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Boulevard 18
Boulevard 18

Boulevard 18 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Boulevard18.com
  • Phone: (203) 594-9900
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: David Raymer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, holiday events, showers-let Boulevard 18 make your party a success. Whether you entertain in your home, or business, at our restaurant, we will develop a creative, delicious menu, and manage all the details. Our staff is friendly and professional and will enable you to enjoy your own event!
    From casual meals to wine tastings to multi-course formal dinners, Boulevard 18 can accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets.
    Can't leave the office? Let Boulevard 18 bring lunch or dinner to you and your staff.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and plentiful parking in public lots directly across Main Street and around the corner of Locust Street.
A word from Boulevard 18
Boulevard 18 Bistro and Wine Bar is a neighborhood restaurant on Main Street in the village of New Canaan CT. The menu is comprised of bistro classics, with our own unique twists. Everything from the frites to the 3 types of sausages, pâté, gravlax, pickles, duck confit and desserts including the ice cream and sorbet are made in-house. As many ingredients as possible are organic, sustainable and locally sourced.
We give the wine list the same attention. Wines are selected for quality and value with an excellent representation of major regions in France. We feature 20+ wines by the glass, a selection of craft-brewed beer and a full bar, featuring artisanal spirits and cocktails with fresh juices and herbs, and house-made infusions.
The beautiful room, in burgundy and dark wood is highlighted by an antique wall sized map of Paris. The custom-made zinc topped bar seats 15. Guests may sit at comfortable banquettes, at the zinc bar, counter or high-top communal table.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Service started great until the dinner arrived, then all we saw was the check. Sea bass was the worst i have ever seen prepared on a plate. Smothered in a sesame ginger sauce that destroyed all flavor. Way too many good restaurants in New Canaan to bother going back here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been to Boulevard 18 a good 20 times and have never had a less than very good meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times. They are very accommodating with every request. Food is and was excellent at lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My guest and I had a wonderful experience at Boulevard 18. The food and wine were delicious. We especially enjoyed their special which was striped bass. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Boulevard 18 for this first time this past weekend. The food was very good. The restaurant has more of a Brasserie-style menu than fancy French / haute cuisine menu. The steak tartare and tuna tartare were both excellent. The restuarant is, if anything, let down by its service. My steak came out with frites instead of spinach, and the couple at the table next to us sent their dishes back four times (yes, really, four times) due to errors with their orders. However, the service was friendly and well-intentioned, if not 100% competent. I would go back again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have eaten at Boulevard 18 many times since they opened and I always enjoy my dinner experience. The are consistently very good in all respects."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A wonderful, convivial French dining experience in the heart of New Canaan. A joyful place that doesn't take itself so seriously that you're afraid to read the menu but when you do choose, you can rarely if ever go wrong"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Glad to find a decent restaurant close to home with excellent food and service; however, wish better ambience or views (enclosed place, haven't noticed any windows)."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We followed the owners here from Strada 18. While Boulevard is not kid friendly (like Strada) by any stretch the quality of the food is as good if not better. My wife is very picky about lamb and this one of the best she has had. My duck was perfectly cooked and amazingly moist. The owners are always present and very friendly."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is the third time we've eaten here, and each time has been quite good. This time around, there were some glitches with my daughter's entree, and the staff dealt with it graciously, even though Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for most restauarants. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We first tried this restaurant gem with a discount coupon. We had a fabulous meal and were treated like we were the owners, not coupon clipping customers. We have come back several times with friends and with our children and our expectations increase each time. We thoroughly enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch: menu featured a wide variety of food that appealed to even our pickiest eaters and we could "mix and match" items from the fixed price and a la carte menus. Service was the perfect blend of feeling comfortable and not rushed, and at the same time, anticipating everything we wanted. Boulevard 18 is our new favorite restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We really had a phenomenal meal at B18. Everything we had tasted like we were in France and the whole thing was improved by being on the terrace. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a wonderful gem of a restaurant. Excellent food, fabulous wine list, outstanding service and charming ambience. We have been many times and it never disappoints. We love it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "That artichoke was amazing!! Peas in the carbonara were too tough though, otherwise it was also delish."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Everything was exceptional. Staff was attentive & management was welcoming. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Boulevard 18 started off an evening of good company and entertainment with a delicious meal efficiently served. Welcoming staff able to accommodate special requests with a smile!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our first visit..... had been a huge fan of Bistro Bonne Nuit which has closed.... So, we tried this one to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food was very good - portions large enough for a second meal....which we had at home the next night - still tasted very good. Our waitress was fantastic - helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel very much at home. We will definitely go back and have already recommended to a couple of friends."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The extensive menu featured something for everyone. We sampled several appetizers and entrees and none disappointed. The calamari was super--crispy and sweet. The salad was divine. The tart was brilliant and the profiteroles were the best we every had. Loved it all. The music was a bit loud to begin with but the staff turned it down a little. It's such a small room, the music should be a little more subdued in order to allow easy conversation. However, this will be a favorite spot, for sure."