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Waterfront dining in Connecticut serves seafood with a lovely view

Connecticut's shoreline is home to many excellent restaurants, from formal to casual, that provide a lovely view of harbors, marinas, boats, or lighthouses. If you are yearning for some fresh seafood, where could you find better choices? You might be dining on excellent shellfish caught right off the Connecticut shoreline, or from neighboring New England states' ports. And waterfront dining can be so ... what's the word? Romantic! Salty breezes, toasty sunshine, and flutter of the wind in the awnings. Make it happen!

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Half Shell Clams - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

From fine dining to oyster bars and casual fare, this village has it all

The dining in Stonington Borough is as eclectic as the shopping in this charming seaside village – and just as satisfying. Start your day with a stack of blueberry pancakes at Noah’s Restaurant, grab lunch at the Yellow House Coffee and Tea Room and go for casual seaside dining at Dogwatch or the oyster bar and innovative cuisine at the Water Street Cafe. Or go for an authentic Mexican meal at the Milagro Cafe. Locals will tell you every restaurant is terrific. It just depends on what you feel like eating! And if you just want to “graze,” check out Saturday morning’s Farmers Market, on the Town Dock in the summer and in the Velvet Mill when the season turns colder.
Outdoor Dining Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Old Saybrook Connecticut
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Two Bridge Street Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 Phone: 860-395-2000 Toll-Free: 800-243-0212

At the water’s edge, this restaurant focuses on fresh ingredients, classic cuisine

The sense of the sea is everywhere when you dine at Fresh Salt restaurant in the Saybrook Point Resort & Marina. The water views, of Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, are spectacular. And so are the menus, from the award-winning Sunday brunch to the seriously fresh seafood that takes center stage in so many dishes. There’s the much-loved lobster roll, classic clam chowder, cioppino and scallops, as well as sauteed salmon and grilled swordfish. But meat-lovers and vegan diners will also be enchanted by a myriad of offerings based on the freshest local ingredients. After dinner, stop by the Marina Bar for a bite and a glass of wine or a seasonal cocktail – and that fabulous view.
Paddy's Beach Club Outdoor Lounge Misquamicut RI
Paddys Beach Club

159 Atlantic Avenue Misquamicut, RI, 02891 Phone: 401-596-2610

Beach front dining at its succulent and savory best

Paddy's Beach Club offers an unforgettable ocean view, salt air and warm breezes along with a no smoking dining area to enjoy a great assortment of food and spirits. Starters include calamari, quesadillas, shrimp pot stickers and more. Paddy’s famous burgers are always made from 100% certified Angus beef and cooked the way you like them. There are French dip and pulled pork sandwiches and clam and New England lobster rolls. Get your greens in an assortment of fresh salads and heartier fare in Paddy’s Smokehouse favorites like pulled pork, half chicken, spare ribs, and smoked chicken and pesto tortellini. There’s always great seafood and the raw bar - all made even more delicious as you sit by the sea.
Waterfront Dining - Madison Beach Hotel - Madison, CT - Photo Credit Dom Miguel Photography
Madison Beach Hotel

94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT, 06443 Phone: 203-245-1404

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more on the Connecticut shore

Located on the resort’s spectacular beachfront are outstanding dining options at The Wharf, a casual fine dining restaurant with an upscale bar and al fresco dining. The resident chef features the freshest flavors of the Atlantic northeast with locally sourced ingredients, as well as decadent desserts made by their pastry chef. For seafood lovers, Ric’s Raw Bar serves the freshest shrimp, clams and oysters. From late spring though early fall take breakfast, lunch and dinner on the waterfront porch. You’ll never want to leave.