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Chaplin's and Friend's Bistro

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European, South American, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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165 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
18609905263
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Chaplin's specializes in local, fresh-caught sea food. In addition to New...
Chaplin's specializes in local, fresh-caught sea food. In addition to New England traditions, Chaplin's ventures into other American regional favorites. With warm hospitality, Chaplin's serves up fresh dinners and fun times year round.
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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This is a great little find. Perfect atmosphere. Very intimate with a great vibe. I had the hanger steak and my husband had the mixed salmon and shell fish entree. Both cooked to perfection! The prices are unbelievable and the drinks are great. I will be back for sure. Wonderful addition to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Sheela M
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Westbrook, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Westbrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a great little find. Perfect atmosphere. Very intimate with a great vibe. I had the hanger steak and my husband had the mixed salmon and shell fish entree. Both cooked to perfection! The prices are unbelievable and the drinks are great. I will be back for sure. Wonderful addition to this up and coming city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fairly small retail space with clever decorations and murals. Recently renovated, and on the main drag of New London. Happening happy hour activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have eaten at this place a few times now. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and they describe the specials very enthusiastically. Obviously they have tried them. The food has been spot-on every time - and not just with my meals, but everyone I have dined with. Chef Dave is quite creative, so I like to order his specials,... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Charming atmosphere, extremely pleasant staff! My husband had a clam dish; I had shrimp fettuccini. Both meals were absolutely delicious, and the presentation of the food on our plates was like something out of a magazine. Very affordable, would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stumbled upon this amazing restaurant while visiting Sail Fest - and nobody wanted food truck food - so we looked for a restaurant. What a great surprise we found here. Food was fresh and beautiful!! The open kitchen allowed us to watch as our meals were prepared! The home-made sangria was perfect (topped with champagne). Our server was patient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is one reason why. We had not seen any reviews yet, but when we circled the block checking out the various restaurants in the Bank Street area, I homed in on this one for its vibe. Soooo happy I did! From the friendly welcome to the best Sangria ever, to the fine food and a special request chicken breast... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

They did not honor our reservation. If you want to go to a bar, go here. We had a reservation for 6 and they put us in a table for 6 high top. If we were going to drink and party this would be fine. But to have a serious dinner on a high top for senior citizens is ridiculous.... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a great restaurant! The food is wonderful. Lots of fresh fish choices. Salmon dishes are a delight.

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Niantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

I've had just about every dish and sampled their available specials from time to time. The seafood is fresh daily, the kitchen is open and inviting, the prices are perfect, the staff is excellent and service is good. Never once disappointed. Sad to hear Jack is leaving. Good luck with his new endeavor, Cap'n Jack's.

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Machias, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I had Salmon Picatta, and it was delicious. The staff were very patient with us and all our questions, and very attentive. My mother also liked her meal, I think she got scallops or shrimp. I would definitely go there again!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 165 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: 18609905263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: European, South American, Seafood, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Chaplin's specializes in local, fresh-caught sea food. In addition to New England traditions, Chaplin's ventures into other American regional favorites. With warm hospitality, Chaplin's serves up fresh dinners and fun times year round.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?