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Donovan's Reef

1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
+1 203-488-5573
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

I had a business lunch with a friend who recommended this restaurant. Our server, Stephanie, was very helpful describing the various dishes. She was engaging and represented the restaurant outstandingly. I had the chicken cutlet sandwich and my friend the French dip special sandwich. We...More

Thank MrCottage
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Donovan's Reef's extensive dinner and bar menu make it the go-to place when you have to please everyone. This restaurant has a fun and friendly staff, nightly events including a fantastic trivia competition on Wednesdays, and a great atmosphere. Set in an old brick factory...More

Thank Sandra C
Reviewed March 11, 2018

Bought a Groupon, went for lunch, and found a sign on door that said they were closed for a private event and would reopen at 5:30? How about put that online?!?!

Thank Kristine G
Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

There was quite a variety on the menu, so choosing took awhile! Great appetizers and entree choices, had a very efficient server and enjoyed our lunch, very much.There was no pressure to leave immediately,and li gered, after, with coffee.Fair pricing, and not crowded,(Monday early lunch).

Thank Ginger D
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

It seems this restaurant is popular as we went on a Saturday evening and after an event cleared up... the tables filled up. This was our first time so we were excited to try this place out. Our overall impression is that it is be...More

Thank war1today
Reviewed December 5, 2017 via mobile

Great restaurant !!!! Very clean, great staff and very good food selection. The "Salmon Entre" was outstanding. All in all a very good choice.

Thank Squawbrook
Reviewed November 18, 2017

We love their burgers and are often there on a Sunday nite for those or the shaved steak sandwich but I've also had their catering and it was so so good . . . At a brunch buffet: latkes with smoked salmon and individual French...More

1  Thank vinnyandbabs
Reviewed November 16, 2017

Stopped in for lunch. I ordered the lobster bisque and crab cakes. Both were very tasty and of good portion for lunch. It's nice on the inside, music, vaulted seating and multi-tiered seating. The menu items start around $10 and upwards from there. The only...More

Thank theexpert
Reviewed November 13, 2017

Seven of us stopped in for drinks and apps after attending a charity luncheon. The place was mobbed on a Sunday night. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get seating on the second floor. Everything was fine. We had nachos and calamari. Both...More

Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

I went here for a wedding and reception that we were invited to. This was my first time here and the place is nicely decorated with the staff being friendly. The food was good and I would go back here again the only thing is...More

1  Thank Robert C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Branford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-488-5573
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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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