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

SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).

1950 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

Craft beers and a list of premium whiskeys. Football, both American and international. Plates of shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and beer-braised corned beef. Though McLadden's asserts its Irish roots in a number of visible ways, the gastropub and whiskey bar also offers a unique craft-beer experience. Ales, stouts, and lagers lace many of the dishes that sail to tables in the pub, which guests can consume in comfortable, laid-back confines.

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