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Anniversary Seafood Restaraunt Fairfield/Westport Area?

a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 07:55 AM

So our 4th wedding anniversary is on Thursday and my wife has requested seafood. We live in Trumbull and would like a quick trip home after dinner - so we're looking in the Fairfield/Westport area. We used to love the Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood but want to try something new! I'd love to hear what you might suggest chowhounds!!!

Thanks in advance!

AT

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    LW1 RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 11:05 AM

    Rowayton Seafood has a new chef and i actually think it's better than before.
    Do you need a seafood restaurant? if not, i've had great scallops and other pieces of fish at the schoolhouse. i can't think of a better place for an anniversary dinner.

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      allieb2031 RE: LW1 Aug 25, 2009 11:33 AM

      what about Paci -- more italian than seafood, but a true delight to go there --- and everything is delicious!

      http://earthlyepicurean.blogspot.com/

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      Ima Foodie RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 11:53 AM

      Osianna. It's mediterranean with a strong seafood presence. Especially love the scallops and the stuffed shrimp.

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        a_w_taylor RE: Ima Foodie Aug 25, 2009 12:02 PM

        Rowayton is just a bit too far, I think.

        LOVE the Schoolhouse - we had Valentine's supper there.

        Paci - we had a REALLY bad experience a year or so ago. The service was the pits although the food wasn't too bad.

        Osianna was quite nice - i might consider that again...

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          amanda3571 RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 01:00 PM

          Its been a while since I've been there, but you could add Splash in Westport to your list.

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            sibeats RE: amanda3571 Aug 25, 2009 01:10 PM

            Splash is fun, but very loud and crowded, so if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening I wouldn't recommend it...but we were just there last week and had a nice dinner out on the deck. Crackling calamari salad...yum!

            I've been a big fan of Paci, been going there for about 14 years...but I have to say that I think the food has suffered since Maury, one of the chefs, left about a year ago. Still good food, but just not as delicious as it used to be. I've also had a couple of times recently where the portion size on my appetizer was ridiculously small...once it was grilled calamari on a bed of arugula...I kid you not, there was one body and one tentacle...that's it. I didn't see any other plates of it going out, so I don't know if that was the portion size or if they ran out and thought it would pass. The next time I had figs with prosciutto and mascarpone...there were 3 fig halves on the plate...a little strange!

            Osianna is nice...we always share the small plates and get a nice mix of different things, lots of seafood. The stuffed calamari is great.

            Schoolhouse is a favorite of ours, but the menu is so small there would probably only be one fish dish.

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              allieb2031 RE: amanda3571 Aug 25, 2009 04:06 PM

              I had a great meal at Splash a couple of years ago -- extra points if you sit on the porch on a lovely late summer evening.

              Sad to hear Paci's service was subpar...I've been treated well when I've been there.

              I agree the Schoolhouse is a no-brainer. Local, fresh food with innovative combinations!

              http://earthlyepicurean.blogspot.com/

        2. Scargod RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 12:09 PM

          What about Outrigger's at Brewer's Marina in Stratford? It has the view and ambiance for a special occasion from what I've read and from pictures I've seen. All I know, from a while back, was it was getting mixed reviews.
          Knapp's Landing? No personal knowledge.

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            louuuuu RE: Scargod Aug 25, 2009 01:15 PM

            Knapps Landing only good for the view and lob rolls. Way too casual and long in the tooth for a festive or romantic occassion. But great for lobster roll on the terrace on a sunny summer afternoon as the oyster boats ply the entrance of the Houstanic at the Sound.

            Agree about Splash in Westport. With knockout waterviews on the deck -- where the noise level is better than inside. I've had a couple of good meals there and it is a fun place to celebrate summer and the sound, as well as an anniversary.

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              a_w_taylor RE: louuuuu Aug 25, 2009 01:43 PM

              Bingo! Splash is just what we were looking for! It doesn't really need to be quiet. I have a ressie on the deck for 7:30!

              Thanks for your help Chowhound'rs!!!

              Cheers

              AT

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                jfood RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 01:56 PM

                There is a side deck and a deckover looking the sound

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                  allieb2031 RE: a_w_taylor Aug 25, 2009 04:06 PM

                  Let us know how it is!!!!

                  http://earthlyepicurean.blogspot.com/

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                    a_w_taylor RE: allieb2031 Oct 7, 2010 11:09 AM

                    I know this is way overdue, but I wanted to respond!

                    We ended up having a wonderful time/meal at Splash!

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