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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Donovan’s Reef Restaurant is a warm and inviting American grille located in...
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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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bright, Clean, Tasty...

My friend and I were out for the afternoon and decided to go to Branford. We were looking for a place to eat. I believe she had eaten here before so we chose it. Service was very friendly and accomodating, food was delicious, variety was great, and the place is bright, open and pleasant. Definitely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
sullific
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new haven, ct
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new haven, ct
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340 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend and I were out for the afternoon and decided to go to Branford. We were looking for a place to eat. I believe she had eaten here before so we chose it. Service was very friendly and accomodating, food was delicious, variety was great, and the place is bright, open and pleasant. Definitely recommended,

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Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend of mine made reservations here for the three of us. She asked for a quiet table. When we got there she was told that due to a large party they couldn't give her a quiet table. Nice ...Huh. We were seated by the bar.. noisy ordered our drinks. They were so strong that if someone lit a match... More 

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Thank El S
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We thought it was a new restaurant, we found out it has been there 20 years. It is not easy to find GPS takes you out of the way, it is in the rear of Main Street buildings, easily accessible from Ivy St. Old restored factory, looks good if it was done 20 years ago, good maintenance. Pleasant waiter who... More 

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Thank Deedubu67
Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Made reservation on Thursday for a Saturday seating upstairs as I heard the lounge area is noisy. Got a call back re the reservations and I confirmed it was for Saturday upstairs was told if I was 15 minutes late I would lose the reserve. Got there on time and was told that my reservation was for Friday not Saturday... More 

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Thank El S
Branford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This is our go-to restaurant. You can always count on good food and friendly service. Day bar tender not the best, however.

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Thank Rodney H
Darien, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We had a great meal and a great time! Can't say enough good things about the super attentive staff and the perfect late lunch meal. Had the mahi mahi which was cooked perfectly and the nice light sauce and perfectly cooked rice was a great!

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Thank Fritz S
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111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Came in for dinner once seated had to wait a half hour for a waiter. Once we ordered waiter would disappear. Other wait staff were observed quickly serving their customers, not ours. It should not take 45 minutes from order to food hitting your table. The food is OK nothing to brag about. This place used to be much better.

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Thank Fran F
Redding, California
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113 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

great family place for a gathering. convenient parking. friendly service. main room with bar along one wall smells a little musty so recommend getting a booth upstairs to left of front door

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Thank WildBillT
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Good place to grab a bite to eat if you hate doing chain restaurants or fast food. Chau plays a bit on Thursday nights but then he hands the Mike over to amatures and you need to plug your ears. Beware of this happening. I listened to some woman murder a Sarah MacLauglan song, sad, just sad.

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Thank Dhuskes
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Donovan's is casual dining with the main floor integrated with the bar area and another level removed from the bar. Handicapped patron's will have to use the main level, which can be a bit noisy with the bar, but the carpeted floor helps damp down the sound. Overall, I would say it has a nice pub atmosphere. I have been... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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?
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