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Dog Watch Cafe

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194 Water Street, Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT 06378-1209
+1 860-415-4510
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I love this place. We go there throughout the year. We went for New Year's dinner with our friends for 5:00 only had to wait 35 minutes. While waiting the server gave us a glass of champagne. The service was outstanding . Staff is outstanding. The food is always excellent no matter if you are ordering a... More 

Thank Ellen Wade K
Bozrah, Connecticut
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Dog Watch is a fun, enjoyable place to eat any time of year. Today was overcast and rainy but who cares? The food is always dependably good and the wait staff cordial. Prices are a little extra and the noise level can be brutal, especially for a guy like me that has an issue with background noise, but it's still... More 

Thank SteveWatson0522
east coast
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We LOVE the Dog Watch! We have gone with parties of 14 or just 2, service is great, friendly and efficient! The food is flavorful, and portions generous! We especially enjoy sitting by the marina with something cold to drink, while waiting for our table. It's a fun place to dine out!

Thank sprite82
Waterford, Connecticut
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The outdoor space at the Dog Watch is the main attraction. Out front there are fire pits and lots of Adirondack chairs in which to enjoy a drink while waiting for a table. Out back there are gorgeous water views, lots of seating and a bar with games. Indoor seating is fairly limited so the wait for a table can... More 

Thank semic64
Stonington, Connecticut
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Husband loves seafood (I don't), he raves about the clam chowder, scallops and shrimp scampi. I enjoy the signature Dogwatch Salad. Service is friendly and professional. Nice views of the water with boats moored nearby. There is usually a pretty good crowd, especially on weekends. Fortunately, we live nearby and can go during the "slow season".

Thank mzellie19
St. Louis
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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had a great meal and enjoyed the live music while visiting last week! The food was delicious and the service was very good!

Thank wc1208
Latham, NY
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

OK IT really IS the best bouillabaisse in the world. :-) Even with a 5K event headquartered at the Café the night we visited, we were seated quickly and the service was attentive and friendly. Great cocktails. Chopped Kale salad was enjoyed immensely by my wife. The menu was filled with great looking items, but how can I ever choose... More 

Thank GreatDaneDrummer
Holyhead, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This was a great find. We sat out in the sun enjoying a beer watching the Marina. We didn't eat but wish we had done as inside was quite full and all the food looked fabulous. Next time. ..!! There's a whole load of corn holing games outside and it looks like in the summer it's probably bustling as there's... More 

Thank Ynys-Chickpea
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189 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Dog Watch is easy to miss as you overpass over the rr tracks on the way into town. That would be a pity. Dog Watch has a reasonable bar menu and a few drafts and wines. Food menu touches all bases, from steak to pasta to seafood. Lots of interesting apps, too. Park across the street, plenty of outside seating... More 

Thank 3142013
Cape Coral, Florida
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202 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Located in a boatyard area, this restaurant is an inviting place to enjoy a great meal with a choice of being seated inside or outside. Certainly enjoyed my fish and chips while watching boats come and go. Would recommend a meal at this restaurant if you are in the area.

Thank wildlime92

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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
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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 Street, 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?