Connecticut July 19, 2018
8 Outdoor Restaurants In Connecticut You’ll Want To Visit Before Summer’s End
After our long winters, outdoor dining is a treat. Whether you end up at a picnic table or on a patio, there’s something special about having a meal under the open sky. Enjoy these outdoor restaurants while you can, summer is much shorter than you think and you’re going to want to visit each one of these delicious spots before it’s over.
1. The Blue Oar, Haddam
Arrive by car or boat to this colorful riverfront restaurant. There is plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the American classics and seafood served up with a water view. Appetizers and sandwiches are served all day. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Dinner is served from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. BYOB if you wish and bring cash (no cards are accepted). Visit the Blue Oar at 16 Snyder Rd., Haddam, CT 06438.
2. Lobster Landing, Clinton
The menu is limited but the views are expansive at this seafood shack on the coast. Enjoy a fresh lobster roll (the house specialty), hot dog, or sausage and peppers. Three items to choose from but they will keep you coming back for more. Find
at 152 Commerce St., Clinton, CT. They are open seasonally Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. The Place, Guilford
Enjoy food cooked over an open fire at this roadside restaurant. Lobsters, clams, roasted corn, and BBQ chicken are just a few of the offerings on the menu. Grab a seat on a tree stump and get ready for a true outdoor dining experience. Enjoy this rustic restaurant Monday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 9:00 p.m. No credit cards are accepted, so bring cash or use the ATM on site. You are more than welcome to BYOB.
is located at 891 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT.
4. Harry's Place, Colchester
Experience 97 years of nostalgia at this long-standing favorite in Colchester. Burgers, hot dogs, fish & chips are menu staples but make sure you save room for ice cream after your meal. Harry's Place is open seasonally 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. You can find this outdoor spot at 104 Broadway St., Colchester, CT 06415.
5. Stowe's Seafood, West Haven
Find seafood classics at this funky pirate-themed shack on the shoreline. Enjoy lobster rolls, chowder, fried clams, and more while the shoreline breeze keeps you cool. Visit
daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 347 Beach St, West Haven, CT 06516.
6. S&P Oyster Company, Mystic
This upscale spot on the Mystic River has a spectacular view of the bridge. Dine on fresh food with a South American flair. Shrimp, scallops, steak, and of course, oysters are carefully prepared to please your palate. Enjoy the patio from Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. at 1 Holmes St., Mystic, CT 06355.
7. Abbott's Lobster In The Rough, Groton
For lobster rolls, steamed lobsters, and other delicious seafood, visit this dockside spot with sweeping water views. Serving up a variety of seasonal offerings since 1947, locals await the opening of this summertime spot each year. Visit Abbott's Lobster In The Rough from 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily at 117 Pearl St., Groton, CT 06340.
8. Shanks, Clinton
Place your order at this dry-docked boat and then dine at a picnic table overlooking the harbor. You'll find all kinds of yummy seafood and sandwiches at this food boat. Shanks is open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. You can find the unique food boat at 131-c Grove St., Clinton, CT 06413.
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