Providing Quality Food Since 1976

For original owner Jim Fitzpatrick, the name “Cuckoo’s Nest” is loaded with meaning. A plucky,  young Irish-American guy from Pelham, New York, his idea of establishing a Mexican restaurant in a 200-year old cattle barn in what was then a sleepy New England shoreline town was just a little cuckoo to begin with. 

The decor of the restaurant is rich with antique, farm-worn New England ephemera alongside colorful artifacts from south of the border, creating a surprisingly comfortable – and somewhat cuckoo – ambiance.

The restaurant has also built a patronage that is similarly eclectic, serving great food and beverages at reasonable prices to people from all walks of life. As Jim puts it, “This place draws a living library of individuals, including carpenters, teachers, clerks, doctors, lawyers, and Indian Chiefs.”

A dedicated and diverse staff of professionals serves as many as 100,000 meals in any given year, and menu items range from favorite Mexican dishes to unique specialties to please any palate. It’s not surprising that folks up and down the shoreline, and those just passing through, find the Cuckoo’s Nest so worthwhile and lovable cuckoo!

1712 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Tel: 860.399.8189

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