Restaurants in Connecticut

$12 for $20 or $20 for $40 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at the Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle

$20 $12

Enjoy a menu of classics such as homemade lasagna and barbecue meatloaf sandwiches in an elevated pub atmosphere complete with live jazz

$17 for $30 Worth of BBQ and Cajun Food at Black-eyed Sally's

Black-Eyed Sally's

Downtown

$30 $17

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

$17 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Asian Food at Asiana Bistro

Asiana Bistro

Stamford

$30 $17

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Thai noodle dishes, bento boxes, and sushi abound on the pan-Asian menu

Pizza Party for Six or More, or $30 for $30 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at Tony Z's Pizza

Tony Z's Pizza

Tony Z's Pizza

$30 $15

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

Sushi and Japanese Food at Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Hana Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Waterbury

$35 $19

(15)

Hibachi meats cooked tableside, imported drinks, and sushi rolls with ingredients such as spicy mayo and cream cheese

$20 for $40 Worth of Gastropub Fare at BJ Ryan's in Norwalk

BJ Ryan's

Norwalk

$40 $20

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Guests pair more than 60 beers and craft brews with diverse menu selections that include burgers, seafood, steaks and pulled pork nachos

Wood-Fired Pizza or Pasta Meal for Two or Four with Salad, Sangria, and Dessert at Red Tomato Pizza (Up to 59% Off)

Red Tomato Pizza

East Norwich

$55 $24

Handmade crusts topped with prosciutto, caramelized onions, capers, & other ingredients pop into wood-fired oven, plus iron skillet pastas

Thai Food for Two or More or Takeout at V. Thai (Up to 48% Off)

V. Thai

Ridgefield

$25 $13

Classic Thai dishes, including housemade curries, soft-shell crab, and garlic duck, plus a few Vietnamese options, including pho

Office Lunch Sushi Party, Sushi House Party, or $24 for $40 Worth of Sushi from Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

West Hartford

$150 $99

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Japanese restaurant serves sushi, teriyaki and tempura entrees, bento boxes, soups, and salads or goes to homes and offices for sushi party

Irish Food and Drinks at The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant

Hamden

$20 $12

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Irish pub creates food such as smoked salmon, whiskey barbecue chicken tenders, chili burgers, corned beef and cabbage, and chicken curry

Hibachi Cuisine for Two or Four at Akita Japanese Steak House (Up to 42% Off)

Akita Japanese Steak House

Fairfield

$30 $18

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Hibachi-grilled filet mignon, chicken, Angus beef, lobster, and scallops prepared by chefs who double as entertainers and grillmasters

Brazilian Rodizio Service for Two or Four, or Lunch at iD Brazil Churrascaria and Restaurant (Up to 51% Off) 

iD Brazil Churrascaria and Restaurant

West Haven

$30 $15

Choose from more than a dozen cuts of meat, served tableside from a giant skewer; includes unlimited sides, and salads

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

$48.85 $29

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

Seafood Dinner for Two or Four at Lumi Restaurant (Up to 46% Off). Four Options Available.

Lumi Restaurant

Stratford

$70 $39

Oysters, crab cakes, and pan-seared scallops headline a menu that brings the sea to your dinner plate

Italian and American Cuisine for Breakfast or Dinner at Nolita Ristorante (40% Off)

Nolita Ristorante

Nolita Ristorante

$20 $12

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Eatery uses fresh farm-to-table ingredients to create Italian and American cuisine such as fresh housemade pasta and tuna melt paninis

New American Cuisine at Juniper's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Juniper's Restaurant

Middlebury

$45 $25

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Restaurant with live music dishes out penne ala vodka, barbecue pork ribs, fried seafood platters, Angus burgers, and fresh crab salads

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

Marisa's Ristorante

Trumbull

$40 $20

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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

$18 for $35 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Sakura Garden

Sakura Garden

Glastonbury Center

$35 $18

Wide array of Japanese specialties, from artfully prepared sushi rolls to sizzling hibachi entrées

$12.50 for $25 Worth of Brick-Oven Pizza for Two at Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop

Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop

Robertson

$25 $12.50

Handcrafted pizzas in more than 30 styles include the infamous 22-inch stuffed Challenger pie that appeared on Man Vs. Food

American Dinner for Two or Four at Four Main Street Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Four Main St. Bar and Grill

Huntington

$138 $65

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Chef John Slattery crafts blackened steaks, fried calamari, and other upscale American favorites in a casual eatery nestled in Hidden Hills

Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Pompeo's Italian Restaurant (50% Off)

Pompeo's Italian Restaurant

Branford

$30 $15

A menu brimming with Italian classics, from baked ziti to zuppa di clams, await dinner diners along with customizable and specialty pizzas

$5 for 30% Off Your Bill for Indian Food at Mumbai Times

Mumbai Times

Westport

$5 $5

Starters of kebabs and tandoor-fired chicken tenders lead into specialties from both northern and southern India

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

Yume Hibachi Steak & Sushi

Farmington

$40 $22

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two or More at Lena's Restaurant

Lena's Restaurant & Banquet

South Windsor

$30 $15

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

Hot Dog or Burger Meal for Two or Four at Franks & Frites (44% Off)

Franks & Frites

Darien

$33.96 $18.99

Eatery dishes burgers and hot dogs like the California with avocado, alfalfa sprouts, and curry powder; sides include onion rings and chili

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Carry-Out at The Original Antonio's

The Original Antonio's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Thin-crust pies take center-stage dressed in pesto and chicken or clams; other options include house-made ravioli and Tuscan pork chop

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Carry-Out at The Original Antonio's

The Original Antonio's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Thin-crust pies take center-stage dressed in pesto and chicken or clams; other options include house-made ravioli and Tuscan pork chop

$12 for $24 Worth of Italian Sandwiches, Pizza, and Deli Food at Saldamarco’s Deli

Saldamarco's Deli

Clinton

$24 $12

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

Mexican Food at Los Mariachis Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Los Mariachis Bar and Grill

Wallingford Center

$20 $10

Menu of Mexican classics, including marinated shrimp and carne asada, served in the cozy dining rooom or on the breezy outdoor patio

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

Gobi Mongolian Grill

Southington

$31.90 $19.50

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

Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Mona Lisa Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Mona Lisa Restaurant

Wolcott

$40 $20

Eatery open since 1989 offers cuisine such as veal marsala, filet mignon, crab cake sandwiches, penne ala vodka, and fettuccine carbonara

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Asian-American Fusion Food at The H.A. Cafe ($30 Value)

The H.A. Cafe

Storrs

$10 $5

Enjoy poke salads, katsu don with Japanese fried chicken, grilled shrimp teriyaki, or sushi rolls with bubble teas in fun, casual cafe

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

Ola Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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

Contemporary American Food at Common House Kitchen & Bar (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Common House Kitchen & Bar

Rocky Hill

$40 $19

All-day restaurant inside the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel serves upscale American food from french toast to filet mignon and crabcakes

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

Blackstones Steakhouse

Greenwich

$190 $100

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

Modern American Dinner for Two or Four with Wine and Appetizers at 500 Degrees (Up to 52% Off)

500 degrees

Derby

$82 $39

Chef Manny Sarmiento draws on international influences to create a unique menu of fusion cuisine

Chinese Take-Out, or Dinner for Two or More at Bamboo Garden (Up to 43% Off)

Bamboo Garden

Windsor

$20 $12

Mongolian chicken, smoked duck, and a wide range of traditional Chinese noodle dishes

New American Dinner for Two or Four at New Harvest Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

New Harvest Restaurant

Beacon Falls

$30 $18

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

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

The Tributary

Winsted

$68.80 $39

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

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

Front Street Station

Greenport

$50 $25

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

Colombian Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, and Wine at El Pueblito (Up to 51% Off)

El Pueblito

Downtown

$70.85 $39

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Traditional Colombian dinner cuisine including empanadas, ceviche, homemade soup, grilled steak or tilapia, and sautéed shrimp with wine

Bistro Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Lena's Cafe and Confections (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lena's Cafe and Confections

