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Avon

Amici Italian Grill
Italian
Classic Italian in an upscale dining atmosphere. Homemade sauces and creative pasta dishes abound. Lunch and dinner daily.
401 West Main Street
860-677-7089
http://amiciitaliangrill.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

da Capo
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Italian
da Capo brings to Connecticut a recipe found in Little Italy in the early 1900s: “Authentic New York Style Thin Crust Pizza.” Almost a century later, da Capo proudly presents its famous Old World
family recipe, along with classic family-style dining. Lunch and dinner daily.
5 East Main Street
860-677-5599
http://dacaporestaurant.com/avon
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Farm Restaurant
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Continental/American
Overlooking Talcott Mountain stream, this is one of Connecticut’s most popular restaurants, offering gourmet “farmhouse fare.” It offers lighter fare in the English-style tap room, a changing
selection of fine wines, six beers on tap and cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
279 Avon Mountain Road
860-269-0240
http://avonoldfarmshotel.com/dining.html
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

First & Last Tavern
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Italian
One of three restaurants, the First & Last in Avon is part of a tradition that began in 1936. The restaurant’s commitment to providing authentic Italian cuisine has not diminished in the past 70
years. Lunch and dinner daily.
26 West Main Street
860-676-2000
http://firstandlasttavern.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

The Grist Mill
Continental
Visit our new location! The menu is extensive and the food is delicious. For dinner, try the braised osso bucco, and for dessert, the chocolate ganache. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
51 East Main Street
860-676-8855
http://thegristmill.net
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Max-A-Mia
Italian
With a menu as colorful as its décor, this dimly lit Italian restaurant offers a charming outside patio. The Tuscan flair comes out in the cooking. Try the Max-a-Penne, the roasted wood-fired
half-chicken or the full chophouse selection of meats. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Su.
70 East Main Street
860-677-6299
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Toshi Japanese Restaurant
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Japanese/Sushi
Bright and open, Toshi serves traditional Japanese dishes as well as sushi. The menu is diverse and the portions plentiful. Try the Toshi Roll, a house specialty filled with tuna, salmon, eel and
avocado. Lunch and dinner daily. 136 Simsbury Road
860-677-8242
CC, R, WC, $$

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Berlin

Hawthorne Inn
American/Seafood/Steak
With an award-winning, full-service dining room, bar and lounge, Hawthorne Inn’s restaurant offers delicious prime rib and baked stuffed shrimp. On Friday and Saturday nights, diners can enjoy live
bands playing oldies and blues. Lunch and dinner M-Sa, brunch Su.
2421 Berlin Turnpike
860-828-3571
http://hawthorne-inn.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

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Bloomfield

Ginza Japanese Cuisine
Japanese
Great meals, a sushi bar, live hibachi shows, three tatami rooms and a full takeout menu make this beautiful Japanese restaurant a treat. Lunch and dinner M-Sa, dinner Su.
14 Wintonbury Mall
860-242-8289
http://ginzacuisine.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Sake Cafe
Japanese
Upscale, fresh, beautiful premier Hibachi Steak House and Sushi Bar. Lunch and dinner daily.
774 Park Avenue
860-286-7898
http://sakecaferestaurant.com
B, CC, R, $$

Tapas Mediterranean Café
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Mediterranean
Hip and bohemian, Tapas serves authentic Greek and Mediterranean food as well as Spanish-style tapas. The blackboard items change, but the kabob platter is always a treat, and the Greek diner rice
pudding is great for dessert. Try the Four Tapas shrimp, artichoke hearts, zucchini and crab baked over ricotta. Lunch and dinner daily.
854 Cottage Grove Road
860-882-0756
http://tapasonline.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Thai Palace
Traditional Thai
This sophisticated cuisine brings traditional Thai style food with a Manhattan flair. Vegetables are this restaurant’s trademark, and it offers a large variety of excellent combinations. The
pineapple shrimp is a favorite. Lunch and dinner daily.
18 Wintonbury Mall
860-242-6363
http://thaipalacecuisine.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

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Bristol

The Willows at DoubleTree Hotel
New American
With its modern design and stylish aesthetic, this is a contemporary restaurant serving creative, new American cuisine, focused on farm fresh ingredients. The innovative, seasonal menu features farm-to-fork creations by Executive Chef Leo Bushey.  Enhance your dining experience with our extensive selection of boutique wines from around the globe
42 Century Drive
860-584-7663
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

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Canton

Buon Appetito
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Italian
Despite its storefront location and Vietnamese chef-owner, Buon Appetito is known for its excellent Italian food. Don’t let the blue vinyl chairs fool you. The eggplant rollatini demonstrates
culinary sophistication and the four variations of risotto illustrates that a willingness to be nontraditional pays off. Dinner Tu-Su.
50 Albany Tpke (Route 44)
860-693-2211
CC, R, WC, $$

Dish n’ Dat
American
A modern diner that is family friendly with good comfort food, plenty of choices and something to make everyone happy at any time of the day or night. The menu includes “anytime breakfast” options,
a burger bar and a kids’ menu. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sa-Su.
110 Albany Tpke. (Route 44)
860-693-4927
http://dishbarandgrill.com/dathome
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Feng Asian Bistro and Hibachi
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Asian Fusion
Feng Asian Bistro creates a unique cross between family-oriented and fine dining. A touch of elegance and sophistication with generous portions. Feng offers sushi as well as hibachi, the perfect
dinner before a show for families or large groups. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Su.
110 Albany Tpke. (Route 44)
860-693-3364
http://ginzacorp.com/fengcanton
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

The Green Papaya
Thai/Laotian
The culinary essence of Thailand and Laos are expertly presented in this cozy restaurant. The menu offers home-cooked dishes using meat, chicken, pork and seafood, or vegetarian with traditional
vegetables and sauces. Lunch Tu-Sa, dinner Tu-Su. 160 Albany Tpke. (Route 44)
860-693-9322
http://thegreenpapayarestaurant.com

La Trattoria
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Italian American
La Trattoria is known for its hospitality, attentive staff and dedication in catering to its customers’ every need. With a cozy and romantic dining room, the restaurant features live jazz every
Friday. Sip on a coffee in its lounge or host a party in its private banquet room. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
21 Old Albany Tpke. (Route 44)
860-673-5000
http://latrattoriact.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

Saybrook Fishhouse
American/Seafood/Steak. Four dining areas with their own cozy fireplaces make this a comfortable restaurant. Try the shrimp scampi, the crab cakes or the baked stuffed shrimp, but don’t let the
name deceive you; there are plenty of menu selections to satisfy even the pickiest land-dweller. Lunch and dinner daily.
460 Albany Tpke (Route 44)
860-693-0034
http://saybrookfishhousecanton.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

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Enfield

Hazard Grille
American
An award-winning menu featuring seafood, pasta and Americana like New England fish and chips, grilled New York sirloin and fresh burgers. Casual to upscale atmosphere, classic bar with an
extensive list of wines, scotches, whiskies and cognacs. Live music weekly in our lounge. Lunch and dinner daily.
39 Hazard Avene
860-239-0004
http://hazardgrille.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

