There are many unique things to do in Mystic, including a plethora of beautiful restaurants and places to eat from which to choose. Step on the deck of the Charles Morgan, the last of the American mighty whaling fleet. Explore the native flora and fauna at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and discover the local marine life at the Mystic Aquarium.
Once you have done exploring the charming seaside town and all the Mystic beaches, head to one of these restaurants for a tasty meal.
1. Oyster Club
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The Oyster Club is a casual fine dining ‘farm-and-sea-to-table’ restaurant and raw bar specializing in the bounty of the New England coast and countryside. Using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from the land and sea such as pasture-raised beef, organic salads and vegetables, and sustainable fish and seafood, the restaurant offers a seasonally-changing menu of sublime cuisine accompanied by fine wines from around the world, and craft beers and microbrews on tap and by the bottle. One of the best Connecticut day trips, the Oyster Club is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner or special celebration.
13 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-415-9266
2. Anthony J's Bistro
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Anthony J's Bistro is an intimate, rustic Italian bistro with a warm and friendly bar that serves authentic Italian cuisine, daily blackboard specials, and a variety of casual wines and craft beers on tap. One of the best things to do in CT, the cozy restaurant features wood accents and soft lighting and serves a delicious menu of imported pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, and Canadian lobster, Angus beef and Canadian veal, fresh, made-to-order salads, and great daily blackboard specials. The full-service bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Anthony J's Bistro is open for lunch and dinner daily.
6 Holmes St, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-536-0448
3. Bravo Bravo Restaurant, Mystic
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Bravo Bravo Restaurant is a trendy eatery that serves authentic Italian cuisine and happy hour specials in a warm and welcoming setting. The culinary gem features large floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the Main Street, allowing diners to watch the world pass by while feasting on creative portions of pasta, fresh fish and homemade desserts. One of the top places to visit in Connecticut, an elegant dining room with flickering white candles and black and white photographs on the wall exudes an intimate, romantic ambiance, and a full-service bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Browse the nearby beaches in Connecticut and plan a longer stay.
19 E Main St, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-536-3228
Boasting beautiful views of Stonington Harbor, Breakwater is an airy, contemporary waterfront restaurant that is renowned for serving fresh seafood and inventive cocktails in a stylish space, perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in Connecticut. Helmed by restaurateur Jon Kodama, and Culinary Institute of American-trained chef Sylvia Kerry Herrera, the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and fish such as clam chowder, Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl, Firecracker Shrimp, Fried Stonington Scallops, Teriyaki Glazed Faroe Island Salmon, and Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. A full-service bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and diners can enjoy the superb food and wine against a backdrop of spectacular harbor views. Breakwater is open for lunch and dinner daily. Read our guide on glamping in Connecticut for an outdoor adventure.
66 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378, Phone: 860-415-8123
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5. Bridge Restaurant and Raw Bar
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Perched over the Pawcatuck estuary where the river meets the sea in historic downtown Westerly Rhode Island, Bridge Restaurant and Raw Bar is a popular spot to go for fresh seafood, classic clam chowder, and grilled fish tacos. An elegantly appointed dining room and full-service bar boast beautiful views of the river and downtown Westerly, and two crackling fireplaces create a warm and welcoming glow in fall and winter. A raw bar serves a selection of chilled shrimp, clams, and oysters, and the bar serves a wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Bridge Restaurant and Raw is open for lunch and dinner, daily. Connecticut campgrounds offer inexpensive options for families and couples.
37 Main Street, Westerly, RI 02891, Phone: 401-348-9700
6. Buon Appetito Ristorante & Pizzeria
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Buon Appetito Ristorante & Pizzeria is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves classic northern Italian dishes in a warm and relaxed environment. The restaurant features elegant interiors with wooden and glass accents and a charming outdoor patio for alfresco summer dining and serves a menu of authentic Italian fare like homemade pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizzas with various toppings, prime beef, chicken and veal dishes, fresh seafood, from-scratch salads, and decadent desserts. A wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits are available from the bar. Connecticut lakes are serene and romantic, offering the perfect cheap vacation idea.
386 Norwich-Westerly Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359, Phone: 860-535-2333
7. Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub
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The Captain Daniel Packer Inne Restaurant and Pub is an English-style pub with a refined dining room and buzzing bar that offers diners a unique dining experience. Housed in the beautifully restored old colonial Captain Daniel Packer Inne, which was built 250 years ago, the restaurant serves inventive menus of contemporary cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, ranging from fresh seafood and prime beef to imported pasta and sauces and fresh salads and vegetable dishes. A wide range of libations including casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits is available from the bar along with live music every night. Connecticut hotels & resorts are well known for their excellent service.
