The readers have weighed in. We are constantly searching for the best places to dine in Connecticut, and who knows better than than our readers? All of you are out there trying new places and remaining loyal to your favorite spots. We reached out to you, both online and in print, to get your opinions and here they are.

 

Overall  

Winner: Goodfellas Restaurant, New Haven

Runner-Up : Sal e Pepe, Newtown 

New

Winner:  Roots Down, Woodstock (update: closed in early 2017)

Runner-Up: Frank’s Gourmet Grille, Mystic 

American

Winner:The Spinning Wheel, Redding 

Runner-Up:Match, South Norwalk 

French

Winner:Union League Café, New Haven 

Runner-Up:Ondine, Danbury 

Italian

Winner:Sal e Pepe, Newtown 

Runner-Up: Goodfellas Restaurant, New Haven 

Asian

Winner:Toro, Newtown 

Runners-Up: Mecha Noodle Bar, Fairfield; Kawa Ni, Westport 

Mexican

Winner:Puerto Vallarta, Middletown

Runner-Up: Cuckoo’s Nest, Old Saybrook 

Latin American

WinnerValencia Luncheria, Norwalk 

Runner-Up: Mezon Tapas Bar, Danbury 

Indian

WinnerThali, New Haven 

Runner-Up: Coromandel, Darien 

Middle Eastern

WinnerThe Pita Spot, Mystic 

Runner-Up: Mamoun’s, New Haven 

Seafood

WinnerWestbrook Lobster, Clinton

Runner-Up: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook 

Sushi

WinnerKotobuki, Stamford

Runner-Up: Toro, Newtown 

Vegetarian

WinnerBloodroot, Bridgeport

Runner-Up: Claire’s Corner Copia, New Haven

Pub Grub

Winner:Little Pub, Ridgefield 

Runner-Up: Chip’s Pub, Clinton 

Road Food

WinnerSuper Duper Weenie, Fairfield 

Runner-Up: Denmo’s, Southbury 

Food Truck

WinnerThe Brunch Box, Stamford     

Runner-Up: The Caseus Cheese Truck, New Haven 

Bistro

WinnerBistro Mediterranean & Tapas Bar, Westbrook 

Runner-Up: Bar Bouchée, Madison 

Steak

WinnerLa Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up: Washington Prime, Norwalk

Prime Rib

WinnerThe White Horse Pub, Washington 

Runner-Up: La Foresta, Killingworth 

Gourmet Burgers

WinnerPlan B Burger Bar, Glastonbury 

Runner-Up: The White Horse Pub, Washington 

Barbecue

WinnerChester’s Barbecue, Groton 

Runner-Up: The Bayou Smokehouse, Groton 

Romantic

WinnerGoodfellas Restaurant, New Haven 

Runner-Up: La Foresta, Killingworth

Family Dining

WinnerRoberto’s Ristorante, Monroe 

Runner-Up: La Foresta, Killingworth 

Breakfast

Winner: Chip’s Family Restaurant, Orange 

Runner-Up: Cristy’s Madison, Madison 

Brunch

WinnerThe White Horse Pub, Washington 

Runner-Up: Roots Down, Woodstock (update: closed in early 2017)

Lunch

Winner:La Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up  Sal e Pepe, Newtown 

Deli

WinnerRein’s Deli, Vernon 

Runner-Up: Butcher’s Best Country Market, Newtown 

Appetizers

WinnerTazza Osteria & Bar, Fairfield

Runner-Up: La Foresta, Killingworth 

Desserts

WinnerLa Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up  Sal e Pepe, Newtown 

Outdoor Dining

WinnerThe White Horse Pub, Washington 

Runner-Up: S & P Oyster Club, Mystic 

Service

WinnerGoodfellas Restaurant, New Haven 

Runner-Up: Tazza Osteria & Bar, Fairfield 

Cocktails

Winner:La Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up: Tazza Osteria & Bar, Fairfield 

Wine Selection

Winner:La Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up: Tazza Osteria & Bar, Fairfield 

Hotel Dining

WinnerHarbour House, Mystic

Runner-Up: Artisan, Southport 

Value

WinnerLa Foresta, Killingworth 

Runner-Up: The White Horse Pub, Washington 

Hidden Gem

Winner:  Roots Down, Woodstock (update: closed in early 2017)

Runner-Up: The Sitting Duck Tavern, Stratford 

Best Restaurants in Connecticut 2016: Readers' Choice Awards