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2017 Date Night Restaurant Guide

Date Night Restaurant Guide

All mamas deserve a night out with the ones they love…especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner! Start planning ahead and get those babysitters lined up! Don’t know where to go? Fairfield County Moms Blog has got you covered! We have created a guide to the best date night restaurants throughout Fairfield County. Since our loyal readers live all over, we have listed top restaurants for each area throughout our county. We have included some of the most romantic spots, as well as those more casual places where the food speaks for itself. No matter what type of cuisine you and your partner love, this guide will help you find your next favorite date night eatery. We hope you can use this guide and venture out of your comfort zone and start tasting what Fairfield County restaurants have to offer. As always please support our sponsors! Enjoy!

CASK REPUBLIC {South Norwalk & Stamford}

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Cask Republic is a neighborhood restaurant with two locations serving upscale tavern fare. Their quality menu selection along with a premium beverage selection will make you genuinely enthusiastic to call Cask Republic your home for good times.

While the vibe at Cask Republic is inviting and fun, the restaurant offers guests serious chef-crafted American fare as well as creative interpretations of globally inspired dishes. The basic dining philosophy is creating comfort-inducing food using the highest quality ingredients and serving it in a comfortable and welcoming setting. Their extensive beverage program offers a carefully curated selection of American and international beers, unique wine selections and a hand crafted cocktail menu utilizing house made ingredients.

South Norwalk & Stamford

CESCO'S TRATTORIA {Darien}

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Cesco’s Trattoria offers a taste of Italian tradition and freshly prepared meals in a classic Trattoria setting. They are the winners of Best Italian 2016 – New Canaan – Darien – Rowayton and Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor 2016. Join them in Darien to experience Cesco’s warm atmosphere and extensive Italian wine list that is perfectly paired with delicious Italian food. The menu is an exciting blend of traditional and fanciful takes on classic Italian dishes from various regions of Italy. Cesco’s is committed to using the best local, organic ingredients that are inspired by the seasons. “Cesco’s is our interpretation of the best we have come to know in the Italian culture of family where it is best and most often celebrated, at the dinner table.”

FCMB readers will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco or Cappucino with the mention of Fairfield County Moms Blog.

THE MELTING POT {Darien}

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The Melting Pot brings one-of-a-kind elements and experiences to the table. Artisan cheeses, gourmet chocolates, and all your favorite entrees have never been better in southern Connecticut. From the rich and creamy to the salty and sweet, fondues don’t taste the same outside our walls—and you have your friends and family to thank. The secret to your unforgettable time is the company you’ll keep and the exquisite service you’ll receive. Whether it’s an intimate night for just the two of you or a huge celebration for 20, you’re in for a memorable evening at The Melting Pot.

FCMB readers will receive a complimentary Artisanal Dippers or Sweet Additions plate with the purchase of any four course fondue meal with the mention of Fairfield County Moms Blog. 

THE SPREAD {South Norwalk}

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The Spread is a restaurant and bar in the heart of historic South Norwalk with a rustic industrial feel and local energetic vibe. Great for both large groups or a date night, the varied dishes are perfect for sharing among any size group. Many accolades including Best New Restaurant in Connecticut Magazine and chef Carlos Baez has appeared on Beat Bobby Flay.

FCMB readers will receive a free small plate with the mention of Fairfield County Moms Blog. 

GREENWICH & STAMFORD

1. L’Escale – Set along the Greenwich Harbor this elegant space gives off the essence of Southern France, offering Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine.

2. The Capital Grille – This fine dining restaurant is known for its classic steakhouse fare, extensive wine lists and expert service.

3. Thomas Henklemann – Located in the Homestead Inn this is the spot to go for a fancy and very romantic night out to enjoy contemporary French cuisine.

4. Cafe Silvium – Enjoy the warm and inviting environment while feasting on old world southern Italian cooking, especially the hand-made pastas – the cavatelli is the chef’s specialty!

5. Terra A small intimate space with a large selection of traditional and inventive Italian dishes. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

6. Columbus Park – Located in downtown Stamford, you will enjoy authentic regional and national Italian dishes. The staff will treat you like family.

7. Cotto – This is an award-winning Italian tapas restaurant with a 400+ selection of wine labels.

8. Noir Stamford – This intimate and charming eatery is serving up a progressive form of dining derived from the mashing together of ‘bistro’ and ‘gastronomy’

9. Harvest – Another wine-lovers spot for modern American cuisine with Asian, Latin, and Mediterranean influences aligned with the farm-to-table movement. 

