West Haven Lands a Whale
September in West Haven brought restaurant newcomer Moby Dick’s onto the scene. Situated in the heart of downtown at 560 Campbell Avenue, they are breathing life into an area that has been begging for some fresh blood. The 630-square-foot bistro-style eatery has been updated with some thoughtful additions bringing a more cosmopolitan vibe. Thankfully, the beautiful wooden beams were left in place embracing the charm of the building’s history—but the addition of subway tiles lining the open-air kitchen, art deco floor tiles, and faux brass portholes elevate its naturally bustling vibe to a new level.
Owners Doug Ruickoldt and Evan Mink selected Chef Jeff Lamberti to execute their upscale, but approachable menu. The raw bar features a tantalizing array of freshly shucked oysters, jumbo shrimp, and lump crab along with some of the other usual suspects. Add to that an array of charcuterie options and a nice selection of original, but familiar “small plate” fare and Moby Dick’s starts to feel like home. Whether it's the Slab Bacon BLT, the Shrimp Scampi Flatbread, or the Meatball Sliders, you are certain to lock into a favorite that you will quickly plan to revisit.
The heartbeat of the establishment is certainly the beautiful, well-stocked bar. Moby’s beverage program relies on a simple, quality offering. Featuring 15 signature cocktails and a wide array of local and artisanal beers, you are in good hands.
With great food, compelling cocktails, friendly guests, and a staff that goes the extra mile, Moby Dick’s is quite simply the best addition to West Haven in years. Cheers!