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Dinner in/near Groton, CT

Geoff Sep 14, 2011 12:49 PM

Greetings from a Washington DC hound. Will be staying at the Marriott Mystic Hotel, which is actually in Groton just north of I-95. Dinner Sunday, Monday. Casual, not a national chain. I'll need to cab from hotel. I eat everything. Any thoughts of anything interesting? Thanks!

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    rbailin RE: Geoff Sep 14, 2011 07:10 PM

    Octagon Steakhouse, located on the first floor of the Mystic Marriott, is a much better than average restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. Not a "hotel restaurant" at all. The steaks are excellent, the other entrees can vary depending on who's in the kitchen.

    Edited to add: Oops! Closed Sunday & Monday (an absurd decision for a hotel restaurant!)

    If you enjoy well-crafted Italian, grab a cab to Bravo Bravo in Downtown Mystic. Their sister restaurant Azu is just across the bridge on the Groton side of the Mystic River (Bravo Bravo is on the Stonington side) and is more casual and funky.

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    Azu
    32 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355

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

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

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      RIfoodie29 RE: Geoff Sep 15, 2011 03:29 AM

      Olio - http://olioct.com/olio/index.shtml

      It is in the same restuarant group at Bravo Bravo. I have had 2 great meals there. Creative specials. Very attentive staff and a friendly atmosphere. Watch out because the waiters like to push the booze.

      Fun place when it is packed.

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

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        coastalgypsy RE: Geoff Sep 15, 2011 06:25 AM

        There's a great indian restaurant nearby called Mirch Masala. Very good food, and nice lunch buffet. (156 Kings Highway, Groton.)

        1. Geoff RE: Geoff Sep 21, 2011 01:37 PM

          Thanks for suggestions. Had a lovely dinner at Bravo Bravo. Solid, straightforward italian. Good pasta/marinara, good atmospher. Had a good dinner at Octagon. Usually closed on Mondays but the hotel was completely full and they agreed to open. I was part of a "private" dinner but I don't think the food was any different than in the restaurant overall. Solid, nicely done ribeye; sides fine but not special. One lunch at Somewhere in Time cafe. Delightful - very casual, just breakfast and lunch. Basically home cooking style diner food, very very friendly service. Overall, good eats.

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

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