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About Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar

At the Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar, our goal is to bring you approachable New American cuisine using fresh, vibrant seasonal and local ingredients. Locally sourced and globally flavored we strive to present well-balanced dishes with flavors ranging from subtle to bold.

810 Bantam Rd
Bantam, CT 06750
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9pm
Sunday 5pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Route 202

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 361-6730

Website:
http://www.mockingbirdkitchenandbar.com/

Executive Chef:
Samantha Tilley

Private Party Contact:
Sam Tilley: (860) 361-6633

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (17)
Bar Seating (16)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Organic (7)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 14 hours ago

Good service great change from everyday average dining

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional service from wait staff and bar - great cocktail in response to open ended request. Food excellent as always. What a terrific restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner by the fire with good friends from New Haven. This is their third dinner with us at MKB. Even thought we are all in our later years they still travel up here to meet us at MKB for a wonderful dinner. One friend had the chicken with herb polenta, catctaore sauce and melted Asiago. My husband and I had the Roasted chicken with carrots and herb dumplings and finally the fourth was the seafood pescatore with mussels, squid, shrimp, cockles and homemade pasta. All our plates were cleaned and yet we still managed to have desserts of Belgian waffles with pumpkin ice cream topped with salted caramel sauce. What a treat. Our friends said this was the best yet and will be back again soon. Nothing better than a cheerful fire, great food and service, and good friends to make a memorial evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

An off night perhaps? Service was abominably slow, though friendly. It was so cold in the dining room that a party of 5 left without even sitting down. My vegetable turine was SO dry I thought they were serving gourds and wall paper paste (thinnest layer of mashed potatoes ever!) The bartender botched our vodka up with lime by putting lemon peel in it. We paid too much for too little. It was unpleasant.

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

Our daughter attends a boarding school nearby and this was a welcome find for parents weekend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was just ok. Not as good as it has been in the past and we had 3 different items none of which were that great

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a very enjoyable dinner. Menu had great options, nice affordable wine list.
Staff was kind and attentive. Food portions and timing were great as well. The atmosphere
is cozy, candlelit . We will look forward to going back soon. Actually, have been 2 weekends in a row!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good, but it comes out FAST. Ordered three separate courses and we were out the door in about an hour. Appetizers arrived before we had finished our plate of oysters. Not sure if we caught them on a hectic night or if this is the usual pace of service, but any thoughts of ordering a bottle of wine were dashed by the sheer speed of food coming from the kitchen. Worth a second chance but will clearly need to explain our needs to the server better when ordering.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

If only the dining room were not quite so dark - almost impossible to read the menu ; and if only the waitress had been less wordy and more attentive, this would have been a perfect meal. The food was perfection, a very fair value for excellent quality. The food was nicely plated, the portions very generous. We went to enjoy Samantha Tilley's cooking, and in that we were not disappointed. I hope they will elevate the lighting a little, and tone down the "personality" of the waitress.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Organic, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Meal service at the bar was superb. The chicken relleno was superb (new on the menu).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Open on more days for lunch ;)
We love sitting at the bar, and our mom loves the vibe too
Great menu!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Spent the weekend near Litchfield, CT. Mockingbird, like all of Bantam is a Renaissance town with great dining. Aside from the food and drinks that were wonderful, you could hear the other people at your table for conversations. Kudos for sound control!.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and service great. Can not go wrong on any selection. Menus changes daily.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was our second visit, this time a Friday night, and we were disappointed that our experience it didn't meet our initial expectations. The steak frites' frites were soggy and the service was less professional, although friendly. We'll give it another try, hoping for that higher standard we enjoyed the first time around.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A real shambles, sadly. The place looked so nice. The waitress admitted she knew nothing about the wine and wasn't comfortable opening bottles in front of guests. The starters were not bad. The mains took 45 minutes to arrive (after the starters), and my fish was cold and actually raw (it was not a sashimi/sushi dish). The pasta was very average (especially for the price) and the vegetarian noodle dish lacked any real flavor (it just had heat). The vegetarian curry and confit du canard were both good, though the curry was over-salted. They wine lists spells Burgundy as "Burgandy" many times. Sadly the nice surroundings and pretty well-reading menu didn't really deliver at all. They were, in the end, very understanding about the screw-ups and did comp the two dishes we really complained about and comped us desserts and coffee. This was a very fair comprimise, so it was handled well. Just wish it wouldn't have been so extremely hit and miss.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Not happy with portion size based on menu descriptions

