CT Magazine’s best appetizer restaurants for 2022

Connecticut Magazine // Food + Drink

The maple bacon and eggs dish at The Cottage in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, March 3, 2022. Chef Brian Lewis’ restaurant The Cottage is opening a new location in at 49 Greenwich Ave., joining its original in Westport.Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media

The “Best of Connecticut” results are in for 2022. For more of the tastiest treats Connecticut has to offer, see our Editors’ Picks and Readers’ Choice winners in Best of Connecticut: Food + Drink. (And be sure to check out the winners in Activities + Entertainment and Shopping + Services while you’re there!)

Here are the winners from our annual Readers’ Choice survey for best restaurants and recommendations from some of the most in-the-know dining experts in Connecticut. 

For more award-winning Connecticut food and dining, see our 2022 Best Restaurants award winners, and our picks for the 25 Best New Restaurants in 2022.

Our annual Readers’ Choice restaurant survey was conducted online during September and October 2021; voters were able to choose up to three restaurants in order of preference (with the votes 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 further categories went to the next qualifying restaurant. Our panel of experts then recommended additional places in each category which they believe deserve recognition.


Experts’ picks

Bin 100

100 Lansdale Ave, Milford


Stone Row Kitchen + Bar

948 Main St, Willimantic


Tavern on State

969 State St, New Haven


Readers’ picks

The Cottage

Statewide Winner and Fairfield County

256 Post Rd E, Westport


Arethusa al tavolo

Statewide Runner-up and Litchfield County

828 Bantam Rd, Bantam


Max Downtown

Hartford County

185 Asylum St, Hartford


Grano Arso

Middlesex County

6 Main St, Chester


Bella’Gio Ristorante

New Haven County

835 W Main St, Cheshire


Red 36

New London County

2 Washington St, Mystic


Fenton River Grill

Tolland County

135 Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center


Willimantic Brewing Company / Main Street Cafe

Windham County

967 Main St, Willimantic