Fun Places to Eat and Drink in Connecticut
O’NEILL’S PUB & RESTAURANT – 93 N MAIN ST, SOUTH NORWALK
Known as the “soul of Ireland in the heart of SoNo,” this spirited Irish pub pours the perfect Guinness and offers hearty, from scratch Irish fare in a setting straight from the hills of Killarney. This includes 120 seats, 150 for reception space as well as private dining. They also have a large bar, multiple levels, Irish specialties, and pub favorites.
EL SEGUNDO – 3 N WATER STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Global street fare, craft cocktails, and high energy are at the forefront of this graffiti laden eatery and social scene. An open kitchen and adjacent outdoor bar add to the pulse of the restaurant.
THE SPREAD – 70 N MAIN STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
With an ever-changing menu of innovative New American fare, with cocktail cred to match, The Spread offers dining, lounging, and a convivial bar for hardcore foodies and revelers. This includes 100 seats, 150 for reception as well as private dining room. They also have a dining room concept, large bar, TVs
PEACHES SOUTHERN PUB & JUKE JOINT – 7 WALL STREET, NORWALK
Low-country cuisine bathed in whiskey and hospitality compliment this bi-level restaurant and live music juke joint which features a mix of local talent and rock legends. Southern fried, pickled, or smoked, Peaches is a true Wall Street standout.
BEACH HOUSE SONO – 19 N WATER STREET, NORWALK
SoNo Harbor gets a dose of the Mediterranean with a vibrant menu consisting of market fresh fish, refreshing cocktails, and a global wine list. The nautical atmosphere puts one in the mood for oysters, lobster risotto, and spicy fish tacos.
WASHINGTON PRIME – 141 WASHINGTON STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
A SoNo anchor restaurant and gathering place with a panoramic view of the city, Washington Prime embraces its namesake offering prime wet-aged steaks, icy raw bar favorites, creative small plates, fresh seafood, and a curated wine list.
BOURBON RAW – 80 WASHINGTON ST #2, SOUTH NORWALK
Enjoy a Southern Style menu of tasty, bold flavored comfort foods with seafood influence at Bourbon Raw. The restaurant can seat 120 and 150 in their reception area. They also offer a private dining room and have TVs; surround sound; music choice and volume control for their guests.
CANTIKI TACO DECK 80 WASHINGTON ST #1, SOUTH NORWALK
A tropical oasis in South Norwalk, Cantiki Taco Deck is your respite from the outside world; a place to let go of your inhibitions and relieve the stress of your day to day. Their tacos and tropical-inspired bites are flavorful, funky, fresh, and pay tribute to island cuisine.
BAILEY’S BACKYARD 23 BAILEY AVE, RIDGEFIELD
Bailey’s Backyard offers true farm-to-table New American cuisine in a polished, casual atmosphere. They use the freshest and finest local food sources in their menus – all of which are locally sourced.
PUBLIC WINE BAR 88 WASHINGTON STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Public features a sophisticated dining experience ranging from exquisite lunch options and an elegant dinner menu to a wide variety of wine options from the California sun to the Tuscan countryside.
HARLAN PUBLICK 127 WASHINGTON STREET, SOUTH NORWALK (SONO IRONWORKS)
Harlan Publick provides the freshest local ingredients available, creative menus, high quality food, beverages and service, while delivering an indoor-outdoor experience in this vibrant and eclectic Norwalk neighborhood.
HARLAN SOCIAL 121 TOWNE STREET, STAMFORD
An innovative American gastropub that pairs a refined culinary experience with the warmth and comfort of a relaxed neighborhood meeting place. The dining experience is built around culinary versatility from Chef Lewandowski’s travels as he used these experiences to create the restaurant’s unique and seasonal menus.
HARLAN HAUS 155 STATE STREET, BRIDGEPORT
A German inspired bier and würst hall located in the historic people’s bank building. The restaurant features high-quality pub fare, communal tables, event packages, game room, multiple sections, including a private dining room.
TABLAO WINE BAR & RESTAURANT 86 WASHINGTIN STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant is a Spanish-Mediterranean inspired dining and social destination in South Norwalk’s thriving dining district. Spearheaded by seasoned restaurateurs, they’ve created an intimate locale evoking the style and sensibility of a modern wine and tapas bar one would find along the café dotted streets of Seville, Spain. Capacity: Seated: 75 Reception: 100 Buyout Option: Yes Private Dining Room: Yes, 18 seated Cuisine: Spanish Tapas Event Highlights: Band, DJ & Dancing Space, smart TVs in bar area.
SALTWATER RESTAURANT & BAR 128 WASHINGTON STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Serving New England style seafood with an edge, Saltwater's mission is simple: the very best in all that we do. Capacity: Seated: 150 Reception: 250 Buyout Option: Yes Private Dining Room: Semi-private Cuisine: Seafood Event Highlights: Band, DJ & Dancing Space, 6 smart TVs in bar area, 150-inch size screen projector.
OUR HOUSE 112 WASHINGTON STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Our House is a new dive bar in the heart of SoNo that says goodbye to the pretentious by reintroducing the fun environment of bars past. Engineered by veteran bartender Isaac “Pat” Camoro, Our House delivers a no-nonsense environment that is welcoming to all. Food is served by 2 Bills Grill through a faux food truck in-house!
KASHI 131 SUMMER STREET, STAMFORD
Located in a two-story townhouse, Kashi’s modern industrial design element combined with its innovative and artistic approach to sushi and Japanese food preparations quickly landed this exciting new restaurant on the radar of local food enthusiasts.
BEACH HOUSE CAFÉ 220 SOUND BEACH AVE, OLD GREENWICH
The nautical atmosphere puts one in the mood for oysters, lobster risotto, and spicy fish tacos.
BAR ZEPOLI 75 BROAD STREET, STAMFORD
Bar Zepoli is an Italian-American restaurant and gathering place deeply rooted in Italian tradition, history, and contemporary American influences. Offering a multi-sensory experience from its multiple dining rooms, social bar scene, eclectic artwork, private wine room, wooden rafters, exposed brick walls, and a seasonally inspired menu.
BRICK WALK TAVERN 1275 POST ROAD, FAIRFIELD
A sophisticated yet approachable community tavern embodying traditional levels of hospitality through food, beverage, and warm, inviting service.
BOBBY Q’S 11 MERWIN STREET, NORWALK
Born out of love for great authentic BBQ, Bobby Q's is a casual, gathering place for families and friends located in the heart of downtown Norwalk at The Waypointe District.
EVARITOS 16 NORTH MAIN STREET, SOUTH NORWALK
Enjoy Mexican food in a trendy atmosphere. The space features an open kitchen and large bar with lounge tables, offering fresh elevated food and a curated tequila menu.