Connecticut Restaurant Guide - CT Restaurant Reviews - Fine Dining ratings in the CT River Valley and Shoreline region. Rated Restaurants in Connecticut

TOP Picks for
2007 Season include...

Lupo
189 Middlesex Tpke. (RT 156)
Chester, CT
1-860-526-4400
Review: See Below (Town of Chester)
(Reservations recommended from Thursday to Saturday.)
BOOM Wine bar & Grill
****/@@@/++/&&/$$
In the Old Lyme Market Place
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone: 860-434-9837
FAX: 860-434-FOOD
Gabrielle's
78 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT
1-860-767-2440
Upscale Eclectic Mediterranean New American Cuisine, featuring Wines from all over the world. (Reservations recommended). Catering for all occasions.
Listed on www.OpenTable.com
Jack's American Bistro & Wine Bar
***/@@@/+++/&&&/$$
286 Main Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
1-860-395-1230

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Here we are dining at Cafe Routier in Westbrook, CT., enjoying a
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All of the Restaurants listed in this Green "Review" grid are Choice Locations.
I have personally visited, and enjoyed dining at these establishments enough to recommend them to you.
~ = No Rating comment in a particular category
New =
Opened within the last 6 months

In almost all cases, two good friends of mine (Leif and Joseph) have accompanied me to conduct the majority of these reviews.
You just might see us enjoying a fine bottle of wine, and good fare (Hopefully), on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday evening!

Town of Centerbrook, CT
(A Village in Essex, CT)

Gabrielle's
****/@@@/++/&&&&/$$$
78 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT
1-860-767-2440
Upscale Eclectic Mediterranean New American Cuisine, featuring Wines from all over the world. (Reservations recommended). Catering for all occasions.
Listed on www.OpenTable.com

Dinner Tuesday through Sunday
Lunch Served 11:30-3:00 Tuesday-Friday & Sunday
Private Parties: The Restaurant is available Mondays for Lunch and Dinner, and Saturdays Lunch Only. Please call for details.
Web Site
www.Gabrielles.net

Review: Gabrielle's offers a very elegant dining atmosphere. The food here is prepared with wonderful presentation. Color and flavor are well balanced with a menu that is broad and aggressive. The wine list offers a wonderful selection of wine. The Bar room offers an opportunity to enjoy a cocktail secluded from the restaurant. A great place for entertaining out of town guests, as well as business dinners.

Gabrielle's has built a greenhouse behind the restaurant in the fall of 2005, where the Chef now grows a variety of fresh organic herbs and vegetables.

Recent Reviews: May04 - June04 - Dec04 - Feb05 - Nov05 - Dec 06

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Town of Chester, CT

River Tavern
****/@@@@/++++/&&&/$$$
23 Main St
Chester, CT
(860) 526-9417
Review: The menu has been revised with more choices on Mondays, and the wine list is quote unusual with many Spanish and Italian selections. They now have a new deserts that you order in advance of your meal, and they are extremely good. Food presentation is wonderful, as well as the quality and taste. The stemware is a pleasure to drink from. A touch of added class with real linen hand towels in the restrooms. restaurant also features some very nice artwork.
Recent Reviews: Dec04

 

 

Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grill
**/@@/++/&&/$$
33 Main St
Chester, CT
1-860-526-8143
Live Music on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings Starting 8PM, and some weekends. Check with the Bar for a schedule of the summer series of Friday and Saturday music.

Review: From 4PM to 7PM, the atmosphere is that "Everybody knows your name" as this is a popular local Bar and Grille. Food ranges from Hamburgers to Filet Mignon. In my past two visits the food had been better than I can ever remember. The Pattaconk "Board" with Hangar Steak is simply delicious!
Recent Reviews: 3/04/03 - 3/05/03 - 1/31/04 - 4/30/04

Sage American Bar & Grill
**/@@/+++/&&&/$$$
129 W Main St
Chester, CT
1-860-526-9898

Live Music on most Friday nights, and some Saturday evenings. They use only quality performers and bands.

During the winter months, this is our favorite restaurant to visit due to the great atmosphere of the large fireplace which burns HOT in the tap room. Cozy couches to enjoy the fire while waiting for dinner, or to enjoy a drink.

