Engine Room
Engine Room

Engine Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.engineroomct.com/
  • Phone: (860) 415-8117
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Vanasse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Public Transit: Walking distance to the Mystic train station serviced by Amtrak.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Engine Room has 2 private parking lots, located both in front and behind the restaurant, free of charge for all patrons.
A word from Engine Room
Downtown mystic's newest restaurant, featuring sixteen craft beers on tap, the area's largest bourbon selection, craft cocktails, a full wine list and a menu of locally sourced, creative American comfort food, with a focus on America's most beloved dish, the burger.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Engine Room reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (33)vibrant bar scene (31)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (17)great for lunch (13)late-night find (12)great for brunch (6)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)romantic (3)Show More
  • Did not stay
    Jubes
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We walked out just after being seated. The restaurant was much too loud for our taste.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    Rose
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Whether with family or friends; a nice place to enjoy good food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too much Salt!!
    Jforce35
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Nice place, friendly service, hot bar....the Food? Ruined it. All four of our meals and both appetizers tasted FULL of Salt! It wasnt just salty food, it was death defyingly salty! The kale ceaser, a healthy idea was ruined by salt, as was a perfectly cooked and trimmed beautiful cut ny strip steak, ruined. Ive been drinking water for three days and i still taste the salt! Go have a drink, but don't eat!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great chowder
    Suz22
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Limited menu withoat burgers and sandwiches but a few gems like the smokey corn seafood chowder and Cobb salad with big chunks of bacon and an amazing crispy soft boiled egg. How do they do that??
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Long wait for a table, even though we had a reservation. Ended up sitting at the long communal table, but the food was excellent and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burger Heaven!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I had a reservation, but it wasn't busy at 6PM. Our cheerful waitress brought us all beers - they have a decent selection (sixteen!) of interesting draft beers, and I enjoyed my Hop Swap IPA. After finding of that the portion of onion rings was a little small, I ordered two for the three of us. They were lightly battered and fried to a crispy crunch. Our burgers (burgers form the backbone of the menu) were excellent. There was a Hot Fire, accented by a habanero sauce, A slow-cooked BBQ Brisket, shredded but served hamburger style, with great, fresh potato salad on the side. My Smoked Beef Burger, featuring a slice of local tomato and a zingy garlic aioli sent me to my happy place. Engine Room will become one of our regular haunts in Mystic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great whiskey drinks and burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fried oyster appetizer, burger, fish sandwich all amazing. Delicious, fun drinks. Reasonably priced. Cool atmosphere and great attentive service. What more do you need?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engine room is a nice find
    beenroundDchoppinblock
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place looked great and the food was top notch. Our appetizers were outstanding. My wife has the smoked corn & seafood chowder which was fresh, flavorful and excellent. My Fried squid, jalapenos, and garlic butter aioli was awesome and unique. The burger I had was top shelf and my wife's brisket sandwich was flavorful. Unfortunately we could not 100% appreciate these since they weren't hot which brings me to my only negative. Our waitress was not attentive enough and there was a delay between our apps and entrees. The food had been standing for a few minutes showing the delay was due to a lapse of service; not timing in the kitchen. I wonder how great the overall experience would have been if the entrees were hot. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kacashman8
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Engine Room has taken comfort food to another level. Spacious vibrant atmosphere with a drink and food menu to keep you coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maddeningly slow kitchen!
    Mysticmaven
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had 6:45 Friday night reservations and things did not really heat up until about 7:30. Despite this it took forever to get our app ( half avocado) and then ANOTHER 40 minutes after that to get a brisket sandwich and a mushroom burger. The food was delicious when it finally did arrive. My family is in the restaurant biz and I am a very laid back customer, but the combination of an inattentive waitress and a slow kitchen was too much. Honestly my wait would have been a hell of a lot more bearable with more than the one cocktail I was able to order. Everyone gets backed up once in a while, but it was actually comical watching our waitress studiously avoiding us. Waitstaff was lined up waiting for orders while customers were totally ignored.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner
    PJCT
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had dinner at 6:15 PM on a Saturday night. I guess we beat the crush that follows but it was still a bit chaotic and disorganized. Our waitress was attentive but it took over 30 minutes to get our food. The food was OK but nothing to rave about. The restaurant seemed to be a popular meeting place for the younger set. As old fogies, it was a bit too chaotic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    KDNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Staff was friendly and welcoming. Interesting menu, food delicious! Dining room was very loud but it was late on a Friday night and the bar area was very busy. Looked like fun!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unfortunate brother to Oyster Club. Food was not good; service ok. What were you thinking?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    CrwnRoyal763
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I vacationed in Mystic and found this restaurant by chance. Their selection of craft beer was second to none and the owner was great. This was the best restaurant meal my wife and I have had in some time. The ribeye steak was flawless. All food is fresh from local sources and an open kitchen made for a unique experience. We literally watched our food preparation start to finish. Including the slicing of the ribeye. Great find in small town!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    leeaanna
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for a lunch before a concert at Mohegun Sun. Was very tasty.. I wasn't as keen on the caramel popcorn but my husband was all over it. Both of our sandwiches were very tasty twist on favorites and were very plentiful And the fries were crispy instead of the usual soggy you get other places. Both of us got drafts as well which were very good and priced well. All in all was a great lunch and good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit the mark
    likestoeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Table was ready on time, wait staff was friendly and attentive, food was excellent, one drink wasn't available, but the bartender improvised a replacement that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good beer and burger place
    laxcat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good beer selection. We had the fried oyster app which was excellent. The burgers were very good and filling. The fries were pretty good but a little too salty. This is a really cool place. I will be definitely going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 98 reviews are from the Engine Room reviews archive.
  • Don't Miss It!
