100 Essex Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: (860) 395-1414
Fax: (860) 388-9578
Bars & Cafes
When you head outside the city, the prices always drop. Jack Rabbit's in Old Saybrook is just the place where you can get a gourmet burger for well under USD10 or a gourmet hot dog for under USD5. The menu includes plenty of your snacking favorites such as wings, sweet potato fries, onion rings, sliders and more. After hours, the place turns The Rabbit Hole, a jumping nightspot with a jukebox where you can get all of your favorite foods directly at the bar.
Enjoy a wonderful time at Fresh Salt, where you get the opportunity to relish you meal while taking in the magnificent views of the Connecticut river. Located in Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, this restaurant serves a variety of seafood dishes prepared in the authentic American style. The best time to visit the restaurant id during festive season, when they add special dishes to their menu. So don't miss out!
Lenny's on the Beach in Old Lyme is a seasonal beachfront bar that caters to the many visitors of Old Lyme's public beaches. Open from April through September, Lenny's offers live music, frozen drinks and complete beach access every day of the week. On Saturdays in summer, come in early for a breakfast that can't be beat on their outdoor patio overlooking Long Island Sound.
The Pavilion is one of the best places to go for a drink on the Shoreline, no matter what season. Located on Sound View Beach in Old Lyme, The Pavilion is bumping in the summertime as the hottest beach bar in Connecticut. Enjoy drinks and snacks, like burgers and wraps, year round. Another great feature of this bar is that it is one of the only bars in the region that is open late on weekends. Arrive in your boat? No problem! You can moor your boat on their dock.
The Truckstop Café may have graduated to Café Routier, but continues to have Chef Jeffrey Renkl serve authentic French food at reasonable prices. The stylish décor and comfort menu make for the ideal meal after a hard day's work. Try the Pan Roasted Duck Breast served with grilled peaches, blueberries, lemon-chive cous-cous, and blueberry-balsamic gastric. Take your pick from an exquisite list of wines and martinis. To appease that chocolate craving, there's Chocolate Pudding and Espresso and Whiskey Granita topped with white chocolate whipped cream! The cafe opens daily at 5:30p.
Located on the Singing Bridge in Westbrook, Bill's has been packing in the foodies - as evident from the crammed parking lot of weekend nights in the summer and the umbrellas lining the outdoor patio overlooking the Patchogue River. Fix your fix of steamed lobster, lobster rolls, fried seafood platters and more at this local favorite on historic Route 1, or arrive on your boat and dock beneath the outdoor patio. After dinner, enjoy Ashley's Ice Cream from their stand on the premise. At Christmastime the waterfront is decorated with Christmas figures and colored lights. There is live music several nights a week, so check out Bill's website for the week's lineup. Credit cards are not accepted, but there is an ATM machine on site.
The Black Sheep in Niantic is one of the region's best authentic Irish pubs, serving up Irish cuisine and draft beers. The menu includes a variety of meals for any palate, from seafood to burgers. For draft beers, there's Guinness, Harp, Boddingtons, Old Speckled Hen and much more. One of the items that you must try is the Irish Chocolate Cake (cocoa and coffee sponge cake with sieved potato and topped with Bailey's ganache); why not have something unique? When it's time for Champions League and World Cup matches, The Black Sheep is your best bet for complete soccer coverage. On the premise is also the Prescription Room, an area dedicated to small, private parties.
Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale in Madison has been delighting customers since 1979 with mounds of fresh scallops, scrod, shrimp, clams, crabs and lobster. This casual restaurant is great for people of all ages and is particularly child friendly with the outdoor ice cream stand and carousel (all proceeds go to local charities). Fish Tale is packed every night during the summer as it's not far from Hammonasset State Park, not to mention even packing customers in on weekends in the winter. Go to the counter, order and pay, find yourself a table, pick up your tray and enjoy some of the best local seafood. There is also a lobster stand open daily in summer and on weekends in the winter months. Don't forget to pick up a t-shirt (they change yearly) for only $6 that tells everyone you ate there as well as making a fashion statement. There is also the sit-down restaurant Lenny & Joe's in Westbrook, just five miles up the road.
The Idle Hour is a local ice-cream parlor known for its extraordinary ice-creams. They make their products from organic and fresh ingredients, and it shows in their delectable treats. Also present on this historic property is a gift shop which offers toys, handmade articles and other gift items.
The views are as plentiful as the choices on the menu at Orient By The Sea, a fabulous place to dine on the North Fork. The windows gaze over Gardiner's Bay and the boat traffic in the Marina associated with the restaurant, providing lovely sights during dinners with family, friends, and loved ones. Cocktails at the wood-paneled bar are a treat, and tables are available on the deck or in an air-conditioned dining room. See website for details and directions.
The Bank Street Cafe in New London is a cozy local cafe and entertainment venue that features performances from local bands and singers. Stop by for some country music and a bite to eat during the daytime.
Every visitor to Louie's Bar & Grille raves about the lobster bisque. Why shouldn't they? It's not just any bisque, but a thick soup filled with huge chunks of lobster meat. This bar and restaurant in New London serves some of the best bar food in the state with a heavy emphasis on seafood.