Looking for the best restaurants in Stamford? Each year, we survey our local community to gather the consensus on the top dining options in town. We get thousands of responses, so we’re confident that our list is the most relevant, up-to-date one you’ll find.
To help you find the best restaurants in Stamford for your next pasta craving, date night, or business meeting, we’ve given each restaurant a superlative. You’ll find the best Italian restaurants, top sushi spots, the finest service, and more.
The people of Stamford have spoken, and these are their favorite dining destinations.
Best Restaurants in Stamford
Part of a renowned national chain, Capital Grille offers an upscale dining experience with expertly prepared steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list.
2. The Wheel
Creative Menu, Private Dining/Intimate Venue, Best American
The Wheel might serves up modern American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients a hip, industrial-inspired atmosphere. The restaurant is also well-known for its libations, which include hand-crafted cocktails and to-go growlers.
3. Villa Italia
Celebrating Italian cuisine, Villa Italia provides a warm atmosphere with traditional pasta, pizza, and other Italian favorites, prepared with authentic ingredients.
This restaurant offers Italian-inspired fare with a modern twist, featuring a variety of pastas, meats, and seafood dishes. Its outdoor patio, which feels airy and open during the day, transforms into a romantic dining spot by night, thanks to an atmosphere-setting awning and string lights.
5. Colony Grill
Famous for its Irish-style pizzas, Colony Grill is a local favorite offering a casual dining experience with a classic pub atmosphere.
Focusing on fresh seafood, F.I.S.H. Restaurant offers a diverse menu ranging from raw bar selections to classic seafood entrees, with options to dine indoors or out.
Special Occasion/Date Night
Divina offers a fine Italian dining experience in a chic but welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for your weekly date night.
Similar to the location in Greenwich, Blackstones in Stamford may offer prime steaks, classic sides, and a luxurious atmosphere suitable for special occasions.
Kashi serves innovative sushi and teriyaki dishes, plus Japanese-inspired entrees that are varied enough to please a crowd. Add in a fun cocktail selection and a hip ambience and its no wonder Kashi is a hit with locals.
With a focus on Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, Barcelona Stamford (one of three locations in Fairfield County) offers tapas, wines, and other delights in a lively and stylish atmosphere.
11. Mecha Noodle Bar
A favorite among noodle enthusiasts, Mecha Noodle Bar offers a variety of Asian-inspired noodle dishes, like Pho and Ramen, and flavorful broths in a hip and casual setting.
12. Peter Chang
Peter Chang isn’t your average Chinese restaurant. Chef Chang is dedicated to serving up authentic Chinese dishes tailored to the local palate. Think: Peking duck, dry-fried eggplant, and a beef and vermicelli hot pot.
13. Chez Vous Bistro
Offering French-inspired cuisine, Chez Vous Bistro aims to provide an intimate dining experience with classic French dishes and fine wines.
A spot for Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, Kouzina showcases traditional flavors with modern flair in a relaxed and inviting environment inspired by the Greek islands.
Taj is a go-to local spot for Indian food lovers, providing a range of classic Indian dishes like naan bread, palak paneer and tandoori chicken, along with more inventive menu entries that are unique to the restaurant.
16. Café Silvium
This longstanding Italian trattoria, operated by brothers Nick and Vincenzo Petrafesa, focuses on traditional Italian dishes, serving hearty pastas, meats, and other Italian classics in a warm, family-friendly environment.
17. Layla’s Falafel
Specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, Layla’s Falafel offers freshly made falafel, shawarma, and other favorites in a fast-casual setting. Layla’s restaurants throughout Fairfield County are a takeout staple, too.
If you’re looking for the best restaurant in Stamford to get a margarita and a street taco, bartaco is it. Known for its trendy vibe, bartaco offers an array of tacos, tequilas, and cocktails, all served in a beachy and laid-back atmosphere.
19. Bedford Thai
A destination for Thai food enthusiasts, Bedford Thai offers authentic Thai dishes with a range of flavors and spice levels to suit various palates.