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Waterside Dining in Westport

Eight restaurants for waterside dining

Thomas McGovern Photography

One of the great joys of living in or near Westport, of course, is the water. And what better time of year to enjoy a view of the water than high summer? This is especially true if you're seated on a covered patio with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Here are a few places to dive into your next meal, while also feasting on a view.


Do you like people watching with your meal? Here’s the place, tucked alongside the eastside of the Saugatuck, where all the shoppers flow by.
43 Main St., Westport, 203-222-8899


Quaint and gourmet, this places wants you to savor fine food, like a filet mignon, especially when the back doors open to its riverview.
5 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-9375


Tables set up, breezes off the water, wooden boardwalk—this is a stellar place to soak in the sun while enjoying a delicious meal.
20 Wilton Rd, Westport, 203-222-8226

The Boathouse at Saugatuck

Head up a flight to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of athletes rowing while you indulge in your own favorite past time—a good lobster salad.
521 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-221-7475;

The Mansion Clam House

Standing the test of time, the Mansion is a landmark in town for seafood lovers.
541 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-4811


Overlooking a quiet inlet, savoring a Scaloppine di Vitello all Cardinale, you’ll feel swept away to a Mediterranean hideaway with each bite.
233 Hillspoint Rd., Westport, 203-454-4922

Rive Bistro

Sit dockside and you'll enjoy sweeping views of the river, the perfect backdrop to an authentic French meal. Here is the perfect place for either a business lunch or a romantic dinner.
299 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-8049  (see photo above by Thomas McGovern Photography)


Meet up with friends at this restaurant and bar at the Inn at Longshore. Order a couple of rounds of drinks on the patio, then stay for dinner as the sun sets. Pure bliss.
260 Compo Rd. S., Westport, 203-226-3316

The Whelk

Meet up here with your best foodie friends, because the fresh, locally sourced food is worth every bit of buzz it gets.
575 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-0902;