One Restaurant Gets Poorest Rating in 10 Most Recent Darien Health Inspection Reports

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One Darien restaurant received the lowest town rating of “C” among the 10 inspection reports released Friday by Darien Health Department. The other establishments all got “A’s” and “B’s.”

Details from the worst-rated eatery and links to the latest information posted about each of the other recently inspected food-serving establishments are listed below, and you can find an article about the ratings system here.

Most recent inspection results

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.

In the list of health inspection results, below, information is listed by name, address, date of inspection, Darien rating, state score, inspector’s comments that led to the state rating and additional remarks on the inspection report.

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; semicolons like this (“;”) separate individual comments, each one with a particular violation that triggers a point deduction from that perfect state score of 100.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released results of Darien health inspections (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):

  • The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s — 2748 Post Road — June 19Town Rating: C — State Score: 83 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Dessert/salad cooling unit not working properly: tomatoes at 54 degrees, mozzarella at 50-52 degrees; food items stored on floor in two walk-in coolers downstairs; slicer not sanitized from night before; dishwasher not reaching final rinse temperature o 180 degrees; inside meat-cutting walk-in unclean; shelving inside walk-in cooling unit upstairs unclean; slicer, some utensils in storage unclean; no soap at bar hand sink; label all granular [containers]; waste water dripping in salad/dessert prep area; odor coming from grease trap; fruit flies present; floor in walk-in meat cooler unclean.” Inspector’s Comments: “Latex gloves no longer allowed for use as of July 1, 2016; shellfish tags need to be organized and up to date; all kitchen employees need to have knowledge as to where test strips are; exterminator must be called today to address fruit fly issues.”

How Darien’s restaurants are now 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.

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 on this website, and now you can also find copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores in the same place.

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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