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Tasteful atmosphere. I had a salmon dish. Delicious! The serving could have been larger. My friend had an outstanding chicken dish. Service was great. I'll definitely be back, probably frequently.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Everything is delicious! great beer selection. Friendly staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had high hopes when we saw the menu and the place is very trendy. The service was good but the kitchen was killing them the food took forever to get to the table and when it did it was room temp.
The daily menu seems to be a challenge as we got the wrong menu and were disaapointed when the desserts we picked were not available.
The place has great potential I hope they can fix the little things.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Mockingbird was my first choice for my birthday dinner! We'd never had yucca, so decided to try the yucca bites for an app. They were delicious with a very tasty dipping sauce. Tempura shrimp were large and served with a chili aioli. The salmon is so good that we both enjoyed it again--perfectly cooked to a medium rare!!! Nice wine selection, too!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (東京)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Super cute spot with good eats and great service. Can't wait to go back and try the carrot cake!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Awesome experience. Great inventive selection executed to perfection. Had guests from out of town and our dinner wad superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Nice ambience. Excellent service
Food was ok but small portions
Really overpriced
Would not return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

It was our 38th anniversary and was perfect. I had the "brick chicken" and it was excellent! My husband always loves Sam's steak. Here's heading to our 39th at the same place!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Mockingbird has a new slimmed-down menu. I had the cod from this new menu and found it delicious. It was highly flavorful and was accompanied by a rich broth and tasty smashed charred potatoes. The service was friendly and helpful. Overall, I like Mockingbird's more focused menu and continue to find the restaurant offers an excellent dining option.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food here is supposed to be really good. Ours- salmon, some tiny piece of cod and the beef burger was just okay to good. The cod was 3 x 4" x 1" thick and had 5 clams with it. That is not worth $30. No side dish or anything with it. 3 small pieces of bread and one of flatbread for 3 of us We are not folks who like a huge amount of food but should not go home hungry!!!

Also, where were the menu items using the summer produce available now? Nor corn items or tomes, basil, squash or anything like that o n the menu, which is very limited. Maybe they had a kitchen issue that night? Not sure we would go again for the amount it costs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We often go to The Mockingbird because it's the best restaurant in the area.
Samantha does an outstanding job on all fronts-- creative menu, fine cooking friendly staff,
excellent bar (where we prefer to dine). This time we went for our 37th anniversary.
We were barely seated before two glasses of dry prosecco were poured to
celebrate our event. The dinner evolved with oysters, grilled watermelon salad,
amazing miso salmon and the best pork in the universe. We finished, walked
across the street, and topped the evening off with a scoop of Arethusa ice cream,

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Best chicken wing I have ever had!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Overall, the food was great and the atmosphere was good - not loud but pleasantly lively. They were out of the salmon burger, which we had planned to order. But the salon we did get was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The grilled Caesar was a different tale on Caesar; very lightly dressed but good. The felafel mezze had a great mix of flavors. Only dessert missed he mark a bit; the brownie was just okay.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Lovely, small menu. Entrees a little uneven: the miso salmon and the steak were fantastic. The chicken breast for 2 with sides of broccoli, bok choi and pureed potatoes -- was OK but, a little bland. We weren't sure what they were trying to do here. Dessert - meh. Nice wine list. Excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We were so happy to have found this gem. I browsed restaurants in the area and Mockingbird Kitchen had a great feel. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the service was phenomenal, and the food was delicious. We will DEFINITELY be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Mockingbird brings the "A-Game" on all levels; one of the better restaurants in the Litchfield area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The atmosphere was lively and youthful. We were satisfied with the service, the food and the beautiful presentation. Would definitely return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Loving the new menu , exceptionally high quality but bring back the great burgers too!

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

As always, Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar delivered the perfect balance of beautiful atmosphere, friendly staff, exceptional service, delicious food (including fabulous vegan options for several friends who are vegan), outstanding drinks and a lively local crowd out for a good time! So much fun to take friends here who are in from out of town. Delicious, inventive and local food by chef/owner, Sam, makes this my go-to-choice for guaranteed great night out on the town!
Give it a try....you'll be very glad you did!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Vegan, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

After waiting almost 30 minutes beyond reservation time for a table the restaurant did not have any bread for the table. While an appetizer dish was brought to the table as an accommodation the dish was not very good. The menu has also been reduced with fewer choices. However once the main courses arrived they were good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Went for something different and found it! Enjoyed the atmosphere, food and great service! Dined att he bar and chatted with some friendly locals. Michael and Chloe were very attentive and had that bar service humming. Well done!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We miss the original pub food offerings, such as the lamb burger, hamburger, and falafel. the smaller menu is OK, but needs more items of the 'small plate' variety. We are NOT as likely to come as often in the past w/ this new menu approach.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Organic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I haven't written this bad a review in ages.

This was an awful expireance. Very limited menu. Nothing for kids. They have a " new menu" rib eye was chewy and like a shrink wrapped steak not from a good purveyor of meat. Food took over an hour to be served. While the chef apologized he eventually served us the steak at the wrong temp. We couldn't enjoy one of the dishes as by the time it fooled we had to go to catch a play.

I haven't had this bad an experience in ages. No manager in sight to apologize !!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I was able to make a reservation, no problem. The wait staff at the bar was very friendly. I would single out the young man Michael? He was very personable, knowledgeable and witty. The entree was wonderful and dessert even more so. I would recommend this restaurant for the food and ambience!

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