Lucas Local Oyster Bar Woodfire Cookery

4.6
661 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Our vision at Lucas Local is to offer a unique and creative dining experience. We are a New American restaurant, inspired by coastal New England and offer an incredible selection of regionally selected ingredients. Our menu consists of a variety of creative dishes from the land and sea. We source locally when available, and we are seasonally inspired so we may offer you ingredients at peak season for flavor. Our cocktails are also very unique and take into account seasonal ingredients as well. We hope to see you and get ready to explore the best of what New England has to offer.
Vince Cappelletti
Founder/Owner
LUCAS HOSPITALITY GROUP
What 661 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SusanC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Oyster Happy Hour! The best! I have been to Lucas Local 5 times for their Oysters. They are served to perfection. Sweet,fresh,delicious. Never failed us.
I had their Lobster cocktail and little neck clams as well. Delicious.
One day I will go for the Bison short ribs . The salad was delicious as well.
Heard someone rave about the Venison dish.
The bartender is the nicest man and always greats us with prompt service and a smile.
I’ve eaten oysters from NYC to Woodbury. Simply the best.
Unisex bathrooms could be a little cleaner so I gave the ambience a 4 star. Otherwise it is very nice.

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PaulB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent seafood restaurant. We enjoyed the salmon and the Char. Terrific drink menu, very friendly service. Highly recommended!

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vipjamienyc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Came specifically for the oyster happy hour (this was my 3rd brunch with you) and found that it was only at the bar.
Had hoped for an exception since the bar was completely empty our entire dining time.
Our server - Olivia - was AMAZING and extremely helpful with the menu.
Will definitely be back.

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Imbusytoo
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our first visit to Lucas will not be our last! The space is inviting and well laid out, with decor that lets you know you're in an Oyster Bar without being kitschy.
The staff was attentive and well versed on the menu and specials. The menu is just large enough to give good options (we were there for brunch). We enjoyed delicious Bloody Marys from their specialty menu although they do offer a bottomless House Bloody Mary which also looked yum.
We will definitely be going back, maybe next time for dinner?!

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NeilR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We have loved Lucas Local since they were in Newtown. The more casual setting is very nice and the food is always excellent! We look forward to enjoying many more wonderful dining experiences in Southbury!

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dcrow
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Not as good as it was when first opened. Sunday, not busy. Felt rushed in the beginning and slow on the finish. Mid bite through appetizers, asked to put in dinner order, even though we said we wanted some time minutes before, then waited quite awhile for server to return. Gaps in service while owner was on site. Linguini w clams, bland while trying to overcompensate flavor with hot pepper flakes and oregano, clams were barely cooked, tough to release from shell. Fish special, good yet salty. Measured drink pours at top price with mediocre service. Was special occasion, recognized by hostess, not by server. Had been to LL previously for special occasion and had a better experience. Owner should pay better attention. For the price of admission, this place should always be packed and on it’s A game. Maybe an off night but I’m done. We were customers at original location in Newtown. There are other decent local options.

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skalz
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! The oysters were fresh and delicious. The halibut special over squid ink risotto with an amazing sauce, and the salmon dish on the menu were so good. I can’t wait to have again. The cocktails are equally amazing.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had not been on a “date night” in quite a while. We were so impressed with Lucas. The food, ambiance and service were phenomenal!!! Must go yourself.

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vipSkeeda
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

We smelled cigarette smoke and kept looking around to see who was smoking. We finally asked the waitress if someone was smoking. She said no, it was the bartender making some “smoked” cocktail. This ruined the experience for me and maybe coincidentally I came down with a cold the next day. A few days later while getting a blow dry, my stylist told me my hair smelled like smoke. As for the food, it was ok but not exceptional. The waitstaff were very nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome meal and service as usual :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The oyster shucking is consistently OUTSTANDING. I’ve eaten at all the known places for oysters.

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Vipercrg
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to go to. Food is amazing and very fresh.

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vipAlineA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great except for our table was very close to the other table. It has nothing to do with social distancing for Covid, rather for intimate dining!

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JudieZ
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Drink was good but too much lemon in the riptide drink and didn't taste much bourbon. Waiter didn't tell me when I ordered the sea bass that the head would be attached. Just fyi good to know ahead of time when ordering

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vipiknowfood
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing dinner, ambiance, and service...David was a wonderful incredible host......plus we got a blue oyster on our first date incredible
Will be back as a soon as possible!!!

