Where to Eat in East Lyme: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Malia Yoakum

East Lyme is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 19,159 at the 2010 census. The villages of Niantic and Flanders are located in the town.
Things to do in East Lyme

1. Skipper's Restaurant

167 Main St, Niantic, CT 06357-3208 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 860-739-3230
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Skipper's Restaurant

Reviewed By Stephen B - New Britain, Connecticut

Over the years I have enjoyed the quality and variety at Skipper's. Yesterday I hope was an exception. I had paid for a large order of full-belly clams and was given an order of clam strips. When I brought the food back in one of the cooks acknowledged that they knew they had made a mistake but gave the food to the server anyways. The server obviously did not check the ticket to make certain I had been given the order which was clearly printed on the ticket. I will be back and hope this was an abberation.

2. Flanders Donut & Bake Shop

327 Flanders Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1711 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Flanders Donut & Bake Shop

Phone number is 860-739-6320

Reviewed By TeeZeeOntario - Ontario

We stood in line for 20 mins to get to try Flanders Donuts. The selection of flavours was endless and unique. They also had the standards too. Everything was fresh and delicious! Coffee was great too.

3. Starbucks

267 Flanders Road, East Lyme, CT Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Fast Food Breakfast
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By eongcn - Connecticut

Pretty much standard fare Starbucks but service can be slow and lines long. They do a big drive through business. Right off exit 74 of I-95 makes it travel convienent.Relativelty steep drive and parking area could make it hard for elderly/handicapped. Staff are friendly and efficient but it seems at times that they just get overwhelemed with the number of customers. I've been there enough times to see that they could keep the place a little cleaner, especially the sugar/cream kiosk. The Stop&Shop just down the street also has a Starbucks and is generally faster.

4. Cowlick's Creamery

521 Boston Post Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-1133 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 860-574-9020
Excellent
75%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Cowlick's Creamery

Reviewed By eongcn - Connecticut

First time visitor with my family. Six adults and three children under 2. MANY varieties of delicious hard ice cream. Also frozen yogert and soft ice cream. All nine of us had something different: sundaes, various types of cones, and cups.Was a little pricy at $37 incl tax but it was a hot night and we needed someplace with AC and interior seating. This was the right place!
Lots of room inside. Cutely cow themed. Each table had a board game on it and there was a special place for kids to sit in a round "couch-like" cow colored seat. Was clean and neat. Service by the young staff was excellent, funny, friendly, and fast.
Outside was amazing. A half-acre filled with yard games, things to climb on, and places to sit. All tastefully done and in good condition. Our three young ones loved it and so did the adults. Older children in other groups also seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Hats off to the owners of Cowlicks for creating a wonderful family friendly shop!!

5. Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy, Ice Cream & Diner

334 Main St, Niantic, CT 06357-3102 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American Lunch +1 860-739-7800
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Gumdrops & Lollipops Candy, Ice Cream & Diner

Your one stop dine and dessert shoppe!

Reviewed By Judy D - Oakdale, Connecticut

After a delightful walk on the Boardwalk a stop at Gumdrops & Lollipops is a must! The decor is reminiscent of the soda shops of 1960. With menu of all your favorite flavors along with eats of that era it is a journey down memory lane!

6. il Pomod'Oro Restaurant & Pizzeria

117 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1605 Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 42 +1 860-739-6234
Excellent
97%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 66 reviews

il Pomod'Oro Restaurant & Pizzeria

Located in East Lyme amidst one of the most picturesque areas of Southern Connecticut and the Mystic region, il Pomod’Oro Restaurant & Pizzeria beckons Italian food aficionados with an intoxicating selection of dishes sure to tantalize everyone’s appetite. At our charming Italian restaurant, every menu item – from appetizers, soups and salads to specialty pizzas, handmade pasta, calzones, sandwiches, ocean-fresh seafood, entrees and mouth-watering desserts – is lovingly created using only the finest, freshest ingredients and served in a warm, inviting, family-friendly atmosphere that welcomes kids and romantic diners alike. Believe us when we say that Italian lunch and dinner has never been like this, served in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere and offered on a menu that transcends the ordinary pizzeria approach. We invite you to come experience il Pomod’Oro Restaurant & Pizzeria for yourself, and discover everything you’ve been missing when it comes to premium Italian dining.

Reviewed By Mark C

This restaurant is a must try. I guarantee that after your first visit this place will be a regular destination and on top of your favorite restaurants. I have to admit that my wife and I are foodies and will travel for good food but now that Il Pomod Oro is in the neighborhood we don’t have to travel. I have literally eaten everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. If you don’t believe me just ask any of the staff there and they will confirm (Mark C). The ingredients are top quality and fresh. The wine and scotch list is filled with only quality choices and I always find something to complement my meal. The staff are some of the most attentive anywhere and don’t miss the smallest detail. To watch them work is like a well oiled machine. In my experience the chefs right down to kitchen support staff are very consistent in their delivery of your meal. When by myself I enjoy sitting at the comfy bar where your guaranteed to have great conversation with other friendly locals.

I’ll share a secret, when the parking lot is full go around the block and into the East Lyme High School to park. The lot abuts the restaurant parking lot and for just a few steps extra there is a short path connecting both lots.

7. The Shack

324 Flanders Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333-1735 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 860-739-8898
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

The Shack

Reviewed By Firestormwfd - Westbrook, Connecticut

I absolutely LOVE the shack for Sunday morning breakfast! Make sure to get there early as they fill up quick! Never a bad meal, ALWAYS up beat and pleasant staff. If you've never tried it I highly recommend you give them a try!

8. Charlies Place Restaurant & Lounge

26 W Main St, Niantic, CT 06357-2340 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Italian, Barbecue Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 35 +1 860-739-2975
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 136 reviews

Charlies Place Restaurant & Lounge

From pastas to seafood to Barbeque ribs brisket pulled pork , Pulled Chicken, Sunday brunch and Happy Hour Menu

Reviewed By 73journey - Niantic, Connecticut

I returned recently to Charlie's after a couple of years away from town. With the exception of the addition of a great brunch menu, Charlie continues to dish out the same great tasting food that satisfies any hungry person's desires that I had come to...Morethanks charlie

9. When Pigs Fly Cafe

97 Rope Ferry Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-2617 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 860-444-1110
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

When Pigs Fly Cafe

Reviewed By aries2748 - Pleasantville, NY

In town, visiting our daughter at the Coast Guard Academy, we found this little place in Waterford. What a fantastic breakfast! Service was friendly and efficient. Help yourself to coffee where you had a variety of choices. The Organic Dark was delicious. Our daughter ordered an egg special which was a creative take on huevos rancheros. My husband had the breakfast scramble and I had absolutely delicious whole grain pancakes with blue berries. You can order 2 or 3. Two was a huge plate of pancakes.
Not to be missed if you are in the area.

10. Dunkin' Donuts

209 Flanders Rd, Niantic, CT 06357-1239 +1 860-691-0164
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 10 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts

Reviewed By JJ06412 - New Haven, Connecticut

A once good donut chain has succumbed to popular marketing and corporate cost cutting. Only rarely are the donuts made on premisses. In virtually every instance they are baked in a district bakery and trucked in. You can get a better donut or muffin in most big grocery stores that have their own bakery. The famous Dunkin coffee is Folgers (owned by Smuckers).

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