Top 10 restaurants in New London, United States

April 15, 2018 Terina Blouin

The city of New London, Connecticut, has been an important port since the Revolutionary War, when it served as a base for American privateers raiding British Ships. In the 19th century, the revenues brought into the city by whalers helped build what now forms the city's charming center, filled with historic homes, taverns and shops. The masts of tall ships can still be seen passing through the harbor, the home of Coast Guard ships and the site of the annual Sailfest summer celebration.
Things to do in New London

1. Paul's Pasta Shop

223 Thames St, Groton, CT 06340-3955 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-445-5276
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 540 reviews

Paul's Pasta Shop

Reviewed By aries2748 - Pleasantville, NY

Although we got there early on a Friday night, there was a long waiting list. When we were finally seated, service was efficient and timely. Food as delicious. Fresh, homemade pasta. Good selection of reasonably priced wine. So worth the wait. Don’t miss it if you are in the area.

2. Caffe NV

57 Boston Post Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-2423 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-444-8111
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Caffe NV

Reviewed By ANNE R - New England

A small restaurant with some outdoor seating, friendly and efficient wait staff and very delicious food! We stopped for lunch during the week on the late side--not very many customers--but our lobster and crab bisque came quickly, very rich and full of seafood, followed by a Greek salad with perfect nongreasy gyro, and a wrap featuring cod fish--both above the usual and generous portions. The white wine sangria had slivers of Granny Smith tart apple in it-quite a nice touch-and we left pleasantly filled up. The desserts look decadent but we did pass on them....

3. Muddy Waters Cafe

42 Bank St, New London, CT 06320-6053 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 860-444-2232
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Muddy Waters Cafe

Reviewed By Howard L - Clovis, California

Wandering through New London on a rainy day, looking for a place to have lunch and we stopped and checked out the menu at Muddy Waters Cafe...great choice! The salads, sandwiches, and creamy tomato soup were very tasty. Easy place to sit, talk, and eat. We'd certainly stop and eat here again...even on a warm, sunny day.

4. Washington Street Coffee House

13 Washington St, New London, CT 06320-6066 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +1 860-437-0664
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Washington Street Coffee House

Reviewed By compulsivetravel - Mystic, Connecticut

I love this place, no questions asked. Their breakfast sandwiches are killer and can count on one hand the times I've been let down by their coffee (and I'm a regular). Plenty of seating, some outdoor as well when the weather is nice, and reasonable prices for a downtown location.

5. The Lazy Leopard Thai Cafe

45 Bank St, New London, CT 06320-6001 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-333-1329
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

The Lazy Leopard Thai Cafe

Reviewed By lennie21 - Hampton Hill, UK

Was fantastic. Honestly wasn't expecting to find such superb Thai food here. Both daughter and husband were blown away by how good the food was .

6. On the Waterfront

250 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320-4619 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-444-2800
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

On the Waterfront

Reviewed By Todd P - Niantic, Connecticut

We celebrated a birthday at On The Waterfront. My first time . Awesome restaurant. Short on parking so plan to go and have to walk a ways, it’s worth it. Seating is comfortable and homey. Service was outstanding on a Wednesday night. Drinks were well made, and the food was delicious. We will definitely be returning soon to celebrate another birthday.

7. Chester's Barbecue

943 Poquonnock Rd, Groton, CT 06340-4257 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 860-449-6868
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Chester's Barbecue

Reviewed By Derek S - Roslyn, New York

The quality of the brisket was pretty good. They have a few different style BBQ sauces which I enjoyed sampling. The mac n cheese could be improved a bit though. The staff was friendly, and the place was clean. Parking was easy. It was a little bit pricey but not over the top.

8. Michael's Dairy

629 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320-4425 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 860-443-2464
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Michael's Dairy

Reviewed By Charles and Jan... K - Mystic, Connecticut

In the summer we often go there to get their fabulous ice cream! Mitchell College Students run the dairy & do the serving!

9. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

80 Hamilton St, New London, CT 06320-5543 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner +1 860-439-1741
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 704 reviews

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

Reviewed By SerpaJ - Cotonou, Benin

Came here recently for dinner and really enjoyed it. I started with a lobster bisque which was delicious. I then had the sea scallops, and they were equally nice. The staff (at the window) was very nice and the prices were in line with expectations. In conclusion, the place to go in New London for a nice seafood dinner!

10. The Shack Restaurant

441 Long Hill Rd, Groton, CT 06340-4149 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 860-445-5500
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

The Shack Restaurant

Reviewed By DaveL300 - East Hampton, Connecticut

Because of the poor weather, we decided to eat indoors at The Shack with our friends based on the recommendation of our friends who lived in town. First, it was very obvious that this was a local place for "townees", it seems that everyone knew each other! The service was attentive and the prices were very reasonable. Will go again if we are in town again.

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