10. The Fez – Located downtown Stamford this Moroccan inspired restaurant is guaranteed to have great food, drink and music. 

NEW CANAAN & DARIEN

1. Elm – Located in the heart of New Canaan they are serving up modern American cuisine.

2. The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s – This romantic eatery located on the water in Darien is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. 

3. Spiga – Enjoy handmade pastas, brick oven pizzas, a wide selection of salumi, cheeses and locally sourced Italian dishes.

4. Roger Sherman Inn – Small, quaint and classy. The perfect excuse to leave the kids at home and wear that little black dress!

5. Sole – A family style restaurant that is inspired by Old World flavors and premium ingredients. 

6. South End – A casual neighborhood spot featuring seasonal comfort food.

7. Chef Luis – A fusion-style restaurant with lots of different options…not to mention take out if you can’t find a babysitter in time!

8. Sushi 25 – Fresh and delicious sushi rolls and platters. You can also order online if you feel like staying in.

9. Ten Twenty Post – A casual and contemporary oyster bar serving classic New England comfort food and bistro classics.

10. Locali – Amazing pizza in an intimate setting for a date night with your partner or the whole family. 

NORWALK

1. Oak + Almond – Oak and almond woods fuel their wood burning oven and stove creating delicious handcrafted seasonal food. 

2. Sedona Taphouse – The perfect spot for craft beer and wine lovers to enjoy heart healthy food.

3. Washington Prime – A great place to go for perfectly cooked steaks and mouthwatering sides. You also can’t leave without trying the biggest ice cream sandwich ever!

4. BJ Ryan’s BANC House – Your one stop spot for great food, great service, and a killer chocolate martini. 

5. Local – Sono’s newest hot spot to enjoy craft beers and creative dishes that come in “Little” or “Lots” sized portions. They also have a second location in Fairfield. 

6. Match – This trendy spot has a uniquely creative menu that changes daily, along with their beloved “Match classics,” and the most delicious cocktails! 

7. The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood – This waterfront location is a great place to go for fresh seafood, as well as innovative seasonal dishes. 

8. Sugar and Olives – They seek to educate their diners and cultivate a relationship between farms and families. Nearly all menu items come from within Connecticut or close by.

9. Kazu – A great place for delicious sushi and cocktails for first timers or regulars looking to expand their palette. 

10. Tacos Mexico – This spot is perfect for a casual family date night out with lots of dishes for everyone to share.

WESTPORT & FAIRFIELD

1. Craft 260 – This spot is the perfect pick for beer and wine lovers looking to enjoy American comfort food with a twist. Make sure to order the county fried bacon and brussels sprouts.

2. The Whelk – Local, fresh, and sustainable seafood paired with incredible wines.

3. Via Sforza – The home of great Italian food and brick oven pizza in an authentic atmosphere.

4. Vespa – A new tasty Italian eatery downtown Westport. A perfect spot after a day of shopping.

5. Artisan Located in the Delmar Southport this spot combines exquisite local and seasonal flavors through their New England-inspired cuisine.

6. Sakura – A great place for Hibachi with steak, seafood and chicken prepared in front of you on the grill tables. Such a fun experience!

7. Brick + Wood – A hot new spot that offers Italian street food, APN certified Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, a mozzarella bar and an impressive line-up of wines presented via a contemporary wine tap.

8. Bodega – A modern Mexican restaurant with an urban beach vibe. They make outstanding margaritas and irresistible Baja tacos! You can also visit them downtown Darien.

9. Martel This French Bistro is a great place to go for drinks, dinner and a good time.

10. Walrus + Carpenter – They have mastered a southern-inspired smoking technique that makes interesting and unique dishes.

11. Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwestern Grille – Bringing the authentic taste of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Connecticut with a menu including tacos, award-winning chile, quesadillas, Navajo frybread, tamales and more. The restaurant also features the largest selection of Tequila on the East Coast.  

EASTON, WILTON, WESTON & RIDGEFIELD

1. The Olde Bluebird Inn – If you want to skip the traditional date night dinner, this quaint spot is the perfect place to go for brunch. They specialize in freshly cooked home-style breakfast and lunch.

2. Bianco Rosso – A stylish and trendy spot with outstanding Italian food.

3. Cactus Rose – Enjoy a fresh and creative fusion of Latin American cuisine along with an amazing handcrafted margarita.

