The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood in the Rowayton
neighborhood of Norwalk, Connecticut is located directly
on the water on the Five Mile River and has been attracting
seafood lovers since Kevin Conroy purchased the restaurant in
1996. Stunning water views, an excellent seafood selection, an inviting
ambience, along with outstanding service make the award-winning restaurant a continual
standout. Whether you opt for a leisurely weekend Brunch, for a delectable
lunch during the week, or arrive in the evening to enjoy dinner and an
incredible sunset over the river, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood will
totally enchant and engage your senses. Bon Appetit!
Rowayton Seafood Restaurant
Kevin Conroy was a young man with a vision, who purchased an old fishing shack
in 1978 and created the market. He purchased the restaurant that was on the
same property in 1996 and turned it into a sought-after seafood restaurant. A
dedicated recreational fisherman, Kevin's latest vision is to partner with the
"Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program in an effort to support
healthy oceans and promote species regeneration."
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood and the Rowayton Seafood Market continue to
make their mark not only on diners' palates, but also on making a difference in
the world. To appreciate the Conroy family's dedication to the business and its
inspiring history, you might like to read, A Touch Of Salt written by
Barbara Bates Conroy published in 2023.
We met with
the Conroys, Kevin and Barbara, over the course of a fabulous lunch at the
restaurant on a very sunny and beautiful Friday, on January 5, 2024. Sitting at
a table by the window, the light-filled restaurant was bustling with patrons, the
food was outstanding, and the service was spot on.
restaurant has a cozy bar, with interior tables, as well as tables located in
the light-filled dining room overlooking the water. There is also another
dining area in their new addition located directly over the water which has
roll-up sides to bring the outdoors in during the warmer months. For special
events or small parties, there is a private dining room option upstairs over
the main restaurant that can accommodate 22-25 people.
The menu is
divided into the following sections: Raw Bar, Soups & Salads,
RS Flatbreads, RS Classics, Appetizers, Fried Favorites,
Sandwiches, Entrées, Signature Sides, and Conservas
(Tinned Fish). While the menu is seafood-focused, the menu does include an
RS Burger, and a Steak Sandwich for those that prefer meat.
restaurant has an excellent selection of Signature cocktails, wines by the
glass and by the bottle, a large wine menu that was awarded a Wine Spectator
Best of Award of Excellence in 2023, and an impressive, curated spirits menu to
appeal to diverse palates. The restaurant also has a creative selection of
"Zero-Proof" cocktails for those abstaining from alcohol.
We opted to
pair our lunch selections with wines from their Wines By the Glass
selection, a glass of Frenzy, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and a glass of
their featured Red wine, a Cabernet Franc, both of which were very good.
From the RS
Classics section, we shared an order of the Roasted Oysters, which
were six locally farmed Copps Island Oysters with garlic herb butter and topped
with Parmesan and Panko breadcrumbs. Golden and delicious, the Roasted Oysters
were a perfect introduction to the restaurant's style. Interesting to note
about the Copps Island Oysters is that they have been farmed by Norm Bloom, LLC
using traditional methods since 1994 on oyster beds in the Norwalk area. Copps
Island Oysters are slightly briny, plump, and delicious, which were enhanced
with the garlic herb butter, Parmesan, and Panko breadcrumbs for a delectable
Maine Pemaquid Mussels
continued by sharing two selections from the Appetizers section, the Maine
Pemaquid Mussels, and the Hamachi Crudo. The mussels were presented
in a large deep bowl accompanied by slices of toasted bread to soak in the rich
and tasty garlic and white wine broth. Fresh, tender, and delicious, this was
another outstanding selection.
Crudo was five paper-thin slices of Yellowfin presented with Truffled
Ponzu, Blood Orange, Crispy Shallots, and topped with microgreens. The pairing
of the raw Yellowfin with the tang and the acidity of the ponzu and blood
orange gave this dish a rich complexity of complementing flavors, elegance, and
Shave Brussel Sprouts
From the Soups
& Salads section, we ordered the Shave Brussel Sprouts Salad, which
was a lovely mélange of Brussel sprouts, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, goat
cheese, cranberry, pomegranate, and lemon vinaigrette, which was healthy,
delicious, and satisfying.
Rowayton Lobster Roll
As a finale
to our dining experience at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, we shared the Rowayton
Lobster Roll, one of three lobster rolls listed on the menu in the Sandwiches
section. The two other lobster rolls on the menu are their Maine Lobster
Roll, made with cold lobster salad, and their Chipotle Lobster Roll
made with cold chipotle lobster salad.
Lobster Roll was Connecticut-style, meaning that it was poached lobster
served warm and dressed in warm butter nestled in a toasted New England roll. As
we had a choice of potato chips, a side salad, onions rings, or French fries to
accompany the Rowayton Lobster Roll, we opted for the onion rings which
arrived delicately coated, golden, crispy, and delicious. A portion of coleslaw
also accompanied the lobster roll.
The menu has
many interesting items that will inspire us to return to the restaurant. In the
"something to try next time category," a few of the items we will want to order
will be the Signature Side of Clam Chowder Poutine with French Fries,
Cheddar Cheese, and Pork Belly, the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls
from the RS Classics section, and the Grilled Line Caught Swordfish
with Mushroom Risotto, Crispy Artichokes, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce from
the Entrées section.
See you at Rowayton Seafood Restaurant
to The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, they also own Rowayton Seafood Market,
located next door to the restaurant. The market receives fresh fish and seafood
and preps them for the restaurant. It is also a gourmet seafood market that
offers a take-out menu of cooked and raw seafood, as well as prepared food to
take home, or perhaps bring aboard your boat, or enjoy as a picnic at the beach
or at the park.
Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood is open
Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday
from 11:30 am until 10:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Seafood Market is open Monday through Saturday from
9:00 am until 7:00 pm, and on Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Events at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood: Tinned
Fish & Tapas Tuesdays beginning January 9th, Wednesday is
Pizza Night at Rowayton Seafood beginning January 11th and a
special Pemaquid Mussels Dinner is coming in late Spring, so be sure to watch
their website as well as their Instagram page: @rowaytonseafood.
Parking: The restaurant has valet parking.
arrive by Boat? Those who wish to
motor to the restaurant by boat for a perfect day on the water and on land will
appreciate that there are a limited number of boat dock slips that can be
reserved with a restaurant reservation for an additional fee.
information on the restaurant or to make a reservation, please visit their
website: www.RowaytonSeafood.com or call them at +1-203-866-4488.
A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy
also like to read our review of A Touch of Salt by Barbara Bates Conroy in our Luxury Products - Gifts section where Barbara graciously shares a
recipe for Seared Salmon with Orange Sauce to provide a tasty glimpse of
her stunning coffee table book and the history of The Restaurant at Rowayton
time, Bon Appetit!
Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
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