Coventry Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Coventry

April 14, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Coventry (/ˈkɒvəntri/ KOV-ən-tree) is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,435 at the 2010 census. The birthplace of Captain Nathan Hale, Coventry is home to the Nathan Hale Homestead, which is now a museum open to the public. In 1605, George Willlard paints.
Things to do in Coventry

1. Willington Pizza House

25 River Rd, Rte 32, Willington, CT 06279-1830 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 860-429-7433
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Willington Pizza House

Pizza that made Willington Famous! Also a wide selection of fresh salads, grinders, dinners and appetizers. 20 beers on tap, large wine selection.

Reviewed By Dee P - Stafford Springs, Connecticut

We enjoy the rustic atmosphere of Willington Pizza, although we have never had a pizza there! I have enjoyed their pizza at teacher workshops over the years, however. Amazing specialties. The servings are enough to satisfy Paul Bunyan, delicious and reasonably priced. If they don't...MoreThanks for the review and the 5 stars!

2. UConn Dairy Bar

North Eagleville Rd., University of Connecticut, Storrs, Mansfield, CT Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options +1 860-486-1021
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 243 reviews

UConn Dairy Bar

Reviewed By waysidelynne

Sample all the flavors (my favorite is cappuccino crunch). Don't forget to check out the freezer section for the delicious cupcake sundaes or monster cookie sandwiches.

3. coyote flaco

50 Higgins Hwy, Mansfield Center, Mansfield, CT 06250-1410 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television Mexican Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 860-423-4414
Excellent
29%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
9%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

coyote flaco

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

First order: California burrito with sausage. Got: ground beef instead. Second order: Chike Relleno with steak. Got: raw poblano pepper with 5 tiny pieces of steak with 1 teaspoon of cheese, 1 1/2 cups rice, 1 cup beans, for $12. Really? Sides probably cost this restaurant $1. Pathetic. DON'T eat at this restaurant and support their rip offs. Me? Former personal chef in Eastern CT for 13 years. I know good food and this isn't it. Sad excuse for Mexican food. Chefs don't care what they serve. Management raking in profits from overcharging for sub par food.

4. Motta's Pastry & Bake Shop Incorporated

244 Route 6, Columbia, CT 06237-1124 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 860-228-1226
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By Tracearoo27

Lets start with the grinders that they make, truly amazing!!! The fresh bread makes the grinders to die for! The pastries that they make are just as delicious! They have such a huge selection of cookies, pastries, breads, if its Italian they probably have it. I can not stop bragging about having this amazing pastry shop in my home town. Stop buy for some take out dinner or for dessert, you will not be disappointed!!!

5. Willimantic Brewing Co

967 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226-2330 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-423-6777
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Willimantic Brewing Co

The Willimantic Brewing Company/Main Street Café is a living landmark restaurant and pub brewery located in Willimantic, in the heart of rural northeastern Connecticut.Our original Main Street Café was founded in 1991, and began operations as a small deli in the old Capitol Theatre building on Main Street in Willimantic, CT. Occupying both the lobby and concession area of the theatre, seating was limited to 50 people. After 3 years we were bursting at the seams and made the move to 877 Main Street, another historic building. There we expanded to a full service restaurant and featured American craft-brewed beers and an extensive menu. One more move was in the cards for us, and we made yet another trek down Main Street to our home in the current granite and limestone 1909 U.S. Post Office Building.

Reviewed By bittenby - Manchester, New Hampshire

I was staying locally overnight on a business trip and stopped in for dinner. Micro breweries sometimes offer a mixed bag on beer, but ours were good. My only note is my cask ale (which should be served warm) originally came in a frosted class which chilled the beer. Once it heat back up, it was lovely.

I had the steak and cheese with cajun fries; my husband had the poutine. Both pub fare, but pub fare done well. Our waiter was great and answered all our questions, including our curiosity at the frog motif about town.

Although we didn't order them, we saw the colossal nachos at another table and were stunned. Next time, we'll have to try them.

