Personally, I am a huge fan of a good seafood dish, whether it’s the delicious chewiness of clam or the buttery taste of lobster. That is assuming, of course, that the chef knows how best to prepare such challenging meals. Fortunately, there is no shortage of excellent seafood restaurants here in Connecticut. Here are five of the more well-received ones for your dining pleasure:

 

Max’s Oyster Bar
As the winner of the Best Seafood Restaurant Award in the Hartford Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012, Max’s Oyster Bar has clearly won the heart of the general public. And why wouldn’t it? With an ample variety of seafood treats ranging from bronzed trout to Costa Rican mahi mahi, the place is a seafood lover’s dream. And be sure to witness what people are calling “the best happy hour in Hartford”.

Click here to view Max’s Oyster Bar on its CT.com Where to Go Page.

 

Elm Street Oyster House

Elm Street Oyster House is one of the most critically acclaimed seafood restaurants in Connecticut, and with good reason. Priding itself for diverse dishes such as clam chowder, crab quesadillas, and roasted oysters, and with great service to boot, Elm Street Oyster House is the perfect casual dining experience.

Click here to view Elm Street Oyster House on its CT.com Where to Go Page.

 

Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale


Both Madison and Westbrook are host to the seafood restaurant wonder that is Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, a presence in Connecticut that has existed proudly since 1979. In the New Haven Advocate Best Of Reader's Poll 2012, readers selected Lenny & Joe’s as their Best Seafood Restaurant for their fresh, succulent meals, breaded and cooked to order.

Click to view Saybrook Fish House on its CT.com Where to Go Pages for Madison and Westbrook.

 

Saybrook Fish House

When Saybrook Fish House first opened in 1978, the menus were handwritten each day to highlight fresh, new market items. While those days of creating new menus from scratch are long over, their dedication to fine, fresh seafood remains. You can witness this dedication first hand in two accessible locations across Connecticut: Canton and Rocky Hill.

Click to view Saybrook Fish House on its CT.com Where to Go Pages for Canton and Rocky Hill.

 

Mansion Clam House

Priding itself on both great service and great meals, Mansion Clam House was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant in the Fairfield County Advocate Best Of Reader's Poll 2012. Its co-owner and executive chef, Rigo Lino, spends his early morning hours perusing the docks of New York, handpicking the best fish for him to bring to your table.

Click here to view Mansion Clam House on its CT.com Where To Go Page.