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Best Restaurants in Connecticut 2015: Experts' Picks

Experts’ Picks: Best New Restaurant: Red 36, Mystic.

Three Great New Connecticut Dining Destinations

Mystic has gained fame for its relationship with the sea, so opening a waterside restaurant to capitalize on that connection seems like a recipe for success. The real challenge is actually taking that premise and making it work on a daily basis.

Enter Angela Kanabis, who has run acclaimed local favorites such as Mystic’s Bravo, Bravo and Kazu as well as Olio in Groton. Relying on that expertise and capitalizing on a terrific location tucked away on the water alongside Seaport Marine, Kanabis has opened Red 36, named for the red buoy that marks the starboard side of the channel when approached from the sea. Consequently, it’s the quintessential seaside eatery—think wide wooden decks, sturdy picnic tables and platters of fresh seafood. 

Table Talk: New Glam Clam Shack in Mystic, Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook Goes Greener

Oh, say can you see? The river? You’re on it. A huge whitewashed clapboard building? You can’t miss it. The stars and stripes hang from the rafters. You’re inside a stunning new restaurant called Red 36 at Seaport Marine on Washington Street in Mystic. Opened this summer, this glamorous, glorified clam shack owned by Angela Kanabis, the daughter of Carol Kanabis who operates Bravo Bravo in Mystic and Olio in Groton, has everything going for it

Red 36 Bar & Grill | This Is Mystic

It’s about time Mystic has another option for waterfront dining. Woohoo! Red 36 It has a Newport, RI kind of feel, however it’s just off the beaten path of Downtown Mystic. 

Welcome to Mystic, Red 36 | The Mystic Wave

When you can walk into a Mystic restaurant on a sunny July afternoon, ask for a table for two, and sit down with a drink in hand within five minutes, you’ve got yourself a new favorite restaurant.

Five burgers, river view in Mystic | The Day

If there were a navigational marker in the Mystic River named RED36, it would be located right across from the newly opened restaurant that bears that name.