owners rich and steve

About us...

Riley's by the Seawall opened in the Lordship section of Stratford in March of 2018. Upon finding this beautiful, waterfront location, it has been the mission of owners Rich and Steve to create an environment where they knew their guests would feel relaxed and fully accommodated in. 'Livin' the life of Riley' is a phrase that first appeared in the early 1900s and is our motto at the restaurant as it means living the easy life, an existence marked by luxury and a carefree attitude. Upon entering the restaurant, you will notice that our staff is full of life and positivity as they, too, are working to 'live the life of Riley'.

During the summer months, we have live outdoor music on the patio where you are surrounded by tall palm trees, vibrantly colored flowers and an aura of tranquility. Frozen margaritas, daiquiris and our famous mudslide are all MUST tries while staring out into the Long Island Sound. When the months turn cold, we shift gears as our incredible Chef Dave begins concocting dishes that will leave you feeling warm and cozy. 

Here at Riley's we work tirelessly to ensure that your visit is filled with good food, good people and good times.




Steve was born and raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island and is a proud father to two daughters. He attended Fairfield University where he received a degree in economics. Shortly after graduation, he landed a finance job in Manhattan where he worked for 30 years. Steve has always had a passion for trying out new restaurants so opening one of his own was a dream. Steve's favorite dish on our menu is his famous Steve O Seafood Treasure.



Rich is from Stamford, Connecticut and is the father to two children and grandfather to one. Rich graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. Rich has worked in the restaurant business his entire life and has managed countless restaurants and bars over the last 30 years. Rich's passion for the industry is what inspired him to open a place of his own.

Chef Dave


Dave is from Bridgeport, Connecticut and is the father to five children. Dave received his bachelor's degree from Bok Culinary School in Philadelphia then took his training to obtain his master's degree from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Dave's Jamaican heritage is what inspires his twist on all of our staple dishes. Dave's favorite dish on our menu is the Sea Scallops Risotto.

the boys

We hope to see you soon!