Restaurants in Hamden

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Voted the area's best place for tapas in 2012 by readers of the Valley Advocate, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar swells with the aroma of Spanish small plates. The culinary team whips up traditional dishes such as fried spiced potatoes and spanish veal and pork meatballs alongside modern creations such as babyback ribs with fried potatoes and barbecue aioli and short ribs in caramelized garlic and oatmeal beer sauce. Their menu also includes paellas, fideuas, and gluten-free Catalan-style crème brûlée, which guests can wash down with beer, sangria, or a wealth of white and red wine from the dramatically lit stone bar. Orange and burgundy walls enliven Ibiza's lounge-like dining room, where patrons can enjoy dinner or parties of 40–80 guests or retired Zorro's can feast at private soirees.

1832 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden,
CT
US

Though Johnny Prete's dream of a gourmet deli full of go-go dancers didn't quite come to fruition, he reached his goal all the same. More than 30 years ago, Prete conjured up an idea: a place with great food that was both gourmet and un-intimidating. The result was his quaint deli, where daily specials are served alongside hot sandwiches, subs, burgers, and deli classics.

1943 State St
Hamden,
CT
US

Slyce Pizza Bar has a pizza for everyone, from the vegetarian to meat lover. Specialty pies run the gamut from white broccoli to buffalo chicken. Guests can enjoy their pies while saddled up to the full bar, where TVs provide necessary distraction from getting hypnotized by the barbecue chicken pizza. Along with pizza, the menu offers jumbo wings, calzones, and grinders.

141 Arch St.
Hamden,
CT
US

More than 200 bottled beers and a list of premium Irish draughts. Football, both American and international, on a 10-foot-tall screen. Plates of shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and beer-braised corned beef. Though McLadden's asserts its Emerald-Isle roots in a number of visible ways, it's the less-visible flavors that truly elevate the experience. Irish ales, stouts, and lagers lace many of the dishes that sail to tables in the pub, including a Harp-infused chili and Guinness-steamed mussels. The legendary stout also takes a starring role in the Guinness float, which is made with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate chip cookie, and in weekly reenactments of the famous pub-trivia scene from Ulysses.

546 Main St
Hampden,
MA
US

The Playwright's been serving classic Irish pub food and drinks since 1999. The menu features Irish specialties such as Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage, as well as burgers, nachos, and platters. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday they serve traditional Irish breakfasts, and of course the perfect pint of Guinness is always available. In addition to the pub, this spot also features outdoor decks.

1232 Whitney Ave
Hamden,
CT
US

Griff's Chicken Shack was featured in the New Haven Advocate and the Hartford Courant. Yelpers give it 4.5 stars.

3000 Whitney Ave
Hamden,
CT
US