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About Vito's By the Water

Vito’s Restaurants is a family owned and operated business, which means we treat each and every guest like family. Every member of our team is committed to exceptional service, quality, and detail that are second to none. Beautiful water views and a warm, cozy atmosphere makes for a memorable dining experience.

1936 Blue Hills Avenue Ext
Windsor, CT 06095
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Day Hill Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 285-8660

Website:
http://www.vitosct.com/

Entertainment:
Join our Wine Club at vitosct.com to get special promotions and notifications about upcoming events. We've completed the construction of our brand new patio overlooking the water. This summer let us entertain you with live bands, open mic night, at our outdoor tiki bar.

Catering:
Vito’s By the Water is a full banquet and catering facility. Whether you want to book in house or have us come to you, Vito's will custom create a package to fit your personal needs.

Parking Details:
Vito's has a 150 space parking lot that is private and well lit.

Public Transit:
Vito's is located on the bus line.

Executive Chef:
Robert Maffucci

Private Party Facilities:
Let Vito’s By the Water provide your next corporate meeting or social function with the same great food and service and attention to details that is synonymous with the Vito’s name.

Private Party Contact:
Nancy Rivosa : (860) 285-8660

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Throughout the year we hold on and off-site wine dinners; a 4-5 course meal, each paired with a unique wine. We do special event menus for occasions like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve and we do a spectacular Mother's Day Brunch that's second to none.

Vito's By the Water Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Waterfront (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely super meal and service. Some of the best calamari we have ever had. Ordered pasta with mussels and shrimp; portion size was perfect and tasted great. The wife had pasta and sauce which was also top notch. We live 60 miles away though plan on coming back as the food is worth the trip

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I held my daughter’s 13th birthday party at Vitos. I had about 20 guests and we were given a private area. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an event.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

When we arrived at the restaurant at 6 pm, there were no customers. The seat by the pond was provided a lovely view and our wait staffer was wonderful and attentive. However, we were promptly informed that there was no pizza due to oven failure. The calamari was excellent as was the chicken parmigiana. The shrimp and grits was unusual as it was covered in tomato sauce but it did have plenty of shrimp. For dessert, we ordered the cheesecake. After waiting, we were told they were out of cheesecake. My friend then ordered the cannoli. It turned out to be a cannoli shell filled with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. We were the only ones in the restaurant the whole time we were there. The location is great, the decor is great, the wait staff was pleasant, but the food needs work. Not a place to return to.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was good. Not large quantity. Kitchen screwed up by not telling us until 45 minutes after we order one dish that they were out of it. Very disappointing. Took another 20 minutes for seared scallops and spinach. First time there. Hope they do better next time.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was ok, breadbasket came with a mediocre sundried tomato spread. Calamari appetizer was chewy without consistent batter coverage.

Pasta main courses were fine and of a good portion but didn't present a great value for the rather expensive price.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Unfortunately, there was lipstick on the glassware (not ours) and a dead fly in my client's food so may have been an off night for them.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

If you find yourself in Windsor, CT for business, or live in the area, this is a very respectable Italian restaurant. The overall quality of the food was very good. The waitstaff is attentive and helpful; I am a dairy-free diner, and the waitress guided me to good options! My colleague had the chicken gorgonzola pizza, and I had the roasted chicken entree-- both were excellent. I also had the mussels for an appetizer--they were delicious. The house-made bread is a nice touch. My only somewhat negative comment would be that the portions (not the pizza) are a bit on the small side, esp. the mussels. We did not have dessert--cocktails were excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food. Only one issue why I didn't give five stars. My stake was warm. But. It was good.

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Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Tapas, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was decent.
Service was decent.
Fair prices.
I ordered a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, they were other add-on choices, e.g. steak, shrimp and blackened chicken but no scallops. The salad was large enough for lunch, didn't need the additional app as suggested by the waitress. The app was their "famous" meatballs. Not sure why they're famous, they were mediocre.
Didn't have any drinks or wine so I can't comment on that but they did appear to have a good selections of drafts. The bar looked inviting too.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great place for a business lunch. Pretty view, fast service and plenty of options for any diner.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Need more wine selection. Overall, good experience

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Our Mediterranean salad and shrimp flatbread were excellent.Chicken parm was also very good. Very nice setting by the water.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Just okay - purchased the fixed price meal - food average but wine was subpar - might be a good burger or pizza joint but not fine dining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

To start, it was annoying to walk through 4 people smoking to enter the restaurant. I know that is beyond control. The bread and salads were excellent. Food service was slow. Luckily we were not in a rush. Main course was ok. Marinara and brown sauce were not very robust. Prices were a bit high, but that may be because of rent. Nice views of the pond from all seats. The bar and whole restaurant were very loud due to acoustics in the design of the building. So for ambiance, it is a toss between nice setting but loud. Dessert was good. Tiramisu is ok.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Very attentive service
Nice view
Noise from the bar spillover was very loud
Pizza had a good light chewy crust lacking flavor/spices
Chicken parm was good but again the sauce was very bland
Caprese salad had sad small tomatoes mozz was good basil was fresh but not much
Prosciutto mozz was Very greasy

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

My friend and I decided to meet for lunch at a location to both of us and chose Vito's by the Water. I had been to Vito's several times with my nearby customers but this was the first time I've been with a friend. We were able to sit at an outside table, had great lunch salads, great service and a relaxing view of the water.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Very nice location, it was a good meal with very nice pasta dishes. Great Monday special for 1/2 price bottles for most wines!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Fun night.....one food order was not up to par.....a little disappointing.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I love vito by the water it is a wonderful place to eat. It was great for what I have in mind and the service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Great Beer, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was just ok. The adjacent bar was overbearingly loud and we could not carry on a concert with each other at our table. Alexis, our waitress, wad fantastic.

