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JNice Apr 29, 2010 07:29 PM

Are there any find dining options in Mystic that have fish on the menu? Looking for something besides Italian.
Thanks for your help!

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    Otto of Ledyard Jul 25, 2010 07:48 AM

    My wife and I tried Latitude 41 in Mystic last night. While it is an incredible improvement over Seaman's Inn, it doesn't meet the level of other local restaurants (our favorites Olio and Bravo) nor does it live up to the great food coming out of its cousins the Mystic Markets. Maybe it’s just Mystic in the tourist season! The food was good, but under seasoned. We had the Goat cheesecake before dinner and that was very tasty. I had the scallops and risotto and my wife had the crispy grilled chicken. Both were enhanced by the fresh ground black pepper, but I hate to say, each could have used a pinch of salt - none was on the tables (I happened to notice the table across from me also salting their meals). The scallops were prepared perfectly; the risotto, again, somewhat tasteless. The chicken was not crispy ("crispy" was the lead word in the menu description). My wife said it was good, but not great. I had the "Too much chocolate" for dessert and it was perfect for the chocoholic in me. My wife had an after dinner drink and never received it. We didn't get a chance to ask again for the drink until the bill was presented at which time my wife declined. To their credit the drink was finally presented on the house. The wait staff was good, but our table near the kitchen door left us feeling like we were in the middle of a whirlwind. The decor is what bothered me most. Much nicer than Seaman's Inn, but still, somehow not very warm, inviting or intimate and overall, not very relaxing. While it wasn’t awful, it will take some good recommendations from friends for us to decide to go back.

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      RachelEsq. May 13, 2010 06:50 AM

      I would also recommend Noah's in Stonington Borough - great local seafood. Not Italian.

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        Alica May 4, 2010 10:55 AM

        We went to Latitudes on saturday. I thought the food was pretty good. Worth while trying!

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          chowmensch May 4, 2010 11:51 AM

          Glad to hear. Toward the end, Seamen's Inn was just awful.

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            JNice May 5, 2010 08:21 PM

            Thanks everyone for all of your help - I think I'll go with Latitudes. If anyone thinks of anything else near Waterford, i.e. Niantic, Old Lyme, etc. please let me know.
            Thanks!

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              FoodieJim May 6, 2010 08:37 AM

              Octagon is a nice restaurant in Groton, not too far from Waterford. I didn't mention it earlier because it is more red meat than seafood, as your original post requested. It is in the Marriott hotel, but it rises above the level of "hotel restaurant".

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              Octagon
              625 North Rd. Rte. 117, Groton, CT 06340

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                chowmensch May 6, 2010 11:18 AM

                I agree with Jim re Octagon. Its sister restaurant, Vivo in Hartford, also in a Marriott, is also better than the typical hotel restaurant.

                It sounds like the op has made his/her decision but I want to throw one more restaurant into the conversation, La Belle Aurore in Niantic. Their shrimp and crab bisque is to die for. It's a small unassuming place next to a Dairy Queen but the food is excellent.

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                La Belle Aurore
                75 Pennsylvania Ave, East Lyme, CT 06333

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                  Alica May 7, 2010 06:16 AM

                  The menu at La Belle Aurore sounds great! About how far from mystic is it?

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                  La Belle Aurore
                  75 Pennsylvania Ave, East Lyme, CT 06333

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                    chowmensch May 7, 2010 06:58 AM

                    Maybe 20-25 minutes....

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                      philbkr May 7, 2010 08:56 AM

                      This link might be helpful.
                      http://labelleaurorebistro.com/contac...

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                catmommy9 Jun 24, 2010 01:15 AM

                JNice, did you go to Latitude 41, and if so, how was it?

                We tried to go there for hubby's birthday, on May 8. Well, we were there, but I can't vouch for the food because we didn't get any.

                We arrived and were seated right away. And then we waited over 30 minutes for someone to come over and take our drink orders. No one came by, so we decided to leave and eat elsewhere. Just as we were leaving, someone came by, but we were already disgusted with the poor service here, so we walked out the door.

                Later, I sent an email to the manager of this place. I was thoroughly disgusted when he responded, and claimed that he was there, he saw us, and he spoke to the server, who claimed that she had already taken our drink order, before we decided to up and leave! This was absolutely not true. I responded by asking him to ask the server what we had ordered to drink, and he said he could not answer that question. Because IT NEVER HAPPENED, I told him!

                This email exchange went back and forth for a while, and he did offer to let us come back for a free dinner. But the damage was already done. When a manager believes a server who is lying to save her job, over customers who were telling the truth, that's not a place I want to go to again, even if they paid me.

                He also wanted me to take down the review I wrote on Yelp. Not only did I refuse to do so, but some guy wrote a similar review to my own.

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            chowmensch May 3, 2010 02:36 PM

            I would recommend Noah's in Stonington Borough which is close to Mystic. Casual atmosphere with excellent food. There are usually three or four fish items on the menu,.

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              FoodieJim Apr 30, 2010 08:58 AM

              Depending on how "fine" you want to get, Paragon at Foxwoods is probably the best fine dining in the area. In Mystic itself, the "finest" dining is at Bravo Bravo. It is Italian at its core, but it certainly has seafood on the menu. The Floodtide Restaurant at the Inn at Mystic is your next best option for "white linen" dining. Finally, The Seaman's Inn underwent a makeover and is now Latitude 41. I was never impressed with Seaman's Inn, but now that it is gone, I think the new venture is worth a look-see. Nice building right on the river. And the menu on-line certainly has a seafood bent.
              http://www.mysticseaport.org/files/si...

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              Bravo Bravo Restaurant
              20 E Main St, Mystic, CT 06355

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