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I recently dined on a Sunday evening with my spouse and our 2 toddlers. The restaurant was less than 1/4 full and quiet. Décor and ambiance were average. Service was friendly but slow (even with few tables filled). Food was all very good (though not excellent). Portion sizes were on the larger side. Pricing was somewhat expensive (although in this case we had a 1/2 price coupon which made for a good price/quality deal). I would not return at the regular dinner prices, but I would definitely return with a comparable discount coupon."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Best trout I have ever had. It was cooked with olives and capers (which I love). Presentation was great and the flavors were amazing. The service was excellent as well, as our waitress was helpful and attentive to every detail. Definitely plan on going back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall the food was very good. Portion sizes were good, especially for a French restaurant which normally has smaller portions. We shared the appetizer and dessert - which worked well for us since they were on the larger size. It was more expensive than I expected - and you need to be prepared for this."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It has a wonderful French ambiance. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. Unfortunately the food did not impressed me… also I'm a lover of US Pinot Noir, but the restaurant didn't have anything but the European wines."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Portions were generous, service was quick and polite, setting was very intimate, location was easy to get too. All in all a very rewarding dining experience"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The wait staff at this charming French bistro are super friendly, and very attentive. We dined on a Sunday evening, and even though the restaurant was more than two-thirds full, we were never rushed. The food is simply delicious. We started with an appetizer of mushroom ravioli that melted in your mouth. The mushrooms were earthy and perfectly cooked. The main course, salmon on a bed of wilted spinach and black lentils, was also perfectly cooked. The portions are on the large side, but I guess you could always take some home. If you're having dessert, try the apple tart - crisp and flaky at the same time. We will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Thursday night in cold, snowy Connecticut and we wanted to be in France. We got pretty close in our visit to Boulevard 18. Great french feel, terrific service and excellent food. Owner greeted us as we arrived and spent time with us after our meal. Well worth the 30 minute drive to get there."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Second time I've eaten here, once in the summer and once in the winter. Good seasonal variation of the menu. Highly recommend the hanger steak, excellent flavor and cooked perfectly to the requested medium rare. Wild mushroom ravioli appetizer was to die for. Interesting cocktails, good wine selection. Terrific service. Tends to the noisy side, especially when the dining room is full. All told, a keeper!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "From the ambiance to the delectable food, this restaurant is a true gem, and not to be missed!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious.....ambience cozy and delightful....service attentive and friendly. We loved it here and will return for certain."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Delicious food & drinks. Glavlox was delicious;would have liked more and a lighter (thinner) sauce. Freese salad was really great. Muscles were tiny, like periwinkles…might be a seasonal problem but it lessons the meal quite a bit. I recommend the white cosmo with elderberry in it…not too sweet, delicious. When the muscles are that tiny, customers should be warned.Service was wonderful, especially considering it waS Valentine's Day and the crowds were arriving."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I thought it was only ok. Atmosphere was fine. Food ok."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food and wine was exceptional, staff was excellent. Definitely would return."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We dined with our friends and all enjoyed the meal. The menu was extensive and the choices all good. Perhaps, some improvement on the timeliness of service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "First time at Boulevard 18 and we will return. Food was excellent as was service. Nice wine selection and menu not overwhelming. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This is the second time we've dined at Boulevard 18. It's a rather small/cozy place with very pleasant service and tasty French bistro-style cuisine. My sea bass was delicious, as was my husband's trout."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I was not impressed with the restaurant. They had run out of a few of their dishes that night. The food was ok. The prices were high for what they offer. The ambience is ok and the tables are very close to each other. The servers were not dressed well and appeared very casual, not really fitting for a French bistro. The tables had paper on them over the table cloth, very cheap looking. Overall, very disappointed!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Onion soup had the cheese burnt, Tuna tartare had way way too much guacamole Just thought it would have been a lot better based on all the other reviews on this site Interesting menu but execution was just OK"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Recommend the wild mushroom ravioli! The monkfish was a great surprise :-)"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Don't let size and its rather discreet entrance deceive you--Boulevard 18 is a petite joint that offers grande cuisine. Warm and rich in tone and decor, this is a wonderful place to go as a couple on a weekend night later in the evening or with the family earlier. Particularly good: the roast chicken, the "devils on horseback" which are bacon wrapped roast figs--YUM--the moules, sea bass and the lamb. On the dessert menu the carrot cake is divine (sadly, the profiteroles underperform). Absolutely worth a visit and then return visits: only one thing--when it is full it is extremely LOUD. The last time we went the noise level really made it not so pleasant. So check it out during a quiet period (avoid the holidays)-truly a true jewel."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Blvd 18 is an exceptional restaurant....one of the best in Connecticut."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The menu is creative and interesting but the execution disappoints. We had Devils on Horseback and Pate as appetizers. The Devils were figs wrapped in very overlooked, dried out bacon and the pate had an odd flavor. The cauliflower pasta main course was heavy with visible oil and the flavor of mint, lemon and spices was too heavy handed. The best part of the meal were the desserts. The rich chocoate ganache and the apple crisp were outstanding. Service was friendly and attentive. There is dining at the bar which is a plus."
    Dined on 12/18/2013