Dressing Room
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Dressing Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dressingroomhomegrown.com/
  • Phone: 2032261114
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH * Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2:00pm DINNER * Monday - Gone Fishin' * Tuesday thru Thursday - 5:00pm to 10:30pm * Friday & Saturday - 5:00pm to 11:30pm * Sunday - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Michel Nischan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Dressing Room
Michel Nischan, chef, cookbook author and avid proponent of healthy, sustainable and culturally significant food and social causes, has teamed up with like-minded actor and philanthropist Paul Newman to open DRESSING ROOM-Newman's Own., A Homegrown Restaurant. Located on the grounds of the Westport Country Playhouse, the restaurant serves
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Dressing Room reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I returned to the Dressing Room for New Year's Eve after having a good experience in 2012. Unfortunately, this experience was entirely different. Service was understaffed , therefore it was slow and scrambling. A good 10-15 minutes before a waiter addressed us. The kitchen seemed to suffer similar issues starting with side dishes being delivered with our appetizers. 3 out of 8 in our party received cold entrees. After returning the entrees 3 times to reheat the dishes, we were left eating cold steak while the rest of our party had already finished dinner. Ownership attempted to address the issues once learning of the problems but the experience dampened our New Year's and my wife's birthday celebration. Disappointing.
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  • Shockingly Unprofessional Service
    Marc
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    After being seated for our 8:30 reservation, we ordered cocktails. While finishing up cocktails ~8:45, we were told kitchen closes at 9:00 and we were urgently asked to place our order[s]. We asked to speak with a manager, and our waitress explained the manager and host left for the evening. We then asked to speak with the chef. About 5 minutes later another waitress attended to our table suggesting that the kitchen was closing in 5 minutes. When we inquired as to why the chef did not come out and speak with us, the waitress stormed off/disappeared from the dining area. The bar tender then called across the dining room to inform us that the kitchen is closed and would not take our order.
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  • Great ambience & food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Attention to detail, excellent service, great atmosphere, very interesting menu .... exactly what you would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relax, enjoy & be able to converse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Interesting food, good svc. & atmosphere & noise level where u can talk. Can also sit at bar. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    food just ok. service was good but when we walked in we were not greeted and they seemed disorganized. menu not accomodating for kids.
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  • Terrific!
    jasf
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The food was incredible, the atmosphere was cozy, the service was great. Best restaurant I've been to in years.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teeny entrees at dressing room
    Disappointedbirthdaygal
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I've eaten at Dressing Room in Westport several times and been pleased with the hearty farm to table cuisine and decor. This was my birthday dinner with my husband and two married children and their spouses, so six of us. The menu is divided into light bites, medium bites, and can't recall, maybe hearty bites. Anyhow, the portions were all incredibly small, hence very EXPENSIVE for what you got. I ordered something billed as a medium bite - lobster and mussels. What arrived was an appetizer portion of I swear 3 teeny bites of lobster - less than you'd expect in a lobster bisque, about 8 or 12 mussels, in an unappealing sauce, way too many pieces of squash, and 2 huge pieces of garlic bread. Are they economizing or what? And this cost $24.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GReat food! Great Music!
    Dede
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We went to Dressing Room on a Friday night with our friends. The food was truly incredible! Every one of us had something different and were all ecstatic. We all ended up giving each other bites of everything because we wanted to give each other the joy of tasting what we got. Our server was very pleasant and VERY patient with us as several of us at the table had eating limitations and lots of questions. After dinner we moved to the bar area for dessert so we could listen to the wonderful music. One of Paul Newman's daughter has a beautiful jazz singing voice and sings with a great drummer ( brushes only) and bassist and guitarist. It was very charming and we were still able talk and enjoy or wonderful desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful food and warm ambience
    msmouse
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We dine here at least 3-4 times a year and it's consistently good. Friday nights have entertainment; Melissa Newman's jazz trio or Michel Nischan's band House dressing plays every other Friday. that front room with bar can get loud so if you want conversation ask to be seated in the back dining room. The charm of the Westport Playhouse and it's history is evident as is Michel's commitment to use local, seasonal ingredients in the menu. It is a gem of a restaurant for any meal. In summer you can dine on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good. Portions
    Rickster
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Consistently good. Portions are not overwhelming. Cool spot to eat.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Cozy atmosphere, interesting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Can't beat the rustic charm and blazing fireplace. The menu choices are interesting & pretty gourmet -- not for the plain eater. The prices are on the high side considering the portion sizes but nothing out of the ordinary for Westport. I went on a Sunday and it was so so quiet, I would like to come back on a night when it's a little more lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great experience!
