It’s no secret: produce fresh from the farm tastes better. At farm-to-table restaurants, it’s not uncommon to find food that was harvested just hours ago on the table. As an added bonus, the farm-to-table movement is great for the local economy. Get your “localvore” on at these Connecticut restaurants.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Quercibella Wood Grilled Food + Flatbreads, New Hartford
Choose from a menu of made-to-share small plates, flatbreads, and burgers at this carefully-cultivated spot.
280 Main St, New Hartford, CT 06057
2. Rooster Company, Newington
Locally-sourced roast chicken is the name of the game here. A cool, industrial-chic vibe and friendly staff make Rooster Company one of the coolest farm-to-table restaurants around.
1076 Main St, Newington, CT 06111
3. Greenhouse Cafe & Tavern, Burlington
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At Greenhouse Cafe & Tavern, the setting is as inspired as the menu. That's a compliment to both. Plenty of the food served here is grown in the restaurant's namesake greenhouse.
511 Spielman Hwy, Burlington, CT 06013
4. Bailey's Backyard, Ridgefield
Bailey's Backyard cultivates relationships with farmers all over the Northeast to source the absolute best ingredients. Enjoy the seasonal, creative menu outdoors on the patio in warmer months, or in the cozy dining room during the winter.
23 Bailey Ave, Ridgefield, CT 06877
5. Firebox, Hartford
Firebox's creative, perfectly-executed menu and contemporary dining room are awesome enough on their own, but there's more. Firebox also runs job training programs and a farmer's market, adding value to the community it's part of.
539 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06101
6. The Farmer's Table, New Canaan
Gather round at The Farmer's Table for cozy ambiance and food fresh from the garden on-site. What the restaurant can't grow themselves, they source from local farmers and fishermen.
12 Forest St, New Canaan, CT 06840
7. Millwright's, Simsbury
Housed in an old mill with history dating back to the 17th Century, Millwright's menu is rooted firmly in the present. Sustainably-sourced ingredients are creatively prepared and cleverly presented in a charming setting which includes a waterfall.
77 West St, Simsbury, CT 06070
8. Monet's Table, Tolland
Gather with friends and family inside a 1756 farmhouse-turned-restaurant. Monet himself would be pleased by the artfully-presented plates and delightful gardens.
167 Tolland Stage Rd, Tolland, CT 06084
9. Arethusa al tavolo, Bantam
The owners behind this upscale gem also own Arethusa Dairy Farm, so expect amazing butter, cheese, and ice cream. A simple yet sophisticated menu and attentive service make dining at Arethusa al tavolo an experience to remember.
828 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT 06750
10. Oak Haven Table & Bar, New Haven
Oak Haven's cozy atmosphere welcomes regulars and out-of-towners alike from the moment they walk through the door. The tapas-style gastropub sources from local farms, vineyards, and microbreweries.
932 State St, New Haven, CT 06511
11. The Schoolhouse at Cannondale Village, Wilton
Locally sourced ingredients are transformed into upscale New American fare in this charming former schoolhouse. Enjoy views of the Norwalk River from the patio.
34 Cannon Rd, Wilton, CT 06897