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Lanster Jul 24, 2008 04:23 PM

Liv's in Connecticut - Any thoughts on this place? Is it worth a drive???

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    lsnhc Jul 24, 2008 05:43 PM

    Living in New Haven, it's not exactly around the corner, but we have dined there twice and had very enjoyable meals both times. Everything was very well prepared and the service was very professional. Additionally, while not terribly extensive, the wine list is very well chosen and there are a number of well thought out selections.
    While I'm not sure that it's worth a LONG ride,it is definitely a worthwhile choice for the Saybrook area.

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      jdgall Jul 24, 2008 07:13 PM

      Yes it is worth a drive. The star of this place is the raw bar. The oysters are fantastic, Although all east coast varieties they are served ice cold on a bed of ice and usually 5 or 6 varities. The sampler is the route to go served with a small flag indicating origin. Majority of menu is fish, all cooked perfectly. Although I live in Old Saybrook I certainly would recomend a drive, you will enjoy.

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        jdgall Jul 24, 2008 07:22 PM

        Yes, it's worth a drive. The star of this place is the raw oyster bar. Although all east coast varieties the oysters are fantastic. Ice cold served on a platter of ice. The sampler is the route to go, Six different varieties with a small flag on each indicating origin, The are briny, plump and full of flavor. Main menu is mostly fish, all prepared with imagination and great tasting. Take a ride and enjoy !!

        1. dennisl Jul 26, 2008 11:45 AM

          We've always liked Liv's, the service is great (even at the bar when we didn't have reservations.) Loved the fried oysters for a starter, crisp and not greasy at all. I would drive that far for great food.

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            NLfoodie Aug 12, 2008 10:47 AM

            Another positive review here. I have been to Liv's about a half a dozen times over the past year and a half and have always walked away pleased. The regular menu items are reliable and the specials have been delicious. Tasty drinks & desserts and professional service make this one of my favorite restaurants in SE CT.

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              pobo Aug 12, 2008 02:43 PM

              We tried Liv's Oyster Bar last week on our annual boat cruise in New England. We thought it was outstanding. We had a reservation, but ended up eating at the bar because the bartenders were so much fun! The raw bar was great- we ordered oyster samplers which are labeled and they give you written information about the oysters. My husband had the sea scallops, which were outstanding! I had crab cakes, they were good, but I really wanted the scallops. It was fun to try different wines. If back in the area, I would most certainly go again.

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                madisoneats Aug 13, 2008 01:57 PM

                Agreed-- pls support this place-- it's a treasure.

                1. kattyeyes May 31, 2009 07:53 AM

                  Finally got to try Liv's last night--it was delicious! Very friendly service, excellent cocktails (blood orange cosmo, hunter's cocktail). The olive bread was particularly tasty. We shared the sashimi yellowfin tuna pizza as an app. I had the seared sea scallops for my entree, my dining companion had the mahi mahi. My only complaint (which is not really a complaint) is that I wished there a rice or potato accompaniment with my dinner...but every last bite of both our meals was delicious, and my dining companion was happy to share his artichoke smashed potatoes, so it worked out just fine. I had heard of Liv's long before I heard of Chowhound and am glad we finally had a chance to eat there. We'll be back! Meantime, I have to get some blood oranges and some Stoli to try to replicate that cosmo--it was something special!

                  Shoreline folks--I'm curious--how does Liv's stack up to the Terra Mar? That's been on our list of places to try also. Would love to hear what you think of one vs. the other.

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                  Liv's Oyster Bar
                  166 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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