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Fine dining in Connecticut offers exceptional restaurants, expert chefs

 DININGANDRESTAURANTSCT Connecticut's fine dining establishments include top-quality food from chefs who learned their art at the best restaurants.
Another wonderful type of venue to enjoy a fine meal may be at vineyards and wineries that serve occasional themed dinners, and dinner for special times, like Valentine's Day.
The addition of wine pairing and expertise can be a delight for wine lovers.

21 Lake Avenue Extension Danbury, CT, 06811 Phone: 203-744-1776 Toll-Free: 800-742-1776

Great Food, Great Drinks. Great Service.

A favorite of area Residents since 1974, Fairfield's Restaurant offers fine dining in an elegant yet relaxed & casual atmosphere. Be surrounded by Country French interiors with linen tablecloths, Queen Anne chairs and elegant stemware - or retreat to the sun-drenched solarium - perfect for enjoying our’ award-winning Sunday Brunch, Breakfast or Dinner while admiring the afternoon sun or sunset.
Original but classic cuisines utilizing fresh local ingredients are prepared by our culinary team. Fairfield's also boasts a large selection of fine wine from regions of the world offered by the bottle or by the glass. Savor the culinary creations every night with popular, value-priced dining specials, themed menus, and special events to include Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day and the Holidays.

74 Interlaken Road (Route 112) Lakeville, CT, 06039 Phone: 860-435-9878 Toll-Free: 800-222-2909

From farm to table...

Dine in casual elegance, with service in the tradition of great New England Inns. Enjoy New American cuisine with a unique menu of original dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients. The Interlaken's team of clasically trained chefs (Culinary Institute of America) provide excellence in preparation and presentation. Make dining adventurous. After dinner stroll through the numerous English-Cottage style gardens, or sit by the lakeside. Top-shelf list of single-malt scotches, martini menu. An eclectic and comprehensive wine list. Zagat rated.

607 West Thames Street Norwich, CT, 06360 Phone: 860-425-3500 Toll-Free: 800-275-4772

Something scrumptious for everyone at Connecticut spa inn’s restaurant

The elegant, eclectic menu at Kensington’s in the Spa at Norwich Inn has something for everyone. Delectable offerings showcase origins in Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, and diners will find something delicious if they prefer vegetables – or beef. Start breakfast with a fruit smoothie, then have your pancakes (banana soy or buttermilk). For lunch, tempt your tastebuds with Thai green curry mussels, then sample New England clam chowder or a tomato gorgonzola bisque. Dinner might include Atlantic salmon, a vegetarian stir fry or a grilled Delmonico steak. Desserts are to die for, from banana chimichangas to Hauser Chocolatier truffles and affogato (where your gelato is “drowned” in espresso at your table). An extensive wine list includes several selections from Connecticut’s vineyards.

One Railroad Avenue Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-0103 Toll-Free: 800-377-3987

Make any occasion special

All aboard the elegant Essex Clipper Dinner Train for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion. From May through October.

85 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Phone: 860-434-2600

The taste of New England with a local flavor

This classic New England Inn has much on its menu of services and amenities not the least of which can be found in its restaurant. Since its opening in April 2012, it has quickly become a celebrated meeting place for visitors and locals and is hailed by critics and customers alike. The creative chefs offer traditional comfort food selections and more modern options to challenge the way you think about food. The lunch and dinner menu, as well as the wine and cocktail list, change seasonally and employ locally grown and deliciously fresh produce, meat, and seafood, and have on hand farm-roasted coffee and homemade ice cream. After dinner, step into the intimate Side Door Jazz Club and continue the feast.

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

Fine Dining

The historic Griswold Inn, set in picturesque Essex, Connecticut, is the gourmet's destination in southern New England. We offer several dining venues, all rich in character and ambiance. In our dining room our culinary team prepares classic American cuisine to perfection in simple, but imaginative ways. The menu showcases fresh seafood, aged beef, and the highest quality chops and poultry. After any meal, the house-made desserts are a "must." In the Wine Bar we showcase our award-winning wine list -- with over 50 wines by the glass -- and offer an innovative tapas menu, featuring inspired macro plates and artisanal cheeses. Our Tap Room is the place to enjoy cocktails and casual fare such as burgers, sandwiches, and our signature clam chowder. Bon appetit!