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194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378
860-415-4510
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 171
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Averaging a 4 ... but ...

Last summer's visit was definitely a 5, but last week's lunch was a disappointing 3 .... Very blah service, uncaring, no smiles, plates were kinda dumped onto the table & completely ignored a mentioned that it was a birthday celebration. Lobster ravioli special was very good, but the key... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
JourneyRV
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Last summer's visit was definitely a 5, but last week's lunch was a disappointing 3 .... Very blah service, uncaring, no smiles, plates were kinda dumped onto the table & completely ignored a mentioned that it was a birthday celebration. Lobster ravioli special was very good, but the key lime martini didn't even have the listed graham cracker rim, the... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Simply put, we have never had a bad appetizer or entree at this local hot spot. If you're looking for that restaurant where the locals eat and eat well, this is it. Great service, fresh seafood and a great location. I recommend the seared tuna as it's some of the best I've ever had.

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South Glens Falls, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went on $10 Tuesday. You can order a bottle of wine for $10. They have select entrees for $10 as well. The dessert was excellent as well!!!

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Stonington, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Worth the visit for the food, ambiance. view and drinks. Great place to take family or just any friends.

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Providence, Rhode Island
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Bar food with great seafood options. Very friendly atmosphere of local characters and well-heeled tourists. Amazing views of world-renowned Dodsons Boatyard and Stonington Harbor. The staff is friendly, professional, and very pretty. Reasonably priced, for Stonington Borough. Accessible from water.

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Santa Barbara
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Apparently I really like it: I've been there countless times and even had them cater a boat celebration. Very good lobster rolls, margaritas and bloody maries!

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North Stonington, Connecticut
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We were given a gift certificate for this great restaurant and what a gift it was! This is our new favorite restaurant. We loved our menu choices, the atmosphere and the view! My husband ordered oysters and I got the lobster ravioli, which was the best I've had. Cannot wait to return to this fantastic spot!

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Westerly, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I love the variety of food offered at this place. But, I always get some fish dish because of the wonderful view of the water and the fishing boats, which can be seen from almost every seat in the restaurant. Sometimes the wait time is ghastly in the summer, but with them being open all year round, I like to... More 

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Dennis Port, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Great atmosphere, right on the water with lovely views. Friendly and prompt service, good food and moderate prices. Large glass of wine for the price. Would've loved to sit out front in the large chairs surrounding the fire pit, but it was a little too cold that afternoon.

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Manchester, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Small restaurant sure packs them in, they take your number and text you when your table is ready so you don't have to just stand around (especially since there is no room to stand around without being in the way. In warm months there is a great long deck with drinks served along the side of the marina boats, nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Stonington
  • Phone Number: 860-415-4510

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?