Review: This building was an old brush factory in the 1800's, and still has the original pulley and power belt system suspended from the ceilings, which adds a lot of character to this restaurant. Outside of the building is a beautiful waterfall, directly on the Pattaconk brook, that once powered the old factory.

The Sage offers a nice Prime Rib dish. The portion and quality are very good but arrive early as Prime rib unually sells out before nights end. The wine list has recently become a bit sparce, but there are still some nice choices that you will enjoy.

During our last visit, we had an inconsistant experience. Our server was new to serving, and failed to communicate with the kitchen properly. Parts of our meal were not prepared as requested, and timing of delivery of some dishes were not as requested.

Sadly, the property is experienceing some serious septic issues, and the odor of sewage at the end of our meal was completely overpowering, ruining what was otherwise an OK Meal. What a shame too, because the atmosphere of the building is spectacular, including on walking over a covered bridge to enter the restaurant. I will rate the atmosphere as if there will be no septic odor present.

Reviews : 9/21/04 - Oct04 - Nov04 - Dec04 - Jan05 - Jan06 - Feb06 - March 07 - November 07

Restaurant Du Village - French
****/@@@/+++/&&&/$$$$
59 Main St
Chester, CT
1-860-526-5301
April, 2004 - Zagat rated this little Gem of a restaurant as "Best Restaurant in in the entire state of Connecticut!

Note: Reservations REQUIRED. it is best to plan at least 1 week in advance.

Lupo
****/@@@/+++/&&&&/$$$
189 Middlesex Tpke. (RT 156)
Chester, CT
1-860-526-4400
Review: Lupo is a fun dining experience. An interesting menu that allows for a large selection of small serving size dishes called "little bites". This is ideal for tasting a variety of items on the menu.

Pretty much every items on the menu is EXCELLENT. Service here is good. Pleasant greeting, and friendly service. Reservations recommended Friday and Saturday nights. Some tables have floor A/C vents located near them which is drafty during summer months, and the dining room is loud.

Bartender Peter Marshall moved to La Vita Gustosa Restaurant in East Haddam CT,for those of you who might be looking for his famous service.

Closed Mondays.
Recent Reviews: Nov04 - Dec04 - Jan04 - Oct05 (2x) - Nov05 (3x) - Dec05 - Jan06)5x) - Feb 05 (4x) - Mar06 - Apr06 - May05 - Jun04 - Jul06 - Aug06 - Sept06 - Oct 06 - Nov06 - Dec06 - Jan07 - Feb07 - Mar07 - Apr07 - May07 - Jun07 - Jul07

Simons Place
(Breakfast & Lunch)
***/@@@/++/~/$
Main Street
Chester, CT
860-526-...
Review: An up and coming place to buy good high quality food.
Recent Reviews: 10/17/04

Inn at Chester (CLOSED at the moment)
318 W Main St
Chester, CT
1-860-526-9541
Review: Currently Closed.

The Wheat Market
(Breakfast & Lunch)
(Take Out Deli)
***/@@@/+/N/A/$
4 Water Street
Chester, CT
1-860-526-9347

Town of Deep River, CT

Ivory Restaurant & Pub
***/@@/++/&&/$$
1 Kirtland St
Deep River, CT
1-860-526-2528

Live Music on Friday and Saturday Evenings from 9:30 till 12:30.

On Thursday's they hold an Open Mic night, for musicians to just walk through he door, and jam.

The Friday night after Christmas in 2006, my wife and I stopped in to have dinner. We were expecting to eat a nice meal, simple family style restaurant food, however we did not expect what we were served. Out meal was so fantastic, that we both were so pleasantly surprised. I had the Atlantic salmon dish, that was prepared perfectly. Presentation, temperature, flavor, and texture of the fish was just incredible. The vegetables were also prefect with rich flavors. My wife ordered the sliced sirloin steak, which was served exactly as she asked for it (Medium Rare) and was wonderful. Service was friendly are timing was good. You should note that when we sat down to eat, the restaurant was at 100% capacity. We sat at the only open 2 seat table. For the kitchen to serve food of this quality under full house conditions, is really impressive, at ANY restaurant. Our meal definitely was a 4 star meal, but will hold on upgrading the rating until we have one more visit to see if this remains consistent.

