The first time I went to the Nordic Lodge was about 25 years ago. Shocked and amazed were my reactions to the all you can eat seafood buffet. Endless lobster! Are you kidding me? I would go back to visit every so often. Each time it was the same beautiful bounty as the time before. I was living in Connecticut at the time, but then moved further away. The time between my visits became longer and longer. Before I knew it, I hadn't been back in over 10 years.
A family vacation to Mystic and Essex took me back to the same area and I just had to make the trek to the Nordic Lodge to see if it still lived up to it's reputation. It was as if I never left. They have done some renovation, especially outside with the picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. There was a fire pit, a sand volleyball court, and a badminton net. People were enjoying drinks and soaking up the scenery outside while they waited for their tables.
Inside hadn't changed much. Why mess with success. The comfy ambience, friendly staff, and mounds of amazing food was all still there. I plowed through two lobsters, a ton of crab legs, two plates of steamers, and a pile of shrimp cocktail. I ended up grabbing a plate of exotic fruits ad then went straight for the ice cream bar and had a Haagen Das sundae and several chocolate dipped strawberries. My adult children were with me and they ate tons of freshly shucked oysters and nice slabs of perfectly cooked prime rib. I have started the Nordic Lodge tradition with a second generation now. My kids are hooked and still talk about the feast.
The price is up there ($96 per adult), but everything is included except for any alcoholic drinks. I feel the quality and quantity is so exceptional that the price is worth it for a special occasion. If you have never tried it, you should. It's deep inside the woods, so you have to search for it.
My Nordic Lodge tips are...don't eat heavily before you go. I had breakfast, but passed on lunch that day. If you are paying $96, get your money's worth. Skip the alcohol and just have water or ice tea. The alcohol, especially beer, can fill you up. Go for the good stuff. Hit the lobster, clams, crab, oysters first. I skip any salads, breads, or veggies. They take up a lot of real estate in your stomach. Where your lobster bib, you'll need it. It's the appropriate uniform for the meal. Eat as much as you like, but don't eat so much you feel as if you will burst. If you are like most people, it's a long ride home to feel that uncomfortable.