All mamas deserve a romantic night with the one they love. Although COVID-19 has put a damper on most things, it shouldn’t stop you from having a date night out (or in!) with food from the amazing local restaurants located in our area.
We have created a guide to the best date night restaurants throughout Fairfield County. Since our loyal readers live all over, we have listed top restaurants from each area throughout our county. We have included some of the most romantic spots, as well as those more casual places where the food speaks for itself. No matter what type of cuisine you and your partner love, this guide will help you find your next favorite date night eatery. We hope you can use this guide and venture out of your comfort zone and start tasting what Fairfield County restaurants have to offer. As always please support our sponsors! Enjoy!
Via Sforza is a family-owned and operated Trattoria featuring authentic Italian cuisine and ambiance. From the architecture and décor of the main dining room to the all-seasons patio, tranquil al fresco dining, and rustic appeal in the intimate cantina room, you will feel as though you have been transported to Italy. By maintaining 50% seating capacity for ample distancing, providing paperless QR code menus, and going above and beyond all other safety recommendations, Via Sforza is keeping the health and well-being of the community a top priority. Celebrating over 28 years in business, Via Sforza continues to be the perfect choice for your next date night!
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Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill brings the authentic taste of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Connecticut. With acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho at the helm, Geronimo’s cuisine is 100% Southwestern, even sourcing its Chile peppers directly from New Mexico, with the menu including tacos, award-winning chile, quesadillas, Navajo frybread, tamales, and more. With over 400 options, the bar also offers more than 40 varieties of Mezcal, an extensive wine list, and top-shelf liquors.
On Valentine’s Day, they’re offering a Romancebox for 2. Visit their website for details.
Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza, named after Italy’s most beautiful Island, is deeply rooted in hospitality, bringing people together around the table over great food and drink. Enjoy Italian tapas, comforting pasta dishes, chef specialties, and the restaurant’s signature pizza. Ponza features weekly live music performed by the areas’ most talented local musicians. Ponza’s unique bi-level space is wrapped around a live ficus tree (weeping fig), with cascading branches throughout the restaurant, creating one of Norwalk’s most distinctive restaurants. They offer safe space dining and an all-season patio with heaters.
Boca Oyster Bar is a premier waterfront restaurant and event venue located at Steelpointe Harbor. The restaurant’s extensive land and sea menu highlights coastal New England seafood dishes, steaks and chops, an array of small plates, lobster rolls, and the restaurant’s signature year-round raw bar offerings. The large space includes a four-corner bar, multiple dining areas, a warming fireplace, and a massive patio with a festive outdoor bar, all overlooking Bridgeport Harbor and the passing Port Jefferson Ferry. Boca Oyster Bar is a popular place for private and city events and home to many luxury boat shows. They offer safe space dining with a large spacious dining room and an all-season patio with heaters (limited patio during winter).
Amid the bustle of Fairfield’s Metro-North Railroad Station in the charming coastal community of Fairfield, CT, is a fresh concept from Steelpointe Restaurant Group, Metro Kitchen and Bar, a spirited restaurant and gathering place. Metro features elevated Mediterranean and American tavern fare, creative cocktails, live music, and a fabulous private event room with its own bar. A neighborhood favorite, Metro also meets today’s needs with their popular multi-course take-out specials and weekly specials. They offer safe space dining and have a seasonal patio.
Lugano Wine Bar and Salumeria, named after the only Italian speaking town in southern Switzerland, is an exciting restaurant and bar with a stunning design aesthetic. Lugano’s trademark is their salumeria menu, which offers a wide assortment of unique cured Italian meats and cheeses. The innovative menu includes a large Italian tapas selection and seasonal pasta, market-fresh fish, and meat specialties. Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Lugano’s fun carafe cocktail selections, Happy Hour every day, and wine specials. They offer safe space dining with a large spacious dining room and heated patio – weather permitting.