Yarde Tavern
American
At the Yarde Tavern, our food is anything but typical pub food. We offer ever-changing theme menus that accompany our regular menu as well as daily lunch, dinner and drink specials. Craft
beer from 2011 and chili cook-off champions speaks volumes to the rest of our fare. Come watch the game on one of our 14 LCD TVs, play trivia Wednesday, sing karaoke Thursday or enjoy live music
Friday and Saturday. Buffet and catering packages available. Lunch and dinner daily. 1658 King Street
860-254-5778
http://yardetavern.com
B, CC, M, R, WC

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Farmington

Apricots
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American
Apricots is two restaurants in one. The ground-level pub has a livelier atmosphere with its bar and a piano. It focuses on small portions and simpler preparations. The upper level is a
quieter and more refined dining room, focusing on traditional menu choices such as steaks, scallops and salmon. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Su.
1593 Farmington Avenue
860-673-5405
http://apricotsrestaurant.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

Cugino’s of Farmington
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Italian.
Fine Italian cuisine focusing on pasta favorites, veal, chicken and fresh seafood entrées. Cugino’s provides quality Italian dining with a home-style flair with the freshest ingredients and a
casual family atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
1053 Farmington Avenue
860-678-9366
http://cuginosrestaurantfarmington.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Lotus Grill Vietnamese Restaurant
Vietnamese
Lotus Grill’s dishes are made from the best ingredients, freshest meats, and vegetables. We have a delicious selection of unforgettable Vietnamese dishes: rice vermicelli, popular pho(rice noodle
soups). Whether you are a meat, vegetable or exotic food lover, we have many dishes to choose from and offer a casual, friendly atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
979 Farmington Avenue
860-676-2255
http://lotusgrill.com
CC, $$

Matthew’s Restaurant
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Eclectic
A fine dining restaurant with a French Quarter influence, offering a fresh regional menu and a casually elegant setting right off the river. In addition to the main menu, Matthew’s also offers a
pub menu, both at the bar and in the dining room. Lunch Tu-Su, dinner daily, brunch Su.
55 Mill Street
860-673-7373
http://matthews-restaurant.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$$

Piccolo Arancio
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Rustic Northern Italian
Dim lighting and simple white linen add romance to this charming restaurant, which boasts a bar and a banquet room for private parties and functions. Ravioli all’arancia, stuffed with spinach and
ricotta and served with an orange-sage sauce is a favorite. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa.
819 Farmington Avenue
860-674-1224
http://piccoloarancio.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Wood-n-Tap
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American
Casual American fare including burgers, steaks, salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta. Patio and Café Room overlooks beautiful Kettle Lake. Live music every Wednesday in the bar and free valet
parking Th-Sa starting at 5 p.m. Gluten-free menu available. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Su.
1274 Farmington Avenue
860-773-6736
http://woodntap.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

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Glastonbury

2 Hopewell
✰✰✰✰
American
Offering a whole new way to look at and taste dinner–with natural and eclectic dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town. Dinner Tu-Su.
2 Hopewell Road
860-633-9600
http://2hopewell.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

Bricco Trattoria
✰✰✰✰ 1/2
Italian
An environment with the comfort of an Italian farmhouse or vineyard home, along with polite, proper and polished service. Dinner daily.
124 Hebron Avenue
860-659-0220
http://billygrant.com/bricco-trattoria
B, CC, OD, WC, $$$

Char Koon
✰✰✰✰
Asian Fusion
Try the Char Koon Special Noodles, the signature dish, or the Tom Yam Soup at this tiny but cozy restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily.
882 Main Street
860-657-3656
http://charkoon.com
CC, R, $$

Giovanni’s Brick Oven Pizza
Italian-American
Offers “the best of both worlds” with New York-style thin-crust and Silician-style thick-crust pizza. Lunch and dinner daily.
113 Hebron Avenue
860-633-0041,
http://giovannisbrickovenpizza.com
B, CC, OD, WC, $$

J. Gilbert’s
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American
With a warm casual atmosphere, this restaurant prides itself on its award-winning service and fine dining. The steaks are Mesquite wood-fired for extra taste and the George’s Bank Scallops and the
Maryland-style crab cakes are highly recommended. Happy hour and dinner daily.
185 Glastonbury Blvd.
860-659-0409
http://jgilberts.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Max Amore
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Italian
This funky Italian restaurant is a romantic destination. The house specialty, Max A Penne, is especially fabulous, as are the pan-seared sea scallops. With a fun bar and private room for parties
and functions, Max Amore has an upbeat vibe. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Sa-Su.
140 Glastonbury Blvd., 860-659-2819,
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Max Fish
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Seafood
Eco-friendly gem serving a wide selection of the finest seafood and raw bar items. There are also free-range chicken and beef entrées plus a vegetarian meal–ensuring that there is something to
please every diner. Be sure to try the signature raw bar towers, an assortment of chilled shellfish. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
110 Glastonbury Blvd.
860-652-3474
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Pazzo Italian Café
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Italian
Grilled salmon is a standout entrée. Pazzo’s dessert offerings are displayed in glass cases in the lobby, but this only adds to the warm and comfortable décor created by faux-textured walls,
pennant curtains and a large mural. Lunch and dinner M-Sa.
60 Hebron Avenue
860-657-3447
http://pazzoitaliancafe.net
CC, R, WC, $$

Piatti Ristorante & Bar
Italian
Casual/elegant neighborhood eatery and a warm, welcoming place to go for fantastic Italian cooking. Hearty portions of pastas and salads, homemade soups, panini and pizza that let the local, fresh
ingredients shine. Lunch and dinner M-Su.
1001 Hebron Avenue
860-430-5493
http://piattict.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Plan B Burger Bar
American
Burgers, beer, beef and bourbon are the specialties here. There’s an extensive list of bottled beers, sorted from lightest to darkest, and about 14 American Craft beers on tap. Over 50 boutique
bourbons. Burgers are all natural, certified humane, and fresh-ground. Lunch and dinner daily.
120 Hebron Avenue
860-430-9737
http://planbburger.com
B, CC, OD, WC, $

Pond House Grille
✰✰✰
Modern American
Emphasis on what’s seasonal, fresh, and local. We bring our renowned Tasty Tuesday prix fixe menu east of the river, and feature chef’s cooking classes and wine-pairing dinners throughout the year.
Private dining available for up to 25 guests. Lunch Tu-F, happy hour and dinner Tu-Sa, brunch Su.
2935 Main Street
860-657-4527
http://pondhousegrille.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

Rooftop 120
✰✰✰✰
Contemporary American
This trendy restaurant has a four-season rooftop patio. Executive chef Eric Stagl prepares creative dishes that complement the season. Favorites include house-made flatbreads and an assortment of
sliders. Dinner daily.
120 Hebron Avenue
860-430-9989
http://rooftop120.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

