After a year of either no restaurants or limited experiences with them, it’s so refreshing to be able to start thinking ahead to our next great meal while out on the town. If that town happens to be Stonington, as a tourist or resident, we have a few places to recommend that you might enjoy! Many of these spots are known for their seafood, and with good reason, given the town’s proximity to the sea – but land-based and vegetarian options are available as well.
Noah’s is known for its “slow scratch” cooking, and is one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in Stonington, having first started serving customers delicious food in 1979. Decked out with a tin ceiling and paddle fans and rich, wooden bar and booths, Noah’s is warm and inviting all year long. Beloved by locals, day trippers from Providence or Hartford, and tourists alike, you’re sure to find something you love on the menu – their specials are always changing to suit the seasons but we currently recommend the grilled ribeye served with bleu cheese fondue, roasted fingerling potatoes, and vegetable. Half-off beer and wine and a lovely assortment of appetizers are available every day during their Happy Hour from 3pm-5pm, and their Sunday Brunch and Sunday Supper are not to be missed!
Breakwater is a waterfront restaurant located in Stonington Borough and features seafood specials and stunning sunsets with views of the Harbor and Fishers Island Sound. We love the Pan Seared Faroe Island Salmon served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, spinach, and a cream sauce made with sundried tomatoes.
Dog Watch Cafe has two locations in Connecticut and both are in Stonington, so you know they’re serious about keeping the town in awash with amazing food and waterfront views. As a phrase, the Dog Watch was coined in the 1700s to refer to the evening deck duty shift of sailors and mariners, which was a split shift that allowed the crew to enjoy dinner and a drink with the rest of the group. As a cafe, the Dog Watch follows this tradition of being a gathering spot to eat, drink, and be happy. Their food and beverage offerings are sourced from local vendors and include highlights such as the teriyaki salmon sandwich, for a casual lunch, or their bouillabaisse, made from a secret recipe of local fish simmered in a saffron infused broth.
Water Street Cafe is the destination for anyone looking for a casually elegant dining experience to end the night, nestled in the center of the Borough. They are most known for their house-made desserts, fresh seafood specials, and their succulent oyster bar, featuring the best of local oysters alongside those from the northern waters of Nova Scotia and even those from the Pacific Northwest. A favorite spot among locals but also highly rated by the New York Times, Zagats, and Connecticut Magazine, Water Street Cafe provides a simple and fresh New American menu with local and fresh-caught seafood and farm-grown produce, and the staff are also happy to offer gluten-free and vegetarian options for anyone who asks. We recommend starting with the Buratta and Grilled Peach Salad and then moving on to their grilled London Broil steak with garlic butter and house-made fries.
Milagro Cafe is a must for anyone seeking delicious Mexican food in Stonington. Their ceviche de atún makes the perfect appetizer and their enchiladas are raved about. In the mood to enjoy some of the best of the cafe from home? Order take-out, including their house-made salsa and margarita mixes, both available to-go by the bottle!