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Smarty's Car and Grill

215 Main street, # 1, Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-8818
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Ranked #19 of 39 restaurants in Niantic
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 8, 2014
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29 reviews from our community

65% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Niantic, Connecticut
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice leisurely dinner on a busy Friday night last week at Smartys. We sat at a table outside, beautiful warm night. Great live music. Wait staff was quick and efficient. The house margarita is very good. Order the Broasted chicken dinner for 10$ , when you go. It is awesome. You get 4 pieces of chicken, potato of... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

we sat outside on a nice summer evening and the smell from somewhere nearby was yuck. The wait staff was very good, the food was not. We had steak and chicken wings. Both were just average, not super. I would not consider going back.

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Hartford, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stopped on a Friday night, live music outside as well as wonderful food. Our waitress was warm and friendly and on point with our food as well as our comfort. Would certainly return

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103 reviews 103 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

I can not give this restaurant the deserved higher rating for the food they serve. The service is unprofessional. Eating at the bar has the same terrible service. We have been here many times, but just for the food. Outside dining would be so wonderful, but again the service is just not acceptable. The restaurant could be amazing if the... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The food would have to be phenomenal to want to eat inside as it felt tacky and cold. The food was not phenomenal; I will say some was good - the chicken on my cobb salad was very tender and my daughter's broasted chicken was delicious and a meatloaf sandwich was good; but the nachos were cold and unimpressive. It's... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Smarty's Bar & Grill 8/30/2013 On a recommendation from a friend we decided to go to Smarty's for dinner before taking in a movie. We were greeted right away and brought to a table outside facing the water. A one man band was entertaining so we thought we were in for a good time. Not so much! Turns out Smarty's... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We had spent the day at Rocky Neck Beach and thought would stop for dinner before traveling home. Came across Smarty's Bar & Grille. Looked nice and had outside tables so we could extend a nice day. The waitress didn't bring us a wine list or mention the specials. The service was very, very slow and the food was of... More

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East Lyme, CT
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We decided to try Smarty's one more time as it was not too good this past winter, when I ate there with my son. In the past (last summer), it was excellent, but, it has been down hill since then. We ate outside and the waitress was very good. We waited quite a while for the food. I ordered the... More

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Berlin, Connecticut
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Our first trip here, and we won't be back. Four of us were excited about this restaurant, we'd heard good things. My friend ordered the steak delmonaco medium rare and it came out well done. She sent it back and it came back so undercooked that It was actually raw in parts. We asked for the manager, and after waiting... More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Smarty's was suggested by a shop owner in Niantic. It's on a pretty busy intersection, but has an outdoor eating area with a view of the bay. A 1 PM lunch on a Tuesday and I think I was the only customer. The two daily specials was 1 1/4 pounds of steamers (with chowder, either RI or NE) and a... More

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