Whether you’re craving a juicy steak or a giant bowl of homemade pasta, the best downtown restaurants in Greenwich, CT, have something for everyone.
From fine dining on the waterfront to comfort food classics at casual taverns, you can enjoy a different culinary experience each time you order.
Here is our downtown Greenwich dining guide, complete with mouth-watering meals that will make you want to come back again the next night.
Top 26 Best Restaurants in Downtown Greenwich, CT
The best part of staying at our downtown Greenwich bed and breakfast inn is that we’re within walking distance of all of the best restaurants here.
Need some help picking based on the vibe or ambience of the restaurant? Check out our guide for date night ideas and the best things to do at night in Greenwich, CT, if you need more guidance.
In order of walking distance from Stanton House Inn, here are our top picks:
1. Asiana Cafe
For all things sushi and Asian, head to Asiana and delight in classic Chinese, Thai, and Japanese favorites. Asiana Cafe has a good bar with great happy hour specials. It’s a great choice for a quick and casual meal, and its new location in the Whole Foods shopping center (about a block from their old haunt) is an easy walk from the Inn.
2. Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse
This quintessential steakhouse in Fairfield County brings together America’s two favorite cuisines under one roof. The menu of Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse is a contemporary take on classic Italian and steakhouse fare, with meats that are hand selected, generously seasoned, and prepared with a custom built broiler that sears each cut to perfection.
3. The Spread
Taking over the former Barcelona space is The Spread. This restaurant feels like it was plucked out of one of the trendiest Brooklyn neighborhoods, with an industrial chic decor and a large bar. The menu is interesting and full of great options, but the burger and truffle fries are perennial favorite.
4. Blackstones Steakhouse
This upscale steakhouse is only a half mile from Stanton House Inn on the Post Road. Enjoy one of their fine cocktails, steak, or seafood in their contemporary dining room. Blackstones has been a consistent hit with Argentinian guests of ours, and they know a thing or two about steak!
5. Pasta Vera
It seems as though everyone in Connecticut is Italian by blood or marriage. So Italian restaurants don’t last very long here if they’re not good.
And Pasta Vera certainly has staying power at the top of Greenwich Avenue. Walk past the display cases up front to find the spare and thoroughly modern dining area. Their large portions of typical Northern Italian dishes are superb. The orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe is a personal favorite.
6. The Ginger Man
A burger at the Ginger Man on Greenwich Avenue is one of the best burgers to be found in town. That being said, they always have some new and innovative dishes on their menu. They also feature one of the most extensive beer lists on the Avenue!
7. Back 40 Kitchen
While the space is inspired by an old-fashioned barn, Back 40 Kitchen’s space is still quite elegant. You can see which local farms the restaurant sourced their food each day from the list on the chalkboard in the dining room. This is our go-to recommendation for farm-to-table dining in downtown Greenwich.
8. Le Penguin
Le Penguin had big shoes to fill when it took over Jean-Louis’s former space. But it certainly has staying power.
The casual dining space can be a bit loud when it’s packed, but a busy restaurant is typically a good sign, regardless of what type of food is being served. And at a little over half a mile from the Inn, this is one of our typical recommendations for French.
9. Terra Ristorante Italiano
Sitting between Saint Mary’s Church and Tiffany’s is another mainstay on Greenwich Ave: Terra Ristorante Italiano.
With a swanky dining and limited outdoor seating, Terra’s Northern Italian bistro fare has been getting rave reviews from guests that have stopped-by recently.
10. Elm Street Oyster House
Located right off Greenwich Avenue on Elm Street (as the name implies), this critically acclaimed seafood restaurant features six different oysters daily in addition to their mouthwatering signature dishes. Paired with an extensive wine list, Elm Street Oyster House gives guests the chance to have the perfect bite every time.
11. Douro Restaurant & Bar
In the fall of 2009, Chef Rui Correia began to showcase his native Portuguese cuisine with the opening of this restaurant in Greenwich. Douro is named after the region Chef Rui was born, and features his new world menu of an old world cuisine. It’s now located in a former bank about half-way down Greenwich Avenue. But it still has a good bar and inventive tapas.
12. Versailles Bistro & Patisserie
This restaurant has been a presence on Greenwich Avenue for several decades. A casual alternative to the formal style of French dining in the area (the most famous being Jean-Louis, which closed last spring), Bistro Versailles offered authentic French pastries and cuisine with a charming bistro-style decor. It was (and still is), without question, one of the best French restaurants in Greenwich, CT.
If all you’re looking to enjoy on your visit to Greenwich is Italian, you’ll have plenty of options from which to choose.
Doppio offers a relaxed ambience. And with its location just off Greenwich Avenue, their prices are still fairly reasonable.
14. Meli-Melo Creperie
Meli-Melo is another restaurant on Greenwich Avenue that has been around forever. Marc Penvenne and his team have worked hard over the years to expand the creperie from a tiny space into a local institution at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and Grigg Street.
Meli-Melo Creperie is a perfect choice for a quick, casual bite to eat for lunch while shopping Greenwich Avenue stores. Typical fare includes salads, soups, paninis, and, you guessed it, crepes. But they also offer baked goods, smoothies, and much more.
