about

Scott Beck of Match and The Loft in South Norwalk, Kevin McHugh of The Spotted Horse in Westport and Gray Goose in Southport, and Matt Storch of Match in SoNo have worked their magic in downtown Fairfield. They opened The Chelsea in the cottage style space on Unquowa Place that recently housed The Greenhouse Café and The Spot.

This restaurant is rooted in the gastro pub sensation that took London’s Chelsea neighborhood by storm. While it exudes that casual, any night of the week vibe synonymous with the corner pub, the “bar” food here is gourmet. Pop a jalapeno popper in your mouth and you’ll be rewarded with a panko breaded fresh pepper stuffed with cheese that is light years away from TGI Fridays. Everything is more than meets the eye –the lobster rolls are served in pretzel rolls, tuna sandwiches are served open faced with two prep styles and an Asian influence.

The collision of classic and contemporary also extend to the room design. It may be shingled in reclaimed barn-wood siding, but inside it’s marvelously modern. Filament-bulb lights, a white subway tile bar, and chartreuse hued dining chairs that look straight out of a wacky English Aunt’s potting shed define the look. The best part: The Chelsea isn’t so hip that it hurts the wallet. No selection is over $25. – Nancy DePalma Fairfield Magazine


menus


eat

apps

PIGS IN THE BLANKET / Craft beef chili & mustard or maybe just a bowl 7.95
POTATO-LEEK CHOWDER / chunky hearty & creamy with thyme leaves & olive oil 8.95
MUSSELS / black mussels popped open in classic puttanesca with garlic, basil, olives & crusty dipping bread 10.95
GARLICKY SHRIMP / caramelized garlic, chili flake & sherry vinegar, spooned over grilled garlic bread 12.95
TUNA TARTARE TAQUITOS / mini soft corn shells, Asian inspired Ahi, micro cilantro, pico di gallo 12.95
POT OF FRIES / chimichurri, Heinz '59' & an aioli made from bagna cauda 'the Italian drunk' 7.95
BRUSSELS / charred baby sprouts tossed with thick bacon, parmesan & hazelnuts 11.95
FIG & PROSCIUTTO FLATBREAD / grilled pizza dough smothered with fig jam, gorgonzola, scallions, fraped with friuli ham 14.95
POPPERS / SPICY house stuffed & roasted jalapeos, tempura, guacamole & lime crema 8.95
TUNA CRUDO / slivered RAW tuna macerated in soy-yuzu-truffle, jalapeo, rice crackers & avocado blocks 14.95
CALAMARI / General Tso's glaze, scallions, pea greens & Thai chili mayo 10.95
NACHOS / smothered in pulled pork & all the other traditional toppings 11.95

just tossed

CHOP IT / Asian style; market greens & veggies, soy soaked chicken, crunchy peanuts & noodles, ginger vinaigrette 14.95
BEETS / crushed hazlenuts, vincotto, caramelized goat cheese, mozzarella pearls, & beet paint 12.95
KALE / Greek dressing with feta & oregano, crispy onions, cucumber, olives & red vinegar 11.95
BABY LETTUCES / warm goat cheese rolled in crushed potato chips, grilled onions, sherry vinegar 9.95
COBB / farm greens, simple vinaigrette, bacon, soft egg, gorgonzola, beets, avocado, roasted chicken breast 15.95
CAESAR / romaine leaves, classic dressing, parmesan reggiano, grilled crouton topped with marinated tomatoes 11.95
WITH CHICKEN / classic Caesar, crispy skin chicken, & a crouton with vinegar soaked tomatoes 15.95

sandwiched

CHELSEA BURGER / Craft Butchery's finest, brioche, cheddar dip, sweet-sour onions, bacon bits, fries & pickles 14.95
SALT & PEPPER BURGER / plain & simple, char-grilled on a seeded brioche with pickles & fries 12.95
PULLED PORK / shredded pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, English muffin, coleslaw & sweet potato fries 14.95
FISH / grilled and served on brioche with olive-garlic-basil puttanesca, arugula & sweet potato fries 14.95
GRILLED CHEESE BLT / melting cheddar-bacon panini, gazpacho shot, greens with bacon dressing 12.95
LOBSTER / classic CT hot buttery lobster roll, pretzel dog bun, creamy slaw & crispy fries 19.95
CHICKEN / pesto rubbed & grilled on sliced & griddled brioche, mozzarella, balsamic spread & simple salad 14.95

more substantial

CARBONARA / fedelini noodles tossed in pancetta, toasted garlic, black pepper, pecorino and classic egg yolk L 19.95 / D 22.95
RICOTTA RAVIOLI / smothered in beef, pork, & veal bolognese, buttery bread crumbs, parmesan reggiano & basil L 19.95 / D 22.95
WILD BASS / sage & butternut squash risotto, charred baby brussels & a glaze of fall spiced apple cider L 19.95 / D 24.95
CARAMELIZED SCALLOPS / whipped parsnips, spinach, bacon-hazelnut glaze, cranberry chutney L 19.95 / D 24.95
AHI TUNA / semi-wasabi crust, chilled noodle, peanut & veggie salad, green tea-avocado dressing & sweet soy 24.95
CHICKEN 'SCARPIELLO' / chicken skin breast & robusto grilled thigh, SPICY cherry peppers & winter veggie hash L 16.95 / D 19.95
SHORT RIBS / braised & glazed with pomegranate-ginger, Jack Daniels whipped sweet potatoes, tempura kale L 19.95 / D 23.95
CHELSEA STEAK / 12 oz. char-grilled sirloin, bistro fries, balsamic onions, creamed spinach, onion rings 32.95

