Food & Drink in Connecticut

Standup Comedy at Joker's Wild Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Patrons enjoy local and national headlining comedians as they fill the air with laughter

$30 $15

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card for Italian Cuisine at Vito's By the Water. Two Locations Available.

Vito's by the Water

Multiple Locations

Views of a tranquil lake complement traditional Italian dishes cooked according to family recipes

$50 $34

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$14 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Hot Beverages, Smoothies, Juice, and Snacks at Robeks ($24 Total Value)

Robeks

Multiple Locations

Hot cider teas, Performance coffee, smoothies, raw vegetable juices, and healthy eats made with natural ingredients selected for nutrition

$6 $3.50

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Tasting Menu or Dinner at Zagat-Rated La Crémaillère Restaurant (Up to 55% Off). Five Options Available.

La Crémaillère Restaurant

Bedford/Banksville

Enjoy the autumn tasting menu of French Country cuisine with traditional European influences, including vegetarian options

$170 $85

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian-American Food at Whiskey River Tavern ($40 Value)

Whiskey River Tavern

Waterford

Pub serves up fried ravioli, fish 'n' chips, meatball subs, and a slate of pizzas

$20 $10

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Barbecue and Seafood for Two or a Take-Out Football Feast at BJ Ryan's BANC House (Up to 44% Off)

BJ Ryans's Banc House

Central Norwalk

Smokehouse-barbecue and fresh-seafood menu unites Southern recipes with coastal eats, such as lobster rolls, pulled pork, and dungeness crab

$50 $28

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Wood-Fired Pizza and Iron-Skillet Pasta from Red Tomato Pizza (Up to 54% Off). Six Options Available.

Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza

East Norwich

Wood-fired margherita pizza made with fresh mozarella and extra virgin olive oil; pastas cooked in an iron skillet; sangria and dessert

$54 $25

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Three Italian Meals or Two Meatball and Pasta Specials at Mima’s Meatballs and More (Up to 50% Off)

Mima's Meatballs and More

Danbury

Dine on classic or veggie meatballs atop pasta with a choice of six sauces or fried pizza fritte in a casual Italian cafe

$10 $5

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$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Grinders, and Calzones at Luna Pizza in West Hartford

Luna Pizza

West Hartford

Marble-top tables fill with calzones, grinders & oven-baked pizzas prepared with fresh, locally sourced toppings

$30 $16

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Italian Food at San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante

Bristol

Chefs hand toss pizza dough before topping it with italian meats, veggies, and cheese and baking it to bubbly perfection in wood-fired oven

$30 $16

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Upscale Pub Meal with Drinks for Two or Four at The Outer Space (Up to 43% Off)

The Outer Space

Hamden

Groups of two or four enjoy fare from an upscale pub menu alongside a large selection of craft beers

$60 $35

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Burgers, Salads, and Shakes, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Flipside Burgers & Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Flipside Burgers & Bar

Fairfield

Thousands of burger combinations, specialty sandwiches and salads make up a menu complemented by cocktails and sodas from full-service bar

$20 $10

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Homestyle Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Savin Rock Roasting Company (Up to 45% Off)

Savin Rock Roasting Company

West Haven

Hand-cut steaks from certified Choice Midwest beef; kitchen staff roasts seasoned corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, and turkey overnight

$93.85 $56

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four or Mexican Lunch for Two at Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant

New Milford

Mexican menu includes black-bean, tortilla, and chicken soup as well as classic burritos, tacos, chimichangas, flautas, and enchiladas

$48.85 $29

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Dinner or Brunch at Station House Wine Bar and Grill (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Station House Wine Bar and Grill

Stratford Train Station

Linguini and clams, cheese ravioli, and New York strip steak sandwich

$41.90 $26

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Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (68% Off)

Brew and Wine Hobby

East Hartford

In laid-back classes, hobbyists learn flavor theory before getting their hands dirty brewing their own beer and wine

$50 $16

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$27 for a $40 Gift Card for Creole and Cajun Cuisine at Scatz Restaurant & Jazz Lounge

Scatz Restaurant & Jazz Lounge

Middletown

Honey-glazed fried chicken, Cajun crawfish pasta, pan-seared pork chops topped with apple-mango chutney, and Louisiana fried catfish

$40 $27

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Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

$75 $37

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Full Wine Tasting with Cheese and Take-Home Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 42% Off)

Haight Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

Tasting of complete wine portfolio accompanied by cheese, plus wine glass to take home

$24 $14

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$12 for One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes ($30 Value)

Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

$30 $12

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$19 for a Wine Tasting with Chocolates and Souvenir Glasses for Two at Miranda Vineyard ($36 Value)

