The Litchfield Saltwater Grille

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231 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We are a casual full service restaurant offering a variety of seafood dishes as well as great steaks, burgers and more. Saltwater has an impressive wine list with over 100 wines. We offer some of the freshest raw and chilled seafood oysters and clams. Additionally, you will find options for those looking for chicken, vegan, or gluten free fare. A family friendly restaurant, Saltwater offers a children's menu for those under 12.
Join us in front of the fire in the lounge, in one of our four quiet dining rooms, or out on the patio (weather permitting!).
What 231 People Are Saying
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FC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This was awful. Service was horrible. Took her for ever to take an order for dinner and when dinner finally came out one was missing
There are much better options in town. Avoid!!

SH
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Our server was very inattentive. We had to ask for water multiple times and she did not check on our food once delivered until we had completed our meal. Atmosphere is very nice. My salad was just ok. I would not rush back to the restsurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience as usual with my husband at our favorite restaurant. Customer service is always excellent both with the wait staff and hosts who greet you.
In fact when we arrived the host was on the phone with a customer but rather then us waiting he asked a colleague to seat us! Its always like that there and the food is excellent

Try the seafood tower and if you like spicy their Hot and Spicy Dirty Harry Martini is literally the best drink ever!

CK
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing to say the least. After a wonderful plate of oysters, the rest of the meal was pretty poor. My fish was badly undercooked on one side and properly cooked on the side that showed. It was fluke "stuffed with lobster"-stuffed with one piece of the end of a claw which I usually throw out as it's rubbery and not worth eating. My three dining companions weren't exactly raving either. Only the oysters (which are pretty tough to ruin since they're raw) were a standout. Service was slow although the waitress was nice enough. I'm guessing I won't be returning. There are better choices in the neighborhood.

k
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last couple of times the noise level was much too high. This time, it was just right. If you want to be able to hear yourself, go early and leave the later dinners to the noisy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we were served was great. Best fish and chips I ever had

OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. Service was great. Love the rustic ambience. The only downside was, they offer a 7:45 PM and an 8 PM reservation. We took the 7:45 PM and by 8 o’clock we were the last ones in the place so we felt like we had to rush. They didn’t necessarily give the impression that we had to but once they started counting the cash in the register and it looked like they were cleaning up we felt we had to get moving. The server asked us if we wanted dessert and we probably would have had dessert and a cup of coffee but we didn’t want to keep them any longer than they had to be there so we said no and left. I would go back but I wouldn’t take one of the last reservations again. There is a bar so we figured OK maybe the kitchen just closes at 8 PM and people will still be having drinks at the bar but that was not the case.

d
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is excellent and service has been good in the past. I hope the my last visit is the exception and not the norm.

P
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a longish wait for service. Once served the experience was pleasant. The food was satisfactory yet unremarkable. The sweet potato crab cake was basically a sweet potato cake. Chicken quinoa soup was adequate yet lacking in flavor. Wine choices were good. Background music was pleasant.

BR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great local favorite

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Spice challenged food. Very fresh, very bland. Seated and then forgotten for 20 minutes. Service when it began was fine.

B
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Saltwater Grill is in beautiful Litchfield, a town in NW Connecticut. My husband and I live in Arizona and travel to Connecticut about twice a year. This was our second time at the Saltwater Grille and it did not disappoint. The fresh oysters were so juicy and delicious I couldn't believe we were not actually sitting by the sea. Our main course, fish of course, was also delicious and was accompanied by wild rice and fresh vegetables. Our server was attentive and made us feel very welcome and at ease. We started outside, until the mosquitoes came, and then we were easily shifted in to a booth by a window. If you want good seafood without the crowds and the long drive to the coast, this is a great alternative.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was great and the service was very good.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were hoping for. Our waitress, Marie, was great, friendly, carried on good conversation, no rush whatsoever. Everything we had, from drinks, appetizers, main meal and dessert was delicious. All within a more casual environment. Sitting on the deck under the roofline, was great. Definitely recommend

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a Groupon and had a wonderful experience. Would return. Food and service were great

AQ
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was exceptional (Courtney Quinn), and we had a wonderful time. Thanks!