Sakura Garden
Japanese
This Japanese steakhouse offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a twist, adding touches of French cooking. You’ll want to try everything: sushi, sashimi, noodle entrées and hibachi dinner
entrées. The Chilean sea bass and the beef Negi Maki are definite crowd pleasers. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
120 Hebron Avenue
860-430-5600
http://sakuragardencuisine.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$$

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Hartford

Agave Grill
✰✰✰
Modern Southwest/Mexican
This festive Latin hangout proves that life is just more fun south of the border. Handmade Mexican decorations bedeck the restaurant. Order the guacamole, which is prepared right at your table.
Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Sa and Su.
100 Allyn Street
860-882-1557
http://agavect.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Barça
✰✰✰
Spanish/Portuguese
Enjoy a bright, authentic atmosphere that reflects the restaurant’s bold and flavorful cuisine. There’s a selection of tapas and updated Spanish foods. With live music on the weekends and a garage
door that opens to the street, go from Hartford to Barcelona, all in the course of a delicious meal. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
10 Bartholomew Avenue
860-724-4444
http://barcatapasct.com
B CC M OD R WC $$$

bin 228
✰✰✰ 1/2
Italian
Wine bins line the walls of this innovative Italian restaurant. It’s casual and funky, with a cozy urban vibe and fabulous bar, and there’s even outdoor dining. Specials like beef carpaccio, the
imported cheese plate and coppa paninis (pressed sandwiches) are highly recommended. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa.
228 Pearl Street
860-244-9463
http://bin228winebar.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Black Bear Saloon
American
This pub-style restaurant bar has something to offer everyone. From wraps and salads to burgers and wings, plus a variety of entrées and a kids’ menu. Besides being the perfect setting for any
sporting event, Black Bear Saloon is a great party scene with a live DJ Th-Sa nights. Lunch and dinner daily.
187 Allyn Street
860-524-8888
http://blackbearhartford.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Black-Eyed Sally’s BBQ and Blues
✰✰✰
BBQ/Cajun/Creole
Live blues Wednesday through Saturday nights make this well-known restaurant the place to go for incredible Cajun and Creole flavors. Relaxed and casual, the crowd here enjoys the jambalaya and
racks of ribs. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa.
350 Asylum Street
860-278-7427
http://blackeyedsallys.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Carbone’s Restaurant
✰✰✰✰
Italian
Carbone’s is elegant and cozy with wonderful specialties such as the Vietello Cuscinetto, a mouthwatering veal dish. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Carbone’s also caters to many on-site
private parties and functions. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa.
588 Franklin Avenue
860-296-9646
http://carbonesct.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

City Steam Brewery
American
Weekends are hopping at the City Steam—between live music in the dining room and laughs downstairs at the comedy club, there’s plenty of food and fun for people of all ages. Don’t leave without
trying Lisa’s pie. Lunch and dinner daily.
942 Main Street
860-525-1600
http://citysteambrewerycafe.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Costa Del Sol Restaurant
✰✰✰✰ 1/2
Spanish/Mediterranean
Contemporary and elegant ambiance with a menu known for its seafood. All of the food incorporates Spanish and South American flavors, and although everything is recommended, the paella is a house
specialty. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su.
901 Wethersfield Avenue
860-296-1714
http://costadelsolrestaurant.net
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Coyote Flaco Mexican Restaurant
Mexican
Coyote Flaco offers a great dining experience. We only use the freshest ingredients. Our staff is friendly, courteous and always there for you. Our menu offers authentic Mexican dishes. We have
over 50+ tequilas. We deliver! Lunch and dinner Tu-Su.
635 New Britain Avenue
860-953-1299
http://mycoyoteflaco.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Dish Bar & Grill
✰✰✰ 1/2
Modern American
Enjoy urban chic surroundings and food in this edgy industrial space in the former Sage-Allen department store. There’s a main bar in the lounge featuring a raw bar, and a dessert bar in the main
dining room. Signature dishes include Salmon Wellington and Chips Over Fish, the “Dish” version of fish ‘n’ chips. Lunch M-F, dinner and late dining daily. Valet parking W-Sa evenings.
900 Main Street
860-249-3474
http://dishbarandgrill.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

Feng Asian Bistro
✰✰✰✰✰
Pan Asian
Sushi bar, cocktail lounge and a 150-seat dining room. Featured dishes include miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and Laphchung fried rice, served with the restaurant’s spicy XO sauce. The sushi bar menu
runs from traditional staples to bold new combinations. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
93 Asylum Street
860-549-3364
http://fengrestaurant.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

Firebox
✰✰✰
Contemporary American
Featuring fresh ingredients from the state’s farms along with an extensive wine list. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Su.
539 Broad Street
860-246-1222
http://fireboxrestaurant.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

The Half Door
Irish Pub
Expect typical Irish fare at this European Beer Bar and Irish Gastropub. With everything from soups and salads to Shepherd’s pie, your dinner Leprechaun will surely be satisfied. Extensive beer
selection–over 60 bottled imports. In addition to the bar, there’s outdoor dining and live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sa-Su.
270 Sisson Avenue
860-232-7827
http://thehalfdoorhfd.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $

Hook & Ladder
American
Hook and Ladder offers the spirit of brotherhood along with a reasonably priced menu, making it a great place for families or a casual meal with friends. Get classic pub favorites including
hamburgers, hot dogs, chowder and beers in a restaurant designed to make you feel as if you’re sitting in a firehouse. Lunch and dinner daily.
207 Main Street
860-246-4665
http://hook-ladder.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Ichiban
Japanese/Korean
Serving up both Korean and Japanese favorites. If you’re craving spicy, they’ll serve their Korean dishes as hot as you like it, and the Japanese as traditional. The sushi is fresh and varied in
selection. Try the Udon noodles or Miso soup.
530 Farmington Avenue
860-236-5599
http://ichibanhartford.com
CC, R, $

Kashmir Restaurant
Indian
Enjoy your dinner under the cloth tent of Kashmir in a dining room decorated in bright Indian colors. Sample the Chicken Tikka Makhni, a boneless chicken dish sautéed in coconut, specialty lamb
dishes from the à la carte menu, or choose a fixed price four-course special dinner each evening. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
481 Wethersfield Avenue
860-296-9685
http://kashmirhartford.com
CC, R, $$

La Kerencya
Peruvian/Latin
A family owned restaurant boasting great spices, flavors and unmatched Peruvian cuisine. From ceviche and seafood dishes to the Chinese-inspired arroz chaufas, we highlight the many influences in
Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy three to four rooms, a fully stocked bar and an experienced staff. Lunch and dinner daily.
624 Franklin Street
860-206-3985
http://lakerencya.com
B, CC, M, $ $

Max Downtown
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Continental
Max’s is known for its impeccable service and fabulous food along with such services as takeout, delivery and nightly valet parking. The continental menu offers everything from Tuscan salad to
swordfish, and the bar is a great place to start or end a night on the town. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
185 Asylum Street
860-522-2530
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

