Dining



American

AZU Restaurant, 32 W. Main St., Mystic. 860-536-6336. Lively atmosphere with an eclectic American menu.

Bee & Thistle Inn Restaurant & Spa, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme. 800-622-4946. A quaint, four-star inn with superb dining and lovely English teas.

Bean & Leaf Café, 463 Bank Street, New London. 860-701-0000. Organic, fair trade coffees and teas. Light fare such as panini, soups, salads and baked goods. Relaxed atmosphere, free wifi, entertainment.

The Black Sheep, 247 Main St., Niantic. 860-739-2041. An upscale Irish pub atmosphere, Irish and American dishes. Live entertainment.

BravoBravo Restaurant & Bar, 18 E. Main St., Mystic. 860-536-3228. Inviting atmosphere, good food and a welcoming staff.

Captain Daniel Packer Inne, 32 Water Street, Mystic. 860-536-3555. Fresh, quality ingredients prepared with imagination and care.

Dog Watch Café, Dodson Boatyard, 194 Water Street, Stonington. 860-415-4510. Relaxed atmosphere, right on the water; perfect place to catch the sunset.

Engine Room, 14 Holmes Street, Mystic. 860-415-8117. View of the Mystic River. Locally sourced, creative American comfort food, with a focus on America's most beloved dish, the burger.

Gaspar's, 385 Bank Street, New London. 860-440-3663. A small, cozy restaurant, serving high quality interesting food at fair prices.

Great Neck Country Club & Langley's Restaurant, 28 Lamphere Rd., Waterford. 860-443-6864. Fine, casual dining inside the restaurant, in the lounge and outside on the patio overlooking the golf course. Open to the public.

Michael's Dairy, 629 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320. (860) 443-2464. Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, malts. Making delicious homemade ice cream for more than 60 years, Michael's Dairy which is now managed by the Department of Hospitality & Tourism and operated by Mitchell College students.

Mystic Drawbridge, 2 West Main St. Mystic. 860-572-7978. Famous homemade ice cream and café with fresh sandwiches and panini.

Muddy Waters Café, 42 Bank St., New London. 860-444-2232. Coffee house serving breakfast, lunch and desserts, overlooking the river.

Neon Chicken, 88 Howard St., New London. 860-444-6366. Tasty fast food for dine-in or take-out.

Noah's, 113 Water St., Stonington. 860-535-3925. Low-key setting in the heart of the Borough. Known for fresh local seafood and imaginative dishes and desserts. Breakfast/Lunch

On the Waterfront, 250 Pequot Ave., New London. 860-44-2800. Seafood, Italian and American cuisine; dining room offers lovely views of the Thames River; outdoor seating for nice weather.

Red 36 Bar & Grill, 2 Washington St., Mystic. Burgers, seafood, clams, oysters. A waterfront nautical, trendy, casual dining place.

Rustic Café, 516 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme, 860-691-0477. Casual. Great food ranging from standard bar fare to expertly prepared culinary specials.

Sweetie’s Bakery and Café, 191 Bank St., New London. 860-437-0130. They roast all their of sandwich meats, make all their own condiments, bread and pickles. Fantastic selection of grilled cheese and panini.

Washington Street Coffee House, 13 Washington St., New London. 860-437-0664. Great place for coffee, basic pastries, hot sandwiches or hearty noodle bowls, along with house-made pies and ice cream.

Water Street Café, 143 Water Street, Stonington. 860-535-2122. Known for their oyster bar, fresh seafood and daily specials which include Stonington fisherman’s catch of the day.

When Pigs Fly Café, (breakfast/lunch only), 97 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford. 860-444-1110. Family favorites, delicious traditional breakfasts and lunches, home cooking.

Bistros

Anthony J's Bistro, 6 Holmes St., Mystic. 860-536-0448. Intimate atmosphere with reasonably priced dishes.

La Belle Aurore, 75 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic. 860-739-6767. A bistro featuring local and organic produce in a creative menu.

Indian

Northern India Restaurant, 150 State St., New London. 860-437-3978. Popular Indian restaurant.

Mirch Masala, 156 Kings Highway, Groton. 860-445-8043. Inexpensive, classic Indian food, individual dish or buffet.

Italian

Daddy Jack’s (formally Chaplin’s), 181 Bank St., New London. 860-444-8888. Specialize in seafood, brick oven pizza and italian dishes. Seating on an outside patio available.
Illiano's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, 709 Broad St. Ext., Waterford. 860-437-1999

OLIO Restaurant and Bar, 33 King's Highway, Groton. 860-445-6546. Sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere with a mix of traditional favorites and surprises.

Paesano's Pizza Bar & Bistro by Illiano's, 929 Bank St., New London, 860-447-9390. Lunch, dinner or take-out Italian cuisine and New York-style pizza; inexpensive to moderately priced dishes, ncluding gluten-free fare.

