Dattilo Fine Italian at Water’s Edge

4.2
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located on the expansive grounds of the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa sits a beautiful restaurant with magnificent ocean views, Dattilo Fine Italian, the jewel of the Connecticut shoreline. The cuisine is fresh, creative and bold, with flavors reminiscent of old-world Italy. A rich authentic menu pairs with our extensive wine list features wines from across the globe. In addition to the seasonal menu Dattilo also offers nightly dining specials and themed dinners. Each Sunday we end the weekend with one of the finest Brunches in Connecticut featuring carving, pasta, crepe, and omelet stations. The brunch theme changes each week offering a new variety of fare to experience.

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Sun 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Tue 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 8:30PM

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.3
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4.6
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L
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was great, food was disappointing...bland flavors. Nice setting, very quiet as only one other table used while we were there.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food selection was awesome !!!

HW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a delicious lunch with some colleagues from out of town - they were blown away by the view and highly complimentary of the Datillo salads we ate. Delicious and delightful.

T
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We went expecting a beautiful setting, outstanding cuisine and high prices. We got only 2 out of 3. The setting including decor and view were extremely beautiful. The prices were high as expected. But both of us felt the food was average and on the bland side this included their self-described “award winning clam chowder “, Caesar salad with shrimp added and tiramisu (the last 2 seemed like each wins for an Italian restaurant). The servers and hostess were all extremely nice and we enjoyed the relaxing surroundings but they really need to step up the flavor to justify the prices.

D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waiter Mario was outstanding. Can’t say enough good things about him. Would definitely request him again when we go back

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

had alot of food and choices, but the quality was not good. The crepes were pre made - there were NO crowds in fact the cooks where not even at stations ( there was alot of down time). The raw bar looked impressive, but the oysters and clams were shucked well in advance and probably refrigerated, so they were dry and no juice. Again could see no reason these could not be shucked closer to service time. The bacon was hard to chew. that usually means made in advance and reheated. The beef at the craving table was cold.

A very pretty place, the service was top notch, but the food no so much.

CV
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was warm and cozy with beautiful views of the ocean. Our waiter was attentive to our needs.

SB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

There was lots to choose from, but nothing that wowed is. The raw bar would be rated the highest; with the dessert part being less than average. For the price, just seemed okay.

WF
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Water's Edge breakfast buffet is always a tremendous value and an exquisitely presented offering. Definitely worth a visit.

NB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive server and busboy. Water glass was never empty. Salad and soup brought out quickly after order placed. Entrees were delicious. Dessert was scrumptious as well.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

We went to this restaurant at Waters edge to celebrate my birthday. We’ve been to this restaurant before they were very happy with their food and service, this particular time they seem to have some issues.

I ordered steak And mashed potatoes the potatoes came out from the refrigerator and weRe never cooked they were ice cold. They were kind enough to take them back and not charge us for the replacement but by the time they brought it back I had finished the steak. I ordered a drink vodka on the rocks which was very satisfying but when the check arrives they charge Us $1.88 for ice. In all my years of traveling around the world this is the first time I was ever charged for ice. I think they should just raise the price of the drink two dollars and not make Themselves look stupid

GB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu has great choices and food was magnificent! The view of the ocean and sun setting was spectacular! The professional staff was also an added plus! I Highly recommend this restaurant!

RH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, and the staff, was very attentive, we will certainly go back.

c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

It was difficult for some in our party of six to hear because of the high volume of the piano player. It might be best to move the piano a little further away from the dining area.
While waiting for dinner we went to sit in the soft seating area in the vicinity of the windows. Unfortunately what appeared to be breakfast food (partially eaten waffle, pastries, coffee cup, dirty dishes) were still on the coffee table - and it was 6:15 p.m. The area by the fireplace which was very comfortable, became available and so went there to sit.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My clam chowder had no clams. And to many potato's.

MS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our brunch was amazing!! Service was excellent, never a dirty plate on the table for long. The buffet is a must!! Turkey, ham and prime rib cut in front of you. Pasta station, egg station, waffle station. Breakfast items along with a huge cheese display. Shrimp and oyster area and then hot food!! Italian, fish pork etc. Don't forget the dessert table if there is even room. The grounds outside are beautiful and its a delight to walk down to the beach area. It was worth my 2 hour car ride!!

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit to Water’s Edge, and we will return. The grounds are beautiful, as are the views. The Sunday Brunch has so many choices, and there is definitely something for everyone. Small comment, the doors behind the Registration area, and the doors in the Women’s room are showing signs of wear and tear and should be refinished.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Although the setting and service was excellent I thought that the food, which cost $40.00 per person, was very average. This was a very poor value

MV
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice room, great food and our waiter was very attentive. Would definitely recommend.

C
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My first time dining at Dattilo was a great one. The food & services offered was great! This I never expected and hence reserved another visit in my mind!

