Welcome to Water Street Cafe

Nestled in the center of the seaside village of Stonington Borough, We are known for our mouthwatering Oyster Bar, fresh seafood and daily specials that include Stonington fisherman’s catch of the day and seasonal produce from local and organic farmers.

Our cuisine is multicultural, innovative and consistently delicious. We welcome you with a warm ambiance and friendly staff.

We are not only the favorite cafe among locals but have been highly rated by the New York Times, Zagats, Connecticut Magazine and local newspapers throughout southeastern Connecticut.




Photos by Nicole Franzen



Water Street Cafe opened in April of 1994. Walter worked with a sous chef and a dishwasher while Stephanie and another waiter served his notable mouthwatering dishes. This tiny cafe, where Milagro now resides, held 12 tables with white linen tablecloths and was reservations only. In June of 1997 Water Street Cafe moved to the infamous Harbor View Restaurant. After only three and a half months and a favorable New York Times review Water Street Cafe, aka The Harborview burned to the ground on September 29th, 1997. 

With unanimous and heartfelt support from the Stonington community Walter and Stephanie returned to their original location and re-invented themselves. A beautiful mahogany bar was built by frenchman Oliver LeBras. An additional pub menu was created thus leading to a more casual atmosphere while continuing to be a favorite spot among locals. In 2002 Water Street Cafe found its current and permanent location where the Water Street Market and Motherʼs once resided






143 Water Street

Stonington, CT


M-Th 5p–10p
F-Sa 5p–11p
Su 10a–9p