Press for the Still River Cafe:

New York Times          
"EXTRAORDINARY" (highest possible rating)
"Still River is beautiful -- a clean, white, airy space punctuated by 19th-century beams, set on a bucolic patch of Connecticut. The food is as lovely as the dining experience is pleasurable. But what gives palpable purpose to this excellence is the realization of the Brooks family's risky dream of living a Connecticut life defined by the largesse and the limitations of the land." Stephanie Lyness, September 23, 2007

Boston Magazine
Best of New England: Farm-to-Table
"Her food may be served in a 150-year-old barn done up in minimalist-rustic style, but chef Kara Brooks’s menu is exuberant — a celebration of all the seasonal gems her husband, Robert Brooks, grows on their 27-acre organic farm. Every plate is a union of carefully considered elements."
May 2011

Boston Magazine
Selected Stilll River Cafe as the No. 1 Foodie Destination in New England.
"Breathtaking American cuisine" November 2008

Food & Wine Magazine People's Best New Chef Nominee 2011

Zagat Survey
2011/12 -- Scored a 28 out of 30 for Food

Hartford Magazine
***** stars (out of 5) Inspiration is everywhere, most of all in Kara's kitchen.
May 2011

AAA Four Diamond Award 2011

Connecticut Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2011
Best Overall Restaurant
Statewide Runner-Up
Best American
Statewide Winner

Best Service
Statewide Winner

Best Hidden Gem
Statewide Winner
Best Desserts
Statewide Runner-Up
Most Romantic
Statewide Runner-Up


Best Overall Restaurant
Best American
Most Romantic
Best Service
Best Appetizers
Best Desserts
Best Hidden Gem
Windham County

ZAGAT
Selected Still River Cafe as one of "America's Top Restaurants 2008", "America's Top Restaurants 2009" and "America's Top Restaurants 2010" and "America's Top Restaurants 2011"

Connecticut Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2010
Best Overall Restaurant
Statewide Winner
Best Hidden Gem
Statewide Winner
Best Desserts
Statewide Runner-Up

Best Overall Restaurant
Best American
Most Romantic
Best Brunch
Best Service
Best Appetizers
Best Desserts
Best Hidden Gem
Windham County

Connecticut Magazine
Best of Connecticut 2009 - Voted Best Chef: Locavore

Art Culinaire
Living the Country Life: Still River Cafe's Kara Brooks
September 2009

Chicago Tribune
Sage Advice for Side Dishes
November 2009

Worcester Telegram
**** stars (out of 4) - "Still River Cafe deeply satisfying" "The menu is creative, the execution impeccable." July 2009

Norwich Bulletin
**** stars (out of 4)- "One of the best in Connecticut. Ambiance, service and every morsel worth savoring." October 2007

RestaurantsCT.com
***** stars (out of 5)- "Extraordinary" "One of Connecticut’s most intriguing, and cutting-edge, restaurants is Still River Café" May 2009

Connecticut Magazine
"The most thrilling out-of-the-way dining destination in recent years is the Still River Cafe in Eastford. ". . . serenely sophisticated barn-restaurant where farm-fresh ingredients are cooked and presented with exquisite finesse." July 2008

Boston Globe
Feature Article: "Still River Cafe Owners Follow the Law of the Garden" Lisa Zwirn, February, 2009

Worcester Living
Feature Article: "Still River Success Runs Deep
: Restaurant’s accomplishments attributed to couple’s perseverance and hard work — and the farm’s sustainable agriculture" Barbara Houle, March 2009

Hartford Courant
"Raise High The Roof Beams"
“Connecticut’s newest ‘important’ restaurant,” “provocatively special,” “a jewel box operation,” “a sophisticated place for grown-up palates,” and yet “wonderfully unpretentious.” November, 2006

Connecticut Magazine
"Culinary virtuosity on dazzling display.... Words fail. Taste tells. Eastford calls." August 2007

Connecticut Law Tribune
Feature Article: Couple Serves Up a Drastic Career Change

Food Channel: Green Fish Starting to Net Strong Following
March 2010

Yankee Magazine
"Our final green moment in the Last Green Valley? Still River Cafe in Eastford, north of Natchaug State Forest, has garnered raves from the New York Times, and its Sunday brunch earns every star. Owned and run by two former attorneys, this place treats produce with reverence, and elegance is as effortless as breathing. Husband Robert Brooks works the organic garden; wife Kara cooks and designs the dishes, some of the prettiest food you'll ever see" March/April 2009

The 2009/10 ZAGAT Guide
Rated "Extraordinary" - "Once you sample the brilliant New American cuisine you feel as if you've died and gone to paradise"; co-owners Robert and Kara Brooks share responsibilities, and kudos: he "grows most of the [organic] produce", she "turns out magic" in the kitchen with her "inspired" trios.

The 2007/08 ZAGAT Guide
"Dining destination par excellence." Quiet Windham County is actually buzzing because foodies are making a beeline to a beautifully restored 150-year old barn in Eastford to dine at the Still River Café, where a couple of ex-corporate lawyers grow most of the organic ingredients used in their acclaimed cuisine." One of "the year's most notable arrivals."

Connecticut Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2009
     Best Hidden Gem - Statewide Winner
     Best Overall Restaurant Windham County
     Best Service Windham County
     Best Appetizers Windham County
     Best Desserts Windham County
     Best Hidden Gem Windham County

Connecticut Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2008
     Best Overall Restaurant Windham County
     Best New Restaurant Windham County
     Best Appetizers Windham County

Yankee Magazine
Editors' Choice Award 2008

NECN's TV Diner
Platinum Plate Award - "One of the most elegant restaurant treasures for miles."

TV Diner's 2006 "Restaurant Most Worth the Drive in New England" Award

Mystic Times
"I would have to agree that this may have been the best meal I have ever had." Lee White, October 2007

Edible Nutmeg -
"A Marriage of a Farm and a Restaurant: a chef, a vegetable grower and their field of dreams." Summer 2007

WFSB Channel 3 (CBS)



Home | Press | General Information | Menu | Directions | Photo Gallery

Still River Café, 134 Union Road, Eastford, CT 06242   Tele: 860.974.9988