McKinnon’s
Irish/American
Relaxed, classy and clean, this authentic Irish eatery offers up classic choices such as corned beef, Reuben sandwiches and Shepherd’s pie. The food is great, but a pub would not be a pub without
beer, and McKinnon’s makes it available in 20-ounce imperial pints. Lunch Th-Sa, dinner M-Sa.
114 Asylum Street
860-524-8174
http://mckinnonsirishpub.com
B, CC, M, WC, $

Monte Alban
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Mexican
With artes Mexicanas decorating the walls and a painted chair rail done in mosaic motif, this Latin-flavored restaurant is a find. The menu is top-notch, featuring pozole, a traditional chicken
stew, and Camarones ala Diabla, a sautéed shrimp dish.
531 Farmington Avenue
860-523-7423
CC, OD, WC, $

Morton’s The Steakhouse
✰✰✰✰
Steakhouse/Seafood
Morton’s is famous for its steak and seafood, especially the porterhouse. A classy bar, valet parking and a superb staff add elegance to this upscale restaurant. A facility for private parties and
functions is available. Dinner daily.
30 State House Square
860-724-0044
http://mortons.com/hartford
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

Murasaki Café at The Mark Twain House
Japanese & American
Hartford’s National Historic Landmark is now home to Zagat-rated Japanese cuisine created by chef George Shimizu. East meets West with a lunch menu of “Japanese Soul Food” and Asian twists on
American classics. Menu includes sushi rolls, noodle dishes, Katsu sandwich and the Mark Twain burger. Lunch Tu-Sa.
351 Farmington Avenue (in the Mark Twain Museum Center)
860-280-3156
http://marktwainhouse.org
CC, OD, WC, $

O’Porto
✰✰✰ 1/2
Portuguese
Classic Portuguese cuisine with a classy flair. The ambiance is rustic, with brick walls and an open ceiling. Codfish, a Portuguese staple, is a feature of many menu items, while the Marisca, a
seafood casserole, has quickly become a customer favorite.
2074 Park Street
860-233-3184
http://oportohartford.com
B, CC, R, OD, WC, $$$

ON20
✰✰✰✰✰
American/French
Beautiful river and city views plus a sophisticated atmosphere. The menu features sumptuous seasonal cuisine prepared by Chef Jeffrey Lizotte. Special events by request. Lunch M-F, happy hour W-F, and dinner Th-F.
1 State Street
860-722-5161
http://www.ontwenty.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$$

Peppercorn’s Grill
✰✰✰✰
Italian
A beautiful mural depicts Rome in this upscale Italian restaurant. The dinner menu includes traditional favorites such as veal osso bucco and spinach-ricotta ravioli, and there are new specials
every day. Save room for the Valrohnna cake, served with a creamy hazelnut gelato. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa.
357 Main Street
860-547-1714
http://peppercornsgrill.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Rajun Cajun
Cajun
Southern hospitality abounds at this Cajun eatery. Serving monster portions of home-cooked meals like macaroni and cheese and a dish called Catfish Desire, this place is all about authenticity.
Warm, casual atmosphere and a soul food menu. Lunch M-F, dinner Tu-Sa, brunch Su.
2790 Main Street
860-241-9288
http://rajuncajunhartford.com
B, CC, WC, $

Royal Masala
✰✰✰
Indian
Get upscale Indian cuisine that is a fusion of both Northern and Southern India with a European influence. Five signature dishes include Lobster Masala, marinated and cooked in tandoor, served with
a mild white wine masala sauce. Others include duck, lamb, shrimp and halibut. A vegetarian favorite is hyderbadi bagare baingan (baby eggplants with peanut sauce and sesame tamarind). A back room
can be used for parties. Lunch and dinner M-Sa.
391 Main Street
860-882-0900
http://theroyalmasala.com
B, CC, R, $$

The Russell
American/Jamaican
A light menu of mostly sandwiches and salads makes this hip restaurant a satisfying stop. The curry-infused chicken sandwich and spicy chicken wrap, served with plantain chips, keep the Jamaican
influence apparent. The atmosphere is modern and inviting, the vibe ignited by jazz nights and spoken word events. Plus, great cocktail selections. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
103 Pratt Street
860-727-4014
http://therussell.net
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Tamarind Grill & Bar
Thai & Malaysian
Authentic cuisine expertly prepared with the finest fresh ingredients and spiced to please your palate. Free delivery up to seven miles. Lunch and dinner daily.
77 Pratt Street
860-727-1088
http://tamarindhartford.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Tapas on Ann
Mediterranean
A funky martini bar with healthy food served late, this casual restaurant offers huge hummus platters, kettle-made soups, flat-bread pizzas, burgers and delicious gyros. There is a lively bar and
outdoor seating, and takeout is available. Lunch and dinner M-Sa.
126-130 Ann Street
860-525-5988
http://tapasonline.com
B, CC, OD, WC, $$

The Tavern Downtown
American
Casual bistro-style dining with 99 imported and domestic brews, engaging menu of international wines, and delicious comfort cuisine. From custom-made burgers and sliders to lobster mac ‘n’ cheese
to Jerry’s Meatloaf, enjoy a diverse menu of great comfort foods for the soul. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily.
100 Allyn Street
860-524-9990
http://thetaverndowntown.com
B, CC, WC, $$

Tisane Euro/Asian Café
American
Unwind outside on the patio or in the comfortable indoor seating with one of 40 unique “martea-nis.” Pair that with a selection of fresh salads, wraps and grilled flatbreads made with organic
dough. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
537 Farmington Avenue
860-523-5417
http://mytisane.com
CC, M, OD, WC, $

Trumbull Kitchen
✰✰✰✰
Continental
Perfect for dinner or drinks with friends, Trumbull Kitchen offers an Asian-infused menu and fabulous happy hour selections like mini cheese calzones and veggie pizzas. Enjoy the urban atmosphere,
with its trendy leather walls, the smaller loft dining room enclosed by French doors, and the chic and colorful bar. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
150 Trumbull Street
860-493-7417
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Vaughan’s Public House
Irish
Vaughan’s Public House serves up smoked salmon, tender corned beef and Glenkerry potatoes. It also offers homemade Irish cream, signature Irish coffees, the finest single malts and dozens of
memorable ways to fill a pint glass. The pub’s authentic hand-crafted furniture and décor were hand-carried across the pond. Lunch and dinner daily.
59 Pratt Street
860-882-1560
http://irishpublichouse.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $

Vito’s By the Park
✰✰✰
Italian/Seafood
With a spectacular view of Bushnell Park, dining at Vito’s is a unique experience. Check out the huge wall mural, painted in a park motif. The fresh, made-to-order Italian food tastes home-cooked,
and the service is impeccable. Try the Besteka à la Vito or the lobster ravioli. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
26 Trumbull Street
860-244-2200
http://vitosct.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