Miranda Vineyard

Goshen

Samples of six award-winning wines prepared according to family traditions, plus hand-crafted chocolates and two take-home souvenir glasses

$36 $19

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Italian-American Meal for Two or Four at Jesse Camille's Restaurant (Up to 41% Off)

Jesse Camille's Restaurant

Naugatuck

On covered patio, beside fire, or at cozy sports bar, diners feast on thick, juicy burgers and pappardelle bolognese to satisfy hunger

$66 $39

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Standup for Two, Four, or Eight at Hartford Funny Bone Through February 28 (Up to 84% Off)

Hartford Funny Bone

Hartford Funny Bone

Club features nationally touring comics seen on stage and screen

$46 $15

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$22 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($44 Value)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Thimble Island Brewery

Craft brewery with four beers on tap, including the signature American Ale and seasonal specialties

$44 $22

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Barbecue Dinner and Drinks for Two, Four, or Take-Out at Bobby Q’s (Up to 47% Off)

Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ & Grill

Westport

Eatery known for pit-smoked barbecue and award-winning sauces celebrates its 10th year in business

$72.99 $39

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Jim McCue at La Trattoria Restaurant on Saturday, December 27 (Up to 46% Off)

Jim McCue

La Trattoria Restaurant

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“Last Comic Standing” vet and founder of the Boston Comedy Festival shares off-the-cuff jokes and smart material

$22.09 $12

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$17 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two or More at Lena's Restaurant

Lena's Restaurant & Banquet

South Windsor

Flowing red curtains and vintage hanging lights set the tone for brick-oven pizzas, mussels, hearty pastas, and veal sautéed in wine

$30 $17

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Asian Cuisine at Moca Sushi (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Moca Sushi

North Haven

Menu includes snow crab salad, philadelphia rolls, tofu teriyaki, pad thai, hibachi steak, chicken curry, and seafood pineapple fried rice

$30 $16

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ($24 Value)

Sweet Frog

Guilford

21 frozen-yogurt flavors including sweet coconut and georgia peach; available in gelato, low-fat, fat free, non-dairy & gluten-free options

$6 $3

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$16 for $30 Worth of American Food and Ice Cream at The Summer House

The Summer House

Southwick

Year-round shop with up to 24 ice-cream flavors and classic food such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, hot dogs, soup, and fries

$30 $16

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Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Drinks at Chasers Bar & Lounge (50% Off)

Chasers Bar & Lounge

Ansonia

Enjoy a beer or cocktail at this sports bar, which features a pool table, dart board, video games, and flat-screen TVs

$10 $5

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$10 for $24 Worth of Italian Sandwiches, Pizza, and Deli Food at Saldamarco’s Deli

Saldamarco's Deli

Clinton

Italian sandwiches are layered with fresh deli meats and cheeses, plus favorites such as chicken parm, sausage and peppers, and meatballs.

$24 $10

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Caribbean Food at Tata's Restaurant for Two, Four, or More (50% Off)

Tata's Restaurant

Wallingford Center

The chef can coat black tiger shrimp with a garlic butter sauce, and deep-fry pork medallions infused with garlic and herbs

$24 $12

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Stir-Fry Dinner for Two or Four at Gobi Mongolian Grill (Up to 44% Off)

Gobi Mongolian Grill

Southington

Customize bowls with meats, seafood, noodles, and veggies before ladling in sauces and handing them to chefs to cook on the grill

$31.90 $19.50

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Full Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses at Sharpe Hill Vineyard (40% Off)

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Pomfret

Winemaster Howard Burnsen draws on 25 years of experience to create an eclectic variety of wines

$30 $18

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Italian American Food for Lunch or Dinner at East Street Eatery (50% Off)

East Street Eatery

Wolcott

Italian American staples including New York strip steak, Angus burgers topped with cheese, and pasta tossed with chicken or seafood

$30 $15

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Farm-to-Table Meal for Two or Four at Red Clover Cafe at The All-American Valley General Store (Up to 68% Off)

Red Clover Cafe at The All-American Valley General Store

Seymour

Every dish at the cafe has roots around the farm or with producers around the state, enhancing traditional and modern dishes

$37.90 $13

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$6 for $10 Worth of Snacks — Jeff's Kettle Corn

Jeff's Kettle Corn

Tolland

From the merchant: Get two bags of Jeff’s delicious kettle corn for about the same price as one. Many flavors to choose from!

