Seafood by the Seaside
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Nothing quite says summer in New England like delicious seafood cuisine paired with, of course, good friends and cocktails. Whether your looking for an elegant dining experience or a more casual lunch spot overlooking the sound, the list we have compiled below will let you in on the best seafood spots in Fairfield County.
Since it’s founding in 1982, Captain’s Cove has grown into one of Fairfield County’s premiere seaport complexes. There is no admission fee, and the fried clam and beer combo cannot be missed. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, ice cream at the Seaport Sundae School makes for the perfect dessert.
This contemporary oyster bar brilliantly blends classic American comfort food and typical European bistro dishes. They specialize in seafood (with east and west coast oysters on the menu) but there is something for everyone here. Their diverse menu, spacious bar and numerous seating options will make for a great experience no matter the occasion.
Black Rock Oyster Bar & Grill manages to create a sophisticated dining experience without a hint of stuffiness. Traditional New England fare can be found on the menu, but guests always come back for their oysters and varied seafood options. This is a great spot for a low-key dinner with friends and family.
Fans of Fairfield’s Osianna are thankful that its Chef Rizzo always begins his mornings by obtaining the freshest seafood in the area and creating a pure and delicious menu. Pair this with the restaurants warm Mediterranean hospitality and idyllic visual ambiance, and you have the winning combination that Osianna encompasses.
This quaint café prides itself on giving its customers an authentic beach experience, without the mess and sand. The menus are well constructed, mixing traditional American food with nautical flare. Guests can also enjoy the live music performed by local artists featured on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come for the food, stay for the cocktails and be prepared to have a blast!
Located right off Greenwich Avenue, the Elm Street Oyster House continues to be one of the most critically acclaimed seafood restaurants in Connecticut. It’s become a favorite of local patrons and passersby alike. Though a casual dining experience, the menu selections are exquisitely prepared and vary nicely. And if one simply can’t decide which entrée to get, the raw bar offers a diverse selection for those who want to try a little bit of everything.
This great fish fry shack is located in East Norwalk on the wharf. They invite you to steer your boat up to their dock and stay for a while. Diners will enjoy eating overlooking the sound at one of the many picnic tables. P.S. their fried clams are to die for.
Though initially opened as a fish market, SoNo Seafood soon opened its restaurant doors due to overwhelming demand and popularity. It’s a great place for lunch after visiting the Maritime Aquarium (just down the street) or for happy hour. The food isn't fancy, but it is straight-up golden goodness. Also be sure to visit their Fish Market that’s stocked daily with fresh fish caught from their own boats.
This beloved restaurant has become a popular destination for any seeking spectacular views, authentic cuisine and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Executive Chef Christopher North is the genius behind their innovative seasonal menus, as well as the more traditional seafood cuisine that they offer year round. Valet parking is available for those on dry land and yacht reservations can be made for those who wish to sail up and visit.
This little venue overlooking the waterfront of Stamford makes for a fantastic evening. The outdoor bar is always hopping, located in front of the Crab Shell at the end of the quarter mile boardwalk. It overlooks the waterfront of the Stamford and the view is stunning. Mix this view with fantastic food and friends and you are sure to have a phenomenal evening.
This isn’t a seaside picnic table joint; they serve up delicious casual seafood at this quaint restaurant in Westport. Their menu is innovative, the interior quirky, but the fun decorative fishing motifs adorning the walls and exterior make Mansion a big hit with kids and seafood enthusiasts.
Splash has quickly become a hotspot for diners. Located in the Inn at Longshore, it features a gorgeous waterfront view as well as delicious seafood dishes. Outdoor seating is also offered, and should be utilized when the weather is nice. The restaurant's indoor bar is also a popular destination once the sun goes down. And for the biggest bang for your buck, visit them for brunch. Complimentary cocktails are included.