Westville

$20 $11

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Hearty brunch and lunch dishes range from bananas foster french toast and seafood omelets to buffalo-chicken paninis and half-pound burgers

$60 for a Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two at Dish Bar & Grill ($100 Value)

Dish Bar & Grill

Downtown

$100 $60

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Three-course dinner with plates such as duck confit nachos, lamb meatloaf, and pepper-crusted steak

Ice Cream and American Food at My Dairy Inn (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

My Dairy Inn

Springdale

$20 $12

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Inventive ice cream concoctions pair with classic cones, burgers, and hotdogs

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Bacco's Restaurant

Bacco's Restaurant

Waterbury

$30 $16

(14)

Pizzas, char-grilled steaks, and specialties such as veal saltimbocca rolled with prosciutto; cold drinks at a roomy bar

Peruvian Cuisine for Two or Four at Fiesta Limena (Up to 46% Off). Five Options Available.

Fiesta Limena

Norwalk

$25 $15

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Internationally-influenced Peruvian dishes include ceviche, pepper steak with fried egg, and spiced rotisserie chicken

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

$10 $5

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

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

La Petite France

West Hartford

$20 $10

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

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

Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go

Hamden

$20 $10

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

Indian Dinner for Two or Four at Bangalore Restaurant & Bar (Up to 49% Off). Two Options Available.

Bangalore Restaurant & Bar

Fairfield

$87.35 $49

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Chicken tikka, tandoori snapper, aloo gobi, clay-oven-roasted chicken wings, and lamb chops marinated with yogurt and mild spices

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

Savin Rock Roasting Company

West Haven

$93.85 $56

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

Sandwiches and Wraps at Zach's Deli (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Zach's Deli

Post Road South

$10 $5.50

Deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads as well as coffee and pastrami and Swiss panini on rye

Steaks and Seafood for Dinner or Take-Out at CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch (Up to 46% Off)

CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch

Manchester

$50 $27

Eatery transforms local seafood and produce into contemporary American fare; available for weekday dinner or take-out

$5 for $10 Worth of Caf? Sandwiches — Brunello Cafe

Brunello Cafe & Gelato

Branford

$10 $5

Discover what locals are raving about: • $5 for $10 to spend on food • Desserts,crepes, gelato or specialty coffees

American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Bistro B (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bistro B

Multiple Locations

$72 $36

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Upscale eatery creates American bistro cuisine such as local raw oysters, BLT sliders, tuna steak, duck confit, and double-cut pork chops

Sushi and Teriyaki Dishes for Dinner for Two or Four at Mikado Asian Bistro in Canton (Up to 50% Off)

Mikado Asian Bistro

Canton

$30 $16

Color Dragon rolls stuffed with shrimp tempura and sprouts; sea eel sashimi; sizzling shrimp teriyaki

$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

$6 $3

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

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

The Summer House

Southwick

$30 $16

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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

$22 for $43 Worth of Pizza — Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza - Ansonia

Ansonia

$43 $22

Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery

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

Tata's Restaurant

Wallingford Center

$24 $12

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

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Fare at Big Steve's Grill ($30 Total Value)

Big Steve's Grill

Plainville

$10 $5

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Family-owned establishment with patio serves up American favorites such as Angus burgers, house-made chili, and deep-fried Twinkies

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

East Street Eatery

Wolcott

$30 $15

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

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

J House Restaurant

Riverside

$60 $34

(30)

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

Italian Comfort Food at Marco's Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Marco's Restaurant

Tariffville

$24 $12

Diners enjoy Italian specialties, such as lasagna, fettuccine primavera, and a variety of gourmet pizzas, in a cozy, minimalist dining room

Upscale American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sweet Peas (Up to 48% Off)

Sweet Peas

Winsted

$25 $13

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

$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

$10 $6

(10)

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

$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

$24 $12

(13)

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

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

$174 $79

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

Pub Food at Angry Bull Saloon (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Angry Bull Saloon

Hartford

$20 $11

Crowd-pleasing pub dishes such as California-style fish tacos, burgers topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar, and pulled pork nachos

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

Shiki Hibachi & Sushi

Stamford

$30 $16

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

Sandwich Meal for Two or Italian-American Fusion and Pastries at Avventura Deli (Up to 58% Off)

