People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents intrasystem quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with American eats: for $10, you get $20 worth of grilled fare and drinks at Donovan’s Reef in Branford. A certified green eatery, Donovan’s Reef has enlivened stomachs for nearly two decades inside its grandly bricked, grill-style restaurant. The menus boast esoteric eats that sizzle on, off, or levitating suspiciously just above the plate—try the lobster ravioli ($12.95), the Italian egg rolls ($8.95), or the Brattleburger, which features organic beef piled with mesclun greens, bermuda onions, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette ($10.95).
Owner and executive chef Greg Bozzi named his restaurant after the 1963 John Wayne movie, Donovan’s Reef. Bozzi fire-grills steaks and bakes lobster pies for the dinner rush and has an outdoor seating patio area. He tops burgers with fried onions rings and tosses crab meat and littleneck clams into bowls of marinara-covered linguine. Several nights a week, the eatery hosts live musical acts Thursday through Saturday nights, trivia contests on Wednesdays, and PaintNite on Tuesday evenings. Donovan’s Reef is also a certified green restaurant, with such eco-friendly aspects as energy-efficient lighting, a full-scale recycling program, and composting their food waste.
1212 Main St.
Branford, Connecticut 06405Get Directions