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Apr 11, 2009 09:51 AM

Good Seafood Restaurant in Central CT

My wife and I will be in Wethersfield, CT next weekend visiting relatives. We are former Hartford area residents (been away for 20 years) and one thing we miss about Central CT is relatively easy access to fresh seafood. Can someone recommend us a good seafood restaurant in the Greater Hartford Area in any price range?

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  1. Fried seafood at Tinkers in Hartford or City Fish in Wethersfield. High end Carmen Anthony in Wethersfield or Max Oyster Bar in West Hartford or Max Fish in Glastonbury.

    1. I will second Max Fish in Glastonbury. They serve very fresh, high quality seafood in my experience. But you will pay!

      Also high on the freshness and quality of ingredients is Chowderpot (on or near Brainard Road in Hartford). Pretty much straight ahead seafood without much fuss in terms of atmosphere or culinary vision.

      1. I'll second Chowderpot with one caveat - every time I go there's also some sort of weird mix up with the service. The food is pretty good if you're into fried stuff but just pray you get a good server and you are very specific with your order. And double check you got what you ordered when the food comes.

        If you're looking seafood more along the lines of real fish, raw bars, etc, consider one of the Max places.

        1. Try Max Fish and get the Hi-Rise appitizer. It's a lot of fun.

          1. We really enjoy Saybrook Fish in Rocky Hill. We prefer to sit in the bar area, because you can order off the bar menu, or the full menu. Sometimes the full menu is a little too much food. When we go we stick with the simpler menu items.

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            1. re: ctjane

              I have always found the Chowderpot to be a giant Red Lobster. "Buses welcome" and all. Max Fish is a good choice.

              1. re: FoodieJim

                Are there any other good choices that are closer to Old Saybrook? Looks like most of the Max Fish places are a good 45 min drive from Old Saybrook. We're going to be staying there week after next for a few days and I'd like some fish too! :)

                1. re: Morganna

                  For a nice clam shack fix, try Johnny Ad's. It's not prominent on the menu, but you can even find lobster bisque there. You'll order at the counter, wait for your number to be called, then you can sit inside or outside and chow down!

                  My mom is a huge lobster roll afficionado--her new favorite is Lobster Landing in Clinton (she calls it "The Lobster Lady"), but I *think* she opens May 1st. Next to that, she likes Lenny & Joe's in Westbrook. All these places are super-casual, clam-shacky places where good food is the focus. And as a P.S., I really like the cole slaw at Lenny & Joe's.

                  Welcome to the neighborhood/sort of/almost! :)

                  Johnny Ad's Drive-In
                  910 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

                  Lobster Landing
                  152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

                  Lenny & Joe's
                  Westbrook, CT, Westbrook, CT

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Ooh we're going just before the season opens, last week in April, to take advantage of the cheaper room rates (at an already cheap motel :) So I'll miss the lobster lade, probably, but the rest sounds promising. Thanks! :)

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Lobster Landing is now open daily, but closes at 5:45 p.m.--so this is only an option for lunch or a really early dinner. Found this out the hard way the other night. Luckily, Lenny & Joe's is not far from Lobster Landing.

                2. re: ctjane

                  We also hit Saybrook Fish, especially for an early midweek bite. They have a very reasonable "early bird" special menu. Their mini Bouillabaisse usually hits the spot for me. All entrees (early bird or not) include a generous selection of breads, a large family style salad, and a bowl of fruit, nuts, and other goodies as a finish. That makes it an excellent value!