Area Dining

Approximate Price Range

$ — Inexpensive

$$ — Moderate

$$$ — Expensive

Note: Reservations and credit cards accepted, unless otherwise noted. Some restaurants in the area may not be included in this list. Please see a local telephone book for additional dining options. If you choose a restaurant on the list below, please call ahead to make sure it is open on the day you wish to dine.

This list has been compiled for your information only and does not imply a recommendation or endorsement.

Up to a 15–minute drive

Berlin

$$ Hawthorne Inn and Restaurant
2421 Berlin Turnpike
(860) 828-3571
Style: Seafood/Beef

Cromwell

$$ 99 Restaurant and Pub
36 Shunpike Road
(860) 632-2099
Style: American

$$ Baci Grill
134 Berlin Road
(860) 613-2224
Style: Modern Italian
Reservations accepted for
parties of five or more

$$ Chicago Sam's
51 Shunpike Road., Suite #14
(860) 635-1860
Style: American/Sports Bar
Reservations not accepted

$$ Chili's
4 Sebethe Drive
(860) 632-1779
Style: American Grill

$ Dairy Queen Grill and Chill
51 Shunpike Road
(860) 613-0080
Style: Casual Fare/Ice Cream
Reservations not accepted

$ No Anchovies
51 Shunpike Road
(860) 635-7374
Style: Italian/Pizzeria
Reservations not accepted

$$ Ruby Tuesday’s
50 Shunpike Road
Cromwell Square
(860) 635-9970
Style: American

$ Wooster Street Pizza
77 Berlin Road, Suite #6
(860) 635-1176
Style: Italian/Pizzeria
Reservations not accepted

Durham

$ Perk on Main
6 Main Street #A
(860) 349-5335
Style: Cafe
Reservations not accepted

Higganum

$ Mama Roux Anew
40 Saybrook Road
(860) 345-3777
Style: Soul Food
Credit cards accepted
Reservations for parties
of six or more

Meriden

$$ Gianni Restaurant
1241 East Main Street
(203) 235-0230
Style: Italian

$$ Zorba’s Pizza
1257 East Main Street
(203) 238-2077
Style: Mediterranean

Middlefield

$ Guida’s Restaurant
484 Meriden Road, Route 66
(860) 349-9039
Style: Casual
Credits cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

Middletown

*indicates walking distance from campus

$$ Amici Italian Grill*
280 Main Street. #115
(860) 346-0075
Style: Italian
Reservations accepted for
parties of six or more

$$ Anoho*
320 Main Street
860-347-0727
Style: Chinese, Japanese

$ Athenian Diner
864 Washington Street
(860) 346-2272
Style: Diner

$ BrewBakers*
169 Main Street
(860) 852-0034
Style: Breakfast, Brunch
Reservations not accepted
Credit cards not accepted

$ Café 56*
102 Court Street
(860) 346-6633
Style: Breakfast/Lunch Diner 

$$ China City
749 Saybrook Road, Suite #2
(860) 347-6899
Style: Chinese
Reservations not accepted

$$ China King*
200 Main St. Suite #1
(860) 344-9455
Style: Chinese
Reservations not accepted

$$ Coldstone Creamery*
125 Riverview Center
Suite 125
(860) 347-2653
Style: Dessert
Student discount
Reservations not accepted

$$ Coyote Blue
1960 Saybrook Road
(860) 345-2403
Style: Mexican
Reservations not accepted

$$ Cypress Restaurant and Grill
1265 South Main Street
(860) 346-3367
Style: American
Reservations accepted for
parties of five or more

$ Eli Cannon’s Tap Room*
695 Main Street
(860) 347-3547
Style: American
Reservations not accepted

$$$ Esca*
437 Main Street
(860) 316-2552
Style: Italian

$$ Fiore II*
332 Main Street
(860) 344-5557
Style: Italian

$$ First and Last Tavern*
220 Main Street
(860) 347-2220
Style: Italian/Pizzeria
Reservations accepted for parties of eight or more

$$ First Wok*
560 Main Street
(860) 343-1604
Style: Chinese
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

$$ Fong’s Restaurant
218 Smith Street
(860) 632-1743
Style: Chinese

$$$ Forbidden City*
335 Main Street
(860) 343-8288
Style: Asian Fusion

$ Ford News Diner*
358 Main Street
(860) 346-4655
Style: American Diner
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

$$ Fortune Garden
340 East Main Street
(860) 343-0927
Style: Chinese

$$ Fortune Wok
844 Washington Street
(860) 347-0885
Style: Chinese
Reservations not accepted

