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Donovan's Reef

1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
203-488-5573
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Ranked #24 of 130 restaurants in Branford
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Organic
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Donovan’s Reef Restaurant is a warm and inviting American grille located in the historic Branford Lock Works building in Branford center. Greg Bozzi, owner and executive chef has been operating the restaurant out of this location for almost twenty years; he has created the perfect combination of food, drink, and fun in a unique family atmosphere. Greg takes his passion for food and entertainment and instills it into his staff, of family and friends who are all too happy to provide you with the best of service. Whether it is a quiet lunch for two any day of the week, a relaxing Happy Hour Monday to Friday, dinner with that special someone or a night out with friends with our very affordable prices Donovan’s Reef is the place to be. No matter whether you spend your time at Donovan’s Reef on the main dining floor or in the unique loft dining area on Friday and Saturday evenings, you can enjoy Donovan’s full menu and daily specials. Our well-stocked Tap Room area also provides table seating and offers the full menu. When dinner service is complete on Friday and Saturday join us on the main floor for live music from various talented local artists.
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Donovan’s Reef Restaurant is a warm and inviting American grille located in the historic Branford Lock Works building in Branford center. Greg Bozzi, owner and executive chef has been operating the restaurant out of this location for almost twenty years; he has created the perfect combination of food, drink, and fun in a unique family atmosphere. Greg takes his passion for food and entertainment and instills it into his staff, of family and friends who are all too happy to provide you with the best of service. Whether it is a quiet lunch for two any day of the week, a relaxing Happy Hour Monday to Friday, dinner with that special someone or a night out with friends with our very affordable prices Donovan’s Reef is the place to be. No matter whether you spend your time at Donovan’s Reef on the main dining floor or in the unique loft dining area on Friday and Saturday evenings, you can enjoy Donovan’s full menu and daily specials. Our well-stocked Tap Room area also provides table seating and offers the full menu. When dinner service is complete on Friday and Saturday join us on the main floor for live music from various talented local artists.
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English first
new haven
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Went here for the 2nd time last night and once again described my meal as "decent." This is a typical all American fare type place with a diverse menu of large entrees and soups/salads/sandwiches. Last night I ordered the chicken fajitas. They were OK but I could have done without the sweet glaze mixed in with the meat and veggies,... More

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Branford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Cool atmosphere, food is surprisingly tasty. beers are good, house wine is cheap and could use an upgrade, good place to go with the family/kids, but also fun to go later.

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Branford, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Assume salads and sandwiches ! The wait staff is fabulous great place for a casual fare. We enjoy the atmosphere of easy dining.

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connecticut
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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My husband and I like to go and sit at the bar, eat and listen to the music. We can do this at Donovan's reef. A mix of ages so you don't feel like they are either all young kids or an older crowd. The food is always good. My husband enjoys their Italian egg rolls and their calamari. The... More

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Branford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We enjoy the coziness & great wait staff as well as the Bartenders. Great menu, especially the salads & Wraps.

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Branford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Dined at Donovan's tonight and the food was satisfying and fulfilling as always. However, towards the end of the night I witnessed the apparent manager abruptly yelling at the hostess for no apparent reason. The scene was awkward for more than just myself. This is not the service I expect and usually receive.

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Plainville, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We got married at Woodwinds on 9/28 in Branford, and I searched for somewhere different to host our rehearsal dinner. I talked with Steve who let us have their private loft area for the dinner. I reserved one of their buffet options and an open bar for an hour. We had our own private bar, which Steve bartended for us.... More

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Branford, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Our Server Steve was very attentive. He seemed like the owner with all of knowledge and presence around the restaurant. The food was Great. All of the service was Great!!! We always look forward to coming in to see him.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We recently had our small but important to us wedding reception in the loft at Donovan's. The food was delicious which is important, but, it was the awesome service and attention to detail that truly made the difference for us. Steve and the staff went above and beyond what we expected and everyone in our group raved about our reception.... More

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Jackson, TN
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28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Very good salad and desert. But, at these prices I would expect tender, not mushy steaks. Also, I ordered two small filets medium rare. One done correctly, one medium. Can't eat medium but the one done correctly ended being enough along with the salad and desert.

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