CT’s Best Seafood Restaurants in 2022


Connecticut Magazine // Food + Drink



For Connecticut Magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice survey, conducted in September and October 2021, voters were able to choose up to three restaurants in order of preference (with votes weighted accordingly) in each category.

Restaurants were limited to a maximum of four Readers’ Choice wins in the categories in which they received the most votes. After that, awards in other categories went to the next qualified restaurant. Our panel of experts then recommended additional places in each category.

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Here are readers’ and experts’ picks for the best seafood restaurants in Connecticut.

Readers’ Choice


Local Lucas Oyster Bar, Southbury

State Winner, New Haven County

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook

Middlesex County

Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme

New County of London

Deviled eggs topped with fried oysters were adorned with Whelk marinated onions.

Deviled eggs topped with fried oysters were adorned with Whelk marinated onions.

/Frank Whitman/ For Hearst Connecticut Media

The Whelk, Westport

Fairfield County

Max Oyster Bar, West Hartford

Hartford County

Greca Mediterranean Kitchen + Bar, New Milford

Litchfield County

Shells and Bones, New Haven

Statewide Finalist

The Fish Market, Willimantic

Windham County



Choice of experts


Liv's Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook.  Mara Lavitt / New Haven Register 8/31/12

Liv’s Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook. Mara Lavitt / New Haven Register 8/31/12

BRYAC, Bridgeport

Ford’s Lobster, Noank

Liv’s Oyster Bar, Old Saybrook

Noah, Stonington

Oyster club, mystical

The Square, Guilford

Scott Bennette, general manager of Rowayton Seafood Market in Norwalk, Connecticut, holds a fresh, whole salmon on June 2, 2021.

Scott Bennette, general manager of Rowayton Seafood Market in Norwalk, Connecticut, holds a fresh, whole salmon on June 2, 2021.

Lisa Nichols/Hearst CT Media

Rowayton Seafood, Norwalk

The shipbuilder’s daughter, mystical

Skipper, Niantic



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