6. Francesca's Italian Bistro

1203 Main St, Coventry, CT 06238-3116 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 860-498-0626
Excellent
52%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

Francesca's Italian Bistro

Reviewed By johnandea - Storrs, Connecticut

We have been to Francesca's about 5 times and have never been disappointed. The food is individually prepared and fresh. Portions are fine and costs are reasonable. Some wine choices could be less costly.

7. Dog Lane Cafe

1 Dog Ln, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06268-2233 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, International, Delicatessen, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 860-429-4900
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

Dog Lane Cafe

Dog Lane Cafe is Northeastern Connecticut's newest European/American cafe, offering something for everyone from early morning to late at night. Our menu and our daily specials emphasize seasonal, local and freshly-prepared food, all made to order. Sample from our wide variety of sandwiches, grilled items and freshly tossed salads or help yourself to coffee at our self-service coffee bar - where you get to make it the way you like it. Relax in our comfortable dining room or during warm months enjoy outdoor dining on the patios on both Storrs Road and Dog Lane. Whether you are in hurry or want to take some time and relax with friends, our style of service lets you set your own pace.

Reviewed By Tamba5 - Connecticut

We have been here many times for breakfast or just coffee. This is a great coffee spot. This time we went at dinner time. Dinner is a bit pricey for what you get but the food is good.
Ordered the apple and caramelized onions grilled cheese. It was delicious. I look forward to getting it again.

8. Dunkin' Donuts

3516 Main St, Coventry, CT 06238-1551 +1 860-742-5114
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By HiTea - Connecticut

When you see so many cars at this location, you wonder how Coventry survived for hundreds of years without a Dunkin' Donuts. It is fairly average for the brand. They do run out of croissants quite often, and this ingredient is crucial to my favorite chicken salad sandwich. Also, the woman who seems to be managing (bossing?) others is not very respectful to them in front of customers. I don't envy her job, but ai do think she should use more restraint in front of others.

9. The Thunderbird Cafe

234 Route 6, Columbia, CT 06237-1124 Breakfast, Lunch +1 860-228-2886 ext. 146
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Susan S - Columbia, Connecticut

I've only had breakfast here so far, but the food is delicious! The staff is super friendly and helpful, and the prices are just right. You can get an entire breakfast for around $5. The location is a little strange because it is inside a Ford dealership, but they won't try to sell you a car with breakfast. It is definitely a cafe atmosphere where you order your food at the register and then pick your own table. When I take my kids with me, there is a small goldfish pond with these huge fish to check out, and if you ask really nicely the people at the dealership let you feed them sometimes. :)

10. Bidwell Tavern Cafe

1260 Main St, Coventry, CT 06238-3155 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 860-742-6978
Excellent
28%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
12%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 192 reviews

Bidwell Tavern Cafe

Reviewed By Michael H - Marlborough, Connecticut

I'm not a difficult guy to please. I love wings, I love beer, I like local joints, So here is my unbiased review.
Service was not good. Sat at the bar on typical Sunday afternoon. Games were on and the place was about half full I'd say. Ordered a beer and a wine, and the wine was stale and smelled horrible. Bartender seemed annoyed. "what do you want" was the extent of any further conversation. Had buffalo tenders (not wings) and some potato skins. Both arrived, but both arrived barely warm. Had they been hot, or if our waitress had even asked if everything was ok, we would give them another star, but perhaps the large crowd distracted her, (umm, but bar was fairly empty). They did take the wine off the bill though, thanks for that!
Ambiance? it's an old building, typical New England ex factory quaintness about it. Heat is augmented by a wood stove. But there is dust and cobwebs around the structure and I would guess they used to allow smoking in its history, as the lights and metal fixtures have a nicotine type color to them. Also, not sure about having a plug within inches of a wash sink, with an extension cord taped behind the sink seems a bit odd to me. Place could use a good cleaning. It is a college town hangout establishment and its meets that need, but to go out of your way expecting more will disappoint. I could see why people like it though, perhaps in my younger years I would have also, I guess I am expecting more as I age.

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