Chapter One

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207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 vegan/gluten free options to dry-aged steaks to fresh seafood, this restaurant and bar has a vibe unlike any other in Mystic. With 24 beers on tap, daily specials and friendly atmosphere, it is a restaurant for all, from family and friends to business meetings to private parties. 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.

We welcome large parties, but do not take large reservations online. For parties of 8 or more, please call during business hours.
What 207 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.2
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3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TracyV
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience!! Would definitely recommend this place to my friends & family.

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vipChrisD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

In short, terrible. It took so long to get served the establishment didn’t charge us for our meal. While that is a nice gesture, it shouldn’t take an hour and a half hour to get two burgers.

It was probably out fault go to what was really a hang out bar, but it was so loud we couldn’t talk to each other.

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msbrtny
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I made a reservation for a high top well in advance, but when we arrived the only table available (not high top) was right next to the front door. Mind you, it was FREEZING that night. So we sat at the bar. The food was poor quality, not prepared well. Carla from cheers was very rude. The advertising of this establishment is a complete lie. It is a cliquey dive bar. I will not be back.

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DeniseT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best chicken part and homemade pasta ever , awesome waitstaff!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spot on. I had the salmon and it was delicious. Everything came out hot and with smile
Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner - I think we found our new go to spot!

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Gret
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

While the service was very good, the overall brunch experience was disappointing.

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TheresaE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Asian calamari had an excellent taste and the focaccia was delicious! Entrees were equally as delicious. Steak with bacon mashed potatoes and asparagus. Excellent choice. So glad we went here. The show we were going to was at The Grand Theater in Foxwoods but we decided to go to Mystic to eat. What a treat!!

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vipwineguy
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed on Wednesday ... OpenTable was not updated with hours of operation during Winter months.

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vipTtbsuziq
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service. Good food. Had the brunch menu. Eggs Benedict with lobster. Steak and eggs. Bottomless mimosa.

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KathyC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the burger--it was the best burger I've ever had! So tasty! Lovely atmosphere, although we found the music a little too loud. Great service, too. I very much recommend.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Chapter One several
times now and we have always had excellent service and food! It has become one of our favorite stops when in Mystic!

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SamanthaB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Wish bread was served to the table.

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Dinearound
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I loved going to this restaurant on a recent trip to Mystic, CT. My one and only complaint was the french onion soups. Guys you can do better then what I received, or if you can't you should take it off the menu. Other than that, I thought the restaurant was great!

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vipHarp28
New York Area
241 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Good food in pretty Mystic though pricey and service a bit aloof!
This is our second visit. Could improve.

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vipJoey
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was just average, missing ingredients in the bouillabaisse,

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BillM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, staff was outstanding & very friendly. Atmosphere & food fantastic! I highly reccomend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great service, drinks and awesome food.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

The bar patrons were excessively noisy. We couldn’t even hear our waitress talking to us and have a conversation at our table because of the loud conversations at the bar. There was confusion about the availability of desserts, although the wait help was very good and attentive I would classify the food average

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vipJSASUALUM
Tampa
244 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm friendly service from Jenitza.
Nice selection of local/regional craft beers.
My wife’s lobster grilled cheese sandwich was amazing.
My brunch was delicious
Look forward to dining again here when we’re in Mystic

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vipCamilleP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very good service. My partner’s entree of blackened Mahi was so overdone and tasteless. Especially after surgically requesting the fish be done moist and medium. They killed it. My seared tuna was very mediocre.
The wait person was lovely though, and she exchanged the Mahi for a hamburger as my partner was afraid to give the Mahi another chance. He enjoyed the burger and said to me that Chapter One is only good for burgers.

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vipKNoMiddleInitialW
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 2nd time eating at Chapter One giving it another opportunity. Unfortunately the 1st time we had not so good service, this time it was exceptional. Food has always been excellent.

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Leah
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was fine

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vipMclean
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time to Chapter One and we really enjoy the food and staff—dinner is always nicely presented and very tasty! A stand out place!