Recent Reviews: Dec 06 - Feb07 - May07

Whistle Stop (Breakfast / Lunch)
***/@@@/++/None/$
108 Main St
Deep River, CT
(860) 526-4122

This is a hopping local favorite! that is usually packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Hedy (Owner & Chef) and her Husband prepare wonderful home style breakfasts along with the assistance od a dedicated crew of hard working servers. This is a SMALL place, and wow does it do amazingly well. Be prepared to get to know the people around you, and you will have a wonderful visit.

Town of East Haddam, CT

Gelston House Inn & Restaurant
*/@@/+++/&&&/$$
8 Main St (on the river)
East Haddam, CT
1-860-873-1411

On The Rocks - At Fox Hopyard Golf Course
***/@@@/++/&&&&/$$
1 Hopyard Road

East Haddam, CT
1-860-434-6644
Review: Our visit occurred on a very slow evening. greeting and seating was very friendly and courteous. The Black bean soup was Excellent, and all of our main courses were equally as enjoyable. Due to the fact that it was early in the season, we will return in a couple of months for a more accurate evaluation of the service and atmosphere.
Recent Reviews: 4/01/03 - 1/8/04 - Sept 06 - Oct 07

Nino's (
**/@@/++/&&&/$$
381 Town St
East Haddam, CT
1-860-873-8812
Review: Formerly known as the "Hale & Hearty" & "Bistro by Benino", this restaurant was completely renovated, and has now re-opened as "Nino's".

This is a clean elegant restaurant that serves comfortable American / Italian dishes, as well as Pizza. The Bar room is nice, and seats about 12 people at the Bar. Two fireplaces, and PLENTY Of outdoor seating. The main dining room is capable of handling parties as large as 90 people.

In the 1st week of November 2007, we dined here. The restaurant was not crowded on our Tuesday evening 7:30PM visit. We were greated and seated imediately. The wine list offered a nice variety of wines to select from, mostly european wines. Our waitress was friendly, and knowledgable of the menu, specials, as well as the wine list.

We all ate veal dishes, and remarked that our meals were wonderful.

La Vita Gustosa Ristorante & Bakery - Italian
**/@@@/+++/&&&/$$
9 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
1-860-873-8999 - Email
FREE Wireless Internet Access.

Restaurant review: This is an enjoyable Italian Bistro restaurant that is tucked quietly across the street from the Historic Goodspeed Opera House, and Gelston House. It offers a great Bar room with ample seating for groups as large as 40 people, including 15 seats at the bar. They usually serve food until 9:30PM. The main dining room is large, and offers a nice dining atmosphere. In September 2006, they opened a new section that nearly doubled the restaurant's Capacity yp to about 120 people

The menu offers a large selection of Italian dishes. Bread is baked on the premises, and is wonderful. There is a special seasoned bread stick that they make that is nicely seasoned with Italian spices and garlic. It is to die for!

TIP: Wednesday thru Saturday, La Vita Gustosa has the BEST overall bartender in Eastern Connecticut!!!. If you can get a seat at "Peter Marshall's Bar" which only offers 16 seats!, Peter is well known for NEVER letting a patron go dry, and excellent friendly service if you wish to eat at the Bar. I dare you to order a Martini from Peter, and not be impressed with his presentation... I double dare you to pick it up after he serves it to you, and sip from it without spilling a drop! You have NO Chance.

Recommended Martinis... Esspressotini, Appletini and Key Lime. Peter ALWAYS offers a Special Martini of the day, if you are in the mood for a surprise.

Doors open at 11AM daily (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Recent Reviews: Nov 05 - Oct 06 - November 07,

Town of Essex, CT

Griswold Inn
**/@@/+++/&&/$$$
36 Main St
Essex, CT
1-860-767-1776
Restaurant is is currently closed Monday thru Thursdays for remodeling of new Wine Bar room. Open on Friday - Sunday. The INN is open 7 days.
Live Music 7 days a week. Piano Bar Happy Hour, and live music groups at 8PM

On Tuesday Night, come in to see the Shinny Lapel Trio perform! For the cost of a few drinks, you will have a wonderful 2 hours of great music and dancing. (8:30 to 10:30 PM)

Review: Early American restaurant with a,great Tap Room and nightly live music! The biggest thing going for this location is the rich history behind this building built in 1776. The tap room is one of the most unique bars in all of New England you must see this room for yourself.

