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Best Brunch in Fairfield County

janc Dec 18, 2007 01:51 PM

I'm looking for the best Sunday brunch in Fairfield County. Quality over quantity (but a nice portion is key). A fabulous setting is great - but I'd also take a dump if the food was killer. I'll take any suggestions without limiting it to a certain type of food (american, seafood, etc.) or price point. Thanks!

  1. SweetPea914 Dec 18, 2007 04:28 PM

    Do you prefer sit down or buffet brunch?

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    1. re: SweetPea914
      janc Dec 18, 2007 04:57 PM


      1. re: janc
        SweetPea914 Dec 19, 2007 05:18 AM

        My family usually goes to buffet brunches (not my choice) but here are my .02 cents...
        Not sure of your age group etc but most of these are on the traditional side, not trendy, great places to take parents/grandparents etc...

        - (buffet)My favorite by far is the GREENWICH HYATT. I think the name of the restaurant is actually Winfield's. The food is very good and I love the Atrium room it is in.

        - I really like the 3 BEARS, they used to be sit down, but I hear they are just changing over to buffet. When we called last week, the manager said the buffet will have all the items on the sit down brunch. If you go here you have to have the bread pudding for dessert. I don't really do dessert but I love this!

        - We went to the RED BARN in Westport last Sunday...stay away, I won't even go into detail since i've done enough complaining this week. I can say that not a single person at our table of 15 was happy with any of the food.

        - (also buffet) I know last week I told someone to avoid the BREWHOUSE in SoNo, but after the Red Barn I was missing the Brewhouse! As I said last week, the food is pretty good for buffet, but the service was pretty bad. Then I remembered the last time we went was on Mother's Day, which is always a very busy brunch day. I personally would be willing to try them again on a less busy day.

        The following 2 places I have not been to for brunch, dinner/lunch is pretty good however, both have a very nice atmosphere and I have heard good things about their brunch...Maybe some other ch'ers can weigh in??



        Hope this helps a bit!

        1. re: SweetPea914
          shellyesq Dec 19, 2007 06:52 AM

          Silvermine Tavern is good. They don't have a huge variety of food, and it tends to be mostly breakfast food, but what's there is pretty tasty. I haven't been there in a while, but I fondly remember made-to-order pancakes with chocolate chips and banana.

          I've only been to the Greenwich Hyatt brunch once, but it was enjoyable.

          1. re: SweetPea914
            lisette Dec 20, 2007 09:49 AM

            One warning about Winfield's -- if you are going on a holiday (especially Mother's Day or Easter), you will need to book WEEKS in advance and it will be an absolute zoo. I likened it to a bad wedding with people you don't know. They set up tables with numbers in the ballroom -- hundreds of them. They move you in and move you out. Not the same experience as what it sounds like you get on an ordinary Sunday. It worked for us when our kids were little (you get to eat quickly and the place was so deafeningly noisy that my kids couldn't possibly disturb anyone), but now that they are a little older, I won't go back on Mother's Day or Easter!!

            1. re: lisette
              dolores Dec 20, 2007 10:40 AM

              Thanks, lisette, but I won't even go to IHOP on Mother's Day.

              Yes, I admit it, I eat at IHOP.

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                Fairfield_Fooodie Dec 20, 2007 11:19 AM

                I love IHOP. Boysenberry syrup.

                God I miss the Darien location.

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                  SweetPea914 Dec 20, 2007 06:25 PM

                  I went through SUCH an IHOP craving when pregnant...my husband wouldn't go with me though, my mom finally went with me to one in Mamaroneck ( I think) that I had to find on the GPS. I had just moved to Westchester and didn't know the area, but believe me I was GOING to find that Ihop :-)

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        stevel Dec 19, 2007 05:37 AM

        I have to agree Winfields at the Hyatt is hands down the best. Nothing else in the area even comes close! If you want to take a bit of a drive you can go to restaurant X in Congers N.Y. also excellent.

