Restaurants Worth Trying in Norwich, CT

Norwich, CT, is a lovely city on the banks of the Thames River in the central part of the state, and has numerous attractions, including excellent restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites that you may want to check out after arriving at your lovely Norwich inn.

Bella Fiore
543 West Thames St.
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 887-9030
www.bellafiorerestaurant.com

This award-winning upscale restaurant cooks every dish to order and cautions you that the food is so good that you won't worry about the short wait. And good it is, with homemade pasta and desserts and the best of freshest ingredients available. Traditional Italian options such as veal parmagiana are alongside some more nouvelle options such as veal alla casa, which consists of a veal scallopini sauteed with shrimp, oyster mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, black olives and white wine. It is located not far from the Thames River and is a destination for many who visit the area.

Olde Tymes Restaurant
360 West Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 887-6865
www.oldetymes.com

A landmark in Norwich, this restaurant is known for its excellent food and reasonable prices. You can get exactly what you want to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner here because of the wide array of dining options. No fewer than eight different omelets are offered in the morning, along with biscuits and sausage gravy. Lunch and dinner are equally inviting with a broad selection, from sandwiches to pasta and from New England favorites like roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy to Southern-style dishes including fried chicken and grits. Don't forget the brownies or strawberry shortcake for dessert, both of which are made on the premises.

Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
118 Water Street
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 319-0133
misssaigonvn.com

Right in downtown Norwich, Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant features the best in Vietnamese cuisine, including noodle and rice platters, Bo Tai Chanh (cold marinated raw beef), Chao Tom (fried vermicelli and shrimp on sugarcane) and Banh Xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake). The ambiance is casual but tranquil and the restaurant owners have an enormous desire to please their customers. An added bonus is they deliver within a 2-mile radius, and it is definitely affordable.

Harp and Dragon Pub
130 Main St.
Norwich, CT
(860) 885-0147
www.harpndragon.com

You will find a friend or two at the Harp and Dragon Pub, a typical Irish eatery offering the foods that make the Irish famous, such as Shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. If you're not in the Irish frame of mind, there are plenty of other options, like steak and seafood. There are more than 30 beers to choose from and they are all on tap, but if you prefer a cocktail, there's a full bar as well. You will probably hear an Irish ballad or two. By the time you have finished your dinner, you may be up for doing an Irish jig. It's not uncommon here. After a night of fun, you can happily return to your Norwich bed and breakfast for a good night's rest.