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Jun 12, 2008 06:40 AM

Waterfront Dining Ffld Cty CT?

Now that summer is here...
Wondering if there are any good/great restaurants that have outdoor seating on the waterfront in Fairfield County that I'm unaware of.
I live in lower Fairfield County and can only really think of SoNo Seafood and the Crab Shell in Stamford that can be considered outdoor, on the water dining.
What else is out there?

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  1. Don't forget Harbor Lights.

    1. How about the Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood? I'll admit that my socks weren't knocked off the couple times I ate there, but the water view was great. Also Splash in Westport is on the Sound as well.

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      1. re: bcsuka

        what about saltwater grille in stamford in shippan?
        view is grea,t, drinks are good- a tad overpriced- but the experience is nice.
        hubby and i went for a bottle of wine on sunday with a cheese plate- it was a great way to end the weekend

      2. Also:

        Paradise (next door to the Crab Shell)
        Sunset Grill (my fav, in marina next to Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk)
        Saltwater Grille (Stamford)

        1. L'Escale in Greenwich.

          1. Jfood's list

            - L'Escale - very expensive, very dressy, food pretty good. Complete other end of the spectrum from the OP's 2 entries
            - Crabshell - a scene with lousy food (mainly bar type crap)
            - Rowayton Seafood - Best in Class in FFD County, Casual yet charming with great food. Impossible to get a reso
            - SoNo Seafood - Very good food (think fried fish at Cape Cod menu), QSR service, great deck to relax, If you do not care about being treated like you are dining at Friendly's this is a great place.
            - Harbor Lights - Very good food, very good service, usually second choice after Rowayton for water fish dining if the jfoods are going with friends
            - Sunset Grill - Great staff, very good pasta and a few appetizers, do not even think of ordering the fried clams (beyond inedible) and the other fried fish appears to be Sysco/cafeteria quality. Enjoy the people the service, the view and the pasta

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            1. re: jfood

              jfood: Were is Harbor Lights? What do you order there?

              1. re: nbermas

                Here is their website. Jfood likes the oysters and grilled fishes. The picture on the site is a true representation of the size of the portions, they do not skimp.


                If you drive down Washington go over the bridge and bear right at the fork. Continue around and it is between the fast food fish fry place, which others have said is very good.

                1. re: jfood

                  jfood: How long has his been here? I thought it was a private club, is it between the hot dog stnad and ice cream stand? Is it great fresh seafood more known for fried foods?

                  1. re: jfood

                    jfood: I just looked at the menu for lunch, a fish wrap $17, fo you get a whole fish?

                    1. re: nbermas

                      It's been there at least 6-7 years. As you go around the bend there is the fried fish place and then a shared parking lot and the you make the left turn and the ice cream stand is right there. It has tables inside and out on the deck.

                      1. re: jfood

                        jfood ate at Harbor Lights last week and has to remove his seal of approval. He ordered the special soup (chicken, andouille and vegetables) and it was a salty interpretation of Campbells Hungry Man and his Lavraki was tasteless palm-sized fillet.

                        Jfood does not lnow what happened to one of his go-to places.

                        If anyone knows please advise.

                2. re: jfood

                  Whazzat mean, " Impossible to get a reso"? You just go and stand around? Takes two months?
                  Ms. Scargod and I think in terms of a stopping point when we are going and coming from NYC. Are any of these practical for that (or worth it)? We love a great view or waterfront atmosphere.

                  1. re: Scargod

                    T'means that you have to plan ahead. It is a smallish place so if you call for a 4-top late inthe week for a saturday night you will disappointed. Jfood does think they keep some tables for walk-ins though. Give them a call and see what you can do if you would like to try it.

                    1. re: jfood

                      have to respectfully disagree. deb and i have been sailing/driving to rowayton and eating at rowayton seafood more years than we care to remember. never had a reservation. avoid the obvious busy times like the plague and you should have a good time.

                      1. re: steve h.

                        of course the non-busy times is not difficult, but saturday nite? very difficult, but well worth it