Let’s Eat, Stamford!
Tired of asking, “Where should we go to dinner?” We’ve got the answer for every occasion + palate.
Photograph by Bob Capazzo
Black Bear Saloon
261 Main St.,
This pub-style restaurant offers a full menu, and if you’re suffering from late-night cravings after dancing to their live DJ, a late- night menu is available until close.
225 Main St.
Named after one of Stamford’s star baseball players, Bobby V’s is filled with memorabilia and local sports fans.
Bradford’s Grill & Tavern
83 Bedford St.
If you’re looking for a place to catch the game with a full menu that ranges from pregame appetizers to full steak dinners and forty-two TVs on two floors, then head here.
The Brick House Bar and Grill
244 Bedford St.
Daily specials include $3 beers, $5 pitchers and 25¢ wings. A great hangout with appetizers, loaded burgers and game-time viewing.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
208 Summer St.
Boasting more than fourteen signature sauces, B-dubs will satisfy your every wing desire.
112 Bedford St.
Serving contemporary American cuisine, BUtterfield 8 offers a stylish, lounge-type setting for the business, happy-hour and late-night crowds.
California Pizza Kitchen
230 Tresser Blvd.
East meets West at this popular restaurant that serves signature California hearth-baked pizzas and creative pasta and salad dishes. Seasonal outdoor seating.
488 Summer St.
This former pub, now a gothic lounge, serves small plates such as pomme frites with truffle aioli, crispy ginger spareribs, pizzas, and salads. Creative cocktails too. Seasonal outdoor seating.
15 Bank St.
This SoHo-style restaurant and lounge is the place to go for American fusion cuisine. Popular dishes include macaroni and cheese with truffles and Gruyère, marinated beef lettuce wraps and chocolate fondue. Seasonal outdoor seating.
29 Bank St., 203-324-2583
Katie’s offers a selection of daily specials and menu favorites that have made this establishment one of Stamford’s favorite take-out eateries.
230 Tresser Blvd.
Classic American cuisine with a Hawaiian twist, presented with imaginative dishes and personalized service. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Long Ridge Tavern
2635 Long Ridge Rd.
The menu here features everything from pub fare and fabulous burgers to the more upscale veal chops, roasted duck and seared tuna. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Lucky’s Classic Burger & Malt Shop
209 Bedford St.
Be transported to a period of nickel jukeboxes with more than twenty burgers to choose from and super deluxe shakes.
Mackenzies Bar & Grill
970 High Ridge Rd.
With its American and Celtic fare and live music, this venue is ideal for any sports nut or person looking for a fun happy hour.
249 Main St.
Serving American cuisine that is truly inspired: ricotta in the meatballs, mascarpone on the arugula, tuna four ways, cannelloni with veal and pistachios and more.
Napa & Co.
75 Broad St.
“From the farm to the plate without delay” is the motto at this award-winning restaurant where the menu changes daily according to what’s in season.
Paradise Bar & Grille
78 Southfield Ave.
Come for the view, stay for the food and drinks. Situated in the Stamford Landing Marina, Paradise is a great place to relax year-round. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Rack ’n’ Roll Café
268 Atlantic St.
For parties, gatherings or just a little friendly competition, this is the place to pick up a game of pool, throw darts and grab a bite.
1980 West Main St.
Full of auto memorabilia, this restaurant offers reasonably priced American food, from salads to burgers to filet mignon.
183 Harbor Dr.
This new-American bistro combines natural elements in décor with year-round waterfront dining to provide an upscale yet cozy dining and party experience. Seasonal outdoor seating.
The Sandwich Maestro
90 Atlantic St.
This gourmet sandwich shop asks customers to choose from ten sandwich creations—named after conductors—or to create their own masterpieces from a selection of fillings and toppings.
