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Common Grounds

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1096 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3716
+1 203-488-2326
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 06:00 - 21:30
Mon - Wed 06:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
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Branford, Connecticut
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94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Chef and I always gather to see each other when possible . We grab coffee and 2 cups of fruit . We sit and laugh for at least 1 hour.

Thank thomasjsullivan
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Had an hour to kill before a football game so we stopped in to the Common Grounds. What a great little place! Coffee was excellent, biscotti was huge and tasty. The ambiance is excellent. Very well done. Don't forget to ask the mirror "who's the fairest of them all?"

Thank Michael A
Hamden, Connecticut
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered an iced mochachino, which was a nice blend of expresso and ghirradelli chocolate,topped with whipped cream. Very good, and not too sweet! Just perfect.

Thank Celia48d
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

great place to sit and get work done. they make huge cappuccinos that have so much foam on top!! they really care about what the customers want, if you are nice about it...I have friends from maine and california that are drooling over it!! apparently they ship coffee to anyone and you can preorder flavored coffee's if they don't have... More 

Thank payton f
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

You won't go wrong here! The family has been running this place for decades and the food was top quality. We had a great breakfast and even tough we may have over powered less capable staff they accommodated our party of eight with little stress in and old style family restaurant. Stop in, if you can. Parking in back if... More 

Thank Carl M
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Coffee and danishes are decent although the selection is limited. It's a good spot to bring your computer and an alternative to Starbucks. The espresso drinks for some reason tasted odd and the service is so so but it is a decent independent coffee shop

Thank Don M
Hartford, Connecticut
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

I love coffee. Many of my reviews are for coffee shops or include references to coffee within the review. Common Grounds has become my go-to coffee shop. I was pleased to find the same quality and service on my return visit to Common Grounds. It's important to know that I drive almost an hour to get there, primarily for their... More 

Thank Mike C
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

I've been here a few times, different beans/roasts each time, and all were SO good. The atmosphere is great, as well. Love the decor!

Thank Amanda D
New Haven, Connecticut
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

This coffee house offers a variety of coffees from around the world and provides options for flavored decaf!

Thank JSunshine2015
North Branford, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Not the best coffee on the planet, some fairly uncomfortable seating. An average selection of food, most of which isn't the healthiest. Not a fan ...

Thank EJVongher

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
06:00 - 21:30
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1096 Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3716
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Branford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-488-2326

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?