delicious. They have steamers, crab cakes, and other kinds of fresh fish. I was won over by the fresh tomato salad they put on each plate as a garnish (I would go there for that alone). My kids are "land lubbers" and go for the foot long hot dog.

      That being said, I don't think the prices are any bargains. A simple lunch will set you back $11+ (without a drink). But there is something about taking a quick drive to Port Chester and eating out on the deck in the sun. We've watched the duck family across the channel nest & hatch and grow over these past few months. It's peaceful, I've never seen the place too crowded.

      1. I'm a big fan of Ebb Tide. Service is slow at the counter, prices are not cheap, but I personally love the atmosphere outside, good menu/items. I go for lunch often on the weekends and as RJKA replied, it depends where you are coming from. I visit from White Plains and I'm comfortable with that (15-20 mins.). Don't know if I would visit from the Hudson side of the County.
        I have been ordering the fried clam bellies but they are "always" out of them - I wonder if they ever really have them. I haven't had a decent order since Boston.
        ZSWP

        1. just posted this above in a similar thread:
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          although the food i've had is good, i'm not that gung-ho about them. fish sandwich is very good. and lobster dinner as well (i think 18.95 for steamed lobster, corn and chowder).

          but there are little things about them that are off: after a meal, i tried to help bus my table (seemed semi-appropriate for the ordering scheme: order at counter, food brought to you at table), but one of the staff sniped at me to leave the stuff alone. hey, just trying to help out, ya know? also their lobster roll is premade with lobster AND crab. not good for my companion when he's allergic to crab but loves lobster. -->mild rant here: why don't they advertise this as a lobster/crab roll?

          i really WANT to like them, but i've always felt somewhat disappointed every time i leave.

          a side note here: been to westfair fish and chips in westport, ct numerous times over the past few months, and i absolutely LOVE the place. when given the choice between ebb tide and westfair, undoubtedly i would choose westfair, regardless of the extra driving distance....
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          zswp, if you have access to a car, you could either go to westport, or bigelow's (rockville center, LI) for your clam belly fix.

          1. Thank you 'cervisiam' for the tips.
            I agree with alot of your comments, however I did order the lobster roll on my last visit and although I didn't love it I did know it had crab - not sure if it said it up on the board or on the printed menus - maybe it was added - I did like the bread part. Also, I always bus my own table and I thought that was what was expected also - who knows.
            Definitely going to check out you Ct. rec's. ZSWP

            1. i stopped by westport on the way back from maine on saturday. guess three days of seafood eating wasn't enough :) in case you do go to westport, large side order of clams (and their bellies were bigger than the ones i had at clam shack at kennebunk just a few days ago) is 25.95. the size is probably about a quart. (side note here: a quart at clam shack was 31 bucks!) small order is 16.95, i think. that's more like a pint.
              lobster dinners: 1.5 lb 21.95, all 2+ lbs are 14/lb. (sorry, i guess i always get big lobsters) they have steamers, mussels (both of which i tried and are very good), all sorts of fried seafood, and also blackened/broiled seafood. cash only (local checks too). very very casual and laidback :) M-S 11-10 PM and Sunday 1-9 PM. closest I-95 exit is 19. if you do end up going, let me know how you like it. i hope it doesn't disappoint!!! :)

              1. Went to Ebb Tide last night. I really, really wanted to like it; but I must say, I was very disappointed. The lobster bisque left much to be desired, (it was very runny) as did the lobster rolls. They were served on a thick, bready, portugese roll and it totally overpowered a very mild lobster salad mixture. I didnt notice crab in the salad, but it may have been there, but the salad was very plain and pretty blah tasting. My boyfriend got the clam bellies which were tasty, probably the best thing that we ordered, but they were very salty. Clam bellies came with cole slaw (not bad) and fries (which were amazing, and sadly the best thing we ate this meal).

                The location is good though and great if you are looking for place to grab a quick bite before a movie. I just wish those bites were tastier!!

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                1. re: jlc41582

                  Where are they both? I walked the entire length of PC's Main St. one Saturday, trying to find some of the ethnic places noted here, without success.

                  I also found Mill but not Delavan, and so missed BSF.

                  TIA.

                  1. re: dolores

                    Dolores, Ebb Tide is on a little street just off of main, behind the Willett House right on top of the water.

                    BSF is technically in Greenwich (Byrum) so you have to cross the river into CT. You'll see it about 1/4 mile before you go under I-94. Not far... maybe 3/4 mile from Ebb Tide. Basically, turn at the Kneaded Bread and stay on that road until you see BSF on your right.

                    Here are the addresses:

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                    Burgers, Shakes & Fries
                    302 Delavan Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

                    Ebb Tide
                    1 Willett Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      Thanks, adamclyde, looks like I took a 'right church wrong pew' type of walk.

                      Too far into PC on Tortilleria Los Gemelos (on Westchester Ave., not Main St.) and not far enough on Ebb Tide and BSF.

                      Next time.

                  2. re: jlc41582

                    agreed fully. the lobster roll didn't hit that lobster spot! the bread was all wrong as was the addition of crab meat.

                    1. re: jlc41582

                      My issue with the place is that it's just so darn expensive. Because of that, I haven't ventured much out of the fried clams, which aren't too bad. But given the location and feel, it really SHOULD have great lobster rolls. Too bad it doesn't sound like they do.

                    2. I've always stuck with the fish & chips when I went there and liked it.

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                      1. re: shellyesq

                        I have been to Ebb Tide a few times for lunch and found the food OK, and the place pleasant during the day. My problem is that almost everything there is fried, and I don't do fried. So the selection for me is too small.

                      2. Based on recommendations on this site, Mr. Pobo and I went there last year. I was really looking forward to a classic NE lobster shack and I was disappointed. We shared some steamers, they were prepared more like mussels (in a flavored broth), which was tasty but not what I was expecting. I agree the lobster roll wasn't anything to go out of your way for. It was not on traditional lobster roll bun and didn't have much flavor. We liked the cole slaw. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

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                        1. re: pobo

                          Ate there the other night and was disappointed. I went there for their soft shelled crabs which were advertised on both their outside and inside boards. I stood in line to place my order and was told that they had none and had not had any for some time now. Had the lobster roll which, as the other posters have mentioned, was very mediocre. Would definitely not go there again.

                          1. re: benjamin30

                            I grew up in Massachusetts, eating lobster on the north shore and in Maine. I've eaten lobster in fancy places in New York City and the suburbs. I've eaten lobster at cheap (relatively) casual, shack like places in New York City and the suburbs. For reasons I fail to grasp, the lobster around here is never better than eh. Ebb Tide is no different. It's not actually bad and but it's certainly not wonderful or worth the money. You'll find people who will tell you that Ebb Tide is a great casual place for lobster. I can only assume they've never really had good New England lobster. So, in summary, save your money.

                        2. What about Lobster Shack? I drove by there last night - any reviews/recommendations?

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                          1. re: pobo

                            For what it's worth, I think the lobster roll at Stew Leonard's is better than Ebb Tide's.