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Diorio's Restaurant and Bar, Waterbury, CT

Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
4.4
475 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

The legendary history of Diorio Restaurant began in the 1920s. 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, over-sized mahogany bankers booths, tin ceiling, and the most impressive acid-etched mirrors displaying historical Waterbury. Diorio Restaurant has once again reclaimed the reputation as Waterbury's finest.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 754-5111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We offer large trays of food to be picked up.

  • Private party facilities

    Diorio Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for your next private event. From corporate meetings to special occasions, we offer a variety of menu options to suit your event's needs.

  • Neighborhood

    Waterbury

  • Cross street

    Grand Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking in front and a parking garage located directly across the street from the front door of the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    We have Dinner music played by Tom Cruciani on most Friday/Saturday nights...Please call to confirm!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Bar menu, monday through friday 5pm – 6:30pm. Available at Bar only. Excludes Palace Event Evenings

Main

  • Fried Calamari$8.00

    tossed with sweet chili sauce

    • Bruschetta$5.00

      with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, shaved Pecorino Romano, balsamic reduction

      • Lollipop Lamb Chop (2)$6.00

        pesto

        • Coconut Shrimp (3)$6.00

          drizzled with mango coulis

          • Stuffed Long Hot Peppers (2)$5.00

            • Buffalo Shrimp (3)$6.00

              • Brussel Sprouts$5.00

                with pancetta and balsamic reduction

                • Parmesan Truffle Fries$4.00

                  Raw Bar

                  • Littleneck Clams

                    • each$1.50

                  Drinks

                  • Martini List Martinis$8.00

                    • House Glass of Wine$5.00

                      Cabernet or Pinot Grigio

                      • Cocktails - Well Drinks$7.00

                        • Beers - Import$3.50

                          • Domestic$3.00

                            Last updated: February 2, 2022

                            What 475 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.4
                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                            • 4.4Food
                            • 4.4Service
                            • 4.4Ambience
                            • 3.9Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. t

                              tablesurfer

                              New York Area

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on July 11, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent service, ambiance, and Food. Never disappointing.

                            2. TW

                              TrciaW

                              New York Area

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on June 25, 2020

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              Great good! Good service. Would definitely go back again

                            3. B

                              Bgjr

                              New York Area

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on June 22, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              a wonderful italian restaurant with great food as usual

                            4. t

                              tablesurfer

                              New York Area

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on June 19, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent food and service!

                            5. RM

                              RuthM

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a good meal at Diorio’s

                            6. WC

                              WilliamC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 6, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was prepared in a flavorful healthy way, not loaded with creamy sauces and unnecessary butter etc. very good!

                            7. c

                              chip

                              New York Area

                              4 reviews

                              2.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                              overall2food2service2ambience4

                              this used to be my go to restaurant it has gone down hill , their wine list is limited where it used to be extensive and the martinis were undrinkable the service was pleasant but i won't be returning

                            8. a

                              ann2255

                              Washington DC

                              6 reviews

                              3.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                              Based on the reviews, I was expecting more. The rolls were dry and stale. The dressing on my caesar salad, other than tasting mildly fishy, was tasteless. The rest was fine but not remarkable. For $90 for two people, one of whom was 3 years old, that seemed steep.

                            9. MC

                              MarkC

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious food. Our server was polite and helpful with food suggestions.

                            10. KB

                              KevinB

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 28, 2020

                              overall2food1service5ambience5

                              I grew up on Diorio's food and I haven't been in years. My wife and I are originally from the Waterbury area and throughout our teens, twenties, and so on Diorio's was the place to go. However this time we ordered the Cod special and it was totally taste less. The calamari appetizer was good but the salad and desserts were just blah. It's safe to say we were disappointed.

                            11. JB

                              JoeBuzz

                              New York Area

                              8 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on February 22, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great fast service...Excellent food and I mean every single time...Excellent restaurant!

                            12. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on February 20, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Deepak at the Palace

                            13. MM

                              MicheleM

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always perfect

                            14. RC

                              RalphC

                              New England

                              23 reviews

                              5.0

                              23 reviews

                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Again, we had a great experience at Diorio’s! Our Server Erin was excellent! We will return for sure!

                            15. SM

                              SueM

                              Atlanta

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on February 2, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was outstanding, as the flavor was bursting from each of the items, from appetizers to desserts. I would highly recommend going and we will be sure to visit again!

                            16. KW

                              KathleenW

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on January 29, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Really delicious and nice people

                            17. R

                              Roxie

                              New York Area

                              27 reviews

                              5.0

                              27 reviews

                              Dined on January 18, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              food is outstanding! Old fashioned, fine dining!!

                            18. BE

                              BEATRIX

                              New York Area

                              13 reviews

                              5.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on January 17, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great spot for meeting with friends for dinner. Our waitress was very attentive, accommodated my request for a gluten free, vegan pasta meal that was not part of the menu, but that was executed beautifully.

                            19. JB

                              JohnB

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 11, 2020

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              great food, professional service, with an atmosphere that is not available in local Ct restaurants.

                            20. JM

                              JMKD

                              Naples

                              18 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              18 reviews

                              Dined on January 4, 2020

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              A great dining experience-a varied menu for the different dietary restrictions on our group.

