Dattilo Fine Italian at Water’s Edge

4.1
633 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located on the expansive grounds of the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa sits a beautiful restaurant with magnificent ocean views, Dattilo Fine Italian, the jewel of the Connecticut shoreline. The cuisine is fresh, creative and bold, with flavors reminiscent of old-world Italy. A rich authentic menu pairs with our extensive wine list features wines from across the globe. In addition to the seasonal menu Dattilo also offers nightly dining specials and themed dinners. Each Sunday we end the weekend with one of the finest Brunches in Connecticut featuring carving, pasta, crepe, and omelet stations. The brunch theme changes each week offering a new variety of fare to experience.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 633 people are saying
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TimothyB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and the atmosphere was awesome. A m bit pricy but with it. Portions on appetizers were small but they were delicious. Service was excellent and courteous

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chriss
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Arrived early to reservation, took us immediately. Enjoyed the caesar saland and warm rolls. Clam chowder was tasty. We had the 8 oz filet and the rib eye both steaks were good as ordered. Creme brulee was excellent.

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WilliamS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was incredible. We sat at a window which overlooked the property, which is just gorgeous. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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SusanR
Naples
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was fantastic. Drinks, food and service were on point. Cant wait to go back!

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JimR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice dining area with Great view. Had the Mussels which were very good and a ribeye steak and shrimp which I also enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff made my friend’s birthday celebration very special. They brought out her dessert with a candle and even sang happy birthday. It was so sweet of them. Thank you!

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KenB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was cold. Prime Rib was like shoeleather and no flavor. Not worth the price.

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JoanT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal and the service was so good . Everything was perfect . All three of us had outstanding meals .

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KevinO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

quiet afternoon lunch,. beautiful view by the water

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GRMOT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a bad restaurant if you don't care much about food or value. Service could have been better

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stevec
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding so was the ocean view. The staff and the drinks were on point!

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Girl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Hostess did not honor request shared in reservation or again when asked an hour before the reservation for an intimate table with a view to celebrate a special occasion. Menu advertised half bottle of champagne and was not available. Waiter said they were out, manager said the menu was wrong and was only offered in the summer season, and then proceeded to share “back of the house” information about the manager recently leaving and is the reason for the inaccuracy of the menu. Pictures of restaurant make it look much larger and a more beautiful ambiance than it actually offers. Food was good but not exceptional.

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MEGANP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Not many food choices, nothing special and over priced. It took way too long to even have someone come over and wait on us.

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vipExcellent
New England
117 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The chicken Amalfi had absolutely no taste. A limited menu. Service was slow and left something to be desired. Not very impressed on our first visit. Probably won’t be a second one

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I’ve been coming here for over 20 years. However, last night I decided to bring my boyfriend (who’s never been before) and the service was poor. My waiter never checked on us. When he came by I asked for water and he walked away from me and ignored me. My boyfriend had to uncomfortably ask another waiter to refill water and order more drinks. For a $250 tab I expect better service.

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DominicT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My wife and I were there for our 50 th anniversary we made the reservation and told them about our anniversary. Not one person acknowledged our anniversary during our dinner. Someone could have wished us well

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Waiter would not allow us to swap risotto for macaroni (even when we offered to pay for it), rushed our drinks and appetizer and then told us “We’d better order soon because we just got in a big group.” Risotto was room temperature. Portions were not large. We’ve eaten here many times before but were extremely disappointed this time.

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vipDinner42
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

unfortunately another business hit with lack of help. The food was good, a bit over priced since it the same menu as the other restaurants at this resort. There was just one server for the entire room, and although she was very good, the service did lack a bit. The a/c was much too high as everyone was complaining it was too cold. The maître de was giving out 2 different menu's to the tables with different items on each, much confusion to all in this " Fine Dining" restaurant.

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vipMarcM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The view is amazing. A beautiful day to sit outside. Make reservations if you want to sit outside.
Service was OK...we waited a long time to place a drink order and just as long to get them. Waiter seemed overwhelmed as was not one to check in with you often, hence my drink I never really drank as 2 bee's landed in it, showed it to the waiter and still was charged, nor was I offered a replacement.
Lunch choices are very good, something for everyone. However, 18 for 1 crab cake I though was a little high. I anticipated 2 to share with my guest and got 1. The ceasar salad was good, but not too sure if 14 dollars worthy with no protein. I have eaten at many high-rated restaurants as well as Michelin rated ones and I am not too sure this was comparable for the price.
I will come back, as I am a owner of 2 units at Water's edge. I do believe though there is room for improvement on the wait staff and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Food was blah. Nothing special about it. High prices. Excellent view.

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vipDisappointed
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We got the spa/dinner package which was great. They didn’t limit you on the menu. Plenty of food, including apps, entree’s, dessert and coffee/tea. They’re a little short staffed but I think everyone is currently. The food was delicious! Raw oysters were yummy and our filets were perfectly cooked. We sat outside and it was beautiful. Live music which was fun! Would definitely recommend.

