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Waterfront Dining Ffld Cty CT?

milano14 Jun 12, 2008 06:40 AM

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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    lattelover RE: milano14 Jun 12, 2008 08:57 AM

    Don't forget Harbor Lights.

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      bcsuka RE: milano14 Jun 12, 2008 09:57 AM

      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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        missmar79 RE: bcsuka Jun 24, 2008 12:07 PM

        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

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        jrlpking RE: milano14 Jun 13, 2008 02:50 AM


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

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          Boswell RE: milano14 Jun 13, 2008 06:09 AM

          L'Escale in Greenwich.

          1. jfood RE: milano14 Jun 13, 2008 08:58 AM

            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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              nbermas RE: jfood Jun 13, 2008 09:19 AM

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

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                jfood RE: nbermas Jun 13, 2008 11:35 AM

                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.

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                  nbermas RE: jfood Jun 13, 2008 12:38 PM

                  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?

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                    nbermas RE: jfood Jun 13, 2008 12:41 PM

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

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                      jfood RE: nbermas Jun 13, 2008 01:02 PM

                      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.

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                        jfood RE: jfood Jul 31, 2008 04:08 PM

                        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.

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                  Scargod RE: jfood Jun 16, 2008 07:39 PM

                  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.

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                    jfood RE: Scargod Jun 17, 2008 04:03 AM

                    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.

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                      steve h. RE: jfood Jul 30, 2008 01:57 PM

                      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.

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                        jfood RE: steve h. Jul 31, 2008 04:09 PM

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

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                  MommaJ RE: milano14 Jun 24, 2008 12:49 AM

                  Just wanted to put in a good word for the Crabshell. It's an uneven menu for sure, but we return there often when we have a yen for the things they do well--yummy steamers, excellent lobster roll (both the warm with butter kind and the cold with mayo type, each on a traditional hot dog roll grilled with butter), very nice coleslaw, and various simple fish preps that are handled knowledgeably. The dinner rolls are good, the pasta is to be avoided, I hate their fries. The staff is unfailingly pleasant and the service is efficient. Unless you want noise and crowds, avoid the latter part of the week when the outside bar scene dominates.

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                    lisette RE: milano14 Jun 25, 2008 09:21 PM

                    FISH in Port Chester (Fox Island Seafood House) is another choice. the seafood is good and inventive, but I don't think the place is as good as Rowayton Seafood. Pretty view.

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                      amanda3571 RE: lisette Jun 27, 2008 06:16 AM

                      I find the view at FISH to really be not that great. Their food is good - but the view? Rowayton Seafood is surely a great bet all around.

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