SBC Downtown Restaurant and Brewery
131 Summer St.
The menu runs from overstuffed sandwiches and hearty salads to creative pizzas. More formal dining options available. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Sundance Café and Wine Bar
105 Broad St.
A self-proclaimed neighborhood gathering spot that offers coffee and wine sourced from around the globe.
245 Bedford St.
The look is a renovated saloon. The contemporary American menu offers an inventive selection of pastas, salads, naturally raised meats and fowl and seasonal game served by an attentive staff.
Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant
187 Main St.
This place is packed during game time and happy hour and offers live music most weekend nights.
Tigin Irish Bar
175 Bedford St.
Whether it’s rugby or soccer, it’s sure to be on all screens at this local pub.
25 Bank St.
A standout among Stamford hot spots, Duo blends unique combinations of European and Japanese ingredients, offering an extensive sushi bar and variety of seafood and meat dishes. Seasonal outdoor seating.
135 Bedford St.
Experience the complementary cuisines of Korea and Japan and their traditions. Sushi bar and full-service bar.
Fin II Japanese Restaurant
219 Main St.
If you love dim sum, Fin II offers the classics and some unusual favorites, like the Crazy Summer, full of crabmeat, shrimp and avocado and topped with tobiko.
49 High Ridge Rd.
This Chinese-Japanese hybrid is a local favorite, offering the right prices and fast, friendly service. Great for eating in or taking out.
Kiku Sushi Japanese Cuisine
1074 Hope St.
Located in Springdale, Kiku is a gem of a restaurant well known in the neighborhood as the go-to place for delicious sushi and unusual rolls.
Kit’s Thai Kitchen
927 High Ridge Rd.
Inspired by the changing seasons, the dishes blend fresh herbs and spices in flavorful homemade sauces to pay homage to authentic Thai culture.
457 Summer St.
This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, known for its fresh ingredients and attention to detail, is a favorite among local sushi buffs.
Kujaku Japanese Restaurant
84 West Park Pl.
This Japanese bistro offers a great variety of light eats, including shrimp tempura salad and Kujaku salad with seared tuna and avocado.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
230 Tresser Blvd.
Offering consistently good Chinese food in a modern and sleek atmosphere, P.F. Chang’s is always a good bet.
235 Bedford St.
The full-service sushi bar is very popular at lunch and dinner, while the bento box is a lunchtime favorite (for eat-in or take-out).
Tengda Asian Bistro
235 bedford St.
This latest branch of a local favorite offers predominantly Japanese and Chinese cuisine with a sprinkling of Thai dishes. Ample sake and wine choices available.
25 Bank St.
Thai Chi offers tasty appetizers, such as crystal shrimp dumplings, and more hearty entrées, like green curry with eggplant and sweet basil. A full range of sake choices is available.
Bedford Street Diner
935 Bedford St.
Located next to the courthouse, this diner is popular with both families and “suits.” It offers a full range of typical diner fare and has weekly specials suggested by customers and staff.
Bull’s Head Diner
43 High Ridge Rd.
This Greek-American diner is the place to go day or night for large plates and small prices. Open 24 hours.
City Limits Diner
135 Harvard Ave.
Don’t be misled by the name. This “diner” offers a unique dining experience with a wide variety of gourmet selections, desserts and family fare. Full range of imported beers available.
62 West Park Pl.
This Stamford institution has been around for more than fifty years and is still known as the place to go for a touch of nostalgia and a really good cheeseburger.
Elm Street Diner
463 Elm St.
No matter what you’re craving, they have it here: sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, pizzas, grinders and plenty of dessert choices. Kids menu available.
1050 Long Ridge Rd.
Patrons come from all over for Lakeside’s stacks of pancakes, homemade donuts and breakfast burritos. The lake view year-round is an added treat.
1066 High Ridge Rd., 203-321-8606 7 days
Another Stamford institution with a menu filled with diner classics and so much more, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and dinner entrées.
901 Hope St.
Located near the Springdale train station, this is an easy option for commuters and people on the go.