$ Fusion Bakery and Patisserie* 
100 Riverview Center
(860) 344-9024

$ Ghezzi’s Market and Deli
970 Newfield Street
(860) 632-2442
Style: Deli
Reservations not accepted

$ The Green Room*
124 College Street
(860) 704-6999
Style: Gourmet Lunch

$$ Hair of the Dog Saloon
544 South Main Street
(860) 346-2400
Style: Bar/Bistro
Reservations not accepted

$$ Haveli India
1300 South Main Street
(860) 347-7773
Style: Indian

$ Illiano’s
404 South Main Street
(860) 346-5656
Style: Italian
Reservations not accepted

$ Illiano’s Pizzeria
534 Washington Street
(860) 343-9244
Style: Italian
Reservations not accepted

$$ It’s Only Natural*
Main Street Market
606 Main Street
(860) 346-9210
Style: Vegan/Vegetarian

$$ Japanica
854 Washington Street
(860) 346-4498
Style: Japanese

$ Jerry’s Pizza
635 South Main Street
(860) 346-5335
Style: Italian/Pizzeria
Reservations not accepted

$ Klekolo World Coffee*
181 Court Street
(860) 343-9444
Style: Gourmet Coffee
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

$$ La Boca Restaurant and Cantina*
337 Main Street
(860) 347-4777
Style: Mexican

$$$ La Cantina Café Ristorante*
74 Court Street
(860) 704-0000
Style: Italian

$$ Lan Chi's*
505 Main Street
(860) 347-8885
Style: Vietnamese 

$ Lizzy B’s Sweet Celebrations*
170-8 Main Street
(860) 358-9036
Style: Ice cream, specialty cookies and cupcakes

$$ Luce Restaurant*
98 Washington Street
(860) 344-0222
Style: Italian Deli
Reservations not accepted

$$ Mattabasset Canoe Club*
80 Harbor Drive
(860) 347-9999
Style: Seafood and steak

$$ Mezzo Grille*
106 Court Street
(860) 346-6000
Style: American fusion

$$ Mikado*
3 Melilli Plaza
(860) 346-6655
Style: Japanese
Reservations accepted for
parties of four or more

$$ Mondo Pizza*
10 Main Street
(860) 343-3330
Style: Pizza, Pasta

$ Neon Deli and Market*
130 Cross Street
(860) 347-1800
Style: Deli Take-Out
Reservations not accepted

$$ The Nest*
129 Church Street
(860) 788-2736
Reservations accepted
Style: American bistro/bar

$$ New England Emporium*
386 Main Street (in the Main Street Marketplace)
(860) 346-1200
Style: Specialty Sandwiches/Crepes/Soups

$$ Osaka Japanese Steakhouse*
130 Main Street
(860) 854-6292
Style: Japanese/Hibachi
1/2 Price Menu on Wed. and Thurs. 

$ O’Rourke’s Diner*
728 Main Street
(860) 346-6101
Style: American Diner
Reservations not accepted

$$ Pattie Palace*
344 Main Street
(860) 704-0588
Style: Jamaican
Reservations not accepted

$ Pickle Stand Delicatessen and Tavern*
195 Main Street
(860) 788-3570
Style: Deli

$ Pizza King
2100 South Main Street
(860) 346-2131
Style: Pizzeria
Reservations not accepted

$ Pizza Palace
725 South Main Street
(860) 346-4887
Style: Pizzeria
Credit cards not accepted

$ Public Market*
480 Main Street
(860) 346-3340
Style: Italian/Deli Take-Out

$$ Puerto Vallarta*
206 Main St., Metro Square
(860) 852-0080
Style: Mexican

$ Red and Black Cafe at Broad Street Books*
45 Broad Street
(860) 685-7333
Style: Cafe
Reservations not accepted

$ Sweet Harmony Café and Bakery*
330 Main Street
(860) 344-9646
Style: Light Fare (Breakfast/Lunch)

$$ Tandoor*
170 Main Street, Metro Square
(860) 346-6600
Style: Indian

$ Taste of Italy
670 Newfield Street
(860) 346-1618
Style: Bakery
Reservations not accepted

$$$ Tavern at the Armory at the Inn at Middletown*
70 Main Street
(860) 854-6323
Style: Traditional New England

$$ Thai Gardens*
300 Main Street
(860) 346-3322
Style: Thai

$$ Tibetan Kitchen Restaurant*
574 Main Street
(860) 854-6292
Style: Himalayan/Nepalese

