Positano Ristorante - CT

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86 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
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OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEAR'S EVE. LIVE BAND NEW YEAR'S EVE 8:30PM - 12:30AM. There will be special dinner menus available these nights; visit www.positano-ct.com

Dine by our cozy fireplace this winter.

Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine. Positano Restaurant has been owned and operated by the Scarpati family for more than twenty years. The owner, Giuseppe, was born on the island of Ponza, Italy, and has carried his family's traditions over to the States. Chef Giuseppe learned the art of cooking from his father, who studied with master chefs in Italy and was regarded as the island's best fisherman. He also served as Executive Chef at the Rainbow Room NYC and IL Giordano NYC. Growing up on an island, Giuseppe appreciates and knows that the best food is made from the simplest and freshest ingredients. His cuisine focuses on all natural cooking, with fresh fishes, meats, fruits, vegetables and aromatic herbs. Also inquire about our PRIVATE PARTY ROOM.
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P
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Delicious seafood pasta, veal sorrento and lamb chops. Giancarlo was a delightful server.

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Going to a play

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service was quite good. Wish the menu had more offerings in the way of appetizers. Found it to be very limited.

h
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The menu is ambitious and the dishes are not quite there. There is a lack of transparency in the flavors. The dishes all taste similar. I didn’t have any of the fish dishes but the trout and the salmon looked much better than my veal.

GB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Giancarlo always provides excellent service and an entertaining experience.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

John Carlo was such a great waiter!! He made our double date with friends a lot of fun. The risotto was amazing!!

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a well presented and tasty Veal Tare Mare for lunch. Got to meet the owners daughter who took time to learn who we were and told us about the history of the restaurant. Overall an excellent place to eat and enjoy.

RZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Without doubt, the best food you will find coupled with an attention to detail by the staff that is unparalleled. We drive over an hour to eat here -- sadly, not as often as we would like due to the distance -- and we are never disappointed. Among tonight's specials were gazpacho and a salmon dish. Both amazing. Each time have had something different, and each time we are completely satisfied. Truly a restaurant you should visit. The restaurant is a bit off of the Post Road -- down a long driveway next to the Westport Playhouse. If you near Westport, CT do yourself the favor and go to Positano's.

ES
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I ordered the eggplant parmesan as my main dish and it was served over really well-sauced pasta. My only disappointment was the salad which was tossed baby greens but it was was not up to the price. The cappuccino was perfect. The service in the back room was excellent and it was quiet for dinner before theater.

M
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ate at the bar and enjoyed the food and the very friendly service by the bartender.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A little disappointing. Went at 8:30 on Friday night and was seated next to the only other party in the dining room and they were loud. Waiter recommended calamari and it was chewy and only rings. Salmon entree was good not great.

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this restaurant! Very quaint for our anniversary dinner. Will definitely be back.

GB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We were there on a quiet evening. Food and service were outstanding. Gian Carlo our waiter provided an excellent experience. Tucked out of the way off the Post Rd right next to the Westport Playhouse. Most definitely worth the trip if you are a foodie. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Food was very ordinary and really disappointing, nothing like what we remember from the original Positano at Compo Beach. It may be new management and a different chef, and not very good. There also was music the night we were there, two good musicians but WAY too loud for the space which made it impossible to talk. We will never go back !!

JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jean Carlo is the quintessential Italian waiter. Treated us like royalty
And the food was outstanding

AA
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience of lunch with a long-time friend. Good food, good service, good ambience!

JR
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The bread in the basket was dry (leftover from yesterday?). I had chicken parmesan over spaghetti. The pasta which wasn't under sauce was also dry (also appeared to be from the previous day). The marinara sauce for the chicken parmesan was bland and tasted watered down - Ragu sauce would have been an improvement. We won't be going back there anytime soon.

p
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our pre-show, 2-course, Prix fix dinners we're interesting (rack of lamb with shrimp in tasty sauce), very well-liked, and good value. Plus, the servers were very nice personable as well as professional and prompt.

EL
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Claimed to not have our reservation. Seated us but right by the door. Crowded with bus tour. Food was just okay. Service was absolutely terrible.

