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2018 Date Night Restaurant Guide

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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 from 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!

BRICK + WOOD {Fairfield}

Brick + Wood is a Neapolitan pizza and Street Food restaurant that also makes homemade mozzarella and burrata made to order in front of your eyes. They are also the only all wine on tap bar in Connecticut with 30 wines on tap from all over the world. They offer a unique fun dining experience for all ages. Love life and pizza!

FCMB readers will receive $5 Brick + Wood Sangria 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. Table 104 – Fine wines, small plates, and rustic pizzas and pasta dishes make you feel like you are right there in Tuscany.

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. Mill Street – This American restaurant has a seasonally driven menu using sustainable sources from local farms. 

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. Harlan Social –  An innovative American gastropub that pairs a refined culinary experience with the warmth and comfort of a relaxed neighborhood meeting place.

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. Eastend – They showcase their contemporary take on the ‘Seasons of America’ with a small batch menu that changes with each season. 

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. Farmer’s Table – Offering a simple menu with made to order options.

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.

10. Tavern at Graybarns – An intimate dining experience that highlights New American cuisine assimilating flavors and techniques from traditional American cooking. 

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. Paci – Modern Italian dining that redefines classic dishes while creating new ones using the highest quality of fresh organic ingredients.

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

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

6. The Gray Goose Cafe – This fun local spot is where old world romance meets new world sophistication. 

7. 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.

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

9. Terrain – This Garden Cafe celebrates the cycle of the seasons and the bounty of the land with an amazing menu.

10. The Cottage – A warm and welcoming hot spot serving hand-crafted American dishes inspired by cultures around the world.

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

7. 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.

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

9. Arcani 67 – Fresh, simple, and deliciously authentic Italian cuisine. 

10. Marly’s Bar & Bistro – The place to go to get a great burger and beer.

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. The Sitting Duck Tavern – This American neighborhood tavern serves up mouthwatering food and amazing drinks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Harlen Haus – This eatery is German inspired by bier and wurst hall is located in the historic People’s Bank building. 

NEWTOWN, MONROE, SHELTON & REDDING

1.Farmhouse – Their seasonal menus are designed with ingredients sourced from the farmlands, fields and oceans of the Northeast.

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

3. The Foundry – This kitchen and tavern is a premiere American pub restaurant. 

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. Figs Wood Fired Bistro – New American food with an Italian twist.

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. J. Lawrence Downtown – Serving great food, craft beer, cocktails, and an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.

2. Putnam House – A unique dining experience with great food, great beer, and a great time.

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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