VIVO Seasonal Trattoria
✰✰✰✰ 1/2
Tuscan
Contemporary Mediterranean
flavors and the finest market-fresh seasonal ingredients. To add Tuscan authenticity, many dishes are prepared in the restaurant’s wood-fired ovens. Try the beef carpaccio with lemon parmagiano
aioli. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
200 Columbus Blvd.
860-760-2333
http://vivohartford.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Wood-n-Tap
American
The original Wood-n-Tap serves casual American fare including burgers, steaks, salads, pasta, pizza and sandwiches. Two beautiful back rooms for private functions make this a favorite for parties.
Gluten-free menu available. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Su.
99 Sisson Avenue
860-232-8277
http://woodntap.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Zula
New American/Mediterranean Fusion
Zula, meaning ‘hideaway,’ has a contemporary, elegant setting that is a refreshing addition to the downtown scene. Fresh, top-quality ingredients are the heart of the menu, which includes unique
salads, soups and sandwiches as well as exceptional small plate offerings and entrées. The intimate bar, featuring an extensive martini menu, offers live music in the evenings. Lunch M-Sa, dinner
daily, happy hour M-F.
901 Main Street
860-244-9852
http://zulact.com
B, CC, R, $$$

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Manchester

Adam’s Mill Restaurant
Continental/American.
Located in a beautiful 120-year-old paper mill that has been restored to its original charm, Adam’s Mill boasts a sophisticated ambiance and specializes in special events and catering. Try the
lemon pepper chicken or the baked stuffed shrimp. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
165 Adams Street
860-646-4039
http://theadamsmill.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

Cavey’s
✰✰✰✰✰
Italian/French
In 2008, ZAGAT rated it “Extraordinary-to-Perfection.” Cavey’s offers elegant décor and top-notch service, making for destination dining at its best. Upstairs, enjoy hearty Northern Italian
cuisine, complete with homemade pastas, cheeses and desserts. Downstairs is thoroughly French, offering a unique, modern twist to the classics. A wine cellar with more than 15,000 bottles means
you’ll find a perfect pairing for every meal.
45 East Center Street
860-643-2751
http://caveysrestaurant.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

Tullycross Tavern & Micro Brewery
American
This casual American brewery makes beer to complement all its meals. The chicken pot pie is a favorite, and the breads can’t be beat. Lunch and dinner M-F.
1487 Pleasant Valley Road
860-644-2739
http://tullycrosstavern.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

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Middletown

Amici Italian Grill
Italian
Classic Italian in an upscale dining atmosphere. Homemade sauces and creative pasta dishes abound. Lunch and dinner daily.
280 Main Street
860-346-0075
http://amiciitaliangrill.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar
Italian
Disguised by an unpretentious
facade, this first-rate restaurant offers the best of Italy in the culmination of traditional Italian cuisine and contemporary fine dining ambiance. Choose any bottle from our extensive wine list
for half price on Mondays. Outdoor seating available during summer months. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, happy hour M-F.
437 Main Street
860-316-2552
http://escact.com
B, CC, M, OD, $$$

First & Last Tavern
✰✰✰
Italian
One of three restaurants, the First & Last is part of a tradition that began in 1936. The restaurant’s commitment to providing authentic Italian cuisine has not diminished in the past 70
years. Lunch and dinner daily.
220 Main Street
860-347-2220
http://firstandlasttavern.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Forbidden City Bistro
✰✰✰✰✰
Contemporary Upscale Chinese
The menu offers authentic Chinese cooking from across all of the country’s regions. Ethnic fish dishes are a house specialty. Wine flights are offered each day as well
as Chinese martinis. A simple, yet elegant, décor keeps the ambiance contemporary and inviting. Lunch and dinner daily.
335 Main Street
860-343-8288
http://forbiddencitybistro.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Mattabesett Canoe Club
✰✰1/2
American
A historic yacht club ca. 1915 on the banks of the Connecticut River. Casual fine dining, white linen, large watefront patio, focus on seasonal, fresh and seafood. Stunning river views
provide backdrop for family or business gatherings. Growing entertainment agenda with jazz, blues and diverse musical experiences. Large dock . Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
80 Harbor Drive
860-347-9999
http://mattabesettcanoeclub.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Tuscany Grill
Italian Fusion
The focus here is on creative specials, a large selection of delicious pasta dishes, unique entrées, desserts and an excellent selection of fine wine to complement your meal. Lunch
and dinner daily.
120 College Street
860-346-7096
http://tuscany-grill.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $

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New Britain

Cracovia
European/Polish
Cracovia serves up an extensive menu of traditional favorites in a casual dining setting. It is known for blintzes and golumbki (stuffed cabbage), and offers a number of Polish
beers on tap. Expect huge portions. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
60 Broad Street
860-223-4443
CC, R, WC, $

East Side Restaurant
✰✰✰
German
With some of the best sauerbraten and wienerschnitzel around, East Side serves authentic German dishes in a dim and cozy atmosphere. The friendly staff is more than willing to help you
decide, and everything is served in hearty portions. Lunch Tu-Sa, dinner Tu-Su.
131 Dwight Street
860-223-1188
http://eastsiderestaurant.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

Great Taste
✰✰✰
Chinese
Contemporary but traditional, crystal chandeliers and a beautiful fish tank provide an elegant atmosphere. The menu boasts a variety of chef’s specials, including the Peking duck and
Triple Delight. Lunch and dinner daily.
597 West Main Street
860-229-7373
http://greattaste.com
CC, R, WC, $$

Staropolska
European/Polish
Staropolska–meaning “old-country Poland”–boasts the best Polish cuisine in New England. Eat your fill of pierogi, potato pancakes, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and other Polish
favorites in a casual family atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
252 Broad Street
860-612-1711
http://staropolska.net
B, CC, OD, WC, $

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Newington

The Hidden Vine Wine Bar and Lounge
Italian
The menu could be described as “Italian with a modern twist,” serving a lighter gourmet fare of bruschetta, paninis, salads and soups. A wide selection of entrées are made fresh to order,
some from “secret” Italian recipes passed down through generations. Lunch T-F, dinner T-Sa.
1052 Main Street Rear A
860-667-8463
http://hiddenvinewinebar.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
✰✰✰✰
Steakhouse
Expect to be pampered at Ruth’s Chris, an upscale steakhouse that serves some of the best U.S. prime beef around. In addition to its famous steaks, the menu offers chicken, seafood and
vegetarian entrées, an array of New Orleans-inspired appetizers, and desserts that taste as good as they look. Dinner daily.
2513 Berlin Tpke
860-666-2202
http://ruthschris.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

Vito’s Pizzeria
Italian
Vito’s is known for its fabulous pizza, but everything on the menu is hearty, delicious and homemade. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try the Cioppino or the Calamari à la Vito.
Lunch and dinner daily.
14 East Cedar Street860-667-4644
http://vitosct.com
CC, R, WC, $$