drink

wine

GAVI DI GAVI / Villa Sparina, Piedmont, Italy, 2011 12 / 47
ALBARINO / Ramon Bilbao, Rias Baixas, 2011 8 / 31
PINO GRIGIO / Sferracalvallo, Umbria, Italy, 2011 7 / 27
SAUVIGNON BLANC / The Crossings, New Zealand, 2012 8 / 31
SANCERRE / Louis Laurent, France, 2010 13 / 51
RIESLING / Fess Parker, Santa Barbara, 2011 8 / 31
CHARDONNAY / J. Lohn 'Riverstone', Monterey, 2011 8 / 31
CHARDONNAY / Louis Max Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, 2011 12 / 47
ROSE / Domaine de Paris, Provence, 2012 9 / 35
PROSECCO / Moletto 187ml, Italy, NV 8.00
FRENCH BUBBLES / Charles De Fere 187ml, Champagne, NV 8.00
PINO NOIR / Buena Vista, Sonoma, 2010 9 / 35
PINO NOIR / J. Lohr "Falcon's Perch", Monterey, 2011 11 / 43
RIOJA / Lealtanza Rioja Capitosa, Spain, 2011 10 / 39
MALBEC / Amado Sur, Argentina, 2011 10 / 39
MERLOT / Edna Valley, Central Coast, 2011 8 / 31
ZINFANDEL / Kenwood 'Jack London', Sonoma, 2010 13 / 51
SYRAH / Rosenblum, Paso Robles, 2009 - 2010 7 / 27
MERITAGE / Sterling VC, Central Coast, 2010 8 / 31
BORDEAUX / Chateau Greysac, Medoc, 2008 15 / 59
CABERNET / Lander Jenkins, California Coast, 2010 9 / 35
CABERNET / Kunde, Sonoma, 2010 13 / 51
CHIANTI / La Maialina, Tuscany, 2010 7 / 27

beer

KONA PORTER 6.00
BUD LIGHT 5.00
DOGFISH 6.00
SAM ADAMS 6.00
STELLA 6.00
HEINEKEN 6.00
TWO ROADS 6.00
BEAVER BLONDE 6.00
CORONA 6.00
GUINNESS 6.00
PALM 6.00
AMSTEL LIGHT 6.00

specialty cocktails & martinis

THE CHELSEA MARGARITA / Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Stirrings All Natural Triple Sec & house crafted sour mix 11.00
FILTHY MARTINI / Chelsea's house cucumber-jalapeno vodka & olive juice shaken ice cold & served with a blue cheese stuffed olive 11.00
VINTAGE MAI TAI / Appleton Estate V/X rum, a blend of orange curacao, creme de almond, fresh lime & simple syrup, with a Myer's Dark float 11.00
BLUEBERRY MOJITO / Bacardi Silver & Smirnoff Blueberry shaken with a mint simple syrup, pressed limes & blackberry mint puree, splash of soda 11.00
BEACHSIDE CAIPIROSKA / Tito's vodka shaken with sugar, crushed limes & pineapple scented coconut water 11.00
PEAR POMEGRANATE MARTINI / Hanger 1 spiced pear vodka & PAMA Pomegranate Liquor shaken with a splash of cranberry 11.00
PINEAPPLE MOJITO / Bacardi Silver Rum stirred with pressed limes, crushed pineapple & a spash of simple syrup 11.00
WHITE SPRING SANGRIA / Dry white wine, St. Germain & peach nectar splashed with club soda & served with chilled drunken fruit 11.00
NAKED COSMO / Ciroc Vodka, Triple Sec, lime & white cranberry juice strained over an orange peel 11.00

the chelsea's lemonades

ORGANIC CUCUMBER LEMONADE / Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka, organic lemonade and cucumber peels with a hint of mint 11.00
BLUEBERRY LEMONADE / Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, organic lemonade, chilled blueberries, splash of 7-Up, with a lemon twist and a sugared rim 11.00
LAWNCHAIR LEMONADE / house infused strawberry-basil vodka stirred with fresh lemonade & poured over ice with a lemon wedge 11.00
THE CHELSEA MASON / Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and organic lemonade with lemon slices served up in a mason jar 10.00
BLACK ROCK LEMONADE / American Harvest organic vodka & fresh lemonade shaken with a black cherry-jalapeno puree 10.00

clear thinking

SAN PELLEGRINO / Liminata, Pompelmo, Aranciata 4.00
GREENHOUSE PALMER / just brewed iced green tea with lemonade & mint leaves 5.00

sweet

sweet chelsea

ICE CREAM / 3 flavors of the day, capped with crunchy mini ice cream ocnes 6.95
BROWNIE SUNDAY / just baked, vanilla gelato, whipped cream, cherry, nuts, butterscotch 7.95
CHURROS / 'Spanish doughnuts' with warm chocolate-hazelnut dip 7.95
CRUMBLE / local apples, brown sugar crumble, scoop of cinnamon gelato 7.95
TIRIMISU / classic, whipped cream, chocolate covered espresso beans 7.95

sweet wines

BRACHETTO D'ACQUI / Bafi Rosa Regale, Italy 7 / 27
ICE SEMILLON / Covey Run, Yakima Valley 11 / 41

ports

TAYLOR FLADGATE / 20yr Tawny 14.00
TAYLOR FLADGATE / LBV, 2003 12.00
CROFT / 10yr Tawny 10.00

directions

From the Fairfield train station. Walk 50 yards.

Driving? The Chelsea is located at 12 Unquowa Place in Fairfield CT. Click the C for driving directions.


hours

Kitchen Hours:
11:30 AM - 10 PM Sun - Thurs
11:30 AM - 11 PM on Fri & Sat
Bar:
Serves until last call


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