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Restaurant Review in Stratford: Blue Goose

Local favorite still going strong after all these years.

Blue Goose, at 326 Ferry Blvd in Stratford since 1976, has been a landmark known by locals for their fine food, reasonable prices and good service.

They play a lot of older music in the dining area where the volume is perfectly set so you can enjoy it and hold a private conversation.  It brought back a lot of memories from the parties that my parents had back in the late 60's.

It was tough to choose a meal, because the menu had multiple selections that caught my eye and the specials made things even worse.  I wanted it all.  While procrastinating, the server brought over a small loaf of freshly baked bread and butter.  The bread had a nice crispy crust and was light and soft inside.

Our choices were the Fried Captain's Platter and the Veal Marsala.

We had salads to start.  They were fresh, clean and crisp. The dressing was served on the side so you can chose the right amount for your taste.

The Fried Captain's Platter was a very generous portion with Fish Filet, Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Whole Belly Clams.  The downside was there was only one Jumbo Shrimp, but the clams more than made up for it.  Everything had a light batter and were fried to perfection.  Most places have strips instead of whole belly clams.  Great value for your money.  Accompanied with wild rice and mixed vegetables, there was enough for a very hearty appetite.

The Veal Marsala was cut thick, but it was very tender.  The Marsala sauce had a nice flavor, but was a bit overpowering.  It was good for dipping the fresh bread.  It was accompanied with a side of pasta.  The portion was good, but didn't match the Captain's Platter.  A good choice if you like marsala.

The server was very friendly and on top of everything and we didn't have to wait for anything and did not feel rushed at all.  It was a very pleasant experience that I strongly recommend to anyone.

They have a full bar where you can gather with friends and a private room in the back for special events.

I highly recommend Blue Goose for quality, service and overall value.  If you haven't been there, you won't be disappointed.  I have to get back there soon and have the Surf & Turf.

I give it 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Jenny King April 23, 2011 at 03:44 AM
wow. the photos do not make me want to visit this place. the bread looks burnt and the interior decor looks like a time warp!
Walt April 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM
All the hats and blue hairs go there. There's a lot of Buicks in the parking lot.
Francis April 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
There's one chef there who sounds like he's ready to stroke out. I was there one day when this guy was so loud and nasty that I felt sorry for everyone who has to work with him.
Francis April 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Sorry, I feel I need to add this, the food is very good. I have been eaten there several times.
Jan October 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It looked and smelled like a nursing home, and the food was a 1/2 step up from airline food in economy class - NOT first class. yeah - old people - place was cleared out by 9:00 on a Saturday night. Need I say more? Well, one more thing - the waitress was very nice. I was taken there by friends - would have never gone myself.
md December 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM
This restaurant has new owners and betters Chefs now. The food is really much better than ever

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