March, In like a Lion? I don’t think so.

History has shown us that March comes in like a Lion and out like a lamb.  Also, that April showers, bring May flowers.  But what of February?  This was the warmest February in recorded history. (I heard on the radio)  Well we were ready.


It just takes a sunshiny day for customers to pile out on to the deck for what seemed like summertime fun.  Yes, it was warm for February, but still 50 – 60 degrees.  But that’s all we need on this coast to know we are rounding the corner for the homestretch.


So, here we are in March, the tough part behind us.  There is no roar that I am noticing.  March 1, today will be 70 degrees.  What???  Then let’s do this!  Do not wait another day to join us for the best of Rowaytonamazing food served on the deck or in The Restaurant.  (Reservations are easier now, this is our little secret for another month.)


Scotty is serving amazing favorites as well as holiday selections, served river side.  Craw dads and other creole dishes for Mardi Gras!  The perfect alternative for St. Patty’s Day cornbeef is Salmon, ready in the case, or prepared in house.  Tons of party options, cooked shrimp, mini crab cakes, oysters and clams on the half shell as you gather for March Madness.


Well we have our own March Madness.  The only roar from March’s Lion will be at the bar cheering on favorite teams.


Let’s get this party started early.  We are not afraid of Lions!  Bring it on March, we will be waiting for you, on the water, drinks in hand, amazing food to share, staring you down.  You will be leaving us like a little lamb, tail between your legs… until next year!



What's New?

New hour, new day, new year.  It’s new.  Happy New Year!  What else is new.  New menu items, special events, craft beers, specialty drinks, it’s all new.  Our anniversary year is behind us, but 21 years is just as good.  We are already thinking ahead to summer believe it or not. 


We are so excited for our new staff members to join the team.  We are hoping for all of our old friends to be dining with us, but we want to meet new customers as well.  We are reaching out with social media, e mail blasts with new enter to win contests.  (Don’t forget to leave your email on our comment cards so we can reach you.)


New at the fish market, cool apparel including our new embroidered hoodie, stem-less wine glasses and logo mugs.  Rep the brand, we’re cool and so will you be.  It’s all new!


For the summer we already purchased a new umbrella that offers not only shade on the entire deck, but lights and heat as the evenings cool.  It’s all new and we can’t wait to share with you.


We are all excited to jump (or as Scott would say, swim) into 2017. 


It’s all new!   Happy New Year!



Celebrate Everything!


  December is filled with reasons to celebrate.  Family gatherings,  traditions in full swing!  All of us at The Restaurant want to be a part of your traditions.  It’s time to celebrate!  The fireplace, don’t forget about the fireplace!  We are so lucky to have a cozy corner for your family to gather.  The fireplace was saved during the original renovation from Captain Henry’s to The Restaurant.  We fought to keep it and it is so worth it.  Where can you enjoy the view of the 5 Mile River and sit by the toasty warm fire.  Unless, of course you are our neighbor along the river.  But would you get the amazing service and selection?  Let’s celebrate that.


The tradition of Rowayton December begins with the town lighting.  Now 10 years old, it is a favorite in town.  Always the Sunday following Thanksgiving the town lights up!  We are already ready for the special day and will be here with the fire on if you get too chillycelebrating Rowayton.


Celebrating special occasions is happening now.  Celebrate everything!


New menu items are designed to warm your hearts during the month. Culminating to December 31, our New Years Eve menu is already designed and it is going to be great.  Let’s celebrate great food and wine. End your year and start your new with us.  Thank you for 2016, and Cheers to 2017.





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When we announced it was our 20th anniversary it brought out nostalgia from our dedicated staff and customers.  The first comment most often was, “wow, I am getting old.”  Twenty years is a long time.  Friend after friend would remind us of the times The Restaurant was a part of their family’s celebration and tradition.  There was the first party ever on the deck when Chris and Karen were engaged.  Or the 90th birthday party on the back deck.  All the children and grandchildren drove down from Trumbull to be a part of the great day.  Or Grace’s baptism day on the upper deck with all the family gathered.


Engagement dinners, Valentine dinning, Anniversary’s of all kinds, job promotions, celebrated on the deck, or cozy by the fire.  We are so grateful to be a part of the family.  Time and again, The Restaurant is the go to choice where families make traditions happen.  Our staff, who most have been with us for ten + years, our family, are delighted to watch the ring come out, or the bouquet presented in front of their very eyes.


So funny this place.  Some put on their very best wardrobe, beautiful dresses and high heeled shoes, handsome suits and ties.  At the very next table might be a group in shorts, flip flops (sometimes barefoot) and t shirts.  Another table might be the ladies having a Rosé luncheon or families with all the kids.

You also might find owner, Kevin Conroy, pulling in on his sport fishing boat loaded with stripped bass, or yellow fin tuna coming in from an off shore fishing trip, for a frosty cold beer, smelling like fish!


This fabulous diversity of customers finding the amazing food, staff and view like home.  


Well, here is to another 20 more!  Birthdays, new births, anniversaries, holidays, engagements or just being together, we can’t wait to share it with all with you.

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Pearls Of Wisdom



Some of the most irritating people in our lives are our greatest teachers. Think of the oyster without the grinding irritation of sand there would be no pearl.


