With summer just around the corner we’re itching for some restaurants with outdoor dining. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a delicious meal and the great outdoors all at the same time. These local favorites are guaranteed to help you make the most of the warmer weather, offering great outdoor dining options and mouthwatering menus. Check them out now:
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. Fresh Salt
2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Located at the Saybrook Point Inn, Connecticut Magazine voted this place as one of the ""most gorgeous and delicious outdoor dining spots."" This relaxed waterfront restaurant has a seasonal menu inspired by local farmers and a great view of the sound. Fresh ingredients and an award winning brunch make it a must visit spot this summer.
2. Lake View Restaurant
50 Lake Street, Coventry, CT 06238
Located directly on Coventry Lake, this restaurant is a popular dive in Eastern Connecticut. The sunsets here are simply magical, and on Friday and Saturday nights there is live music to compliment the views. Though the menu leans Italian you will also find seafood and American classics.
500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
If you love french cuisine and elegant decor, look no further than this gem at the Delamar Hotel. A little piece of Provence, you'll find their waterside dining extremely charming. It pairs well with the unique menu and will make you feel like you're on a beach in Southern France.
4. Mezzo Grille
106 Court Street, Middletown, CT 06457
This is definitely where the cool kids go. This modern bar scene has an expansive American menu featuring all of your favorites and your visit is often accompanied by a live band or DJ. Perfect for adults only outings, this fun restaurant offers a spacious patio that's perfect for sharing drinks on a summer's day.
5. The Blue Oar
16 Snyder Road, Haddam, CT 06438
Since this place is BYOB, you'll be able to pair your favorite drink with your favorite thing- seafood! A long time local favorite, this seasonal spot puts you right in the water as you enjoy fresh caught favorites and American classics with a view of the sea. It's family friendly and worth waiting in line for.
6. Abbott's Lobster in the Rough
117 Pearl Street, Groton, CT 06340
This small dive offers big tastes. In fact, despite its impressive waterfront location and stunning views, folks come from miles away for one thing, and that's the best lobster roll in New England. Enjoy your foodie find on the dock with unparalleled views of the Noank Harbor.
7. Down The Hatch
292 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Who wouldn't want to spend time at Candlewood Lake? Plan a day of hiking and swimming and stop at this locale for an unforgettable day trip. Simple favorites like burgers and fried seafood are served up here with a waterfront seating option.
702 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511
This Italian eatery throws in a bit of that cinematic mobster theme, creating a fun, but cozy atmosphere. But the best part about this little brick establishment is its rooftop dining. Enjoy scrumptious pasta plates and soak up the sun, or head indoors where mafia movies are playing on the flat-screens.
9. Rooftop 120
120 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033
This rooftop dining spot is three stories up and includes heat lamps and fire pits. That means you can enjoy it even on those chillier spring nights. The hop lounge space serves up modern plates in a tapas style with tasty cocktails. Visit on the weekend for live music.
10. Lenny's On The Beach
88 Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme, CT 06371
This fun laid back spot is reminiscent of a beachfront bar, serving up pub grub just a quick stroll away from the shore. American comfort food is served here in one of Connecticut's most beloved beach towns. Enjoy the fun drink menu and feel like you're at the beach without having to get sand everywhere.
11. The Sandpiper Restaurant
161 Cosey Beach Avenue, East Haven, CT 06512
Complete with nautical themed decor, this beachfront spot is all about making you feel you really are at the beach. Seafood, ice cream, hot dogs and more are served up daily at this family friendly spot. Lounge on the patio for a meal coupled with amazing beachfront views.
This outdoor dining is incredible, but it may not be for everyone. For indoor seating with jaw dropping views check out
The Mill On The River.