A Bite of Nature
Where to go for optimal outdoor dining
Verdant landscapes and crisp summer nights are driving Litchfield County gourmands out of their houses and into the area’s many restaurants that offer an outdoor dining experience.
Adjacent from one another on the premises of the Mayflower Grace in Washington are a relaxed, comfortable pub—The Tap Room—and an elegant, sit-down restaurant. Whether guests opt for a pint at the former, or the pan-roasted duck breast at the latter, they are encouraged to enjoy the Mayflower’s grounds in the al fresco dining area.
Litchfield’s West Street Grille is a New York–style bistro that was among the originators of Connecticut’s local food movement. Nestled on the town green, the Grille offers the option of sidewalk seating amid the charming buzz of a warm evening in downtown Litchfield.
The area’s country charm is on full display at Washington Depot’s GW Tavern. A spacious back patio offers views of the sprawling property—green hills descending to a gazebo, dense vegetation, and the Shepaug River.
On the downward slope of New Milford’s Bank Street sits Lucia Ristorante, an intimate space with Italian influences. An outdoor patio offers a view of quaint downtown New Milford to see moviegoers saunter out of Bank Street Theater and couples walk hand-in-hand along the quiet sidewalks.