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The Best Restaurants In Fairfield, CT

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Hi foodies! This guide to the restaurants in Fairfield, CT is going to cover the in’s & out’s of my home away from home in Connecticut! I’m a senior at Fairfield University and although my time in college is coming to an end, Fairfield will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve grown so much since I first started at Fairfield in September 2016 – I’ve met the best friends, realized what I’m truly passionate about, traveled the world (thanks to Fairfield, I’ve seen 6/7 of the continents in the past 4 years!), worked to approve and run an on-campus club, gained valuable internship experience, and so much more. Of course my experience as a student has strongly contributed to my love for this town, but off-campus is equally as amazing.

Downtown Fairfield is so charming. If you’re a Fairfield Stag too, I’m sure the downtown also won you over when you toured. There are boutiques, fun bars, miles and miles of beach, and the best restaurants ever. This post is in partnership with my deer (Stag joke sorry) friend Amy! All photos and captions pictured below are from her food Instagram page: @amyeeeeats. Give her page a follow for foodie inspo covering the best restaurants in Fairfield, New England, & beyond!

Disclaimer: This post was originally written in April 2020 and was updated in winter 2022 for relevancy.

Breakfast/Brunch

Village Bagels

If you’re looking for a yummy muffin or bagel to grab on your way to class, Village Bagels is the place to go!

Best bagel in Fairfield, Connecticut
Say (sausage egg and) cheeeeese!!! | Sausage egg and cheese with avocado on a plain bagel from Village Bagels

Hole In The Wall

This place has it all, but I recommend trying their breakfast sandwiches! Great take-away option in town for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Playa Bowls

Welcome to Pineappleland! I’m a regular at the Playa Bowls restaurants in Fairfield, although they have locations all around the US. Not only are their açaí bowls the best, this is a great place to do work! I recommend the Pura Vida bowl if you like açaí.

Nutella Bowl from Playa Bowls Fairfield
Going coco(nuts) for this bowl | Nutella Bowl from Playa Bowls Fairfield

Chip’s Family Restaurant

Local chain serving delicious pancake stacks, omelets, and more! There’s usually a wait on weekend mornings, but this place is worth it!

Caramel banana pancakes in Fairfield, CT
Going bananas for these Chip’s pancakes | Caramel banana pancakes in Fairfield, CT

The Granola Bar

The Granola Bar is the perfect place to go in town for brunch with the girls. My sister and I meet up at the Black Rock location often for both breakfast and lunch. I love their whole menu, but my favorites are their avocado toast, yogurt parfait, and chicken salad wrap!

The Sinclair

One of the newest restaurants in Fairfield, the Sinclair is now my favorite brunch spot in town! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I highly recommend their bottomless brunch!

Eggs Benedict from The Sinclair, Fairfield CT
We’re just always in a brunch kinda mood | Eggs Benedict from The Sinclair, Fairfield CT

Terrain

Terrain isn’t technically a Fairfield restaurant (it’s in Westport), but deserves a mention. This place is actually a garden store with a cafe inside. I LOVE their brunch/lunch menu, especially the warm, homemade bread and butter that’s served in a pot! Aside from their delicious food, the aesthetic here is 12/10. Don’t miss it!

Coffee Shops/Cafes

Shearwater Coffee Bar

Shearwater is a great place to do work downtown if you’re looking for something a bit cuter than the library. They also roast their own coffee in-house!

Candlewood Market

This place has it all. Conveniently located in the Sportsplex, Candlewood Market sells breakfast and lunch, coffee, tea, kombucha, and more! I recommend coming here to do work and grabbing a breakfast sandwich to enjoy.

Las Vetas Lounge

Another cute cafe downtown. Las Vetas has a retro theme and really yummy beverages & baked goods.

Lunch

Firehouse Deli

Firehouse is conveniently located on Reef Road in Fairfield and offers breakfast and lunch. My favorite sandwiches are Abbers, RedGate, and the Fairfield U! We often grab lunch to go from here and bring it to the beach!

The RedGate from the one and only Firehouse Deli
Straight fire (house) | The RedGate from the one and only Firehouse Deli

Chef’s Table

Chef’s Table is a retro, American restaurant downtown with pre-made and made-to-order food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I love their subs!

The best restaurants in Fairfield
Even in times like these there’s still mozzarellas to be thankful for (like lunchtime) | Chicken mozzarella flatbread with tomato and pesto mayo

The Chelsea

The Chelsea also serves food all day long, but I love coming here for lunch! This place is a hidden gem in town with a can’t-miss menu.

Best restaurants in Fairfield, Connecticut food guide
I just (calama)really miss The Chelsea calamari with General Tso’s glaze, arugula & Thai chili mayo

Happy Hour

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill

I can’t recommend Geronimo’s happy hour enough. Offering discounted margs, nachos, quesadillas, and more, this place is a can’t-miss spot! Just be aware of limited seating at the bar and maybe consider staying for dinner?

Guac & chips from Geronimo in Fairfield
GeronimOOO baby!!! | Starting off the weekend right with guac & chips from Geronimo

Local

Also located within Fairfield’s Sportsplex, Local is a fun spot to grab a drink! Come here on Mondays when most drinks on the menu are $3!

