Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, the Norwalk Seaport Association is offering a truly thoughtful and unique gift, the new “Taste of the Seaport Restaurant Tour Card” that is sure to light up a smile! Best of all, this Valentine’s Day gift is not a generic product like flowers or candy but one that is good through June 1, 2020 at 16 restaurants in Norwalk and Westport that both of you can enjoy.
For just a $50 donation to the Seaport Association, “The Taste of the Seaport Restaurant Tour Card” is yours and entitles you and a guest to enjoy a FREE entree when you buy one of greater value at 16 area restaurants. The “Taste of the Seaport Restaurant Tour Card.” is available online or by calling the Seaport office at 203-838-9444, best of all the proceeds not only go to a good cause, the preservation of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Long Island Sound, the card is also valid through June 1, 2020.
Carefully curated to include a variety of food, ambiance, and price points this year 16 participating restaurants are sure to delight even the fussiest palates. The card has very few restrictions other than diners must order two entrees (but cannot purchase the same two entrees) in order to receive the entree of lesser value as complementary.
It should be noted that take out orders, drinks, appetizers, desserts, and gratuities are not included and that the card cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. The restaurant will indicate on the card that it has been used at its establishment, as the card is good for one-time use at each dining destination.
The Roll Call of Restaurants…
Below please find the roster of restaurants in alphabetical order
Adams Rib – A fifty-year tradition of dining excellence featuring the chef’s innovative version of classic American cuisine, including a delicious prime rib dinner, the signature dish for three decades. The chef seeks out local, fresh ingredients to create seasonal fare that is served in an elegant dining room within the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Ave., Norwalk.
BanC House – You’ll find good meat, good smoke and much more at this casual and fun restaurant that has been serving up New American grub including authentic BBQ, fresh seafood, and crabs since 2011. They are located at 16 River St., Norwalk, and offer outdoor seating in season.
BJ Ryan’s – It is easy to see why BJ Ryan’s has been chosen as one of Fairfield County’s Top 10 Restaurants, people feel right at home in this fun and relaxing atmosphere that serves up great food. The menu offers a wide selection of New American and Tex-Mex inspired food from soups and salads to tacos, burgers, chicken, pasta, and steaks. BJ Ryan’s is located on 57 Main St., Norwalk.
Brasitas of Norwalk – One of the first Nuevo Latino restaurants in the area that is voted year after year as one of the top Spanish restaurants in Connecticut. You will feel like you are on a mini-vacation dining in this eatery because of the cheerful tropical decor. Choose entrees from the land and from the sea that are served up in an innovative Pan-Latin traditional style. Brasitas is located on 430 Main Ave., Norwalk.
Clubhouse Grille – Located in the heart of Oak Hills Park, this casual American style restaurant offers lunch and dinner in a beautifully appointed dining room overlooking the golf course. Try salads, burgers, and sandwiches for lunch; or dinner entrees such as sesame ginger salmon, vodka Bolognese, or the steak of the day to name just a few culinary choices. The Clubhouse Grille is located on 165 Fillow Street, Norwalk.
Italia Pizzeria Restaurant – A popular and long-running restaurant prepares pizza, pasta, and many scrumptious Italian-American main courses, perfect for the whole family. There are 12 specialty pizzas, steak and pork dinners, seafood dishes, chicken, and veal all prepared Italiano! Italia Pizzeria Restaurant is located on 285 Main Ave., Norwalk.
Knot Norm’s – is a small and intimate establishment located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Norwalk River. It is the epitome of a fast and casual seafood eatery where everything on the menu is locally sourced. The menu is a hit parade of New England favorites all served on a luscious hot dog roll — roasted oysters, brisket, fried chicken, and, of course, a warm lobster roll nominated as the best lobster roll in New England — try it and you may well agree! Knot Norm’s is located on 10a First Street, Norwalk.
