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Dog Watch Cafe

194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378
860-415-4510
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Ranked #1 of 19 restaurants in Stonington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Meriden, Connecticut
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Came here for Father's Day based on the great reviews. Food was wonderful. Service was terrible. Worst than terrible really. Not only do they need new servers & bartenders. But they need to learn customer service. They have a nice deck bar but your not able to eat out there so that was also a bummer. Will not be back.

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Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were so surprised to find this great restaurant by a marina in Stonington, Connecticut. At the Dog Watch Cafe we shared a salmon sandwich but wished we had the appetite for more, because it was that good. With generous fresh fruit cup. The wait staff is professional, attentive, and friendly. It was a busy restaurant at 11:30 am which... More

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Coral Springs
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

On a Sunday evening we waited 45 minutes for our table. (Although they don't take reservations, their system was very efficient.) The two entrees we ordered, (Broiled Scallops, Crusted Tuna) were perfectly prepared and delicious! We shared a brownie/ice cream dessert. We appreciated our waitress (Elaine) sharing her opinions with us regarding our choices for entrees, sides, and dessert. Everything... More

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New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We ate at the bar here, and it was very nice. We had fried oysters and a salad with with fried calamari. Everything was perfectly prepared. The bread was freshly baked, and delicious. Nice wait staff. Very busy place - at 2 pm on a Monday, the place was packed.

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Vicksburg, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

And that is saying something. The St Clair Annex in Watch Hill has always been my go-to place for the best lobster roll. We wandered into the Dog Watch one day while driving by, and BOY am I glad we did. The restaurant has great atmosphere, but that outdoor bar is just beyond reproach. I live in the Midwest and... More

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Norwich, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I finally got to this place after two years of thinking about going.Great Service, attentive Staff. Lest we forget the cook, let me say, our meals were exactly what and how we ordered.Quality and freshness exudes from this place. Clams on the half shell were cold and briney, great cocktail sauce with a request for extra heat. The crusted tuna... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had a really good lunch - I had the Codwich sandwich and my husband had a lobster salad roll. Almost too much to eat. I had to take half the fish out and eat it with a fork because of the size. Perfectly breaded and done on the inside. Only small quibble would be the brioche roll it was served... More

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connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had one of the most enjoyable and delicious lunch here today. The server as very attentive, but not over bearing. The food was wonderful especially the scallops broiled in a nice butter crumb sauce with the choice of two sides, just the right portion for lunch. The setting by the harbor/boat yard made it all the more special. Will... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Went for a late lunch. Great Atmosphere. Great View. Right on the water in Stonington. The wife had fish and chips..excellent. I had the Stonington Sea Scallops also excellent. The Menu has just enough choices in each category. There will be something you like (seafood lover or not). The Staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Our server Nichole was great. Each... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Always a great setting to dine in. Over the years many different names have appeared on this restaurant. But this is the absolute best! Stopped there late afternoon yesterday which was Father's Day & it was bustling. We waited an hour or so but it gave us time to do the dock walk. Enjoyed some wine on the dock and... More

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