The antique art the walls, and antique gun collection (1600s to the 1900s) in display cases whispers a humm of the American Revolution, and the era of Industrialization and steamships.

Recent Reviews: Jan04 - Feb05 - May07

Black Seal Seafood Grill
**/@@@/++/&&/$$
15 Main Street
Essex, CT
1-860-767-0233
Live Music on Friday and Saturday Nights starting at 9PM
Review: A great value on the menu specials, as portion sizes are generous. We dined on a Tuesday evening, and pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was completely full. Seating was a bit crowded, but manageable. The Prime Rib special was a fabulous value, with such a large cut, for $11.95. Service was very good considering every table was seated, we had only a few minor requests dropped. The lentil soup special was excellent, as the lentils were not overcooked, and served very hot with lots of flavor.
Recent Reviews: Feb04

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Photo: Historic Essex, Connecticut Marinas and downtown area. Best Small Town in America in 1998. (Settled in 1664.

Your feedback about any of our reviews, or places we have not yet reviewed, is always welcome!

Oliver's Tavern
*/@/+/&/$$
124 Westbrook Rd
Essex, CT
(860) 767-2633
Review: A popular local meeting place. The food is good, and all you can eat free peanuts in the shell. The bar here is rather large in size. A good all around meeting place.
Unfortunately i must report that their restrooms leave a lot to be desired. Avoid using them, your nose will thank you.
Live Music on most Friday nights, and some Saturday evenings. They use only quality performers and bands.

Recent Reviews: May04 - Jul06

Crows Nest Gourmet - Deli
**/@/++/~/$
35 Pratt St
Essex, CT
1-860-767-3288
Review: Wonderful Soups and deli sandwiches! It is located at a somewhat hard to find location inside Dauntless marina... ask a local resident to point you in the right direction. Breakfast here is good, but service can be VERY slow. If you are in a rush, do NOT eat here. If however you wish to sit and chat with a companion, and take in the beautiful view of the CT River, and the boat yard, this is a good choice.

Town of Haddam, CT

Haddam Restaurant
**/@@/++/&&/  $Lunch - $$Dinner
1617 Saybrook Rd (RT 154)
Haddam, CT
1-860-345-4472
Open 7 Days a week
Restaurant hours 11AM to 10PM
Bar hours: Sun-Thur:11AM to 12PM - Fri & Sat 11AM - 1AM
FREE Wireless Internet Access.
Bring your Laptop for a working lunch or dinner.

Now open at 9 AM for Breakfast.

Dinner: The restaurant offers two dining areas. A less formal family style area in the forward part of the restaurant near the kitchen. Ideal for families with children, as all the seating is booth style.

In the back of the restaurant, there is a formal dining area with fireplace, and linen covered tables. The dining room is nicely decorated seasonally, and welcomes you with a very nice atmosphere for your dining experience. It offers plenty of room for parties with as many as 100 people!

Recent Reviews: Nov05 - Dec05, Jan06(6x), Feb 06, Mar06(2x), Apr06 - June07


Blue Oar (May to October)
***/@@/++++/N/A/$$
16 Snyder Rd (on the river)
Haddam, CT
1-860-345-2994
Review: Good Seafood - dinner sunset outdoors, bring light jacket for sunset. Boaters can pull right up to the restaurant for a wonderful dinner. Located inside the property of the Midway Marina about 1 mile north of the East Haddam Swing bridge, on the west bank of the CT River. Public bathrooms are about a 2 minute walk from the outdoor dining area, up a steep hill. - (This restaurant is a Hidden GEM however you should pack a picnic basket with all of the following.
1) Your favorite bottle(s) of wine, and Opener
2) Wine Glasses
3) Your own silverware (They provide plasticware)
4) Bug spray if you plan to dine at sunset.
5) A Light Jacket for after Sunset

If you come prepared with all of these things, you will very likely have a WONDERFUL dining experience.)

