Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge
Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge

Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasboyct.com/
  • Phone: 2039567171x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday Saturday 11:30 am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:00pm

    Bar Closes Later
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge
We call ourselves a “southern table and refuge”because that’s exactly what we are. A place to enjoy casual, yet refined country cuisine where you’re treated like family and can seek respite from the world in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere that pays tribute – in every way – to all that’s great about the great South.

From the reclaimed wood from a Florence, South Carolina, water tower that brings warmth to our space, to the authentic Alabama railroad ties from which to hang your hat, Mama’s Boy is putting the “South” in South Norwalk. As for the food? Fabulously fresh, locally sourced, lovingly prepared. You’ll find all your southern favorites, from classic shrimp and grits to country fried game hen, with a modern Mama’s Boy twist…because we like to present “low country” in high style.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (34)great for brunch (33)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (27)great for outdoor dining (26)hot spot (25)great for lunch (21)kid-friendly (16)special occasion (14)late-night find (10)romantic (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Cute for Conneticut
    Goodchampagne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I would say overall it was a good meal. The fried green tomatoes were a bit mushy. The tomatoes weren't firm enough; the deviled eggs were rather dry and lacked salt; the fried chicken skins were bland; and the mac & cheese needed a cheesier flavor. My friend had the chicken and waffles which she seemed to enjoy. The best part of the meal honestly were the drinks. Very tasty and well mixed. Great location (although off the beaten path) but very fun.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful suprise in Norwalk
    Jody
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    When my Tennessean husband told me to find a place for Sunday brunch, I was delighted to read about Mama's Boy on YELP. We had a wonderful experience with yummy food - creative and truly Southern, great service, and appropriate ambience. We looked at the lunch and dinner menus and will return with Southern friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Southern Cooking
    Rosco
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Shrimp and Grits, fried chicken, and fried green tomatoes were very good. No view eating outside, but quieter than inside. Although service was attentive, might have been better. Would recommend this place as it's different and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    BriNrwlkCT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    wonderful service thank u Alex great food brought friends from Massachusetts who loved the food and service and looking forward to returning
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new go to!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I recently moved to Stamford and have been underwhelmed by a majority of the restaurants we have tried thus far. We ditched Stamford and tried Mama's boy in Norwalk for brunch this past weekend and finally a place that gets it. The staff was friendly, attentive and accommodating to our requests with a great atmosphere indoors and out. The menu (and food) is fantastic with multiple Gluten free options for anyone with celiacs , but more importantly than the food Mama's boy and the staff welcomes you as a valued customer and not an inconvenience. Well Done Mama's Boy!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have been there several times for brunch and dinner, delicious every time!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Southern Food in New England
    CrabbyTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best fried chicken and corn waffles you can find outside of the south. A must eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didnt enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The sangria wasn't good. It was watery. The Mac & cheese was supposed to be 4 cheese with cornbread crust and bacon. There was barely any cheese and it was bland. The fried green tomato were cut too think and so you bit in and it was water. The burger was bland and dry. The rosemary fries had zero rosemary. I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love to come back
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We keep returning due to the consistently good food and fun atmosphere. Fried oysters for appetizer and entrees such as shrimp and grits and the chicken and waffle are great. Dessert cakes are huge and tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the food!
    GregVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Shrimp and grits and Cod with Succotash were both truly outstanding. Service good but not great. Noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    ttmm
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    No complaints on the food, if anything the prices seemed a bit high but not unreasonable considering the area. At times the staff seemed a bit frosty but every place in sono serves a side of attitude with their entrees.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was not very good. My fiancé and I ordered the chicken and waffles. First set of waffle came to us cold, hard and burnt. We asked for more and the second set was uncooked and very blond. Not happy with the order. They did take off one of the chicken and waffle orders, but that wasn't enough to make us happy and for us to try the restaurant again. My niece was unhappy with her pork and our server was very forgetful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the decor and ambiance but...
    vlo1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Their food is not as good as I remember when they first opened. For the prices they charge, they need to work on their food. Taste was poor. Good friendly service. A little too loud, hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SoNo gem
    Jenno
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Dined al fresco at Mama's Boy on a nice summer night. I highly recommend the salty watermelon drink. The food was outstanding. The chicken & waffles were very good. The shrimp & grits were amazing!!! Our waitress Melissa was attentive and very positive with recommendations. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    eaterouterVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had previously eaten dinner at Mama's Boy and wanted to try the lunch. My husband thought the fried chicken skin appetizer was terrific. I had the chopped salad which also was terrific, but big enough for a meal. We both had the fried chicken breast w/biscuit which was good, but biscuit was too dense. I enjoyed the fried "yardbird" at dinner better. Desserts are great and BIG! Husband had the coconut cake, and I had the chocolate pecan pie which was served with vanilla ice cream. Both could have been shared, but we decided it was a day to eat everything! Service was very good. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    JayBeaux
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Just an incredible experience across the board - excellent food, service, atmosphere. An absolute can't miss
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cake to Die For!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was very good, a nice change from the usual dining fare. The chocolate cake we order was to die for....4 of us could not finish one piece!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food at Mama's Boy was great - very unique to other restaurants in the SONO area and delicious. We originally sat outside but moved inside due to mosquitos and it was getting dark - our waiter was happy to accommodate and move us indoors partway through our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food, different than the rest of the area. Lots of sharing plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a favorite
    jhgh
