Lowest Rating — ‘C’ — for One Darien Restaurant in Most Recent Health Inspection Reports

Darien Health Department Inspection Ratings

Health inspection ratings certificate, this one for Beijing Restaurant, posted on a window.

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One Darien restaurant received a “C” rating, the worst in the town A-B-C ratings system, in in the 10 most recently released town Health Department inspection reports.

Three other establishments were rated “B”, and seven more received an “A.”

The reports, all released Thursday, were based on inspectors’ visits from April 25 to May 2.

Most Recent Inspection Results

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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):

—Browne & Company —865 Post Road — April 25 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Darien Butcher Shop — 13 Grove St. — April 30Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Estia’s Back Porch Cafe — 1020 Post Road — April 30 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 91

—Four Forks LLC— 7 Tokeneke Road — April 25 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Michael Joseph’s — 1405 Post Road — May 2 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

—Stop and Shop —148 Heights Road — April 30 — Town Rating: B — State Score: 89

—Sushi by Jay at Stop& Shop — 25 Old King’s Hwy. North — May 2 — Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Stop & Shop — 25 Old King’s Hwy. North — April 27Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Uncle’s Deli —1041 Post Road — May 2 — Town Rating: C — State Score: 87 Inspector’s Remarks: “Grab-and-go case not working properly (60 degrees). Items discarded; food items stored on floor in walk-in cooler; light bulb not protected, not shatterproof in walk-in cooler; knives stored in rack unclean; cardboard used on shelving (must be washable), rusty shelving in walk-in cooler; faucet at three-bay sink in disrepair; front and back doors open with no screens.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Cooler repair person called in morning. Instructed manager to have the deli case adjusted as well. Temps slightly elevated (45 to 48 [degrees]). Doors constantly opened and closed during inspection. Hand washing and glove use observed.”

May health inspection report for Uncle’s Deli


—The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s — 2748 Post Road — April 27 Town Rating: A — State Score: 94

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.


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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 Darienite.com; 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.


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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.


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.

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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