When my husband and I visit Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods, we go to Olio for special occasions. This trip was my birthday. I have to say Olio is one of the top places in Groton. As you enter, there is a separate bar area and off to the left of the bar is the dining room. The decor is stark but nice. One wall was windows. The tables are small and arranged close to one another. We had reservations on a Friday night and we were seated right away. Wait staff attentive. Water glasses filled right away. Waitress promptly asked for our drink order. Drinks arrived right away and we placed our order. A bread basked was placed on the table with warm crusty bread and a dipping olive oil. The wait for dinner was not too bad. Gave us time to sit leisurely and have our drinks. I had the specialty drink of the night, the cucumber cooler. Very refreshing if you don't want to be bogged down with a heavy drink. The menu consists of a multitude of appetizers ranging from $10-$14 including fish tacos, smoked chicken lettuce wraps, oysters, clams, nachos, hangar steak and more. Also wraps, sandwiches, burgers and pizza from $9-$16. I ordered the seared diver scallops with pasta. It was prepared with broccoli, toasted almonds and pancetta in a light pesto sauce. Delicious and at a price of $18.95. My husband had the linguini with lobster, scallops, artichoke, tomatoes and asparagus in a light lobster cream sauce at $19.95. He ate the whole thing and enjoyed it very much. You could sit at the bar and just have appetizers and a drink and have a nice experience. You don't need a special occasion. Some may complain about the price of the entrees but the quality of the food is well worth it. We will be sure to visit Olio again.
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