                            21. l

                              lmann

                              New England

                              4 reviews

                              2.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on January 1, 2020

                              overall2food4service2ambience3

                              We have been coming to Diorrio's off and on for a long time. It's always been a special place for us and we've always had a good experience. This was not one of those times. Although the food was yummy, we had many mishaps with our order. Our drinks were tiny, and wrong, our silverware didn't come out with our food, our courses came out at odd and rushed times. Not to mention we are there on NYE and there were people there in jeans and T-shirts, kids in gym shorts! When we walked out the door we were sad to say to each other that we think that's the last time we're going. esp. considering the price.

                            22. s

                              seafoodie

                              New England

                              28 reviews

                              5.0

                              28 reviews

                              Dined on December 7, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Outstanding service and every item we ordered was excellent. Food hot and drinks cold!

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on December 5, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I got stuck on the highway with traffic called the restaurant to hold my reservation. It was amazing the food was amazing, everything and service just an amazing restaurant. Go Go Go there!!!

                            24. VC

                              ValeriaC

                              New York Area

                              15 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on November 25, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolutely great! Drinks, Apps, Main Course and Dessert! Great food, Great Value! Will be returning!

                            25. S

                              Suzanne

                              New England

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on November 19, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              All the food was amazing

                            26. m

                              marnib

                              Washington DC

                              14 reviews

                              4.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on November 10, 2019

                              overall4food3service3ambience4

                              Nothing really wowed us besides the crab cakes. The rest of the food was somewhat bland, but solidly good. We would go back, but just not out of our way to get there.....

                            27. BB

                              BizzyB

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 5, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best meal out ever!! Food was delicious service was very good

                            28. TK

                              TerriK

                              New York Area

                              4 reviews

                              2.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on November 2, 2019

                              overall2food2service3ambience2

                              I returned to this restaurant after many years. Over-rated and over-priced!!! After getting our salad and our appetizer, we had to ask for bread and was given one roll each.....I mean really???? Ordered dessert. We had a piece of cheesecake and a piece of chocolate cake, which was $24 for the two pieces!!!!!! Had I known how much that would be, I would've told them to keep it!! NEVER will I return there!!

                            29. TD

                              TommyD

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on November 2, 2019

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Basically everything was perfect, except in my opinion I believe the Caesar salad dressing had way too much anchovy which overpowered it.

                            30. O

                              Oliver

                              New York Area

                              22 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              22 reviews

                              Dined on October 25, 2019

                              overall2food4service1ambience5

                              The servers were not attentive at all. Bread was forgotten. Water glasses weren’t refilled. It was as though they were too busy to attend to tables.

                            31. MF

                              MaryannF

                              Key West

                              4 reviews

                              2.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on October 24, 2019

                              overall2food1service5ambience5

                              Food just OK, nothing great, menu small, Brussels Sprouts disappointing. Salmon fair, Veal just ok... won’t be back for awhile....

                            32. AM

                              AnneM

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on October 23, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent food and service we will definitely go back for dinner , desserts were delicious and dinner was excellent

                            33. PW

                              PatrickW

                              Charleston

                              5 reviews

                              4.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on October 19, 2019

                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                              Really good food but I would prefer a booth in the bar to any other seating spot. Will request this next time.

                            34. JN

                              JeffryN

                              New England

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on October 12, 2019

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Great atmosphere and excellent food. Service is good too. Would highly recommend it -

                            35. RC

                              RonC

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 28, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. Nice ambience

                            36. X

                              Xrdmen

                              New York Area

                              51 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              51 reviews

                              Dined on September 28, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Definitely convenient for the area as there are not many like restaurants. I feel it may be a bit pricey but the service and accommodations for special requests and alterations to the menu made it worthwhile. I had the fillet cooked medium probably will ask M Rare next time only if you really like it that red. Certainly will come back.

                            37. j

                              johnk

                              New England

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on September 27, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Courteous , friendly service; great ambiance . The food is first rate...great ingredients, beautifully prepared.

                            38. GW

                              GerryW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 27, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The service was excellent as was the food. We will be going back soon.

                            39. LJ

                              LJen

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 17, 2019

                              overall4food3service3ambience5

                              My food was good but my business associates food was not so great; spinach was bitter, marsala sauce was not as expected; the waiter also forgot to bring my drink and when we reminded him he asked me what I ordered rather than checking his order for us.

                            40. M

                              Monie30

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on September 14, 2019

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was delicious and the service, spectacular. I would definitely go again soon.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                              • Extra space between tables
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Diorio's Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 475 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Google Map for Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

                            231 Bank Street Waterbury, CT 06702

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Grand Street

                            • Neighborhood

                              Waterbury

                            • Hours of operation

                              Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Italian, American

                            • Dining style

                              Fine Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Business Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street parking in front and a parking garage located directly across the street from the front door of the restaurant.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Entertainment

                              We have Dinner music played by Tom Cruciani on most Friday/Saturday nights...Please call to confirm!

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (203) 754-5111

                            • Catering

                              We offer large trays of food to be picked up.

                            • Private party facilities

                              Diorio Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for your next private event. From corporate meetings to special occasions, we offer a variety of menu options to suit your event's needs.

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