Searching for the top Deep River, CT restaurants? We are fortunate to have many great dining choices throughout the area, from steak & seafood to Italian and Japanese cuisine. From a casual lunch to fine dining, our area boasts incredible food for all tastes.

Baby back ribs on a plate with fries and a salad

The Red House

A Deep River local and guest favorite, The Red House is just a 5-minute walk from the Inn and offers an innovative take on a variety of dishes, including new American cuisine and modern classics. Enjoy cocktails, craft beers & live bands in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Tuesdays features their famous $5 street tacos and $5 margaritas. Every Friday their famous fried chicken is the highlight of the menu! Word on the street is that The Red House burger is the best in the state! Our all-time favorite dish is the Warm Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad with some added grilled chicken or shrimp – yum!

Thin crust pizza with basil and pepperoni
Chicken Wraps

Pizzeria DaVinci

Excellent thin crust pizza in Deep River? You bet! Just a 3-minute stroll from the inn gets you great pie and great service. DaVinci offers many unique combinations including white, red, vegetarian, meat pies or pick your own toppings. Dine in their very casual setting or bring a pie back to the Inn. Do not forget their delicious wraps and subs as well.

La Marea

Six miles south from the inn in Old Saybrook, CT is La Marea, a family run, authentic Italian restaurant offering Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. We like to sit at a high top table in the bar area but you might choose to sit in the elegant dining room. Their food makes us want to break out in a Rogers & Hammerstein show song!

Garlic and lemon, clam sauce on linguine
Veal scaloppini, handmade fettuccine
Thinly sliced eggplant light breaded and fried
These are a few of the dishes we’ve tried

Don’t even get us started on the delicious wood-fired brick oven pizza – there may be operas!

New England clam chowder in a bread bowl on a striped kitchen towel

Grano Arso

Only two miles north of the Riverwind Inn on Main Street in Chester, Grano Arso is a multi award-winning restaurant including Best Restaurant in Connecticut. Housed in an old savings bank built in 1902, Chef Joel Gargano prepares modern yet familiar Italian dishes focusing on locally sourced products. Coupled with warm and knowledgeable hospitality, Grano Arso is famous for its scratch kitchen, wholesome cooking, Vietnamese pop up dinners, a fantastic selection of Italian wine, local beers, and now the most luxurious cocktail in CT – the Royale Martini featuring osetra caviar. Reservations are necessary or you just might miss a fabulous dining experience.

Lamb chops with roasted peppers, potato, and carrot

River Tavern

Serving guests since 2001, River Tavern is located in the cozy town center of Chester, a five-minute drive from Riverwind Inn. Working with local farms, fishermen, and cheesemongers, River Tavern takes great pride in serving innovative farm-fresh cuisine in an inviting modern atmosphere. Staying true to the ingredients, their menu changes daily focusing on the current harvest of Connecticut purveyors and preparing them simply and thoughtfully. Cocktail, beer, and wine menus change often and are influenced by their current menu and the changing seasons.

fork and salad greens

Additional Restaurants

  • Bill’s Seafood
    Known for their clams, lobster, oysters, and swordfish
  • Café Routier
    Global cuisine where fusion meets classic technique
  • Rustica
    Classic Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Essex
    A Japanese approach to Modern American Cuisine
  • Blue Oar
    Casual dining on the water with boat & car parking!
  • Two Wrasslin’ Cats
    Fresh food, coffee, and unmatched customer service