Lobster Rolls? Must Visit Seafood Shacks in CT

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Nothing says summer quite like a visit to a seafood shack by the water. Going to a seafood shack is the quintessential New England summer experience- order at the takeout counter, sit outdoors by the water and take a bite of the most delicious lobster roll. It always feels like going on vacation whenever I visit one of the no-frills, casual seafood shacks in Connecticut. Get your fill of lobster rolls and fried clam strips, here are the must visit seafood shacks in CT. The closest seafood shacks to NYC are the Norwalk, CT seafood shacks while the closest seafood shacks to Boston are the Mystic, CT seafood shacks. Below you will find the Connecticut seafood shacks organized by driving distance to NYC and Boston.

Connecticut Seafood Shacks near NYC (one hour drive from NYC)

Below you will find seafood shacks near NYC. Overton’s, Knot Norm’s and Sono Seaport Seafood are the seafood shacks located within an hour drive from NYC.

Seafood Shacks in Norwalk, CT

Overton’s at 80 Seaview Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

For a no-frills, authentic seafood shack experience in CT, you must try Overton’s. It’s a casual, New England fried seafood shack overlooking the water in Norwalk, CT. Place your order at the take out counter and grab a seat at one of the picnic tables by the water. Get your fill of fried clam strips and lobster rolls. You won’t want to miss this quintessential New England seafood shack with outdoor seating. Driving distance from NYC to Overton’s Seafood Shack is 58 minutes.

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Knot Norm’s at 10 First Street, Norwalk, CT 06855. Phone: 203-354-3194

Knot Norm’s is not your average New England seafood shack. It’s a seafood shack in East Norwalk, CT serving elevated New England seafood shack fare. The place itself is not your traditional charming seafood shack by the water but rather it is a contemporary take out eatery with a nautical theme. You can sit indoors or at one of the counter seating outdoors. Order off the simple menu of Rolls and Knot Rolls (not rolls, get it?) Their rolls selection includes seafood and non-seafood choices like oyster roll, lobster roll, crab roll, brisket roll and pork belly roll. There are also knot rolls like fish tacos, New England clam chowders and chicken wings. Enjoy your lobster roll with a refreshing craft beer. You will hooked the moment you take your first bite of the lobster roll. Driving distance from NYC to Knot Norm’s is 58 minutes.

Sono Seaport Seafood at 100 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Phone: 203-854-9483

Sono Seaport Seafood is a waterfront seafood shack overlooking Norwalk Harbor in Connecticut. Enjoy fresh New England seafood fare at this casual eatery on the water. Their fried seafood baskets are delicious but the must-try is their famous lobster roll. The lobster roll comes hot (butter) or cold (citrus mayo). There are also non-seafood options like burgers and chicken sandwiches and a kids menu as well. There is plenty of outdoor seating at this waterfront seafood shack. Driving distance from NYC to Sono Seaport Seafood is 58 minutes.

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Connecticut Seafood Shacks under 2 hours drive from NYC

Below you will find seafood shacks under 2 hours drive from NYC. Donahue’s Clam Castle, M&J Beach Grille and Seafood and Lenny and Joe’s are all located within 2 hours drive from NYC. The seafood shacks in Clinton, CT (Lobster Landing and Shank’s) and the seafood shacks in West Haven, CT (Stowe’s) are also under 2 hours drive from NYC

Seafood Shacks in Madison, CT

Donahue’s Clam Castle at 1324 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT. Phone: (203) 245-4911

Donahue’s Clam Castle is a New England seafood shack in Madison, CT. Order traditional New England seafood fare such as fried clam fritters, lobster rolls, fried shrimp and fried oysters. There are also hotdogs and burgers for the non-seafood eater. Don’t forget to try their award winning chowder. There is plenty of outdoor seating at Donahue’s, however, it is not on the water so it lacks the charm of the other seafood shacks on this list. Driving distance from NYC to Donahue’s Clam Castle is 1 hour and 44 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Donahue’s Clam Castle is 2 hours and 7 minutes.

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M&J Beach Grille and Seafood at 87 Surfclub Road, Madison, CT. Phone:203-619-2549

M&J Beach Grille and Seafood is a beachfront, seafood shack in Madison, CT. You will feel like you are on vacation as you walk up to the beachfront take out counter with picnic tables and tiki umbrellas on the sand. Order New England seafood favorites like fish and chips, fried shrimp, fried clam strips and lobster rolls. For the non-seafood eater, they also have burgers and hotdogs. Don’t forget to bring wine or cocktails to the beach, it’s BYOB! M&J Beach Grille and Seafood is a seafood shack located inside Surf Club Park, a beach in the Town of Madison with over 1200 feet of sandy beaches. As a non-resident, you will need to buy a beach pass to get into Surf Club Park. Make it a beach day when you visit this Connecticut beachfront seafood shack. Driving distance from NYC to M&J Beach Grille and Seafood is 1 hour and 45 minutes and driving distance from Boston to M&J Beach Grille and Seafood is 2 hours and 12 minutes.

