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The Bistro

165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
+1 860-990-5263
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“paella” (8 reviews)
“hanger steak” (3 reviews)
“shrimp” (9 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
American, European, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
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Reviews (94)
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1 - 10 of 94 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This year, five of us stopped by on our way back to RI from the Goodspeed Opera House in Haddam CT. And, once again, the food was absolutely superb. Three of us had the Hawaiian Blue Snapper, done to PERFECTION. One had the scallop and...More

Thank yodamak
Reviewed 19 April 2017

As the title says, outstanding! My wife and I went to The Bistro while on a three day getaway and were not disappointed. We started with the romaine salad, which was prepared superbly. I then had the paella, which, if you are ever in New...More

Thank timw122015
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Our old favorite restaurant has closed so we were in the neighborhood looking and found this gem. Thanks Trip Advisor reviewers! Better than expected. Amazing tastes. You won't be sorry.

Thank Timothy5
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My beef short ribs arrived looking like a bland over cooked stew. The meat had not been braised first just cooked with potatoes and vegetables and served in an almost clear liquid. Totally unappetizing. I asked the waitress to return it and she was gracious....More

Thank ecs129
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A small restaurant with big flavor & great service. The chef came to our table and asked if we enjoyed the food. We did - from start to finish.

1  Thank Janet K
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Casual atmosphere, friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. I went specifically for the paella and it exceeded my expectations.

Thank 357 G
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, Food was very good, given - it appeared, only 1 person working in the Kitchen. We had Paella (one was enough for 2 people with an entree) which was beautiful. Nice selection of wine, and good dessert choice.

Thank Leigh R
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Dined at The Bistro for the first time last night. We were accompanied by another couple. Excellent food and service (although face-painted in celebration of the Halloween season). Really enjoyed the paella. Will definitely go back.

1  Thank Walter-Whitesides
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Dave's Signature Paella was out of this world. The whole table was impressed with the taste and quality of the food. The restaurant was packed providing a fun and enjoyable local vibe. Owners and staff appear to be committed to providing excellent service, quality/locally sourced...More

Thank JoePitts
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Upon entering the restaurant we were skeptical. The decor was dark and uninviting. However, the food turned out to be fabulous! The Fra Diavolo was fresh and very flavorful. The fettuccine was cooked perfectly and a traditional creme brûlée was the end to an amazing...More

Thank Edward Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 24
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 165 Bank st, New London, CT 06320-6003
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: +1 860-990-5263
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