Local Kitchen and Beer Bar – A vibrant outpost for a variety of American classics served in an urban train-themed restaurant that is lively and atmospheric. This restaurant serves everything from small plates such as lobster waffles, beef tips and Bavarian pretzels to big plates offering everything from jambalaya and ribs to fish and chips. Wash it all down with one of 30 craft beers for a delectable experience. Local Kitchen and Beer Bar is located on 68 Washington Street, Norwalk.
Match Burger Lobster – Sure to curb your craving for seafood, this restaurant serves many New England seafood favorites from hot lobster rolls to fried clams, oyster rolls carpetbagger style, chowder, and steamers to burgers, chicken, and more. The Bloom Family of Copps Island Oysters supplies this eatery with all shellfish and all the meat is from Fleishers Craft Butchery. Match Burger Lobster is located on 580 Riverside Ave., Westport.
Osteria Romana – Prepared with care and expertise, feast on traditional recipes from Rome Italy in a warm and friendly Italian establishment. Specialties include homemade pasta daily, and fresh, fish, veal, and chicken, all prepared to order. Don’t miss the unique Italian desserts and a wine list to die for. Osteria Romana is located on 250 Westport Ave., Norwalk.
Partners Cafe & Pizzeria – Located on the Norwalk Harbor, relax in this casually comfortable family-owned and operated thirty-year-old restaurant that offers hardy eats. A house specialty is a thin-crust pizza. If you are not in the mood for pizza, no problem the extensive entree menu offers a great variety of dishes from steak, chicken, veal, and pork to pasta with a variety of sauces. Partners is located on 1 Cove Ave., Norwalk.
Pearl at Longshore -For a super treat head to Pearl – an elegant high-end restaurant serving refined American fare in lux surroundings with gorgeous views of Long Island Sound. The elevated menu is a balance of modern inventive flavors including small plates, an extensive raw bar, salads, freshly caught fish, grass-fed meat, and hand made pasta. Gluten-free also is available. The Pearl at Longshore is located on 260 Compo Road, Westport.
Saltwater Restaurant and Bar – This whimsical inviting SoNo outpost has walls that are painted with sea creatures and a rowboat suspended from the ceiling. It is well known for serving classic coastal New England cuisine. The raw bar is amazing and complements an enticing menu of meat and pasta dishes. The Saltwater Restaurant is located on 128 Washington St., Norwalk.
Tablao SoNo Wine Bar – Sophisticated and romantic with exposed brick walls and the warm glow of Edison lighting — patrons will experience excellent service and delicious food at this warm and attractive restaurant. Toblao offers an extensive Spanish tapas menu and highlights Mediterranean entrees. Ingredients are sourced locally and from Spain. Tablao is located at 128 Washington Street, Norwalk.
Tavern on 7 – If you are in the mood to kick back…unwind at a sports bar that also offers classic American eats, craft beer, and cocktails. Don’t miss this hang out that is popular with locals and traveling business people. In addition to all the sports bar favorites, every night the chef also conjures up amazing entrees like braised short ribs, T-bone steaks, and much more! Tavern on 7 is located on 611 Main Ave., Norwalk.
The Spread -Vibrant and hip, industrial-chic where gleaming tabletops, old barn siding, and a cement floor all work, it is cool! The food is rich and elegant, with emphasis on a continental vibe. This restaurant serves award-winning New American cuisine and cocktails – spread your wings and be there! The Spread is located at 70 North Main Street, Norwalk.
Valentino’s Cucina– This cozy family restaurant is a love affair with Italy. It is located in the heart of SoNo overlooking the Norwalk River and is family-owned. Valentino’s Cucina opened in 2011 to celebrate and share their love of Italian heritage and cuisine. Italian plates are made from family recipes — the stars and standouts are homemade pasta, authentic Italian veal, chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. A not to be missed highlight is the wood-fired pizza, ribs, and wings. Valentino’s Cucina is located at 195 Liberty Square, Norwalk
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