Chapter One

4.2
427 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown Mystic just past the infamous Mystic Drawbridge, Chapter One Food & Drink offers something desirable for everyone! From fresh seafood daily to gourmet burgers to vegan & gluten free options, this restaurant and bar has a vibe unlike any other in Mystic. With 24 beers on tap, a variety of wines and handcrafted, specialty cocktails, we are the go-to spot for the best drinks in Downtown!

With a daily Happy Hour and friendly atmosphere, it is a restaurant for all, from family and friends to business meetings to private events. The team at Chapter One strives to give guests a fantastic experience with top of the line service, an enjoyable experience and excellent food & drink of course! Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner, with nightlife & brunch on the weekends.

For parties of 8 or more, please call during business hours. For parties of 12 or more, please email marketing@chapter-one.com or call 860-912-5927 for more information.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Best scallops ever they melted in your mouth.
Devils on horseback appetizer is a must!

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a confirmed reservation and went to find them closed with no update on Facebook, no phone call, text, or even a sign on the door. I didn’t get a call of apology after I left a voice message expressing my disappointment.

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Kam45impala
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Chapter One but will not be our last. Our serve Kirby was great. The food was very tasty. I got the Lemon Chicken Piccata and was able to replace the spaghetti with mash potatoes. My husband got the Scallop Risotto and said it was very good. The Fried Calamari with the sweet Thai chili & cherry peppers, served with fresh lemon was great also.

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Kb7482
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Usually chapter one is a date night favorite. But on New Year’s Eve we were extremely disappointed by how dry our food was. Drinks were good. Appetizers were good. But it felt like our seafood entrees were just forgotten about in the serving window. Hesitant to go back considering the food isn’t cheap

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service by Miranda C. Very professional, courteous and helpful with menu choices. A+ server.
Yellow Fin Tuna was good yet smothered in high volume of fried rice which was too salty for this dish. The salt overpowered the entire dish so a little disappointing.
Price was way too high @35.00.

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MeredithM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, mediocre food at best and service wasn’t great especially for the prices they are charging. Overall disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great bartender, good service. Nice variety on menu.

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ChristopherR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a busy afternoon between Christmas and New Years but the staff was great and the food was excellent. Love the calamari

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first time eating here. We made a reservation and were seated promptly. Server was excellent! Food was good but pricey. Otherwise I would have given it ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. If you’ve never been there before make sure you call ahead and ask where you can park. It’s right in downtown Mystic on the main strip so if there is no parking on the street you have to know where to go for the paid parking lot. We drove around a couple of times until I finally got out of the car and went into the restaurant and asked where we could park.

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LuisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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BarryD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful evening for dinner on Christmas Eve at Chapter One. My wife had the filet and loved it. I had the seafood pesce and it was fabulous. Not the typical dish, this one added a beautiful lobster tail and eliminated the squid. Perfect dish.
Couldn't help but have dessert, so I ordered the tiramasu, which our server told us was just made. Again, perfect choice.

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Peter
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went to Chapter One for brunch. It was not especially crowded but we ordered Eggs Benedict with filet mignon for $25 and the eggs were hard (eggs Benedict eggs should be runny) and the small English muffin was tiny as was the piece of steak. Definitely not worth the money.

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vipTinaCT
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Trevor, who was bussing and then looked like was asked to serve because of a staffing issue. He really stepped up and kicked it into high gear. It was busy and we never waited for anything once he came and introduced himself to us.
The food was great!

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TracyU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Trevor was phenomenal…food and drinks were so delicious; we even ordered dessert (cannoli is awesome). Nice quiet upscale atmosphere. Definitely coming back next vacation

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vipJoanneW
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice time the scallops with bacon was delicious as an appetizer. We also had the buffalo chicken dip which a bit too spicy for some of us. Most dinners were good the Alfredo sauce was not good we had to send back a dinner. Service was slow but I understand people are short staffed. It was just ok I will try somewhere else when we visit Mystic again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, atmosphere was lovely. Highly recommend!

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PLDuggan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable

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MattL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Shrimp scampi was excellent. In a town with heavy competition, I'll be going back...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server Trevor was so helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The food arrived at our table cold, we did ask them to reheat and the server was fantastic and he did reheat, but overall not great

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JudyT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was very nice, I had put down on my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday but nobody seem to be interested. The Caprese salad was a little bland not a lot of mozzarella cheese and basil— more tomatoes
otherwise very good

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our service & food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and friendly service! Food was very tasty too.

