Disappointing. While spending a wonderful week dining up and down the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts, we dined at the Seahorse Restaurant. It was the low point of the week. The food was OK (can't do much wrong with boiled lobster). Service was indifferent. But when the bill came 18% had already been added on for 'gratuity'. When spotted and queried we were told that this was mandatory for all who use a voucher giving 'free appetizer' (hidden at end of menu in a microprint paragraph that started with 18% added for party of 6 or more â we were only 2)! But they knew we had not had appetizers at all and that we had no vouchers -- not even ever seen any! So there is no free lunch here, just extra charges. Then when credit card bill came through it showed an extra $6 added by the restaurant after I had signed the card voucher. Diners should check their bills carefully. Visitors beware. Are locals used to this sort of thing?
This restaurant was recommended by my wife's coworker. My next step was to investigate other opinions and read the glowing reviews posted on Yahoo. I was skeptical. But, we thought that we would give it a try anyway.
The Seahorse is located off a small road. The exterior is, let's say, unimpressive. Honestly, it looks like a dingy dive. Yet, when we walked inside, we were pleasantly surprised. There is a small bar on the left with a few tables. On the right is a more formal dining area with tables with white tablecloths. It is not fancy in decor, but it is clean.
The management's effort is clearly not invested in pretention, but, instead, in great seafood at a very reasonable price. Most of the entrees are listed at less than $20. That price also includes excellent fresh bread and a nice salad. For approx $21, I had the bouillabaise (sp?) which was fresh, hot, not overly spicy, and absolutely delicious. My wife ordered lobster thermidor, which I tasted and agreed with her high opinion of it. The dessert menu listed a number of atypical items, along with the more typical fare, which looked great. I had an unusual and tasty apple-filled ravioli topped with ice cream and whipped cream. The house wine is priced reasonably at $5/glass.
I could perseverate in my praise but won't. I only want to voice my agreement with the other reviewers. This place is a gem and a great value for your money.
We recently dined at the Seahorse Restaurant for the first time and enjoyed our experience. The hostess and waitstaff were very friendly. The meal did start out with tasty bread and olive oil for dipping. Though we didn't see it listed on the menu, each entree came with a green salad dressed with a very tasty balsamic. I had the petite filet w/ stuffed shrimp. The filet was cooked perfectly and very tender. The shrimp were over-cooked and small, though the stuffing was good. The mashed potatoes and grilled squash were exellent. My husband chose an entree from the specials, beef tenderloin tips with spinach fettucini in a gorzonzola cream sauce. It was very, very good! We will certainly be back :) Note: Restaurants.com has discounted gift certificates for here - that is how we found out about this restaurant.
I'm always looking for that little shack by the shore that has fresh, good and reasonably priced seafood. This quest, like the search for an old country inn with good home cooking, is usually fruitless. Well one dark and raining night I stumbled on this unprepossessing place in front of a boatyard on Marsh Road Noank.
At first sight of the bar I thought the best I could hope for was a burger, but fortunately I stuck my head into the surprisingly urbane light and cheerful dining room and my hopes brightened. The menu was quit extensive for a small place and sufficiently sophisticated to raise fears that the culinary skills in the kitchen could not carry off the more haut cuisine type riffs.
Starters were an impeccable homemade New England style claim chowder and local Noank oysters. The oysters were incredible � tangy with the taste of the sea and absolutely fresh. I must say the Noank oysters are among the best I've tasted on the eastern seaboard. The main course was classic fried claims (bellies and strips) and a Bouillabaisse all split by three people (my teenage daughter has recently taken to tediously lecturing us about gluttony) for a $3 supplement.
Great fried claims are a disappearing art and these were perfect. The Bouillabaisse had nothing to do with the dish from the Marseilles region of France but was a good seafood stew. Basically a combination of lobster, scallops, squid, claims and mussels cooked with a very light tomato based broth that didn't overpower the delicate flavors of the seafood. Not only was the seafood fresh but, miracle of miracles, it wasn't overcooked and rubbery.
Deserts ran the gamut from rich and chocolate to light and fresh (I had blood orange sorbet and fresh fruit). With two glasses of wine and coffee the bill came to $90. Service was attentive and friendly.
We all left in a very cheerful mood and fond memories of the meal lingered.
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