Dog Watch Cafe

4.8
1835 Reviews
$30 and under
American
WELCOME TO DOG WATCH CAFE!

One thing we know for sure—the Dog Watch is a great way to keep you and your crew happy. Dog Watch is all about having a good time. With locations in Stonington and Mystic, Connecticut, enjoy amazing food and great people with your choice of waterfront views and sunsets or a relaxed backyard atmosphere.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations for "standard" tables are indoor tables, and "outdoor" are for our dockside/waterfront outdoor tables. *Outdoor reservations are not guaranteed an indoor table if it is raining*

Tables reserved for dining only. Bar seats cannot be reserved. We cannot guarantee special requests. No parties larger than 6 people. Tables will be held for 10 minutes past your reservation time. If you are running late we cannot guarantee a table or same type of table. Please contact the restaurant if you are running late (860)415-4510). We have outdoor heaters, but it can be chilly. Dogs allowed at outdoor tables.
What 1835 people are saying
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vipLinda
New England
91 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome on a beautiful December day on the docks!!! Great food.. great servicee..🎄!!!!!

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relax
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant you will find in the state.

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LouD
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service while watching the sunset over the harbor!!!

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Barb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place! Friendly staff, great food, and wonderful environment. Highly recommend!

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Jimbo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and they were very accommodating since we asked to switch tables 3 times! Rose our waitress was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Becoming my weekly spot…Love everything about the place!

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cas2408
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for us. Consistently very good. Excellent and friendly staff.

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HeidiQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dog Watch Café, in fact the Café and Dog Watch Mystic are our favorite places to eat. On this chilly Sunday night, we had a 7:00 pm Open Table reservation and were seated at one of our favorite tables. Despite a medium crowd, it was pleasantly quiet, unlike many busy summer nights. Our server was lovely and all the food was served perfectly hot or cold as expected. The peel and eat shrimp were a bit smaller portion than we recall, but absolutely delicious with amazing seasoning. The price stays the same, so market pricing likely affects the order size. My husband got the amazing Bouillabaisse, which we got with extra bread to sop up the amazing broth. My Seafood Casserole (special) was delicious, but not a very good value. With 3 scallops, 3 shrimp and 2 absolutely tiny lobster claws for $30, I feel I would have been more pleased with the Stonington scallops for $26 and its larger portion of seafood. It came with a large side of mashed potatoes and a side of very spring veggies (in November). As always the food was delicious and the atmosphere always what we love. A leisurely drive through the Borough to catch a few Christmas lights made it a perfect night.

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liszt does a fine job each time for my family, our server!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding menu. 1 very good meal and 2 outstanding meals

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brothers came down from northern Maine for Thanksgiving and it was also my birthday so they took me here. I’ve been here before and loved it so I wanted to show them this place. They own their own restaurant in Maine and they absolutely loved it here! Everything from the service to the meals were superb!

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Gtimpe77
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made a reservation. Good food, great service, great atmosphere. We will be back.

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pduddy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dining experience was awesome. The food was terrific and the wait staff was super. Our waitress was warm friendly, helpful and attentive. We have never been disappointed at DWC.

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FordanB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always crowded, tells you they are doing things right. I used open table for lunch, glad I did.

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Virginia
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the only restaurant open on Monday night and we were lucky they were. On the water, cozy, great service, busy. We probably won't male it back to Stonington, but this restaurant is worth a visit.

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vipNoni
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

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vipLinda
New England
92 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch… great food .. great service!!! Thanks

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PaulT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend!! Everything about this restaurant is excellent from the moment you walk in until you leave!

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JimB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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JanetH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome November afternoon sitting outside with friends. Everything was fabulous..

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KennethS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to dine. We enjoyed the outside dining. Food was good and the wait staff were very attentive

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GeneS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere.
Our second time there and have not been disappointed.

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TomW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Wait staff was excellent! Food left a little to be desired. Pasta well overcooked, sauces were tasteless. Italian dishes without any garlic?! Applecrisp with little apple but tons of unwanted cream. Favorite dessert was not available. This has always been a great place to eat, but since Covid things are not of the same quality that regulars expect. Hope that things get better soon.

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LarryH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must restaurant to visit. Always a most enjoyable experience.

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SteveK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

One of our favorites in the past. Haven’t been there in a while due to COVID. Menu has changed a lot and some of my favorites were gone. Got the cod which tasted good but was mushy, not flaky. I’ll assume it was an isolated instance and try again soon.

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MissThunder
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Underwhelmed by the service. Waitress never told us her name and disappeared for a long time after bringing the check. Maybe she was having an off night, but it felt like since we weren't part of the Local "Borough" crowd we weren't deemed worthy.

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bebea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Beautiful scenic location for a late day lunch. Bouilabaisse was good, not outstanding as quoted"Best in CT: Only slight taste of saffron in the Tomatoe/Saffron sauce. Seafood was good. Portion enough for me, served in 8 to 9 inch bowl with bread. For Would of been nice to have a small side salad included in cost
All in all a nice birthday lunch. Would go back for a cocktail 🍸

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janicen
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fantastic and we hope to go back. I chose it because I needed a spot in the Mystic/Stonington area that would halfway between two couples meeting for lunch--from western CT and southern Mass. I read the menu online and loved the variety available. Two of our party had the honey-pecan salmon and two had the whole belly clams. Everything was delicious! The salmon was served over a unique brussels sprouts hash that had slivered sprouts, red onion and butternut squash. Delicious and different. The clams were perfectly fried and even the fries themselves were wonderful.
We tried two desserts--the apple crisp and the lava cake. Both were great.
The setting, even on a chilly day, was beautiful, overlooking the boat docks.
Now when we meet our friends again, we know exactly where we'll end up--at the Dog Watch Cafe! There are more items on the menu that we want to try.
The hostess and waitress were welcoming and friendly.

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Kdan
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only did my friend and I enjoy a delicious lunch at the Dog Watch yesterday but the service was superb! We were visiting and taking out time but never did we feel rushed. I love the Dog Watch. In fact, I am going there again tomorrow for lunch.

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vipANB1
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a cozy restaurant on the water.

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DineenG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great meal last evening. Fish and chips were great as was the cod. Our server was exceptional. The bourbon and birch was a big hit!

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Murph
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a meal , cocktail
or both and feel comfortable

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Very friendly staff and good food.

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TeresaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seared tuna is fantastic. I highly recommend. Fresh and delicious.

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MarciaS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of six, six different entrees and every guest enjoyed their meal!

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BarbG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always I greatly enjoyed our lunch at dog watch. The food is always delicious and the toasted ale Was nice and cold and delicious. We brought with us and they enjoyed a great day. We will be back soon thanks

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Pete401
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, fair prices. It’s our new go-to place.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster BLT and the bouillabaisse were outstanding. The ambiance of the outdoor seating space was excellent. Each table had their own warm lap blankets and heaters to keep warm in the cool weather. Beautiful view of the marina. Will definitely be returning to this restaurant.

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Abbi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would definitely go back for the views too!

FAQs

Dog Watch Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 1835 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.