In Italian, Spiga refers to the most crucial part of the wheat plant, grains used to create the restaurant’s handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas. Inspired by classic Italian ingredients and preparations, Spiga features small plates and antipasti boards featuring a selection of salumi and cheeses to entrees made with free-range poultry, sustainable seafood, and all-natural meats. Vibrant salads are made with local organic greens and seasonal produce. The beautiful custom zinc bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant, where an extensive wine by the glass selection and a comprehensive reserve bottle list, with varietals from Italy and beyond can be enjoyed. The craft cocktail menu offers classic drinks with a contemporary spin. They offer safe space dining with a large spacious dining room and heated patio – weather permitting.
Meaning “a lot” or “many” in Italian, Molto offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Molto’s Roman café style décor, circa 1950, is an urban retreat within Fairfield’s charming coastal community. Molto is a high energy gathering place punctuated by its 40-foot Carrera marble top bar, which features an extensive wine program and spirited cocktail menu. Molto is famous for its square brick oven pizza, fresh mozzarella, seasonal salads, and paninis. Enjoy a variety of salumi and formaggi, Italian tapas, and hearty classic Italian fare from penne ala vodka and gnocchi Bolognese to chicken parmigiana and veal Sorrentino. Or, take a break during your busy day and join us for a perfect espresso and a tiramisu. They offer safe space dining with an all-season patio with heaters.
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GREENWICH & STAMFORD
Table 104 – Fine wines, small plates, and rustic pizzas and pasta dishes make you feel like you are right there in Tuscany.
Prime – An American kitchen and bar serving up a curated raw bar, world-class sushi, and USDA Prime 21-day dry-aged beef paired with enhancements as well as classic steakhouse side dishes and fantastic modern creations.
Tony’s at J House – An Italian steakhouse and bar located in the stunning J House hotel. You might want to turn this date night into an overnight stay!
Eastend – A vibrant restaurant featuring upscale American dishes and craft cocktails in a contemporary space.
Zaza – This Italian gastropub is creating delicious tapas in a lively atmosphere.
Kashi – Innovative sushi rolls, hibachi, and sake bar in a fun space.
NEW CANAAN & DARIEN
Tequila Mockingbird – Serving fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine in a friendly, upbeat, and eclectic environment.
Elm – Located in the heart of New Canaan, they are serving up modern American cuisine.
The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s – This romantic eatery located on the water in Darien is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.
Uncorked – Offering fresh, locally sourced, organic ingredients and creating unique small plates and entrees in a relaxed, laid-back, and fun locale.
Roger Sherman Inn – Small, quaint, and classy. The perfect excuse to leave the kids at home and wear that little black dress!
Farmer’s Table – Offering a simple menu with made to order options.
Sushi 25 – Fresh and delicious sushi rolls and platters. You can also order online if you feel like staying in.
Ten Twenty Post – A casual and contemporary oyster bar serving classic New England comfort food and bistro classics.
Locali – Amazing pizza in an intimate setting for a date night with your partner or the whole family.
Oak + Almond – Oak and almond woods fuel their wood-burning oven and stove creating delicious handcrafted seasonal food.
Public Wine Bar – Featuring a sophisticated dining experience ranging from exquisite lunch options and an elegant dinner menu to a wide variety of wine options from the California sun to the Tuscan countryside.
BJ Ryan’s BANC House – Your one-stop spot for great food, excellent service, and a killer chocolate martini.
Match – This trendy spot has a uniquely creative menu that changes daily, along with their beloved “Match classics,” and the most delicious cocktails!
Sugar & Olives – They seek to educate their diners and cultivate a relationship between farms and families. Nearly all menu items come from within Connecticut or close by.
Kazu – An excellent place for delicious sushi and cocktails for first-timers or regulars looking to expand their palette.
Tavern at Graybarns – An intimate dining experience that highlights New American cuisine assimilating flavors and techniques from traditional American cooking.
WESTPORT & FAIRFIELD
The Gray Goose – A great mix of charm and attitude. Everything is made with delicious, healthy, and organic ingredients. Stick around for live music on Friday nights.
Brick + Wood – Their motto is love, life, and pizza. Everything on their menu is made from scratch. The burrata is a must-have!
The Sinclair – This new hot spot has an extensive range of diverse small plates, kettle-cooked seafood, seasonal local vegetables, quality braised meats, and delicious craft cocktails or wine.