Most tourists never hear about the Blue Oar, and many locals like it that way... it is a hidden gem. As crazy as this sounds, you really should try eating here, despite bringing many of your own things. You will be happy that you stopped in. This is the ONLY place where you can dine outdoors, right on the CT River, south of Middletown.
Recent Reviews: 6/18/03 - 6/25/03 - 07/22/03 - 05/18/03 - 05/10/04 - July04 - Aug04 - June05 - Sept05 - May06 - June06, July06 - Aug06 - Sept06 - May07 - June07 - July07

Coyote Blue - Mexican Restaurant
***/@@@/+++/&&/$
RT 154
Haddam CT
860-345-2403
Review: This very small restaurant (about 45 seats) exceeded my expectations from its exterior appearance. Walking through the doors I felt transported to a small dessert town in the middle of no place in Arizona. Immediately greeted at the door with a friendly smile, we were seated within 8 minutes, after being told that the wait was 30 minutes. Service was very FAST and friendly! The liquor "tequila" is practically worshiped at this restaurant. They go out of their way to educate you about tequila, and they have a menu that is almost entirely dedicated to drinks made with tequila. The main course I ordered was the Coyote Combo. It was HOT, great presentation, and delicious. Portion size was generous, and prices were very reasonable. Service was excellent, and drinks were replaced in a timely fashion. An all around very good meal. After talking with a few people, I learned that that do not take reservations, yet waits can reach 45 minutes+, however the food is worth the wait! My only negative comment is that the mens bathroom was a "very" small room, but I'll be back!
Recent Reviews: 5/11/03 - 10/15/03 - May04 - Sept04 - Jan05 - April05 - May05 - Sept05 - March07 - April07

Country Restaurant - CLOSED at the moment
***/@@/++/~/$
Bridge Rd
Haddam, CT
1-860-345-4229
Review: Excellent Breakfasts! Be prepared to wait 20+ minutes for a seat on Saturday and Sunday Mornings, and you will be VERY happy you did! this is one BUSY family restaurant.
Recent Reviews: 04/18/04 - 05/02/04 - May05

 

 

Town of Ivoryton, CT
(A Village of Essex)

Copper Beech Inn
*****/@@@@@/++++/&&&&/$$$$
46 Main St
Ivoryton, CT
1-860-767-0330

Review: Visiting the Copper Beach is an experience that you will not soon forget. The restaurant is located inside of a beautiful large Inn, that is beautifully furnished with period early American paintings and furniture. Service from the time you enter the building, until you leave is top notch, as good as it gets.

The menu is set up for a three course meal, and is changed frequently by the chef. The wine list offers a tremendous selection of this finest wines, and Chris is well versed in all of them, if you need assistance.

You will find that your meal will be prepared to the utmost of perfection. A rare treat to say the very least.

The desert selections are fabulous, including a trio of CRÈME BRULÈ, and a cheese bar offering a selection of some of the finest cheeses.

If you have a great reason to celebrate, or need to impress someone, this would be the place to have that special dinner!

Recent Reviews: Feb04 - July05 - Sept05 - Nov05 -= Feb06(2x) - Mar06 - Sept 06 (Pips)

Town of Old Lyme, CT

BOOM Wine bar & Grill
****/@@@/++/&&/$$
In the Old Lyme Market Place
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone: 860-434-9837
FAX: 860-434-FOOD
Review: After New ownership (Formerly Anne's Bistro), and a new Chef, We were very pleasantly surprised with a terrific dining experience. The Food was delightful. our meals included a two cheese salad that was delicious, followed by an 8 ounce Sirloin steak with local grown fingerling potatoes, buttermilk onion rings and Cabernet Sauvignon veal sauce. Also enjoyed was the the New England Crab Cake appetizer, and Roast Rack of Lamb. Seating is somewhat limited, and Weekend reservations are recommended. The wine list has a nice selection with a unique price structure. There is very tasteful local artwork on display, as well as for sale.
Recent Reviews: Dec06 - Jan07

Old Lyme Inn
*/@/++/&&/$$$$
85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT
1-860-434-2600
Review: The expectations are high but results are less than acceptable. Wait staff seems to be preoccupied, tentative. Food quality can vary significantly, lacks consistency. The wine list needs additional selections below $40.00. Otherwise we enjoyed the ambiance of the Grill room.
Recent Reviews: Feb05 - May 07

 

The Hideaway Restaurant & Pub
**/@@/++/&&/$
19 Halls Rd.
Old Lyme, CT 06371

 

Town of Old Saybrook, CT

Aspen Restaurant (Contemporary American cuisine.)
(NEW - Opened November 2007)
****/@@@/++/&&/$$$
2 Main Street (Inside the Country Barn)
Old Saybrook, CT
1-860-395-5888

Chef de Cuisine David Borselle, a graduate from the Connecticut Culinary Institute and is making quite an impression on the shoreline with his wonderfully prepared dishes.

