Bars in Stratford

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A giant statue of a fish stands opposite the door to Lumi Restaurant, so you know exactly what you're getting into. The menu delivers on the promise implied by that fish, offering up fresh catches of oysters and clams alongside crab cakes, pan-seared scallops, and non-seafood dishes such as bison burgers and pork ossobuco. The aquatic vibe continues out back, where you'll find a patio with its own bar overlooking the Housatonic River and its sunbathing river god.

955 Ferry Blvd.
Stratford,
CT
US

Diversity is the spice of life. That's why while Zeke's Bar and Grill serves up all-American dishes such as burgers and baby back ribs, they also add a touch of Italian to flatbreads and pastas and some down-home comfort to double-fried shrimp and jambalaya. If it takes awhile to choose between entrees of buffalo chicken sandwiches, parmesan chicken pasta, and 12-ounce steaks topped with melted peppercorn and asiago, kill some time by visiting the salad bar or the regular bar with spirited beverages. Sunday brunch is also served each week beginning at 11 a.m., where diners can nosh on cinnamon apple brioche french toast, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, omelets, and more.

1450 Barnum Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

Despite having cooked for distinguished clients such as the Clintons and Leon Panetta, and at prestigious culinary institutions such as Chicago's Palmer House, chef Jason Milanese felt restless. That is, until he opened his own restaurant: Bistro B. As the owner and executive chef, he specializes in crafting gourmet twists on classic American dishes, from small plates like sauce-drizzled chicken lollipops to entrees such as potato-and-onion-crusted halibut and a double-cut pork chop with sweet potato pur?e. A minimal, yet rustic decor featuring earth tones, framed mirrors, and dark-wood furnishings contributes to the restaurant's grassroots American feel.

1006 Broad St.
Bridgeport,
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).

33 New Haven Ave
Milford,
CT
US

Owners Deyong Liu and Hiro Nagata have installed eight individual hibachi grills throughout Tombo's interior, staffing each station with a skilled chef to give diners an up-close and entertaining view of meal preparation. Chicken, steak, seafood, and tofu sizzle atop each hibachi station and are paired with sautéed noodles, steamed white rice, and mixed vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal. Diners sip on sake, wine, beer, or Tiki Room cocktails as they chat with companions or belt out evening karaoke and can order a keepsake photo to commemorate the meal or confirm an alibi.

1275 Post Rd
Fairfield,
CT
US

Since 1983, the family-owned Duffy's has served a tasty assortment of Irish fare, comfort cuisine, fresh seafood, and juicy steaks, helping prepare bellies for a bevy of pints soon to follow. Duffy's dinner menu starts with Irish favorites such as bacon-topped calf's liver ($14.95) and thinly sliced pot roast ($13.95), in addition to its thick, signature burgers ($8.50). Diners can stop by at noontime for lunch, whereas night owls can drop in at moontime for late-night eats such as cheddar-smothered potato skins ($7.95). To drink, Duffy's offers Irish standards such as Guinness and Smithwick's on tap, as well as a seasonal rotation of palate-pleasing martinis and cocktails. Duffy's interior is furnished with oak antiques, giving off a warm vibe that is part speakeasy, part authentic Irish pub, but without the pesky infusion of James Joyce practicing his sitar from beyond the grave. Slide into a cozy booth, or settle into the wicker furniture on the outdoor patio, which boasts custom Celtic iron railings, a blue stone stamped patio, and a see-through gas fireplace.

241 Campbell Ave
West Haven,
CT
US