Permanently Closed - Walrus and Carpenter - Black Rock

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Walrus + Carpenter began with the desire to offer a truly unique American experience from the mastery of southern-inspired smoking techniques to our hand-selected American craft beers, wines and liquors.

We are pleased to see this vision through in the Bridgeport, CT neighborhood of Black Rock, a waterfront hamlet known for its rich history, local artists and small-town community feel.

And true to the American experience, we are an independent, family-owned and operated establishment, living and working in Black Rock with pride.

Come join us by train (Fairfield Metro Station), car (x24 off I-95) or bike (2895 Fairfield Avenue). We’ll see you soon!
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lisaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Awesome as usual! Fried chicken is the best! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had the platter for four. For the price, it definitely was not enough for four people. We wanted the variety to try a little of everything. There were three pieces of chicken for 4 people. All other portions were equally as small. Everything was tasty though. Was disappointed that there was no brisket on the platter.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food we had was delicious! My husband and I shared the poutine to start (animal style with pulled pork). I had the fried chicken entree for my dinner. Food, atmosphere, and service were all very good! We look forward to a return visit.

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IfyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the experience, my sister and I had a lovely time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cool place with a great vibe. Tons of great beers on tap. We split the Notorious P.I.G. with another couple and got to sample a variety of the meats-all were great, but the fried chicken was exceptional. Our server was really friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Party of 6 for my husband’s birthday, I had made the reservation about 2 weeks prior as one couple had to get a sitter. We were seated immediately, and given menus. Our waitperson took the drink order and left, without asking if we were ready to order anything else (we were). He returned awhile later with our drinks and left, again without asking if we were ready to order. We sat for 30 minutes without anyone returning. In the meantime, other tables around us we seated, ordered and were eating. We saw our waitperson return a few times but didn’t check on our party. We finally got the attention of a food runner (the table near us were done with appetizers and had moved on to entrees). A few minutes later, we finally gave our order. While we had no more issues, we had to rush through the meal and cancel the plans we had made for after dinner because we sat for so long. The food was very good, but the overall experience was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

While the food was great our server was terrible, in fact I couldn’t even tell you his name. Was very unpleasant, Never asked how our food was once it came out and had to hunt him down for a second round of drinks as well as our tab.

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SteveK1952
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

First time at W&C.
Enjoyed it very much, will have to go back and try The Notorious Pig

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a really good experience the food and the services was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

OK barbq. Room was cold. Seating crowded.

JW
JoeWestfield
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second time at the restaurant and a great casual place to take my son who attends SHU!

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, Great service, had a great time will go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding baby back ribs. Great fried chicken.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent!

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Jtragic
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We haven’t been here in a while, and I don’t remember it ever being this good. There’s apparently a reason why it’s been best if CT six years running now.

Everything was awesome from the apps to dessert. Our new go-to local BBQ joint hands-down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good. Service was good, but the food took forever to come out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grest food great time

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AlfredT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Awesome vibe, for a Sunday brunch, the portioning and consistent goodness coming from the kitchen, awesome. But the openess of the room left it a little airy for my taste.

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StephanieW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and our sever was extremely accommodating and will definitely return. Love this place 🍺🍷🍴

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RickyJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the sample platter for four and everything was delicious. Good value for the price!

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NicoleCupcakeyumminess123
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Upon arriving the restaurant was somewhat quiet within 15 minutes it was packed. The appetizers and drinks came out quick and the entrees. The food was delicious highly recommend the maple pork belly, fried chicken and the macaroni and cheese. Service started off good but then went downhill. Took over a half hour to get out check and then another 20 minutes for server to come back and pick it up.

AJ
vipAJB2013
New England
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Really enjoyed the food but the service was subpar at best.

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Mebs
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely returning! Went before an event at Webster Arena. Food was excellent, service was exceptional and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. Waiter and staff were helpful, friendly and right on top of it! Highly recommend! Thanks for an outstanding dining experience!

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JeffreyB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great drinks great ambience and great music.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service

MS
MichaelS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, best barbecue place in the area by far. Anything you get will be really really good

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KevinW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Solid barbeque. Lovely staff for a quiet Sunday afternoon.

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DennisM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

excellent, most excellent, truly excellent. i mean, excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome atmosphere

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KenChar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! The appetizers were delicious! And the rib-eye for two was excellent!

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BrooklynToTheBurbs
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was spot on, as always! Walrus and Carpenter never fails.

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ElaineM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the great food and music at the Beatles Brunch. We will definitely do it again!

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IHeadley
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Server forgot to take our order after the drinks. Never checked back once food was delivered. There was a horrible odor coming from foyer and by the bar. The drinks we overpowering and the famous Frosè tasted like the ice machine never gets cleaned. The food was... nothing special. The Mac n cheese was more buttery than cheesy and the meat seemed a little undercooked. Overall, I gave points for the atmosphere. There was good lighting and beautiful cathedral ceilings. However, I wouldn’t recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A foodies dream for Happy Hour!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing staff. They were able to accommodate extra guest last minute and sit 7 of us. This occurred right as they opened for business too. The chicken and waffles were amazing. The server did not miss a beat with all of our requests and drinks. Will be back to dine and brunch soon.

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johnd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Went for dinner before a show. Unfortunately, had to leave after not getting main course after a 90 minute wait. Only after we told the wait staff that we had to leave were we told that they were under staffed, and overwhelmed. Would like to give them another try, as I’ve been told good things.
Ambiance, appetizers, and drinks were all great. Wait staff was kind enough to pick up our drinks. However certainly a bummer to leave on a mostly empty stomach.

MP
vipMarissaP
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Over the last year and a half to two years this place has SERIOUSLY gone down hill. The salads are usually amazing, the fries used to be thin and delicious and the burgers were flat patties that were really good. The corn bread - dense and moist. The salad was wet, I had approximately one crumble of bacon in it, the burger was essentially two meatballs between buns, the fries tasted as though they had come from the freezer and the cornbread had what seemed like a layer of lard on the bottom and it was crumbly and flavorless. It took about an hour to get our entrees and the service has consistently been terrible. So bummed because this was by far my favorite place around town and I tried to give it a few chances after I noticed changes, but will never come here again. So sad.

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CarolynS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Very attentive staff. Great food. We were there early so it was very quiet but more tables filled as we were leaving.

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PaulK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice place visually and friendly staff. Unfortunately no one was really happy with their food. My ribs were tough and dry, not what I would expect from a BBQ Gastropub.

DJ
vipDJPCT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

was good but surprised that the chicken liver was served with a layer of fat over it ... a bit too much for me .. the liver itself was delicious but the fat was not needed

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Permanently Closed - Walrus and Carpenter - Black Rock is rated 4.4 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.