188 Bedford St.
Jean-Pierre offers classic and contemporary French cuisine by chef Timothy Ryan in a cozy bistro atmosphere. The cocktail lounge features a live, five-piece band every Wednesday night.
2010 West Main St.
Here you’ll find old-fashioned French country cuisine with Breton-influenced dishes, ranging from coq au vin to lamb shanks, plus an award-winning wine list.
490 Summer St.
Venturing beyond generic Greek cuisine, Eos offers us a contemporary twist on traditional flavors. Try sharing a selection of appetizers, like the moussaka, aramoselata, and postiso. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Coromandel Cuisine of India
68 Broad St.
Rated “excellent” by the New York Times and voted Best Indian Restaurant in the tristate area by Zagat. You will always find a new level of creativity in the preparation of venerable Indian dishes.
133 Atlantic St.
Recently opened, this restaurant offers southern Indian cuisine, featuring an array of vegetarian dishes. Be sure to try the dosas and don’t forget the coffee.
211 Summer St.
Kausik Roy, who trained in the culinary arts in India, serves traditional family recipes, like his mother’s Bengali fish curry, and more exotic dishes, like Calcutta kathi rolls and gosh dampak.
921 Hope St.
Choose from a traditional menu of pasta, meat and seafood or opt for more exotic delicacies like ostrich, boar and venison.
934 Hope St.
Replete with traditional Italian dishes, the menu features everything from penne alla vodka to lobster ravioli. Expect a friendly waitstaff and substantial wine list.
371 Shippan Ave.
Café Silvium prides itself on its fresh pastas and a regular menu that is amplified by a long list of daily specials that reflect the seasons.
189 Bedford St.
Head over to Capriccio for a great variety of antipasti, pizzas, gelati and Italian wine. During the warm months, there is a full outdoor eating area that will transport you to Rome.
Columbus Park Trattoria
205 Main St.
This beautifully remodeled restaurant is a fixture downtown serving fresh homemade pastas and great seafood.
700 Canal St.
This Canal Street staple is recognized for its generous portions of northern Italian food and ability to accommodate large parties.
Emme of Capri
227 Summer St.
Small and unassuming, Emme of Capri is hidden on little Summer Street. Its menu is extensive, boasting fresh-off-the-pier seafood and homemade pasta.
Ferrante Restaurant & Bar
191 Summer St.
Northern Italian cuisine with an impressive wine list. Choose from homemade pastas, thin-crust pizzas, aged prime steaks and fresh fish dishes. The clubby ambience and theater accessibility make it a hit.
96 Stillwater Ave.
This landmark Stamford eatery boasts mouthwatering Italian specialties that are treasured by diners year after year. Pellicci’s is said to be one of the last true family restaurants.
245 Hope St.
Through its cozy atmosphere, this restaurant offers up authentic Italian cuisine, including salads, panini, veal, fish and more. Seasonal outdoor seating.
519 Summer St.
This Tuscan eatery serves unforgettable dishes and is known for its attentive and authentic service. Seasonal outdoor seating.
348 Hope St.
Trips offers casually elegant dining, complete with a broad menu that includes Italian, Greek, and American dishes. Seasonal outdoor seating.
812 E. Main St.
The owners created Villa Italia to share their hometown flavors of Ponza, near Rome and Naples. For twenty-five years they have expanded the warmth and welcome of their family atmosphere into a neighborhood staple.
954 E. Main St.
Indulge in a fusion of South American and Caribbean dishes made with authentic ingredients including maize, yucca, avocado and tropical fruits. Be sure to try some of the zesty entreés, like grilled skirt steak topped with jalapeño chimichurri sauce, and grilled pork chop with guava-ginger barbecue sauce.
245 Hope St.
Habana has been reincarnated and landed in Stamford. Come ready for a great caipirinha or mojito and some steak chimichurri, and save room for the tres leches cake.
