Connecticut Dining: Noah’s

Noah’s Restaurant
113 Water Street, Stonington CT 06378
(860) 535-3925

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The sleepy little town of Stonington, CT looks like it belongs on a movie set — it’s got everything you’d want in a New England experience, right down to the old lighthouse and cute little shops. Situated right outside of Mystic, CT, it’s often lumped into the greater Mystic area, but it really has its own identity and atmosphere. If you want to escape the tourist crowds at Mystic Seaport and New London and want something a bit more serene, a visit to Stonington is the way to go.

The old lighthouse in Stonington.

If you do head to Stonington, my recommendation is that if you want to have one heck of a good meal, you go straight to Noah’s, which has been a locally kept secret for nearly 30 years.

Noah’s is not just your average New England seafood restaurant. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

The bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant and is the first thing to greet you.

It’s also where all the action is.

Noah’s menu is highly focused on regional, sustainable ingredients and seasonal specials.

The “regular” stuff is also available, but its done perfectly.

The wine by the glass list is eclectic and well matched with the cuisine.

The casual atmosphere in the bar area is inviting and conducive to great conversation and having a good time.

Don’t let this empty dining room fool you — we got here very early. It gets busy real quick.

I started off with a nice Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, which went great with my fish dish.

Oysters on the half shell.

Mussels in a Pesto sauce. These were so good we fought over each one.

Organic Shoots and Sprouts with Avocado and Grapefruit Vinaigrette. Nice and refreshing after a long day of trekking around Mystic.

I got the House Salad with “additions”.

Rachel got the Mediterranean Swordfish entree, which was cooked perfectly.

I got the Seared Tuna with Wasabi sauce and Jasmine Rice. This was wonderful.

Co-Owner John Papp. Stanley Schwartz, the other co-owner, bakes all of the goods and is the restaurant’s pastry chef.

The list of temptations.

The Greek Yoghurt with Fresh Berries and Honey did not disappoint.

After dinner, stroll down Water Street and head to the shore.

Gaze at the sailboats and enjoy the New England breeze.

Appreciate the scenery.


11 Responses to Connecticut Dining: Noah’s

  1. Mark says:

    Jealous. I didn’t see one thing on that menu that didn’t look good. Scenery wasn’t so bad either….

  2. Jack Litzel says:

    I have eaten at Noah’s, your review was as near perfect as the food, service and friendliness of the restaurant.

  3. Mike says:

    I’ve been eating at Noahs for years and have never had a less then excellent meal. But I also though the owner was a fellow named Stanley Schatz.

  4. deb says:

    thanks for the great photos and remarks, Jason. come back in Sept for more great food and to see our “employee art show” ! Works by talented Noah’s employees will hang on our walls and will debut owner John Papp, who can not only cook, but does terrific photography!

  5. Esther and Morty says:

    We have been to Noah’s Restaurant and can attest to the validity of everything that was said about the food and atmosphere! All true, worth a trip to Stonington to have dinner…the restaurant is right on the main street. Stonington is off 95 and that’s how we discovered it. check it out..

  6. Patty says:

    We didn’t see pics of Stan Schwartz who is also an owner. More important he is the maker of the best bread
    and those tempting desserts on the menu

  7. Sandy says:

    I have had the pleasure of dining at Noah’s many times…I also have the pleasure of knowing Stan Schwartz, who is, by far, the best baker, and also one of the owners of Noah’s…great food and atmosphere along with very reasonable prices…

  8. John Papp says:

    Stanley and I (John) have been co-owners of Noah’s Restaurant since the spring of 1980. I met Captain Stanley Schwartz when he hired me as a grill cook for the Rhein Maine officers club on Rhein Maine Air Base in Germany in 1975. Noah’s would not have suceeded for so long without our partnership…29 years this August. Yes, Stan brings 4 generations of bakers to the Noah’s equation. His family was responsible for a very special bakery in Terrytown, New York called Alters Bakery. Their tradition continues at Noah’s through his hands in the breads and desserts that he makes.

    Here is a link to the history of Noah’s on our web site:

  9. Joe Romanoski says:

    Hi John,

    I’m your old roomate with the Claretians in St. Louis back in 1966. Charlie Idarola put me on to your location. I remember your Dad used to own a tavern back in Milwaukee. ‘Still doing your swimming? The scenery looks great in Connecticutt.

    Best Regards,


  10. Elle says:

    Just starting reading your blog. What a great resource! It’s a shame my co-blogger and I missed Noah’s on our recent trip to Stonington, but, having set the goal of taking mini-tours of all the towns in Connecticut, I’ll be checking for your other CT reviews!

  11. Jim Ruder says:

    As Charlie introduced himself on the phone a few weeks back;”we haven’t talked since June 4th, 1965 there is a re-union in July-can you make it?” John, I feel badly that I haven’t seen or talked to any of our classmates since then, but, I’m going to the re-union in Momence on July 24th of this year. I live in Kankakee and am planning an “afterparty” at my home. I’m also offering beds. Would love to see you. Jim Ruder 815-933-8801

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