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Dog Watch Cafe

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194 Water St, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378-1209
+1 860-415-4510
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Smyrna, Delaware
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food! Had Lobster Mac and cheese, coconut shrimp, and a huge cod sandwich. Fresh and delicious. Right on the water and yes there were two dogs running around the docks hence watching the cafe. Highly recommend.

Thank JComp10
Griswold, Connecticut
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143 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went here for the first time recently with friends who love this place. We had a great meal. There was a short wait on a Monday at 1pm. I imagine in the summer it's very busy. I ordered the Dog Watch Salad with no meat and was very happy. I love salads that combine greens with fruit and nuts.... More 

Thank cjyap
Hicksville, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading good reviews went last Sunday around 2, didn't think there would be a crowd, frigid cold out. There was a 20 minute wait, no big deal, had excellent bloody Mary from bar while waiting. The food was good, I had a reuben and hubby had salmon. Enjoyable lunch, not tremendous portions, just right, and great thin fries.

Thank twoofakind2014
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out with a friend in the middle of the week. I wasn't sure what I wanted so I asked the waitress. She gave me several options in each category. She also told me what other patrons were saying about the daily specials. I decided on the special since I can always come and order off menu. The waitress agreed.... More 

Thank momofRJ
Stonington, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are local to the area and when I need a great Kale Salad or good seafood, this is where we go. Consistently good food and service!

Thank bartholomew1212
Blauvelt, New York
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit either by land or sea. Transient dock available for boater. Great soup, appetizers, steak and seafood entrees.

Thank dmg823
Newport, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been visiting the Dog Watch Cafe for about 5 years now, food consistently good as well as surroundings of water and boats! Because it is increasingly difficult to secure a table on Sunday afternoons (only day we can come), we go elsewhere.

Thank vicannwill
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for dinner on a Saturday around 5 with a party of 6. They do not take reservations. We were told about a half hour wait which turned into almost an hour. The place is very small. Luckily there is a heated waiting area outside in front. Once we were seated the view from our table was picture perfect.... More 

Thank ML7915
Providence, Rhode Island
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for dinner on a Thursday evening at 5:30 and got a table without a wait. By 6:00 the place was packed with locals (always a god sign). Service was great, waitress knew the menu very well and the food was excellent. The menu was varied without being crazy, the prices consistent with the quality and location (not inexpensive but... More 

Thank davemgeorge
Norwich, Connecticut
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400 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I've heard many great things about Dog Watch, but never had the chance to eat there until this past Saturday when I took my parents there. We arrived about 1:40, and there was a 20 minute wait, even then! From what I've heard, there is always a wait, with the place inside for the winter, with no outdoor seating, it... More 

Thank nutsgoalie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 194 Water St, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378-1209
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Stonington
  • Phone Number: +1 860-415-4510

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?