Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro
Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro

Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chamard.com/
  • Phone: 8606640299x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday Closed


    Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 9:00


    Sunday: 11:00 - 8:00


    Open Most Monday Holidays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food, French American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew T. Bouffard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our Bistro chefs create custom Farm to Fork menus for each event.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy Our Singer Songwriter Series featuring talent from the tri state area and touring artists.

    Summer Schedule of Music in the Tasting Room

    Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Summer Schedule of Music in the Barn

    Saturday 4 - 7 pm
    Sunday 4 - 7 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rte. 81
  • Public Transit: We are 1 mile from the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Mall
    Exit 63 on I95. 10 minute cab ride from the Madison Connecticut Shoreline East Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Gravel parking lot.
A word from Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro
Established in 1983, Chamard Vineyards, is one of the Connecticut Wine Trails founding fathers. Tucked between the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, Chamard enjoys a unique marine micro-climate ideal for growing European Vinifera vines such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. To produce “French Inspired Wines from the Connecticut Shoreline” has been Chamards mission from the start. As a farm, Chamard honors agriculture by partnering with fellow growers and producers to pair food with wine in celebration of Connecticut’s local gastronomy.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (168)fit for foodies (119)special occasion (110)great for lunch (109)romantic (108)notable wine list (97)neighborhood gem (76)great for outdoor dining (64)good for groups (63)great for brunch (38)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Lovely setting!
    LLGUESVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The bistro's setting among the vines is really lovely, with creative, barrel-inspired decor and a very nice layout. It was a great way to try the wines. The French fries were among the best I've ever had, amazing and worth getting no matter what else you order. The rest of the menu seemed a little uneven -- skip the Grilled Cheese and the Curried Gnocchi. The Melon Salad and the Grilled Flatbread were both very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    neighbor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waitress, Lindsay, suggested a cheese platter and it was excellent. We tried 3 different desserts and they were all very good. The meat in the hamburger is tasty. Your salads are excellent. My guests thought the white wine they had were good too. Chamard is our "go to" place now. We were at Chamard on a Saturday lunch and it was busy hence the noise level was high and there was no way one end of a table for 6 can hear what was being said on the other end of the table. That is a drawback.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another excellent meal....
    CarolM
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Met a friend for dinner on the Friday before Labor Day. Restaurant and tasting room were very busy. Food was again outstanding. My friend had the tuna special appetizer and found it very flavorful. I had the bibb lettuce and beet salad, which was great. We both had the striped bass entree with a yogurt cucumber finish. Fish was excellent and the sauce was especially tasty. The wine, of course, was great. Another great meal at Chamard Bistro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "A Little Piece of Italy"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It felt as though you entered into another world. A scene from the movie "Letters to Juliet" when finding the vineyard. Loved the food, loved the staff and loved the service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our group of three was visiting for dinner for the first time -- and loved the experience! Although the menu is quite limited (and the only disappointment was that there were no shellfish or pasta entree offerings - the mac&cheese was great as an appetizer), everything we had was absolutely delicious, from appetizers and salads to entrees (we ordered the duck, pork chop, and cod -- all excellent and beautifully plated) to incredibly decadent desserts. We complemented our meals with Chamard wines (a merlot and a 'cool, crisp white,' both very satisfying). Service was great and we can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Time Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Usually go there for lunch. The burger is outstanding as is the grilled cheese and mac and cheese. Each comes with a nice salad. An order of pommes frites tops any of them off. And of course a glass of wine makes the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Smileyleapyr64
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was a spur of the moment find and the amazed us. Ambiance, charm, delicious. We will be making many return trips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine paired with food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Awesome ambiance. Great food. Steak was perfect and chicken succulent. Wine was excellent. Recommend doing a tasting and then dinner-helps you decide wine for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like I was in a CA Vineyard
    erinseile
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Nice choice of different food plates; limited wine list due to fact you can only purchase their wines. Unfortunately 2 in our group were not wine drinkers! My bad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something different in CT
    neighbor