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vipDavidT
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location in downtown Mystic. The food is consistently excellent. Like every other restaurant in town, servers are in short supply. Our server last night was on his very first work shift at the restaurant. He did a great job, checking on us regularly and being very responsive to any of our requests. We appreciated his hard work. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing and our server Kirby was awesome.

Chapter One
Responded on November 24, 2021

Good morning Anonymous, We are so grateful for your full house hand of 5's on the table! We will pass on to Kirby that he made your day and hope to see you again at Chapter One in the nearest future. Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us. Your opinion is held high.

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RobertB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience there was really really good. The food was excellent, especially the wings and the Caesar salad, although I might avoid the French onion soup which was a bit bland. We had Kirby as our server and like many others have said in reviews of this restaurant, he was amazing. The only caution I have is that tables are high tops with stools so if you want to sit in a chair with a back, you are out of luck. Highly recommended!

Chapter One
Responded on November 17, 2021

Good Morning RobertB, Thank you for taking the time to give Chapter One Food and Drink a positive review! We also appreciate the feedback on the French Onion Soup and will pass this info on to the chef. Kirby is an integral part of our crew and as happy as you were to have him take care of you, we feel so lucky to have him on our side. We are so grateful for your patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was so bad we left. Went across the street to Mariner. Glad we did

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vipBethP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

CJ was a fantastic server. We spent a while there and he was very attentive without rushing us.
Great place!!

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PerrisW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was amazing and the food was great! Would recommend to anyone going.

Chapter One
Responded on November 8, 2021

PerrisW, thank you for a marvelous review. The crew at Chapter One is grateful for the positive feedback and find that this boost makes all of our efforts well worth it. Please come back again soon as we look forward to seeing more of you and are thankful for your patronage.

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fernandog
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere. delicious food. staff was amazing.

Chapter One
Responded on November 5, 2021

fernandog, Warmest thanks for you perfect review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself and found our dishes delicious. Our crew at Chapter One looks forward to spending more time with you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 5th wedding anniversary, and it couldn’t have been better. Our server was very attentive and the food was amazing. No leftovers!! Had the truffle fries and maple bacon brussels sprouts…so good!! He suggested the pumpkin espresso martini, and it was delicious as well. We will be going back when in Mystic again.

Chapter One
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you so much for your fabulous review and your kind observations! Your experience and company is extremely important to Chapter One and our crew. Our guest's well-being is our measuring stick and we are grateful that you enjoyed yourself to this degree. Come back again soon! We want more of you. PS Happy Anniversary!

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NHDiner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow, despite it being quite empty and one of our meals was good, but the other one was terrible.

Chapter One
Responded on November 5, 2021

Hello NHDiner, We are disappointed to hear that you're stay with us was less then prompt and courteous. Chapter One strives to care thoroughly for every guest that walks through our doors and are taking your dissatisfaction very seriously. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback as we always want to make things right for our guests. If you have the time, please email marketing@chapter-one in more detail so that we can resolve these issues thoughtfully and thoroughly on our end.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Waited over an hour for eggs and French toast. Service was slow and inattentive.

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TomW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

This restaurant is very trendy and made for the young and nubile! Hightop tables are way too high for most over 50. One waiter was assigned to cover lunch service. Food on menu was not available. Substitutions were served raw and returned to all of us overdone! Drinks and desserts were very good. Can't say we will ever return.

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Simpsonsthink
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There were 16 customers in the restaurant, half at the bar. Our server was helpful and patient. The food was good.

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Kdan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All four entrees my group had were delicious! I had the veggie stir fry, one had pasta, one had blackened chicken sandwich and one had the shrimp scampi. The shrimp scampi looks especially delicious. We had good service. I’m sure you will enjoy your meals at Chapter One!

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JRMitt808
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kirby was a great server!

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ShawnP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kirby was an amazing server and the staff was very attentive. Food was very good and a decent value

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent!
Atmosphere great as we expected.
Food was very good, but not exactly what we expected. Meaning they had there own take on certain meals. What we read on menu and (for some of our meals) received, were slightly different. They had there own spin on it. Very good

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vipmjm97011
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great attentive service! The food was mediocre, not great, not bad but it was expensive.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chapter One using the Order Online button. Chapter One also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 245-4123.

Chapter One is rated 4.2 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.