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

Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamasboyct.com
  • Phone: (203) 956-7171
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Have been there several times for brunch and dinner, delicious every time!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Best fried chicken and corn waffles you can find outside of the south. A must eat!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Shrimp and grits and Cod with Succotash were both truly outstanding. Service good but not great. Noisy."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Just an incredible experience across the board - excellent food, service, atmosphere. An absolute can't miss"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food, different than the rest of the area. Lots of sharing plates."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of our favorite places. Great food and very friendly helpful staff."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great spot, excellent, authentic food. Will return"
    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"."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Good food and the coconut cake is outstanding! Would not hesitate to go again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food and sauces were very good . The shrimp and grits were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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.."
    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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014