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8 Unique Restaurants in CT To Take Your Date This Valentine’s Day

Written by Sam Ronan

Tired of the same old “romantic” restaurants that everyone always suggests for Valentine’s Day? Here are 8 Unique restaurants we think you should bring your date for a special Valentine’s Day that you’ll both remember for years to come.

Not sure where to you should bring your Valentine this year for your Valentine’s Day Date? If you’re trying to branch out from the typical Valentine’s day date, you’re in luck. To help all of you last-minute date planners, we’ve come up with the top 8 unique places to go for you and your Valentine.

From ice cream shops to breweries to restaurants on the water and more, here are our pics for some of the most unique date-night restaurants in CT that you should consider this Valentine’s day!

1. Brewport in Bridgeport

Brewport CT

Brewport is a modern-industrial brewpub offering craft beer, pizza, and salads in a chill, spacious setting.

Fans of the restaurant rave about their New Haven style pizza, root beer floats, and blood orange blonde ale.

The industrial atmosphere is different from a lot of your other typical Valentine’s Day offerings, and it allows for you and your date to have a laid back meal without the pretentiousness of a fancy restaurant.  Plus, Brewport offers 10 of its own brewed beers along with the ability to create your own pizza pie. Who doesn’t love a casual dinner with pizza and beer?

2. Milkcraft in Fairfield

Milkcraft Ice Cream Fairfield Date night

Looking for dessert, but want to be a little more extravagant? Milkcraft is the place for you! Milkcraft is a trendy ice cream parlor, serving a wide variety of ice cream flavors and toppings wrapped in a bubble cone. Their latest creation is something they’re calling creameebuns: Donuts with ice cream inside of them.

Wondering what kind of ice cream you want stuffed into your bubble cone or creameebun? Some of their unique flavors include smores campfire, cookie butter blue, milk and cereal, red velvet, and so many more.

What makes Milkcraft extra unique is that, in addition to their amazing bubble cones and creameebuns, the ice cream itself is pretty special. They also make it right in front of you (with the help of liquid nitrogen) ensuring a fresh batch every time. Just make sure you get there early, because there’s almost always a line!

3. Datillo Fine Italian at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook


Sometimes you want an industrial, laid-back meal for Valentine’s Day, and sometimes you want a more upscale, fancy meal. Datillo Fine Italian at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa is your place for a fancier meal.

A newly renovated dining space that overlooks the ocean, offering a variety of different italian dishes, with an abundance of wines. Thanks to the stunning views on offer, this is a restaurant just perfect for your next Valentine’s Day celebration. What’s more romantic than a dinner with a view?

To help you celebrate the holiday, they have a special (and delicious!) Valentine’s Day menu that you can check out here.

4. BarTaco in Westport


Located right on the Saugatuck River in Westport, BarTaco offers mexican styled food, focusing on the creation of your tacos that you can match with the cocktails of your choice.

Customers love the beachy atmosphere and mix of tacos and drinks. Even if you aren’t a taco-lover, there are other options on the menu for you to mix with a drink.

When you order, you actually fill out a small menu by checking off what you want and handing it over to your waiter/waitress—something you don’t normally do when out to eat, so it’s a fun twist to dining out! Valentine’s Day is all about making memories, so a memorable method of ordering your meal only makes sense!

5. Mystic Whaler Cruises in New London


Spend your Valentine’s Day sailing on the Mystic Whaler Cruises. Jump onto a 3-hour journey full of sunsets, memories, and lobsters!

Chose from either a Sunday Brunch, a Luncheon, or a Lobster dinner for your cruise and cruise along the Connecticut coast with your special someone! A journey full of food and relaxation… what more could you ask for? This unique date will be one to remember!

Mystic Whaler is offering a bonus deal if you book any 3-hour cruise before Valentine’s day. If you book before you will receive a box of 16 Sea Salt Toffees from Rhode Island confectioner Sweenors Chocolates!

6. Beach House SoNo in Norwalk


Beach House Sono, located right near the Norwalk River, offers a variety of fresh seafood and cocktails in a nautical atmosphere.

A unique feature to Beach House SoNo is their ‘almost’ bottomless brunch. Pay full price for the first drink, and a couple bucks for the rest! A perfect deal for your Valentine’s day brunch, and a unique departure from the typical dinner date.

7. Engine Room in Mystic


Located in the renovated Lathrop Marine Engine building, which also overlooks the Mystic River, The Engine Room is your go-to place for beers, burgers, and bourbon.

The diverse selection of beers (16 craft beers on tap!), the area’s largest bourbon selection, and their exquisite food all make for a perfect date night.

The building’s history also makes eating their a real treat. How many of your friends can say that they brought their date to eat in an old engineering building?

8. Millwright’s in Simsbury


Travel back in time and jump back to the 17th century with a meal at Millwright’s in Simsbury. Located in a 17th century grist and sawmill, Millwright’s offers a variety of fresh and locally grown meals. And did we mention that they were semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast competition? Talk about good food!

Millwright’s is known for its farm-fresh American dining that people thoroughly enjoy, along with a great selection of adult beverages.

The elegant setting helps place a romantic feeling for your date night. Not only is the restaurant based in a 17th century mill, but it also sits atop a waterfall making for a lovely view with your meal.

Did we miss your top pick?

And those are our top 8 unique places to take your date this Valentine’s day! If we missed your favorite spot, please let us know in the comments below.

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