32 Water St, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-536-3555
8. Ella's Fine Food and Drink
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Ella's Fine Food and Drink is a contemporary restaurant that serves Asian-French cuisine and fine wines in a refined atmosphere. The eatery is helmed by Chef Jeanie, whose award-winning American and French-Asian fusion food, gracious service and cosmopolitan atmosphere has been drawing both locals and visitors for years. Chef Jeanie uses fresh, locally-sourced and regional produce such as certified all-natural and organic seafood, dairy, meat, and vegetables to create sublime dishes such as Duck a Deux Façons, Pan-Crusted Scallop, Lamb Bolognese, Salsiccia Rigatoncini, and Double Truffle Lobster Mac and Cheese. Diners can enjoy alfresco dining on the outdoor terrace or in the elegant dining room and lounge. Browse more New England day trips for an affordable weekend trip.
2 Tower St, Westerly, RI 02891, Phone: 401-315-0606
9. Olio Restaurant & Bar, Mystic
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Conveniently located off Interstate 95 in Groton, Olio Restaurant and Bar is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that promises an unforgettably romantic night. The restaurant boasts a beautifully-appointed dining room with sleek black and white décor, white-clothed tables and soft candlelight, and a dark wood bar that houses an array of libations. Seasonal menus feature a diverse selection of tastes and flavors ranging from lump crab and grilled pizzas to chorizo sausages, stuffed avocado lobster, grilled chicken, and turkey sandwiches. The full-service serves a wide range of libations including fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and soft jazz plays in the background. Olio Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner daily.
33 Kings Hwy, Groton, CT 06340, Phone: 860-445-6546
10. On the Waterfront
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On the Waterfront is a casually elegant restaurant that serves a robust, seasonally changing menu of farm-to-table cuisine and fine wines against a backdrop of spectacular river views. The family-owned and operated restaurant is owned by Stash Schiavone and Chef Anthony Schiavone and is dedicated to serving the highest quality cuisine New London has to offer. The restaurant features a spacious dining room with large windows and gorgeous views of the Thames River and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining in the summer months. A full-service bar serves craft, and draft beers, wines from around the world, and classic cocktails made with local spirits, along with specialty coffees and dessert liqueurs and private dining spaces cater for special occasions and celebrations. On the Waterfront is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
250 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT 06320, Phone: 860-444-2800
11. Johnny’s Peking Tokyo
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Johnny’s Peking Tokyo specializes in serving Japanese fusion and Asian cuisine for lunch and dinner, along with catering service and optional online ordering. The family-friendly restaurant serves an extensive menu of Japanese and Chinese cuisine prepared by professional chefs and presented with flair, including handmade sushi, sashimi, California rolls, tempura, tofu, fried rice, and noodles. Signature dishes include General Tso’s chicken, and golden beef with sesame seeds, along with low-calorie options like steamed chicken with broccoli and steamed four seasons vegetables. Johnny’s Peking Tokyo is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
12 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-572-9991
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12. Red 36 Bar & Grill
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Red 36 Bar & Grill is an airy waterfront restaurant and bar at the Seaport Marine in historical downtown Mystic that serves an elevated, seafood-centric American menu in a casual, relaxed setting. Boasting a bright and spacious dining room with wall-to-wall windows, multiple lounge areas and dining tables, a roaring fireplace, and an outdoor deck with a bar and beautiful views over the Mystic River, the restaurant specializes in high-quality fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish, oysters from a raw bar, and other shellfish. The seasonally-changing menu also features a diverse selection of appetizers, gourmet burgers, and flatbread pizzas, and the bar serves a wide range of libations including fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. East Coast beaches offer a cheap way to relax on your weekend.
2 Washington St, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-536-3604
13. S&P Oyster Restaurant and Bar, Mystic
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Established over 25 years ago, S&P Oyster Restaurant and Bar is a contemporary restaurant that serves creative boat-to-table New England seafood, premium oysters, and other high-quality farm-to-table fare in a rustic-chic space with a large wooden deck. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Cobena and his team who create culinary delights with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce from farmers, fishermen, and vendors. A large deck is perfect for alfresco dining and sipping cocktails at sunset, and a zinc bar serves a variety of craft and draft beers, wines from around the world, and classic cocktails made with local spirits. S&P Oyster Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Flea markets in Connecticut are among the best in the country.
1 Holmes St, Mystic, CT 06355, Phone: 860-536-2674
14. Water Street Cafe
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The Water Street Café is a casual eatery with a beautiful mahogany bar that offers an inviting spot for locals and visitors to gather to enjoy a creative menu of delicious cuisine and drinks in a relaxed setting. Nestled in the center of Stonington, the eatery features a popular Oyster Bar serving freshly shucked oysters and other seafood delights, along with a fresh and straightforward New American menu of classic Pacific northwestern cuisine prepared with farm-grown produce. The menu also features gluten-free and vegetarian choices, and delectable desserts are house-made and freshly baked daily. The Water Street Café is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday and serves a classic Sunday brunch with seasonal specials and lunch dishes.
143 Water Street, Stonington, CT 06378, Phone: 860-535-2122
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