The season is here to dine outside and there are plenty of options across the state.
If your favorite place is missing, please comment and let others know about local gems.
Skipper's Dock Restaurant
66 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
Phone: (860) 535-0111
Skippers Dock of Stonington offers the freshest seafood and mouth-watering entrees. They also offer lunch and dinner specials and serve selective items for Sunday brunch. Prices start around $9.
Apricots Restaurant & Pub
1593 Farmington Ave. (Highwood Rd.)
Farmington, CT 06032
Apricots, located on the Farmington River, is in a beautiful two-story building and has an outdoor patio, a casual pub, formal dining and can do weddings, showers or any occasion. Apricots offer s American cuisine starting at $6 and up.
548 Boston Post Rd.
Westbrook, CT 06498
Bill’s Seafood has a center bar, dinner room and outdoor picnic tables on the edge of the Patchogue River. Bill’s Seafood specializes in seafood, including scrod, swordfish, tuna, big sweet lobsters, cherrystone clams and fried clams. Not into seafood and just want to enjoy outside? No problem, Bill’s offers sandwiches, burgers, and even spaghetti and meatballs. (Yes! we did say spaghetti & meatballs) . Prices at Bill’s Seafood start at $3.
Abbott’s Lobster (Seasonal)
117 Pearl St.
Noank, CT 06340
Abbott’s is open only for the season. They offer the Abbottizer Special which includes fresh uncooked vegetables complemented with fresh fruit and fine cheese served with crackers and Abbott's own special dipping sauce. Enjoy it while your lobster steams. Starters include clam chowder and tossed green salad. A New England Seafood Feast starts with clam chowder and Shrimp in the Rough followed by a heaping bowl of steamers and mussels, topped off with an Abbott's Steamed Lobster. All accompanied by potato chips, coleslaw and drawn butter. Abbott’s also offers lobster dinners, seafood rolls and desserts. Abbott’s is a BYOB establishment and call for prices.
85 Ferris St.
Bridgeport, CT 06605
This restaurant is different, so if you are looking to be waiting on, you’re not going to experience it a Bloodroot. When you go in, you order from a blackboard menu and a woman seated behind a desk places your order. When your order is up, you can enjoy it in the dining room or outside on the patio. One last thing, you are expected to bus your own table. As we said, it is different, but if you desire vegetarian food, you’ll be in the right place. (Call for pricing)
20 Bee Brook Rd.
Washington Depot, CT 06794
The G.W. Tavern offers brunch, lunch and dinner. Their food is a rich blend of traditional and contemporary. They even added unique items to the menu. The tavern offers Kobe Beef, locally raised venison, quail, and duck. Also as the seasons change, additional items will be added such as local crops, and seafood. They are open seven days a week but their hours do change so call or check their website before heading out the door. Pricing starts at around $8 and up.
8 P.T. Barnum Sq.
Bethel, CT 06801
La Zingara offers Italian cuisine with a contemporized twist. They use the freshest food grown from their own garden or selected from local farmers. Even though they are located in Bethel, you will feel like you dining in your own Italian Villa. Check the website for hours. Prices start around $8 and up.
500 Steamboat Rd. (I-95, exit 3)
Greenwich, CT 06830
L’Escale is a sophisticated French establishment serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday bunch. They allow you to dine alfresco in the spring in summer on their terrace which overlooks the harbor. Or you can enjoy their bar and lounge in a casual atmosphere. In addition, L’Escale has live music during the week and a DJ on Saturdays for you to enjoy. Hours vary so please check their website. Prices start at $10 for lunch appetizers and go up from there.
Schoolhouse at Cannondale
34 Cannon Rd.
Wilton, CT 06897
The Schoolhouse offers distinctive American style foods in an old schoolhouse atmosphere. They do offer outside dining and are on the river. They serve lLunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. It is a very quant restaurant so it is best to call ahead. Prices start at about $10 and up.
Inn at Longshore
260 S. Compo Rd. (Julian Brodie Rd.)
Westport, CT 06880
Splash offers American food with an Asian twist. Splash is open for dinner, Sunday brunch and is open for lunch during the summer season. Prices start at $8 and go up from there.
Boom Restaurant (seasonal)
Brewer's Pilots Point Marina
63 Pilot's Point Dr. (Rte. 1)
Westbrook, CT 06498
Boom restaurant is seasonal and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. You can dine outside on their wrap-around veranda. In the fall, you can enjoy dining inside by the fireplace on chilly nights. Boom is able house private functions for your needs too. Pricing starts at $7 and up.
Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale (2 locations)
86 Boston Post Rd.
Westbrook, CT 06498
1301 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Lenny & Joe’s offers causal seafood dining in both of its locations. The Westport location has a closed in porch/patio. The Madison location offers indoor and outdoor seating with air conditioning, so you choose. They are open seven days a week but the hours change for the season, so check the website or call. Pricing varies, so check the website.