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Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
406 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Close


Groups of 10+ with special requests -
please contact the restaurant directly.
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Phone number
(203) 754-5111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We offer private dining for all your entertaining needs from family events to corporate events.
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Private party contact
Sarah Izzi: (877) 433-9866
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Catering
We offer large trays of food to be picked up.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Street
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Parking details
Garage located across the street from front door of restaurant.
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Entertainment
We have Dinner music played by Tom Cruciani on most Friday/Saturday nights...Please call to confirm!
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Special events & promotions
We offer Private Room Dining for all of your gathering needs from business functions to family celebrations.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be serving Mother's Day offering a limited dinner menu.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 406 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A NYC restaurant in Waterbury CT

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Always a special occasion place for us. Food and service very dependable . A little pricey for everyday dining for us but never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food and service. Classic friendly service with a modern take on food. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always a favorite! Amazing food and service. Put it on your list!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We chose this restaurant based on a friend’s recommendation. We love eating out and do so frequently. This restaurant was a wonderful surprise. The ambiance was like stepping back in time several decades. We loved the privacy of the booths especially which allowed for more intimate dining. The staff was very attentive and our cocktails and food delicious. We will definitely return for another lovely dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had dinner before the show. The food and service was excellent. Already made reservations for the next time we go to a show in May

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious meal and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We went before the show at the Palace Theater. Everyone was friendly and welcoming from the time we entered the restaurant. Our server was attentive and nice. They were helpful with a food allergy at the table. Our food was hot and delicious, everything came out of the kitchen relatively quickly. We will return for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food, service and atmosphere were very good. We will go back again.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent server
Very good ribeye very tender and perfectly cooked
Veal was very good

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very nice..only issue was the chopped salad was disappointing..

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Menu was limited but surprising. Carpaccio needs refinement as well as the mash and truffle fries. The mashed potatoes had no flavor except the pepper I added and were not creamy as you would want or expect. The truffle fries were drenched in frying oil and I barely tasted the truffle oil. Sadly, the carpaccio was so thin it stuck to the plate and was difficult to remove without scraping. Happily, the filet was tender and well seared and the Gemelli & sausage a pleasant and tasty offering.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Restaurant in atmosphere were very nice very classic old Italian Initially service was terrific very enjoyable but very pricey Even though we had informed them that we had tickets to the theater it took nearly an hour for us to get our entree. We ended up rushing our entree and having to skip dessert. Our waiter was fine however. Could have been a little more proactive

Our food was very good the Caprese salad was tasty though odd in that it was made with grape tomatoes. The mozzarella and balsamic reduction were excellent .

The pasta à la vodka was tasty unique and very well-prepared. the tuna was prepared beautifully

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were segregated for Valentine’s Day with other couples in a small room. The room was difficult to have conversation in. The service was unorganized and it took quite a bit to get served. Would like to go back on a normal night to see if the experience would be different.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day dinner. Food and service were excellent. Price of food was a bit high but not really bad for the quality. The slice of pie for dessert was beyond delicious, but $12. That's higher than I ever see for a dessert.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food! Loved the environment

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I have returned to Diorio's at least twice a year over the past twenty years. We have never, ever had anything but a stellar meal. Everything is always wonderful, from drinks to dessert. How do they do it? Thank you, Diorio's, we love you!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Very nice and very accommodating. Would recommend to anyone a visit here for a top notch business meal. Fantastic entrée selections, loved the Chilean Sea Bass in a corn chowder base, would order it again.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was very good and the food was excellent. They made my wife a special dish not on the menu.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Our meal and service were very good. The wait staff is very friendly. The old fashion NYC type bar, booths and ambiance are really neat. The back room is very cozy and is not noisy.
We informed the waitress we were going to the theater in 1 hour and we were done with our delicious meal in 50 minutes.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Diorio’s is consistently good - great for a dinner before show at the Palace. Service was quick and attentive, Brussel sprouts special was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food. Great ambiance. Our waitress seemed to have quite a few tables and it took a little while to order, but we were in no rush and enjoyed the atmosphere and wine. We'll be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

It had been awhile since we dined at Diorio’s but will be a new regular. The food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The atmosphere brought us back to the 1930’s & 1940’s! Food was great, although I would have preferred Italian bread instead of rye bread cause it is an Italian resaurant. Clams casino were nicely done! Their signature dessert was yummie! Will definitely come back again for the experience!

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was as excellent as always, we tried several different pasta dishes and each one was excellent. The ravioli was my favorite. Still a nice wine list, but even though we ordered two bottles of wine over the course of the meal, never once did anyone come to pour wine after the initial serve from each bottle. We were a little disappointed in the neglectful service.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

It has great decor and very good food. The wine list is very expensive with only a few wines under $50.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food and service!! Enjoyable evening and I highly recommend Diorio’s. We had a great time from start to finish!! Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

An enjoyable Saturday night dinner before a show. The place was busy, people were having fun. The food was creative and delicious! Can't wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service was great

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is very qood, but we were very disappointed because the infused vodka martinis, which we normally love, were very watered down. One of the best restaurants in the area, but that was a disappointment. We didn't mention it to the waitress because she was so very nice and attentive, but we will next time if they are still presented this way.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a wonderful reunion with traveling friends. It's nice to have good Italian food when thinking about trips to Italy! The staff is always prompt, polite, and friendly. They were very helpful when our party added two surprise guests. It was a memorable evening.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Great eating spot for fine food in restaurant reminiscent of bygone era.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Diorio is still one of the best venues in Waterbury. In a town that looks all but abandoned Diorio soldiers on. The specials are always terrific. This visit, the pumpkin ravioli was superb. Chloe was attentive, knew EVERYTHING on the menu without reading and was an overall delight.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2017

We had a party of 5 for a business meeting. All of us came from out of town, and met half way between our respective offices. We found that Dioio's was a perfect choice. We had a large round table, good for the meeting, in a quiet corner of one of the dining rooms. The staff was very attentive, but did not hurry us along. All in all, a perfect choice.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful classic ambiance and great Italian food.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

One of the top three restaurants in Waterbury. Excellent food and service, has been a fixture for years, but they don't rest on their laurels.

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2017

We were very disappointed with our experience at Diorio's. Having never been there before, it was recommended to us by some business friends who live in Waterbury. We did enjoy the atmosphere and booths (however the seat felt uncomfortable after a while). The food was well below what we had hoped for. While my rigatoni ala vodka was very good, both my wife and our friend were disappointed with the pasta bolognese which was very tasteless. Being my wife's favorite Italian dish, she had always had it served with a dollop of rigotta cheese, Diorio's did not serve it that way. She even asked the waitress for a side dish of rigotta but was told they didn't have any dishes with it so they didn't have any in the restaurant. (An Italian restaurant without rigotta cheese?) We did have two appetizers that were very good, the calamari and the bruschetta. Expecting a bill in the $ 160 - $ 180 range, when the bill was $ 241. I was shocked. Hardly gourmet food.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Nice gem, great food, and skilled bar staff. Worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Having been here over the years, consistent quality is my expectation. Daily specials are ignored at your loss and I have yet to have a bad meal. I doubt you will find better food found in a nicer room. But be aware that quality has its' price and this place charges equal to what they deliver.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Tolerable food, limited menu. B

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