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vipKristaM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a favorite of ours and we love their new location. Food and drinks are always amazing and the staff will is friendly and professional. We have been many times and have never been disappointed. Creative menu for both food and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

New modern seafood restaurant very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lucas Local was the absolute perfect place for a first date. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, service, food and each other’s company! 😉

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant with amazing food. Definitely for special occasions or dates as it is on the pricier side.

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Spinner115
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

First time here. It’s new place and it’s obvious that some kinks are still being ironed out. Food was excellent. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Drinks from the bar were excellent.

The one weird thing is their bar seating policy. We arrived early to have happy hour prior to dinner. There were open stools at the bar but the hostess said we could sit there. They were reserved! This is the only bar I’ve seen where you have to have a reservation. That is not states anywhere on their website and certainly not customary. As a result, we could not “pregame” before dinner or take advantage of the happy hour specials which are only available at the bar. We ended up having an earlier than expected dinner and going to another bar. Lucas lost out on some of our business. Be ware of this policy! I hope it changes soon!

Finally, when the table was reserved, I noted that this was for a birthday. It was never acknowledged by the staff as most restaurants would have done in my experience.

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Barbara
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are happy that they moved up to Southbury. We have been dining with Lucas Local for years. Oysters and clams are great. Fish is very fresh. Staff is awesome. Will be coming here for dining and happy hour frequently.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time here. We were invited by friends. Fairly crowded. Looked like you had to have a reservation, which we did. We were seated on time. Waitress was very good. Food was very good. Enjoy our evening.

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BethR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was great & worth every penny. Service was outstanding. My only complaint was the noise level.

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jimu
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I was surprised to see a question on "noise level" because that was the only downside to the evening.
Judging by the clientele who were there on Saturday night, I found the choice of "music" and loudness inappropriate.
But the food was outstanding! (If a tad pricey.)

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Devo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lucas Local is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. Food is always delicious.

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Adele
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere, chowder was wonderful but unfortunately my main course, as well as, my friends was so salty it was almost inedible. Plus the meal was brought to the table way too soon. We had just begun our appetizers and felt slightly rushed.
I will definitely give it a try again because we all have an off nights. Great location with plenty of parking. Easy on & off highway. Hoping things improve!

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DeborahB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Did HH at bar 4-6 before dinner reservation...
Awesome deal $1 oysters and $2 off cocktails...

Disappointed that some drinks carried over to dining and not discounted...when mentioned to waitress her answer did not address the issue so we dropped it...
She was a bit aprupt...

Definitely will be back!
Best octopus ever!
Bartenders amazing!

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reneeG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The waitress was very nice. However, the food is just ok. Nothing to rave about. I had the linguini and clams and my husband had the roasted duck. Both were good, but again, nothing to speak highly of.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful first experience, food and presentation was outstanding. Our server David was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. We will be back!

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PatB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing! Everything so fresh especially the oysters
Wait staff attentive and friendly
All around good experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food as usual. The Chef’s Burger is so good!!! One suggestion: serve wet naps with the burger ;)

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MiddleC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The noise level made it difficult to have a conversation. We asked that it be turned down but our request was ignored. Overall we liked the food but the octopus was a bit overcooked. A few minor things went wrong with service, and when combined with the noise level then we'd be hard pressed to return.

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vipvela
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere

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JeffreyW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Portions and variety. Seafood is on point. Staff is lively and full of positive energy. Overall great evening in this venue

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LaurieY
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food was outstanding! Everything was fresh and delicious. Our server, David, was delightful. Highly recommend Lucas Local.

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NothingbuttheTruth
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Our waitress Jackie was a five star! Food is a solid four but portions are way small for the price. 10 clams in a linguini and clam sauce dish for $26!!! Really? Overall good experience great oysters. If they increase the portions this place would be a five star

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved, loved, loved this restaurant! Everything was delicious and so fresh! Can’t wait to go back!

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Sundance
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Space is much larger then Newtown, with plenty of outdoor dining, menu is expanded with more options. Overall wonderful dinner

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CINKOS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

I would recommend this restaurant if the volume of the music was lower. The server was professional and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was good but not outstanding. The beverage menu was extensive. Really enjoyed the oysters! Just too noisy. I left with a headache.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for our anniversary dinner… staff was so friendly, food was superb, and I can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

Lucas Local Oyster Bar Woodfire Cookery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 405-6882.

Lucas Local Oyster Bar Woodfire Cookery is rated 4.6 stars by 661 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.