4. Schoolhouse at Cannondale – Fine, fresh and simple! They offer a great prixe fixed 4-course meal every Thursday.

5. Bernard’s – The menu changes daily to reflect local ingredients in their distinctive cuisine.

6. Thali – Artistic, creative, and flavorful Indian food that will make you want to come back for more.

7. Gallo – Authentic Italian cusisine, “right down to the tomatoes in our sauce and the oil in our pans.”

8. Luc’s Cafe – A true French bistro they offer non-stop service and you can be served anything from the menu anytime day or night.

9. Reiki Sushi & Asian Bistro – They offer something for everyone with fresh ingredients. Make sure to try their OMG roll!

10. Toscana – An elegant Italian dining experience along with great fresh seafood dishes you will be raving about.

BRIDGEPORT, STRATFORD & TRUMBULL

1. Joseph’s Steakhouse – Serving USDA Prime dry aged beef they have become a landmark in Bridgeport.

2. Ralph n Rich’s – Located downtown Bridgeport you will enjoy top-notch authentic Italian cuisine. 

3. Taco Loco – This Mexican restaurant serves up mouthwatering food and amazing drink specials.

4. Barnum Publick House – This American bar and restaurant combines the old with the new, offering great food and astute service.

5. Biagio Osteria – The place to go to love, laugh, and eat traditional Italian style cooking.

6. Knapp’s Landing – Set along the Housatonic River you will enjoy delicious seafood entrees.

7. Prime One Eleven – An extensive menu that offers everything from a raw-bar, artisan grilled pizzas, sandwiches and so much more!

8. Outriggers – A casual fine dining location offering fresh fish and made-to-order entrees.

9. Taberna – Serving Nueva Latino cusisine this is a fun spot with great food to share and delicious cocktails.

10. Kama Sushi – All you can eat sushi made fresh just for you!

NEWTOWN, MONROE, SHELTON & REDDING

1. Il Palio – The place depicts the Palio Race in Siena and serves up the most creative Italian dishes.

2. Nostrano Italian Eatery – Authentic Italian flavors with fresh local ingredients. 

3. Vazzy’s Cucina – Serving Italian style food and drinks they will treat you like family.

4. Kolam – A flavorful Indian restaurant and takeout offering a true authentic experience.

5. Thai Delight – A great spot for traditional Thai cuisine. Dine in or take out!

6. Tula – This restaurant and lounge offers authentic Italian cuisine with a modern American twist paired with great wines.

7. The Spinning Wheel – Come and sit by the fireplace and enjoy delicious food and great atmosphere.

8. El Coyote – A full menu of Mexican favorites; including guacamole prepared right at your table!

9. Sal e Pepe – A contemporary Italian bistro serving fresh, imaginative and delicious food.

10. Red Lotus – Serving up the healthiest versions of hand prepared Asian cuisine.   

BETHEL, DANBURY, BROOKFIELD, NEW FAIRFIELD & SHERMAN

1. Rizzuto’s – This rustic Italian eatery offers stone-fired Neapolitan brick oven pizza. Simple, fresh, and a great value! Visit their other locations in Westport and Stamford.

2. Note Kitchen & Bar – Modern American fare fused with international influences.

3. La Zingara – An intimate local farm-to-table Italian eatery with many dedicated customers. 

4.  Mezon – A great tapas bar and restaurant offering an inventive fusion of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean inspired dishes.

5. Stanziato’s – Local farm-to-table food that will have you coming back for more. 

6. Jim Barbarie’s – This steakhouse and seafood restaurant has been serving up great food for over 50 years – enough said!

7. Portofino – This spot offers a large menu of fine Italian dishes and “New York style” pizza.

8. Amore – They pride themselves on “cooking for you with love,” dishing up real Italian food. Don’t forget to make reservations.

9. Market Place – A modern American farm-to-table restaurant with an amazing wine list.

10. Bambu – A hibachi and sushi restaruant and bar with a diverse menu influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine.

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2 Responses to 2017 Date Night Restaurant Guide

  1. Lizzy Zawy February 8, 2017 at 2:33 PM #

    Seriously, what a great restaurant/ date night guide!! I’ve been waiting for someone to put together something like this for FC 🙂 Can’t wait to check these off

    • Fairfield County Moms Blog February 8, 2017 at 6:49 PM #

      We are so happy to hear that! Enjoy! Let us know what restaurants are your favorites!

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