If you’ve been to Rowayton Seafood Restaurant, or just “The Restaurant” as their website says, you’ve probably had lobster, clams, and the freshest seafood. We ate there years ago when I wanted to treat Kristien to a fine seafood dinner. The food was very good and they were quite accommodating, even taking the lobster out of the shell for Kristien (yeah she hadn’t hit pro-status yet). We were in the area because I’m a dummy. I swore there was a festival going on, but it was actually the day before. Doh. So, why not stop in for a quick bite? Have your car valet parked or find a spot on a side street.
For the people who want just a quick, easy bite, they’ve got your covered. To the side of the restaurant, right on the water is Rowayton Seafood Fish Market. You can order fresh fish and seafood here, and even order some food to eat outside on the benches. We ordered, got our utensils and condiments, then sat back and enjoyed the summer day. Unfortunately, though, you aren’t allowed to have a drink out there anymore. Bummer. After a while, the cashier who helped us before came by with our food. We were excited because we remembered how awesome the food was in their restaurant just a few feet away. Well, sometimes things change.
First off, Kristien had some oysters. Yeah, those rocked. She loved them, nice and fresh, full of flavor. They were served with a cocktail sauce, but nothing else fancy. Plain and simple, but I know Kristien was expecting some mignonette sauce.
My lunch was fish and chips. Hell yes, right? Um, no. The breading on the fish was soggy and not crispy at all. I had the feeling like it had been breaded a while ago and was just waiting there to be fried up. After being fried, it didn’t get enough golden color at all. The taste was pretty bland, too. Later I checked Foursquare checkins and saw that people said Fish and Chips are bad here, don’t get them. Tip, people: always check Foursquare checkins before you eat somewhere. You get the good and bad. The fries were okay, but could have been much crisper.
Kristien’s lobster roll seemed like it would be amazing because it was of the hot variety. Yeah, the only kind that I’ll eat because of my mayo disgust. The roll itself was ok, the lobster was fresh and there was lots of it, but there was a minimal amount of butter…actually, didn’t seem like any at all. If you’re a lobster purist, then this is good for you. You simply get the flavor of the lobster and not much else. For those looking for a more complex flavor to come from the butter, look elsewhere.
Overall, we were kind of disappointed with our trip to the Rowayton Seafood Fish Market, especially because their next door restaurant continually wins “Best of Seafood” awards. We’ll give them best of fresh, but not sure we can go much further than that. I’m glad to see we’re not alone, because there are many other “meh” reviews of the food around the net. Maybe you need to stick to just Rowayton Seafood and ditch their “shack” to get some good food?
Rowayton Seafood Fish Market
Address: 89 Rowayton Avenue
Rowayton, CT 06853