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The Bistro

165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
+1 860-990-5263
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“paella” (11 reviews)
“shrimp” (10 reviews)
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American, European, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bistro restaurant was our pick for my wife’s birthday celebration while we were visiting the Mystic seaport in Connecticut. We were 4 adults and 2 kids. When we walked in around 6 pm the restaurant was pretty empty, but we trusted good reviews on...More

1  Thank Vera S
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Appetizers were good but nothing could save their paella not original... It was ok nothing to mind blowing..

1  Thank Kevin Luke C
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Cute decor, relaxing ,casual. Great selection, interesting dishes for dinner. Great Happy hour prices.

Thank raquelk24
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We booked an early dinner before a concert at Mohegan to avoid the crowds. This restaurant delivered the trifecta. Great food, service and cocktails. The flavor was incredible with a well thought out menu that was beyond expectations. We have a new go to place.

Thank jerryfortier
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Seven of is recently found this gem.We did not have any expectations as this was a restaurant we found during a walking tour. The staff was gracious and accommodated our large party effortlessly despite the cozy size. The food was superb...we enjoyed the sea scallops,...More

Thank tullu
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This year, five of us stopped by on our way back to RI from the Goodspeed Opera House in Haddam CT. And, once again, the food was absolutely superb. Three of us had the Hawaiian Blue Snapper, done to PERFECTION. One had the scallop and...More

Thank yodamak
Reviewed 20 April 2017

As the title says, outstanding! My wife and I went to The Bistro while on a three day getaway and were not disappointed. We started with the romaine salad, which was prepared superbly. I then had the paella, which, if you are ever in New...More

Thank timw122015
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Our old favorite restaurant has closed so we were in the neighborhood looking and found this gem. Thanks Trip Advisor reviewers! Better than expected. Amazing tastes. You won't be sorry.

Thank Timothy5
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My beef short ribs arrived looking like a bland over cooked stew. The meat had not been braised first just cooked with potatoes and vegetables and served in an almost clear liquid. Totally unappetizing. I asked the waitress to return it and she was gracious....More

1  Thank ecs129
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A small restaurant with big flavor & great service. The chef came to our table and asked if we enjoyed the food. We did - from start to finish.

1  Thank Janet K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$24
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: +1 860-990-5263
Chaplin's specializes in local, fresh-caught sea food. In addition to New England traditions, Chaplin's ventures into other American regional favorites. With warm hospitality, Chaplin's serves up fresh dinners and fun times year round.
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