This top family-owned seafood restaurant rooted from the 1977 Armstrong Rubber Tire Strike. This worker’s strike forced Jonathan Smith (Former Owner) to get creative and find another source of revenue.
Jon and his wife Debbie started a small seafood drive-in in Madison, also known as USS Chowder Pot I. Due to popular demand, Jon and Debbie expanded to USS Chowder Pot II in Clinton where they took on John Bencivengo, Jr as their Executive Chef. Throughout the years, the response to the Smith’s menus and dining experience allowed them to grow their restaurant into bigger and better quarters. Chowder Pot I and II quickly blossomed to the current establishment, one of the state’s premier seafood restaurants where John Bencivengo, Jr. traveled with them.
We are happy to transition as of June 2017, John from Executive Chef to NEW OWNER! Chef John has expressed his determination and passion for his work and this business throughout his life and in his cooking. Chef John cares about each individual and their experience which will remain as he transitions into the next chapter of his career.
Diners continue to enjoy the finest seafood and slow roasted prime rib in two large dining rooms. There’s also the large Captain’s Lounge, dance floor, weekend live bands, and a popular bar side raw bar.
Chowder Pot III has won numerous awards from Connecticut Magazine and for 17 years in a row been voted Best Seafood by the New Haven Advocate.