15. Mediterraneo Restaurant
Seafood lovers, rejoice! Mediterraneo Restaurant has everything from yellowfin tuna and Prince Edward Island Mussels to pan-roasted sea bass and grilled Atlantic salmon. You’re sure to get your fix of the salty sea at this restaurant. From its elegant ambiance to its delicious entrees, a meal at Mediterraneo is worth enjoying simply to see why this eatery has such fantastic staying power!
16. Harvest Restaurant
This wine bar near Mediterraneo on Greenwich Avenue has an exceptional Brussel sprout salad, but Harvest’s food and wine selection can’t be beat.
17. Putnam Restaurant
Putnam Restaurant is situated down at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue in the same building they first opened.
This classic New England diner is family-owned and operated (I went to school with the family member who currently runs the restaurant). The staff is always friendly and regularly serving-up American fare, with plenty of Greek options (the family is Greek-American).
One of only three Asian cuisine options in downtown Greenwich, Steam offers upscale Chinese food at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue. For the price and quality, it cannot be beat. Even Californian guests claim that they can’t find anything better where they’re from.
Everyone still misses the outdoor patio of Thataway Cafe. But once a developer converted the outdoor seating area to a bank, the rest of the restaurant didn’t last much longer.
After a couple fits and starts with unsuccessful businesses (including one that lasted only 6 months, then sat empty, silverware and dishes still on the tables), Eastend took over and has been able to maintain staying power.
The modern eating area and outdoor seating is perfect for enjoying their New American dishes and craft cocktails.
20. Thai Basil
The team at Thai Basil starts early and prepares classical Thai cuisine using the tastiest and freshest ingredients. Scarf down a big bowl of pad thai, indulge with a spicy curry dish, or pucker up with a sweet and sour stir fry.
This waterfront eatery draws diners into the beauty of Greenwich Harbor, with extensive outdoor seating and an ambiance that captures the essence of Southern France. A wood burning fireplace, sunset views, and 200-year-old stone flooring are the perfect backdrop to a delicious and authentic French meal at L’Escale.
22. Thomas Henkelmann
Eating at the Thomas Henkelmann restaurant is an experience. The chef and owner, Thomas Henkelmann, brought his culinary training and experience in Europe to Greenwich when he and his partner took over the Homestead Inn.
Today, Thomas Henkelmann’s restaurant offers New French cuisine in an elegant and very upscale setting. Dress appropriately for a high-end dining room, and be ready to pay quite a bit to enjoy their cuisine and service.
Downtown Greenwich Restaurants with Outside Dining
Greenwich, Connecticut, obviously does not have the climate year-round for outdoor dining as in other locales. But that shorter period in which it’s appropriate is sublime.
And with a certain pandemic going around, eating outside at a restaurant is even more of a pleasure.
Here’s an unscientific list of restaurants offering outdoor dining. By unscientific, it’s based-off of my own observations from walking by while enjoying the better weather.
It seems like every restaurant on Greenwich Avenue is offering outdoor dining. Much of the sidewalk is full of tables in front of restaurants, and they’re limiting traffic on the Ave to permit more space for people over cars.
- Blackstones Steak House
- Pasta Vera
- Terra Ristorante
- Elm Street Oyster House
- Versailles Bistro
Restaurants in Byram and Western Greenwich, CT
While there are plenty of choices in downtown Greenwich, that’s not every option available in town.
Head west towards the New York state border to enjoy some more renowned restaurants.
21. CHAR Restaurant
Serving up unique eats like zucchini “linguine”, roasted venison, and traditional jambalaya, CHAR Restaurant has something for everyone to enjoy. The building itself on Water Street in Byram is also special and features wood flooring from Alabama, light fixtures from Long Island, and antique pine cabinetry.
22. Polpo Restaurant & Saloon
Situated in an old country home close to the Post Road in western Greenwich, Polpo serves upscale Tuscan Italian fare and seafood.
Drive up to the old mill town neighborhood of Glenville to find Rebeccas. They’ve been in business for over 20 years and have a dining room as beautiful as the food. It seems to fit, with an owner trained as a designer as well as a chef.
Old Greenwich Restaurants
On the other extreme of town, Old Greenwich has more than Greenwich Point Park and a cute beach town going for it.
Some top choices in Old Greenwich include:
24. Le Fat Poodle
There’s no question the owners of Le Fat Poodle in Old Greenwich focus first on serving fantastic food. This French restaurant has become a mainstay for locals and visitors alike. While the bistro’s dining area is lovely, the terrace is perfect for nice weather days.
25. Lugano Salumeria & Wine Bar
Another Italian restaurant in Greenwich, Lugano Salumeria & Wine Bar offers a fantastic brunch on Sundays. It’s the only time I’ve been, though considering the amount of local talk it gets, there’s no question any meal is superb there.
26. Applausi Osteria Toscana
This contemporary family-owned Italian restaurant in Old Greenwich has been voted the best Italian restaurant in Fairfield County. And considering how many Italian restaurants there are here, that’s saying something for Applausi Osteria.
Ready for More Things to Do in Greenwich?
While the dining in Greenwich is phenomenal, there’s plenty more to do here to keep you busy.
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Revised and updated May 29, 2020