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Sep 19, 2006 01:58 PM

East Elm Oyster House -- Greenwich, CT

Went there this weekend for my anniversary and it was great! It's a small place and no reservations, so arrive early or expect to wait. We arrived around 7:20 pm and were seated immediately. This is where the restaurant really suffers for lack of a full bar -- if we were waiting we'd have wanted a cocktail, but they serve beer and wine only.

They have lots of raw bar offerings, but we had pan-seared oysters and crab & rock shrimp quesadillas. Both were delicious. The oysters came with a tomato-based coulis that was well-served by a shot of the hot sauce on the table. The quesadillas were filled with seafood and not overly cheesey. They came with a roasted corn salad.

My husband had a special entree -- mahi mahi with crab au gratin. I think the fish didn't need that heavy sauce over it. It came with braised kale. I ordered the lobster paella which was wonderful -- a half lobster, lots of shrimp, crab, mussels and chorizo. The rice was creamy -- almost like risotto -- and flavored with the chorizo. I relished every bite!

Atmosphere is good -- a little loud, bright paintings, fun and noisy.

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  1. Great review, this is great place...agree with the bar though, most of the times you have to wait and some cocktails would be nice. Crab Cakes there are huge and very tasty. We usually go for an early dinner to sit and leave before the crowds show up.