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Rocky Hill

Chuck’s Steak House
Steakhouse
In addition to its famous steaks, Chuck’s offers mouthwatering entrées like beef kabob and grilled tuna. Staff members pride themselves on their friendly and attentive service. The
dining room is dimly lit, casual and rustic, and two private rooms provide a range of seating choices. Dinner daily.
2199 Silas Deane Hwy
860-529-0222
http://chuckssteakhouse.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Pazzo Italian Café
✰✰✰✰
Italian
Old World charm mixes with casual dining at this family-owned restaurant. Pasta, panini and wood-fired pizza are specialties, along with seafood, chicken and beef entrées. Order takeout
available online and it will be waiting when you arrive. Lunch and dinner M-Sa.
377 Cromwell Avenue
860-721-8888
http://pazzoitaliancafe.net
CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Saybrook Fish House
Seafood
Casual and low key, with a menu that offers fun choices such as the Poseidon Adventure alongside more traditional dishes of shrimp scampi and grilled swordfish. Landlubbers have plenty of
choices as well, and the bar is a great place to hang out. Lunch M-F, dinner daily.
2165 Silas Deane Hwy, 860-721-9188,
http://saybrookfishhouserestaurants.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Wood-n-Tap
American
Casual American fare including burgers, steaks, salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta. The Gathering Room is available for private parties. Come as you are. Gluten-free menu available.
Lunch, dinner and late-night daily.
12 Town Line Road
860-571-9444
http://woodntap.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

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Simsbury

Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar
✰✰✰ 1/2
Continental
A crackling fire, leather chairs, creaky staircases and a fabulous wine bar are what define this New England historic tavern. Its extensive fine-dining menu includes a raw bar, pasta,
steak, chops and a selection of rotisserie meats. An upstairs tavern, open daily after 4 p.m., offers more casual dining and big screen televisions. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa, brunch Su.
4 Hartford Road
860-264-1580
http://abigailsgrill.com
B,CC,R,WC, $$$

Evergreens at the Simsbury Inn
American
Elegant preparations of beef, seafood, poultry and pasta. The Sunday brunch is award winning, but if you opt for dinner, try the oven-roasted duck breast over wild mushrooms and sweet
onions with sun-dried tomato and barley risotto. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Sa.
397 Hopmeadow Street
860-651-5700
http://simsburyinn.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

The Iron Frog Tavern
American/Pub
Friendly tavern atmosphere with great selection of burgers, entrées and appetizers. Five large-screen TVs, live entertainment on weekends. Room for private parties. Lunch Th-Su,
dinner daily, brunch Su.
6 Wilcox Street
860-408-9626
http://theironfrogtavern.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Kumo Japanese Cuisine Sushi & Grill
Japanese
Fresh, high-quality Japanese food at affordable prices. Try our May Flower, Brainstorming Roll, Rocky Shrimp, Duck Roll or any other fine Japanese cuisine on the menu. The exotic tastes
will bring you in and nice service will keep you coming back. Private room seating 12 is available. Lunch M-Sa, dinner M-Su.
530 Bushy Hill Road
860-658-6866
http://kumosushigrill.com
CC, R, WC, $$

Luna Pizza
Italian
Try the ultimate Italian pizza, featuring fresh mozzarella made specifically for Luna, Italian plum tomatoes, imported Romano cheese, and 100 percent olive oil—the classic, traditional,
thin crust pizza. Grinders are made on bread delivered daily from New York City. Salad, wings, soda, wine, and beer. Lunch and dinner daily.
530 Bushy Hill Road
860-651-1820
http://lunapizzasimsbury.com
CC, WC, $

Meadow Asian Cuisine
Chinese/Thai/Japanese
A don’t-miss destination for lovers of all Asian food. Patrons are warmly welcomed by proprietor Sam and his friendly staff, and are treated to an impressive menu of Chinese
and Thai cuisine as well as an extensive sushi bar. Lunch and dinner daily.
532 Hopmeadow Street
860-408-9800
http://meadowrestaurant.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Metro Bis
✰✰✰✰ 1/2
American
This small, bustling bistro features sophisticated flavors, with delicious soups, salads, seafood, steak and poultry in unexpected culinary combinations. Lunch and dinner M-Sa.
928 Hopmeadow Street
860-651-1908
http://metrobis.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Millwright's Restaurant & Tavern
New England
Acclaimed chef Tyler Anderson invites you to experience a daily changing menu created with ingredients that make Connecticut a true destination for quality and flavor, coupled with precise and efficient service. Located in the historic grist mill on Hop Brook. 
77 West St.
860-651-5500
millwrightsrestaurant.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$$

Plan B Burger Bar
American
Burgers, beer, beef and bourbon are the specialties here. There’s an extensive list of bottled beers, sorted from lightest to darkest, and about 14 American Craft beers on tap. Over 50
boutique bourbons. Burgers are all-natural, certified humane, and fresh-ground. Lunch and dinner daily.
4 Railroad Street
860-658-4477
http://planbburger.com
B, CC, OD, WC, $

Sakimura Japanese Steakhouse
Japanese
Sip on sake while you bite into one of the many sushi rolls, or order the hibachi for an authentic Japanese meal made on a classic metal heated grill. Lunch and dinner Su-Sa.
10 Wilcox Street
860-651-7929
http://sakimuract.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

The Mill at 2T
✰✰✰✰ 1/2
Regional American
This 32-seat restaurant
is trendy without being pretentious. The rustic, exposed brick is charming; candles make it romantic. The menu–five entrées and five appetizers–changes daily and features local ingredients. An open
kitchen lets you watch as owner Ryan Jones cooks the food his wife, Kelleanne, will serve you. Dinner W-Sa.
2 Tunxis Road
860-658-7890
http://themillat2t.com
CC, M, R, WC, $$$$

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Southington

Bonterra Italian Bistro
Italian
Loosely translated, Bonterra means “good earth,” which helps define the menu. Fresh, quality ingredients include housemade pastas and sauces, freshly squeezed juices and wines created from
organic grapes and processes. Daily specials supplement the extensive menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner Tu-Su.
98 Main Street
860-426-2620
http://bonterraitalianbistro.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Cava
Italian
Fine Italian dining with a romantic atmosphere. Try the pan-seared scallops over vegetable bruschetta risotto or a daily special. Cava offers an extensive wine list with more than 100 fine
wines. Enjoy being catered to by friendly and knowledgeable servers. Lunch and dinner daily.
1615 West Street860-628-2282
http://cavact.com
B,CC,OD,R,WC, $$$

New Mill Restaurant
✰✰✰✰
American
Rustic and old-fashioned, this restaurant exudes character with its view of the mill wheel on a river. The new menu includes seafood, raw bar selections, Angus steaks and pasta. Dinner
Tu-Su.
493 South End Road
860-620-0300
http://newmillrestaurant.net
B, CC, R, WC $$$

Wood-n-Tap
American
Casual American fare including burgers, steaks, salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta in this trendy yet cozy atmosphere. Curbside pickup available, and two private rooms available for any
type of party. Gluten-free menu available. Lunch, dinner and late-night menu daily, brunch Su.
420 Queen Street
860-329-0032
http://woodntap.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$