$ Tommy’s Restaurant and Pizza
825 Saybrook Road
(860) 343-3073 
Style: Italian

$$ Tuscany Grill*
120 College Street
(860) 346-7096
Style: Italian/American

$$ Typhoon*
360 Main Street
(860) 344-9667
Style: Thai

$ Udupi Bhavan
749 Saybrook Road
(860) 346-3355
Style: South Indian/Vegetarian
Reservations not accepted 

$ Wes Wings*
156 High Street
(860) 685-3510
Style: Casual
Reservations not accepted

Portland

$$ Farrell’s
245 Marlborough Street
(860) 342-4589
Style: Steak/Seafood

Rocky Hill

$$ Chuck’s Steak House
2199 Silas Deane Highway
(860) 529-0222
Style: Steak/Seafood

$$ Dakota
1489 Silas Deane Highway
(860) 257-7752
Style: Steak/Seafood

$$ New York Pickle Deli
397 Cromwell Avenue
(860) 257-9465
Style: Deli
Reservations not accepted

$$ On the Border
1519 Silas Deane Highway
(860) 899-1670
Style: Tex-Mex
Reservations not accepted

$$$ Saybrook Fish House
2165 Silas Deane Highway
(860) 721-9188
Style: Seafood

$$ Wood-n-Tap Bar and Grill
12 Town Line Road
(860)571-9444
Style: American Grill

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15– to 30–minute drive

Centerbrook

$$$ Gabrielle's
78 Main Street
(860) 767-2440
Style: Continental

Chester

$$ Brushmill by the Waterfall
129 West Main Street
(860) 526-9898
Style: American

$$ Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille
33 Main Street
(860) 526-8143
Style: American/Pub

$$ Restaurant L&E French 75 Bar
59 Main Street
(860) 526-5301
Style: French Bistro

$$$ River Tavern
23 Main Street
(860) 526-9417
Style: American

East Haddam

$$ La Vita Gustosa
9 Main Street
(860) 873-8999
Style: Italian

East Hartford

$$ Procaccini's
46 Main Street
(860) 568-2930
Style: Italian

Essex

$$ Black Seal
15 Main Street #C
(860) 767-0233
Style: American
Reservations accepted for
parties of five or more

$$$ Griswold Inn
36 Main Street
(860) 767-1776
Style: New England Fare

$$ Oliver’s Restaurant and Taverne
124 Westbrook Road
(860) 767-2633
Style: American
Reservations not accepted

Farmington

$$ Apricot’s Restaurant and Pub
1593 Farmington Avenue
(860) 673-5405
Style: American
Reservations Recommended

Glastonbury

$ The Diamond Pub and Grill
195 Hebron Ave
(860) 659-2002
Style: Pub

$$$ J. Gilbert’s
185 Glastonbury Boulevard
(860) 659-0409
Style: Steak/Seafood

$$$ Max Amore
140 Glastonbury Boulevard #613
(860) 659-2819
Style: Italian

$$$ Max Fish
110 Glastonbury Boulevard
(860) 652-3474
Style: Seafood

$$$ Pond House Grille
2935 Main Street
(860) 657-4527
Style: Contemporary American

Hartford

$$ Bin 228
228 Pearl Street
(860) 244-9463
Style: Panini/Wine Bar

$$$ Black-Eyed Sally’s
350 Asylum Street
(860) 278-7427
Style: BBQ and Blues

$$ City Steam Brewery Cafe
942 Main St
(860) 525-1600
Style: American
Reservations for function rooms only

$$ Hot Tomato’s
1 Union Place
(860) 249-5100
Style: Italian

$$$ Max Downtown
185 Asylum Street
(860) 522-2530
Style: American

$$$ Morton's Steakhouse
30 State House Square
(860) 724-0044
Style: Steak

$$$ Peppercorn’s Grill
357 Main Street
(860) 547-1714
Style: Italian
Reservations recommended

$$ Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull Street
(860) 493-7412
Style: Eclectic

Ivoryton

$$$ Copper Beech Inn
46 Main Street
(860) 767-5311
Style: French

New Haven

$ Atticus Café
1082 Chapel Street
(203) 776-4040
Style: Café
Reservations not accepted