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    One of our favorite places. Great food and very friendly helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    drw1835VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great spot, excellent, authentic food. Will return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food not very good...service was quite slow. We were very disappointed as we had heard good things about the restaurant. It was very much "not special".
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a gem!
    DirtyPup
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food! Great Service! Great beer! Great cake! However I'd like to ask them to improve the lighting. The restaurant was too dark. So dark that I cannot see what I was eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Visit
    maggiedinesout
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Must say we were disappointed in this trip to Mama's Boy. Have been for brunch several times and really enjoyed it. This time we were there for dinner during SONO restaurant week. This restaurant was on the higher priced list of choices ($29.99 for dinner), which under the fine print was for choice of two from Appetizer, entree, dessert. Many of the combinations came up to less than $29.99 from the regular menu! The choices were limited, as is expected on a special menu, but you could dine off the regular menu and spend less. Limited healthy choices, although the crab cakes were very good with no filler.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love It
    Flower
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I love it! I have been telling all my friends about this place. I found it watching G. Gavin on the food channel. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Khandi
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Good food and the coconut cake is outstanding! Would not hesitate to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    eaterouterVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very happy to have finally dined at Mama's Boy Southern Table (although disappointed that no points were received). Service was terrific - hope it's like this all the time, and not just because we were the only people in the "parlor" part of the restaurant! Staff kept bringing out the corn muffins which were delicious. The BLT salad was very good, although big enough to serve 3 - 4. Husband thought the pork belly appetizer was one of the best he's had. Yardbird fried chicken was delicious, as was mac and cheese, although the latter could have used a bit more seasoning. Carrot cake portion big enough to serve 3 and very good. Even the coffee comes in a large cup! We'll definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so great
    ShippandinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We all really wanted to like this place but the food fell short of our expectations. The apps were good, deviled eggs and the fried chicken skin. The sides we ordered with the main course were not good at all and we (a table of 6) finished none of them (Mac and cheese-- super bland and not great cheese, collard greens-- extremely salty, you can't taste the greens, fried green tomatoes-- probably the worst I ever had). Entrees were ok but no one left saying that they will definitely come back. I think we were so bummed that we didn't even want to try the desserts. I am really hoping that this was an off night for them but it was a Saturday night so you'd think they'd be on their A game. It was also VERY loud, had trouble hearing our friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Southern Food!
    JLal
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I grew up in New Orleans & go down there a couple of times a year & know Southern food. I've been to Mama's Boy 6 or 7 times (lunch, brunch & dinner) & always have had a great meal & good service. The fried oyster appetizer, shrimp & grits & crab cakes are delicious. In fact, my husband said that he is going to order a double oyster appetizer just for himself the next time we go! And he's not going to share them with anyone! Salads, burgers & chicken dishes are good too. Great experience all around. Save room for dessert-the cakes are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Southern Food
    foodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food and sauces were very good . The shrimp and grits were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You can't beat it
    breezly
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    There seem to be a number of southern themed restaurants lately. None of them pull it off like Mama's Boy. All of the dishes are exceptional and authentic. The atmosphere is lively, but in the day time, the proximity to the aquarium makes it the ultimate in family restaurants. There is plenty for the foodies to ponder, and the chicken and mac & cheese are great for the kids or fussy eaters. There is just nothing bad to say. Sitting the back used to mean a wait, but they adjusted and the service is great there as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proper Touch Of Southern
    YonnieMonkeyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very good menu - optioning ranging from steak to fish...house favorite entree is Shrimp and Grits. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes. Good wine and beer selection. Go, enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The Pear Necessity is a necessity! Perfect cocktail to start the evening. The deviled eggs were great and you get five, so enough to share with the table. Shrimp and grits to die for!!! Best fries and mac and cheese too! We usually stay for cake, but it got really loud. Note if you want to have a conversation, ask for a table in the parlor. Never a disappointing meal here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh Mama!
    fikto
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Tremendous brunch. Food was made with imagination (Lobster Eggs Benedict) and the "bottomless mimosa" had real pulp in the juice. The atmosphere is unique with reclaimed wood throughout and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Maritime Center--quite a sight on a beautiful spring day. The staff is very friendly and the vibe is laid back. A year after opening, this place has only gotten better. The regular menu, with upscale southern cuisine, is also outstanding. Mama’s Boy is one of the best places to dine in SONO.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamma loves mammas boy
    nycgrrrrl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I only hesitate to write this because I'm terrified of spoiling this incredible gem. Suffice to say it's all good, Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Tasty food but a little noisy. Good drinks. Definately a do-over is this up-and-coming section of South Norwalk near the Maritime Acquarium.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love this place! Great food, great service, always have a memorable time. If you order a slice of cake for dessert be prepared to share it or take some home because the slices are huge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 70 reviews are from the Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge reviews archive.
  • Good Southern Food!
    JLal
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Love, love, love this place. I have been there about 6 times with different friends & have always had a good experience. Having grown up in New Orleans, it's comfort food for me! The shrimp & grits is always good. The catfish is delicious too. The desserts are amazing! Noise levels can be an issue particularly in the back room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool Brunch Spot...
    Jackpak90
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We really enjoyed this place as a family venue and this past visit as a time to hang with friends. Food was fresh..pitcher of sangria too much for us but may be good for about 8 people.. now we know...very accommodating staff/servers...we will definitely be back..
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Shelly1972
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Some friends and I met for brunch at Mama's Boy. I was the first to arrive so I took a seat at the bar. The Mama's Mimosa Cocktail is amazing. The manager ( I think that is who she was) sat with me for a few moments and made some suggestions from the menu. I had the chicken and waffles and they were excellent. We also ordered the basket of pastries for the table. The cheddar, bacon and jalapeno scones!!!!!!!!!! SO GOOD!!! All in all, a great place and I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.