Diorio's Restaurant and Bar
Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.diorios.com/
  • Phone: 2037545111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer large trays of food to be picked up.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private dining for all your entertaining needs. Please contact us with any requests or questions.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Izzi 2037545111
  • Entertainment: We have Dinner music played by Tom Cruciani on most Friday/Saturday nights...Please call to confirm!
  • Special Events: We offer Private Room Dining for all of your gathering needs from business functions to family celebrations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Garage located across the street from front door of restaurant.
A word from Diorio's Restaurant and Bar
The legendary history of Diorio Restaurant began in the early 1920's. The late Rocco Diorio was responsible for the fine traditional food and many lasting memories for most of the people in the greater Waterbury area. The restaurant was closed in 1980 and reopened in 1991 after total restoration to its original splendor. The legend continues as we remain true to those endearing memories. We have the original marble bar, oversized mahogany bankers booths, tin ceiling and the most impressive acid etched mirrors displaying historical Waterbury. We offer a Private dining Room for corporate or private functions. Diorio Restaurant has once again reclaimed the reputation as Waterbury's finest. It's ambience, memories, history, and Northern Italian Nouvelle cuisine supply a new and exciting dining experience for the adventuresome palate.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diorio's Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (10)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Old friends
    NSBDMGVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Haven't been back in the area for quite some time. We came in early and the restaurant was deserted. We were concerned. But when the food started coming out it was just like old times. Great food, great service. And the place filled up as we ate!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faboulous
    Doreen
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was amazing as well as the service they never disappoint . The veal was amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Frank
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very overpriced. My salad was a pile of greens heaped on a plate the size of a coffee cup saucer with non-descript dressing. The asparagus was burned and very dry. The homemade gnocchi were good; however, the puttanesca sauce was definitely out of a jar. My son had the gemelli with sausage, which was commendable. An expensive night out....Very disappointing compared to past visits.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful evening
    Happytummy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Diorio's has a wonderful atmosphere - beautiful woodwork, romantic booth seating in the front room, and a very attractive bar area. The food matches the atmosphere. Delicious Italian favorites: house-made pasta, rich Bolognese sauce, creamy risotto with a citrus reduction, and great desserts. Ask for the calamari "old style" - lightly fried, with fried hot peppers, a few blue cheese crumbles on top, and arrabiata sauce on the side. Attentive but not pushy staff. It always feels like a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Diorios has always been one of my favorite restaurants of 25 years....The food is outstanding, staff very pleasant...It is truly a nice treat to have dinner there....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Diorios.
    WaterburyfoodCT
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Your portions are too big, would like to see smaller portion with salad or desert included. Italian is what you are known for and you do that great. No need to have big menu or key lime pie. Also offer a coffee or espresso before dinner then wine with food as Italy does... Keeps you awake to enjoy the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diorio's Restaurant
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Beautifully paneled walls and booths. The food was delicious and the service was great. A Neighborhood Gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this spot
    Steve
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. From the steaks to the homemade fresh pasta. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I took my husband to Diorios for his birthday. Its a wonderful place for a romantic dinner, and this was just of several birthday dinners we have enjoyed here. Everything is always perfect. They only mild criticism I have is that the wine list has one of the highest markups I have seen. Its a small annoyance, but more realistic prices on wine might have had me ordering dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well established
    Mike
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Old historic place. Well worth the visit. Decor remains the same as the day it was built.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Diorio's has been a Waterbury landmark for a very long time. I remember being taken there by my grandmother when I was 8 or 9 years old. (I'm 74 now!) Although the restaurant was closed for many years, it was restored to its original beauty and reopened in recent years. I dine there often and have found its food consistently wonderful and the service informed, friendly and extremely helpful. I would recommend Diorio's without reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last Minute Stop - Great Find!
    DonnaO
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were traveling past Waterbury on a Sat Evening looking online for a restaurant in the area & found this highly rated restaurant. We did not know the exact arrival time and as it turned out we arrived a little early but the restaurant was able to accommodate us quickly. The restaurant was easy to find with free parking across the street, a plus. The staff was excellent and attentive. The restaurant has old time woodwork and the table we had the opportuntity to sit at was private with the high wood back seating. There are open tables in the middle of the dining area too. We had a crabmeat app & split a salad (more than enough). My husband had the seafood pasta special and I the sesame crusted sushi grade tuna. Bother were Excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great dinner!
    Lunaduna
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Started with fried calamari, antipasto and oysters on the half shell- all delicious. Everybody loved their entrees. Will return VERY soon!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy this restaurant!
