Waterfront dining in Connecticut serves seafood with a lovely view

WATERFRONTDININGCT Connecticut's shoreline is home to many excellent restaurants, from formal to casual, that provide a lovely view of harbors, marinas, boats, or lighthouses. If you are yearning for some fresh seafood, where could you find better choices? You might be dining on excellent shellfish caught right off the Connecticut shoreline, or from neighboring New England states' ports. And waterfront dining can be so ... what's the word? Romantic! Salty breezes, toasty sunshine, and flutter of the wind in the awnings. Make it happen!

94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT, 06443 Phone: 203-245-1404

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and more on the Connecticut shore

Located on the resort’s spectacular beachfront are outstanding dining options at the Wharf, a casual, fine dining restaurant, and the Port, an upscale bar with happy hour specials and an extensive wine list. Gourmet catering is available for private events and world-class room service brings a delicious dinner to you in the comfort and privacy of your own room or suite. The resident chef features the freshest flavors of the Atlantic northeast with locally sourced ingredients, some from the hotel’s gardens, as well as decadent desserts made in the in-house pastry shop. For seafood lovers, Ric’s Raw Bar serves the freshest shrimp, clams and oysters. From late spring though early fall take breakfast, lunch and dinner on the waterfront porch. You’ll never want to leave.

Two Bridge Street Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 Phone: 860-395-2000 Toll-Free: 800-243-0212

Dine along the Connecticut River with a Long Island Sound chaser

This 130 years young Old Saybrook restaurant invites you to take in spectacular views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Savor a unique menu, seasonal outdoor dining, an innovative approach to American cuisine, the freshest day's catch raw bar, and more from the region's finest ingredients courtesy of our farm-to-chef program. Following a breathtaking transformation, Fresh Salt offers stunning water views, a brand new large cupola with windows that bathe the restaurant in an abundance of natural light, along with full windows opening to a French balcony for open-air dining. You’ll find plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from bar to lounge to restaurant. And each Sunday, sit down to the "Best Brunch on the Shoreline."

1525 Boston Post Road Westbrook, CT, 06498 Phone: 860-399-5901 Toll-Free: 800-222-5901

Creative Food with Spectacular Views

Dattilo Fine Italian overlooks the water through floor to ceiling windows, and makes dining at sunset an evening that should be had by all. The food is fresh, creative, and bold, presenting flavors reminiscent of old world Italy. In addition to a rich, authentic menu and spectacular views, the wine list is abundant and the service is seamless and attentive. Seaview Bistro serves signature cocktails, blended tropical drinks, premier wines, coffees and lighter fare, including gourmet burgers, creative appetizers and award winning chowder. Live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Dine at Sunset Bar & Grill during the summer months – outdoors, laid back dining with spectacular views.

Three Williams Avenue Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 800-237-2415

Cuisine to match the setting

Harbour House at the Inn at Mystic serves fresh, local cuisine for lunch and dinner in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere with the best water views in town. With a mix of unique specialties and classic seafood staples, Harbour House redefines the landscape of New England cuisine. Menu favorites include the lobster roll, fresh raw bar, brick oven flatbreads and more. During the warmer months the spacious deck is open for outdoor dining with a view. Live entertainment is featured every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and all-day weekend brunch is always a hit. From classic Eggs Benedict to lobster-filled Flood Tide Crepes, the menu is a foodie’s dream. Connecticut Magazine named Harbour House an Experts’ Pick for “Best Hotel Dining” and a “Fireside Dining Hotspot” in 2015.