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14 Beach Dr, Stratford, CT 06615-7800
203-870-8313
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 13
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Location is great - Food, service and ambiance just average

I was looking forward to visiting Mare Bello. We have heard good things about the appetizers at the bar. We visited for Restaurant Week. First impressions: A bit too bright. Could be a better ambiance. The music piped in was strange. Sounded like whales? The service was just average... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Thomas K
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Connecticut
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Connecticut
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I was looking forward to visiting Mare Bello. We have heard good things about the appetizers at the bar. We visited for Restaurant Week. First impressions: A bit too bright. Could be a better ambiance. The music piped in was strange. Sounded like whales? The service was just average. Friendly but not overly attentive. The silverware was cheap and thin... More 

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New York City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I found Mare Bello while looking for a restaurant on the water...I loved it...It has a "family" feeling, seemed that the patrons knew each other well...very friendly..I had sausage and broccoli rabe with beans, just delicious...can't wait to go back, watch the sea and sunset and have another dish at Mare Bello...the view could not be better

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New Haven, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

I met 5 friends for lunch today at Mare Bello. We were greeted warmly and spent some time chatting over cocktails. We all ordered from the specials- the blackened salmon and the flounder specials were delicious! We split 4 appetizers- all delicious -especially the Italian Dumplings. The deserts are to die for! Italian cheesecake and Expresso Mouse are my favorites.... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The place is just perfectly located by the boardwalk and the view it's delightful. The food it's really good and the owner very amicable, came to check how was our food and service. The owner explained that the reason our food took a little long (30 mins) to come out its because they cook everything fresh, nothing it's precooked. We... More 

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Trumbull
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83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I've been wanting to come here a long time-the patio seating feet from the Sound always looked so appealing. We finally went today, & although we' ll give them a 2nd chance, here's the good, the bad, & the ugly: the 2 young servers were very nice if not a bit inexperienced. We were the only patrons for a long... More 

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Trumbull
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

First trip here only because I don't think of it but that will change after this visit. Even though we live on the coast there aren't many choices for dining so on a nice evening like we had the idea of eating in the center of any of the local towns was not appealing so we decided to try Mare... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Worst restaurant we been to dirty silverware and dishes stale bread rancid dipping. Oil over price food small portion sea bass meal over cooked.No side dish,wont go to eat there again.Wonder how they stay open.

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Stratford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Where does one start? Appetizers? Mare Bello cares. They care that you have the best meal from soup to nuts. This should be considered a bistro as it is family owned and run. Molly greets you with a glass of wine at the bar. Her husband Naim is the chef, and he will make anything you want if you don't... More 

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Milford, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

So if you are interested in finishing your meal within 30-45 minutes, this isn't your place. This is a place you go with great company to sit, converse, and enjoy each other. The chef cooks everything to order. Not is pre-made so you will wait for food! I have come here several times now, twice with just my husband and... More 

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Stratford
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The servers were very welcomed and sat us immediately. The food was great, but the cook is a disgusting man. He complained about a coupon that was given to me and made me speak on the phone with that person. He said the coupon was fraud. He was so unprofessional and very rude. I will not be giving my money... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Beach Dr, Stratford, CT 06615-7800
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: 203-870-8313

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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