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Pre-matinee. They had several large groups, so our salads looked and tasted thrown together. Not as good as previous times. Cappuccino was delicious, though.

MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We loved eating outside and hearing the waterfall. Easy parking. Very good service. The four of us all enjoyed our food. Excellent salmon piccata and salads. We will return many times.

MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pefect pre show dinner venue. Nice menu and friendly service.

m
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

First time.
Had eaten at previous location and when this space was The Dressing Room.
Chose to sit at the bar which was very positive decision and allowed for a more personal
dining experience.
All the food was beautifully prepared. The burrata wonderfully milky, the gazpacho with a splash of lovely basil oil and a special request chicken pizziola (usually veal) filled with fresh and savory ingredients.
Bartender was charming and attentive without being intrusive.
We had a wonderful experience.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Lovely place - service was a bit confusing though. Open table advised us to make a reservation 2 hours before the show at the Westport country playhouse so we did. We barely sat down and We were asked for our drink order - I seriously hadn’t even settled in my chair. I was there two hours before the show! My husband ordered a veal dish that included shrimp. Meal came and no shrimp. I questioned it so they apologized and brought a bowl of shrimp. The waiter literally took my husbands fork out of his hand and proceeded to move the shrimp onto his plate. It was so odd. The waiter seemed mature and experienced but he was so strange. It was a nice place but I wouldn’t go back - everyone was just too odd and I do like odd and different things, but this wasn’t in a charming way.

DD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our food immensely.
All 4 of us had something different and each was great. The service was great, very accommodating.
The owner recommended a very nice wine we all enjoyed. If you want real Italian food this is the place!

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was very overpriced and not good.

VM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed lunch before the show at the Westport country Playhouse. Service and food were excellent.

JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was below the standard we expected from past visits. My entree was incorrect.

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Must go to place when seeing a show.
Outside seating must be great now.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Made to feel welcomed and comfortable. Service is not rushed and food outstanding while made theater very comfortable time wise. Also serves half price cocktails after the theater performance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Incredibly disappointing experience on Mother’s Day. Limited price fix menu at an inflated price. Mediocre food at best, inattentive service, dirty restaurant, disgusting restrooms and a buffet option that had selections that had obviously been sitting for hours. Truly shocking that this establishment has survived in Westport for as long as it has.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother’s Day. Gian Carlo was a fantastic waiter

o
Angus
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I took the family for Mother’s Day. Hard to imaging it being worse. Prices had been raised, food quantity very uneven and the place was freezing. Don’t understand how it gets good reviews based on my experience

LB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

While the food was good, it took 30 min for someone to come and take our order and then another 25 min to receive our food. Insane!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good traditional Italian. Nothing out of the ordinary. Service was pleasant but slow on a busy night. It was fine, but nothing to write home about.

m
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Great location if you’re going to the Playhouse since it’s right next door. Food was average but expensive. What the online menu said was not the price when we got there. Wine was $12/glass for house wine! Our order was mixed up, shrimp on the wrong salad. I would definitely go back for conscience if I was going to the Playhouse but there are so many other places to go I’m the area that I wouldn’t go there just for lunch or dinner.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and service. Perfect before or after theatre. They got us out on time without rushing us.
The environment was very pleasant.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The main reason to go here is the location. If you are attending the Westport Playhouse, there is just nothing better than to park in the best spots, poised for flight after the show gets out, and a 30 second walk from the theater.

The food is adequate to good, but the service, at least the night we were there, was mediocre. I sat alone, ignored at a table for almost 10 minutes before anyone approached to ask me if I wanted a drink. I finally just went to the bar and got myself one and took it back to the table. We had THREE different waiters over the course of the hour plus we were in the restaurant. It wasn't all that busy either...

Another time we ate there, last summer, it was nicer, and we sat outside and the service was fine so might just have been a bad night. I guess the lesson is just allow plenty of time.

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

I became sick the night after eating salmon in cream sauce

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Fuimos la familia el domingo de Pascua había un bufete q la verdad deja mucho q decir , la calidad de la comida muy baja en casa varios de la familia sintieron dolores de estómago luego de comer. El servicio y los mesoneros muy amables .

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