Food & Drink in Old Saybrook

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The aroma of freshly baked bread often wafts from the kitchen of La Vita Gustosa, greeting guests who step through the restaurant's window-paneled doors. That scent mingles with others as chef James Wilder sautés plump, opened clams in olive oil, crushed red pepper, and white wine, braises bone-in pork shank for tender osso bucco, and drizzles balsamic glaze over hand-cut new york strip steaks. Rich sauces cling to strands of linguini and orecchiette "ears," and fresh produce from local farms tops New Haven–style thin-crust pizzas.

After enjoying a meal at the eatery, whose polished wood bar complements sunny yellow walls, one Hartford Courant writer described La Vita Gustosa's ambiance as "classy, romantic, casual, warm and inviting." In warm weather, diners can relax on an outdoor patio with a clear view of Connecticut River and Goodspeed Opera Theater. Live bands, dance parties, and spontaneous reenactments of Broadway musicals keep the fun going long after dinner has ended.

9 Main St
East Haddam,

Recently celebrating its temporary re-opening following major damage from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Dock & Dine welcomes back dedicated diners to its waterfront dining room and deck on the Connecticut River. An Old Saybrook landmark since the 1940s, the iconic destination grew from a humble clam shack to a local favorite with its classic crab cakes, giant sea scallops, and engaging siren waitresses. The dining room features clean, sea-side decor and expansive windows offering views of Saybrook Point and the Long Island Sound, while the large outdoor deck is perched directly over the water. The restaurant also hosts live entertainment Thursday–Saturday evenings. This summer marks Dock & Dine's last at its current elevation, with plans to be demolished and rebuilt 15 feet above sea level.

Saybrook Point
Old Saybrook,

At The Tea Kettle Restaurant, there are no rules as to what constitute a breakfast food and what is more appropriate for lunch. Rather, these two meals are of equal importance and blend into one tantalizing whole. Not only can you have breakfast or lunch anytime, you can pick and choose from either menu to create a new meal. Want to try scrambled eggs on the side of your chicken sandwich on a kaiser roll? Done. How about buttermilk pancakes with black-bean-beef chili? Anything you have a craving for, you can chow down on it from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even if that means you eat a plate of caribbean chicken wings at the crack of dawn.

1395 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook,

Inside of Red Hen, an Old Saybrook bistro that opened in late 2012, plates of Mediterranean-inspired fare share table space with American classics. Chefs thoughtfully choose the ingredients for these dishes, taking care to procure free-range chicken and sourcing seafood from nearby Little Narragansett Bay.

Besides comforting, yet upscale entrees, the bistro also features a tapas menu that traffics in small plates. These shareable morsels can pair with 30 wines by the glass or quartino, and sips of craft beer and cocktails.

286 Main St
Old Saybrook,

Cuisine Type: American

Most popular offering: Filet mignon

Reservations: Optional

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 11?25

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2013

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Just come in hungry and leave room for one of our many unique dessert options.

Q&A with Sharon Sailor, Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Ecclectic. From light fare to gourmet and just about everything in between.

What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

We're always looking for the, "We will be back," or, "This is our new favorite dining destination in Greenport." The best was, "I think I died and went to heaven," with regard to a yellowfin tuna special we ran.

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

Beet chips (a special we run), bone-in ribeye, kale burgers, and all of our gluten-free soup choices.

212 Front St

The Ivory Restaurant's dishes exude artful elegance, much like its picturesque views of the shoreline. The Ivory's grilled baby back ribs stand as securely as a miniature tower. Its sweet-potato- and parmesan-crusted salmon resembles a snow-capped mountain, and its desserts blend a palate of bright colors on plates. Diners munch on these edible displays in a simple dining room with golden walls and cozy tables while live music plays in the background on select evenings.

1 Kirtland St
Deep River,