Family-Friendly Outdoor Dining Spots in Fairfield County


A family dining in an outdoor restaurant. Eating outside is one of the things that makes the summer special in Connecticut. Many of our Fairfield County towns have coveted spots by the water, and being outdoors long enough for the little ones to get out their wiggles and roam around is a bonus. Below are some of our family’s favorite outdoor dining restaurants to enjoy during the warmer weather.

Picnic at the Beach {Multiple Fairfield County Towns}

The beach is one of our favorite spots to meet friends or have a Friday night sunset picnic dinner in the summer. You can bring a picnic or order delivery directly to the beach! Some beaches have food trucks parked. Enjoy your meal while the kids play or go for a swim. It’s summer living at its best!

Cisco Brewery at The Village {Stamford}

The Village is a combined office space, art gallery, and culinary destination that is not to be missed. It includes their signature restaurant, The Wheel, and Cisco Brewery’s first location outside Nantucket. The location is right on the water, often with live music and ample space for kids to play and explore. The brewery is only open on Memorial Day through the fall, so don’t miss out!

Mexicue at Harbor Point {Stamford}

The food at Mexicue is quite good, but the location is everything! Right on the water, in the heart of Harbor Point, Mexicue offers lots to entertain the little ones. After your meal, you can stroll on the boardwalk, swing on the deck swings, or even take out a kayak. The water taxi can take you to neighboring restaurants such as Crab Shell or Prime.

The Whelk {Westport}

This is a New England seafood bar classic in Saugatuck with beautiful outdoor seating on the Saugatuck River. Delicious bite options include their raw bar,  crab toast, smoked trout dip, and deviled eggs with fried oysters. Yum. Be sure to grab a sweet treat next door at Saugatuck Sweets after dinner.

Rowayton Pizza {Norwalk}

The outdoor eating area is small (and pretty much an extension of the parking lot), but the pizza is good, the salads are huge and delicious, and there is live music on many nights. With super kid-friendly digs, the location is everything here. Enjoy an after-dinner stroll in beautiful Rowayton, catch an outdoor play at nearby Pickney Park, or stop for ice cream down the street if you have room.

Viva Zapata {Westport}

Viva has a sizable patio and an extensive menu of Tex-Mex favorites. The best part? Kids under six get a free taco or enchilada with every adult entrée order. You can enjoy a pretty walk along the riverwalk and shop after dinner. Word of caution – the margaritas here are delicious but dangerous!

Centro {Fairfield}

Centro has a great patio with beautiful string lighting and heaters for chilly nights. The food is excellent, and the location is right on Sherman Green. Kids can venture out and listen to the outdoor concerts at the Gazebo. Arrive early since this spot is very popular in the summer!

Rowayton Seafood {Rowayton}

Rowayton Seafood is a fun family spot with fantastic outdoor seating, a very comfortable outdoor bar, a fantastic raw bar, and coastal New England seafood offerings. They are also perched on the water with ducks to feed to keep the kiddos entertained while imbibing your rosé and oysters. Be sure to stop by the fish market before leaving for your next at-home seafood feast.

Two Roads Brewing {Stratford} 

With a recently updated family-friendly policy, Two Roads is the place to be in the summer. Visitors under 21 are permitted in the outdoor Hop Yard and Area Two Tasting Room. This spot features picnic tables for seating, seasonal food trucks, lawn games, and live music on weekends.

La Plage {Westport}

It is a waterfront, casual restaurant with classic seafood offerings such as a divine lobster roll, fish and chips, and a clam chowder to die for.

Captain’s Cove {Bridgeport}

So many families love Captain’s Cove! Order at the walk-up counter while the kids grab a seat at one of the picnic tables right by the toy cars and boats. Kids’ meals come in a fun box with a drink, cookie, and treasure map! Visit the cute shops along the dock where kids can get free trinkets and candy. The menu is pretty basic, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. Captain’s Cove is a good time for everyone, with a full bar upstairs and live bands playing on weekend nights!

Harborview Market {Bridgeport}

Open mainly for breakfast and lunch, this kid-friendly spot has welcoming staff and quaint seating outside in a residential setting. Walk to St. Anne’s for the Black Rock Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.

Where are some of your favorite family-friendly outdoor dining spots?



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