Dock & Dine Restaurants with Water Views
For locals in Fairfield County, the Long Island Sound can make summer feel like a vacation. Boating is even more popular these days, lending itself to the perfect social distancing activity. Waterfront restaurants are a lovely way to dine alfresco, with an added bonus of “dock and dine” options. We’ve put together a list of area restaurants where boating to dinner is part of the culinary experience. Don’t have a boat? No worries…you can also drive to these scenic spots!
L’escale Restaurant & Bar
With a nod to the Côte d’Azur, this French gem is located at Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel. Call the day of your dinner to see if a slip is available. Dock Master (Bill): 203.733.5320. The cost is $2 per foot, per hour.
Norwalk Visitor Docks
If you’d like to explore the shops and restaurants of South Norwalk, you can book a slip in the heart of SoNo. The best part? The dock is a short walk to Washington Street. Then you can browse windows and menus until you decide where to land. To book a slip, call the Veterans Park Boating Center at 203.866.8810. Or visit the website here. The cost to dock is $1.50 per foot.
To discover all the fun things to see and do in SoNo (and more options to dine), check out visitsono.com.
Take in the sunset while dining harborside at this seafood staple on Calf Pasture Beach. Contact Norwalk Cove Marine for transient dockage. Use VHF channel 72 or call the Dock Master (Val): 203.838.5899 for slip options.
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
A local institution, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood serves seasonal cuisine and seafood dishes along the picturesque Five Mile River. Call to reserve a boat slip with a credit card: 203.866.4488, ext. 1.
At the seafood-focused Crab Shell, every meal comes with a lively, party atmosphere. Slip reservations are first come, first serve, and they have 11 spots available. Call 203.967.7229 or try VHF Channel 9. The fee is $10-$15 per boat when a dock attendant is on duty.
Serving up a bevy of burgers, beer, sandwiches and greens, Bareburger works with sustainable partners and farmers to make “clean comfort food.”
Known for wood-fired pizzas with a taste of Naples, Fortina is a waterfront hotspot.
You’ll find bold flavors and delicious margaritas at this fun spot that “stays true to the Mexican tradition.”
At Prime, you can enjoy sushi, surf & turf and specialty cocktails with a water view.
Sign of the Whale
Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, Sign of the Whale adds a global twist to comfort food.
There are multiple dining spots to check out at Harbor Point! For a more complete list, visit harborpt.com.
The Pearl at Longshore
Overlooking the Long Island Sound, and situated at the Inn at Longshore right behind the golf course, The Pearl offers dining indoors, on a patio and on their porch. Views of the sailboats and sunset are frequent, and the food is top notch! The menu is a balance of modern, inventive flavors including small plates, an extensive raw bar, salads, freshly caught fish, grass fed meat, handmade pastas, thin-crust pizzas and selections for gluten-free and vegan guests. An expansive bar will feature craft beers, an extensive wine list, and creative, handcrafted cocktails. Great for a girls night out, a family dinner (or brunch) or just a night outside!
Overlooking the beautiful Saugatuck River, The Whelk offers an inventive menu with sustainable seafood, local produce and craft cocktails. There’s a Municipal Dock behind the restaurant, with transient slips available on a first come, first serve basis.
Other Westport restaurants on the water include: Rive Bistro, Arezzo, Bar Taco, and OKO.