Bantam Bistro
Bantam Bistro

Bantam Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bantambistroct.com/
  • Phone: 8603616764
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Szoldra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Numerous menus available. Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathleen Waldman 8605674503

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking
A word from Bantam Bistro
A Unique Dining Experience
Bantam Bistro proudly sources local, organic farm-stand products to incorporate only the freshest ingredients in our dishes. We strive to provide you the most flavorful dining experience. Join us at our ivory granite bar to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or fine wine offering and then dine by our glowing fireplace while savoring our artisanal menu. We will look for you at the Bantam Bistro at the Litchfield Inn.
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Bantam Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)good for groups (2)romantic (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Southy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Made reservations for a special birthday lunch. They were not needed since we were the only ones at the Bistro. Waitress was friendly and accomodating. Felt uncomfortable eating there since the online menu was not what they were serving for lunch. We had our hearts on french onion soup. Had our drinks which was limited, too. We made the best of it, finished our drinks and went off to The Painted Pony for our lunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HappyDiners
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We tried something different this time--dining outside. The service could have been a little better, but I've noticed that service generally isn't as good as when you dine inside pretty much anywhere we have gone lately. Pat was disappointed in his prime rib. The last time I ordered an end cut, medium rare, and it was perfect, last time and this time. Pat ordered the same, and his was well done, althought the waitress assured him it would be medium rare as well. She should have checked it before serving, even though they generally serve the end side up, so it's hard to tell how it is cooked. He could have and probably should have sent it back, but we were hungry and had waited a pretty long time to be served.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband and I went for our anniversary. We had our reception at The Litchfield Inn 26 years ago. Thought it would be nice to return. The overall Inn had not changed much but the bar area has been redone. The ambiance is great. I love the booth set up. You feel like you have your own private area. The bar was extremely hot which made it uncomfortable. They were short staffed but all worked together to get the food out in a timely manner. We had the filet and ribeye, the presentation was great and the food was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food, service and value
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We did the Monday night special of $.99 per ounce of prime rib and went during happy hour, too. The food was excellent, the service was excellent (although, I must say, I waited a bit longer for my drink that I was comfortable with--the place wasn't that crowded, so I didn't see a reason for that . . .), but notwithstanding that, the prime rib was awesome, the veggies fresh, the mashed potatoes just like homemade! Dessert was excellent and plentiful, but the best part of all was the check, which was far less than we would have paid at our normal restaurant. Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    MarkM
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I went there for dinner. The food was great. The service was great. I guess if I had to pick out something bad it would have to be the butter. It was just a little bit hard and difficult to spread. But that's hardly worth complaining about. We had a good laugh about it with our server, Samantha.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bantam Bistro
    Suzanne
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was our first dinner at the Bistro. Six family members celebrating a high school graduation. All four adults enjoyed the Monday night prime rib special, which was the best we've enjoyed in a very long time. Two of us tried the crab & lobster bisque.. excellent! The service was excellent and cheerful. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good local restaurant
    Swatter
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We sat outdoors. Not the best of service but the food was good as well as the setting on the terrace with a nice garden on a great evening weather wise.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food2.7
    • Ambiance2.3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 60 reviews are from the Bantam Bistro reviews archive.
  • Can't get it right
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The restaurant has had 3 or 4 chefs with in a couple of years. This time the food was very good, but they have no idea what service is!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We visited on Sunday late afternoon and the place was not crowded. The Sunday night special was very good with dinner for two for $30 by sharing a dessert. We loved the chicken quesadilla!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter brunch disaster
    Easter
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Horrible experience. Service was terrible for the moment we were seated until we received our check. This was a buffet so there really should have been little expectation from waitstaff other than drinks, clear our plates, and get us the check. This was our 4th year taking our family and friends to Litchfield Inn and it was now our last.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bantam
    Bill
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was ok but not exceptional and overpriced and not cooked to specification. Service was hit or miss. Requests were forgotton. Requested cleanup of spilled food on the table before coffee and desert was omitted. Bank was pretty good. There are better places to go
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • margerita
    cuervo
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food (the special) was lackluster. Obviously prepped before hand in bulk, heated and served. Bread was decent, water excellent, but the first round of drinks were sent back. Asked for 2 platinum margaritas. They were mixed by the waitress using orange juice. I followed her to the bar to watch what was being done. Her solution was to add more Grand Mariner to the flawed drink. I then asked for a bartender who solved the problem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good brunch
    deedlebug
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    I love a Sunday buffet brunch, and was pleased overall with everything. We sat in a booth which was designed with an archway to enter through and gave the impression we were in a private dining area - very unique and nice. The food choices were OK. My husband was impressed with the meat selections, and the omelet was great! The bagel area had tons of good toppings, but the bagel was just OK. Personally, I think a brunch should always include fresh fruit, but there was none offered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend !
    KerralVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Sophisticated, usual AND delicious. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner find
    Bdaygirl
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Had a $20 for $40 coupon so decided to try it. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and comfortable. We sat in a booth against a wall, very private and relatively quiet, a weekday night. Don't know how it would be for kids, seemed more a place for grown ups but there is a kids menu so might be fine. Service was good, attentive but no hovering. Drinks were top brands without asking. Lots of choices, appetizers, starters, salads, small plates, entrees and sides, not to mention the desserts. We both had the cod special and it was very good. A little pricier than some, but not a lot and well worth it. Menu is available online. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Litchfield find
    newhavendiner
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We liked finding a new spot for brunch, especially in Litchfield. And for being in Litchfield in the fall, it wasn't too crowded! Unfortunately the restaurant itself is all inside with no view or outside light, except for several outside tables. The food itself was good, with a variety of breakfast, brunch, and dessert options. We thought it was a very good value for $20 each.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    cinders920
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    this is the 5 or 6th time I have eaten here and each time it is consistently really good. The steaks are always done perfect. Love the falafel app, homemade fries are delicious. We love it and made it one of our favorite places to dine..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need to make outdoor
    StuieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    They need to make outdoor seating more appealing. It is too dark inside.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    the pictures from the official website make this bistro look very upscale. It's not unless by upscale you are referring to a cafeteria. There are TVs on the wall so you can catch the game and a large bar. The room is spacious but not warm–good for friends & beer. However, the burger was one of the BEST I've ever eaten. It's made from angus beef and the fries were hot and perfectly cooked. I asked for a medium rare and was served a medium rare burger on a soft delicious bun. These burgers are large and juicy so you can split it with a friend unless you are really hungry or a gourmand. They also serve fish, but the smell of it was so strong it made me worry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Check out their weekday specials
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    The Monday night prime rib special is a solid winner at 99cents an once served with flavorful mashed potatoes and veggies. Weds. nights it is 20percent discount for Seniors on all regular menu items...can't beat that. The bistro is also a wonderful atmosphere with very attentive and friendly service. Every order is made fresh so sometimes the weight is a bit long but worth the weight. Go for a special occasion or just to hang out with friends at the bar for small bites. great addition to the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Very consistent service from all incredibly helpful staff. Enjoyed dining on the patio. Every brunch item was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre restaurant
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We had an okay experience at Bantam Bistro. There was one large group in the restaurant and a few other scattered diners, but the dining room was barely alive. The decor was really dated, borderline depressing. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The menu was pretty good and the food was GOOD. My salad of arugula, beets, grapefruit and goat cheese was pretty good. Then I had bucatini with shrimp and clams which was tasty, although very, very spicy. I like spicy food but this was a notch more than it should have been for restaurant fare without the warning. I wouldn't go out of my way for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good meal - need AC
    Toohot
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The only thing holding them back from a perfect score was the fact that it was too hot. Broken AC or they knew about it but it was like walking into an air conditioned room when we left and walked outside. Might have just been able to open the windows and/or doors. We will be going back despite the heat - great meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The food was good, not great. We ate here on a Friday evening at about 7:30 PM and everybody was very nice and helpful, unfortunately our waitress was not very attentive despite being a very nice young lady. I'm certain that we will return at some point, but because of the service we won't plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Although the appetizers were excellent including good salads and steak tartar, some of the main courses were mixed in quality. The wait staff were highly attentive and pleasant but the wait for the food was unacceptable despite a near empty restaurant.