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Joycem
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend introduced us to Chapter One in August & we loved it. We brought other friends to enjoy this great restaurant! Buck a shuck oysters during happy hour is our favorite way to start the evening followed by the stuffed dates which are heavenly! My husband loves the burger, cooked rare as he likes it but rarely receives at many restaurants. Every one was very pleased with their meals. Our server was wonderful!

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LonnieB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Would recommend for the quality of the food - outstanding. However, the ambience was terrible. Noise so loud the three at our table could not hear each other the majority of the time. Acoustics were awful! It didn’t help that the foursome next to us had two women with the shrillest, high-octave voices I’ve ever heard and they frequently laughed uproariously, drowning out all tables around them. Service was acceptable. Food was outstanding!

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vipSuzanneF
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We ordered two different salads, they were okay. We had a specialty cocktail, it tasted like straight liquor, even though it was touted to contain several other flavored ingredients. We ordered the Cajun mac and cheese, chicken piccata, and the scallop risotto. The mac and cheese was not spicy, and the cheese sauce had a gritty texture. The chicken was juicy but the sauce needed more capers, and possibly some garlic? My husband said the risotto was good, however it arrived at the table 5 minutes after everyone else’s meals. Dessert was acceptable but nothing remarkable. The music has booming base and is SO loud a comfortable conversation cannot be held.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The music was sooooo loud that we couldn’t even hear the waitress or each other. We wanted to walk out as soon as we walked into the restaurant. I recommend that they turn the music down. After all we went to dinner not a night club.

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ArtTeach
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The mussels were good and tender and the sauce it was in was very good. This was the only food we liked. The Caesar Salad was overdressed and the dressing was really strong (floral, yet lemony). It was just greens with hard croutons for the price point would have expected fresh sliced Parmesan and better presentation. The calamari had a thick batter and was very heavy to eat the sauce was okay, but the calamari flavor was lost. The waitstaff had too many tables and were literally running around crazy from table to table. The table set up was very tight where we were originally asked to sit. I could barely fit to get to the seat. There were many tables set up that were reserved for later seatings which were more spacious. The atmosphere of the place is nice, but not stuffy. I would am glad we did not order entrees though as the prices are pretty steep and we only liked a 1/3 of our food.

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WUB85
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were enticed to try Chapter One for dinner by the menu that featured a number of vegetarian options and interesting descriptions of entree preparations. The portions were nicely sized and presented well. Unfortunately, they were just ok. The food was a bit bland. The service was very good and the restaurant itself is nice on the inside.

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vipErinN
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had ordered the NY Strip. The steak I was served was substandard but our server knew I was not happy and went the extra mile to ensure it was replaced with it being properly cook. Her name is Janitza (pardon the spelling) but she is a gem! Soup (New England Clam) was luke warm.

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SteveM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Date night, we wanted to try a different restaurant on our way home and stopped in Mystic. Great little town with walking distance attractions. We chose this restaurant because it appears new. Rustic interior, a little bit tight with seating so we chose not to have a high top; we were unfortunately sat at a high top and told we couldn’t have a regular table. Service was excellent, food was excellent, noise level high but the bar and dining area are next to each other. We left pleased with full bellies, could not fit dessert. Cute place.

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vipKurtF
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is gluten free and there were great options here. The scallop risotto was fantastic. And the yellow font tuna was great. We will be back!

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Sgetgood
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very disappointing. Service was very spotty, waits between appetizer and entree, and entree and dessert were twice as long as they should be. Food was okay but overpriced. Feel like this place might be better at lunchtime.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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AndrewF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My girlfriend and I had a lovely time. The service was excellent and we loved the food. Only drawback was the noisiness of the bar and the coversition to a loud dance club at ten. But the owner was gracious and apologetic about the circumstance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good, however, we waited 55 minutes for our food to arrive. The waitress was attentive. Not sure if we’d return.

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Robin
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very average. We were the only ones in there. My seared tuna was so stringy I had trouble cutting it with a knife.
Others’ dinners not good either.

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vipAllisonE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and had great service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Excellent grilled shrimp! Tuna dish just ok. Excellent service! Loud!