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Good waterfront restaurant in Fairfield Cty?

AndreaB Apr 18, 2008 11:27 AM

I'm looking for a good waterfront restaurant for Saturday night between Greenwich and Westport. Any cuisine is fine, and price is not an issue. Upscale but not stuffy would be ideal.

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    lattelover Apr 18, 2008 12:08 PM

    Harbor Lights in Norwalk is the first one that comes to my mind. See info at harborlightsrestaurant-ct.com.

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    1. re: lattelover
      luvarugula Apr 18, 2008 12:14 PM

      You're right...I said Harborview, but the correct name is Harbor Lights.

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      luvarugula Apr 18, 2008 12:12 PM

      Positanos in Westport. Very expensive, decent food, and great views of the water. Harborview and Sunset Grill in Norwalk. I've heard very good things about Harborview (sorry, I've never been), and may be a little more upscale than SG. Stamford has a number of restaurants that are located at marinas...sort of waterfront. Saltwater Grille, for one. Stamford Landing always had 1 or 2 decent restaurants, although I haven't been down there in a couple of years. I'm sure there will be a bunch of solid recommendations coming your way, so good luck.

      1. jfood Apr 18, 2008 12:14 PM

        L'Escale in G'wich very stuffy/pricey
        Rowayton Seafood in Rowayton great, small and tough to get reso
        SONO Seafood in SONO - basic Cape Cod Beach food place with a nice deck. Lots of people like this place. Jfood thinks it is very expensive for what you get.
        Harbor Lights in Norwalk - Very Good food with a nice deck
        Overton's - fry food place next to Harbor Lights
        Sunset Grille in Norwalk - Little jfood ate there the other night and was nice for a 22-year old

        For jfood's money, Rowayton or Harbor Lights or pass. Others just do not give that warm and fuzzy fun, great saturday night vibe.

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          sibeats Apr 18, 2008 12:16 PM

          Splash at Longshore in Westport has good food and a fun atmosphere.

          1. SweetPea914 Apr 18, 2008 02:01 PM

            As usual I agree with Jfood that Rowayton Seafood or Harbor Lights are the way to go.

            Sibeats - is Splash at Longshore the same as the Inn at Longshore? if so I looked into having my wedding there, and while it's technically on the coast, it really wasn't what I considered waterfront. Maybe Im confused though and they are 2 different places?!

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            1. re: SweetPea914
              sibeats Apr 18, 2008 05:41 PM

              It is the same place. It is on the water, perhaps not "coast", but harbor? If you sit on the deck, you are definitely looking out over the water. Doesn't seem drastically different than the view from RS or HL to me, but I might be "coastally" challenged!

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              UWStoSONO Apr 20, 2008 03:43 PM

              Off topic a bit...does anyone know of a good place in Fairfield County to sit out on a deck and grab a beer and a burger with a view of the LI Sound? Besides Sono Seaport of course. Nothing too fancy but no self-serve either. Thanks.

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              1. re: UWStoSONO
                amanda3571 Apr 20, 2008 04:02 PM

                Sunset Grille over by Calf Pasture is the best on the water spot for cold beers on hot nights :) Not sure about the burger though.

                They have both table service & self serve.

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                  MasterofLightChick Apr 21, 2008 02:34 PM

                  There's actually a great place in Stratford - can not think of the name right now, but it's open all day and has music on the weekends when it is warm. I have always had good grub food there and they also have nice specials. Out towards Lordship - Beach Cafe? Does anyone know the name?

                  1. re: MasterofLightChick
                    harrie Apr 21, 2008 03:47 PM

                    Outriggers maybe? http://www.outriggersrestaurant.com/

                    Or Knapps Landing? http://www.knappslanding.com/

                    1. re: harrie
                      MasterofLightChick Apr 22, 2008 07:34 AM

                      Yes, it's Outriggers - thanks for that! I've always had consistently good meals at this place.

                      No to Captain's Cove. It's nothing more than amusement park food. Perfectly fine to dock your boat and have some greasy filling lunch but not to go hang out for the afternoon on the deck.

                  2. re: UWStoSONO
                    exiledinwestchester Apr 21, 2008 04:59 PM

                    Captain's Cove in the Black Rock section of Fairfield (or Bridgeport?) has all sorts of seafood of the fried variety as well as lobster, chowder, corn on the cob etc. Not only are there little waterfront gazebos on the deck looking out on the marina, there is usually a band playing right out on the upper deck on weekend afternoons.Beer is VERY available. It's kind of a tacky version of a Jimmy Buffet song.


                    1. re: exiledinwestchester
                      Ima Foodie Apr 22, 2008 06:04 AM

                      I've always wondered about that place- is the food any good?

                      1. re: Ima Foodie
                        sibeats Apr 22, 2008 06:16 AM

                        It's basically a dive bar overlooking the harbor. My recollection is that it's mostly a place for hungover 20 year olds to hang out on a sunday afternoon. It's enormous and smells of stale beer. Fried seafood, pitchers of beer, etc. Not a place I would recommend to a friend!

                      2. re: exiledinwestchester
                        SweetPea914 Apr 22, 2008 10:41 AM

                        "It's kind of a tacky version of a Jimmy Buffet song."

                        Exiled...brilliant, that sums it up perfectly.
                        As MOLC stated,CC is good if you want to grab a bite while sailing/boating, but I would never think to actually drive there or to go specifically for the food. All they serve is fried food and beer, lots of beer!

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