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

We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful dinner experience . The service was great and the food was delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We hadn't been to Vito's by the Water for quite and while and decided to go with friends. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and will be going back again soon. Salads (garden or Caesar) were very good and large enough to share. The shrimp and gorgonzola pizza was very tasty.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

As always the food and service was great. Never had a bad meal here. They have updated the outside with fresh landscaping and cleaned up outside.. could use a fresh coat of paint and update on inside. But do not let that deter you... the food is delish. And staff is always so helpful and accommodating.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The service was great. Virginia took care of us very well. The food was good. Only negative comment was the flat iron steak was sliced too thick and wasn't cooked evenly. Other than that, a good dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2017

I would recommend this restaurant if you are ok with small portions and high prices. The food was delicious. I had perfectly cooked Salmon with a lobster sauce that was very good. My issue is that the Salmon was served on top of a tiny bed of roasted vegetables. I was still hungry when I finished. I also ordered a side salad as a starter. The salad was very fresh but it was served with very little dressing. Dinner cost me over $50 with no alcohol. This would have been a better value if the entree included the cost of the salad. I don't think I will visit here again. My friend was dissatisfied also with the cost. No issues with the quality of the food or service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We enjoyed our evening out for dinner at Vito's. We always enjoy our meals there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went there for Mother's Day, everything went as it should. The food was good, the service was good, the environment was good. Nice to go out to dinner and have everything go right for a change!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was iur first visit and we went for the Mother's Day Brunch. We were happy with the food and service. We will definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

It was a rainy night but we had a nice seat by the window. Sorry to say the man at the table next to us was quite vociferous and it was hard to concentrate on our own conversation. The window view was really nice along the water. I think our waiter was too busy. It took 20 minutes to find out the wine we wanted was not available and we already had received our appetizer............

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We came here to celebrate my son's graduation from UCONN. It was very lovely. Our server was top-notch. We really enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

First off and most importantly the food was awesome!! I would definitely return again just for the food. Also, compliments to the manager who heard our service issues and went out of her way to address them and to compensate us. I'm going to guess that our service issues were an anomaly and not the norm.

Cute location, not a huge menu but certainly something for everyone. Chocolate Truffle Pasta Bolognese was interesting and tasty - we split it as a pasta course before the entrees.

Even with the significant service issues we still had a great time and would return.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Our waitress was amazing! She was forthcoming with our off the menu special requests and knowledgeable of the full menu. We very much enjoyed our visit. The Meditteranean salad with grilled shrimp was very good - my friend did not think the same of her chicken fettuccini
alfredo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very nice middle of the road Italian cuisine. Dinner for us was around $80 and that includes 2 martini's. Nice view, wait staff very attentive. We will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

My husband was meeting me for lunch and since he had never been to Vito's, which is not too far from my office, I made a reservation. We liked it; everything was good overall but nothing spectacular. (We had the calamari appetizer. He had a burger and I had a salad with salmon. The food was very good). He commented that he would prefer going elsewhere when he's in the area. The view in the dining room is nice though and I'm sure it'd be a great sight in the fall. (I had been there a couple of times before for lunch with co-workers and we enjoyed it). I think it would be a good spot for happy hour.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

They did a good job of making the dinner special. The server was cheerful and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went to Vito's for Easter dinner. Each course was very good and we enjoyed the tasty menu. However, with 4 choices for main course - they had run out of one - the one I ordered. Not too big a deal. The restaurant was very busy and likely had been all day. And it showed. The floors were a mess food all over. Our server (Nick) pushed us to order all of our courses at once in addition to drinks and dessert. No leisure time. He was also very hyper and made us anxious. He was zooming all over the place. He only came to check on us once and said, "the food is great, right?" - and promptly sped away from the table. No opening there for us to give any feedback. The atmosphere here is so dark - paint colors, lack of lighting, very closed floor plan. etc. Kind of depressing actually. The food is good so we may come back for an outdoor meal at some point. But won't go out of our way and we only live 5 minutes away.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The Special Easter Dinner was very good. All the courses were delicious. The portions were very generous. The atmosphere was relaxing. However, the service for this particular occasion was not as good as it usually is at Vito's. The service was slow and did not deserve an automatic 20% gratuity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Went for our wedding anniversary, Everything was very good. We had a nice table overlooking the water. The food was very good and the portions were generous. The service was attentive and we did not feel rushed. Overall, I would give Vito's a very good rating. I definitely would go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Poor, slow service, OK food. Place is inconsistent. Don't believe I will ever return.

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

Everything was delicious and the waitress was very nice, but the service was a little slow. I don't think it was her fault. I'd blame it on the bar and kitchen.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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