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          stevel Dec 19, 2007 10:32 AM

          Janc asks for restaurants with great foods, location secondary. I think a lot of the restaurants listed here are pretty settings with average or below average food. I would include the following in that description:3 Bears, Silvermine Tavern, Red Barn, Sono Brewhouse,

          1. SweetPea914 Dec 20, 2007 04:59 AM

            I just thought of another place that I like...
            La Colline Verte in Fairfield.

            I couldn't find a website, but this NY times review popped up. I haven't had brunch here, but as with The Roger Sherman Inn, I have been to both for bridal party luncheon's and showers, which tend to have a limited version of the brunch menu for such events.


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              Fairfield_Fooodie Dec 20, 2007 05:45 AM

              La Colline Verte is closed.

              Silvermine Tavern has THE best brunch buffet in the area. In addition to their setting, the food is very good. While I would not say the same about their dinner, I place their brunch well above Three Bears, Red Barn, and SoNo Brewhouse.

              1. re: Fairfield_Fooodie
                SweetPea914 Dec 20, 2007 06:12 AM

                FF- Do you think Silvermine Tavern is better than the Hyatt??
                I'm surprised they (LCV) closed, they were always so busy and I thought I was there not that long ago?

                OP- While I agree SoNo BH and Red Barn are nothing special, I'm surprised so many people are anti- 3 Bears. I think it's a little stuffy and geriatric, but I've always had above average meals there. Although, I wouldn't say they are the "best" I think they are pretty good for the price (about 1/2 the cost of the Hyatt). Maybe I've just been lucky or ordered the right thing. Although I think they have changed managers about 3 times in 2 years which is never a good sign!

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                  Fairfield_Fooodie Dec 20, 2007 07:42 AM

                  Have not been in about 2 years, mostly b/c I've been going to Silvermine or Cobb's Mill.

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                    dolores Dec 20, 2007 07:56 AM

                    What is the price of brunch at Winfield's?

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                      SweetPea914 Dec 20, 2007 08:13 AM

                      I *want* to say close to $50, maybe a little less. Luckily Dad always covers brunch since we tend to go for family events, so I'm not 100% sure.
                      (Where-as last I checked 3 Bears was about $25 for a sit down 3 course brunch, including tax, tip and 1 drink.)
                      You really can't compare the 2, although I personally find sit down to be a little more "civilized" for lack of a better word than buffet. Which I realize is just my personal preference.
                      The scenery and food at the Hyatt is just lovely, but you do get what you pay for!

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                        dolores Dec 20, 2007 09:30 AM

                        Thanks SweetPea. I don't think they're well liked here, but I am happy at the Doral Arrowwood in Purchase. I like quantity of at least good food (of course, Peter Kelly's brunches beat them all) and unlimited champagne, so my priorities are different for brunch.

                        Winfields looks and sounds like a 'must try' to me.

                        1. re: dolores
                          SweetPea914 Dec 20, 2007 06:33 PM

                          Winfield's is gorgeous, I even checked them out for my wedding, but was told it could not be in the Atrium room that brunch is in, and it would just be in a hotel ballroom. The food is fabulous too.

                          Correct me if I'm wrong, but I would love to try x20 for brunch since it sounds like they are sit down, but they also serve other food by having the waitstaff walk around with other options...that to me would be the best of both worlds. I am hoping to convince Mom that we should try that for her b-day in Feb.
                          And I am ALL about unlimited mimosa/champagne, if you met my entire family and had to have brunch with them you would be too! :-)
                          They remind me of the Ukranian version my "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" I love them , but Oyyyyy!

                          1. re: SweetPea914
                            dolores Dec 21, 2007 01:36 AM

                            SweetPea, my recommendation would be Restaurant X in Congers over X20.

                            It is an amazing experience. Go hungry, whatever you do.

                            It is sit down, there is no buffet table, but they bring the dishes to you. I think there are 18 dishes passed around, and if it looks good, take two.

