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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
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
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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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Excellent stop on college tour

We stopped for diner on our way to New York for a college tour with our son and an exchange student. It was very late and we weren't sure if we'd be there before closing so we called ahead. The woman who answered (turned out to be the waitress) checked with the owner (also the cook) and we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
SkipCindy
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Harwich, Massachusetts
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Norwich, Connecticut
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came with high hopes to Chaplin after all the great reviews on trip advisor. Well this place is a big disappointment. I can't understand what the big fuss is all about other then the local crowd's attempt to cosmopolitanism. This place beyond the fancy menu has very little to offer in a matter of taste. First we were seated... More 

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Thank Cacabesa
Harwich, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for diner on our way to New York for a college tour with our son and an exchange student. It was very late and we weren't sure if we'd be there before closing so we called ahead. The woman who answered (turned out to be the waitress) checked with the owner (also the cook) and we were told... More 

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Thank SkipCindy
Niantic, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Had a fantastic dinner at Chaplin's last night, food and service were great! Everything was delicious from the cocktails and bread to the dinners. Highly recommend the paella, which was perfectly prepared with incredible seafood! Chef Dave was very personable and visited our table to make sure everything was fine. This is our new favorite restaurant in New London, will... More 

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Thank Liz58821
Northampton Ma
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

I've been watching YouTube about this place for years. Took my grand daughter to the Aquarium, so while in the area I went looking for Daddy Jack, the man in the vidios. I got to the address and found Daddy Jacks and the food was just what i was looking for. I had a seafood plate and my daughter had... More 

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Thank Ptuck1
Waterford, CT
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Food was fresh and chowder was great. Ordered the " cold water farm raised" salmon dish. The veggies were great the fish was tasteless when warm. Took a doggy bag and ate the salmon cold and it tasted better. I would go back again.

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Thank Sunflower53092
Clinton, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Top notch service; friendly & well-trained staff; fantastic food! When I inquired about food allergies the owner brought me right to the chef who was delighted to help. Thank you!

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1 Thank EWFoodie
Sanibel Island, Florida
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

WE stop by Chaplin's once each year on our way home from the Goodspeed Opera House. The waitress greeted us and asked if we had been in since the place changed hands five months ago, answer was no. The food was still superb, Gumbo nice and thick and ample (for a cup, a BIG cup), Mussels had a delicious broth... More 

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1 Thank yodamak
Meerbusch, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We, a family with two kids from Germany, were waitinf for the ferry boat. Unfourtunately, we had only an hour and found the restaurant by accident. Our kids (11, 15) ranked their dishes as the best dinner we had during our 10 day NY and Long Island trip - and we had really good food in other places. The Brique... More 

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Thank BerndGermany65
Lebanon, Connecticut
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The chef here has an remarkable ability to cook seafood. I wont say its supernatural but, it was certainly a revelation to me. The venue is small and the wait staff operates like a well choreographed dance team. The place has good food and good karma...what else is there?

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Thank Matthew S
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Great lucky find. En route from NYC to Boston we decided to stop over in New London staying at the Holiday Inn and trawled the internet for dinner. It was the word "Bistro" that caught our attention, always a promising sign. This was the perfect find. A small menu is often the sign of a seriously talented chef and a... More 

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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 - 24
  • Cuisine: European, South American, Seafood, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions

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
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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