Casual dining, but with a regional touch, is found in all parts of Connecticut. Did you know that the hamburger was invited at Louis' Lunch in New Haven? That's right.
That seaside city also is famous for its authentic Italian pizza, which you can find at Sally's Apizza and Frank Pepe's The Spot.
Other casual restaurants everywhere welcome families and people on the go. Take a sandwich break and plan family activities for your vacation.
Inn at Middletown Dining Middletown CT
Inn at Middletown

7 Main Street Middletown, CT, 06457 Phone: 860-854-6300 Toll-Free: 800-637-9851

Sumptuous New England fare

Enjoy traditional New England cuisine when you dine at Tavern at the Armory, the full-service restaurant at Connecticut's Inn at Middletown, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer traditional regional favorites including clam chowder, lobster roll, and braised short ribs. Dine al fresco in our courtyard in warmer months, or beside our crackling fireplace in winter. In the evening head to our Tavern Pub for micro brew beers, micro craft beverages, appetizers, or a meal. Featuring colonial-era furnishings and deep mahogany paneled walls, the inn evokes a time when Middletown was an important seaport. Enjoy valet parking or complimentary self-parking.
Irons Restaurant - Hilton Mystic - Mystic, CT - Photo Credit Don Miguel Photography
Hilton Mystic

20 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-0731

Delicious casual dining at this Hilton lodging in Mystic

Spend the day exploring 19th century coastal life in scenic and historic Mystic and don’t miss the magnificent Aquarium and Old Mistick Village. You won’t have to go far to enjoy great dining. Enjoy daily continental breakfast and a delicious evening menu at the lobby bar. The IRONS restaurant, located on site, is now officially open and offers live entertainment, locally-sourced seafood, creative classics, and dishes to share all made with seasonal and local ingredients. Choose from over two dozen revolving craft beers on tap and a generous selection of premium wines and spirits with an evolving fascination with whiskey, bourbon and scotch. You can also try nearby Mystic, CT restaurants or order from room service for the ultimate convenience.
Half Shell Clams - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

From fine dining to oyster bars and casual fare, this village has it all

The dining in Stonington Borough is as eclectic as the shopping in this charming seaside village – and just as satisfying. Start your day with a stack of blueberry pancakes at Noah’s Restaurant, grab lunch at the Yellow House Coffee and Tea Room and go for casual seaside dining at Dogwatch or the oyster bar and innovative cuisine at the Water Street Cafe. Or go for an authentic Mexican meal at the Milagro Cafe. Locals will tell you every restaurant is terrific. It just depends on what you feel like eating! And if you just want to “graze,” check out Saturday morning’s Farmers Market, on the Town Dock in the summer and in the Velvet Mill when the season turns colder.
The Goodwin Exterior Hartford CT
The Goodwin

One Haynes Street Hartford, CT, 06103 Phone: 860-246-1881

French and American cuisine unite for delightful culinary experience

Under the guidance of an executive chef with 20 years of experience at some of the country’s most renowned restaurants, the Harlan Brasserie at The Goodwin fuses traditional French classics with world-class American cuisine. It’s a combination sure to appeal to diners looking for a chic but fun place to unwind and enjoy a fine meal, whether it’s prime-aged steaks, Parisian gnocchi and a sommelier-picked wine at dinner or French omelettes and bottomless bellinis at Sunday brunch. Meanwhile, over at the Side Bar eatery and lounge, patrons are invited to sit back, sip a classic cocktail, share snacks and small plates (chorizo tacos, duck fat and truffle popcorn) and make new friends in the hub of Hartford.