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Around Avon

Avon is a picturesque New England town that grew up along the wooded banks and meadow plains of the Farmington River.  A great many restaurants and place to stay are within a short drive from our campus.  Below is a sampling of those establishments.



Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar
4 Hartford Road
Weatogue (Simsbury), CT 06089
(860) 264-1580
*This is historic New England dining with a twist! Upscale, creative American cuisine known for its excellent food and a haunted history. Great atmosphere for all. $

Farmington Avenue (Route 4)
Farmington, CT
*Beautiful view of Farmington River. Casual dining in pub and upscale cuisine in main dining room. Reservations recommended. $

Cheesecake Factory
Blue Back Square
71 Isham Rd
West Hartford, CT 06107-2205
(860) 233-5588
*Huge menu with options for all. Located in Blue Back Square, a fun shopping and dining venue 15 minutes from AOF campus. $

Evergreen's at the Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-5700
*Elegant atmosphere, sophisticated great food, very nice Sunday brunch. $

195 West Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 674-9113
*Small local joint with the best homemade salads, sandwiches, and soups every day. $

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
255 West Main Street (Rt. 44)
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 409-9100
*The Men of Avon crave these greasy delights that come with mounds of fresh-cut fries. $

J. Timothy's
143 New Britain Ave
Plainville, CT 06062-2021
(860) 747-6813
*The best chicken wings in town! The students beg their teachers to take them to "J. Tims" as it is affectionately called. Classic New England tavern with large menu. $

Lyme Grill
136 Simsbury Rd. (Route 10)
Avon, CT
Located in Riverdale Farms
*A casual American menu with something for everyone! Be sure to check out our burger list. Cozy location with patio dining, live music on weekends. Be sure to try Sunday brunch, Happy Hour specials, and our bar with arcade games and sports coverage! $$

Plan B Tavern
4 Railroad Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-4477
*Voted Best New Restaurant by CT magazine, this burger bar has a cool and creative take on traditional bar food. Located in a former railroad car, Plan B offers up a huge menu with options for all tastes. Great place to take the kids. $$

Farms Restaurant
Avon Old Farms Hotel

Corner Route 10/Route 44
Avon, CT 860-677-1651
*Close to AOF with good food and a nice atmosphere. $$

1274 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT
(860) 773- 6736 (OPEN)
*Fun, casual spot with great burgers, apps, and creative menu. A local favorite. $$


Ichiro Hibachi
962 Farmington Ave # A
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 967-0362
*Experience the fun as a Hibachi chef puts on a show for the entire table. Very good food with high quality sushi. $$$

Feng Asian Bistro & Hibachi
The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT 06019
*Trendy eatery offering creative sushi, hibachi & Southeast Asian meals in posh, modern surrounds.

Meadow Asian Cuisine
532 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 408-9800
*Creative Asian cuisine that includes Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes served in a comfortably cool setting. $$

Sakimura: Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse
10 Wilcox Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-7929
*Delicious Japanese cuisine with optional seating at two Hibachi tables. Small, comfortable atmosphere. $$

Toshi Izakaya
136 Simsbury Rd. (Rt. 10)
Riverdale Farms, Bldg. #4
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 677-8242
*Consistently voted one of the top sushi restaurants in CT. Excellent service and the freshest seafood are the highlights. $$


Avon Old Farms Inn
Corner of Rt. 10 and Rt. 44
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 677-2818
*Huge Sunday Brunch spread with more options than you can imagine. Come hungry. Reservations Recommended. $$$

Harvest Café and Bakery
1390 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-5000
*Come early because this local favorite gets packed quickly. A 15 minute drive is all it takes for the very best baked goods in CT, homemade corned beef hash, and creative breakfast dishes. Casual, fun, and family friendly, Harvest is worth the drive. $


Metro Bis
731 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT
(860) 651-1908
*Delicious creative take on classic French cuisine. Wonderful wine list in this upscale, cozy bistro. $$$


Buon Appetito
50 Albany Tpke
Canton, CT 06019-2516
(860) 693-2211
*Fun spot in a small, lively atmosphere, with a one-man open-air kitchen. Make sure you call ahead for reservations as this is a small, casual, BYOB hangout. The BEST garlic bread you will ever have. $$

Cugino's Restaurant of Farmington
1053 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 678-9366
*Authentic Italian Fare in a welcoming atmosphere. Amazing ambiance with upscale dining for the whole family. $$$

Da Capo Restaurant
5 East Main Street
Avon, CT
*Popular brick-walled eatery serving individual & family-sized portions of homestyle Italian recipes.