$10 $6

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Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Tony Z's Apizza (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Tony Z's Apizza

Tony Z's Pizza

Dozens of varieties of New Haven–style brick-oven pizza with specialty toppings such as breaded chicken and fresh clams

$30 $14

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New Latin Cuisine at Ola Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ola Restaurant

Orange

New York Times–praised restaurant serves modern Latin small plates, steaks, and seafood alongside tropical drinks

$50 $25

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$20 for $30 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Billy Tee's. Two Options Available.

Billy Tee's

Cromwell

12-acre entertainment facility boasts mini golf, driving range, batting cages, and pub that slings wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and beer

$30 $20

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Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four or Takeout at Blackstones Steakhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Blackstones Steakhouse

Greenwich

Prix fixe dinner with choice of prime, dry-aged steaks or fresh seafood, as well as appetizers, dessert, and wine in an elegant steakhouse

$190 $100

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Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Glasses for Two or Four at Broad Brook Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off)

Broad Brook Brewing Company

East Windsor

Groups of two or four tour brewery with 15-barrel system and sample classic as well as seasonal brews

$22 $12

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New American Dinner for Two or Four at New Harvest Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

New Harvest Restaurant

Beacon Falls

Diners can partake of an eclectic menu of palatable dishes, ranging from ceviche to pan-seared duck breast

$30 $16

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Seafood and Steak Dinner for Two or Four at The Tributary Restaurant in Winsted (Up to 45% Off)

The Tributary

Winsted

Amid wood-paneled walls & old-time photographs, waiters ferry fresh clam & mussel starters to tables along with veal, pasta & filet mignon

$68.80 $39

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Surf 'n' Turf at Front Street Station (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Front Street Station

Greenport

Stuffed shrimp scampi, lobster, filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, gourmet burgers, broiled stuffed flounder, and shrimp and scallop provencale

$50 $25

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$12 for $24 or $24 for $48 Worth of Caribbean and Asian Fare at Metric Bar and Grill in Bridgeport

Metric Bar and Grill

Downtown

Chic restaurant crafts eclectic Asian- and Caribbean-inspired cuisine & specializes in corporate catering

$24 $12

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$29 for $50 worth of Farm-to-Table Tapas at Oak Haven Table & Bar

Oak Haven Table & Bar

New Haven

Farm-to-table gastropub whets appetites with oak board filled with cheeses and cured meats and other tapas-sized dishes

$50 $29

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card for BBQ and Cajun Food at Black-eyed Sally's

Black-Eyed Sally's

Downtown Hartford

BBQ and Cajun cuisine such as pulled pork, blackened catfish, jambalaya, and ribs in southern juke joint atmosphere with live blues music

$50 $35

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Japanese Cuisine at Shiki Hibachi & Sushi (Up to 50% Off)

Shiki Hibachi & Sushi

Stamford

Soft shell crab and lobster tempura are fashioned into sushi rolls; filet mignon and lobster are seared hibachi-style at tableside grills

$30 $16

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Prix Fixe Dinner with Beer Pairings or a Large Pizza with Beers for Two at Pies and Pints (Up to 61% Off)

Pies and Pints

Waterbury

Monthly prix fixe beer dinners pair four courses with craft brews

$120 $60

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$30 for $50 Worth of Craft Beer at The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

Norwalk

Beer hall and garden features custom-made picnic tables, 16 draft beers, and dozens more available in bottles and cans

$50 $30

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Wings or Burgers with Draft Beers for Two, Four, or Six at Coyote Maverick (Up to 73% Off)

Coyote Maverick

Danbury

Dig into jumbo wings or burgers topped with fried onions, chili, or mushrooms; draft beers from breweries including Shocktop and Lost Sailor

$35.98 $12

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French Lunch or Crepe-Cart or Café Rental from La Petite France (Up to 55% Off). Four Options Available.

La Petite France

West Hartford

Pastries, breads, and croque monsieurs prepared by French husband-wife team; portable crêpe cart for parties of 20; rent café for party

$20 $10

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Gourmet Sandwiches with Drinks for Two or Four at Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go (50% Off)

Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go

Hamden

Sandwiches include specialty steak and cheese flatbreads and shrimp po-boys as well as classic deli options such as roast beef

$20 $10

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New Latin Cuisine at Ola Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ola Restaurant

Fairfield

New York Times–praised restaurant serves modern Latin small plates, steaks, and seafood alongside tropical drinks

$50 $25

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Cupcakes and Coffee for Two or Four at Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes (Up to 42% Off)

Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes

Devon / Walnut Beach

Cupcakes made from Madagascar bourbon vanilla and Ghiradelli chocolate match with coffee at charity-minded shop

$12.14 $8

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American Food and Drinks at Marnick's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Marnick's Restaurant

