Outdoor Dining in Connecticut Last Updated 7/19

A warm summer breeze in a vibrant atmosphere makes dining outdoors in Connecticut a memorable treat! Meet up with friends for lunch on a sunny day or unwind on a summer evening for a relaxing outdoor dinner. And, there are so many outdoor dining choices around the state! From casual eateries to upscale restaurants to roadside food stands, the choices abound!

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The Blue Oar, Haddam

Located along the banks of the Connecticut River, dining at the Blue Oar is completely outdoors, allowing visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views of the water.

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The Place, Guilford

With no actual “indoors” to speak of, The Place in Guilford has to be experienced to be appreciated. Pull up a tree stump and dine outdoors among crackling wood fires roasting lobsters, clams, corn and other summertime favorites. 

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Restaurant Bricco, West Hartford

For imaginative Italian fare, plan an outing to Restaurant Bricco where the motto is “simple, fresh, delicious.”

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Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Noank

Lobster lovers can gather at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough for the ultimate in seaside seafood!

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Harry’s Place, Colchester

For awesome roadside food you can savor outdoors, try Harry’s Place for mouth-watering burgers, hot dogs, seafood, fries, ice cream and shakes.

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S&P Oyster Co., Mystic

Enjoy “traditional New England seafood with a South American flair” on the outdoor patio at S&P Oyster Co. with serene views of the Mystic River.

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Cafémantic, Willimantic

Making its home in downtown Willimantic, Cafémantic is a unqiue local eatery with an award-winning menu and a farm-to-table focus. In summer, its outdoor patio becomes an extension of the restaurant with live music and a warm, inviting vibe.

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Stone's Throw, Seymour

This restaurant offers an old-world feel and out of this world taste, from the seafood specials to the exquisite cocktails, and breathtaking views.

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Good News Café, Woodbury

Woodbury’s Good News Café has been rated one of the top restaurants in the U.S. by Zagat. When the weather’s warm, you can enjoy your gourmet meal on the outdoor patio, with a view of the very gardens that grow many of the fresh and organic ingredients used in the menu.

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River - A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

The restaurant gives a modern take on traditional Italian dishes that include fresh, house-made pastas, pizzas, locally sourced seafood, meats, and poultry, and fresh, seasonal vegetables. Eat inside with an outstanding view of the Connecticut River, or outside on the multi-level deck.