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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I went on the recommendation of a friend while staying in nearby Niantic. We lucked out in that we were able to get a table due to a canceled reservation (we hadn't made one because we went earlyish on a Wednesday)--you definitely...should make one! They had half price bottles of wine for Wednesday, and I had incredible baked scallops. My husband had the seafood lasagna, and he said it was amazing. Our waiter (I think his name Sean--Irish accent) was funny and a great server. One of the best meals out we've had in some time--Cape Cod should take notes from On the Waterfront, as it is what a semi-upscale seafood restaurant should be. We parked at the municipal lot up the small hill from the restaurant--really the only place you can park in the area--so if anyone in your party isn't very mobile, drop them off by the door before parking.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had several great meals here. The pork loin was outstanding as was the seafood lasagna. Staff was outstanding…accommodating, friendly and responsive. While there is no set kid’s menu, they were able to offer kid-friendly choices they modified. Will definitely return. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022 via mobile

Love the food at the Waterfront! We always have a great time when we go! We love their new deck as well!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 20, 2022

“On the Waterfront” is a large, popular restaurant on the harbor in New London. Their specialty is seafood, but they offer a variety of other appetizers and entrees. We went there for dinner because of the very good reviews. But we had some problems: •...First, they have no parking lot, so we had to find a parking space on a side street - not a good start • They offered a small variety of beers, but none on tap. The server gave us bottles - I had to ask for glasses. • We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer, but we’ve never had it served soggy/not crisp before. Maybe that’s “New London Style” – but we didn’t like it. • Then they tried to serve our entrees while we were in the middle of eating our appetizer – that’s just not acceptable – so I didn’t accept it. • The fish in our entrees were good, but the vegetables were over-done. Overall, a disappointment.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022 via mobile

Very attentive staff. The food was absolutely amazing. You haven’t had fried calamari until you’ve had it here….incomparable. Fisherman’s Plate was great with shrimp, scallops and cod. Cod sandwich was excellent as well. Great view of the river.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022 via mobile

My fiancé and I come here often! We love the food and the new deck! Perfect place to spend my birthday dinner!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

My wife and I drove there from SW CT for a Saturday lunch. Nice setting for a meal. Very varied menu including good selection of seafood. One of us had fried scallops which were excellent. The other had the lobster roll which was good but...some of it was on the tough side. Service was very good. Prices were reasonable. We'd go back for sure.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022

While we were not able to eat in because wind had closed their outside seating area, we did pick up and take the food home. We had fish & chips, fried shrimp, and scallop meals. Great taste, but the crispy quality of the fish and...shrimp had slipped a bit, but the scallops traveled well. Would highly recommend this restaurant!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 5, 2022

This is one of my family's favorite places to go to celebrate a special occasion since everyone can find something they like on the menu. My husband goes for the seafood, my daughter picks a vegetarian special and I go for the pasta with chicken....And the desserts are HUGE and so delicious. When the weather is warm, there is outside seating but even when you sit inside the views are lovely. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 18, 2021

Everything is awesome. We usually pick up the food to eat at home. By far the best restaurant in Groton. Paul’s pasta is good but the service is completely better here.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 22, 2021 via mobile

Definitely a seafood restaurant, with few other options, which is fine. Food was good, enjoyed being on the waterfront overlooking part of the marina. Outside dining was more casual than indoor tables. Heaters were effective for the cool evening.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 1, 2021

This was our 41st anniversary dinner and our first evening out for indoor dining since Covid. Our waitress, Molly, was attentive, very personable and helpful. The staff assisting her were friendly and respectful. Though quite busy after our being seated, we received our appetizers, salad,...homestyle warm bread (delicious) and beverages at perfectly timed intervals, not at all rushed to free our table. We asked Molly's recommendation between two tenderloin entrees, took her advice and both ordered the evening beef tenderloin special with gorgonzola on top of a delightful port wine reduction, creamy mashed potatoes and spinach with mushrooms. I would have preferred a heated plate and hotter food but it was excellent and generous portions. (A doggie box was brought home to our ecstatic doxies). A cheesecake dessert split between us had been our plan but it wasn't available. Maybe next visit... Loved that we had our reserved/requested window table, a favorite when we frequently dined there when it was Chuck's Steakhouse. Perfect atmosphere though the music was quite loud for table conversation. All in all, it was a most enjoyable dinner celebration and we look forward to many more visits.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 30, 2021

My friend wanted to stick with dinner at the bar, so that's what we did. We missed any great views that way, but the food and service were good.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021 via mobile

Drove 2 hours to sit by the water for late lunch and cocktails. Great bites and drinks. We had small bites but the food at served at the tables around us looked fabulous and there were pleanty taking leftovers with them. With it being 95...degrees and humid out; we didnt feel it sitting outside. The newly renovated outdoor seating area had a huge commercial fan moving air. Watched the harbor traffic from a great vantage point The pics here on tripadvisor are old.. the renovations look great. Note there is a public parking lot one block away!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021

Beautiful location and delicious food, but we had a terrible experience. We arrived about 15 min before our reservation and were immediately told by the owner that my service dog (who was in his vest and wearing his registration badge) would not be allowed entry....After pleading my case and providing all my dog's paperwork, he facetiously asked if I was blind or deaf, which I am obviously not. He stated that only dogs for the deaf & blind are allowed in his restaurant. Even though I had already provided paperwork that my dog is a medical alert service dog, he asked me to disclose my specific medical condition. Although that is confidential protected medical information, I chose to share my diagnosis. The owner eventually agreed to seat us on the patio, but stated he would not allow my service dog inside the restaurant. Our party of 3 was put at a table for 4 on the side of the patio which was also in the sun. As I was with my elderly parents, I requested a different table for 4 which was available in the shade and on the water. The waitress said she had to ask the owner and he came out and said he was saving it for a party of 6 and proceeded to add another 2 place settings to it....so my elderly parents ate in the sun while that shaded table remained empty. When we made the reservation we were told the patio was first come first serve, so this did not feel truthful or equitable. At no point during our hour and a half stay was a party of 6 ever seated at the table we requested. My mother was very upset and the whole experience left us with a very bad taste. If you require a service dog but are not deaf or blind, expect to be treated as a second class citizen at The Waterfront Restaurant. We will not be returning.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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In the future... drive past the restaurant and take your first right up a small hill. There is free parking there in a lot.
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Yes, On the Waterfront offers takeout services.

On the Waterfront is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4