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The 10 best restaurants in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport is located on Connecticut's Long Island Sound and is known for picturesque coastal parks, the annual Barnum Festival and an abundance of fresh seafood. Not just limited to seafood, the city also has a number of venues serving everything from American steak to tapas to Italian specialties. We explore ten of the best restaurants in the area.

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Joseph's Steakhouse

Attentive service and a love of simple, good steaks characterize Joseph's Steakhouse on Fairfield Avenue. Joseph's Steakhouse has received regular positive reviews from a variety of magazines across America since it opened in 2000. The culinary experience of the owner, Joseph Kustra, who was born in Croatia, lived in France and has worked in America since, is evident in the menu, the stone crab claws, USDA Prime dry cured beef and the signature steak sauce. The wine list is extensive and the small selection of desserts is as tempting as the main courses, including apple strudel, pecan cake, and a variety of after-dinner drinks. Inside, the decor is simple: the rustic heavy wood and white tablecloths suggest that the main attraction is the quality of the homemade food.

Joseph's Steakhouse, Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, USA, +1 203-337-9944

Joseph and Joseph's Steakhouse staff | Courtesy Joseph's Steakhouse

Two Bridgeport boots

Two Bridgeport boots were born out of a love for pizza and for New Orleans food, the name "boots" referring to the geographic shapes of Louisiana and Italy. The menu has strong Cajun and Creole influences and is praised for its garlic knots, Cajun popcorn, and specialty thin crust pizzas. Although the venue is small - traditional restaurant style with a long bar - it comes into town later in the evening as the Bridgeport entertainment hub. The restaurant's modest stage is a regular platform for local bands, burlesque shows, indie Thursdays, and dance nights, making this a culinary destination in town.

Two Boots Bridgeport, Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, USA, +1 203-331-1377

Simon and the Sinisters bar on two Bridgeport boots | © Doug Kerr / Flickr

Taberna restaurant

Bridgeport's Taberna restaurant, described by the New York Times as "graceful and low-key," opened in 2008 on Madison Avenue in a former two-story townhouse. With seating at the bar, in the two dining rooms, and on the outdoor terrace in summer, the restaurant feels spacious despite its modest dimensions. Dishes are presented carefully, decorative features unobtrusive and the service staff attentive, elements that combine to create an ambience of casual sophistication. Run by two brothers, Taberna brings another take on Spanish Latino cuisine to the city with a wide selection of traditional tapas dishes, Taberna pies and fresh homemade pasta, as well as the restaurant's signature Paella de Valenciana, a diverse international wine list.

Taberna Restaurant, Madison Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, USA, +1 203-338-0203

The bar | Courtesy Taberna Restaurant

Walrus + Carpenter

Walrus + Carpenter is an independent, family-run restaurant with a passion for the authentic American culinary experience. Carefully selected craft beers and wines accompany the evening menu, which is characterized by the use of southern-style smoking techniques in the grill dishes. Comfortable food at its finest can be found in the Mac + Cheese restaurant or perhaps for spiced brisket and homemade sausages, while the city's seafood heritage is also present in the smoked trout dip, fried oysters and shrimp + grits. All can be enjoyed in elegant surroundings, with regular musical evenings and themed events throughout the week.

Walrus + Carpenter, Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, USA, +1 203-333-2733

"The notorious PIG" at Walrus + Carpenter | Courtesy Walrus + Carpenter

Barnum Publick House

Brass fittings, mosaic tiles, mahogany and red accent walls combine to create the classic American-style decor of the Barnum Publick House. The food served here is primarily upscale (and therefore more expensive) pub fare that includes "lump crab cakes", pear and chicken salad, and Publick House roast meat. The highlight, however, is the Sunday brunch menu, which often attracts large numbers of diners eager to sample the variety of dishes on offer, from chocolate pancakes to customizable omelettes and home-baked salmon. Unlimited brunch cocktails expand what is already an interesting breakfast menu with mimosas, bellinis and its own "Bloody Mary Bar".

Barnum Publick House, Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT, USA, +1 203-690-1044

BRYAC Restaurant & Raw Bar

BRYAC Restaurant & Raw Bar (also known as Black Rock Yacht & Athletic Club) is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Bridgeport, serving traditional pub fare and exclusive specialties serving only the freshest, homemade dishes. The restaurant attracts diners who would like to try its filet mignon, oyster Rockefeller and lobster bisque. Musical performances from Wednesday to Sunday include local and touring, not to mention the annual "Funk Night" every Wednesday.

Author: Carl Brewer

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