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Dinner with the In-Laws: Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, or?

Any recommendations for dinner in the Greenwich/Stamford/Norwalk (or Rye) area with both sets of in-laws? I'm looking for a 'nice' place for an evening out- but am hoping to find something that is not super pricey (entrees around $25 and under please- which seems to be hard to find around here). Napa, Telluride, Match, etc. sound wonderful but wouldn't work for this occasion.

Delicious food and a relatively quiet room conducive to conversation would be great. Suggestions appreciated-

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  1. if you like italian, columbus park, mona lisa (both in stamford) meet your price point. i like 'em both.

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    1. re: steve h.

      Thanks for the recommendations Steve- I am going to check them out.

    2. in addition to steve h.'s reco's you should consider Ocean 211. Very relaxed and laid back and "younger". Mona Lisa is a traditional old fashioned Italian place and if you are lookin for more "conservative" that';s a good choice as well.

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      1. re: jfood

        howdy jfood,
        ocean 211 is a great call but it's mighty pricey.

      2. Two quiet faorites that come to mind are Cafe Silvium (Stamford) and Harbour Lights (Norwalk)
        Silvium is Italian and doesn't look like much from the outside, but we have had mnay a delicious and leisurely dinner here
        Harbour lights is mostly seafood
        Dinner here is quiet in the summer when the doors/windows are open and the food is quite good!

        1. oops, Just looked at the menu at Harbour lights and it may be pricier than what you were looking for. Just to let you know, their portions are rather large by my standards and my mother and I often get our own apps and share a dinner with no problems!

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          1. re: SweetPea914

            hmmm... a great place to do dining with family is Piero's in Port Chester - small, great food and a great family place. Also, I love Nessa in Port Chester as well.

          2. Columbus Park is fantastic. You could also try Bennett's Steak & Fish - a little pricier, but nice, quiet atmosphere and great food.

            1. The Op mentioned under $25 entrees. I have been to Columbus Park (where veal entrees run closer to $35) and IMHO I have to say the food is at least just as good at Cafe Silvium and is much more reasonably priced.

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              1. re: SweetPea914

                here's a link to the columbus park menu. hitting the $25 price point won't be difficult. still, it's up to the op to decide.



                1. re: SweetPea914

                  Cafe Silvium IS wonderful - same owners as Columbus Park.

                  1. re: SweetPea914

                    Tried Cafe Silvium for myself tonite after seeing the positive reviews here and elsewhere. I had the veal milanese (breaded cutlet topped with with arugula and tomato salad). This is a dish I've had at a lot of local Italian restaurants, so it's a good one for me to use for comparisons. I'd say it's a definite step down from Columbus Park, Il Falco or Siena. Veal was tasty, but the breading was a little soggy. The salad seemed under or even un-dressed, and the tomato was in awkward large chunks. Nice potatoes and veggies accompanied the dish. DH's pasta was good, but, again, not the quality of the other spots. Service was okay, the decor and atmosphere are just fair. It is a somewhat cheaper than the downtown restaurants, but this seems to be a true you-get-what-you-pay-for situation. It's very much out of the way for us, so I doubt we'd return unless we happened to be in that neighborhood anyway.anyway

                  2. Thanks very much everyone- these suggestions sound wonderful (for dinner w/the In-Laws and for future reference)! I'm looking forward to trying them all.

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                    1. re: robin76

                      What about the Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood? It's delicious, meets your pricepoint and has a nice water view. Bar is crowded, though.

                      Another seafood choice might be Fox Island Seafood House (F.I.S.H.) in Port Chester. Also has a water view.

                    2. Try La Paella restaurant in Norwalk on Main St. It's a pretty room, the service is nice and low key but attentive and the food is wonderful! So is the Sangria.

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                      1. re: divamon

                        Love that place...a bit pricey if you have limited self control, like me, and want to have a little bit of everything, but execllent!

                        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                          I agree - but you can get away with a reasonable dinner if you order a pitcher of Sangria for the table. Their desserts are sublime, but my vary favorite things is their little stuffed red peppers - amazing. Also, if you order a paella for 2 it will easily feed 4.