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Donovan's Reef

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
+1 203-488-5573
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Husband & I first visited about 8 months ago with a Groupon...service & food was excellent! This time was good, but service was a little slow. Granted, it was a busy Friday night- but there were plenty of servers on the floor. Food was very good!

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Thank Ruthi K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit to Donovan's Reef (DR)! We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary... What a great experience! We sat at the bar waiting for our table and the bartender was excellent... He made two excellent margaritas! Our table was ready in about 15 minutes on a very busy Saturday evening! The waitress was very friendly and went... More 

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Thank FoodFanOne
East Haven
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

My husband and I enjoyed yet another terrific dinner at the 'Reef. We shared the Cajun Scallops app and the scallops were cooked perfectly. The spicy crust had a nice kick and the cilantro lime buerre blanc reduction had just the right citrusy flavor to cut through the richness of the dish. A nice salad with fresh, crisp greens with... More 

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Thank OwnedByCatsInConn
Branford, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We are Branford residents and have been to Donovan's Reef on 3 occasions, each one worse than the last. While the food is "ok", the service is appalling. The last visit was on the day we moved- by the time we left my wife was nearly in tears. Somewhere to go if you want to be ignored, then insulted.

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Thank William S
Branford, Connecticut
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83 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I love the menu! It has something for everyone. The grilled cheese is out of this world. The entrees are always delicious. The atmosphere is both casual and dressy. You can get dressed up for a date night or you can dress down and sit at the bar to play Trivia. I've met friends here for dinner and most recently... More 

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Thank LD080801
New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

My wife and I were in Branford for our anniversary. We knew we were going to go to Chowder Pot, but wanted something a bit more romantic for our anniversary dinner. We had a Groupon and were able to make a reservation for the day. What a great decision. I have to say the food was out of this world.... More 

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Thank rdevdragon
Branford CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Everything from wraps, sandwiches, pizzas and main courses. Such a varied menu that at first is overwhelming because of all the choices and everything is so good but the solution is just to go back again and again!

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Thank Patkap5
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

First time there, I had their special Crispy fish wrap and my husband had the Reef Nightmare Reuben. The wrap was overwhelmed by a huge amount of tartar sauce that rendered it soggy and slimy, anything but crispy. You couldn't taste the fish. My husband's Reuben was not a nightmare but sure wasn't a dream either. The worst was the... More 

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Thank Janice D
New Britain, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

the variety of the menu, the lively atmosphere, the staff all make for a great experience. They satisfy every taste and appetite.

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Thank Stephen B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Always good meals and good service for the price. Consistent quality. Never have to wait to be seated.

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Thank Michele B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Branford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-488-5573
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?