October 5, 2016
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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 !

August 2, 2016
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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 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!

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.