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Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale at 1301 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443. Phone: (203) 245-7289

Lenny and Joe’s is a kid friendly seafood shack located in Madison, CT with lots of outdoor seating and a carousel for the kids to ride! Order from the outdoor counter and sit at one of outdoor picnic tables. This New England seafood shack is known for their award winning fried seafood platter combination of fried scallops, fried shrimp, fried cod and fried clam strips. You can also order your seafood broiled or sauteed. Non-seafood options are available off the kids menu including burgers, hot dogs and fried chicken. End your meal with frozen treats from the Outdoor Ice Cream Shack. Driving distance from NYC to Lenny and Joe’s is 1 hour and 45 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Lenny and Joe’s is 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Seafood Shacks in Clinton, CT

Lobster Landing at 152 Commerce Street, Clinton, CT. Phone: 860-669-2005

Lobster Landing is your quintessential New England seafood shack in Clinton, CT. Lobster Landing is known for having one of the best lobster rolls in New England. Dine outdoors by the water at this charming seafood shack. Driving distance from NYC to Lobster Landing is 1 hour and 47 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Lobster Landing is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

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Shank’s at 131 Grove Street, Clinton, CT 06413. Phone: (860) 669-4224

Shank’s is a one of a kind seafood shack in CT. Instead of the traditional seafood shack, Shank’s is in a food boat! You place your order at the counter of the food boat and you eat outdoors by the water. Order New England seafood shack favorites such as fried seafood platters, fish and chips, lobster rolls. Bring your own wine and beer since Shank’s is a BYOB seafood shack. There is also a kids menu and other non-seafood options like burgers and chicken sandwiches. Driving distance from NYC to Shank’s is 1 hour and 47 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Shank’s is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

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Seafood Shacks in West Haven, CT

Stowe’s Seafood at 347 Beach Street, West Haven, CT 06516. Phone: (203) 934-1991

Stowe’s Seafood is a seafood shack in West Haven, CT. It’s a pirate themed seafood shack with outdoor seating across the street from the beach. Choose from a wide selection of seafood rolls, featuring three types of lobster rolls (saute, fried or salad) as well as fried clam roll, fried squid roll and soft shell crab roll. Driving distance from NYC to Stowe’s Seafood is 1 hour and 28 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Stowe’s Seafood is 2 hours and 19 minutes.

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Connecticut Seafood Shacks under 2 hours drive from Boston

The seafood shacks below are closer to Boston that they are closer to NYC. These New London, Mystic and Noank seafood shacks are all located under 2 hours drive from Boston and over 2 hours drive from NYC.

Seafood Shacks in New London, CT

Fred’s Shanty at 272 Pequot Avenue in New London, CT. Phone: 860-447-1301

Fred’s Shanty is a waterfront seafood shack in New London, CT. If you are looking for the authentic, no-frills New England Seafood shack experience, then Fred’s Shanty is a must-visit. Order traditional New England seafood shack fare such as fish and chips, fried clams, lobster rolls, hotdogs, burgers and ice cream. Driving distance from NYC to Fred Shanty’s is 2 hours and 12 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Fred Shanty’s is 1 hour 46 minutes.

Seafood Shacks in Mystic, CT

Sea View Snack Bar at 145 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355. Phone: 860-572-0096

Sea View Snack Bar is casual, seafood shack overlooking Mystic River. Order fried seafood dinners at the take out counter and sit at one of the picnic tables on the water. You will get your fill of classic New England fried seafood fare at this casual, waterfront restaurant. Driving distance from NYC to Sea View Snack Bar is 2 hours and 15 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Sea View Snack Bar is 1 hour 35 minutes.

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Going to Mystic with Kids? Check out our Kid Friendly Mystic, CT Vacation Guide

Seafood Shacks in Noank, CT

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough at 117 Pearl Street, Noank, CT 06340. Phone: 860-536-7719

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is a waterfront seafood shack in Noank, CT. Abbott’s is famous for it’s award winning lobster rolls. Each lobster roll at Abbott’s comes with a quarter pound of pure lobster meat served on toasted bun and topped with melted butter. Aside from the lobster rolls, you can also get your fill of fresh seafood with their seafood rolls, fresh oysters, steamed mussels and clams. For the non-seafood eater in your party, chicken and ribs are on the menu. Abbott’s is a BYOB seafood shack so feel free to bring your own wine and beer. Driving distance from NYC to Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is 2 hours and 19 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is 1 hour 44 minutes.

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Costello’s Clam Shack at 145 Pearl Street, Noank, CT 06390. Phone: 860-572-2779

Costello’s Clam Shack is a waterfront seafood shack in Noank, CT. It is the sister restaurant of Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, located down the road from Abbott’s. Costello’s Clam Shack is known for it’s fried seafood- fish & chips, fried clam strips and even fried lobster tails! You will enjoy views of Mystic River with your fried seafood dinner. It’s a BYOB seafood shack. Do bring a bottle of white wine to go with your dinner! Driving distance from NYC to Costello’s Clam Shack is 2 hours and 20 minutes and driving distance from Boston to Costello’s Clam Shack in the Rough is 1 hour 45 minutes.

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