Doesn't your special lady deserve an evening out at a truly romantic restaurant on Valentine's Day?

On May 30th, my wife Mindy and I will celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary, and that means we'll commemorate that milestone at one of our favorite restaurants in the Greater Danbury area. We'll gaze into each other's eyes while holding hands over an expensive bottle of wine... Who am I kidding?! The "gazing" and "holding" are just not going to happen. Instead, we'll ask two of our favorite couples to tag along to one of these ten extraordinary restaurants that are perfect for just about any special occasion:

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    Arethusa al tovolo - Bantam, CT

    This fine dining eatery earns a number of accolades from Connecticut Magazine. Every year, the magazine delivers their "Best Restaurants Edition" from both the experts and their readers. The experts have chosen Arethusa as both the Best in Overall Excellence and Best American Restaurant.

    Connecticut Magazine readers have also chosen Arethusa as their Best in Overall Excellence, Best Italian in Litchfield County, Best Appetizers Statewide, Best Fine Dining in Litchfield County and Best High-End Seafood in Litchfield County.

    My wife, Mindy has had lunch at Arethusa, and told me it was extraordinary. The prices are steep, but you get what you pay for.

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    Bernard's Restaurant - Ridgefield, CT

    This legendary fine dining restaurant at 20 West Lane (Rt.35) in Ridgefield is not only known for their remarkable food, but for their extensive wine cellar.

    The 205 reviews on Trip Advisor gave Bernard's an outstanding score of 4.5 out of 5. Yelp reviewers weighed in with a score of 4 out 5.

    Over the last 20 years, Mindy and I have dined at Bernard's for special occasions. One word -- fabulous!

    Check out Bernard's menu at This is an absolutely perfect choice for Valentine's evening dinner.

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    Cafe on the Green - Danbury, CT

    Set between the first tee and the 18th green at the gorgeous Richter Park Golf Course, Cafe on the Green is an ideal choice for a romantic dinner in one of Danbury's favorite gourmet Italian restaurants.

    89 reviewers gave Cafe on the Green a solid 4 out 5 and Yelp reviewers also weighed in with a 4 out 5.

    Mindy and I have enjoyed this eatery many times over the years. Every dish we've tried was cooked to perfection and was delicious not to mention the exemplary service. Check out their menu at

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    Castello Italiano Trattoria - Danbury, CT

    Castello is a family owned gourmet Italian eatery with an extensive wine selection located at 2 Padanaram Road in Danbury. They recently received the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence in 2018. Check out their wine list by clicking this link.

    75 reviewers on Trip Advisor give Castello's Restaurant at 4.5 out of 5. Patrons love the authenticity of the food and excellent service. Yelp reviewers have also responded in kind, with a 4 out of 5.

    Check out their menu selections by clicking this link.



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    J. Lawrence Downtown - Bethel, CT

    J. Lawrence Downtown is a relatively new addition to Bethel's restaurant atmosphere.

    Located at 186 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel in the historic opera house building, J. Lawrence defines the old world charm of New England.

    Reviewers loved J. Lawrence Downtown and gave it 4 out of 5. The word around town is you must try their homemade fried chicken. Yelp reviewers also awarded J. Lawrence a 4 out of 5.

    If you're seeking out a more casual eatery for your Valentine's Day dinner, you've just come across one of greater Danbury's best new restaurants. Click this link to access their menu selections.


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