Why Amarante’s Sea Cliff?

Why Amarante’s Sea Cliff?

Bring your event or party to Connecticut’s premier seaside destination. With a reputation of six decades in the making, we’ve hosted almost any occasion imaginable, taking care of every detail and ensuring that our guests have the best possible experience.

You’ll enjoy all our amenities and your celebration in a private space that includes your own staff, deck, and restrooms.

Features include:
    • An international staff of chefs and banquet managers that will fulfill your every need.
    • The most natural seascapes and beautiful sunsets in Connecticut.
    • Extraordinary quality—we never cut corners—coupled with extraordinary value.
    • Commitment to service and support throughout the process to make your wedding, event, or party run seamlessly and perfectly.
    • A range of price points designed to meet all budgets without sacrificing elegance.
    • A long history creating lifetime memories. You probably already know a neighbor, friend, or colleague who has experienced Amarante’s Sea Cliff!


Our History

Amarante’s Sea Cliff boasts a colorful 100-year history. As far back as the Roaring ’20s, beachgoers would ride the trolley to the picturesque Sea Cliff, while others would arrive by personal limousine. They all came to party, dance to Big Band music, and were even known to frequent the Speakeasy located on the second floor of The Inn.

Its current story starts with Andy “Sonny” Amarante. After serving in the U. S. Navy in World War II, Sonny attended the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, graduating in 1948. He began working in the restaurant business in 1950 at Andy’s Luncheonette in New Haven, moving to San Remo’s Restaurant in 1959.

In 1962, Sonny purchased Sea Cliff, introducing the art of fine dining to the New Haven shoreline. Every offering and event featured his unique design and flair, which made Amarante’s Sea Cliff the premier waterfront catering facility in Connecticut. In the 1980s, he created and produced Connecticut’s first dinner theater, which hosted tens of thousands of show-loving diners.

When you enter Amarante’s Sea Cliff today, stop and listen closely. You might just hear the faint strains of Charleston dance music or Don Quixote singing “The Impossible Dream.”

Sonny’s legacy lives on now, in every event we host, every tasty bite of food we serve, and every memory we help create.

In Their Own Words

What our couples have to say about their Amarante’s Sea Cliff experience.

I fell in love with it.

“It was my dream to have my wedding right on the water (ocean), and as soon as I saw Amarante’s, I fell in love with it. It was so nice having our ceremony right on the lawn next to the water. We chose to get a wedding arch instead of using the gazebo for our altar, and it made for the most beautiful photos. This venue is absolutely gorgeous, and I found it to be very affordable for an all-inclusive venue. They created a custom vegan menu for us, and it was really great! So impressed with the beauty here and the team.”

-Liz. G.

Highly recommend!

“We are so blown away with our experience with Amarante’s. Their staff truly went above and beyond to make our day so special. I barely had to think about, stress, or worry about anything on our day because they took care of everything. They created a special custom vegan menu for us, and all the food was incredible. They put in a lot of time and effort to get the ingredients to put together a beautiful spread for us and our guests. Our coordinator Dominic was so incredibly responsive and helpful throughout leading up to the day. Our maître’ d, Ivan, was on top of everything the day of and was so incredibly helpful with absolutely anything and everything. The views are absolutely breathtaking. We had our photos after the ceremony right at sunset and it was just absolutely incredible! Highly recommend!”