The Saltwater Grille has expanded to include events, outdoor sitting but the star is the seafood
Litchfield Saltwater Grille has been doing a steady business in the small shopping section just south of the Litchfield green for nearly ten years, having changed hands two years ago—marrying its New England seafood roots and a Midwestern zing.
The husband-and-wife team of Andy and Brook Stowers came in from Wisconsin—maintaining the current staff but hiring their own chef.
They improved on the solid seafood menu, and added on to offerings as well as events: tarot-card readings on Mondays, live music some Fridays, and outdoor seating for nearly 60 people.
But the seafood is the star: there are seven seafood appetizers, including Oysters Saltafeller, crab cake, little-neck clams, sushi-grade tuna, and shrimp. Plus a raw bar. Entrees roll out even more seafood options, including salmon, cod, lobster, fish & chips, as well as more crab cake, shrimp, and tuna. Portions are generous, service friendly and professional, and prices what you’d expect: fish main courses are $24, the lobster $39, and the surf & turf $44.
The décor is warm and welcoming. A fieldstone fireplace, with tables among wooden pillars for a wine loft, and a long bar. The expansive wine list has more than 100 reds and about 60 whites.
Litchfield Saltwater Grille
26 Commons Rd.