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About Diorio's Restaurant and Bar

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.

231 Bank Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

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.

Cross Street:
Grand Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 754-5111

Website:
http://www.diorios.com/

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

Catering:
We offer large trays of food to be picked up.

Parking Details:
Garage located across the street from front door of restaurant.

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining for all your entertaining needs from family events to corporate events.

Private Party Contact:
Sarah Izzi: (877) 433-9866

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer Private Room Dining for all of your gathering needs from business functions to family celebrations.

Diorio's Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Cozy (9)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Business Meals (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Casual (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
ambience5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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·Dined 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!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Edinburgh)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful classic ambiance and great Italian food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Tolerable food, limited menu. B

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Both the service and the food was excellent. It was my husband's birthday and we enjoyed the entire evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Overall a good choice for our dinner. We requested and received a booth in the bar area, more secluded, better for conversation. Menu was very good and had something for everyone. Prices were good. Service was good as place was busy. Found the wine menu limited for intermediate priced and wine varieties. Do not recall any Riojas, French whites.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

As there are very few "old school" Italian restaurants still in existence, it was great to find Diorio's.
A marvelous atmosphere, excellent service, and terrific food ... what more can you ask for in a dining experience?

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I had taken my wife out for our 33 anniversary. We were seated on time. Both my wife and I had an adult beverage. Ordered an appetizer (1) and we split it. Ordered a salad (1) and split it. That was all good . Had our main course . The food was not very good. I found out how bad it was all that night and into the next day. We split a dessert. (1) and I has a coffee. The total bill came to $145.00 . Way overpriced and on top of it all getting sick from the food. I will never go back to this Diorios ..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

First date

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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

As good as I remember it. Waitress even got my message on open table that it was our anniversary and made it special for us both. Will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food is good, but, not as good as in the past. In addition, the previous menus selections were more interesting.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Wines are highly overpriced - $12+ for a smaller-than-usual pour. Food was good; service was fair. Not overly impressed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great Food! Pricey for area. Great staff. A bit slow in the kitchen. Everyone loved their meals. Would go back for a special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Decent food but expensive for what it is. House wine was good. Ambiance is great.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Best rib eye ever!! My date enjoyed her shrimp scampi! her favorite!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Server was great. Food was OK. Wine list was OK.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

When in the area we like to eat here for its classic look and excellent Italian food. This time we had an especially friendly waitress which added to the ambiance.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Went for a pre-theater dinner. Basic Italian fare, good, not great.. On the Expensive side. Service started off good, then disappeared..Good news for Diorio is there is virtually no competition in downtown Waterbury for a decent meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

A classic in Waterbury. Wonderful, attentive service. Great menu, including the specials that were presented that night. Extensive wine list, fairly priced. The booths have high walls; it's almost as if you're in a private room.

It was the perfect place to meet friends halfway between our cities; we'll be there often.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Service was great. No rush. Food came promptly after it was ordered and was properly placed in front of each individual. All added to a most enjoyable evening. No question about returning. Hopefully very soon

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great food. Great desserts! It was worth the drive. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The space was a little crowded and noisy, but the food and staff were fantastic, we always get calamari as an appetizer when we go out and instead of the normal marinara sauce they provided a sweet chili sauce that was a perfect match that we could not get enough of.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Outstanding Meal, Great service. Owner came over and talked to us for a bit. Very friendly. Food was amazing and really good size portions. The White chocolate mousse cake was to die for. I would go back just for the cake!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Decided to go for lunch at the last minute and I'm so glad I did. Soup had wonderful flavor and presentation, apps were exceptional, and the lunch was superb !!! Can't wait to return !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was not a good as I remembered. We invited friends with the intent to share a wonderful experience. It was not. The waitress was wonderful! We got a great seat up front by the window. Recommend improving the quality and consistency of the food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Always a great dining experience at Diorio's. Tony, our server, was excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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