After a six-month hiatus, SoNo Seaport Seafood is open once again, serving up the ocean’s bounty with a few exciting changes.
In mid-April, the 35-year-old South Norwalk mainstay announced the temporary closure on Facebook while the restaurant, outdoor bar, and patio all underwent renovations. To oversee it all, SoNo Seaport’s owners, the Bloom-Miklovich Family, brought in a legit Fairfield County chef to consult on the project.
That’s where Matt Storch enters the fray. But make no mistake, the chef/owner of Match and Match Burger Lobster wasn’t merely brought in to make decisions on what furniture to buy and what color paint should go on the walls. One of Storch’s focal points at SoNo Seaport was to give an outdated menu a much-needed refresh.
When it came time for SoNo Seaport’s re-debut on July 4, they rolled out a new menu still reminiscent of what a New England seafood shack should be. Crowd favorites like clams casino, crab cakes, steamed whole lobsters, and char-broiled buttery oysters are represented, as is an extensive raw bar, baskets of deep-fried shrimp, scallops, and seasonal soft shells.
And fear not, SoNo Seaport regulars, the patio is still very much a part of it all. Feel free to nosh on your seafood favorites on the deck with saltwater views. “It’s a revival of an iconic spot in SoNo,” Storch said. “It’s a true water side, seafood experience.”
If it all sounds relatively simple, that’s the idea, to keep it classic with the inclusion of restaurant quality touches. It’s also why there are now options for those with a discerning palate. Sesame crusted tuna, a market fish dish with chili-lime butter, and crispy Bloom & Son oyster buns with horseradish tartar and slaw are just a few of those menu upgrades.
To drink, expect a dozen tropically influenced cocktails (and five more of the frozen variety!), a longer wine list, and a more extensive craft beer selection than SoNo Seaport had previously.
Should you be one of the early patrons, you can take advantage of a daily happy hour at the outside lighthouse bar from 4 – 6 p.m. with half priced draft beer and wine by the glass. During these hours is where fresh-shucked oysters become a bargain; they start at 25¢ each on Monday and increase each day thereafter to 50¢, 65¢, 75¢, 80¢, $1, and $1.25 per on Sunday.
Additionally, Storch told us that the new SoNo Seaport will feature live music all summer long during happy hour. Be on the lookout for more events, fresh catches, and announcements on their Instagram and Facebook.
Welcome back, SoNo Seaport Seafood!
SoNo Seaport Seafood
100 Water Street; South Norwalk
(203) 854-9483; www.sonoseaportseafood.com