Recommended Restaurants in Niantic and throughout Mystic Country.
The team here at Harbor Hill "LOVES" to eat out and to that end we have compiled a list of our favorite dining spots to help you with potential restaurant plans during your visit. Our area restaurants offer a wonderful selection of dining options with everything from casual on-the-water seafood places, to classic rib joints, local pubs & burger bars and of course, the famous Mystic Pizza. The list below features just some of the restaurants in our area based on our personal experience and feedback from our guests. Please feel free to ask us about any of these restaurants or the host of other restaurants in the area when booking your reservation with us or upon your arrival.
Local Niantic & East Lyme Restaurant Suggestions:
Charlies Place Restaurant - Niantic, CT (860) 739-2975
One of "the locals" more popular restaurants, Charlies Place is a casual/family style restaurant that festures a very large menu. It's a great choice for those who are not sure of what they want to eat. Charlies features local seafood, italian & greek specialities, steaks, chicken and so much more, but are somewhat known for the broiled local Stonington Scallops and their Sole Dory dish (one of Sue's favorites). Charlies is a short 5 minute drive from our inn.
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Pub - Niantic, CT (860) 739-8818
Your classic Irish Pub! A great place to grab a beer or glass of wine, relax and people watch. The pub serves good food, and the bar atmosphere is great.
The Black Sheep also has a great outdoor patio area overlooking Main St.. Downtown Niantic and a 10-minute walk from our inn.
The Spice Club - Niantic, CT (860) 451-8121
One of the at newer restaurants in downtown Niantic. The Spice Club restaurant features some of the best Asian Fusion cuisine in all of southeastern CT. From Thai to Japanese, Chinese to sushi and many vegan/vegetarian offereings, The Spice Club is sure to please anyone. Open 7 days a week and featuring a full bar. Downtown Niantic and a short 5-10 minute walk from our inn.
Main St. Grille - East Lyme, CT (860) 739-5300
Another one of the casual and neighborhood / family style restaurant in our downtown and offers outdoor seating overlooking Long Island Sound.
Main St. Grille features seafood, steaks, chops, chicken, ribs, veal, pasta, salads and sandwiches, is a short 5-10 minute walk from our inn, and an ideal choice for those looking for something very casual and looking to stay local.
Illiano's Italian Grill - Niantic, CT (860) 739-7017
Don't let the outward appearance of a small 'pizza only joint' fool you. This family owned and operated Italian restaurant serves the finest New York style pizza & authentic Italian cuisine in a casual, friendly and neighborhood atmosphere. Awesome Italian dishes and great prices are just some of the reasons why Illiano's is such a local favorite! Less than 10 minutes drive from our inn.
Skipper's Restaurant - Niantic, CT (860) 739-3230
Our local year-round "Clam Shack", and maybe, just maybe, serving the best fried seafood in the entire Mystic Country region. A great option for lighter fare (i.e., a simple fresh fish sandwich). Very good burgers, lobster rolls, onion rings and ice cream. Just a 5-minute walk from our Niantic Inn, sit outside overlooking Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound.
Flander's Fish Market & Restaurant - East Lyme, CT (860) 739-8866
A locals favorite for over 30+ years, Flander's menu is very large serving raw clams and oysters, Fish & Chips, Fried Clams, Lobsters and a host of other seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Located in town, Flander's is a short 10 minute drive from our inn.
LaBelle Aurore - Niantic, CT (860) 739-6767
Chef owned and operated, this 44 seat american bistro is our local Farm to Table restaurant. Their menu changes monthly, reflecting the freshest local ingredients available. They partner with 12 CT. farms, sourcing beef, pork, cheeses, eggs, scallops, fruits, and vegetables.
Downtown Niantic and a short 5-10 minute walk from our inn.
Smarty's Restaurant & Pub - East Lyme, CT (860) 739-8818
This very casual and neighborhood pub also boasts a classic pub style menu (burgers, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and salads), and has one of the downtown's largest outdoor seating areas overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound and Niantic Bay. A 5-10 minute walk from our inn.
Other "Not-To-Distant" Restaurant Favorites (i.e., within a 15 - 30 minute drive)
Frank's Gourmet Grille - Mystic, CT (860) 415-4666
Without a doubt, one of our guests favorite restaurants. Frank's offers a casual, yet elegant dining experience with a Mediterranean flair. Huge menu, great nightly dinner specials and all expertly prepared. Frank's is approx. 20 minutes from our inn.
On the Waterfront - New London, CT (860) 444-2800
"Stash", the owner, offers a "GREAT" menu, well prepared food and this place is right on the water! Seafood, steaks, awesome pasta dishes along with sandwiches and wraps. On the Waterfront is approx. 15 minutes from our inn.
S&P Oyster House - Downtown Mystic, CT (860) 536-2674
An awesome setting, located right before the antique bascule drawbridge in downtown historic Mystic. The restaurant has a large menu, good food and outdoor dining on a beautiful patio overlooking the Mystic River.
Dog Watch Cafe - Stonington, CT (860) 415-4510
This is one of those quaint small pub-like restaurants, with an awesome setting overlooking the water and marinas in the village of Stonington Borough. This small cafe is located right on the water at Dodson's Boatyard. Great menu and well prepared food, the Dog Watch Cafe offers a true quintessential New England experience.
Otter Cove - Old Saybrook, CT (860) 388-4836
Charming nautical decor, attentive wait staff and wonderful menu. A great place for Baked Stuffed Lobster. The Otter Cove restaurant is approx. 20 minutes from our inn.
Captain Scott's Lobster Dock - New London, CT (860) 437-1010
Outdoor dining on Shaw's Cove featuring true "Lobster in the Rough". While somewhat tough to find, well worth the trip. Chowders, salads, burgers/Dogs, Fresh Fish, Scallops, Clams and LOBSTERS! Captain Scott's also features "Gifford's of Maine" famous hard ice cream. Located approx. 20 minutes from our inn.
Cafe NV (greek bistro) - Waterford, CT - (860) 444-8111
A very small bistro (12 tables) with an excellent reputation for great salads, unique pasta dishes and huge portions, and per Dave, one of the best pieces of Salmon around.
Captain Daniel Packer Inn - Mystic, CT (860) 536-3555
A somewhat finer dining option in the heart of Mystic in a 250 year old inn. Dinner entrees include: veal, steaks, chicken, lamb, duck, seafood and pasta dishes. Reservations are recommended. Approx 30 minutes from our inn.