CT Magazine’s Best Appetizer Restaurants for 2022

Connecticut Magazine // Food + Drink

The Maple Bacon and Egg Dish at The Cottage in Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Chef Brian Lewis’ restaurant, The Cottage, is opening a new location at 49 Greenwich Ave., joining its original at Westport.Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media

Best of Connecticut results are available for 2022. For more of the tastiest delicacies Connecticut has to offer, check out our Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice winners in Best of Connecticut: Food + Drink. (And don’t forget to check out the winners in Activities + Entertainment and Shopping + Services while you’re at it!)

Here are the winners of our annual Readers’ Choice poll for top restaurants and recommendations from some of Connecticut’s most well-known restaurant experts.

For more award-winning food and restaurants in Connecticut, check out our 2022 Best Restaurant award winners and our picks for the top 25 new restaurants in 2022.

Our annual Readers’ Choice restaurant survey was conducted online in September and October 2021; voters were able to choose up to three restaurants in order of preference (votes being weighted accordingly) in each category. Restaurants were limited to a maximum of four Readers’ Choice wins in the categories in which they received the most votes. After that, awards in other categories went to the next qualified restaurant. Our panel of experts then recommended additional places in each category that they believe deserve recognition.

The selection of experts

Tray 100

100 Lansdale Avenue, Milford


Stone Row Kitchen + Bar

948 Main Street, Willimantic


Tavern on the State

969 State Street, New Haven


Readers’ Choice

The cottage

Fairfield State and County Winner

256 East Post Road, Westport

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Arethusa in tavolo

Litchfield State and County Finalist

828 Bantam Road, Bantam


maximum city center

Hartford County

185 Asylum Street, Hartford


Grand Arso

Middlesex County

6 Main Street, Chester


Bella’Gio Ristorante

New Haven County

835 Main Street West, Cheshire


Red 36

New County of London

2 Washington Street, Mystical


Fenton River Grill

Tolland County

135 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center


Willimantic Brewing Company / Main Street Cafe

Windham County

967 Main Street, Willimantic



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