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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill

100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
+1 203-787-3466
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went here to celebrate my niece’s college graduation and had a wonderful lunch! The service was impeccable and the food was amazing!! It has a really beautiful location right on the water!!

Thank sean2dawn
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our party of 12 came here for a business dinner last Wednesday. I've been here several times and have had great experiences. The appetizers were all tasty but the Tuna Tartare was very delicious. Many of the seafood dishes have a bit of an Italian...More

Thank Bunky1998
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were all excited about celebrating a special occasion at the Shell & Bones and had a reservation. The event ended early so we arrived an hour early and we choose to wait at the bar. If I could give the 2 bartenders that took...More

Thank Debbie4188
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just looking at all the entrees served at the tables you want to try everything. I believe there is a seafood tower which looked great. 3 tiers of all this wonderful shell fish. Our entrée of fresh tuna were very good.

Thank bilasi
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our very favorite restaurants. We returned last night to celebrate our 35th anniversary, and as usual, it was spectacular. Our waiter - Anthony - was wonderful and started us off with a glass of prosecco to toast the occasion. The dinner...More

Thank Trudy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oysters were AMAZING and service was great. Didn't have a reservation but i was seated almost immediately. It was busy for a Tuesday night but if i plan on going on a weekend I'll make reservations. I was very satisfied and can't wait for my...More

Thank World T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceptionally fresh seafood, great views, friendly service and wonderful selections make this place stand out. A dozen “Happy Hour” Oysters at $1 each was a great way to start this meal. Then the Octopus salad, and fresh ceviche. Entrees included fresh Tuna Steak and a...More

1  Thank RussellJW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had Sunday lunch with spouse. Keri was our server and we were never hurried or abandoned. Oysters were delicious and fresh. Belgian style mussels were great as well as the clams casino. Entrees of cod chowder and salmon was also very good. The bread served...More

Thank kmghall
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This quaint restaurant is tucked away in a boat yard on the west side of New Haven. In addition to great water views, it features a cozy dining room and attentive service. We were there for lunch, so didn’t try the full menu. We opted...More

Thank George33801
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Driving home from New Haven, we took a slight detour and stumbled upon this beautifully situated, bustling restaurant by the sea. The place was packed when we pulled up at about 2 PM. There was a long wait and we would have missed brunch. But...More

Thank JD W
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Maryann B
5 March 2018|
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Response from RockridgeC | Reviewed this property |
We were a party of 7 and the service was great. I’d call and ask the management if they felt they could handle 25. Parking not an issue.
23 January 2018|
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Response from AnnieSueDK | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a parking lot in front of the restaurant. It fills up on busy nights.
4 March 2017|
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Response from TripMember25102016 | Reviewed this property |
On a Monday evening sitting near the fireplace, it was relatively quiet even though the restaurant seemed full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-3466
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At Shell & Bones, the focus is on seafood and steak, utilizing fresh & sustainable ingredients. All soups, stocks, sauces, and desserts are made in house under the watchful eye of Chef Franco. His style reinterprets many classic recipes, while also creating new favorites and award winners including our clam chowder that won The Big Taste competition of greater New Haven.
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