Since reopening in 2016, Beach House Café in Old Greenwich has become a local favorite. It’s not hard to see why. The interior has a beachy-chic vibe, with two charming dining rooms framed in white wainscoting and seafoam-colored walls. On beautiful days, the French doors that line the restaurant let in a breeze that almost makes you forget you’re not vacationing in a New England beach town. And while the interior is inviting enough, people come back, again and again, for the food.
The cuisine is New England-style seafood with an Asian flare. Starters range from fried calamari to goat cheese wontons, a mix of goat and cream cheeses, lightly fried, and served alongside pepper jelly (what’s not to love about that, right?). There is also an array of vibrant salads and flatbread pizza (truffle oil and mushroom or yellowfin tuna) to set the stage for the entrées.
Mains include seafood risotto, speckled with lobster, shrimp, and scallops, and dressed in a luxurious truffle-Champagne butter. Beach House does a classic fish n’ chips with Creole tartar sauce, as well as Chilean sea bass in a miso or black bean sauce.
Landlocked offerings include orange-soy-glazed cracklin’ duck with ginger-carrot purée and filet mignon in a brandy-peppercorn sauce. To accompany the dishes, the craft cocktail menu brings summery rum mojitos and seasonal sangrias to the table, as well as sophisticated bourbon-infused Old Fashioneds.
Recently, Beach House opened a second location in South Norwalk, directly across from the Maritime Aquarium. While it still carries over the beachy feel, the vibe is a bit more urban, which lends itself perfectly to SoNo’s up-and-coming landscape.
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