Engine Room

Engine RoomEngine Room
30 Ratings
Engine RoomEngine Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

14 Holmes St
Mystic, Connecticut, 06355-2644
United States

(860) 415-8117 | map

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Added by Roguer on 01-12-2014

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Roguer:
Photo of Roguer
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere has some pros and cons. It's a nice interior, big and spacey; you can see right into the kitchen; and it has a nice look overall. However, it's extremely noisy.

Really good beer on tap, from across the US as well as Belgium and Germany - all craft. Very, very good beer.

Service was only OK; things ran pretty slow, despite having a very full kitchen staff.

Selection, while very good, was very limited. About a dozen beers on tap, and twice as many bottles. Again, everything was good, but just not a lot of options.

Same goes for the food. The menu is really, really small, but the food is high quality. If you want a great burger, it's a good option.

Finally, prices ran a little high. I attribute this to the location in downtown Mystic. $5 for a side of fries; burgers over $10; beers often $10 or more (on draft).

Note: no kids menu, no booster seats, no high chairs. Add to that the noisy interior and the higher prices, and you should take the family elsewhere.

This would be a good spot to stop by with friends or co-workers, or even possibly a date night.

Edit: if you can find room at the bar, service is much better. They have a great happy hour (4-6 pm) offering: $4 draft, $5 burger. They now have outside seating, as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of medic25
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Probably my favorite spot on the Shoreline these days; it's become a go-to for birthdays and other special events. Relaxed, industrial vibe; only problem is that it always seems to be jam-packed. Nice little patio for sitting outside makes the wait tolerable. The food is fantastic; the menu seems to be a little different every time I go. The mussels are delicious, and the chicken skins I had last month were completely unique. The beer menu is outstanding; great variety with a mix of local and imports. No better spot in this part of CT.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very cool industrial renewal... old engine plant... wah-la trendy gastro-pub...I never made it to the dining room, so I can only speak of the bar... enter stage right to U-shaped bar that seats about 25 people. There are also tables and booths around the perimeter. The atmosphere is lively and local... a lot of energy. Eclectic tap list, heavy on the Belgiums. Service was friendly and food was great... I had the shrimp & grits and they were delicious, although on the pricey side.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

GREAT beer list (and I do mean GREAT)! GREAT food (and I do mean GREAT). Went here last summer with my wife and daughters. Our only regret is that we had a party to go to that night and were eating light. Everything the staff brought to people tables around us looked amazing. We WILL be back! Wish we lived closer.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Been to the Engine room 3 times now. Beer selection is stellar for 15 draft lines, although the bottle list is cool it can venture into the esoteric. $118 bomber anyone? Draft list is a wide variety from far and near, but always includes 1-2 locals.
Food is generally great, although in 6 meals we have had one loser.
Vibe is good, crowded, but in a good way. I would love to go when parking is not an issue.
Took a really good pic of Six Point Winter warmer there last night with a Christmas tree out the window, but there is no easy way to post it here.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Really great cozy evening spot, perfect for a respite from the cold on a winter's night. Large dining area with bench seating in front of the kitchen and bench seats in front of the windows. Large U-shaped bar with large booths along the wall.

Great menu, albeit pricey, and everything tasted awesome (try the hushpuppies). Beer selection was up to par, as well, had Beer'd and Kent Falls. Service was a bit stressed on a busy Friday, and the wait to receive the check was considerable, so plan accordingly.

Will definitely visit again.

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Photo of Bruce5
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Love the vibe! Perfect spot with large bar, great layout, TV but just one. Walked in and loved it, but the food was just OK, service was mediocre and it is definitely overpriced.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of shekletona
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great food. Good selection with a couple gems in the mix.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of CTFalcon
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The best spot for food and good beer in southeast connecticut. Not the largest tap list but it is well thought out. The food is simply awesome, get a burger and enjoy!

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Photo of CayseyW
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of neutralaction
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Consuela_Bananahammock
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of geofftrojans
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Lweber23
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

I stopped in here with the family while on vacation in the area. The wife couldn't decide where to eat so I made the executive decision. Cool industrial space with a great deck at the main entrance. Taps about 12 deep all craft, some locals, really well thought out selections too. They have a large selection of whiskey but not being my thing I'm not sure the quality. The menu is kind of limited and I got flack for that, although no one complained about the quality of their food in fact they really enjoyed it. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, a couple of entrees and a smattering of appetizers, all nicely prepared and locally sourced. Service was prompt and available. My wallet did a bit of weeping on the way out the door, but I would go back in a heartbeat if in the area.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Geekydad79
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Randy_Johnson
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of insearchofhops
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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Engine Room in Mystic, CT
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