Outdoor Dining in Connecticut Last Updated 8/20

A warm breeze in a vibrant atmosphere makes dining outdoors in Connecticut a memorable treat! Unwind on an evening or afternoon for a relaxing outdoor dinner. From casual eateries to upscale restaurants to roadside food stands, the choices abound throughout the state.

As a reminder, be sure to check each restaurants’ website for new safety guidelines before venturing out.

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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 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

Although Harry’s Place is only open right now for drive-thru only, you can still bring home and enjoy awesome roadside food including 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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Stone Row Kitchen + Bar, Willimantic

Get ready because Stone Row Kitchen + Bar is preparing to launch its outdoor dining, completely reimagined. The new setup will include picnics, patios, private lodges and is set to debut sometime this month. This unique local eatery also features an award-winning menu with a farm-to-table focus. If you can’t wait to dine then be sure to check out the restaurant’s delicious takeout options.

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l'escale, Greenwich

l'escale serves an inventive Provencal menu, created by Chef Frederic Kieffer, in an atmosphere that captures the warm sun, sea breezes and evocative scents of southern France. What a spot to sit back and enjoy a relaxing outdoor meal!

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Millwrights, Simsbury

Dine outside next to a gushing waterfall at Millwrights. The restaurant is offering a special prix fixe menu that uses only local products and features outdoor seating in front of the waterfall and under lighted tents. Take a virtual tour with Chef Tyler Anderson to see some of the new changes the restaurant has implemented.

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Grano Arso, Chester

Voted this year’s Best Restaurant of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, Grano Arso is now accepting reservations for guests to enjoy its new outdoor garden patio. Most known for its to-die-for homemade pasta, Grano Arso boasts high end Italian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients that are seasonally inspired.

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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 outside on the multi-level deck. Seating is very limited for now and reservations are highly recommended. And stay tuned for more updates because this restaurant is in the works of putting a drive-in theater in its parking lot this summer.

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Wood ‘n Tap, Farmington

If you're craving some good old-fashioned American bar and grill eats then head to Wood 'n Tap's Farmington location. The patio is open and fetaures outdoor seating right by the water with firepits to enjoy in the evening. The resturant is also hosting live music again, so be sure to check out its website and social media channels for more details.

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BAR, New Haven

Pizza fans will love the brick oven pizza and exciting ambiance at BAR in New Haven. Pair your slice with freshly brewed beer and an outdoor patio, and you've got yourself a great night out!

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Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden, Southport

A feast for all of the senses, the restaurant combines exquisite local, seasonal flavors through the New England-inspired cuisine of Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer. Relax out on the garden patio and savor the fantastic flavors!