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Stamford: Kona Grill or Mitchells Fish Market

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We are spending one night in Stamford at the Holiday Inn Downtown and would like a nice but not astronomically expensive dinner. We have dietary restrictions in that we eat fin fish or vegetarian but not meat or shellfish. I think we would probably prefer fish to pasta and it seems that our hotel is in fairly close proximity to Stamford Town Center. Given our preferences and restrictions I have narrowed down our choices to Kona Grill and Mitchells Fish Market but would consider somewhere else. We will have a car but I don't want to travel too far.

Which of the two would you recommend? Another recommendation that meets our needs?

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Kona Grill
230 Tresser Blvd., Stamford, CT 06901

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  1. These are both chain restaurants. Kona is more informal, and if the weather is nice there will be a large bar crowd outside. If there are children in your group, it would have the more suitable menu of the two. My D likes their sushi, and I can always find something decent to eat there. Mitchells does a nice job cooking a large variety of fish, but it's expensive. If you are adventurous, I suggest you try Navaratna, a vegetarian Indian restaurant that is also downtown (certified Kosher, if that's relevant):
    http://www.navaratnact.com/

    1. I recommend Micthell's over Kona Grill. I have eaten at Kona twice, and both times the foods were heavy on the salt and starch. The service was slow or indifferent, and the place is very loud inside.

      Mitchell's is more expensive, yes, but it's much better - the fish is well prepared and fresh. You can get simple preparations or more complex dishes. The whole atmosphere is cleaner and more professional.

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      Kona Grill
      230 Tresser Blvd., Stamford, CT 06901

      1. There are so many good restaurants in Stamford that would be better than a chain. What about EOS Greek Restaurant? They have plenty of vegetarian options and also whole grilled fish.
        http://eosgreekcuisine.com/index2.php

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        1. Bar Rosso opens next week.

          http://www.ctbites.com/home/2011/5/1/...

          Superb promise for sure. And close to where you're staying as well.

          1. Not to answer a different question, but... do you enjoy Indian? There are many vegetarian and pescatarian options at the Indian restaurants downtown, including the one mentioned above (which I haven't tried), Tawa on Summer (which I love), and Coromandel (whose outpost in Darien I really enjoy; I haven't tried the Stamford location lately).

            If you fancy Italian / pasta, I'd recommend Columbus Park or Sienna, although I can't verify that either has vegetarian options. I believe Columbus Park would be the less expensive option of these two.

            I'd just love for you to try some of our locally owned restaurants rather than the chains! There are plenty of local chowhounds, so please keep the questions coming if you're not satisfied with the options you're currently considering.

            p.s. I haven't tried Kona but I've had Mitchell's. It was just ok.

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            Coromandel
            25 Old Kings Hwy N Ste 11, Darien, CT 06820

            Tawa
            211 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901