Our Six Favorite Restaurants Along Connecticut’s Coast

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Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

There is nothing like spending time along Connecticut’s coast this summer. You can expect beautiful views and some of the freshest seafood on the east coast. With all of the activities abound nearby, you are sure to work up an appetite. Here are our six favorite restaurants along the Connecticut coastline paired with stunning, sea-soaked views.

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale


Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tail has an extensive menu of fresh-caught seafood. From bisque and chowder to crab cakes and everything in between. If you go with a crowd, the Famous Fish Tail Fried Platter is a must. It includes fried fish, clam strips, calamari, gulf shrimp, and scallops. They also have locations in New Haven and Westbrook. 203-245-7289

The Chestnut Grille at the Bee & Thistle Inn

Old Lyme

The Bee & Thistle Inn is known for being an enchanting destination for overnight stays or weddings. This New American, historic Inn also offers the outstanding Chestnut Grille, offering a fine dining experience with a French-inspired menu. Enjoy delights such as Potato Crusted Cod with Tuscan White Bean Salad, Prime NY Strip Steak with Truffle Demi-Glace, and Ratatouille. There is also an extensive wine list. 860-434-1667

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Gelston House. Images Credit: Visit CT

Gelston House

East Haddam

The Gelston House restaurant and inn is a beautiful waterfront estate in East Haddam on the Connecticut coastline that offers fine dining in their banquet hall. In addition, there is a laidback dining experience on the patio. The Scallops and Mango Ceviche, Lobster Tacos, and Philly Spring Rolls are fantastic. 860-873-1411

Bill’s Seafood


Bill’s Seafood in Westbrook on Boston Post Road is a waterfront seafood restaurant located on the Westbrook marina. Enjoying fresh seafood on a dockside patio while watching the boats pass is the perfect way to spend a summer day on the Connecticut coast. 860-399-7224

Breakwater at Stonington Harbor

Stonington Borough

Breakwater at Stonington Harbor on Water Street offers a superb view of Stonington Harbor and Fisher’s Island Sound. This is an ideal place to stop while boating. Breakwater offers docking privileges to diners arriving via boat. Be sure to try the Sea Bass with roasted potatoes, fennel, and blood orange buerre blanc. 860-415-8123

Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Old Saybrook

The Saybrook Point Resort & Marina features views of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River. This coastline restaurant focuses on fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Of course, there are plenty of fresh seafood options. Saybrook Point Resort & Marina also offers a Prix-Fixe Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. 860-395-2000

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Amber Clark
Amber Clark is a freelance writer and wellness advisor residing in Litchfield County, Connecticut. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from NVCC, and devotes much of her time to furthering her education through literature and personal experience. Her passions include writing, reading, food, nutrition, and the outdoors.