    goodmeallovers
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We just had an wonderful dining experience. I ordered the Millstone salad and the chicken breast, they were both perfect! The dressing was a wonderful apple vinegar with slices of apples and the lettuce tasted like it was picked that day. The chicken had roasted squash served with it that was so sweet and delicious but I can't say enough about how perfectly the chicken was prepared. The rest of the table ordered the pork tenderloin special and it was succulent,flavorful and perfectly cooked. The desserts were as wonderful as the rest of the meal. I had a great cup of coffee and my husband had the apple pie which was the best pie ever served with a carmel ice cream. Our friends had the Devil Chocolate cake, it too was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very cozy small restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Very cozy small restaurant. Excellent food and service. Will go back again. Dark parking lot!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/slow kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    While the food was delicious I was disappointed with our wait time. We had a party of 6 adults and 2 small children for brunch and we did not get our food for an hour, which mainly consisted of eggs and pancakes. Unfortunately by the time the food arrived the small kids had reached their limit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If price is no object, the best
    Cartographer
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Rosemary & Caramel together in Ice cream. Chocolate beer. Alsace wine. Sauces to match your duck or rockfish and enhance its taste. Excellent vegetables with each plate, and the opportunity to eat with stage and movie legends, even if not in flesh, in spirit. This is Paul Newmans restaurant. And yes Joan Woodward still comes here. Expect if dining for two to spend at least $100. But you get what you pay for.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    FoodL0ver
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The Dressing Room always meets our need for extraordinary dining. Chef Nichon's menu has wonderfully creative dishes that are plated artistically and served by a friendly staff that has been with him for a time. We are vegan and always find the best of dining here. The kale salad, his popular and delicious corn bread, and roasted vegetable are only a few of the things that satisfy our palate. Sitting in front of a warm fireplace on a cold day in the restaurant==is just the best! We return again and again....
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Thanksgiving
    GmaD
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    My husband and I had a most pleasant Thanksgiving holiday dinner at The Dressing Room. We both had a traditional turkey entree with stuffing, although there were several other interesting choices. We also enjoyed fresh salads and great desserts .. and tried Newman chardonnay, which was new to us and added to our dining experience. The casual, rustic atmosphere suited us just fine ..and the service was very attentive without being intrusive. We are looking forward to returning to sample more menus and seasons!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    alexthegreat80
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We went for thanksgiving and it was amazing. The stuffing was the best I've ever had. My girlfriend had the meatloaf, and she ate every thing on the plate. The rosemary caramel homemade ice cream was outstanding, I could have eaten that by the pint. we will be going back again to try the regular menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth It
    saelbu
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    As far as I'm concerned, The Dressing Room is the only pricey restaurant that makes me feel like I'm UNDER-paying. The space is warm and homey. The staff are knowledgeable and accommodating. The food is good and attractively presented. We didn't feel rushed (and ended up staying 3 hours). This was our second time visiting for a special occasion, and will continue to recommend.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was very very good, reasonably priced as well. Service was very good and attentive
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great live music on Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Great live music on Friday nights. Alternates Friday with two types of music: pop folk type music on the mellow side with singers. The singer and jazz trio offers something more sophisticated. Really good singer, Melissa Newman, does jazz, blues and some American songbook. It's real jazz, not cabaret or show tunes and you can talk and eat while listening. It has a warm cozy club feel. The bar is so inviting.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    FattyPants
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Loved loved everything about the food. "To die for" is what we said as I left. Service was excellent. Did feel our table was a little too close to the one next to as I couldn't push my chair out fully to get up, but other than that, had the best dining experience one could ask for. Well done Dressing Room!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place rocks!