First and Last Tavern
26 West Main Street - Rt. 44
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-2000
*Family-friendly, serving great pizza, pastas, homemade soups, and more. Don't forget their dessert menu, full of some of the best homemade treats in town. $$

George's Pizza & Restaurant
9 School Street
Unionville, CT
*Fixture for thin-crust pizza & other basic Italian fare, including a big take-out menu.

La Trattoria
Route 44
Canton, CT
(860) 673-5000
*One of our favorites! Family-owned and operated, this traditional Italian restaurant serves the best Caesar salad prepared tableside. Try the mouth-watering Steak Diane, also served tableside, but beware of the flames! $$

Max a Mia
70 East Main Street (Rt. 44)
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 677-6299
*The local favorite and consistently one of the best restaurants in the area. Delicious Italian fare perfect for a business lunch or dinner with the family. Reservations recommended for this very popular eatery. $$$

Nicci G's
51 East Main Street
Avon, CT
*Fresh Italian-American food in a family-friendly environment

Piccolo Arancio

819 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT 06032-2347
(860) 674-1224
*Traditional upscale Italian cuisine with excellent service and emphasis on fresh ingredients. Reservations recommended. $$$


Harry's Pizza (West Hartford Center)
1003 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 231-7166
*This local pizzeria is a favorite for folks in the area. Thin crust, crispy, and authentic New-Haven style pizza is a must-have.

Luna Pizza (Simsbury/Avon)
530 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-1820
*Thin-crust pizza located right down the road in Simsbury Commons.

Luna Pizza (West Hartford Center)
999 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
Take Out: (860) 233-1625
Delivery: (860) 233-0326
*Traditional Neopolitan-style pizza with thin crispy crust. Enjoy a slice or a whole pie while comfortably sitting outside in West Hartford Center.

Naples Pizza
838 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT 06032-2351
(860) 674-8876
*Located right by Miss Porter's school this is a favorite spot for locals. Large pies, family-friendly, and salads/sandwiches made-to-order.

Steak and Seafood

Saybrook Fish House of Canton
460 Albany Tpk
Canton, CT 06001
*Known for its fresh seafood and healthy portions the Saybrook Fish House of Canton has long been a staple for great seafood in the area. $$$

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
44 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 676-9463
*Part of Blue Back Square, this upscale steakhouse has one of the very best steaks in the area. Reservations recommended. $$$

Max's Oyster Bar
964 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 236-6299
*Part of the popular Max Restaurant Group, this locale offers the freshest seafood with a comfortably upscale vibe for the West Hartford crowd. Excellent service, delicious menu with much more than simply seafood. Reservations recommended. $$$


Avon Old Farms Hotel
Route 10 and Route 44
Avon, CT 06001

Residence Inn by Marriott
55 Simsbury Rd
Avon, CT 06001

The Farmington Inn
827 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

Hampton Inn & Suites
301 Colt Highway
Farmington, CT 06032

The Hartford/Farmington Marriott
15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Homewood Suites by Hilton
2 Farm Glen Blvd.
Farmington, CT 06032

The Linden House
288/290 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06089

The Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070

The West Hartford Inn
900 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Sheraton at Bradley Airport
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT

HYATT house
Hartford North/Windsor

200 Corporate Drive
Windsor, CT 06095

Additional Lodging:

Econo Lodge
860-621-9181 or 800-325-2525

Hilton Hotel

The Ironhorse Inn

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