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I have eaten here several times before and it has been ok, but this time was extremely sub-par. Here's a run down:
-Service was extremely slow
-appetizers and salad came out in the opposite order as we asked the server to bring them
-I ordered one of the specials, which was scallops and there were horrible! They were extremely overcooked, hard, and rubbery, but since we were entertaining a customer, I just ate 2 and a side and called it a night. I didn't send them back.
-My boss ordered a separate glass of wine once we finished the bottle for the table and the server poured the new wine carafe into his used glass from a different type of wine.
-when we asked about using a food credit we had from the hotel (we were staying at Water's Edge), the restaurant acted like they had no idea what we were talking about. They sent several people over to ask for vouchers before just going and asking the front desk. That was embarrassing in front of the customer and other people. It wasn't worth the $30 credit that the restaurants should know about already.
-trivia was taking place at the upstairs restaurant (where we would have rather had been by the end of the night) which made it just a little harder to hear conversation during the dinner.

All in all, we will never eat there again on our return trips to this customer.

E
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food, truly something for even the most discernible diner! Gorgeous water views upstairs and fast service for their spicy Bloody Mary!

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was well prepared and the waterfront sunset view thru the huge windows was great. Service was spotty + sometimes confused. Prices were in some cases plus cher and dining room could be rather noisy despite the crowd being older + the room not full.

SN
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent variety of delicious choices plus very fine service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Waiter took a while to come over at first, food wasn’t that great.

I
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We went for our anniversary. We hadn’t been there in a few years. The place looks in needs of renovation. The ladies room needed maintenance. It all looked a bit care-worn. We had a hard time getting a waitstaff to get and refill our coffee. On the plus side, food was quite good, although pricey.

GD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Brunch is very nice except people are walking through with kids and bathing suits on. Took a nice elegant affair and cheapened it with out the cheap price tag.
Lots of noise and if there was music I don’t recall.
Brunch is a gracious affair and it was just too much activity in the lobby.
It should be in its own space without people traffic and sun bathers.

E
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food selections were spread out not crowded. Food selection was excellent. Loved oysters and clams on half shell. All food was expertly cooked and prepared. Of course the view was superb z.

F
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience5

Worse food ever. You would think such a beautiful place would invest in their food that they serve. Such a disappointment.

TN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We enjoyed a great meal in a relaxing setting. Getting the first drink was a little slow for very few people inside that night. Overall we spent 2 hours mostly by choice, a very nice place to dine.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Wonderful resort but dinner was awful and over priced for what we received.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was very good, our waiter was great but the service was extremely slow. Took a long time to get a drink and our food.

S
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

We were excited to go for brunch on our 18th Anniversary! But we left quite disappointed. The whole operation seemed extremely disorganized. They were clearly understaffed. It was our first time there and it took a good 5-10 minutes for someone to come over and offer us a drink (with no menu) and then no one told us we were supposed to just help ourselves... We kinda just figured it out by watching others. The food stations were a mess and looked like a hurricane had come through. No one seemed to be monitoring the tidiness and many of the stations ran out of food... Although, the food tasted fine. Don't get me started on the valet situation...We were trying to have a special experience on our special day. We did not...I would not go back, nor recommend to anyone else.

DG
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

The setting was spectacular. We arrived at 1:30 (buffet closes at 3) and had to wait for many of the dishes to be refilled. There was also a very long wait for omelets, crepes, and meat as one person was trying to cover four stations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Poor service - food and no one had looked at the reservation requests for the day so all special requests were not fulfilled.

MM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good food but the deserts @ $10 each was a little pricey

WW
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Brunch isn't our family's favorite meal. The problem is, one of us has a severe food allergy and has a hard time finding enough variety of dishes he *can* eat at most places. This was not the problem at Dattilo Fine Italian. The food was absolutely excellent: Fabulous variety, top quality, all delicious.
I was particularly pleased by the beef and turkey offered at the carving station, I haven't often found buffet beef to be so tender nor buffet turkey to be so moist. The sushi was also the best.
I do wish I could have given Dattilo Fine Italian five stars across the board, but what held me back was the service. Yes, buffets are self-serve, but it would have been more pleasant if the waitstaff had been more attentive about coffee refills. One reminder? Okay. But having to do so repeatedly?
On the other hand, our check was thrust upon us without our having to ask for it, and while we were still enjoying our meal. We felt as if we were being rushed out. Not the best ending to an otherwise enjoyable experience.
Nonetheless, we hope to return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

We have been regular guests at the resort for many years and have to say this was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in recent memory. Dining room was about 1/3 full. Almost two hours for dinner and we skipped dessert after waiting 20 minutes for a menu. As we were walking out another larger group was also complaining that they had waited 1.5 hours and still had no food. The table behind us waited 30 minutes for drinks. We also voiced our displeasure to several bewildered employees who did nothing more than stare at us with blank expressions. The food itself was great but due to the service we will not return.

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful. The views were spectacular. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Waiter thought pouring the wine into the glass from a 14 inches above the glass was a ‘highlight’ of his performance...odd. Food presentation was excellent but waiter was nowhere to be found when bread was brought without oil or butter.