Lunch Mondays through Sundays from 11:30 to 2:30

Diinner Sundays through Thursdays from 5 to 9

Dinner Friday and Saturdays from 5 to 10

The Back Porch
142 Ferry Road
Old Saybrook, CT
(860) 510-0282
Review: This is a Brand New LARGE restaurant located along the CT River just 1/4 mile down river from I-95. It offers a VERY large capacity, and excellent view of the Connecticut River overlooking a very large marina, in the direction of the railroad bridge, and the Long Island sound beyond that. There is LIVE Music every Friday and Saturday evening. Two outdoor Fire pits to huddle around with friends on the chilly evenings, and a VERY Large Bar that seats about 20 people. They offer two flat panel TVs in the Bar room for sports enthusiasts.

Jack's American Bistro & Wine Bar
***/@@@/+++/&&&/$$
286 Main Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
1-860-395-1230

Description: Jack Flaws is the Chef and Owner of this wonderful small restaurant in downtown old saybrook.

Tiberio's Restaurant
***/@@/++/&&&/$$$
1395 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
1-860-388-2459

Description: Contemporary Italian cuisine in a romantic, relaxing atmosphere. Chef/owner Antonio, from Naples, Italy, is an accomplished chef who owned an award-winning Italian restaurant in Europe for 12 years. Here you will find dishes from all over Italy, and some of the chef's own inventions as well. There is a bar that seats six and an open kitchen.
Recent Reviews: Sept06 - Nov06 - Mar07 July 07

Rosemary & Sage
***/@@@/++/&&&/$$$
1080 Boston Post Road (Rt 1)
Old Saybrook, CT
1-860-388-1166
Review: Although this is a small restaurant, the food is excellent, service is fast and friendly, and the Chef Owner "Mickey" is truly a master. In 2004 we enjoyed two wonderful dining experiences here as a party of 6 on both occasions. There is a very nice Bar, and a well rounded wine list.
Recent Reviews: Sept04 - Nov04 - Jan05

Alfornos Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
***/@@/++/&/$$
1654 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
1-860-399-4166
Review: A Pizzeria Ristorante that is head and shoulders above most. A large selection of wines, although a good portion of the wine list lacks vintage year information. The food here is VERY good, and we are not talking just Pizza!
Recent Reviews: 5/4//03 - 1/6/04 - 04/16/04

Pasta Vita - Prepared food to go only
***/@@/~/~/$$
175 Elm Street
Old Saybrook, CT
860-395-1452
Review: This is a unique listing for our restaurant section, in that this is not an eat in restaurant. If you live here, or are renting a house for a weekend, or during the summer, and do not want to fuss with cooking, Pasta Vita offers a great variety of meals that are already prepared. You simply call them to place your order, and stop by later in the day to pick it up. The food here is VERY good. A solid 2 star rating.

Cuckoo's Nest - Mexican Food
**/@@/++/&&&&/$$
1712 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
1-860-399-9060

Paperback Cafe
(Breakfast & Lunch)
**/@@/+/~/$
210 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-9718
Review: A nice place to enjoy a good hearty breakfast or lunch. My Eggs were cooked as I ordered them, the bacon was not too crispy, and the milk was cold. A hearty cup of coffee made it all come together.
Recent Reviews: 5/4//03

Town of Westbrook, CT

Cafe Routier - A Yankee Bistro
****/@@@/+++/&&&/$$$
Rt 1
Westbrook, CT
1-860-399-8700
Review: A terrific experience in dining. The presentation of the meal was excellent, and the Endive salad with Gorganzola, was fresh and mixed with a wonderful selection of compliments, including tasty slivers of apple.
Recent Reviews: 3/11/03 - 1/13/04 - 2/16/04 - 3/22/04 - Aug04 - Oct05 - Nov05 - Nov06 - Feb07

Bill's Seafood Restaurant
**/@@/++/&&&/$$
548 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-7224

A popular place for boaters from May to October, but is open year round. They offer good food, at a fair price, and are usually packed solid on Friday and Saturday nights in the Summer, with an indoor and outdoor bar. Live Music is frequently played at the outdoor veranda during the Summer.

