The Freshest Seafood in Fairfield County
7 places to buy great seafood
One of the perks of living on the coast is access to seafood so fresh, you would almost think you caught it on a boat yourself!
It can be hard to know where to get the best of the best, but luckily, we've done some of the work for you. Here are some of our favorite spots to get fresh seafood:
This market offers a wide variety of fin fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. They also have a full menu and catering service for your summer parties, and are expanding their take-out specials to include picnic foods such as Ahi tuna wraps, hush-puppies and Philly Cheesesteaks. A small eating area is available for those who would like to avoid getting sand in their bisques, chowders and conch fritters.
288 Knowlton Street
Stock up here on seafood, fresh fish, soups and sauces as you head to your coastal destinations this summer. Salmon or tuna burgers, soft shell crabs, prepared seafood and cooked lobsters are some of the offerings that you can even pick-up curbside. They also ship (“Far and Wide”) next-day and anywhere in the U.S. Who wouldn’t love fresh seafood delivered to their door?
100 Bruce Park Avenue
With daily deliveries from the Boston and Maryland fish markets plua Long Island Sound fisherman, fresh is a given. Owner Dan Mallozzi promises that your appetite for seafood will be satisfied with lobster bakes, raw bar selections, “blackboard platters” such as Ipswich Belly Clams, and a catering menu for special occasions. General Manager Matt Ness notes that the crew at Fishtales is always happy to make suggestions on what to get!
53 East Avenue
New Canaan, CT
Fjord has been supplying fresh and “traceable” fish (so you know where it came from) since 1992. Recently, new owners Jim Thistle and Mark Scozzafava took over, but the quality remains outstanding. The menu contains delicious items such as fish tacos, crab cake sandwiches, and whole lobster or fish dinners! For your summer celebrations, get on board with their Fjord BBQ/Clambake/Raw Bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, canapes and starters, and full catering and sushi menu.
158 East Putnam Avenue
Cos Cob, CT
1835 Post Road East
22 East Avenue
New Canaan, CT
Fresh, fresh, fresh! Pagano’s does also sell a few prepared foods such as lobster rolls, crab cakes, simple salads, and soups — but the focus is really on the fish you will be preparing at home. Their Bluepoint Oysters and hardshell Littleneck Clams hail from Norwalk Harbor. A favorite is the Copper River Sockeye Salmon — it will delight you. Store Manager and Chef William Lapota is enthusiastic about answering questions from customers who aren't sure what to buy or how to prepare their cut of fish.
142 Water Street
South Norwalk, CT
New Wave sources frozen fish from around the world as well as fresh fish from along the East Coast. Manager Tom Grady points out that they “don’t get their fish from marketplaces, but directly from people catching the fish, to have that relationship." Sign up for their emails to find out about daily specials, and enjoy their gourmet take-out. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are there to help and great recipes are even available online so that you know what to do with your catch!
81 Camp Avenue
Hand-picking and cutting their fresh fish, owners Michael and Jessie Elsas are devoted to providing high-quality products for your table. Good to note that additives, preservatives or other chemicals are never allowed in this market! They stock a large variety of fish, shellfish (conch! king crab legs!) along with an array of sauces, salads, dips and poached salmon party platters. Their Smoked Shrimp and Crab Dip is a top seller.
999 Post Road East