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Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill

100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
+1 203-787-3466
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (20 reviews)
“oysters” (23 reviews)
“cod chowder” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
100 S Water St, New Haven, CT 06519-2822
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you like the idea if sitting out on a deck, looking at the sea and enjoying the sea breeze while chatting with your friends, Then thats reasin enough to visit Shell and Bones. Add to that excellent food and drink options, even for vegetarian...More

Thank nrip79
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been to Shell & Bones a few times now, twice for brunch and most recently for dinner. The view is incredible, from any seat in the restaurant. I have tried the mussels, clams casino, the Shell & Bones Benedict and the Shell &...More

Thank Amanda D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I made face to face reservations with Steve. Upon arrival,we had issues. Instead of him, as the manager, assuaging the situation-he asked what I thought should happen. This caught me unexpected and I felt he would offer some compensation at the end. None of that...More

Thank cynchat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by for lunch, sat on the deck overlooking the water with a beautiful breeze and a lovely relaxed lunch. My sandwich was huge, only ate half and saved the rest. Everything was delicious.

Thank FoodFan2911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been there in the winter and the summer and both times were fantastic! Reservations needed year round. Very busy in the summer due to the beautiful views and outdoor seating so give yourself plenty of time since everything does take a little longer but...More

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us went there for lunch today...not a great experience and very disappointed. First, they wanted to seat us between two large tables with zero space in between, so we asked to move. Ok fine. Next, the guys ordered sodas and asked for straws...server...More

Thank chericpa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always good, good service, great setting by the water... ordered the octopus salad which we get every time, potion was a bit small tonight and not to much octopus, but still good... ordered the steak with that and it was delicious and perfectly cooked...

Thank JJFlash7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent meal we had a great waiter name Adam the view was also excellent , the salmon was outstanding, cooked perfectly , the waiter Adam couldn’t do enough for us , the view , the food an service , you couldn’t ask...More

Thank rickloum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch on a Sunday with family and had a great experience. The setting on the water was fantastic. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. Great cocktails, apps, entrees, and desserts. We are already planning our next visit.

Thank John M
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Great service and really good food-beautifully prepared and presented. The setting is casual and yet upscale -really enjoyable after a day at the beach!!

Thank Marie M
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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, Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 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
  • E-mail
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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