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Donovan's Reef

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American, Organic, Hamburgers
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1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
203-488-5573
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
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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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rainy Day Lunch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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326 reviews 326 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Donovan's Reef is a great classic American restaurant offering a variety of choices and something for everybody. They serve both upscale dinners and the staples you'd expect to find at an American restaurant such as burgers and chicken sandwiches. I've eaten here several times recently and I have to say there really isn't anything I've ordered which I haven't liked.... More 

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North Haven, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Finally a good restaurant that I understand what the choices are. So many places I have to "google" what items on the menu mean. There are a lot of delicious choices. One of my favorite things of the evening was the salad dressing it was homemade and delicious.I ordered the "Honey Wine", I normally order Ranch. We went for our... More 

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Bremen, Georgia, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We've started the ball rolling by putting out a call to members of the 1970 graduating class of Branford High School - we gather informally, impromptu, on short notice. And this time, thanks to the hard work of one of our members, we had our gathering at Donovan's Reef on a snowy winter evening in January. The restaurant worked with... More 

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North Haven, CT
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We ate here for my granddaughter's 13th birthday and our anniversary. While the restaurant was not busy (usually a bad sign) we were welcomed by wonderful staff of people. Michael, our waiter, was very helpful in discussing the dinner choices and making recommendations. We were very happy with our meals. While this seems to be heavy on the sandwiches/burgers, the... More 

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new haven
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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, Hamburgers

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?