Stratford

Daily specials include hamburgers, salads, wraps, and lobster rolls served in an eatery with sweeping views of the beach; open 7 days a week

$20 $10

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Asian Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Mikado (Up to 50% Off)

Mikado

Middletown

Traditional Japanese sushi, spicy Thai dishes, and other flavors from across Asia

$30 $16

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats ($20 Value)

S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

$10 $5.50

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Dueling-Piano Show with Cover, Appetizers, and Wine or Beer for Two or Four at Marisa's Ristorante (50% Off)

Marisa's Ristorante

Trumbull

Every Friday night at 7 p.m., rock and roll pianists battle it out with a bit of comedy at upscale casual restaurant; song requests accepted

$40 $20

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Italian Cuisine for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner for Two or More at Cafe Mangia (Up to 60% Off)

Cafe Mangia

Colchester

Saucy pastas, tender steaks, and Italian dishes alight on granite tabletops inside or on wraparound porch

$20 $8

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Italian and Greek Food at 4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurants (50% Off). Two Options Available.

4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant

Westport

Four brothers and their Mom fashion Italian pizzas and pastas, as well as classic Greek appetizers and entrees

$10 $5

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Hibachi Fare at Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi in Unionville (Up to 45% Off)

Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi

Unionville

Plumes of fire erupt as showboating hibachi chefs put on a sizzling spectacle, cooking filet mignon, shrimp, lobster & Teppanyaki veggies

$40 $22

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at 226 Jazz Art Java ($24 Value)

226 Jazz Art Java

Windsor

Cappuccinos, espressos, and other coffee drinks match with breakfast sandwiches and pastries in cafe that celebrates local art and music

$6 $3

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Italian Food for Two, Valid Friday–Saturday or Sunday–Thursday at Quattro's Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Quattro's Italian Restaurant

Guilford

French- and Spanish-influenced Northern Italian cuisine including pasta, seafood, and vegetarian dishes

$40 $25

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Premium Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses from GrapesWine.com (69% Off)

GrapesWine.com

Multiple Locations

Wine experts Jim Winston or Jay Boland will lead guests through an entertaining and educational two-hour wine-tasting event

$80 $29

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$16.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Eddy's Bake Shop (Up to 45% Off)

Eddy's Bake Shop

Ansonia

Made-from-scratch baked goods such as rye bread, cupcakes, and Hungarian raspberry cookies

$10 $5.50

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$12 for $25 Worth of Sports Bar Cuisine at Doc's Bar & Grill

Doc's Bar & Grill

Clinton

Bar and grill dishes out flatbread pizza, wings, irish nachos, buffalo chicken spring rolls, and burgers

$25 $12

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Steamed Cheeseburgers for Two or Four with Chips, Cookies, and Canned Drinks at Burg'r Tend'r (Up to 48% Off)

Burgr Tendr

Wallingford

Cheeseburgers with toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup, and mustard

$21 $11

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$11 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Aziago’s Restaurant

Aziago's Restaurant

Southington

Housemade meatballs and signature sauces highlight traditional Italian dishes such as linguine with meatballs

$30 $11

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 51% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

$20 $10

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10-Visit Lavazza Coffee Punch Card, Good for 1 Medium Hot or Iced Latte Per Visit at RV's Quick Mart ($24.90 Value)

RV's Quick Mart

North Branford

A full espresso bar fuels up patrons with caffeinated coffee drinks inside a mart that’s half cafe, half convenience store

$24.90 $14

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Upscale American Dinner or Sunday Brunch for Two or Four at J House Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

J House Restaurant

Riverside

Local ingredients—including grass-fed beef & house-smoked salmon—anchor a creative American menu; chance to win $250 dinner on Facebook page

$60 $34

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Upscale American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sweet Pea’s Restaurant in Riverton (Up to 52% Off)

Sweet Pea’s

Sweet Pea's

Chefs prepare ginger-soy-glazed salmon and oven-roasted lamb in Victorian homestead amid antiques

$40 $20

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$12 for Two Vouchers, Each Valid for $10 Worth of Classic American Breakfast or Lunch at The Tea Kettle ($20 Value)

The Tea Kettle Restaurant

Old Saybrook

Scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, chicken sandwiches on kaiser rolls, black-bean-beef chili, and caribbean chicken wings

$10 $6

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$49 for Tapas for Two with Sangria or Wine at Taberna Restaurant (Up to $84 Value). Two Options Available.