Some people love them, some hate them, but rarely do they render an "Eh", response. There is a lot to know about these slimy, expensive, tasty little molluscs. Oysters have been accompanied with champagne or dropped in a Bloody Mary shooter. Eaten raw, their very own shell is a spoon. Grilled, baked or topped with this and that they are a crowd pleaser.


You don’t actually get "turned on" by eating oysters, but they do have great health benefits. They are power punched with zinc which keeps energy levels up, making you feel good, hence increases sex drive. Just say’n. Also boosts immune system, gets rid of acne and rashes.


The Long Island Sound is the perfect ecosystem for oysters. Our local waters sport the Blue Point Oyster. We are so excited that right from our back yard we get some of the best oysters in the world!

They filter algae in the water, keeping our fish and swimmers happy. Their shells form reefs that protect our shores from storms and boat wakes.


For our 20th anniversary we are dressing up our oysters to share with you. Rowayton in years past was an oyster hot spot. The Five Mile River was littered with adorable Oyster shacks and the fresh catch was brought to the Lobster Co Op, now, the Rowayton Seafood Market. Check out the Rowayton Historical Society for more information.


As for your high hopes to find a shiny pearl in one of your appetizers, Sorry, our oysters do not produce pearls.


So, hats off oysters and thank you for your tireless effort !


Rowayton Seafood Celebrates 20 Years!!


Rowayton Seafood Celebrates 20 Years!!

How time flies.  It is our 20th anniversary and we are so grateful for the support the Restaurant has received from the community and beyond. Our family owned restaurant has continued to grow giving us the opportunity to support Rowayton in return.  What a gift of a relationship.

We are also so grateful for our staff.  Our managers, wait staff, bar staff and kitchen staff, most of whom have been with us for over 15 years.  The dedicated staff know you by name and know your favorite food and drink. I have seen the bartender notice a customer walking toward the restaurant and start to prepare his favorite drink so it is waiting on the bar when he arrives.  Cool!

The Restaurant staff continues to evolve based on the needs of our valued customers and the environment .  We have tremendous respect for our oceans near and far, we love our local farmers and bring in fresh local produce and eggs whenever available.  The menu evolves based on the availability of sustainable seafood and plentiful fish and then decorated with homemade sauces and sides.

We are so excited to add the additional seating to what was once the loading dock for the lobster boats, now available for sunsets, dinners to go from the Seafood Market and occasional live music shows.  The view is spectacular, so glad you have come to enjoy it as much as we do.

There is so much history here.  The Restaurant  was an original oyster house, followed by the old time favorite spot, Capt’n Henry’s.  Some of us remember those days.  The once lobster pound, Rowayton Lobster Co op, took in all the lobster catch when owner, Kevin Conroy was 18. ( We won’t tell you how old he is now……) Driving to the Fulton Fish Market at 2 am to buy the freshest catch available, the Fulton Fish Market, only opened in the night so the fish was cold and delicious,  then bringing the van full of fresh fish back to Rowayton Seafood Market to unload for the day.  Good old days.  It’s a great story, and you are all a part of it.

Our anniversary begins today August 1, 2016.  We will be adding special menu items, specialty drinks and anniversary apparel during the coming months and celebrating with an anniversary party here for all of you.  We will have food and drinks, live music to honor our historic sight.  Date to be announced

Thank you!!!! From all of us at The Restaurant and Rowayton Seafood Market


Spring is here at Rowayton Seafood Restaurant and Market!!

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Spring is here at Rowayton Seafood Restaurant and Market!!

Spring is upon us!! We are welcoming the warm weather with open arms!
The patio is open with a fresh coat of paint, the parking lot has been paved and we are ready for the summer season!

We have some great new brunch items like Stuffed French Toast, Yogurt Parfait, Avocado Toast and Frittata Du Jour!
The fan favorites like the Lobster Rolls, Lobster Grilled Cheese, Crabcake Sandwich and Grilled Shrimp Club still grace our lunch menu, with new and exciting dishes coming to that menu soon as well!
Our new Spring Dinner menu has great additions like Ceviche and Watermelon-Feta Salad! 

We've launched a new initiative to work with local farms to get fresh products and make our dishes that much better! We've partnered with Holbrook Farms and Saunders Farm, and more to come! As always we work closely with local fisherman and continue to source local fresh and sustainable products! 

The Fish Market has great new retail items, fresh tasty to-go food to enjoy on the patio and new coolers that the crew can pack for your day at the beach, on the water or at the concert in the park! Come on down for the freshest fish around. 

We've got some new, exciting and fresh things in store for the upcoming Spring season! Hope to see you soon!

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Voted “Best Seafood” by Zagat for 6 years in a row!

Voted “Best Seafood” by Zagat for 6 years in a row!

The Restaurant has been rated "Excellent" by Zagat, voted “Best Seafood” in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 by Darien, New Canaan and Rowayton Magazine's Best of the Gold Coast Awards and awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Connecticut Magazine's Fairfield County voters in 2006, 2008,2009, 2010, 2011. Most recently we were honored to receive “Best Seafood” in Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England” issue.