The New London Main Street organization maintains a list of dining establishments in the downtown New London area. 

The following list includes dining establishments in New London and the broader region.

American

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.

Bistro on Bank, (formerly Chaplin's and Friends), 165 Bank St., New London.  860-990-5263. Multicultural cuisine, combining New England regional, European and South American influences. Fresh native seafood and produce from local farms and fishermen. Creative cocktails and local craft beer. Moderately priced.

Carmelo's Bean & Leaf Café, 463 Bank Street, New London. 860-701-0000. Organic, fair trade coffees and teas. Light fare such as Italian dishes, 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.

Daddy Jack's, 181 Bank S., New London. (860) 444-8888. Great wood-fired pizza, imaginative seafood and Italian dishes. 

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. Known for seafood dishes.

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. 860-443-2464. Ice cream, shakes, sundaes, malts. Making delicious homemade ice cream for more than 60 years.

Mr. G's Restaurant, 452 Williams St., New London. 860-447-0400. Friendly, casual dining. Pizza, subs, breakfast and more.

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

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

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.

Bistro on Bank, 165 Bank Street, New London. 860-990-5263. Upscale moderately priced cuisine with New England, European, South American influences. Locally sourced fish and produce, creative cocktails, artisan beers.

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, including 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. Free delivery and no minimum for Connecticut College students.

Tony D’s, 92 Huntington St., New London. 860-443-9900. Old-fashioned Italian restaurant serving fine traditional dishes. 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.

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.

Berry's Ice Cream and Candy Bar, 60 Bank Street, New London. 860-501-1200. Fresh, locally made hand-scooped ice cream; milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies. 

Cafe Sol, 346 Main St, Niantic. 860-739-2933. "Seasonally fresh, optimistically organic, locally favored." Coffee, breakfast, brunch, sandwiches, quesadillas.

Cafe NV Bakery, 57 Boston Post Road, Waterford. 860-444-8111. Fine Greek/American cuisine. Bakery/Deli featuring 17 types of grilled cheese, crepes, daily soup specials, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, smoothees, imaginative and healthy salads, homemade Greek pastries, and a mini market featuring international specialties. 

Carmelo's 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. Delicious homemade creative desserts. 

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. (Seasonal)  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 for fried clams and ice cream; outside seating, locals and tourists alike eagerly look forward to annual opening day early in April. (Seasonal)

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. For locavores and oyster lovers. Elegant but 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.

Lazy Leopard, 45 Bank Street, New London. 860-333-1329. Lunch, dinner, takeout. Soups, salads, curries, traditional Thai dishes, noodles and rice. Free delivery to campus! 

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

The Spice Club, 239 Main St, Niantic. 860-451-8121. Wide variety of authentic Thai dishes, sushi, pad thai, daily specials.