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Irinad
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fiid was delicious, best atmosphere atound.

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AimeeC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding. The presentation was beautiful too. I just wish we weren't seated by the noisy kitchen doors.

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Chris
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The staff was very accommodating when we arrived as I was on crutches and had asked for a table for two with a view. Downside was the elevator to the lower dining area has to pass thru the kitchen and bussing area the swordfish was very thin <1/2 “ and one side was over cooked while the other side was moist.?? . Service was excellent!! however the menu really was very scarce. You would think that a high end restaurant on the water would at least offer lobster. NOpe. Maybe prices were too high but interesting. I ordered the surf and turf and the strip steak was so thin it was over cooked and the tuna was as really not sushi grade tuna a f was tough when asked for it to be “rare”. The oyster were excellent as was the shrimp cocktail however. Granted this is was a Saturday night and they had two weddings at the same going but the kitchen staff was definitely not on the game. They did provide a wonderful complimentary anniversary dessert for after dinner which was asked for and came out classy. Overall I would go back for the beach side music and bar scene but head a different direction for the food.

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Mysticmomma
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant was lively, but servers very slow. Took 20 minutes to get the bill. Also, a male worker would run down the stairs from the bar area, through the edge of the dining room to God only knows where every 10 minutes or so. The thumping on the stairs detracted from the beautiful surroundings and was not what I expected in a fine dining experience. I have enjoyed brunch here many times, but my one and only dinner experience was not at all what I anticipated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had Jackie as a server. She was wonderful. We ordered oysters, shrimp cocktail, a crab cake, clam chowder, filet mignon and a limoncello cake. All of the courses were delicious as well as the drinks. The view outside was beautiful. It did get buggy later in the evening so we moved inside but overall we really enjoyed ourselves

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Kimchi
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service was very good and the ocean front setting and live music were excellent! We found the food to be fresh and cooked to order, but somewhat bland.

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NancyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They gave us a lovely table outside and sang happy birthday. The server was very nice.

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LouA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Based on my experience, it was my 38th wedding anniversary dinner and it ruined the evening. I have been there many times and never have I experienced something so bad. I left my number with the receptionist for a manager to call me and almost 24 hours later I have yet to receive a call back. I would never recommend to anyone ever again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, but the food was just okay.

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vipsobepsych
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food at Water's Edge is marginal. They might be overwhelmed by summer crowds? The Bistro in same establishment also not up to standard.

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BillGuil1
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I love the idea of fine waterfront dining and Water's Edge checks a lot of the boxes. We were able to reserve an outside table for two overlooking the water -- and two other terraced bar type eateries (one with a band), and it was a wonderful relaxing dinner atmosphere for a small celebration. If you are looking for a quiet evening, get a table inside, as after 7pm, the band plays. We didn't mind as we were just about done then.

As for the food, the selections are as described in the menu, but seem to lack the flavor and presentation that we have come to expect from our other local favorite restaurants in the same price range (and less). Maybe we are just lucky to have so many fine eating place choices to pick from. We will more than likely try them again in the future.

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MommyBeth
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside dining was delightfully noisy. Bar noise, crowd chatter, music and dancing. Lovely setting for the perfect summer night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waitress basically ignored us, very disappointing. Took over 45 minutes to get drinks after calling over multiple people ti grab our waitress. We could see her at the table next to us but she always walked right by us. Food was fine but did not merit the price. Sunset was pretty. Music was too loud to have a conversation.

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JuneR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Lunch menu did not reflect the variety of choices listed on the online menu. Disappointing.

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The brunch selection and quality were excellent. Service was slow. We actually had to get up twice to find help with water and soda. The view is beautiful but the sitting area was not clean, our table was wobbly, the noise level very high, competing with soothing, beautiful piano music and the "restaurant'' seems to be a passthrough for swarms of people on their way to the beach. For the price I expected a better ambiance. But the food was superb!

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JamesA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was very uneven one dish was very good and the second was poor. Also the drinks were very poor being that one was basically tasteless and the other was very boozy.

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vipLTCT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply awesome!

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kenp
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience -- food was great. Great service by our waiter Milton. He was excellent!!

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JenniferZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The view from the restaurant is fabulous depending on where you sit and the food is delicious. I found the restaurant itself to be dirty. There were sugar packets on the side of one chair, food and crumbs on the floor and my chair was so dirty they had to switch it out. The service was a bit slow in terms of refilling water and bringing everything you need (coffee without a spoon, crea, sweetener).

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Dattilo Fine Italian at Water’s Edge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 399-5901 ext. 2021.

Dattilo Fine Italian at Water’s Edge is rated 4.1 stars by 633 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.