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The Bistro

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165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
+1 860-990-5263
16:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 22:00
Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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. I then ordered the pork chop. After all 4 of my friends had completely finished... More 

Thank ecs129
Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Casual atmosphere, friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. I went specifically for the paella and it exceeded my expectations.

Thank 357 G
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, Food was very good, given - it appeared, only 1 person working in the Kitchen. We had Paella (one was enough for 2 people with an entree) which was beautiful. Nice selection of wine, and good dessert choice.

Thank Leigh R
Burke, Virginia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Dined at The Bistro for the first time last night. We were accompanied by another couple. Excellent food and service (although face-painted in celebration of the Halloween season). Really enjoyed the paella. Will definitely go back.

1 Thank Walter-Whitesides
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Dave's Signature Paella was out of this world. The whole table was impressed with the taste and quality of the food. The restaurant was packed providing a fun and enjoyable local vibe. Owners and staff appear to be committed to providing excellent service, quality/locally sourced food and really improving the New London culture scene. Overall, great place for families, drinks... More 

Thank JoePitts
Boston, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Upon entering the restaurant we were skeptical. The decor was dark and uninviting. However, the food turned out to be fabulous! The Fra Diavolo was fresh and very flavorful. The fettuccine was cooked perfectly and a traditional creme brûlée was the end to an amazing meal. The loss of one star was primarily from the dated and dark decor.

Thank Edward Y
Lincoln Park, New Jersey
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The food, drinks, and service were wonderful. I had the pork chops which were probably the best I have had. Others the shrimp, chicken and the seafood taco. Everyone was very pleased. Highly recommend this restaurant

Thank theresaj559
Madison, New Jersey
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Stumbled across this restaurant while evaluating where to have an early dinner.Small but very nicely decorated with a bar. New owners have taken over about two months ago. Menu is strong on seafood. I had the Fra Diablo which was excellent. Decent wine list with reasonable prices. Ordered a Mojito to start...very good. Have the opinion that parking on Bank... More 

1 Thank patagonia100
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The original name of this place was "Charlie's and Friends Bistro". The new owner renamed it, "The Bistro". This tiny restaurant has eight tables for two-four people and few seats next to the bar. The open kitchen allows you to see how the chef is cooking your order. Pictures on the walls, soft lights, opened shelves with accessories make this... More 

Thank Elena P

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$24
American, European, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?