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South Windsor

Burtons Grill
✰✰✰ 1/2
American
Upscale casual dining with American cuisine and American atmo-sphere. Try the marinated Mediterranean salad, the Burtons Cordon Bleu or the lobster and rock shrimp pasta. Lunch and dinner
daily.
100 Evergreen Way, Suite 100
860-432-4575
http://burtonsgrill.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Danny’s Little Taste of Texas
Barbeque/Tex-Mex
This barbeque joint is known for its finger-licking baby back ribs and Texas-style barbeque. Unpretentious with a friendly wait staff, this laid-back
place is also a kid’s favorite. Lunch and dinner W-Su.
19 Oakland Road
860-436-1232
http://dannyslittletasteoftexas.com
CC, WC, $$

The Mill on the River
✰✰✰
Continental
This romantic restaurant is perched atop a beautiful working mill and waterfall, making it popular for weddings and special occasions. Try the pecan salmon or the redfish nouvelle.
Lunch M-F, dinner daily, brunch Su.
989 Ellington Road
860-289-7929
http://themillontheriver.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Sakura Garden
Japanese
This Japanese steakhouse offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a twist, adding touches of French cooking. You’ll want to try everything: sushi, sashimi, noodle entrées and hibachi
dinner entrées. The Chilean sea bass and the Beef Negi Maki are definite crowd pleasers. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
800 Evergreen Way
860-648-9888
http://sakuragardenct.com
B,CC,OD,R,WC, $$$$

Sawadee Thai Cuisine
✰✰✰ 1/2
Thai
Savor the relaxing, contemporary atmosphere as you enjoy one of the mouth-tantalizing entrées or extensive daily specials. Be sure to try its well known pad Thai—famous Thai noodles—everyone
loves it. Lunch and dinner daily.
465 Buckland Street
860-644-0647
http://sawadeethaicuisine.com
CC, WC, $

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Uncasville

Michael Jordan’s Steak House
✰✰✰✰✰
Steakhouse
Diners enjoy a menu of USDA prime steaks and chops and the freshest seafood paired with a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list. The contemporary design features warm pine woods and soft
buttery leathers. The restaurant has a private dining room and banquet capacity is available for up to 200 people. Dinner daily.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
860-862-8600
http://michaeljordans23.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

SolToro Tequila Grill
Mexican
This lively, upscale, cantina-like restaurant is on the casino floor of the Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Sky. The 206-seat lounge and dining room sports a 30-seat bar. There’s an impressive
list of more than 80 tequilas and Spanish and Latin American wines. Enjoy traditional Mexican street food and homestyle specialties. Fresh guacamole is customized to guests’ preferences. Lunch and
dinner daily.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
860-862-4800
http://soltororestaurant.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

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West Hartford

Arugula
✰✰✰✰
Mediterranean
The open-air kitchen at this eclectic, colorful bistro allows diners to watch as their meal is prepared. The menu is constantly changing, with Mediterranean fare such as roasted wild
mushroom and rosemary lasagna, and filet mignon of tuna. The soups and dessert, all housemade, are equally delicious. Lunch Tu-Sa, dinner Tu-Sun.
953 Farmington Avenue
860-561-4888
http://arugula-bistro.com
CC, R, WC, $$$

Barcelona
✰✰✰ 1/2
Spanish/Mediterranean
This restaurant and wine bar in West Hartford features a stylish bar and a spacious patio. Barcelona offers hot and cold tapas such as sea scallop cazuela and herbed goat
cheese with wild mushrooms, along with delicate entrées such as rioja braised lamb shank. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
971 Farmington Avenue
860-218-2100
http://barcelonawinebar.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Besito
✰✰✰
Mexican
Offering upscale, authentic cuisine, Besito’s menu is rich with traditional Mexican fare. Familiar items such as empanadas and tacos are complemented by unexpected flavors like goat cheese
and chile cascabel salsas. Try the Camarones con Naranja al Tequila, orange-and tequila-glazed shrimp over mashed boniato with tropical fruit pico de gallo. For Sunday brunch, look for staples such
as eggs and pancakes punched up with Mexican flair. Lunch and dinner daily.
46 South Main Street860-233-2500
http://besitomex.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

Blue Elephant Trail
Thai
Upscale authentic Thai in a sophisticated setting. The chef is formally trained in nutrition and prepares gluten free dishes. Traditional pad Thai to Thai basil frog legs. Lunch and dinner
daily.
7 South Main Street
860-233-4405
http://bluelephanttrail.com
B, CC, R, $

Cora Cora
Latin American/Peruvian
Cora Cora specializes in authentic Peruvian cuisine with dishes like ceviche (citrus-marinated seafood), arroz con mariscos (rice with shellfish), and bistec a lo pobre
(steak with rice, fried eggs, and plantains). The menu also features some eastern touches with Asian-inspired rice dishes. Takeout and delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast Sa-Su.
162 Shield Street
860-953-2672
http://coraperu.com
CC, R, WC, $$

The Corner Pug
American
Known as “The Beer Drinker’s Companion,” this traditional English/Irish pub is aptly described. Its bar boasts 12 premium beers on tap and 20 bottled. Beyond the alcohol, a full menu is
also available, with fish and chips and chicken pot pies coming specially recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
1046 New Britain Avenue
860-231-0241
http://cornerpug.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Cuvée
Eclectic
Labeled a “food, wine and champagne room,” Cuvee’s focus is decidedly the beverages–dozens of international wines and champagnes. The menu includes a variety of small plates. Try sushi,
burgers, salads, and even a small selection of sweet treats. By-the-glass wine tastings available. Opens at 4 p.m. Tu-Su.
37 Raymond Road
860-756-5590
http://cuveewesthartford.com
CC, R, WC, $

Effie’s Place Family Restaurant
American/Greek
For more than 35 years, the Paindiris family has been serving delicious food, including sandwiches, salads, seafood, pasta, steaks and Greek specialties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
daily.
91 Park Road
860-233-9653
http://effiesplace.net
CC, R, WC, $$

The Elbow Room
✰✰✰
American
The restaurant puts a gourmet twist on comfort food, serving some of the best pot roast around, as well as mouthwatering dishes of fish, lamb, seafood and pasta. Two-level seating and an
upper-deck patio provide a funky, eclectic atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily.
986 Farmington Avenue
860-236-6195
http://theelbowroomct.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Grant’s
✰✰✰✰
American/Mediterranean
This European bistro does fine dining Mediterranean style. Elegant but casual, Grant’s offers a relaxing bar and gourmet meals as well as takeout service for those on the
go. For larger functions, a friendly and accommodating staff caters to private parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Su.
977 Farmington Avenue
860-236-1930
http://billygrant.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Harry’s Bishops Corner
Italian
This famous thin-crust pizza is guaranteed to satisfy. With more than 20 topping choices on the menu, patrons can be creative. Harry’s also offers several salad options and specialty
pizzas such as shrimp florentine. Lunch Tu-Su, dinner Tu-Su.
732 North Main Street
860-236-0400
http://harrysbc.com
CC, WC, $

Harry’s Pizza
Italian
Beloved by residents, this upscale pizza restaurant has a warm atmosphere, great food and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. The original Harry’s Pizza is a great place to take the family
for wonderful food in a comfortable setting. Breakfast Sa-Su, lunch Th-Su, dinner daily.
39 South Main Street
860-231-7166
http://harryspizza.net
CC, $

