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Charcoal Chef

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670 Main St N, Woodbury, CT 06798-2130
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Everett, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charcoal Chef has remained a staple for the locals and part-timers for 60 years…not much has changed even down to the some of the glassware. I dined on a Monday night while visiting my parents who always enjoy the simple good meals and friendly staff here. It was a perfect summer night to visit and I recommend you to... More 

Thank JPS43505
Naugatuck, CT
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

We've been going to the Charcoal Chef for over 20 years, and still love it. We love all things "retro", and this fits the bill. Nothing fancy here, just basic meals, and no pasta. Their barbeque'd chicken breast is excellent, comes with baked potato and salad. They have an extensive pie list for dessert - very good Boston Creme. We... More 

Thank KatMom
Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

I had the salmon with a salad and baked potato, and it was awesome. The salad had real tomatoes and cucumbers (and plenty of them). The potato was perfectly cooked and drenched in sour cream and butter. The salmon was perfectly grilled and served with lemon and tartar sauce. Service was friendly. I will definitely return.

Thank ladyofthefield
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We sat on our own and was greeted quickly. The cocktail my husband ordered was nice and strong. The kids were happy with their meal. We enjoyed ours. Many local seniors frequented it and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thank Christina A
New York City, New York
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135 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This place is a real hoot! Menu is from the 1950's along with the food. All homemade and some of the waitresses I think are from the 50's too. Great food and great service.

1 Thank VacaCouple2014
Woodbury, Connecticut
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

very popular with locals. Sometimes a bit crowded but the stakes and salads are great. Sometimes the seafood is kept in the frig a little too long before cooking.

2 Thank fred P
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Always a local favorite for a Charcoal Broiled Steak, Burger, Chicken in a Basket and the Best cocktails in Town.

1 Thank topcop161
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151 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

Charcoal chef is a great place to have a nice, affordable dinner. The food is fresh, the service is quick and the prices are very reasonable. My grandparents have been taking me here since I was very young and my husband and I still visit once in awhile. The old fashioned ice cream sundaes are the best!

Thank JCW627
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We go here a bit, but tonight with my brother and his wife, and my sister and her husband , it was excellent! We all had the "chicken in a basket ". Some had with a baked potato (loaded) and some with fries! It was for all of us some of the best fried chicken we have had in a... More 

1 Thank Lance B
Hartford, Connecticut
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff with lots of attention. The food was nothing but just right. Family of 4 dinners and deserts came out to $55. Very reasonable for the food that you get. Recommended the banana cream pie! Wanted to get seconds!

Thank jetset1976

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 670 Main St N, Woodbury, CT 06798-2130
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Woodbury
  • Phone Number: 203-263-2538

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?