The Best Restaurant in Guilford for Foodies to Enjoy Valentine’s Day

by | Feb 5, 2022 | Chapter One Guilford

The Best Restaurant in Guilford for Foodies to Enjoy Valentine’s Day

If you’re a foodie, you probably lament how bland chain restaurants have replaced all the unique and original establishments. Thankfully, the restaurant options in Guilford, Connecticut, are well-suited to those who appreciate quality cuisine. A map search reveals a dozen restaurants in Guilford offering fresh, high-quality fare at reasonable prices. If you’re seeking a Valentine’s Day dinner date in Guilford, there are great options in this charming seaside town.

One memorable restaurant in Guilford is Chapter One. Chapter One focuses on New American classics, including seafood brought in fresh from Connecticut’s waters. Dining here on Valentine’s Day, you can expect a pleasant, relaxing ambiance and unique, delicious foods cooked to perfection.

Dinner Menu Highlights and Pairings From Our Restaurant in Guilford

Order an appetizer from the raw bar as you’re settling in for dinner. Perhaps you’ll share an order of oysters, littleneck clams, or a classic shrimp cocktail with your date as you chat and browse the dinner menu together. We can’t confirm that oysters are aphrodisiacs. But they certainly are a delicious way to set the mood for the rest of your romantic evening out.


If the two of you have arrived with an appetite, consider adding a plate of bacon-wrapped scallops to your appetizer order. These fresh-caught scallops are wrapped in bacon, smothered in a house-made bourbon glaze, and piled on a bed of arugula. They also happen to pair excellently with Chapter One’s Caprese Salad. Something about creamy mozzarella and zesty bites of tomato and basil is even better when you alternate it with a taste of the bacon-wrapped scallop.

Signature Drinks and Cocktails

By this point, you probably have had time to make your way through the dinner and drinks menus. If the fig mule cocktail didn’t catch your eye, let us explain why it should. For one thing, the combination of fresh figs, Fruitful Mission Fig liqueur, ginger beer, and thyme infuse Tito’s Handmade Vodka with a delightful blend of flavors. It’s a spicy way to warm up if the cold chill of the February air is still lingering with you.

Main Course

Don’t fill up too much on the appetizers and beverages, however. You and your date haven’t even gotten to the main course yet. We’re not saying that sharing a plate of Zuppa Di Pesce with linguine is the prime opportunity to recreate the adorable kiss scene from Lady and The Tramp. This seafood medley combines local clams, mussels, lobster tail and catch of the day, and red wine marinara sauce. Perhaps it will spark a knowing smile or hand-hold, if not a complete reenactment of that classic scene.

Don’t Wait, Reserve Your Table at Chapter One Today.

If food is the quickest way to a man’s heart, it’s a safe bet that the same is true for women who are treated to Valentine’s Day dinner at the seashore. Regardless of the menu options you choose, we are positive you’ll enjoy your date night dinner at Chapter One’s restaurant in Guilford. Contact us ahead of time for reservations so we can be sure to have a place set to welcome you and your Valentine in from the cold.

Don’t hesitate to ask our staff for accommodations. We are always happy to cater to specific dietary requirements or – should the occasion arise – hide a ring in a glass of champagne. Stay tuned for announcements or holiday menu specials on Chapter One’s social media pages. View our Facebook and Instagram here.

Troy Hahn
Author: Johnny
Johnny has held multiple positions at Chapter One Food & Drink in both the Mystic and Guilford locations. Now, as the General Manager at Chapter One, Johnny strives to have a strong and positive impact on his team and his local community. "Chapter One is unique as it has an uncanny intimacy, a home away from home feel that is calming and somewhat romantic. I absolutely adore this place." His attention to detail and his seamless demeanor allow him to orchestrate the vibe and tempo of the room. Johnny is hospitable to the highest degree, and he looks forward to celebrating many more 'Chapters' with the company to come.