OUTrageous Restaurants – Outside Dining in Fairfield County Last Updated: May 2021

As long, leisurely days give way to warm, comfortable evenings, outside dining transforms a great meal into a memorable experience. We can’t even begin to name all the wonderful restaurants in Fairfield County that offer dining without walls; so here is a highlight of just a few.

l’escale

This iconic restaurant bar, or “port of call” for seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is designed to transport the ambiance of Provence to the Gold Coast of Connecticut on Greenwich Harbor. Two-hundred-year-old stone terra cotta tiles adorn the floors with a wood-burning fireplace lending an unmistakable charm and beauty.

 

Crab Shell

Accessible by boat (they have slips) or car (free parking), this Stamford’s waterfront dining establishment offers fantastic views of Stamford Harbor and Harbor Point. With an extensive menu of fresh seafood and traditional favorites served inside or out and the lively dockside bar, The Shack is the place to be to soak up the warm weather, live music and great times.

 

Rowayton Seafoord

The Restaurant, as locals call it, has been delighting palettes since 1996, offering upscale dining and a low-key atmosphere in an amazing setting on the Five Mile River located in Rowayton. Traditional seafood preparations such as oysters, chowder, lobsters and seasonal dishes punctuate their menu which changes seasonally.

 

Tablao

Enjoy a true taste of Spain in South Norwalk with an authentic tapas menu (over 30 to choose from), plus traditional Spanish dishes, global wine list, and live music. High energy fuels the block with indoor/outdoor dining and active bar scene.

 

Sunset Grille

Feel the breeze from the water and hear the sounds of the marina while you dine at this scenic waterfront restaurant overlooking Norwalk Harbor, one of the most beautiful in the state. Their gourmet seafood menu makes the experience even more sublime!

 

The Spread

The realization of the collective dream of four life-long restaurant employees comes together in one cohesive unit to share their love and passion for food, drink and good times in a spectacular setting in South Norwalk. Chef Carlos Baez’ extensive and varied background serves him well in creating the memorable dishes on their ever-evolving menu, influenced by all culinary corners of the world.

 

Overton's Seafood

Call it a landmark or call it an institution, either way, Overton’s Seafood in Norwalk has been an integral part of the fabric of Norwalk for 60 years. The venerable seaside restaurant, where families have eaten fried clams and teenagers have worked summer jobs since 1948 has changed little, if at all, over the past six decades.

 

Harbor Lights

Open year-round, this contemporary and romantic restaurant on Norwalk Harbor serves well prepared, attractively presented and sophisticated Mediterranean/Seafood fare in a relaxed waterfront setting.

 

parker.Mansion

Enjoy exceptional cuisine in an upscale yet relaxed waterfront setting in Westport with a menu that reflects the new trend in American casual dining, consisting of many comfort food favorites like mac-n-cheese, mushroom meatloaf, barbecue ribs, and their famous French dip. Every ingredient in the menu arrives fresh at the restaurant to make your experience even more delicious and memorable.

 

Rive Bistro

Like the legendary bistros of Paris, Rive is warm and convivial, a true ‘bistro populaire’ on the Saugatuck River in Westport. The dining room accented with suave lighting and urban décor with a wrap-around wall of windows overlooks a bend in the river; and the outdoor patio feels like a cafe on the Seine. During cold months, the fireplace will keep you toasty.

 

Boathouse Restaurant

Recognized for having the best water view in Westport, this exciting seafood restaurant boasts soaring views of the Saugatuck River, serving savory American fare.

 

Artisan Restaurant

This unique and innovative casual/fine dining restaurant with New England-inspired American cuisine emphasizes a farm to table approach, offering a one-of-a-kind experience in Southport, with a décor that conveys the charm and coziness of a countryside living room paired with a bar/lounge designed to capture the energy of a tavern, resulting in an exciting and effervescent ambiance.

 

Outriggers

Located dockside at Brewer’s Stratford Marina in historic Stratford, Outriggers Restaurant serves fresh fish and other culinary delights made to order. The upstairs room boasts a terrace with spectacular views of the marina, the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound.

 

The Little Pub

It’s not rocket science; it’s really just sticking to their core values of providing great food and generous drinks coupled with a relentless focus on customer service. You'll feel right at home in the warm and lively pub atmosphere that emphasizes fun over fancy, comfortable over cool – inside or out!

 

Riverview Bistro

Overlooking the Housatonic River, Riverview Bistro in Stratford is warm and inviting, with a newly renovated dining room, a spacious, secluded bar and a charming seasonal patio with picturesque views. The menu is sure to please every palette with its various offerings of classic items prepared with a contemporary flair.

 

Knapp's Landing

People from all over the region love coming to Knapp's Landing in Stratford to enjoy the spectacular view and classic fare. Hats off to the Massey family for keeping the tradition of great food and service here that was started by the Knapp family 40 years ago!

 

Brewport Brewing Company

Simply stated, Brewport in Bridgeport enriches lives, with thin crust pizza, gourmet salad, and Connecticut-style beers so amazingly great, that staff and guests keep coming back for more. Doesn’t hurt to be housed in an old but cool newspaper distribution building with remnants of old steam pipes, industrial green paint and other vestiges of a time long past. Great outdoor eating, too.

 

Captain’s Cove Seaport Restaurant

One of Connecticut's most popular outdoor summer fun destinations since the 1980s, Captain's Cove is a family-owned and operated marina, restaurant, bar and boardwalk located along historic Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport. Their tremendous patio with spectacular harbor views fabulous bars and extensive menu featuring fresh seafood and other specialties will make you a fan for life!