    BethB
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the food always good. The menu is a little pricey so more of a special event restaurant, for me. But I'm never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Meal
    Jerrie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Another fantastic meal. We eat here every year as we travel to Maine. And we always look forward to it and it never fails us. I had sea bass special which was served just right. Hubby pasta with beef tips, mushrooms and asparagus in red cream sauce. Split caprese salad. As always I give it high ratings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    KennyB
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Celebrated daughter's graduation from nearby university. Elegant presentation, great food, quick, courteous service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I can wait to go back, If I say too many good things about the food and service I might not be able to get a table when the word gets out and then I would be very unhappy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great service and food, if you bring a date get a booth super romantic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 198 reviews are from the Diorio's Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Good food!
    Luvboston
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had good service and the food was great! We will definitely be back. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere this is not for you. It tends to get loud because of the folks sitting at the large bar. If that doesn't bother you, it's definitely a place you must try
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    nightout
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We traveled 30 minutes to get to this restaurant and it was worth it. Food, service were both excellent. Will be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to D'Orios on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have been to D'Orios on several occasions and must say this one was not memorable. Food was fair at best and I have given second thoughts about going back. Pumpkin raviloli was nothing special and grilled chicken on arugala salad was dry. Certainly did not meet my expectations
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Hymie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was superb!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great place to go to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Just a great place to go to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    sandi
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I love, love, love this place. I have friends that visit from SC and whenever they are in Waterbury visiting we ALWAYS come to Diorios. It my absolute favorite ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Highexpectations
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Food was excellent, service was very good. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sat. Mar, 1
    Gary33
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a 5:30 reservation, we were seated promptly and our server Lauren was very friendly and provided us exceptional service throughout the evening. 3 of us dined in our party and we were celebrating my brithday. Appetizer we shared the chopped salad and an order of freshed cut onion rings. Both items were very tasty. For dinner my wife had the lobster tail, i chose the NY Strip Gorgonzola and my daughter had the Rigatoni ala Vodka. All of us were very satisfied with our entrees, perfectly cooked and full of flavor. For dessert we split a slice bannaffee pie which was excellent. We are always very pleased with each visit to Diorios, I only wish we could go there more often. The prices are a little high but well worth it for the qualilty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Doreen
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had an amazing meal. We started with the apple salad, then is had the sea bass special over cannelloni beans in a light tomato broth. My husband had the bolognese sauce over pasta. It was the best bolognese I have ever tasted. We then ended with white choc mouse covered in choc ganache They were very accommodating for our request for a booth in the bar Yummy
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    BillBudde
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Shhh: Diorio's is a secret weapon for lunch time meetings and a great half-way point for those traveling between Hartford and NYC. just don't tell anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    EdGen
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Dorios is a great spot if you love great food in a wonderful atmosphere. A bit of New York in downtown Waterbury!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diorios
    AETS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Travel takes us to the Waterbury Marriott a couple times a year and we look forward to dining at D'Iorios when there. Love the back entrance directly from the hotel so we don't have to go outside. Food is excellent, service is prompt and attentive. Favorites include Chilean sea bass, osso bucco, butternut ravioli. I seek to include plenty of veggies with my meal and find I need to order a salad appetizer to do so.. Entrees do not necessarily include vegetables. The back dining room is quieter than the bar/booth area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic old world charm
    WelovediningoutVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This place has classic charm with it's wood paneling, comfy wooden booths & lovely mosaics. Our server was unobtrusive and understood that we wanted to take the time to chat for a while before we even looked at the menu. Menu selections are all upscale Italian dishes. We had lobster ravioli, sea bass on risotto & the tutti di mare all were very well prepared. They also had a lovely dessert selection. Worth the trip to Waterbury, Ct!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Favorite
    nancyg
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Diorio's is our favorite Italian restaurant in CT. It has managed to retain it's old world charms. Ask for a booth in the main room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best place to fall in love
    jaime
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Awesome service, knowledgeable and attentive staff!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • D'Orio's
    sobee
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    My favorite Waterbury restaurant especially if in the mood for classical Italian. Elegant with great ambiance especially for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service was as
    Eatingout
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food and service was as good as always. Dined there in dec 2013 & January 2014. Both were exceptional meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    Sammy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food was Amazing, the wine for the nite was very good,not disappointed @ all!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food
    Five
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I was excited to go after people had raved about the food. I found the restaurant to be tired. In need of an upgrade as the seats were taped where they were ripped. The food was disappointing. The veal diorio was over cooked and had no flavor. The spinach tasted like bok Choy unseasoned. The bill was very steep. I am not rushing back thereo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just good..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Too expensive for ok food.. I am from NY and expected a lot better for this prices
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I went to Diorio's
    Mike
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My wife and I went to Diorio's on New Years Eve. Classic Waterbury restaurant. I always liked the place, but the prices are too high. Our app came a minute after the bread was served and the entrée 10 minutes later. When I go to a nice restaurant I expect it to be a well timed out experience, not a rush job. The food and ambiance were good, but the pace was bad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet friends!
    Gerry
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I requested a quiet booth and that is just what we got. The food was delicious and the waitress recommended a wine which we all loved. Everything was just as it should be and we had a great night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.