    Winegirl
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I knew I wanted to eat here but someone warned me it was "just bar food." Well she was wrong!! The categories may sound like bar food i.e. burgers, sandwiches, bar bites, but everything on the menu is innovative and far from ordinary. My smoked pork burger was delicious and the fried calamari was some of the best I've ever had. We also had the sinfully amazing bacon fat caramel popcorn! The craft beer and bourbon selections are impressive and the 2 bourbon-based cocktails I had were distinctive and wonderful. I had originally made the reservation for 4 adults but our baby sitter canceled so we took the kids along. We did have an early dinner reservation but the laid-back atmosphere was very kid friendly. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burgers and Beer
    EssexEd
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great burgers and nice soft buns make this restaurant unique for the area - if you want a change from seafood, go to the Engine Room - very good service and very extensive beer choices, many on tap. Large bar area attracts younger crowd but it's family friendly as well. Limited outside seating but great for people watching in good weather.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was OK
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    If you want a burger, this is a good spot. Think and juicy. Not much on the menu if you are into healthy eating. Lots of food made with pork and park fat. Adds to flavor, but.... Eating outside was nice and quite. Inside was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went for brunch on a Sunday. Food was delicious and the outdoor seating was nice. My only complaint is that the bathroom is a little too dark, especially after coming in from the daylight outside. Maybe have lights on a dimmer that can be brighter during the day and darker at night?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Craft Selections!
    SPlack
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my boyfriend for the first time and he was overwhelmed by the option of beer and bourbon on the list. Loved the special steak and wants to go back next weekend! Great times happen at the engine room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good experience
    Jusbeenhonest
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were seated on time, the waitress was pleasant but not too interactive. The appetizers were better than the meal ( we had hush puppies and the hummus plate) the turkey burger was so so and my husband didn't think the BBQ brisket was that great either but our friends got large pastrami sandwiches that they liked. The atmosphere was great, especially the bar, very cool restoration of an old engine room. We will give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, Upscale Burger Bar
    LynnRaj
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The Engine Room added a much needed dimension to downtown Mystic. A cool atmosphere, great burgers (turkey burger was even tasty), and a nice beverage selection. Everything, including the salads, has been well prepared and presented. Glad it's here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite unique
    pointman
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    a very unique menu. I might call it the new of the new. many different choices and items at reasonable prices. no real entrees, just 3 on menu. I am quite interested in trying the Proper Boozy Brunch on a Sunday very soon. A nice addition to the Mystic scene. a little noisy for my taste, especially on a Monday night. Might be part of the plan, tho.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    Pamalama
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Service greasy. Food delicious. Got very noisy as the restaurant filled up. Love Dans other restaurant "The Oyster Club". Prefer the quiet atmosphere there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great burger bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food unusual food combinations but they work fantastically. Cornbread was one of the best I have ever had. Beer and bourbon menu was fanfreakintastic. Hidden gem down at Mystic seaport
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The steak was fabulous: tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. We were also there to listen and dance to Rock and Soul Revue so really appreciated the carafe of water on the table so we weren't dependent on the wait staff for refills.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun on a Saturday night in June
    Killrbug
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I went to Engine Room this past Saturday with my boyfriend and another couple. The food was great! The ambiance was unique. It was like sitting in an old industrial warehouse. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Myself and another guest got special made drinks from the bartender and they were strong and delicious. My favorite appetizer was the hummus with fried chick peas on top and served with warm pita bread (just like how it should be served!). My boyfriend got the pulled brisket sandwich which he enjoyed. I ordered the NEW mushroom Mae burger and it was great. I ordered it medium and it was cooked to perfection, still juicy too. The couple ordered the BLT and the pork burger. Great place. I absolutely recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go for the food...
    Suzi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Let me just say that this is a fun restaurant, in terms of atmosphere. But the menu and the food items everyone in my party had, was just so so and the price was steep. I would recommend the popcorn appetizer. Unique and delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Good food. Crazy busy. Because of that, service wasn't the best. We sat in the bar area, right after they asked us if we would mind sitting in the bar..I said that we'd prefer the dining room. Strange. Very loud. Very busy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    eiysah83
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The pork burger was outstanding. The beers are all local. I asked the bartender to just send me a glass of his favorite beer, it turned out to be one of the best beers I've ever had. Laid back, and just all around amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience
    purplerain
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was very good. Wine pour was small. Was disappointed that there was no chance to swap out one side for another without a full side order charge. (wanted mac and cheese instead of a pile of fries, for a very small fish entree and it was $23.) They would do a salad instead for an extra $2. Pretty pricey for what it was, and pretty loud. Attractive space overall. Server was great, while working within the pricing constraints. Alcohol was overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine
    Laura
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We started with the caramel and bacon fat popcorn...delicious, of course. I had the grilled cheese with slab bacon, and it was everything I dreamed it would be, and more. Soft, fluffy bread, gooey, delicious cheese, and salty, thick pieces of bacon. I was in grilled cheese heaven. My husband had the french onion burger...also wonderful. Great, unique beer selection...some do get pricey, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place to br
    GoMystic
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Good food, good service and great beer. Mystic's new hotspot. Make a reservation. When warm weather gets here you won't be able to get close to this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise deafening
    jfm3VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    way too loud - difficult to carry on conversation. need to expand menu. great look & design of interior.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burgers are great
    lucy
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Onion burger, turkey burger, bacon burger. Can't beat the food at this fun place
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Burgers
    kemped
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A wonderful spot for gourmet burgers, paired with a beer from the extensive list of craft beers. Great food and excellent service. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    It appeared that the waitstaff was struggling. Service was friendly but slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice industrial motif
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Nice industrial motif Nice industrial motif Nice industrial motif Nice industrial motif Nice industrial motif Nice industrial motif
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.