Dining



American

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Bistros

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

Chaplin’s, 165 Bank Street, New London. 860-443-0684. American traditional dining. Specializing in fresh, regional New England seafood. Reasonably priced and a new local favorite.

The Copper Beech Inn, 46 Main St., Ivoryton. 888-809-2056. Sophisticated French menu. Perfect for special occasions.

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

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

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

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

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

Illiano's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, 709 Broad St. Ext., Waterford. 860-437-1999; also at 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.

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.

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

Pizza Cucina, 117 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme. 860-739-6234. Brick oven pizzeria, great pasta dishes. (Serving dinner only)

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.

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

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.

Daniel's Downtown Dairy, 60 Bank St., New London. 860-729-5823. Over 50 flavors of delicious homemade ice cream.

Mangetout Organic Café, 140 State St. New London. 860-444-2066. Supports local growers and merchants. Wonderful vegetarian and vegan options.

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.

Chaplin’s, 165 Bank Street, New London. 860-443-0684. American traditional dining. Specializing in fresh, regional New England seafood. Reasonably priced and a new local favorite.

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.

The Oyster Club, 13 Water Street, Mystic. 860-415-9266. Showcasing food that travels the shortest distance from "farm & sea to table," with seasonality and location determining the day’s menu. From the region’s many local farmers and fisherman, features bounty from the sea, pasture raised beef, local produce and artisanal cheeses.

Tapas

Dev’s on Bank, 357 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.