    Chadslandscape
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Food & service are always excellent. It's eeally become a frequent favorite.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Dressing Room Consistently Good
    Penny
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    I dine regularly at The Dressing Room and enjoy the "healthy" take on interesting meals. Some are better than others, of course, and sometimes I'm absolutely thrilled, other times it's just OK. But I do enjoy going there and will continue to support the restaurant. It is pricey, though.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Due to its location tight
    Mamagucc
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Due to its location tight next to the theater, if you have tickets for the Westport Playhouse, the Dressing Room is your best choice. My only complaint was the closeness of the tables to each other.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • excellent
    autom1360
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    A down-to-earth restaurant serving exceptional food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Point of View
    Dinette
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Atmosphere is fun. Food quite good but menu a bit misleading. Wine by glass quite pricey. Service excellent. Noise level in back room more comfortable than front,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What 'wonderfully' prepared
    Tigger
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    What 'wonderfully' prepared homemade food that simply melts in your mouth....
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Please!!
    PaulNewman
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Service would have gotten rated better if the right soup came out and we didn't have to ask for things a second time we ordered the first time. The waitress didn't write anything down and also was not the most attentive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fresh, always consistent
    WeejobsVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Nice to enjoy really good American food for a change. Dressing Rooms hits on all counts. Nice every season. Try it! Great staff, well trained and pleasant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and delicious
    Crystalinct
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We walked in afraid the place would be stuffy or too hoity toity given its reputation but were immediately greeted and treated like family. The food only surpassed service and congeniality of the staff, which is to say it was savory, unique and thoughtfully prepared.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming place, nice country
    sh20
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Charming place, nice country ambience. The food was good and the live acoustic music was a nice surprise.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • reliably good restaurant
    Nanny
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    For a special occasions we think of Dressing Room. Chopped salad is consistently excellent, always surprising with unusual herbs; the striped bass dish was delicious. The two desserts we sampled (bread pudding and the fruit crisp) were amazing.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Amazing flavors and great local/sustainable foods! Seasonal American food at it's best.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diner
    eatsoutmuch
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Coming from NJ, meeting family from CT. Favorite place to meet. Feel good restaurant with farm to table choices.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed/irrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I have been many, many times over the past few years and it has slowly gone downhill. This was the worst! The food was less than mediocre, even their signature meatloaf which they changed. The burgers were overcooked. We had to send the ribs back (and overheard a table behind us doing the same) b/c it was tasteless and overcooked which they neglected to remove from the bill. We had to track a staff member down to pay as it was drizzling on us for a good 5 minutes. And, when asked how our meal was by the matre d' (and we answered truthfully), he was not responsive or apologetic. It used to be a neighborhood back-up; not even that to us anymore!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Lunch
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Plan on returning to dine and see a play in October. We can not wait to celebrate our anniversary at The Dressing Room! Ambiance was great and the noise level very lowI
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    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a keeper!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    What we ate: Appetizers, nice assortment of cheeses but served without crackers. A bit disappointed Tomato salad. Excellent. Zucchini squash "spaghetti". In a red sauce was good but would have preferred withou the sauce. Dinner, chicken pot which was hearty with a tasty crust and filling Salmon very nicely prepared Tile fish which was a special was also very good Dessert, shared a peach cobbler which was ok The wait staff is very good and attentive and explained the different dishes even telling us where it came from, how it was prepared, and what it ate or how it was grown. We were amazed. We would definitely all go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    My wife and I went there for our anniversary. From the start we received nothing but courteous treatment. We were seated quickly and began to peruse the menu. There was quite a bit on the menu, but we finally decide on their "spoon" salad and macaroni and cheese as their appetizer and the mini burger and Rabbit Ragout. The salad tasted amazingly fresh. The Mac and cheese was robust with thick cheese flavor. The mini burger wasnt that mini and packed a lot of flavor, not as juicy as one would like, but still good. The rabbit ragout was presented beautifully. It was a good combination of different flavors. Overall a good place to spend a quiet night to eat good food and catch up with the one you love. Great wine selection.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater convenience and organic
    Marianeileen
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    They are in the same building as the Westport Country Playhouse, around the back, and sharing the parking lot. People may go there for other reasons, but for us it is perfect when we are seeing a play. Somewhat limited menu, but it does change a bit depending on the season. Very high quality organic ingredients, almost all from local producers. Great staff.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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