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

April 14, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Manchester is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 58,241. The urban center of the town is the Manchester census-designated place, with a population of 30,577 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Manchester, in England.
Things to do in Manchester

1. Indigo Indian Bistro

232 Spencer St, Manchester, CT 06040-4618 Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 860-646-8600
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Indigo Indian Bistro

Indigo Indian Bistro is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price. We are the prime choice for those with special dietary needs, and our menu features #dairyfree, #glutenfree and #vegan options. We are known for serving great food and service, impress your guests at your next gathering by calling us for catering.

Reviewed By JohnJessica0703 - Glastonbury, Connecticut

I read some good reviews of this restaurant and wanted to stop in to try it out. The buffet on Saturday afternoon was delicious with several choices. I would recommend this restaurant as it is one of the best Indian food spots in the greater Hartford area.

2. Burtons Grill & Bar

100 Evergreen Way, The Promenade Shops, South Windsor, CT 06074-6973 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 24 - SGD 38 +1 860-432-4575
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Burtons Grill & Bar

Located in The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk along South Windsor’s Route 194 (at exit 62 off of I-84), Burtons Grill is just a stone’s throw from the Buckland Hills Mall. A perfect lunch or dinner spot for shoppers and locals, also great for power lunching or socializing after work, celebrating something special or enjoying fine wine with appetizers in our beautiful bar and lounge area. A seasonal outdoor patio is the ideal escape from the office, late afternoon cocktails or a relaxing dinner with friends. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome and take-out is always available.

Reviewed By MsCasualTravelor - Hartford, Connecticut

Went with another couple whose wife has allergies to shellfish. I ordered the shrimp and lobster pasta, the 2 gentlemen had the crab-stuffed fish, and the wife had a fish fillet dish. The restaurant went out of their way to ensure the allergy wasn’t a problem. We all enjoyed our food; mine had so much lobster and shrimp!

The service was wonderful as well. We’ll definitely be back soon.

3. Rein's New York Style Deli / Restaurant

435 Hartford Tpke, Vernon Rockville, CT 06066-4852 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 860-875-1344
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 646 reviews

Rein's New York Style Deli / Restaurant

New York Style Deli Sandwiches, Hand cut Lox, Breakfast Served all day, Bakery with fresh baked Bagels, Rye Bread

Reviewed By W-Hartford_CT - Connecticut

The biggest problem about Rein's is what to order. Should it be the brisket and gravy over potato pancakes? The soup with kreplach? Corn beef on rye with cole slaw and spicy mustard? I'm getting hungry typing this! The menu is expansive and the wait staff is helpful and fun. Expect a wait during peak meal hours, but the line does go fast. Just wish it was closer to where I live. On second thought, maybe not. :-)

4. Mill on the River

989 Ellington Rd, South Windsor, CT 06074-3567 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 860-289-7929
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 421 reviews

Mill on the River

Reviewed By Gbreau - Cambridge-Narrows, Canada

When arriving you are greeted by the rushing waterfall cascading over an enclosed walkway to the restaurant entrance. This is indeed a converted mill now housing a romantic restaurant and bar with a good selection of food and very attentive service. Highly recommended for that special night out. Reservations can be made online.

5. Corey's Catsup and Mustard

623 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040-5108 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 860-432-7755
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 356 reviews

Corey's Catsup and Mustard

Reviewed By lizardinia - Sorrento, Italy

Fresh delicious hamburger in scrumptious flavor combinations. Recently wen to Bobby Flay's Burger Palace at Mohegan Sun and I love Bobby, but Corey's burgers blow Bobby's away! Sweet potato fries are also amazing. Also have veggie options and great beer and apps. Yummmmm. So worth it!

6. Vernon Diner

453 Hartford Tpke, Vernon Rockville, CT 06066-4820 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 860-875-8812
Excellent
40%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 318 reviews

Vernon Diner

Reviewed By Nellie F - Cape Elizabeth, Maine

We hate rest stops and fast food. When we leave Maine in the afternoon for NYC, we stop at the Vernon Diner as it is off 84 and provides the wide menu that is quintessential diner. Great service from the waitresses. Their soups are outstanding. This is a great place to take a break.

7. Cosmic Omelet LLC

485 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT 06040-4869 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 860-645-1864
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Cosmic Omelet LLC

Reviewed By W-Hartford_CT - Connecticut

A real funky decor and atmosphere. I've never seen so many types of omelets listed on one menu AND you can design your own. If an omelet is not your thing there are plenty of other breakfast and lunch items. Our foursome all had omelets and no one was disappointed. Coffee wasn't bad either.

8. Ted's Montana Grill

500 Evergreen Way, Unit 500, South Windsor, CT 06074-6966 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 +1 860-648-1100
Excellent
42%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

Ted's Montana Grill

Ted's Montana Grill serves time-honored American favorites in an atmosphere inspired by the hospitality, food and spirit of the Old West. Our mission is to give guests a fresh, authentic and original experience with every visit. Ted's Montana Grill's made-from-scratch menu is known for our premium hand-cut steaks and gourmet burgers. The menu also offers a variety of time-honored favorites such as crab cakes, cedar plank salmon, daily soups, seasonal vegetables, and house-made desserts. Open for Lunch and Dinner daily.

Reviewed By Will P

I think some people equate non-chain restaurants with good things. Truth is Ted's underperforms most any chain restaurant for burgers, fries, and a milkshake. Look, nothing was bad, but nothing stood out. I suppose you can get a bison burger or something exotic, but just head to Plan B, or even Red Robin if you want a sit-down restaurant burger. It'll tatste better and likely cost less.

Although, I've been twice, both during typical meal times, and it seemed half empty,

9. Sichuan Pepper

435G Hartford Tpke # 06066, Vernon, CT 06066-4820 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 860-870-9588
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Sichuan Pepper

Reviewed By jer b - Bristol, Connecticut

What we liked about this restaurant is the selection of very unique dishes that do not appear on the average Chinese restaurant. Their seasonal vegetable selection was very interesting and we chose the loofa squash and it was delicious. The heart cabbage with Chinese mushrooms was superb, as was the chicken and cashew dish, and the asparagus lettuce. The shrimp in garlic sauce was just spicy enough and the shrimp themselves were perfectly prepared. The staff is friendly and helpful when negotiating a very large menu with unfamiliar dishes. Very exotic selections: sea cucumber, kidney, pork cheeks, beef tendon and pork intestines. Good food, authentically prepared in a very pleasant laid back environment. We will return.

10. Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

221 Buckland Hills Dr, Manchester, CT 06042-8701 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 28 +1 860-644-7333
Excellent
60%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 279 reviews

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

Reviewed By Hopsing-NH - Gorham, New Hampshire

Place is easy to find, go in, take a seat and someone will bring you menus and take your order. I had small meatball with garlic and hubby had medium 1/2 Quattro formagio and half multi meats. Yes, the pizza is a bit "soggy" right in the center, but that is how this style cooks. We LOVED everything! It's too bad they are over 4 hours away.

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