The Crab Shell at 46 Southfield Ave, on the boardwalk at Marina At Stamford Landing
I think it’s time to challenge the rest of New England to a seafood restaurant cook off and this waterfront spot could be one of the winners. No more trips to the Cape or Bar Harbor, just take a ride to Stamford harbor and sit back and enjoy the view, a cool one, a lobster roll and the music.
What people say;
3/18/2013 I am a newbie to Stamford but The Crab Shell’s reputation has preceded my relocation to the area. My Westchester friends had been going there for years and I even experienced it a couple of times before I moved from NYC. It used to be THE Sunday place to hang in the sun on the outside deck, drink margaritas and forget about your problems. Since I moved here, it has changed but I still enjoy the free, fun, easygoing atmosphere and the food is still very good. Lobster bisque is one of the best I’ve had and seafood has always been good. In the summer, the live bands from Thurs. through Sunday night are a great free added highlight and nothing’s better than dancing on the deck until closing time. Alot of Long Islanders from the north shore pull up on their boats and enjoy the scene as well. I believe Thursdays the big happy hour night now but thurs. through Sun. still rocks depending on the weather of course.
1/9/2013 My favorite outdoor spot in Stamford for the summer, by the water & with the freshest most delicious fish dishes. Fabulous atmosphere to enjoy some mai tais and fun in the sun – freshly (properly) shucked Bluepoints with fresh horseradish. Creamy lobster bisque, not too peppery with lovely hunks of meat. My favorite thing on the menu is the CT lobster roll without mayo – great buttered roll, naked lobster with some spice and drawn butter – perfect for splitting with your beau. Can’t wait for summer …
We were in this area recently, but did not have a chance to eat at this restaurant, the location on the harbor front is just great, we did find a patron review, which is below, possibly some of our readers have been here and can comment. Guilford Mooring Website click here
“This is our family’s event restaurant. Birthdays, anniversary, girls night out. It is always a good experience. Views of the Guilford Harbor, live music, and excellent food, just make this place more special. We can’t wait for it to reopen after sustaining damage from the hurricane!!”
Beach House Restaurant Milford
Its across the street from the water but still we felt it was close enough to the water to be called waterfront dining and besides so many folks just love this wonderful eatery we just had to include it. Checkout the reviews below…hope you enjoy.
“I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! The Beach House is Milford’s best kept secret… or maybe it’s not a secret since I’ve recently moved to Milford, but regardless this place is AMAZING. I had the most delicious and incredibly entertaining dinner last night. Karen is a fantastic server. She was attentive, knowledgeable, hilarious and turned our dinner into a cabaret show. I may of professed my love to her at the end of the night.”
“The Beach House menu is extensive and they offer an unbeatable $30 prix fixe that includes a starter, entree and dessert. The littleneck chowder is among the best chowder I’ve ever had. The raw bar is so fresh and delicious. This place will not disappoint! Check it out. Tonight even. You know you want to…”
“This place has been open for 6 yrs now and am kicking myself….why I haven’t found this gem sooooner? 1st of all service is “Trump-like”, our waitress, Karen, ROCKS! The most engaging and attentive waitstaff person ever. Her knowledge of the menu and its working are unsurpassed. We started with the grilled octopus in a cucumber riata and a harissa vignette which was fresh and flavorful. (if not lonely, only 1) a bit disappointed (only in the qty, not the flavor) for $11.00. My wife had the Maine Lobster gnocchi which was to die for and a bargain at $14.00. For our meal we chose the Pancetta roasted scallops over a lobster risotto and crispy parsnips @ $28.00 and my wife tried the Sea Bass topped with buttered lobster pieces priced at $27.00. Both were excellent. We both had cappuccinos and split a chocolate bread pudding with a banana foster gelato. This had to be the best overall meal that I have had in 10 years!!!! I want to try the Sunday Brunch next. I cannot wait. A+”
Our family recently spent a few hours checking out this new Madison beach hotel and it looks like we need to return. We arrived at about 3:30 in the afternoon, so it really was the wrong time to try the diningroom but it certainly looks like a lovely spot to enjoy a meal. The beach is especially nice and we do suggest the veranda for drinks and chill time. If you want more details check out the hotels website at http://www.madisonbeachhotel.com/
It’s getting late on the lake and everybody aboard is starting to feel hungry, we all vote and it’s unanimous, we pull the anchor and head off to Down The Hatch , as we approach the docks we realize it might be a long wait but just as we idle along the inside row of slips, someone starts to untie and waves us into a nice slip near the waterfront dining area. The band is rather loud and the bar is a bit rowdy but still we are all most happy to be among all the activity. We are all surprised to get a table immediately and everybody knows what they want so the burgers, fries, fried clams, turkey wrap and pitcher of cool beer all arrive with-in about 15 minutes. Wow what a lovely evening, good food, great company and beautiful water views, as we walk back to the boat the sunset is the perfect ending for another day on Candlewood
I want to be careful not to over praise Skippers Dock yet I keep remembering how many times we have enjoyed this wonderful spot. I can’t think of a waterfront restaurant that has such a combination of good food and a dramatically beautiful setting at the end of a pier, be it the charming dining room or the outdoor waterfront patio/deck.
Today you are on a mission, a mission to find the fabled Wow Weiners on Water . You’ve heard stories around the marina but you’ve never actually been there, so today is the day, you uncover the boat and head up river to East Haddam As soon as you arrive near the East Haddam bridge you can see a large pontoon boat flying an American flag and as you get closer, you can see that you have found your destination. Now this is waterfront dining, a mouth watering hot dog with the works, a cold soda and a beautiful view of the Connecticut River
As you are seated on one of the waterfront picnic tables, at the Seaview in Mystic , you may look up from your fried clams and notice the line waiting to be served is even longer than it was for you but then as you take your next bite you agree the wait was well worth it. What a beautiful day, a little breeze off the water, boats coming and going, the sun sparlking off the Mystic River and you and your family enjoying some good old-fashioned New England seafood…life is great check out the Seaview’s video
Lobster roll…yep that’s what you want! Oh sorry you have come for breakfast…hm… I’ll have the blueberry pancakes and you can have one of the 3 egg omelets and corn beef hash…yum. Marnicks on the beach in Stratford really is a wonderful comfort food restaurant with a very pretty water view, lovely dining-room and friendly staff. The ocean patio and bar, is also very pleasant, especially with a light snack and cocktail.
by: Brian Corson