1030 High Ridge Rd.
Ole Mole offers up healthy, great- tasting dishes with a rare festive flair. The colorful eatery, while small (this location is primarily take-out), appears larger than life with its Mexican tiled walls and brightly colored lights.
936 High Ridge Rd.
245 Main St.
This eatery offers traditional favorites like baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves and lamb kabobs. Most dishes are available to take home by the pound or as side dishes.
866 East Main St.
This Zagat-rated Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine ranging from lamb kabobs and stuffed grape leaves to delicious walnut baklava.
59 High Ridge Rd.
After traveling in Israel, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, owner and chef Judith Roll created a Mediterranean menu that uses wholesome ingredients to create authentic Middle Eastern dishes.
85 High Ridge Rd.
Add a little fun to your pizza-eating experience with specialty pizzas named after classic jazz and blues legends. One editor’s favorite: the Little Red Rooster. She ordered a second one for the road.
172 Myrtle Ave.
This local tavern boasts pizza so thin, it’s a wonder it manages to stay in one piece. Check out the acclaimed hot oil and sausage pizzas.
299 Long Ridge Rd.
From fireside dining to the outside patio, Fio’s offers an all-season opportunity to enjoy northern Italian cuisine.
Hope Street Pizza
230 Hope St.
This popular eatery boasts unparalleled Greek-style pizza. With heaping portions and a friendly staff, you’ll feel like you’re sitting down to pizza with the whole family.
John the Baker
30 Long Ridge Rd.
Whipping out pizzas since 1960, this family-run restaurant is known for its Sicilian slice, with a perfectly crispy crust, plenty of cheese and well-seasoned sauce.
John’s Best Pizza
495 hope St.
This old-fashioned Italian staple is rarely seen without a line of cars winding around the lot waiting to pick up a box or two.
Mario the Baker
864 High Ridge Rd.
Since 1969 this neighborhood joint has been celebrating its tradition of the perfect slice, complete with the perfect balance of cheeses, sauce and crust.
122 Pizza Bistro
122 Broad St.
Don’t let the name fool you! This pizzeria also offers a full menu of classic Italian dishes.
Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza Company
35 Bedford St.
Remo’s offers thin-crust brick-oven pizzas made with fresh mozzarella and presented with a variety of fresh ingredients. A popular hangout for residents and visitors alike.
46 Southfield Ave.
Perched on Stamford Landing Boardwalk and Marina, the atmosphere is seaside and casual. Along with lobster, king crab legs and an array of fish, there are steaks, burgers and salads. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Mitchell’s Fish Market
230 Tresser Blvd.
Offering a menu that changes twice daily to ensure freshness and quality, the options include traditional seafood soups, fish prepared for you—broiled, grilled or blackened—and a host of chef’s specialties.
Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar
222 Summer St.
Barcelona provides the energy of the Ramblas with the care of a corner tavern. The perfect spot for a quick bite or a romantic feast, with flavorful tapas, paellas and sangria. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Bennett’s Steak and Fish
24-26 Spring St.
Here’s a New York–style steakhouse in the heart of downtown. It won the Zagat Award of Distinction in 2001 and Wine Spectator Award for Excellence. Seasonal outdoor seating.
230 Tresser Blvd.
A posh restaurant in the style of a steakhouse that delivers with dry-aged beef. But there is plenty else from which to choose, from a fabulous cold shellfish platter to thick chops and succulent lobster. Seasonal outdoor seating.
Madonia Restaurant and Bar
1297 Long Ridge Rd.
This family-owned steakhouse is a landmark in North Stamford. It features only 100 percent USDA-certified Angus beef, aged and cut by the restaurant’s own butchers. The menu includes veal, pasta, seafood and an extensive wine list.
Morton’s of Chicago
377 North State St.
With an elegant, clublike setting, Morton’s offers a signature menu with grilled USDA-prime aged beef, fresh seafood and delectable entrées accented by à la carte selections.