Seafood abounds in Connecticut and before Fall hits, you should definitely check out some local seafood “hot spots” to try a lobster roll, clam chowder or crab cake. There’s nothing quite like a delicious hot, buttered lobster roll, especially if you finish off your meal with an ice cream cone. We put together a list of outdoor seafood restaurants in Connecticut to help you find the best spots to stop for seafood in Southeastern Connecticut.
Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London
Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London is a fan favorite that sits right by the water. They offer takeout, outdoor seating at picnic tables and a fish market. You can grab your favorite seafood and they often have live music. The seafood is moist and full of flavor.
Liv’s Oyster Shack in Old Saybrook & Westbrook
Liv’s Oyster Shack is just a few miles from their main restaurant, Liv’s Oyster at Harbor One Marina in Old Saybrook. Their new location in Westbrook is located in Safe Harbor Marina. Liv’s Shack celebrates Summer in New England with hot buttered lobster rolls, fish tacos, hand-ground hamburgers and more.
The Place Restaurant in Guilford
The Place Outdoor Seafood Restaurant is a must stop during the summer months if you live in Connecticut. Their unique setup of tree stumps for seats makes dining fun. They have a huge tent so rain is not a problem. Watch them cook your food over a giant outdoor wood fired grill. The staff is always pleasant. The Place offers lobster, clam, corn on the corn on the cob. Since it’ BYOB you should make sure to bring your own drinks. They only accept cash or checks. The Place is pet friendly so bring your favorite pooch.
Lobster Shack in East Haven
The Lobster Shack on Cosey Beach Avenue in East Haven is owned and operated by Nick and Arlene Crismale. After enjoying eleven years in Branford, in 2019, The Shack relocated to East Haven. They offer chowder, grilled clams and a buttered lobster roll on their menu,
Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook
Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook is a New England seafood shack offering fried fish, lobster rolls and chowders plus an outdoor deck in summer. The food is delicious and the prices are fair. You can sit on the deck and have a view of the river. Lobster macaroni and cheese is amazing as well as the Lobster BLT.
Lobster Landing in Clinton
If you want to experience authentic New England flavor that is different from your normal lobster roll, hop in your car and head over there to Lobster Landing in Clinton.. Their lobster roll is served warm with melted butter drizzled over the top on a home made roll. The lobster rolls are brimming with sweet lobster meat with a hint of lemon.
Ford’s Lobster in Noank
Ford’s Lobster locally sources their ingredients for wholesome food the whole family will enjoy. You will find Noank Clam and New England Chowder as well as Lobster Bisque on the menu. Salmon, Clams Casino, Mussels, Crab Cakes, and the Lobster Bomb are also highlights at Ford’s. They are open year round except February and the outdoor eating area is pet friendly
Guilford Lobster Pound
At Guilford Lobster Pound you can sit on the deck by the beautiful Guilford Harbor with views of Faulkner Island, Grass Island and acres of protected Salt Marsh, where you can view many different shore birds as well as deer. Lobsters are caught daily by owner Capt. Bar Mansi. You can purchase fresh lobster by the pound or order fresh lobster rolls from the menu. You can also purchase clam chowder, stuffed clams, sea dogs and ice cream. Looking to recreate something at home? Their website has recipes for you to try.