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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
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 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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  • 26
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  • 24
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 1
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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
Amazing Dinner for All

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
Kim M
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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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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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Fresh fish, always something different to choose from, and the hardest working chef around. The best advantages of a small, comfortable, and warm space make the visit energizing and very satisfying.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The place is very small, and the view is of a Salvation Army store but the food is excellent! We went with our children and their spouses recently on a night there was lots of activity in town and the place was crowded. We made a reservation and our table was ready but the food took a long time to... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It's a bit on the small side, and can be crowded since seating is so limited. But they have great quality food at affordable prices. I dig places whose menu changes often, depending on what's freshest.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

First off, I would give Chaplin's a 4.5, if that score was available here on Trip Advisor. We recently had a Saturday night dinner at Chaplin's and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our first courses were the Caesar salad and lobster & corn soup. The salad was good and the soup was close to perfect and very hardy. Our main courses of... More 

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Additional Information about Chaplin's and Friend's Bistro

Address: 165 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
Phone Number: 18609905263
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
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
Average Prices: USD 14 - 20
Cuisine: European, South American, Seafood, International, Contemporary

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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?