Paul's Pasta, 223 Thames St., Groton. 860-445-5276. Freshly made pasta served in a casual setting; eat inside or on the spacious deck.

The Recovery Room, 445 Ocean Ave., New London. 860-443-2619. Gourmet pizza and daily pasta specials. Casual.

Tony D’s, 92 Huntington St., New London. 860-443-9900. Old Fashion restaurant. Italian/Pizza serving lunch/dinner.

2 Wives Pizza, 45 Huntington St., New London. 860-447-9337 Offers some of the best brick oven pies in town as well as a wild assortment of pizzas, paninis, and starters for dine-in and take-out.

Japanese

Koto Japanese Steak House, 537 Long Hill Rd., Groton. 860-445-5686. A hibachi and sushi bar serving lunch and dinner.

Zhangs, 12 Water St., Mystic. 860-572-5725. Japanese restaurant with an excellent sushi bar.

Singapore's Grille and Sushi Bar, 938 Bank St., New London. 860-442-3344. Extensive Asian menu with a casual atmosphere. Award-winning sushi.

Peking Tokyo, 12 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. 860-572-9991. Japanese/Chinese fusion and Asian cuisine.

Mediterranean

Caffe NV, 57 Boston Post Rd., Waterford. 860-444-8111. Popular for its Greek offerings and reasonable prices.

The Pita Spot, 45 Williams Ave. (Rte. 1) Mystic. 860-415-4656. Great Lebanese cuisine.

Mexican

Margaritas, 12 Water St., Mystic. 860-536-4589. Mexican food in downtown Mystic.

Ortegas, 108 North St., Groton. 860-405-1275. Authentic Mexican food; serves lunch, dinner and take-out.

Milagro, 142 Water St., Stonington. 860-535-8178. Authentic Mexican food, Tiny, but terrific.

Sandwiches, Coffee, Tea and Dessert

Bee & Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St., Old Lyme. 800-622-4946. A quaint, four-star inn with superb dining and lovely English teas.

Bean & Leaf Café, 463 Bank Street, New London. 860-701-0000. Organic, fair trade coffees and teas. Light fare such as panini, soups, salads and baked goods. Relaxed atmosphere, free wifi, entertainment.

Michael's Dairy, 629 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320. (860) 443-2464. Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, malts. Making delicious homemade ice cream for more than 60 years, Michael's Dairy which is now managed by the Department of Hospitality & Tourism and operated by Mitchell College students.

Mystic Drawbridge, 2 West Main St. Mystic. 860-572-7978. Famous homemade ice cream and café with fresh sandwiches and panini.

Muddy Waters Café, 42 Bank St., New London. 860-444-2232. Coffee house serving breakfast, lunch and desserts, overlooking the river.

Sweetie’s Bakery and Café. 191 Bank St., New London. 860-437-0130. They roast all their of sandwich meats, make all their own condiments, bread and pickles. Fantastic selection of grilled cheese and panini.

Washington Street Coffee House, 13 Washington St., New London. 860-437-0664. Great place for coffee, basic pastries, hot sandwiches or hearty noodle bowls, along with house-made pies and ice cream.

Seafood

Captain Scott's Lobster Deck, 80 Hamilton St., New London. 860-439-1741. An inexpensive seafood shack on the water; outdoor seating.

Fred's Shanty, 272 Pequot Ave., New London. 860-447-1301. Outside seating and water views; lunch and dinner March-October; inexpensive hot dogs, burgers, fries, ice cream, clams, fish and chips.

Sea Swirl, 30 Williams Avenue (Rte. 1), Mystic. 860-536-3452. A Mystic favorite; outside seating, locals and tourists alike eagerly look forward to annual opening day early in April.

S&P Oyster Co., 1 Holmes St., Mystic. 860-536-2674. Seafood restaurant offering gluten-free desserts; dine inside or outside, overlooking the Mystic River and drawbridge.

Oyster Club, 13 Water Street, Mystic. 860-415-9266. Casual fine dining and raw bar. Menu changes daily, showcasing local and seasonal ingredients.

Tapas

Dev’s on Bank, 345 Bank Street, New London, CT. 860-442-3387. Specializing in small, savory Spanish and Asian-influenced dishes that serve as a snack or with other tapas as a meal. Salads, sandwiches, full dinner menu and pasta as well.

Thai

Bangkok City, 123 State St., New London. 860-442-6970. Authentic Thai food in downtown New London.

Jasmine Thai, 470 Bank St, New London. 860-442-9991. A student favorite, fantastic curry dishes.

Thai Sawasdee, 764 Long Hill Rd, Groton. 860-448-8424. Wide variety of authentic Thai dishes.