Where the LOCALS GO!…

These Seenic Sites go beyond the summer see-son! Mystic is a year round destination. Mystic it’s more than a town but a quality of life; the real-time spent with friends, not in a hurry and truly enjoying the moment. The see-son reminds us that we are more than a beach/summer attraction, but an all year round destination!

One of our viewers mentioned, “Getting less small town everyday” which we disagree with but we decided to get local to help us remember the  “Small Town” Love. While some of our favorite local hangouts have closed, RIP Johns, 41 North and Green Marble, there are still many great places the locals go year round. This list doesn’t include some of our more well known and definitely locally supported places like Oyster Club, Engine Room, S&P Oyster and Red 36 but if you have never been to Mystic CT before and you want to know where the locals go read more and learn about stories of family, friends, and phenomenal food in one!

Daniel Packer Inn

DPI is known for the pub. The quaint roaring file and small tavern-look is preserved from the original fireplaces, mantles, beams and other structural details was achieved through methods of construction dating back to the 1700’s.

They prepare all of their selections from fresh, quality ingredients with imagination and care. From Starters, to Salads, to Entrees, to Casual Plates the care comes to convenience, customizable reasons to come for lunch and stay for dinner

Steak Loft

Mystic’s best steakhouse and top seafood restaurant are one and the same. Since 1973, Steak Loft has featured premium program beef, fresh seafood, a scrumptious salad bar, wine, cocktails, entertainment and excitement.

Located in Olde Mistick Village you can’t miss it when exiting off I95, exit 90. If you’re looking for a good steak in Mystic, go here. One half of the restaurant features upscale dining with a terrific salad bar. The other half is a huge lofted tavern with laid-back atmosphere, regular live music schedule, and its own menu.

Anthony J’s Bistro:

Cozy and friendly is the ambiance welcoming in locals and travelers at Anthony J’s Bistro, more commonly abbreviated to “AJ’s”. Anthony J’s mimics the “Old Village” feel with charm and history located a view and a walk away from the Bascule Drawbridge and the Sailing Schooners. The bartenders become friends and the patrons become family. The dining becomes an experience with a new wine ordered from the renowned wine cellar to pair with the charcuterie plate of meats and cheese.

Angie’s Pizza Pier 27

We are often asked where is the best pizza in Mystic. Angie’s pizza has been Famous for five decades. The dough is made daily in house and topped with their special pizza sauce. While I have no proof, the Secrets Of Greek origin recipes are painted throughout the menu with authentic grape leaves, gyros, and spanakopita.

If you still think Mystic is losing that small hometown feel have yourself a trip to Angie’s where the heart of Mystic still lies and we are reminded that it’s still GOING STRONG!

Mystic Market

The old faithful Mystic Market. Now with 4 locations all over the state. We are lucky to have two right here in Mystic on opposite sides of town. Mystic Market is “Go-TO” for walkers, boaters, picnickers, late night dinner scrambles, and large family gatherings. Whether it’s a Friday night or holiday, or quick sandwich and a coffee Mystic Market has been the most relied on market for fresh dinner dishes, bakery, and deli sandwiches. Homey and warm, the store offers groceries to make fabulous meals at home, as well as market-made meals to go.

The website lists options:

Fresh baked breakfast treats, breads and desserts • Generous salads and sandwiches • Fine coffees, teas and beverages • Gourmet dips, oils, sauces, crackers, cookies & cheese • Homemade soups, side dishes and entrees • Custom wedding cakes and special occasion cakes

Since it was established in 1993, Mystic Market has delivered fresh food, faithful hours, and friendly familiar smiles.


Go where the Locals find a great selection of draft and bottled beers, and fine choices of Irish and Scottish Whiskies. Step out of Mystic and find yourself in an exact replica of a small country pub in Ireland,  where are all are welcomed with a great conversation and a good laugh over a creamy pint.

The live music and the TV with a game could become a background to friends or the premiere focus with furniture rearranged and a Live English Premier League Football excuse to keep the pints flowing all afternoon!

Kitchen Little

This place is legendary to local folks and has also had enough national press to bring many celebrities. Serving up exotic weekend breakfast specials like tiramisu pancakes, to philly steak and cheese omelettes. If a special doesn’t tickle your fancy there is certainly something on the menu that will whether it’s the breakfast tacos, smedley or eggs benedict. There is something is something for everyone in this waterfront restaurant in Mystic CT that some would say serves up the best breakfast in Mystic CT.


Stonington Pizza Palace

Sometimes, the perfect meal is a hot, cheesy pizza shared with friends! Head over to Stonington Pizza Palace for a slice. With a menu featuring specialty pizzas, Greek dishes, and other fantastic foods, this fun pizza joint will satisfy even the hungriest appetite.

Noah’s Restaurant

If fine dining in Stonington, CT, is what you want, Noah’s Restaurant is the best choice! With a beautiful mahogany bar and delectable dishes, this spot in historic Stonington is a wonderful place to have a meal. Fun artwork and quirky artifacts contribute to the environment. Don’t forget to save room for one of their decadent desserts; we love the chocolate truffle tart and the pecan pie!

Water Street Cafe

For an authentic taste of Connecticut, make sure you visit Water Street Cafe in Stonington. This cozy spot specializes in fresh seafood, meat, and produce from local fishermen and farmers. Spanning a wide range of cultures and tastes, the cafe’s menu has something for everyone.

Breakwater Restaurant

What could be more relaxing than enjoying a mouthwatering meal as you admire the sun setting over the water? Breakwater gives you this opportunity! Order an exquisite seafood dish and sip a specialty cocktail as you sit at a patio table overlooking Stonington Harbor and Fishers Island Sound.