The Best Restaurants in Stamford [2024]

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

1. Capital Grille

Business Lunch
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. 

above: This waterfront restaurant is a go-to for its chic decor, craft cocktails and versatile menu of farm-to-table fare. – Photograph by Jessica Sorentino

3. Villa Italia

Hotel Restaurant

Celebrating Italian cuisine, Villa Italia provides a warm atmosphere with traditional pasta, pizza, and other Italian favorites, prepared with authentic ingredients.

4. Table 104 Osteria

Outdoor Dining
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. 

above: The patio is always packed at this Tuscan-inspired osteria. – Photograph by Kyle norton

5. Colony Grill

Pickup/Delivery Option

Famous for its Irish-style pizzas, Colony Grill is a local favorite offering a casual dining experience with a classic pub atmosphere.

6. F.I.S.H. Restaurant


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. 

7. Divina

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. 

8. Blackstones


Similar to the location in Greenwich, Blackstones in Stamford may offer prime steaks, classic sides, and a luxurious atmosphere suitable for special occasions.

9. Kashi

Sushi, Japanese

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. 

10. Barcelona

Tapas, Spanish

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

Asian/Asian Fusion

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.

14. Kouzina


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.

15. Taj


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. 

18. bartaco


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.


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