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  • Nicely Done
    TerraMatris
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I attended a brunch buffet for Mother's Day...the food was nicely presented...the atmosphere was beautiful. Although nicely presented...the actual food flavor was a bit lacking...and in this I mean that it was a very simple flavors, nothing was creatively made for this menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time back with the new
    DSdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    First time back with the new menu and food...all the food was excellent...service OK but a more professionalism would make for a better dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bantam Bistro has excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Bantam Bistro has excellent food and atmosphere and it was interesting to find out the chef came from Boulders Inn where my husband and I use to go to celebrate our anniversary for years. The atmosphere is awesome in that it has a casual feel to it and you can have a romantic dinner while others are enjoying themselves with their family. The service is excellent in that the staff is attentive to your needs and very personable. It is hard to find a restaurant where everything is excellent from (drinks,apps,dinner to dessert) beginning to end as well as staff and atmosphere. Our only disappointment was they may be removing their key lime pie from the menu which is the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TERRIBLE Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Amazing food and terrible service. The waitstaff hardly paid us any attention.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We were at the Bantam Bistro for the first time on Easter Sunday for their brunch. I realize we shouldn't rate a restaurant on such a busy day and normally I would take the food with a grain of salt, no pun intended. The Service was from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm we had a reservation for 1:15 when we went through the food line at least four of the entre's or vegetable dishes were empty (long lines) the dishes that were available were overcooked or dry. There was an omlette, waffle, and pancake bar that was backing up the line. When I finally got to the meat slicing station the ham was dry and the lamb was more than well done. I will try the restaurant on a slower night I've heard it is good bud I couldn't see spending $80.00 plus drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good visit to Bantam Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Bantam Bistro is contained within the Litchfield Inn. We visited on a Saturday in mid-March. No problem getting a table...we suspect that dinner is the busier mealtime at this restaurant. We thought the food was good and reasonably priced. The dining room was quiet during our visit...very nice if you want to have good conversation with your table mates without shouting to be heard. Very attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have passed the Bantam
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We have passed the Bantam Bistro about a hundred times in the past few years as we live in New Milford and travel to Litchfield and Torrington for shopping trips and entertainment. We finally decided to give it a try. Our food was excellent (best french fries I have ever had), our service was better than excellent. Unfortunately, we were next to an extremely large group that had several loud individuals that made it very difficult for my wife and I to hear each others conversation. It continued for the entire dinner as they seemed to be in for the long haul. However, we will not be discouraged, and we will return for another dinner very soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first experience at The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    My first experience at The Bantam Bistro was exceptional. I came with friends to see if it lived up to its great website and was not disappointed. The food was fresh and my omelette delicious. I'm looking forward to the music in the future. It's just what Litchfield needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there to celebrate our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Went there to celebrate our anniversary. We were staying at the inn and a casual mention of why we were there was conveyed to the Bistro, and they were very sweet and comped a dessert. Unexpected and appreciated. They also had no problem with substitutes when I wanted one entree but different sides. The food was excellent. Strongly recommend the Terrine for an appetizer. And the hummus that was brought in lieu of bread was great. It was lemony and savory and a treat. The wine list is very good with a good range of prices. All in all a really great time was had. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was very pleased with our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I was very pleased with our first dining experience at Bantam Bistro. They have a beautiful fireplace and some cozy booths. My husband had a NY strip and it was cooked perfect. We both had appetizers and salads which were also very good. I had a pasta dish which was very heavy on garlic and thats just the way I like it. Overall great meal and good wine.Will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    The brunch menu was excellent. The highlight was the roasts, they were wonderful. The other food was excellent. If you're in the mood for an omelet or pancakes you're in luck. They will make it to order right on the spot. The salads and pastries were excellent. The only criticism was not having bagels. They put out a wonderful thin cut salmon, but nothing to put it on. The staff was attentive. We went there for a birthday and they surprised us with a special treat at the end of the meal. It will be a place I go back to again.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Service was horrible
    Tami
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Great food. Service was horrible and almost non-existent. I won't go back which is a shame because the meal was delicious.
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  • it was just okay. service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    it was just okay. service was very slow asked for sauce on side, instead got it slopped all over
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely an off night since
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Definitely an off night since they were short on help. No hostess, long wait for menu to arrive and order to be taken. We have eaten there before and it was much better service. Menu is limited and the Hanger steak at $30 is much too aggressive pricing. They need to add more moderate entrées to the menu for that market. Nice bar. The Charcuterrie, one of the more popular bar bites was taken off the menu...bad move!
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  • Quaint and charming.
    Kathyri
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Food was outstanding. Service was tremendous. We never felt rushed. great place for dinner and the inn looked so charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet