Latest Health Reports for Darien Restaurants and Other Food-Serving Establishments

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Here’s how Darien restaurants and other food-serving places fared in the latest inspection reports released by Darien Health Department.

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17

Town Health Department ratings certificates are supposed to be displayed prominently, like this one at the Frosty Bear Cafe at Darien Library.

The department on Thursday released six reports of inspection visits from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Of those, one inspections resulted in a “B” rating and the other five each received an “A.” No establishment was rated “C.”

You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments along with copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores on this website.

Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (establishment names link to a Health Department website page showing (usually) links to multiple past inspections and the latest one; links at “Town Rating” go to the web page for the specific inspection.):

Atria Darien — 50 Ledge Road — Jan. 30 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

Health Insp Atria Darien 1/30/23

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Jan. 30 health inspection report for Atria Darien

Darien High School — High School Lane — Feb. 1 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

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Feb. 1, 2023 inspection report for Darien High School cafeteria.

Goose American Bistro and Bar — 972 Post Road — Jan. 30 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club — 512 Middlesex Road — Feb. 1 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 97

Ox Ridge School — 395 Mansfield Ave. — Feb. 1 — Town Rating: A — State Score:


Ox Ridge School health inspection 2/1/23

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Part of the Feb. 1, 2023 health inspection report for Ox Ridge School

The Cafe at Darien YMCA — 2420 Post Road — Feb. 1 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 100

For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “C,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that information here, then words within brackets (“[ ]”) have been added for clarity by; semicolons (“;”) separate individual comments by the inspectors. Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points from a perfect state score of 100.

How Darien’s Food-Serving Places Are Rated

Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own A/B/C ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.

The Darien system takes into account problems that are ongoing, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale.

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The “A”, “B” and “C” letter grades a restaurant gets in its last inspection will be prominent on these certificates, which must be posted where customers can see them, and you can use your phone and the “QR” code to the right of the letter grade to get to the department’s ratings website for more information.

Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed.

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