Avventura Deli

Waterbury

$23.66 $10

New York Times-lauded shop serves thick lasagna in homemade sauce, paninis, and gelato made fresh daily

Sunday Italian Brunch for Two or Four at Bar Sugo (Up to 51% Off)

Bar Sugo

Central Norwalk

$80 $43

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Selections such as meatballs, crostini, and omelets with marscapone and sausage accompanied by Bloody Marys or mimosas

New York-Style Bagels and Coffee Packages at Bruegger's Bagel (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Bruegger's Bagel

Danbury

$20 $10

(5)

One dozen flavored and plain New York-style bagels with cream cheese with coffee for up to 12, or punch card for 10 medium cups of coffee

$15 for $30 Worth of Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, and Locally Made Ice Cream

Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

$30 $15

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

Five-Visit Punch Card with $8 Toward Burgers, Chili, and Mac 'n' Cheese Each Visit at ChiliBomb (50% Off)

Chili Bomb

Fairfield

$40 $20

Fresh, handmade burgers pair with hand-cut fries made from a secret 11-step recipe; loaded gluten-free chili & three-cheese mac from scratch

American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Hungry Tiger Cafe (50% Off)

Hungry Tiger Cafe

Martin

$50 $25

Comfort food classics include from-scratch soups, chili, and chowders alongside fajitas, wings, and lauded half-pound Angus burgers

Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Wine at Lombardi's (Up to 60% Off). Four Options Available.

Lombardi's Tattoria

Georgetown

$86 $39

Italian eatery serves up authentic Italian cuisine such as calamari, squid-ink linguini, wood-fired pizza, and wine by the glass or bottle

American Food at Club 19 Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Club 19 Restaurant

Hawk's Landing Country Club

$30 $15

Diners can enjoy burgers, wraps, and pasta entrees indoors while watching the large flat-screen TVs, or outdoors on the spacious deck

Italian Food for Takeout or Delivery or a Lunch for Two at Bella Nonna Restaurant and Pizzeria (Up to 49% Off)

Bella Nonna Restaurant and Pizzeria

Greenwich

$20 $12

Italian classics ranging from pasta tossed in fresh-made sauces to fire-kissed pizzas and house-made desserts

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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

Golden-fried clam strips, fantail shrimp, and bay scallops anchor the tables at J’s Crabshack (formerly Tinker’s), sending up clouds of steam next to hearty steak and lobster dinners. Founded by chef and scallop fisherman James Tinker more than 20 years ago, J’s Crabshack has grown into a bustling seafood hotspot, where an aquarium teeming with eels and tropical fish overlooks the dining area. The shack’s market counter dishes out freshly snagged raw shrimp and scallops, earning recognition as runner-up for best fish market in Hartford from the Hartford Advocate in 2011. The restaurant’s culinary team, which includes James Tinker II in its ranks, works diligently to serve guests in the ocean-themed catering hall, then sticks around to burp everyone postmeal.

2074 Park St
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 St
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

The chefs at O'Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar expertly roll dozens of sushi specialties and sizzle meat-centric Japanese entrees atop a hibachi grill. Snag a seat at the bar to watch chefs chop, slice, and wrap the popular Snow Crab Heaven roll, a blend of cream cheese, snow crab, and avocado topped with spicy mayo ($11.95), and other specialty rolls on the menu. Bite into the Hottie Susan’s molten core of spicy tuna, cucumber, and salmon ($12.95), or let daring chopsticks challenge the Dragon ($9.95), a California roll packed with eel and a deep-seated grudge against questing knights. Alternately, chefs can flip fiery portions of steak, chicken, shrimp, or scallops on a traditional Japanese grill to yield four types of hibachi dinners ($12.99–$17.99 each) flanked by onion soup, a house salad, grilled vegetables, and rice. Kid-friendly options, including pint-sized portions of teriyaki chicken ($8.99) and steak ($9.99), keep young mouths busy so they don’t shout out parents’ computer passwords in the middle of dinner.

874 Lakewood Road
Waterbury,
CT
US