                            The seating we had was good, the service was outstanding, the champagne was unlimited, and I found most of the dishes to be wonderful. I'm not about lamb or most meats, but those that are, well, took two!

                            The 'only' complaint I had, and it was a minor one (one thin mint?), was that the desserts (a number of them, don't remember how many) were put on the table and only some were duplicated. They had that day a lovely little chocolate mousse that everyone, politely, just took a small bit of.

                            AND, all this for $38. and valet parking.

                            X20 is a similar experience, the price is the same, the views are to die for, but there are not as many courses.

                            I highly recommend either one. Thanks again on Winfield's.

                            1. re: dolores
                              SweetPea914 Dec 22, 2007 06:50 AM

                              I wouldn't consider bringing my baby (8 months) for dinner at either of Kelly's places, but what is your opnion/experience with brunch. She truly is well behaved, but I know that at some places patrons and staff will give you "that look" upon entry with a child (as happened at Rosie's a couple months ago!).

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                                dolores Dec 22, 2007 06:57 AM

                                Thinking back to the layout and attitude of both places, I don't see a problem at either. The tables aren't that close, and I found the staff at both places very amenable.

                                I can't recall having seen kids at either place during brunch, but my opinion would be to go for it.

                                1. re: dolores
                                  SweetPea914 Dec 30, 2007 06:45 PM

                                  Delores - tx! We'll have to check it out!
                                  OP- Let us know where you went and how it was please!

                2. re: Fairfield_Fooodie
                  jam47 Apr 22, 2008 12:18 PM

                  Do you know what restaurant is now in the old Colline Verte location? If so, have you heard if it's good?

                  1. re: jam47
                    sibeats Apr 22, 2008 01:34 PM

                    It's called Fraiche and we've been there 3 times. The food is very good and has gotten better each time we've been. I've reviewd it here before http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465989 from our first visit. I thought I also wrote something about our 2nd visit, but I couldn't find it. Our third time there I thought the food had improved tremendously. It also seems as though they got rid of the original maitre d', which is a very good thing as he bungled his job both times we went! The website is up with a menu. It also got a review in the NY Times a month or so ago.

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                bcherod Jan 5, 2008 10:00 AM

                We do not like buffet brunches, so I'll say that for sit down, our favorite is Backstreet in Darien. The food is consistently great, as is the service.

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                  DiChef Apr 23, 2008 06:09 AM

                  I think the HYATT is the best!!!

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                    AndreaB Apr 23, 2008 09:17 AM

                    On a related note, does anyone know if Winfield's at the Hyatt has unlimited mimosas/bloodys (like Restaurant X)?

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                    1. re: AndreaB
                      southlake Apr 23, 2008 09:23 AM

                      si, you can drink as many as your heart desires

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                      bcsuka Jun 12, 2008 08:21 PM

                      I'll jump in late and one to the list (since it wasn't mentioned in any of the previous posts) -- Bernard's in Ridgefield. While it's definitely a bit out of the way (particularly since I'm in Stratford) it's the best brunch I've ever had in Ffld Cty. Great for dinner too.

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                        sfoss17 Jun 25, 2008 02:04 PM

                        I went to brunch at the Silvermine Tavern a few months ago. I live right around the corner and always wanted to try it. After brunch with my husband the best eithe rof us gave it was an "eh." I much prefer the Brewhouse & really have not had a bad experience there. For a buffet and the amount of people they serve you really aren't going to do much better. Plus for the $25 or so dollars cost I can lingermy girlfriends for quite a while and they continue to refil my mimosa :-)

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                          lovesublime Jun 25, 2008 08:48 PM

                          yeah theyre generous with the refills..my friends and I practically staggered out of there last time we went.
                          Brasserie Molliere (still havent gone there) has brunch. Its sit down and A la carte. Curious to see if anyones tried it. I would put Silvermine above Red barn and Sono Brewhouse.

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                            lovesublime Jun 25, 2008 08:48 PM

                            oh and dont forget Silvermine's to-die-for sticky buns

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