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“Great Lobster, great service.”

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill
Ranked #12 of 589 Restaurants in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$40
Description: 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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Description: 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.
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Our waitress was great!! One of the best waitresses I have ever met. Very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very attentive. Ordered the tower of shells and everything was fresh and high quality. Dinner was just as good. I had the lobster special - which was perfect. It was a summer dish and it was a cool October night. However, I am glad I ordered it because it was delicious. My partner had the NY Strip which was cooked perfectly. The only downside was the noise level. Beautiful atmosphere but nothing to buffer the sound in that big open room.

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This exceptional restaurant affords a dining experience of truly high quality seafood with water views through floor to ceiling windows which at sunset is glorious. Seating is inside and outside weather permitting with schools of fish and boats part of the ambiance. There is a full bar with seating available also - the wine is excellent and if you choose to have two appetizers you can partake of the variety of the chef's talents. An early seating may be had without a reservation, but after 6:30 the crowds descend so best to have a reservation.

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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We came here to celebrate our anniversary. We were sat near the windows which was a perfect spot. It's a beautiful restaurant in a great location. We ordered the charred beef for an appetizer which was fresh and satisfying. I had the short ribs with shrimp which was fantastic and my husband had the Bouillabaise which was even better. Our server (Nol I believe) was extremely attentive and helpful. One of the best servers we have had in awhile. Try this place!!

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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had a very nice table by the windows overlooking the harbour. We were very impressed by all the seafood we ordered: lobster salad special, rockfeller oysters and a really excellent steamer lobster.

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We made reservations weeks in advance for a Saturday night and arrived about 15 minutes early. Parking in the main parking lot is very tough, however, we found parking off site fairly easy. When we checked in we were told they did not have our reservation. That was not a good start. The hostess said she would do her best to get us a table. We went to the bar and ordered drinks. Standing room only. Just then she found us and said could seat us. Fantastic, nice recovery! We sat on the window line of the restaurant, the windows are actually gone for an open air environment and it was a very good spot. Our server was fantastic, I don't remember her name, unfortunately. The food was good for the most part. Appetizers had a nice portion and very good. The entrees were good, but, some of the dishes had garnishes and accompaniments that were very funky. I had the red snapper and just ate the fish. Which was very good. Overall the menu was varied and anyone can find something good from it. Overall it was a very good experience. The hostess seating us fast and a nice table saved the experience. I would tell people if you go on a busy night it is not a cozy, romantic resturant. It is very loud. The bar is in the middle of the restaurant and unless your outside it is hard to hear at your table. It is a great place if you're with friends for a fun night out, which we did.

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