Updated: Dec 2, 2021
Located along the coast of Fairfield County, Connecticut, both Darien and Rowayton, are picturesque beach towns with a mix of coastal and traditional architecture. The two towns are also frequented for their premier dining options, many of which offer freshly caught seafood.
Here are five restaurants to try in Darien and Rowayton, as recommended by our Brown Harris Stevens Connecticut agents.
A bustling oyster bar serving both New England favorites and European, bistro-style fare, Ten Twenty Post was recommended to us by the Eileen B. Hanford Team. In addition to recommending the restaurant's "delicious oysters," the team noted the restaurant's location in downtown makes you feel "right in the center of the action," and its bar is an active local hangout spot.
Recommend by Becky Munro and Laura Hines Bickmeyer, this family-owned restaurant and fish market has been serving fresh seafood to the Rowayton community for over 25 years. In addition to the raw bar, a must-try menu item is the steamed Maine lobster, which can include a crab stuffing.
According to Laura Hines-Bickmeyer, Parlor Pizza is a go-to for classic Italian pies in Darien. From the classic Margherita to the more experimental "Kale Pie"—adorned with Calabrian cream, garlic parmesan, kale, mozzarella, and pickled red onion—the restaurant offers an eclectic variety of pizzas and flavors.
With a menu that includes farm-to-table produce, wild-caught seafood, and premium-grade meats, it's no wonder Sails was recommended to us by both Becky Munro and Laura Hines Bickmeyer. The restaurant is perfect for an intimate date night. Sails is also a popular brunch spot, offering an extensive menu that includes crab cake Benedict and beer-battered cod with chips.
Known for its homestyle ambiance, festive holiday decor, and diner-style menu that includes everything from fresh-baked muffins to classic patty melts, it's no wonder the Sugar Bowl is a Darien favorite. “The Sugar Bowl offers a magical experience at any age," said Robyn Kammerer. "It’s a must-stop for anyone!”