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is something different for this area. The view of the vineyards is green and serene, a great spot for lunch with friends which is what we are going to do more of. If you could create a cool, breezy, pretty, shady spot closer to nature for eating outdoors, it would be even better. One of our guest said your hamburger is the best he has ever had. I had a melted cheese sandwich which could use some fancying up with little effort (sour dough bread, a little more crunch perhaps?) or a special salad with a mix of fruits and greens would be great as an option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    thegirlsdayout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have dined at Chamard's before and have always had a great experience. The staff is accommodating, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed. We usually use your location as a meeting place as we are all coming from different directions. I drive from Woodstock CT. which is an hour and a half away, but lunch at Chamard's is worth the trip. I do want to say that this last experience was wonderful. Our waitress took very good care of us. She was accommodating to any of the special requests that we requested and was available without being overbearing. I wish I had paid attention when she told us her name. I would have liked to specifically mention her in this review. It is safe to say we are all looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Spot for lunch or dinner
    GuilfordCT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lovely setting. Professional wait staff. Wonderful selections and presentation. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vineyard Dining
    SusydVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a pleasant evening at Chamard Vineyards recently. We arrived early, so we had a tasting while waiting for our table. We heard a good guitarist, and enjoyed sitting out on the back deck, overlooking the vineyard. The dining room was hopping, but our server was very attentive. The food was good---however, my pork chop was a bit dry. My husband's fish dish was excellent. Would definitely try them again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the place, excellent food. wines are good, not enough of them, and wish they had a full bar. Wish they were open more, and ran it like a restaurant more, and less like an add on to the winery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Wine...good food
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Suggest doing side-by-sides of the 2-oz glasses of both the whites and the reds with food. Food done beautifully and presented professionally. Wine very good. A little disappointing that most of the wines are not 100% CT grapes. The merlot, while good, is 100% California juice. Why bother? But overall experience very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch with family!
    sweetpea0823
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I visited Chamard this past weekend and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, extremely fresh with a creative menu. The wine was very good, and the setting was beautiful, from the ambience of the indoor dining room to the patio and grounds outside. The drive in to the vineyard is lined with grapevines, labeled with the variety in each section. It is a gorgeous and fitting entry to the establishment. The only thing I would change is the lack of shade options on the patio - the sun was direct and quite hot, and there were no umbrellas or awnings to provide shade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Chamard Vineyard is just amazing. It is definitely the right place to go with your significant other. The atmosphere is very pleasant, so romantic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unpleasant evening
    GingerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I had been there twice before, one time for lunch, then for wine and cheese with friends another time. Both times were pleasant. This time, we came with our family to celebrate a birthday. The tables are set up right next to each other in a row. The table next to us was so roudy that the noise level was deafening. We asked to be moved. They would not or could not do it. We could not wait to get out. Food was fair but was a very unpleasant experience and we will not return. The restaurant never picks up the phone. Messages have to be left and it always takes a couple of days for them to return the call. Was definitely not worth the trip (over an hour's drive).
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The wines are very good. The 2 oz. option is nice because you can try different varieties with your meal if you wish.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    mmrugs
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A perfect and relaxed evening with friends. Exceptional food and amazingly great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Laura
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was a return visit. Was much better service the first time, and it wasn't crowded on this visit. I felt a bit ignored.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. Food was superb. Very nice portions, very well seasoned and done exactly to our liking. We did have quit a bit of a wait until our main course was served. We questioned our server - who was very sweet- and she explained that many times orders are placed in the kitchen at the same time. Right after that, she brought us bread which was excellent. Within a short time, our plates were presented to us. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful and very good
    dinnerreview
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Really nice setting. We arrived early and walked around and had a glass and of wine outside on the deck of the tasting room. The house decor in the entrance and tasting room is very winery vintage and pretty. The bistro area was more modern which was a bit of a disappointment and the tables are close together and no views of the vineyard. We actual preferred the tasting room charm and views. The food was wonderful and cooked and presented beautifully. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Venue to enjoy!
    Frank
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    How nice it is to be able to have a very local restaurant! The site is lovely, in the middle of the vineyard. The menu has seasonal specials and regular items. Much of their produce comes from their garden or other local gardens so it can't get much fresher. Hopefully they will be able to offer a larger selection of their own wines, and it would be nice if they could offer locally brewed beers as an alternative to the wine list. Service is pleasant and not hurried.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done!
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I want to thank Carianne and the rest of the staff at Chamard for making my Mom's birthday extra special! The food was fantastic and was only out done by the service. If you are looking for a place for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion, Chamard is it. Make a reservation, but get there early for a wine tasting in the barn or the main tasting room. Chamard is an excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good find!