Pro-tip: So many of the restaurants listed (+ more) have incredible happy hours. Check out this article written by Amy for Spoon Fairfield if you want to learn more about happy hour deals in town!

Dinner

Wild Rice

Wild Rice is one of the best Asian restaurants in Fairfield. I love their sushi, fried rice, and chicken dishes!

Mecha Noodle Bar

I recently tried Vietnamese pho for the first time at Mecha, and my life has changed for the better since! The ramen here is delicious.

Pokémoto

The go-to place in town for all things Hawaiian. Pokémoto is known for their build-your-own poke bowls, and they even sell dole whip. I recommend getting a bowl to go and bringing it to the beach!

Centro

My favorite of the restaurants in Fairfield! If I could eat Centro’s raviolis for the rest of my life, I would. They also have a great outdoor patio on the town green!

Centro in Fairfield, CT
Right about now I’ll take some more Cheese Tortellini Parma with prosciutto and peas, please!! | Centro in Fairfield, CT

Pizzeria Molto

Molto is SUCH a treat. Aside from a fantastic wine bar, they have delicious entrees served at lunch and dinner. I recommend eating here on Mondays (Molto Monday!) and ordering a half-priced bottle of wine.

Pro-tip: You can bring whatever you don’t drink home with you!

Half chicken parm and penne all vodka from Pizzeria Molto in downtown Fairfield, CT
I miss this meal Molto!!! | Half chicken parm and penne all vodka both topped with pink sauce from Pizzeria Molto

Old Post Tavern

Old Post is your classic all-American downtown restaurant. Located on the corner of Post Road, this place has an awesome outdoor patio and a huge menu! I make sure to visit and have their seasonal pumpkin ravioli each fall.

Lobster roll from Old Post Tavern at the restaurants in Fairfield
“See? He’s her lobster!” (if you know you know) | Lobster roll from Old Post Tavern

Little Pub Fairfield

Located on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, Little Pub is a charming English pub with a delicious American menu. I’m obsessed with their Buttermilk Ranch Crunch wrap. If you like tater tots, don’t miss it!

Flipside Burgers & Bar

At this point you may be wondering where to get a burger in town… look no further than Flipside Burgers & Bar! They’ve won several awards for their speciality burgers. And I mean like potato chips on a burger special. They also have daily drink specials!

Parmesan fries from Flipside in Fairfield, CT
Look on the Flipside: 2 days til FRY DAY! | Parmesan fries from Flipside

Plan B

Another hot spot for burgers & beer downtown! I recommend Plan B’s mac-n-cheese or sliders.

Colony Grill

For the best (thin crust) pizza on earth, mosey on over to Colony! Their menu is short and simple – choose your topping and enjoy! My favorites are sausage and hot oil. Bring a pizza to the beach!

Half bacon half meatball from the one and only Colony Grill
A ColoNEED not a want | Half bacon half meatball from the one and only Colony Grill

Pronto

I love Pronto! They have the best chopped salads, wraps, and pizzas. They even sell pizza by the slice – great for a to-go dinner option.

Dessert

16 Handles

One of the go-to fro-yo restaurants in Fairfield! 16 handles always swaps out its frozen yogurt flavors and yummy toppings bar!

Saugatuck Sweets

Also located on Reef Road, this yummy ice cream shop in town also offers candy and chocolates. They have a mini waffle stand out front!

Sunny Daes

Another local ice cream shop offering gelato, yogurt, and home made ice cream!

Chocolate ice cream topped with Reese's cups from Sunny Daes
You know you have enough toppings when you can’t see the ice cream anymore | Chocolate ice cream topped with Reese’s cups from Sunny Daes!

Milkcraft

Milkcraft is one of the most unique restaurants in Fairfield. Their ice cream is more than just a dessert, it’s truly a work of art. First, they are huge. Second, they are served in bubble cones. Third, the ice cream is made right in front of you! Although I do think this place is overpriced, it’s worth the experience. I recommend the S’mores campfire!

Donut Crazy

This place isn’t technically one of the restaurants in Fairfield, but I had to include it on the list. Donut Crazy is located in Westport (the town over) and serves the most delicious donut creations! They are huge and topped with the yummiest treats, so your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied. This place is also cute for doing work in!

Donut Crazy is a must for restaurants in Fairfield, CT
Alexa, play Crazy by Pitbull | Apple cinnamon brown sugar donut topped with homemade pop tarts from Donut Crazy in Westport, CT

Well, that’s all for my guide covering the best restaurants in Fairfield! As you can see there are countless options in Fairfield for dining, and all of them are equally as delicious! The freshman 15 is pretty much unavoidable in this college town. Hopefully you found a place or two to check out next time you’re in town! Thanks again to @amyeeeeats for the photos & captions!

Want to read more about Fairfield and all that this town has to offer? Check out Fairfield’s tourism website:

https://www.experiencefairfieldct.org

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4 Comments

  1. Chelsea April 2, 2020 / 12:05 AM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Megan April 2, 2020 / 12:20 AM

    Such a good read now I’m just hungry!

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