Fun Places to Have Dinner in Fairfield County, CT

by David Ferris

Fairfield County, Connecticut may not be as populous as nearby New York City, but it's a cosmopolitan area with a wide variety of options for eating and entertainment. Fairfield County residents looking for a fun night out can indulge in cuisine from Asia, Latin America, Europe and other regions, and restaurant options run the gamut in terms of ambiance and price.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona WIne Bar (barcelonawinebar.com), located in the town of Fairfield, is a throwback to a bygone era, featuring authentic 1970s decor, old photos and kitsch from the era. Its history is not merely aesthetic; it´s actually located in an old 1940s motel. Besides the decor, what could be more fun than a restaurant and bar with a full wine menu? The tapas menu makes sharing and trying different dishes enjoyable. Its menu also features charcuterie meats and cheeses imported from Spain. The Barcelona restaurant chain has several other locations in Fairfield County, including Greenwich, South Norwalk and Stamford.

Boston Billiard Club

The Boston Billiards Club (bostonbilliardclub.com) in Danbury offers a more sporty night of dining. The restaurant features a full kitchen and food and drink menu, including burgers, fries, appetizers and desserts. You can follow up (or precede) dinner with a round of pool, or for a more casual dining experience, eat right alongside the pool tables during your game. Boston Billiards Club hosts parties and features an outdoor patio, too.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot (meltingpot.com) in Darien is described on the website of Fairfield County as "pure entertainment." It´s a fondue restaurant with a complete menu featuring savory appetizers and small plates as well as sweet desserts. The fondue theme encourages sharing and socializing at the table. The fun thing about The Melting Pot is that diners take an active, direct role in preparing their own food, giving them some leeway in customizing it to their taste. The four-course menu includes salad, cheese fondue, an entree and dessert.

Bobby Q´s

Bobby Q´s (bobbyqsrestaurant.com) is a barbecue joint in Westport. The warm, lively, casual atmosphere makes for a fun dinner out on the town. A rooftop deck provides fresh air and views of the night sky, and live music adds a festive atmosphere. The menu includes standard barbecue fare, such as pulled pork and beef brisket. Bobby Q's features real, pit-smoked barbecue and the largest selection of bourbons in the state.