$ Bangkok Garden
172 York Street
(203) 789-8684
Style: Thai

$$$ Basta Trattoria
1006 Chapel Street
(203) 772-1715
Style: Italian

$$$ Bentara
76 Orange Street
(203) 562-2511
Style: Malaysian

$ Claire’s Corner Copia
1000 Chapel Street
(203) 562-3888
Style: Vegetarian
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations for large groups
or special needs

$$ Frank Pepe Pizzeria Neapolitan
157 Wooster Street
(203) 865-5762
Style: Italian/Pizza
Reservations not accepted

$$$ Heirloom at the Study Hotel
1157 Chapel Street
(203) 503-3919
Style: American

$$ Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
176 Temple Street
(203) 789-1232
Style: Ethiopian

$$ Prime 16 Tap House
172 Temple Street
(203) 782-1616
Style: Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads

$$ Tandoor
1226 Chapel Street
(203) 776-6620
Style: Indian

$$ Thai Taste
1151 Chapel Street
(203) 776-9802
Style: Thai

$$$ Union League Café
1032 Chapel Street
(203) 562-4299
Style: French

$$$ Zinc
964 Chapel Street
(203) 624-0507
Style: Modern American

Newington

$$ Chili’s
3017 Berlin Turnpike
(860) 667-9063
Style: Southwest Grill
Reservations not accepted

$$ Outback Steakhouse
3210 Berlin Turnpike
(860) 666-0002
Style: Steak/Seafood
Reservations not accepted

$$$ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
2513 Berlin Turnpike
(860) 666-2202
Style: Steak/Seafood

Old Saybrook

$$ Cuckoo’s Nest
1712 Boston Post Road
(860) 399-9060
Style: Mexican/Cajun
Reservations accepted for
parties of six or more

$$ Luigi’s Restaurant
1295 Boston Post Road
(860) 388-9190
Style: Italian

$$ Penny Lane Pub and Restaurant
150 Main Street, Route 154
(860) 388-9646
Style: Casual

$$ Rosemary and Sage
1080 Boston Post Road
(860) 388-1166
Style: Mediterranean
Reservations accepted 

$$ Zhang’s
455 Boston Post Road
(860) 388-3999
Style: Chinese/Japanese

Wallingford

$$ Archie Moore’s
39 N. Main Street
(203) 265-7100
Style: American
Also in: New Haven, Fairfield, Wallingford, and Derby 

$$ Michael’s Trattoria
344 Center Street
(203) 269-5303
Style: Italian

Westbrook

$$ Bill’s Seafood
548 Boston Post Road
(860) 399-7224
Style: Seafood
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

$$ Boom at Pilot’s Point Marina
63 Pilots Point Drive
(860) 399-2322
Style: American
Reservations accepted 

$$$ Café Routier
1353 Boston Post Road
(860) 399-8700
Style: French Café
Reservations accepted 

$$ Creative Cooking Restaurant, Deli, & Bakery
1835 Boston Post Road
(860) 399-7872
Style: Louisiana Cajun
Reservations accepted 

West Hartford

$$ Arugula
953 Farmington Avenue
(860) 561-4888
Style: Mediterranean Bistro
Reservations accepted 

$$ The Blue Elephant Trail
7 South Main Street
(860) 233-4405
Style: Thai
Reservations recommended

$$ Cheesecake Factory
71 Isham Road
(860) 233-5588
Style: American (Traditional)
Reservations not accepted

$$ Elbow Room
986 Farmington Avenue
(860) 236-6195
Style: American/ Bistro
Reservations recommended

$$ Grant's
977 Farmington Avenue
(860) 236-1930
Style: Seafood/Bistro
Reservations accepted 

$ Harry's Pizza
39 South Main Street
(860) 633-7338
Style: Pizza
Also in Glastonbury
Credit cards not accepted
Reservations not accepted

$$ Luna Pizza
999 Farmington Avenue
(860) 233-1625
Style: Pizza
Reservations not accepted 

$$$ Max's Oyster Bar
964 Farmington Avenue
(860) 236-6299
Style: Seafood/American

$ Moe’s Southwest Grill
Memorial Road and Raymond Road
(860) 231-7388
Style: Taco Bar/Mexican
Reservations not accepted

$$ Pond House Café
1555 Asylum Avenue
(860) 231-8823
Style: Continental

$$$ Restaurant Bricco
78 LaSalle Road
(860) 233-0220
Style: Italian
Reservations accepted for parties of six or more

$$ Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan
36 LaSalle Road
(860) 231-8400
Style: Afghan/Middle Eastern
Reservations Recommended

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45– to 60–minute drive

Guilford

$$$ Quattro’s Italian Restaurant
141 Water Street
(203) 453-6575
Style: Italian

$$$ Whitfield's on Guiltford Green
25 Whitfield Street
(203) 458-1300
Style: French/American

Old Lyme

$$$ Bee and Thistle Inn
100 Lyme Street
(860) 434-1667
Style: Contemporary American

$$$ Old Lyme Inn
85 Lyme Street
(860) 434-2600
Style: American/Continental

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