Obviously the focus of the food is on seafood.

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Aerial Photography of Boating Marinas
Brewer's Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT.

Town of Uncasville, CT

Michael Jordan's Steak House
****/@@@/+++/&&&&/$$$
Inside the Mohegan Sun Casino Shopping Mall area
Uncasville, CT
Toll Free: 888-226-7711, ext. 27500
(Reservations recommended several days in advance).
Review: This restaurant review is outside of our local norm. Located inside a busy casino at the Mohegan Sun Resort. We arrived here as a happen stance, and had no reservations, which we learned are needed to be made days in advance of your dining visit. The hostess was very polite, and suggested we visit the Bar room, and if we managed to get a seat at one of the three tables, or at the bar, they would serve us dinner. Luckily we did manage to get seats within 10 minutes, and experienced a wonderful meal. The 32oz Prime Rib dressed in a Cowboy setup was sold out, but it was strongly recommended to get the Kansas City 24oz Steak which they would dress up with the cowboy setup. The meat was grilled to perfection! The side of creamed spinach with cheese was delicious. The bar offered a fine selection of your better quality liquor and wine. I enjoyed a very well made margarita on the rocks with no salt. Service was terrific across the board, and mind you that this restaurant which seats several hundred people was completely packed. Any restaurant that can handle a full house with great service is doing something right.
Recent Reviews: July04 - Feb05 - April05 - June 06 - Nov 06 - Dec 06

The Longhouse Restaurant
**/@/+/&&&/$$$$
Inside the Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den Room
Uncasville, CT
Toll Free: 888-226-7711, ext. 27500
Review: This restaurant review is outside of our local norm. Located inside a busy casino at the Mohegan Sun Resort. We were greeted immediately upon arriving for our reserved seating time. (Reservations recommended). Our waitress was good, but had the potential of getting a better rating if she had paid a little more attention to detail. The portions were terrific if you like a hearty meal, and the New York Cheese cake desert was a fabulous 3 stars with fresh strawberries, and a blackberry sauce. For a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was completely full.
Recent Reviews: 4/22/03


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Mark, Leif and Joseph Dining at
the "River Tavern" in Chester, CT

Additional dining in the region that has yet to be reviewed
Red
= I have not visited, but have heard that the food is supposed to be pretty good.

Town of Branford

La Cuisine Caterers
550 East Main Street #23
Branford, CT 06405
1-203-488-7100 Ask for Ben

Italian Il Forno Restaurant - Italian
765 Main Street
Branford, CT
203-488-0573

Parthenon Diner Restaurant
374 E Main Street
Branford, CT
203-481-0333

Siam Orchids - Thai Cuisine
899 West Main Street
Branford, CT
203-483-6993

Calypso River Grill - Caribbean
50 Maple Street
Branford, CT
203-481-1211

Som Siam - Thai Cuisine
899 West Main Street
Branford, CT
203-483-6993

Town of Centerbrook

Centerbrook Pizza Restaurant
10 Westbrook Rd
Centerbrook, CT
860-767-1056

Town of Chester

Town of Deep River

 

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Great Wall Chinese (Take out)
156 Main St
Deep River, CT
(860) 526-8988

Deep River Pizza
160 Main St
Deep River, CT
1-860-526-1348

Shortstop
165 Main St
Deep River, CT
1-860-526-4146

Town of Essex

The Iron Chef - Japanese
21 Plains Road
Essex, CT
1-860-767-2340

Town of Guilford

The Stone House Restaurant
506 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT
203-458-3700

The White Rabbit Restaurant
133 State Street
Guilford, CT
203-453-6780

Town of East Hampton

The Lake View
23 Lake Dr.,
East Hampton, CT.
860 977-0495
We serve Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Ice Cream & More! A family restaurant serving the East Hampton Area where Quality Food and Affordable Prices are Guaranteed!

