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Dec 14, 2008 05:07 AM

Tastings in Mystic- CLOSED

We tried Tastings in Mystic, Ct last night and were very impressed. It's a franchise concept restaurant that started in Florida. They have a state-of-the-art wine system which allows them
to have almost 100 bottles open at a time. You buy a card in varying denominations which allows you a number of tastings of several ounces or more. They also have some nice beers on draft, including Wolavers organic oatmeal stout (yum!)

We went mainly for the food, though, which was really quite good. They do small dishes--cheese and meat platters where you make your own selections from a list of offerings, flatbread
pizzas, salads, etc. Four of us shared 5 dishes, 3 glasses of wine and a beer. The check came
to about $90. Good food, good wine, good beer, good service, and good ambiance. All in all a very pleasant evening. Anyone else tried it? Agree? Disagree?

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  1. Haven't been yet but want to - glad to hear a good review.

    1. Never heard of the place = but would like to try it?

      Weird though
      no directions to get there online?

      Guess I will have to mapquest our way there .....sigh............

      4 Hendel Dr, Stonington, CT 06378

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      1. re: few

        IF you are coming south on I-95 take Exit 90. At the bottom of the ramp, look up. There you are.

        1. re: thinks too much

          If you're heading north on I-95, take exit 90, turn left and head under the underpass. Just past Dunkin' Donuts on the left, Tastings is also on the left, right next to Starbucks. Went last night and really enjoyed it. $50 on our wine card got us 6 "tastes" and 4 glasses of wine. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I cannot believe I'm about to rave about a roast beef sandwich at a wine tasting venue, but this was easily the best RB sandwich I have ever had--warm, herbed RB on warm ciabatta with a lovely roasted red pepper mayo and gruyere...oh and a small side salad with raspberry vinaigrette to boot. So tasty! Being able to try so many different wines in one location is a treat. Can't wait to go back!

          1. re: kattyeyes

            Haven't been back there since my original posting, but glad you enjoyed it too. Did you get any sense of what kind of business they're doing? When we went on a Sat. evening in mid-Dec., there weren't many folks there. Hopefully they'll make it through the winter and pick up during the summer tourist season.

            1. re: Joltingjoey

              I didn't look into the back room (can't imagine there are many seats back there, anyway). When we arrived around 5:30 we had our choice of spots; however, by the time we left, I believe the entire front room of smaller tables--plus the larger one right near the wines--were all taken. We asked one of the servers, "How's business" and he said a couple of the really cold nights (and snow!) we've had recently have slowed things down, but that when they first opened in September, it was mobbed. We probably won't be able to get in as readily once spring and summer are here. Thanks for the recommendation--what a fun night out!

          1. re: few

            Really odd choice of location. Seems like a place that should have been put within walking distance of the bridge, on either side. Perched up against the highway near the cheap-o hotels seems like the last place they should be. Nevertheless, we will give it a try.

            1. re: FoodieJim

              Just read about Tastings on a different thread from Jane. Need to go to Mystic soon and would love to hear more about this place if anyone else has gone since December. Thanks!

          2. So sad to head for Tastings last night, only to see lights out and a "for sale" sign in the window. I LOVED THIS PLACE, but don't live near enough to have been a regular. Spoke to folks where we wound up eating instead (The Pizza Grille) who said they thought it had closed in the spring. Whattashame. :(

            This kat remembers you so very fondly, Tastings! I wonder if your location did you in. You would have blown up Olde Mystic Village right proper, I suspect. Damn.

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              If you like Japanese food we went recently to Peking Tokyo which is right near there. It is in the plaza where the Bass outlet is. We loved it. Also in Mystic near Margaritaville anew restaurant opened up that we enjoyed, Oyster Club.

              1. re: Alica

                I did remember your Peking Tokyo post and will try that next time I'm in your neck of the woods for sure--thank you! Oyster Club looks very nice, too.