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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Fairfield

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Fairfield? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Sushi Bar - Old Greenwich restaurant
4.9 (121)
$31 to $50
Old Greenwich
About the restaurant
Sushi Bar is a modern Sushi restaurant, featuring delicious Nigiri and a unique sushi experience. This intimate and charming establishment is BYOB. Please be advised that the last Omakase seating is an hour before closing.
Top review
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
I can’t say enough about how great sushi bar is… the sushi is the best I’ve had (ruined it for all other places), the service is so accommodating, the owner greets you with a smile every time no matter how busy he is and Sharon is just amazing.
A photo of Kawa Ni - Westport restaurant
4.9 (267)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Izakaya- Japanese Pub
A type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. Izakaya entered the English language by 1987. It is a compound of "I" (to stay) and "Sakaya" (sake shop), indicating that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises and drink.
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Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Food is creative and delicious. Server was knowledgeable and kind helping us navigate the menu and items we were not familiar with previously. Great friendly atmosphere. I will be back!
A photo of Trattoria 'A Vucchella restaurant
4.9 (407)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Trattoria 'A Vucchella is an Italian restaurant that serves delicious and unique dishes based on classic, rustic Italian cooking. Its lunch and dinner menus are full of traditional Italian dishes broken up into antipasti, primi and secondi courses that will give you a tour of a variety of Italian tastes. Whether you’re in the mood to try some traditional honey beef tripe or littleneck clams sautéed in white wine and garlic or homemade potato gnocchi stuffed with crab, Trattoria 'A Vucchella will satisfy your desire. Trattoria 'A Vucchella prides itself on pleasing diners with its authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed dining atmosphere. So, no matter if you’re just looking for some antipasti and a glass of wine or are celebrating a big family style dinner, it’s just the place to do it.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
The Lentil and Onion appetizer was truly excellent. I think it was listed as soup, but it was much thicker (served on a plate, not in a bowl), and absolutely delicious. The Insalata Mista was the freshest salad I’ve had in years, with a great balsamic dressing that perfectly complemented the greens: not too much, not too little, not too sweet, not too tart. I also had the Minestrone, which had a very nice mix of vegetables, including the usual suspects (carrots, onions, beans), but also cauliflower and broccoli, a nice addition, and the broth/base was perfect. My wife had the eggplant parmigiana, which was the best she’s ever had. For my main course, I had the Veal Marsala, which consisted of very thinly pounded medallions, very tender, slightly breaded, with a nice array of mushrooms and a very good sauce. My only criticism there was that it didn’t provide that much veal. For dessert we shared the Chocolate Mousse, which had great chocolate flavor, and was one of the smoothest mousses I’ve had in a while. Overall an excellent meal!
A photo of Nouveau Monde restaurant
4.8 (584)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Meaning "New World" in French, Nouveau Monde serves new American cuisine in a cozy and stylish atmosphere. Our menu celebrates seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, incorporating inspirations from a variety of global flavors. With multiple awards from Connecticut Magazine and Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, our award-winning wine list has more than 900 by the bottle. We feature a curated list of craft beer and spirits that pair well with our delicious food and convivial, approachable ambiance. Fine dining, relaxed atmosphere.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
We tried Nouveau Monde for the first time for our Anniversary and so glad we did! Service was over the top, staff pays attention to detail. Seating was at a romantic table and the big wingback chairs were so comfy. All food was delicious and the sommelier paired our wine, which we also highly enjoyed. Great restaurant for a special occasion, we will definitely be back!
A photo of Alma Bistro - Norwalk restaurant
4.9 (128)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
About the restaurant
Alma Bistro, Cocina Latina located in North Norwalk, was founded out of a deep love for real food, food that is fresh, healthy, and authentically latino. We only use real ingredients fresh eggs, organic tomatoes, fresh water fish, and free-range chicken. We strive to make each and every dish a wholesome expression of our love for food, life, and living. Alma Bistro brings nuevo-latino soul food with an upscale twist.

Alma Bistro was born in 2022 a vision of Ulises Jimenez, head chef and owner of Don Rene Taqueria in Milford, CT, with Noberto Lucero as head chef and of course Alma Miranda. Together they've combined their passion for nuevo-latino food and custom cocktails with Alma Bistro, bringing you some of the best latino fusion in Fairfield County. At the moment to make your reservations if you need any special arrangements, PLEASE!!! DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US: 203-354-5555.

A bright airy space with excellent service, a lively bar, room for families and events await you!

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent food and service. Great menu w reasonable prices.
A photo of L'Escale restaurant
4.9 (2560)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The iconic, l’escale restaurant bar, or “port of call” for seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is designed to transport the ambiance of Provence to the Gold Coast of Connecticut. Two-hundred-year-old stone terra cotta tiles from Provence adorn the floors with a wood burning fireplace lending an unmistakable charm and beauty.

Located at Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel, the restaurant’s intimate decor, along with its wrought iron tonelle covered waterfront terrace and exquisitely designed menu by award winning Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer will deliver the Côte d’Azur right to your table.

Top review
Dined today
Excellent food and service, wait staff very knowledgeable and accommodating! We will be back!!
A photo of The Waters Edge at Giovanni's restaurant
4.9 (515)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Enjoy Award Winning Steaks, Fresh and Locally Sourced Seafood, Traditional & Contemporary Italian Dishes and Wine from our award winning wine selection.

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s is an award-winning steak house and event venue. We began more than 35 years ago as one of Stamford and Darien’s premiere Steakhouses, renowned for our Certified Angus Beef® steaks, select premium seafood and Italian specialties. Our in-house wine room provides a vast selection of premium wines that our professional staff will help you pair with your dinner.

We offer our guests a timeless experience in a genuine, warm atmosphere perfect for special occasions, corporate events, or even a family night out.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Always good at Giovanni’s! Close to home convenient easy to park been going to Giovanni’s since the long ridge road days!
A photo of The Whelk restaurant
4.8 (215)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Whelk is a seafood and oyster bar located on the Saugatuck River. We offer a locally sourced and meticulously crafted menu Tuesday through Saturday. Hope to see you there!
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We had a lovely dinner and the restaurant was very accommodating when we had to add 2 people to our reservation and we were very early. The food is always great and the service very good.
A photo of Baldanza at the Schoolhouse restaurant
4.8 (737)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Join us at BALDANZA at the Schoolhouse, 34 Cannon Road, Wilton CT for an amazing meal where where every item on our menu is freshly hand crafted every day using only the highest quality clean ingredients! We are Located at historic Cannondale Village next to the Train Station at Cannondale (Wilton), CT. 203.309.5777
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
One of our most favorite spots. Pure country charm.
A photo of Monroe Social restaurant
4.9 (151)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Situated along Monroe’s route 25, Monroe Social is a warm, inviting restaurant and bar that features a New American style of cuisine. Constantine and Douglas aimed to open a place where people can enjoy each others company in a lavish environment coupled with reasonable prices. Monroe Social offers diverse entree options prepared fresh daily!
Top review
Dined on Mar 2, 2024
Talented jazz player during dinner. The food was good. The server was wonderful
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