Latest Ratings of Darien Restaurants from Town Health Inspections

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In the 11 most recent health inspection reports released by Darien Health Department, each of the local restaurants inspected from Sept. 12 to 24, six each received an “A” in the town’s A-B-C ratings system, five others got a “B.”

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

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation for each part of the list, including links, is just below the list).

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 (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Bertucci’s — 54 Post Road — Sept. 14 — Town Rating: A  — State Score: 94

—Blue Wave Taco  — 205 Post Road — Sept. 17Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Darien Diner — 275 Post Road — Sept. 18Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Darien Doughnut — 370 Heights Road — Sept. 24Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Duchess — 306 Post Road — Sept. 19Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

—Frosty Bear — at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road — Sept. 21Town Rating: B — State Score: 92

—Heights Pizza — 330 Heights Road — Sept. 17Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Little Bites by Jen Maher Food — Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road — Sept. 12Town Rating: A — State Score: 100 (perfect)

—Roost — 1950 Post Road — Sept. 14Town Rating: B — State Score: 89

—Stop and Shop — 148 Heights Road — Sept. 14Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Bistro — Sept. 18Town Rating A — State Score: 93

Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien’s own A/B/C ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.

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.


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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.


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.


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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. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.

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