TL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Maybe, but very pricey for what
you get. Sat in bar, way too noisy. Erik read tarot cards and he was awesome.

BA
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes great seafood or steak

D
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried the restaurant for the first time with a groupon we were given. It was a delight! Oysters were fresh and briny, steak and lobster were delicious, raw pepper encrusted tuna was perfect. The only complaint was the mustard and parm encrusted cod was not encrusted at all-it’s absolutely delicious but there is no crust. Service was lovely!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific service by Courtney! Very pleasant and a delightful person. Food was great. Scott the chef customized a menu item to my wife’s choice which was very accommodating. Had a very pleasant conversation with Andy the owner at the end of the evening.

JP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places to have a good meal! Wait staff courteous and efficient...never disappointed.

DG
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. We had a reservation for 6:30 and got there an hour early. We had a drink at the bar and had our cards read. Everyone was super friendly and the food and service was superb

KS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! And that can be hard to accomplish with seafood! Our server Kat was terrific! Would recommend to our friends and family! A little pricey but worth it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Bread was excellent. Food was kind of rich and not too well flavored.

JG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cake poached eggs and sauce was outstanding.
There were 4 in our party, not one had a complaint.
We will definitely be back.

MD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner from the rolls, all the way to dessert! Everything was good to perfection. No complaints here!

Our waitress was awesome. She always came to check to ensure we were happy with everything. She was so nice. Even helped my husband select a drink that he said was amazing .

Looking forward to coming again!

OZ
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely good food. Good seafood. Great waitstaff / hostess / staff in general. Everyone is super nice. Totally worth the price. I got the sweet potato crab cakes, the cheese plate, and the bread pudding and everything was delicious. 10/10 would recommend and would definitely go back again. Thank you !

AA
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

SWG is a lot better than It once was. The overall experience was pleasant and the menu had something for each of us.

J
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch using lunch menu. Very good food and service, will definitely return in future.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with a party of 6 and everyone just loved the food , coffee and cocktails. Our server was delightful as well.

f
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good waitress and the service was excellent.
The food was much better than the last time we dined here so perhaps
there is a new talent in the kitchen.
Overall we were very satisfied and will definitely return.

ES
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous, particularly appreciated the attention of the manager who greeted us and sent us off, great waitress.
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HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner there on July 4th. 1st time. Everything was great. The drinks, food, specials and service were excellent. To top it off, I had mentioned briefly to the server that it was our anniversary and she automatically told us that we'd get a split of prosecco on the house. Will definitely be back. The clams on the half shell were fresh and delicious.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it very much. We have eaten here twice and it’s been excellent every time.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat outside- our server was exceptional. The special was duck which was delicious. Our table also had the swordfish which they enjoyed. We all look forward to going back again.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. The service was very slow. The host seemed upset that we asked for an outside table, saying he had to make sure there were no other reservations for it. The place was about 60% empty and remained that way during our meal so I don't see what the fuss was about.

N
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was looking for a good seafood restaurant. We went and ordered the calamari which was under cooked, the small amount of marinara sauce was good.(ask for extra if you go)
The clam chowder lacked taste and clams.
The broiled salmon was excellent , the rice was cold and the vegetable added color not much volume.
The sweet potato crab cakes were sweet potato’s! No real crab flavor or content very disappointing. I did not eat them took them home for a vegetable side dish($24.00).
The table bread service as advertised was non existent until we asked for bread during the main coarse and no butter offered.
I left a review for the owner but was disappointed he did not reach out to me. If he had I probably would not have taken the time to reply to this survey.

d
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor area was wonderful. Waitstaff was very friendly and helpful