Where to Eat in Derby: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Derby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.
Things to do in Derby

1. Crave

102 Main St, Ansonia, CT 06401-1854 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Latin, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 203-735-3300
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Crave

Reviewed By jalva1012 - Raritan, New Jersey

Found this location in Trip Advisor. Seemed like a nice menu. Easy to find street parking. Nice restaurant space. Greeted promptly and friendly. Kept getting busier as the night went on. Live entertainment ... singer and keyboard. Good music. Super friendly owner. I had difficulty figuring being something for a Vegan diet. Owner sat with me and helped me put together a plate of rice, beans, maduros, veggies and potatoes that really hit the spot. Guac and chips were good. Drinks were very good. Looking forward to coming back and hoping they add more Vegan options.

2. Dew Drop Inn

25 North Ave, Derby, CT 06418-1618 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 203-735-7757
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Dew Drop Inn

Reviewed By Debster992 - Milford, Connecticut

First visit to the Dew Drop Inn after hearing about their wings for years. We ordered a variety of their specialty wing flavors and all were delicious. Hot, Mango Pineapple Habanero, Cream Cheese Jalapeño, Barbecue. Their tater tots were a fun side.
The place is small but the staff was super fun. Full bar and many craft beers on tap. We will definitely be back another time.

3. Red Lotus

872 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484-4625 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 33 +1 203-926-8725
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Red Lotus

Boutique Asian cuisine with very selective dishes from around the world. Full line of Certified Organic Spirits, Wines, and Sakes. Gluten Free and Organic Food Specials.

Reviewed By teena1014 - Ringoes, New Jersey

Had dinner last night and it was okay, but not great. First, the waiter was brand new, it was his first night. He did fine... I’m sure he’ll be great in a few weeks. I ordered a grapefruit martini, one of the House specials. My husband ordered a regular martini on the rocks. Both seemed weak and my husbands arrived straight. We shared a tuna avocado salad and dumpling appetizer, both were very good. We both ordered the same entree, tenderloin and scallops. It was good, but not great. Maybe it was just an off night, I’d try again.

4. IL Palio Restaurant

5 Corporate Dr, Shelton, CT 06484-6237 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 66 +1 203-944-0770
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

IL Palio Restaurant

Housed in a magnificent building, this luxe Northern Italian restaurant makes you feel thousands of miles from the Shelton corporate park where it is located. Il Palio is known for its homemade Italian cuisine, an extensive wine list, and exceptional service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Reviewed By DanaAndHim - Old Greenwich, Connecticut

You'll feel transplanted as you walk up the steps to Il Palio - that is if you've driven around Corporate Park and passed Michelangelo's Vitruvian Man and the replica of his famous David. The restaurant itself is just stunning, dark woods on the upper level, hand painted walls; light, bright and airy, floor to ceiling glass windows on the lower level for New Year's Eve. Now, the food. Ahh, the food. I'm caught off guard here as I would recommend a dish, but everything I've tried here has been a gastronomical delight. p.s. There's another big secret at Corporate Park: Il Palio's chef apparently runs a small cafe-like store across the way where, on a Tuesday before the Park's free Shakespeare class, you can stop, grab to-go delicious baked goods, a hot meal, or healthy - super healthy - salads with salmon, chicken, beef or just plain beans.

5. Roseland Apizza

350 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, CT 06418-1060 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch +1 203-735-0494
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Roseland Apizza

Reviewed By Dave S - Naugatuck, Connecticut

Great food all around, but really great New Haven style pizza. Not cheap, but certainly worth it. You want cheap, call Dominos! You want good, stop on by. The wait staff is not friendly at all, but I guess that's their style.

6. Copper City Bar and Grill

85 Main St, Ansonia, CT 06401-1805 Reservations, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 203-732-2888
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Copper City Bar and Grill

Copper City Bar and Grill is an American Cuisine restaurant in downtown Ansonia,CT owned and operated by Chef Thomas Carney. We have a rustic ambiance with copper ceilings and feature an open kitchen so you can see our chef at work.

Reviewed By CandC926 - New London, CT

We were pleasantly surprised on our recent visit to the Copper City Bar & Grill. It is located in a "quaint old fashion small town atmosphere" that reminded us of the late 50's and early 60's. Located on main street in Ansonia, one could dine on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, or in the well appointed restaurant itself. The menu displayed a fine selection of choices, the food was great, the atmosphere was outstanding and the service exceptional. We will definitely dine there again.

7. Wellington's

51 Huntington Plz, Shelton, CT 06484-5211 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 203-929-0336
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Wellington's

Reviewed By bilasi - ansonia

We went on restaurant week. The 3 course dinner was $33.17 other restaurants are only $27 or so. I have to say the cream of asparagus soup was very good. The cod said it had crab and herb topping and you couldn't even see the crab. If they didn't advertise it you wouldn't have known, They were like flakes not chunks or even small pieces. Rice was room temp. The brownie ala mode was good. A glass of wine was $9.50.

8. Italian Pavilion

78 Pershing Dr, Derby, CT 06418-1433 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 203-736-9005
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Italian Pavilion

Reviewed By rong199 - Punta Cana

I don't now where to start with their menu. They have been in the valley for years. They are very accommodating if there is something on the menu you would like made differently or substitute, they would not add an additional charge. Pizza, calzones, fried mozz. eggplant parm., seafood dishes, pasta dishes. DELICIOUS!!!!

9. Amici's Restaurant

500 Howe Ave, Ste B, Shelton, CT 06484-3100 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 203-926-1809
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Amici's Restaurant

Reviewed By Sonia F - Milford, New Jersey

We came across this restaurant on our way home from our New England trip. Excellent choice! The lunch menu was nice and varied, but my husband and I both chose the pasta with lobster entree, regular and gluten free, which was extraordinary! Creamy and delicious sauce with nice chunks of lobster. This outstanding dish was worth the wait, and the service was fantastic. Wish we lived closer!

10. Roma Pizzeria

150 Wakelee Ave, Ansonia, CT 06401-1148 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 203-734-6815
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Roma Pizzeria

Reviewed By stephanieanne2016 - Derby, Connecticut

When my parents stilled lived in CT we would come here when my dad was in the mood 4 great brick oven pizza.

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