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Donovan's Reef

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American, Organic
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1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
203-488-5573
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Donovan’s Reef Restaurant is a warm and inviting American grille located...
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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  • 21
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    Very good
  • 5
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  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere, food is good, drinks are fairly priced

Donovans is a pleasant venture in Branford. The brick interior is gorgeous . The food and appetizers are generous and reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Hamden, Connecticut
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Branford, Connecticut
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68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Came here for my birthday lunch with my dad, sister, and baby. Had a great server. He was funny, Mage great recommendations and was polite. Our meals were excellent and dessert was delightful! Great menu all around :)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Overall the experience was dismal. The food was typical chain food while the drinks were way over priced. Our water server's hands were filthy with black grease under his nails. Our waitress was pleasant, but the reviews on this this place are not accurate.

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Hamden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Donovans is a pleasant venture in Branford. The brick interior is gorgeous . The food and appetizers are generous and reasonably priced.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We enjoyed this place so much we decided to try it again when we were in the neighborhood. We had a spicy salad with shrimp. And the Mahi fish tacos. Both were very good. We finished the meal with lava cake. Very decadent and delicious. We will try it again...next time for dinner

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We came here because of a Groupon certificate. Very pleased with everything. We had nachos with everything, very good especially the salsa with fresh tomatoes and cilantro. My wife had fried scallops, excellent! I had the Joe Montagno sandwich , very good. Service was very good as well as the atmosphere. Will return if in the area.

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East Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a great spot for Happy Hour!! It has wonderful food selections 3 - 6 PM and special drinks prices too. It is a comfortable and pleasant setting. They also put out a "Hot" food item for you to sample during Happy Hour. I highly recommend you give this place a try!!

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Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Pricey with poor service! Was busy so we agreed to sit upstairs even though we were told that it was warm up there because ac was not working up there. Fine. The lights flickered the whole time we were there. The waiter had an attitude. Our steaks were not cooked the way we ordered them. And when we initially asked... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We were in the neighborhood and we were hungry. It was raining so we decided to stop at Donovan's Reef. It's located in the center of town and it's easy to get to if you know where it is. To be honest, we haven't been here in a long time. We always enjoyed the food so we gave it a... More 

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Irvine, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

So many choices, so much food. Came here for a family dinner while visiting Yale and looking at vacation rentals in Branford. The service was great, the food choices were great. I had the Sirlion Steak on the special, it was terrific with mashed potatoes and spinach, a lot of food. Saw steak salads on other patrons plates and could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

I don't know where to start. Donovans reef was recommended to me by a friend that hosted her rehearsal dinner here. My sister in law is expecting June of this year and being her sister in law we had lots in mind and Donvoans was one of the restaurants we had in mind. From the second I called to speak... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Branford
  • Phone Number: 203-488-5573

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Organic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?