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The Back Porch

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142 Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1440
+1 860-510-0282
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have gone here a couple of times for lunch. The outside deck looks over the CT river and a boat yard where cars/ trucks come in and out and activity goes on all the time. It can be distracting to the view of the boats in the river. The service has been ok but the food is just average. It... More 

Thank Robert C
East Haddam, Connecticut
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This place is great for Sunday afternoons!! There's always a band. I think they are a little overpriced but the staff is great and so is the location

Thank cherylkinct
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Went a few times over the summer..Food is ok.. in my opinion overpriced. Always takes awhile for waiter/waitress to take order and get your drinks to table. I recommend the chicken taquitos app and for a drink, they do serve fishers island lemonade (often hard to find on the shore). Overall, always looks very clean and can't beat the great... More 

Thank carissa843
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We stopped based on wanting to eat on the water. Great view of the traffic moving up and down the river between the bridges. The wait staff "sold" me on a drink. I always appreciate a good employee that sells. Lunch was served very quickly and I had leftovers for two more meals, large portions. It was very good, reasonably... More 

Thank Marti M
Cary, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Went to hear the band, and had some great clam straps and chowder...wonderful atmosphere, great staff!!

Thank cschiffer65
Hartford, Connecticut
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313 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

So you have a view of the bridge. Not so great. If the band is playing its loud and a lot of drunks and people smoking inescapably outside of every entrance The food was good, nothing special and a bit overpriced when you factor in the loud and the drunks On than other hand if your goal is to get... More 

Thank JBMartiniguy
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307 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Great location, needs upgrades. Service is good, mojitos are excellent. Views of Ct River are great! Exterior needs painting and maintenance. Looks shabby! Food was - ok. Burger was good, buffalo shrimp good. the rest ok.

Thank brynulf
Rome, New York
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Back Porch has a pleasant atmosphere with a large deck overlooking the Connecticut River and marinas. If you go for the music and night life this is a great place with fire pit seating and space for dancing. The food is average at best. We had the Lobster Roll which was priced comparable to others in town and was... More 

Thank w0rldtraveler1232
Essex, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We arrived early to have dinner at The Back Porch and see a popular band a couple of weeks ago. My husband, myself and my friend were seated and ordered drinks and appetizers to start. Food was fair but we were excited for the band to start @ 7 p.m. as advertised on the website. My friend and I had... More 

Thank smartyjaye
Clinton, Connecticut
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111 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Just happened to try this spot after a few years,right on the Ct. River overlooking a marina, never mind that the building needs some overhauling,a coat of paint? We sat on the great outdoor deck, hostess will seat you, we went in the wrong door and went thru the bar. After observing a nearby table and asking about the mussels... More 

Thank Kay C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 Ferry Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-1440
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Old Saybrook
  • Phone Number: +1 860-510-0282
Let us introduce ourselves! We are The Back Porch Restaurant on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. We serve lunch and dinner daily, featuring great food, a full bar, game room, and expansive patio with an incredible water views. At night we light our fire pits and on the weekends, feature live music. So whether you are in the mood for a meal or want to kick back with a drink and enjoy the cool breeze and sunset views, The Back Porch is the place for you!

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