Taberna Restaurant

Brooklawn - St. Vincent

Share contemporary Italian and Spanish tapas such as empanadas and Serrano ham in an elegant dining room or on the patio

$84 $49

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16-Course Sushi Dinner with Sake Pairings for Two at Miya's Sushi (Up to 55% Off)

Miya's Sushi

Chapel West District of New Haven

16-course dinner with sake pairings at innovative restaurant lauded for sustainable sushi

$174 $79

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card for Dinner at Dish Bar & Grill

Dish Bar & Gril

Downtown Hartford

Entrees such as ahi tuna prepped three ways, lamb meatloaf, and pan-fried lobster schnitzel, plus steaks and seafood a la carte

$50 $35

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Upon entering Tuscany Ristorante, guests are greeted by the sweeping country landscapes that pepper the bright-yellow walls, evoking summers spent under the Tuscan sun, sipping wine and dancing the tarantella until the INS showed up. The warm interiors paired with crisp white linens and hardwood floors infuse the restaurant with a casual elegance to match its classic, flavorful fare. The chefs whip up rich Tuscan dishes, including hearty pasta; prime, dry-aged steaks; and decadent housemade desserts. Pasta and risotto entrees showcase carb sculptures such as the rich rigatoni boccelli, which, like any marble statue, comes doused in pancetta and light vodka sauce. As guests dine, they can indulge in a bottle of wine plucked from the floor-to-ceiling wine rack that lines the walls with rustic wood planks and elegantly displays hundreds of bottles.

1084 Madison Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

As the heir apparent to three generations of cooks, Rose Foote’s decision to follow in their footsteps was no surprise. Her journey started when she worked at her parent’s restaurant at the age of 9, and it continued in 1995 with her catering service, and, eventually, a culinary tour throughout Tuscany. All of these influences can be found in her inventive breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus at Bella’s Café—Rose describes the resulting theme as “European roots with contemporary flair.” An illustrative example is the eggplant ciabatta, a unity of grilled eggplant, fire-roasted red peppers, gooey melted mozzarella, and spicy arrabbiatta sauce.

The food isn’t the only aspect of Bella’s Café that blends a classic European aesthetic with contemporary influences—the décor adheres to that theme. Burnt yellow hues give the walls a rustic look, and framed prints and paintings remind guests that they don’t have to sculpt their French toast into a bust of Napoleon playing with his food to see beautiful art.

896 Whalley Ave
New Haven,
CT
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

61 Savitt Way
Hartford,
CT
US

Chef Kausik Roy didn't invent his signature dish after attending culinary school, nor did he do it while he was working at some of the best restaurants in India. In fact, he was only a 9-year-old boy in Mumbai when he took one look at a plate of slimy okra and told his family he refused to eat it until it was crunchy and spicy. Someone took pity on him, sprinkled the okra in green chili, and deep-fried it. To everyone's surprise, they all loved it, and this dish, karrarri bhindi, has been a mainstay of Roy's kitchens.

At his newest restaurant, Tawa Indian Cuisine, there are two distinct dining areas: the more laid-back downstairs, where guests dig into plates of finger food and can get away with wearing mismatched socks, and the fancier, intimate space upstairs, where guests enjoy Indian fusion favorites. These include shrimp, calamari, scallops, and basmati rice flecked with saffron—the Indian version of paella—and coconut-and-pepper shrimp served with a chutney mayo.

211 Summer Street
Stamford,
CT
US

Hailed by none other than the New York Times for eclectic dishes that combine “a homey touch with a dash of originality,” The Pine Social throws a sophisticated spin on traditional American comfort fare. Chandeliers cast a soft glow on tables situated side by side within the tavern-like restaurant and lounge, which anchors its menu on free-range meats, ocean-fresh fish, and locally sourced produce. The kitchen’s homemade sausage and slow-braised beef short ribs are not to be missed, based on their own merits as well as their shared ability to whet palates for the dessert menu’s warm apple spring rolls. Sips of aged scotch and spiked, hot apple cider thaw jaws frozen agape at the tavern’s dark-stained walls, rustic wooden accents, and plush furnishings. Light from high-definition TVs glints off the bar’s full-service spirits station, beside which guests can treat their ears to music that pours forth from live bands on Thursday and Friday nights.

36 Pine St
New Canaan,
CT
US

For a half century, the Fascia family tree has been made of solid chocolate. John and Helen Fascia first began making the treats in 1964, with their three daughters helping out in the family's kitchen. Eventually, the business grew out of the house and today the Fascia's chocolates can be found throughout Connecticut and at their central Waterbury factory. The family still leads the team and continues to make small batches of hand-crafted chocolates as well as other treats?including authentic gelato made on-site.

44 Chase River Road
Waterbury,
CT
US