Hot Basil Thai Cafe
✰✰✰ 1/2
Thai
Named after a sacred Herb in South Asia, Hot Basil offers exotic cuisine, including vegetarian choices. Try coconut curries, the stir fries or the seafood speciality banana leaf salmon. BYOB.
Dinner daily.
565 New Park Avenue
860-523-9554
http://hotbasilcafe.com
CC, R, WC, $$$

Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi
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Japanese
Authentic Japanese food and fresh sushi. You’ll be entertained by the hibachi experience. Try the popular tuna wasabi dumplings and yellowtail jalapenos, and, for dessert, the red bean
mochi ice cream. Lunch and dinner daily.
962 Farmington Avenue
860-232-7888
http://ichirowesthartford.com
C, R, WC, $$

Max Burger
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American
This newest addition to the Max family takes casual food seriously. Offering comfort food with a Max flair, Max Burger offers every type of burger imaginable, including turkey, tuna,
lobster and Kobe beef. Popular dishes from the other Max locations round out the menu. Lunch and dinner daily.
124 LaSalle Road
860-232-3300
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$

Max’s Oyster Bar
Seafood
Muted colors, funky lighting and an understated atmosphere put emphasis on the food at this comfortable fish house. A full menu of seafood favorites including paella and lobster
complements a raw bar offering a variety of shellfish and oysters. Pasta, chicken and steak are also available. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily, brunch Su.
964 Farmington Avenue
860-236-6299
http://maxrestaurantgroup.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$$

McLadden’s Irish Publick House
Irish
McLadden’s promises true Irish warmth and hospitality. This cozy, traditional Irish pub and restaurant
is a destination spot in West Hartford for those seeking a comfortable, laid back alternative. Come for authentic Irish beers, delicious comfort food, and a great time with friends. Lunch and
dinner daily, brunch Sa-Su.
37 LaSalle Road
860-231-8773
http://mcladdens.com
B, CC, M, OD, WC, $$

Murasaki Japanese Restaurant and Foods
Japanese
The place to go for authentic Japanese cuisine. Take advantage of outdoor dining as you indulge in salmon teriyaki or sushi and sashimi. Lunch Tu-Sa, dinner Tu-Su.
23 LaSalle Road
860-236-7622
http://murasakijapaneserestaurant.com
CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Plan B Burger Bar
American
Burgers, beer, beef and bourbon are the specialties here. There’s an extensive list of bottled beers, sorted from lightest to darkest, and about 14 American Craft beers on tap. Over 50
boutique bourbons. Burgers are all-natural, certified humane and fresh-ground. Lunch and dinner daily.
138 Park Road
860-231-1199
http://planbburger.com
B, CC, OD, WC, $

Pond House
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American
Nestled in the midst of beautiful Elizabeth Park, the Pond House offers fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu is available for takeout and catering and there are rooms for
private parties. While there isn’t a bar, BYOB is encouraged. Lunch and dinner Tu-Sa, brunch Su.
1555 Asylum Avenue
860-231-8823
http://pondhousecafe.com
CC, R, WC, $$$

Restaurant Bricco
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Italian
Loud and festive, Bricco’s dining room and bar are always bustling. The rustic space is casual and contemporary, and the menu offers treats like pistachio-crusted goat cheese salad and
cedar-planked salmon. Outdoor seating is also available. Lunch M-Sa, dinner M-Su.
78 LaSalle Road
860-233-0220
http://restaurantbricco.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

Rizzuto’s Kitchen and Bar
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Italian
Italy comes alive in Blue Back Square. From the all-Italian wine selection to hand-crafted pastas and desserts, nothing is forgotten. Catering available, private dining room for parties.
Lunch and dinner daily.
111 Memorial Road
860-232-5000
http://rizzutos.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$$

Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan
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Afghan
Those unfamiliar with Afghan food are in for a culinary adventure. Vividly colored Afghan rugs and tapestries adorn the dining room. Each dish is cooked with a unique marriage of spices.
Mild yogurt sauces create a mild and spicy karma. Lunch M-Sa, dinner daily.
36 LaSalle Road
860-231-8400
http://afghancuisine.net
B, CC, OD, R, $$

Tapas Mediterranean Café
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Mediterranean
Hip and Bohemian, Tapas serves authentic Greek and Mediterranean food as well as Spanish-style tapas. The blackboard items change, but the kabob platter is always a treat, and the
Greek diner rice pudding is great for dessert. Try the Four Tapas shrimp, artichoke hearts, zucchini, and crab baked over ricotta. Lunch and dinner daily.
1150 New Britain Avenue
860-521-4609
http://tapasonline.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$

Treva Restaurant & Bar
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Italian
Chef-inspired modern Northern Italian Cuisine in the ambiance of a warm, rustic and casual environment in a contemporary open space. With fresh prosciutto and salami hanging in full view,
Treva’s mixologists create a wide range of culinary cocktails. Chef’s specials include veal, seafood and pasta. Lunch and dinner daily.
980 Farmington Avenue
860-232-0407
http://trevact.com
B, CC, OD, R, WC, $$$

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Wethersfield

Carmen Anthony Fishhouse
✰✰✰ 1/2
American/Seafood
A bar and award-winning seafood add to an excellent reputation for casual fine dining. The black Angus steak is as mouthwatering as its Maine lobster. Lunch and dinner daily.
1770 Berlin Tpke
860-529-7557
http://carmenanthony.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$

Elaine’s Restaurant
Italian/American
For 20 years, the Karabetsos Family has been serving great Italian cuisine. Fresh seafood, veal, chicken and pasta. Have a drink in the lounge or a light lunch on the patio. Lunch
and dinner daily, brunch Su.
1841 Berlin Tpke
860-257-4191
http://elainesrestaurant.com
B, CC, WC, $

Lucky Lou’s Bar and Grill
Eclectic
New American food with an Italian flair in historic Old Wethersfield. Lunch and dinner daily.
222 Main Street
860-257-0700
http://luckylousbarandgrill.com
B, CC, M, OD, R, WC, $$

Sake Cafe
Japanese
Upscale, fresh, beautiful hibachi steakhouse and sushi bar. Lunch and dinner daily.
1105 Silas Deane Hwy
860-721-1618
http://sakecaferestaurant.com
B, CC, R, $$

Vito’s Pizzaria & Restaurant
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Italian
Family owned and operated for the past 31 years. Serving fresh made-to-order Italian food and famous pizzas. Try the lobster ravioli and tiramisu. Catering available. Lunch and dinner
daily.
673 Silas Deane Hwy
860-563-3333
http://vitosct.com
B, CC, M, R, WC, $$$

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Windsor

Vito’s by the Water
Italian
The Mafucci family has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years, and they know good food. The chef recommends the seafood orzo, chicken Angelica and the special house-made
lobster ravioli with squid ink. Located by Griffin Park pond. Lunch and dinner daily.
1936 Blue Hills Avenue Ext.
860-285-8660
http://vitosct.com
B, CC, R, WC, $$$