Outdoor Dining Spots Around Town & Beyond - New Canaan & Darien Moms

Savor the rest of the summer by dining at some of our favorite outdoor restaurants near New Canaan and Darien. Whether you want a bustling sidewalk table, a waterfront view or a secluded patio setting, you’ll find the perfect place to dine alfresco. 


The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood

Be sure to stop by The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood to savor a wonderful cocktail, overlooking the gorgeous Five Mile River at sunset. You won’t want to miss their best-selling lobster paella pictured above. Guests can enjoy both family celebrations or date night! https://www.rowaytonseafood.com/

Darien & New Canaan


With two locations offering outdoor seating, you can dine at Baldanza in New Canaan or Darien  based on your convenience. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a special Happy Hour from 3pm – 5:30pm on Monday through Friday. Wherever you choose to eat. Be sure to check out this delicious summer beet salad.

New Canaan 


Fine dining in the heart of New Canaan at Solé. For a fresh summer dish, check out the popular sea scallop and grilled vegetable ravioli with heirloom tomato and zucchini and mint purée. With kid- friendly options available, you can bring along the kids or go solo. http://zhospitalitygroup.com/sole/

New Canaan

South End

Choose the secluded, outdoor patio for a quiet, intimate meal at South End in New Canaan. 

When you’re looking for a livelier experience, come on a Wednesday and take in some music. Don’t forget to try Nonna’s meatballs—a customer favorite! For healthier options, go for the delicious Kale Salad or Chicken Paillard. 



Enjoy this best-selling “Pastasciutto” dish while dining outdoors at Fortina in Stamford! For a kid- friendly options, you can sit in the main level patio for the full dining experience. Or, if you’re looking for a date night, the rooftop offers exclusive Sicilian slices as well as a full bar and $5 Aperol Spritzes. www.fortinapizza.com 




Head over to Prime in Stamford for a juicy steak or their well- known sushi while watching the sunset. All tables at Prime have a water view, so there is not a bad seat in the house! With docking available, Prime is a perfect dock-to-dine destination. https://stamford.restaurantprime.com/



Boasting one of the two outdoor patios on Greenwich Avenue, Terra is an alfresco dining option you don’t want to miss. Be sure to try some of the featured summer items including the crispy braonzino or sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi. With many kid-friendly options, you can find something delicious for your little ones as well. http://www.zhospitalitygroup.com/terra/



Featuring an extensive outdoor terrace complete with a sit-down dining area and an 1,800 square foot outdoor bar— both with direct waterfront views of the Greenwich Harbor, L’escale is a true gem! The romantic atmosphere makes for a perfect date night and it would be nearly impossible to miss the seafood on ice “Plateau Royal.” https://lescalerestaurant.com/


Coast Seafood

Be sure to enjoy Coast Seafood’s signature raw bar while dining on the patio overlooking the pond. With a great ambiance, some of the best seafood around and  family-friendly options, this restaurant is perfect for all groups! https://www.coastseafoodrestaurant.com/




Enjoy a delicious meal by a beautiful waterfall, located at an old felt mill from 1881. With a fun vibe and casual atmosphere, this restaurant is good for families or date nights. Be sure to try their homemade Tuscan meatballs, pizzas, and their ravioli made by scratch! http://centroatthemill.com/


The Crew Restaurant

With intimate, alfresco dining on their patio this restaurant is definitely an outdoor hit. Check out their delicious American specialties including wings, burgers and calamari salad. Stop by on Thursday or Friday nights around 7pm to tune into local live music acts! https://crew280.com/




This wonderful waterfront restaurant along the Byram River is equally known for their delicious, fresh tacos and guacamole as for their stunning outdoor views. With a menu designed for communal dining—you can try multiple dishes on each visit. Excellent gelato is a perfect dessert for children, while adults and enjoy a perfect margarita! https://bartaco.com


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