11 of the most romantic restaurants in Connecticut | Travel expert


In a state as beautiful as Connecticut, there is no shortage of romantic restaurants.

Sometimes, though, we all need a little help finding the right place. The selections in this list all contain something special. From waterfront dining to a dimly lit ambiance, these restaurants will take your dining experience to the next level.

Milwright’s | Simsbury

Enjoy stunning waterfall views from this farm-to-table Restaurant. Diners have the option of choosing between formal and more casual seating options, such as the rustic dining room that offers stunning views of the falls from their tavern that resembles a cozy bar.

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The Palio Restaurant | Shelton

An upscale Italian restaurant with Tuscan influences, The Palio is located inside a beautiful stone building and features vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio.


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Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar | West Hartford

The ultimate in gastronomic experiences, by Fleming is perfect for a very special occasion. Their West Hartford location features a dimly lit dining room and outdoor patio. Choose from decadent entree options ranging from crab cakes and calamari to filet mignon and rib eye.


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shell and bone Oyster bar and grills | New Haven

Located on the water, shell and bone offers an intimate indoor dining space and a seasonal outdoor terrace for optimal waterfront views. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Shell & Bones offers seafood and steak dishes.


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Via Sforza Trattoria | Westport

An Italian restaurant with a Tuscan cottage decor, Via Sforza offers indoor and outdoor dining. Enjoy fresh pizzas, pastas and a great list of wine options.


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Ore Hill and Swyft | Kent

A rustic chic space with an intimate atmosphere, Ore Hill and Swyft features beautiful wood-panelled vaulted ceilings, a bar, and plenty of outdoor seating. Best known for its artisan pizza, Ore Hill’s dough is made using natural sourdough from a 30-year-old starter and the toppings are sourced locally from Rock Cobble Farm.


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Viron Rondo Osteria | cheshire

Recognized as one of the most amazing restaurants in the state, diners travel far and near to experience the ambiance of Viron Rondo. Their indoor dining room features a massive chandelier and a sleek bar. Their outdoor patio space offers plenty of seating and a beautifully manicured lawn.


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La Marea Ristorante | Old Saybrook

Located in the scenic coastal region of the state, La Marea offers meticulously prepared Italian cuisine and a beautifully decorated tent for outdoor dining. Menu options range from Neapolitan style pizza, pasta, cocktail list and homemade desserts.


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Ballo | Uncasville

A gothic style Italian restaurant with stone walls, lanterns and column arches, Ballo is located inside the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their menu features seafood, pasta and steak along with an inventive cocktail menu.


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Tavern on the State | New Haven

An intimate restaurant with a lively outdoor dining area, Tavern on the State serves an upscale menu filled with classics ranging from burgers to burrata. Choose from over 19 handcrafted cocktails and an innovative dessert menu.


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Prime | Stamford

A wonderful seafood restaurant with panoramic waterfront views. Prime is open for brunch and dinner. Their outdoor terrace features a marble countertop and tables covered in white fabric for a beautiful, upscale dining experience.


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