Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Lenny's

205 S. Montowese St., Branford, CT - (203) 488-1500
A well-worn seafood house in the Indian Neck section of Branford’s scenic coast, Lenny’s is a neighborhood kind of place with a menu that ranges from hamburgers to steaks and big platters of seafood with an Italian accent. The classic full shore dinner includes chowder (either creamy New England style or clear-broth shoreline style), a couple of cherrystone clams on the shell, a lobster, a heap of steamers, sweet corn, and a thick slice of watermelon for dessert.
94% Approval Rating (17 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Zuppa d'Clams
Whole Belly Clam Roll
Fried Clam Platter
Swordfish
Natural Broth Clam Chowder
Tartar Sauce, Cocktail Sauce

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (10)
Roadfood.com Editor
" A well-worn seafood house in the Indian Neck section of Branford’s scenic coast, Lenny’s has a choice of three places to sit: a tap room up front, a dining room with varnished booths in back, and a scenic deck overlooking marshland behind the dining room. In ..."   [Read More]
rating
maureen roussel
December 16, 2005
"I found Lenny's while surfing online for fried clams (with bellies). We travelled well over a hundred miles to try them, and it was well worth the trip. The food was excellent. We're formerly from the New Hampshire/Maine area, and we thought it would be tough to ..."   [Read More]

Submit photos Submit a review See more reviews...

Map & Web Site

205 S. Montowese St., Branford, CT
(203) 488-1500

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The broth in which these cherrystones rest is one of the greatest appetizers on earth.  On the side comes a half loaf of good crusty bread for dunking.
"The broth in which these cherrystones rest is one of the greatest appetizers on earth. On the side comes a half loaf of good crusty bread for dunking."
Michael Stern





The crust on these fried shrimp fairly melts on your tongue; the shrimp themselves are firm, fresh, and sweet.
"The crust on these fried shrimp fairly melts on your tongue; the shrimp themselves are firm, fresh, and sweet."
Michael Stern


New England shortcake is made on a biscuit; its sweetness is all the the berries and juice.
"New England shortcake is made on a biscuit; its sweetness is all the the berries and juice."
Michael Stern


The Indian Neck section of Branford is an unspoiled bit of coast that makes us think of what life was like along the shore several decades ago.  Lenny's feels like it hasn't changed much at all in its 30+ years.
"The Indian Neck section of Branford is an unspoiled bit of coast that makes us think of what life was like along the shore several decades ago. Lenny's feels like it hasn't changed much at all in its 30+ years."
Michael Stern


The interior of Lenny's is dark and atmospheric.  This window throws lovely light across a table, especially if the table is crowded with seafood and beer.
"The interior of Lenny's is dark and atmospheric. This window throws lovely light across a table, especially if the table is crowded with seafood and beer."
Michael Stern


Usually a clam roll is a small portion as opposed to a clam plate, a large one. This clam roll was so bountiful that the roll itself was almost entirely eclipsed. The clams are among the shoreline's best: meaty and sweet, encased in an elegant, lightweight crust.
"Usually a clam roll is a small portion as opposed to a clam plate, a large one. This clam roll was so bountiful that the roll itself was almost entirely eclipsed. The clams are among the shoreline's best: meaty and sweet, encased in an elegant, lightweight crust."
Michael Stern


I excavated into the clam roll and found the bun. It's a good one -- split, buttered and grilled -- but rather useless in hoisting clams from plate to mouth.
"I excavated into the clam roll and found the bun. It's a good one -- split, buttered and grilled -- but rather useless in hoisting clams from plate to mouth."
Michael Stern


Not to slight Lenny's luxurious New England style chowder nor the fantastic zuppa d'clams, but this clear-broth clam chowder is authoritative. Not for seafood-frowners, it is redolent of ocean flavor, a bracing appetizer.
"Not to slight Lenny's luxurious New England style chowder nor the fantastic zuppa d'clams, but this clear-broth clam chowder is authoritative. Not for seafood-frowners, it is redolent of ocean flavor, a bracing appetizer."
Michael Stern


Lenny's cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, served in large squeeze bottles, are superb.
"Lenny's cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, served in large squeeze bottles, are superb."
Michael Stern


Lenny's is far off the beaten path, but well worth finding if you are in search of exemplary shoreline seafood.
"Lenny's is far off the beaten path, but well worth finding if you are in search of exemplary shoreline seafood."
Michael Stern



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com