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Dog Watch Cafe

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194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378
+1 860-415-4510
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Came here for dinner on a Saturday around 5 with a party of 6. They do not take reservations. We were told about a half hour wait which turned into almost an hour. The place is very small. Luckily there is a heated waiting area outside in front. Once we were seated the view from our table was picture perfect.... More 

Thank ML7915
Providence, Rhode Island
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for dinner on a Thursday evening at 5:30 and got a table without a wait. By 6:00 the place was packed with locals (always a god sign). Service was great, waitress knew the menu very well and the food was excellent. The menu was varied without being crazy, the prices consistent with the quality and location (not inexpensive but... More 

Thank davemgeorge
Norwich, Connecticut
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389 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've heard many great things about Dog Watch, but never had the chance to eat there until this past Saturday when I took my parents there. We arrived about 1:40, and there was a 20 minute wait, even then! From what I've heard, there is always a wait, with the place inside for the winter, with no outdoor seating, it... More 

Thank nutsgoalie
Takoma Park, Maryland
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I popped in on a busy Saturday evening. Wait wasn't long. Service was quick and efficient. The food was really very good. I had the fried oysters which were excellent. The fudge brownie desert was also superb. Prices okay, not cheap, but appropriate I guess. We'll go back.

Thank susporead
Stonington, Connecticut
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128 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived around noon on Saturday, plenty of tables so we got a great water view. The place filled up quickly so glad we got there early. Table of four was waited on quickly by a great waitress. Service was awesome. Drinks and lunch all came out quickly. There was a small snafu on my order that was quickly fixed no... More 

Thank Matthew T
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect for a casual night with friends and family. Food is delicious and drinks are great.. try the punch!

Thank Janet M
Stonington, Connecticut
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have eaten at Dog Watch many times and have never been disappointed. Varied menu, with high quality food very well prepared, attentive service, and a knock-out view of Stonington Harbor. The restaurant is comfortable whether you run in dressed casually, or are out for special afternoon or night. Fire pit outside on roller nights. Deck/porch when it's warmer. Don't... More 

Thank sdtraveltime10
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

My husband and I love this place. We go there throughout the year. We went for New Year's dinner with our friends for 5:00 only had to wait 35 minutes. While waiting the server gave us a glass of champagne. The service was outstanding . Staff is outstanding. The food is always excellent no matter if you are ordering a... More 

Thank Ellen Wade K
Bozrah, Connecticut
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Dog Watch is a fun, enjoyable place to eat any time of year. Today was overcast and rainy but who cares? The food is always dependably good and the wait staff cordial. Prices are a little extra and the noise level can be brutal, especially for a guy like me that has an issue with background noise, but it's still... More 

Thank SteveWatson0522
east coast
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We LOVE the Dog Watch! We have gone with parties of 14 or just 2, service is great, friendly and efficient! The food is flavorful, and portions generous! We especially enjoy sitting by the marina with something cold to drink, while waiting for our table. It's a fun place to dine out!

Thank sprite82

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Stonington
  • Phone Number: +1 860-415-4510

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