Recommended Restaurants in the Niantic Area
Great Local Dining Choices from Irish Pub Fare to Mystic Pizza and More!
The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina gang "LOVES" to eat out and have compiled a list of our favorite spots and those of prior guests, to help you with your Mystic Country restaurant selections during your visit. Mystic area restaurants offer a wonderful selection of dining options with everything from casual rib joints and seafood markets to the local pub and of course, Mystic pizza parlors. The list below features restaurants within 10 minutes of our Niantic Inn to those 30-35 minutes drive away. Please feel free to ask for directions or additional information about any of our recommended restaurants.
Our Restaurant Favorites
Main St. Grille - East Lyme, CT (860) 739-5300
Niantic's newest casual restaurant is the 2nd restaurant in town by owner & chef Frank Grace, of Frank's Gourmet Grille. A much more casual restaurant, the big menu features seafood, steaks, chops, chicken, ribs, veal, pasta, salads and sandwiches.
Downtown Niantic and a 10 minute walk from our inn.
Smarty's Restaurant & Pub - East Lyme, CT (860) 739-8818
Where the locals go! This casual and neighborhood pub boasts their specialty - the best "Broasted Chicken" you'll ever have. Nice menu, big portions, friendly staff and low prices have made this an inn favorite. Smarty's also has a great outdoor patio overlooking Long Island Sound. Downtown Niantic and a 10 minute walk from our inn.
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.
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. Downtown Niantic and a 10-minute walk 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.
Eclectic Chef - Niantic, CT (860) 739-3960
Per Innkeeper Dave, the best Lobster Bisque you'll ever have! A small hole-in-the-wall soup, sandwich and salad place within walking distance of our Niantic B&B Inn (on Main St.) Next to the Niantic Cinemas.
Other "Not-To-Distant" Restaurant Favorites (i.e., within a 15 - 30 minute drive)
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.
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.
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.