I am curious too, so I am going to promote EastRocker's question to a new thread.
Has anyone been to Leon's, Sage, Martin's Riverside, Stone House, etc. lately? Good food... with a view? What others should be on our short list? What's within driving distance of New Haven, on the CT shoreline (or just a great water view/openness feel) that has both great food and a great view? Hopefully, outdoor seating.
I have not been to Sage, so I cannot comment on it. I have commented several times about Stillwater, AKA Martin's Riverside. We like it and our visits are well exceeding a dozen times. I think they have good food and Leon's can do some things well on occasion. We like the location and outdoor seating. Stillwater is smaller, but the couple that own it are hands-on and he is the head chef. They have canoes to use on the river, a bocce court, outside bar and occasionally live music.
We were not impressed at all with the food or service at The Stone House in Guilford and the view can be very marginal or non-existent, when in the restaurant.
We went as far as The River Cat Grill, in Royaton, thinking it was on the river. It has good food but is not ON the river (you can't even see it), and outdoor seating is minimal, and next to a fairly main drag.
River, lake, seashore setting...what have you got? Where are bugs a problem if you sit outside? You can mention seafood shacks that are only open in season but I am mostly interested in table service dining.