    CarolM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    When Bistro Chamard first opened, we found the menu uninspiring. But having received an email about weekend specials that looked enticing, we decided to give it a try. Great place! Food is interesting, very flavorful, and delicious. Some of the little touches (the bleu cheese in my husband's salad) were spectacular choices. We will put this on our regular rotation of special restaurants on the Shoreline.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in CT
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love to visit local wineries but CT has limited growing for grapes therefore limited wine selection. Chamard sources grapes from CA and has a great variety of wines. The restaurant was pretty and the food delicious. I will definitely be returning and may even consider joining their wine club.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bistro!
    Out4Dinner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We first went to Chamard for the wine and quickly learned that we should also being going there for the food. The bistro is fabulous. We've eaten here several times and will keep going back. Everything on the menu exceeds expectations - and the wines are wonderful, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    malbarda
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were with a party of three, of which one who was 13. This is probably not a place that kids/teens will enjoy; the menu and ambiance is probably a little too sophisticated for their taste. We ordered the pork chop (great flavors but a LOT of fat which could have been just my cut), the Croque Madam (thumbs up), the burger (tasted VERY charred, even to my tastebuds), two sides of fries (excellent) and for starters we shared the smoked warm salmon and cold charcuterie plate (both were plentiful and very good). Service started very slow but was good once it got going.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hiddendelight
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Chamard is a little piece of Europe in Connecticut. Beautiful sunsets, a marvelous country vineyard with farm to table freshness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice combination of elements
    srbbass
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great view, great food, interesting local winery wine list from which the Chardonnay and the Merlot Reserve are quite good. OpenTable reservation worked flawlessly. Hit the tasting room 30 minutes before your dinner reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CCR
    Ccr3
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Beautiful setting and very leisurely dining. Food was pretty solid. Ordered cheese plate which was huge and very delicious. Should have ordered sandwiches or salads after that b/c our meals were overwhelming. We thought the waitstaff should have let us know how large the cheese plate was which would have changed our order. Also, oddly, the waiter came out to tell us that they could not sell wine after 9:00 p.m. which was in the middle of our meal. No dessert wine for us. Overall a lovely setting and a decent meal. I will go back but I will go earlier and I will not sit in the dining room. If you sit in the tasting room and/or the outdoor patio, you can only choose off of a smaller menu but I still think it is the way to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I are not even wine drinkers but we did try a couple & decided to explore our palates. We found one we liked and had that with our appetizer & dinners. This farm to table bistro is wonderful, the staff is very attentive and courteous. Loved the views of the vineyard from our table! The food was phenomenal! Comforts of home yet elegant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Terrific for a late Sunday lunch. Friendly attentive staff, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring your earplugs
    Love2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our third time at Chamard for dinner. Food is excellent, but wait staff service varies wildly. Unfortunately, the noise level ismsomextreme that one has to literally shout which makes for a very poor dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great time
    aek05001
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    the grounds are really beautiful and the wine is good. the food was wonderful which we were very happy about. definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just as great the second time...
    FrenchGourmet
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Impressed at my first brunch-with-5-friends there, I invited 3 friends to lunch to have them discover this exceptional place--all were charmed by the site and delighted by the excellent food and wine selection. Definitely, a rare gem in the area. At my next time there, I shall make it a dinner event to experience the Vineyards-by-night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best winery so far!
    Jennlynn52
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I are doing the passports this year for the wine trail, and we came across Chamard on amazon local so we bought the voucher and went there for a wine tasting and then dinner. The grounds are gorgeous, the wine was excellent, food was amazing. We were there for the sunset so it was just breathtaking. I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys a good glass of wine, and relaxing in a great atmosphere with a gorgeous view. Definitely my top winery in CT so far!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    sdr922
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Celebrated my mother's birthday here - truly wonderful meal and atmosphere. Service was great too. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Choice
    8dee
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I took his mom for wine tasting and an early dinner at Chamard. We live about an hour away, so we were hopeful that it would be worth the drive. The location, along with the food, was excellent! Two of us had the cod, and one had the steak, all of which were tasty and well prepared. We enjoyed the wine tasting as well. The service was a bit slow, but it was busy and we weren't in a rush so that didn't end up being a problem. Overall it was a lovely trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.