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Donovan's Reef

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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1212 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3787
+1 203-488-5573
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My family and I live up the street from the reef. Needless to say we go every Saturday to enjoy the wonderful food, great environment and absolutely hospitable service provided there. We have tried literally every item off of the menu and have never had anything that was not amazing. Love and care truly go into the food here most... More 

Thank guadalupe p
New Haven, Connecticut
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We eaten at Donovan's Reef a handful of times and have always enjoyed our food. The menu has something for everyone from general appetizers to more upscale surf and turf options. Service is generally very good and the food has been well cooked and attractively served with attention to detail from the kitchen.

Thank lpcee3
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

We managed to come in during happy hour. A nice smaller and delicious menu! We ordered the chicken quesadilla and Mashed potato pizza! So yummy! And the bar staff is great with drinks! Very quick and friendly!

Thank Danielle L
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

I went there for a meet up group last Monday. Though hidden in a back plaza of the restored Yale Lock building the place has a lot of character. The walk up into the restaurant is very rustic brick and beams offer 3 tiers of seating and entertainment. People and servers were very warm and inviting. I made contact with... More 

Thank Howard S
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

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!

Thank Ruthi K
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank FoodFanOne
East Haven
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110 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank OwnedByCatsInConn
Branford, United States
2 reviews
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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.

1 Thank William S
Branford, Connecticut
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80 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank LD080801
New York
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
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
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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