Sakura – An excellent place for Hibachi with steak, seafood, and chicken prepared in front of you on the grill tables. Such a fun experience!
Bodega – A modern Mexican restaurant with an urban beach vibe. They make outstanding margaritas and irresistible Baja tacos! You can also visit them downtown Darien.
Aurora’s – Fresh and delicious Mediterranean style cuisine with hand-crafted cocktails and fine wine.
Mecha Noodle Bar – From Vietnamese pho to Japanese ramen, they serve some of Asia’s most comforting dishes with their own twist. Additional locations are in Norwalk and Stamford.
The Cottage – A warm and welcoming hot spot serving hand-crafted American dishes inspired by cultures around the world.
EASTON, WILTON, WESTON & RIDGEFIELD
The Olde Bluebird Inn – If you want to skip the traditional date night dinner, this quaint spot is the perfect place to go for brunch. They specialize in freshly cooked home-style breakfast and lunch.
Bianco Rosso – A stylish and trendy spot with outstanding Italian food. You can also visit them in Trumbull.
Cactus Rose – Enjoy a fresh and creative fusion of Latin American cuisine along with a fantastic handcrafted margarita.
Bernard’s – The menu changes daily to reflect local ingredients in their distinctive cuisine.
Gallo – Authentic Italian cuisine, “right down to the tomatoes in our sauce and the oil in our pans.”
Luc’s Cafe – An authentic French bistro, they offer non-stop service, and you can be served anything from the menu anytime day or night.
Reiki Sushi & Asian Bistro – They offer something for everyone with fresh ingredients. Make sure to try their OMG roll!
Schoolhouse at Cannondale – Offering a creative and contemporary take on American cuisine in a quaint one-room schoolhouse with views overlooking the bucolic river outside.
BRIDGEPORT, STRATFORD & TRUMBULL
Ralph n Rich’s – Located in downtown Bridgeport you will enjoy top-notch authentic Italian cuisine.
The Sitting Duck Tavern – This American neighborhood tavern serves up mouthwatering food and fabulous drinks.
Biagio Osteria – The place to go to love, laugh, and eat traditional Italian style cooking.
Prime One Eleven – An extensive menu that offers everything from a raw-bar, artisan grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and so much more!
Kama Sushi – All you can eat sushi made fresh just for you!
NEWTOWN, MONROE, SHELTON & REDDING
Wire Mill BBQ – A chill haunt with a country vibe and an outdoor patio offering Southern BBQ dishes, sandwiches, and sides.
Barn Door – Enjoy bold dishes that start with fresh ingredients because they believe fresh food is at the heart of delicious food.
Red Rooster Pub – A rustic barn that serves excellent food. It can be a family night out or a casual date night with your love.
Lucas Local Oyster Bar – This seafood tavern makes its raw bar, open wood-fired kitchen, and craft bar a fun gathering place.
Kolam – A flavorful Indian restaurant and takeout offering a real authentic experience.
Thai Delight – An excellent spot for traditional Thai cuisine. Dine-in or take out!
Figs Wood Fired Bistro – New American food with an Italian twist.
Sal e Pepe – A contemporary Italian bistro serving fresh, imaginative, and delicious food.
Red Lotus – Serving up the healthiest versions of hand prepared Asian cuisine.
BETHEL, DANBURY, BROOKFIELD, NEW FAIRFIELD & SHERMAN
J. Lawrence Downtown – Serving great food, craft beer, cocktails, and an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
Putnam House – A unique dining experience with great food, great beer, and a great time.
La Zingara – An intimate local farm-to-table Italian eatery with many dedicated customers.
Mariposa Taqueria – Formerly known for Mezon, the Reyes family awaits you with open-armed generosity and a new flavor-forward menu of Latin-inspired plates.
Stanziato’s – Local farm-to-table food that will have you coming back for more.
Barbarie’s – This steakhouse and seafood restaurant has been serving up great food for over 50 years – enough said!
Portofino – This spot offers an extensive menu of exquisite Italian dishes and “New York-style” pizza.
Bambu – A hibachi and sushi restaurant and bar with a diverse menu influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine.