2014 Readers' Choice Restaurant Awards

We reached out and you responded—now here are the results of our annual restaurant survey, featuring readers’ favorites in 35 dining categories. Bon appétit!

 
Bernard's, Ridgefield

Bernard's, Ridgefield

Jeff Kaufman

best in overall excellence

  1. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  2. The Spread, Norwalk
  3. The Cellar Door, Ridgefield

 

The Spread, Norwalk - photo by Jeff Kaufman

 

best new restaurant

  1. The Spread, Norwalk
  2. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport
  3. Heirloom Food Co.,Danielson

best american

  1. Match, South Norwalk
  2. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport
  3. The Whelk, Westport

best french

  1. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  2. Union League Cafe, New Haven
  3. Luc’s, Ridgefield

best italian

  1. Goodfellas, New Haven
  2. The Cellar Door, Ridgefield
  3. (tie) La Zingara, Bethel
    (tie) Liana’s, Fairfield 

 

Mecha Noodle Bar, Fairfield - photo by Jeff Kaufman

 

best asian

  1. Mecha Noodle Bar, Fairfield
  2. Pho Vietnam, Danbury
  3. Tengda Asian Bistro,multiple locations

best indian

  1. Thali, New Haven
  2. Coromandel,multiple locations
  3. Tikkaway Grill, New Haven

best middle eastern

  1. Safita, Fairfield
  2. Hanna’s, Danbury
  3. Layla’s, Stamford 

 

 

 

Bartaco, West Hartford - photo by Julie Bidwell

 

best mexican

  1. Bartaco, West Hartford, Westport, Stamford
  2. Bodega, Darien
  3. Besito, West Hartford

best latin american

  1. Mezón, Danbury
  2. Baró, Fairfield
  3. Valencia Luncheria, Norwalk

best pub grub

  1. Little Pub, Ridgefield
  2. The Chelsea, Fairfield
  3. Prime 16, New Haven & Milford

best road food

  1. Dew Drop Inn, Derby
  2. Super Duper Weenie,Fairfield
  3. Harry’s, Colchester

best food truck

  1. Caseus, New Haven
  2. Carolyn’s Weenie Wagon, Seymour
  3. LobsterCraft, Norwalk

best bistro

  1. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  2. The Cellar Door, Ridgefield
  3. Luc’s, Ridgefield

best seafood

  1. Westbrook Lobster,Wallingford, Clinton
  2. The Whelk, Westport
  3. Carmen Anthony’sFishhouse, Woodbury

best steak

  1. Carmen Anthony’s,multiple locations
  2. Max Downtown, Hartford
  3. Capital Grille, Stamford, Hartford

best prime rib

  1. Carmen Anthony’s,multiple locations
  2. White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale
  3. Mario’s, Westport

best gourmet burgers

  1. Plan B Burger Bar,multiple locations
  2. The Chelsea, Fairfield
  3. Max Burger, Hartford

 

Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport - photo by Jeff Kaufman

 

best barbecue

  1. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport
  2. Bobby Q’s, Westport
  3. Wilson’s, Norwalk, Fairfield

most romantic

  1. Goodfellas, New Haven
  2. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  3. Barcelona, multiple locations

best family dining

  1. Bartaco, West Hartford, Westport, Stamford
  2. First & Last Tavern, Plainville
  3. Wood-n-Tap, multiple locations

best breakfast

  1. Chip’s, Orange, Fairfield
  2. Christy’s, Westbrook
  3. Bill’s Breakfast, Putnam

best brunch

  1. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  2. Mezón, Danbury
  3. The Spread, Norwalk

best lunch

  1. The Chelsea, Fairfield
  2. Heirloom Food Co.,Danielson
  3. Pho Vietnam, Danbury

best appetizers

  1. The Spread, Norwalk
  2. Match, Norwalk
  3. Barcelona, multiple locations

best desserts

  1. Chocopologie, Norwalk
  2. Match, Norwalk
  3. Millwright’s, Simsbury

best outdoor dining

  1. Goodfellas, New Haven
  2. Bartaco, West Hartford, Westport, Stamford
  3. Barcelona, multiple locations

 

 

 

Goodfellas, New Haven - photo by Mia M. Malafronte 

 

best service

  1. Goodfellas, New Haven
  2. Barcelona, multiple locations
  3. Match, Norwalk

best cocktails

  1. Baró, Fairfield
  2. The Spread, Norwalk
  3. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport

best wine selection

  1. Barcelona, multiple locations
  2. Bernard’s/Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
  3. Goodfellas, New Haven

best hotel dining

  1. Mediterraneo, Hotel Zero Degrees, Norwalk
  2. Artisan, The Delamar, Southport
  3. Barcelona, Hi-Ho Motel, Fairfield

best value

  1. White Horse Country Pub, Marbledale
  2. Westbrook Lobster, Wallingford, Clinton
  3. Pho Vietnam, Danbury
Heirloom Food Co., Danielson - photo by Julie Bidwell

 

best vegetarian/vegan

  1. Heirloom Food Co.,Danielson
  2. Catch a Healthy Habit, Fairfield
  3. Claire’s Corner Copia, New Haven

best sushi

  1. Kazu, Norwalk
  2. Miso, New Haven
  3. Red Lantern, Foxwoods, Mashantucket

best hidden gem

  1. Pho Vietnam, Danbury
  2. Mecha Noodle Bar, Fairfield
  3. Heirloom Food Co.,Danielson
2014 Readers' Choice Restaurant Awards

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