Town of Haddam

Me & McGee Restaurant
40 Saybrook Road
Haddam CT
860-345-3777

Subway Sandwiches & Salads
106 Bridge Rd
Haddam, CT
1-860-345-4600

Town of Higganum

Dino's
968 Killingworth Rd
Higganum, CT
(860) 345-2990

Alberts Pub
12 Killingworth Rd
Higganum, CT
(860) 345-2102

Glockenspiel
Killingworth Rd
Higganum, CT
(860) 345-4697

Town of Ivoryton

Ivoryton Tavern Cafe
8 Summit St
Ivoryton, CT
860-767-1449

Characters Restaurant
107 Main St
Ivoryton, CT
860-767-0690

Town of Killingworth

Mom's Country Muffins
208 Route 81
Killingworth, CT
860-663-3533

Copper Skillet restaurant - Greek / Italian
184 Route 81
Killingworth, CT
860-663-3537

Town of Madison

The Dolly Madison Inn & Restaurant
73 West Warf Road
Madison, CT
203-245-7377

The Inn at Lafayette
725 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-7773

Lynch & Malone's
56 A Academy Street
Madison, CT
203-245-1145

Your feedback about any of our reviews, or places we have not yet reviewed, is always welcome!

L.L. Lowrie's Pub & Grille - Italian
51 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-318-0608

Woodlawn Grill House
438 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-5757

Perfect Parties Cafe
885 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-0250

Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Family Restaurant
1301 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT
203-245-7289

The Wharf Restaurant ~
94 West Wharf Road
Madison, CT
203-245-0005

Town of Old Lyme

The Hideaway Restaurant and Pub
Old Lyme Shopping center
(Exit 70 off I-95)
Old Lyme, CT
860-434-1455
860-434-1854

Bee and Thistle Inn
Lunch and Dinner Daily
100 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT
860-4341667

Mr A's Cafe 156
(Brew Pub Restaurant)
100 Shore Rd
Old Lyme, CT
(860) 434-0449

Town of Old Saybrook

Pat's Kitchen
70 Mill Rock Rd E
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-4784

Saybrook Fish House
99 Essex Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-4836

Stella Doro
1231 Old Boston Post Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-6590

Saigon City
1315 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-6888

Luigi's Restaurant
1295 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-9190

Taipei Tokyo - Japanese & Chinese
732 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-1188

Gateway Of India
1333 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-9627

Chu's Chinese Buffet
732 Middlesex Tpke
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-2491

Aleia's
1687 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-399-5050

Prime Time Grill
90 Essex Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-395-0611

Saybrook Point Inn
2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT
860-395-2000

Nishiki - Japanese Hibachi & Sushi Bar
1596 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT
860-399-1113

Fiore Pizzeria & Restaurant
210 Main Street
Old Saybrook
860-344-5557

Dock and Dine
10 College St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
860-388-4665

Andriana's Restaurant
519 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-0408

Little Siam
1745 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-399-8848

Old Saybrook Diner ~
Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT
860-395-1079

Courtyard Restaurant
105 Elm St # 20
Old Saybrook, CT
860-388-1821

Town of Westbrook

Water's Edge Inn and Resort Restaurant
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT
860-399-5901

Jenn's Jetty Restaurant
516 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-2233

Sal's Pizza & Pasta
1211 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-8331

Marty's Seafood Restaurant
110 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-669-1269

The Whole Enchilada
1121 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT
860-399-1221

Muffin Korner Restaurant
4 Westbrook Pl
Westbrook, CT
860-399-7130

Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Family Restaurant
86 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT
203-245-7289

Westbrook Pizza
21 Essex Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-7160

Zio Ciccio Pizzeria & Trattoria
79 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT
860-669-2338

New Deal Steak Place
704 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-0015

Frankie's
359 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT
860-399-5525

North Light Deli
478 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-6532

Jenn's Jetty Restaurant
516 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-2233

Creative Cooking Restaurant
1835 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT
860-399-7872

The Connecticut Towns the make up the "primary" region of the CT River Valley are... Essex, Old Saybrook, Chester, Deep River, Old Lyme, Westbrook, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Haddam, Lyme, Clinton, Higganum, Ivoryton, Centerbrook, Killingworth and Madison, CT.

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