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Smarty's Car and Grill

215 Main street, # 1, Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-8818
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Ranked #23 of 40 restaurants in Niantic
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jun 23, 2014
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26 reviews from our community

65% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Plano, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stopped in for breakfast and the place definitely smells and feels like a bar. It just didn't feel like a clean restaurant. My toast was cold and they use fake maple syrup....my kid's picked up on immediately. The menu has misspellings on it. I would not go here again.

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Wassaic, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

My husband and I were on our first trip to Niantic and I had checked out trip advisor for all the restaurants first. We actually weren't going to make Smarty's one of our stops because I saw some mixed reviews online. But as we were walking down Main street picking up menus from each place I did go into Smarty's.... More

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Meriden, Connecticut
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Awesome fried fish sandwich & broasted chicken was delicious - very moist. The portion sizes were great as well - especially with the broasted chicken dish!

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