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Elm Restaurant- CT
Elm Restaurant- CT

Elm Restaurant- CT Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (203) 920-4994
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Tuesday - Friday
    11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday- Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Bar
    Tuesday - Sunday opens at 5:00

    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: /Owner: Brian Lewis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Avenue
  • Public Transit: New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Elm Restaurant- CT
Elm Restaurant is located in the heart of New Canaan, CT., featuring Chef Brian Lewis' modern American cuisine, rooted in tradition and inspired by the seasons.

We offer daily changing a la carte and chef's tasting menus, enjoyed in either our cozy bar area, elegant dining room or at the chef's counter, overlooking our state of the art kitchen.

Our 12 seat Chef's table is available for private dining events and cooking class parties.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Food well prepared and tasty, but in very small portions. I ordered a Tenderloin steak Medium Rare, it came to me as blood rare. I sent it back and they brought out another, and it might have been still moving."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I tried Elm for her birthday dinner and were thrilled with the experience. The host, Max, was fantastic - sat us down, made small talk and when he heard it was our first time there he immediately brought us two complimentary glasses of champagne and a couple of oysters. Both were delicious. Our waiter was also great - very personable, helpful, attentive. We had the beet salad, the english pea sachetti, and the roast chicken - all were fantastic. Portions were perfect - not too much or too little. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is a gem in New Canaan which serves excellent food in a sleek modern setting. The dishes are creative and delicious."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We thought the ambience was okay and were a little disappointed in that. The food was excellent and the service was good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is a great addition to the CT dining scene. The restaurant is sleek and modern and the food is fresh and fit for foodies. The staff is also pretty sophisticated. This place could hold it's own in NYC - very good!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went for Father's Day and were seated immediately. They gave us a nice booth for myself, my husband 7 yr old and infant. We waited a long time for a server to speak to us. Finally, the hostess noticed and asked if we'd like water. They brought that 5 minutes later, but it took another 10 for anyone to come take our drink order. 1 cappuccino, 1 coffee and 1 pineapple juice took 15 minutes (it took another 5-10 minutes at the end of the meal after my husband asked for a refill on his coffee). The food came out swiftly and was warm, but the eggs on our eggs benedict were so runny that my husband thought they had just used the yolk - although perhaps that was the intention? Food good, but not overly spectacular."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was good, but a little bit (even for New Canaan) overpriced. The wine was way overpriced - glass of current vintage rose = 50% of retail bottle price! Service - depending on which staff served you - was good, or not."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "While the food at Elm might be the best in Fairfield County, the front of house needs plenty of work. Our server seemed very confused and really couldn't explain the dishes on the menu. Service is way to rushed"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We heard this restaurant was great, so we booked it for our anniversary. What happened? Was the chef on vacation? One of our pasta dishes was so bland, we should have sent it back. The beef brisket was inedible and we did send it back! It was nice of them to offer us another dish, but at that point my appetite was spoiled. We've had great brunches at Elm. But we won't be returning for dinner. What a disappointing evening!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Amazing food, but no soy milk, not many vegan options. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Been here many times and food was off. Just too rich this time around. Looked like a new sous chef, don't know if yet hat is reason. Service continues to be odd - very nice at beginning of meal but they always seem to get caught up in other stuff when it gets busy. Often here waitstaff bickering about who is covering what. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "MY HUSBAND AND I HAD DINNER HERE WITH TWO FRIENDS ON SATURDAY NIGHT. WE COULD ONLY GET A TABLE AT 6PM SO I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED THAT WE WOULD BE RUSHED OUT FOR THE NEXT SITTING. OUR WAITER WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND FUN, FIRST ADVISING ABOUT THE COCKTAILS AND THEN ABOUT THE FOOD ITSELF. WE DECIDED NOT TO HAVE APPETIZERS BUT, AFTER A DELICIOUS TASTER,THE CHEF APPEARED WITH THE MOST DEVINE EGGS FOR US ALL.THEY WERE SUPERB AND THE PRESENTATION IN A CARDBOARD EGG CARTON WAS PERFECT. OUR ENTREES WERE DELICIOUS TOO. WE WERE NOT IN THE LEAST RUSHED AND WE ALL LEFT SAYING IT WAS A FANTASTIC MEAL AND WE WOULD DEFINITELY RETURN."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The progression of the tasting menu was absolutely superb and the wine pairings were spot on. The kimchi brisket is a must try!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "All good especially Max who is remarkable at pairing wine selections with food choices. No one better!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "farm to table deliciousness. every course was amazing. expensive but really worth it. great spot for a date, birthday, special occasion. soooooooooooooo gooooooooooooood!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went to Elm for dinner and ordered the tasting menu. The portions were small, the waiters too soft spoken where half the time I had no idea what I was eating, and the food did not always make sense. The pasta dish was too small and some plates, like the Halibut, were so busy I couldn't make sense of what was going on and the flavors didn't seem to work together at all. The brisket was great, but the spicy cabbage that came with it overpowered the dish. The biggest issue we had was that we left hungry and for the price we paid with tip, it was not worth it. I've had fewer dishes at Per Se's Salon (their tasting portions) and left fuller and able to justify a check identical to Elm's. This place left me confused and annoyed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Fantastic food: americano-franco-asian? very innovative, great flavors and textures. cool decor. knowledgeable and friendly staff. My favorite in CT so far, after 3 years of living here. So delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food in Elm restaurant. It's a high end meals in the casual settings. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The only concern was that it took the kitchen very long time for our dishes to come out…. Hopefully next time it won't happen, as we are looking forward to return again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The brunch at Elm is delicious and offers a nice variety without being overwhelming. The service is outstanding. Attentive without being intrusive. The presentation of everything is top-notch. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great meal all around - the confit of cod dish is a must have, it is absolutely incredible. The dining experience was better than the last time I went to Elm. Only issue was that the time between our appetizers and entrees was very long - I think it was at least 20 minutes."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Brian and his staff continue to do a great job with food and service."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I found Elm because they were on a list of restaurants to which Millstone Farm supplies its free-range chicken eggs. So, I thought Elm would be more conscious of nutritious foods. From what I observed, however, Elm has the same old white flour and sugar you can find anywhere else. On another note, the acoustics were horrible. I had a hard time hearing my family across the table from me. Get some carpet or tapestries, or something to cut the reverberation. Our waitress was great. She was very attentive and discerned that we were in a hurry, so she sped us through getting the bill paid."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "food was lovely... portions quite small... prices quite large. Very nice experience in spite of criticizm."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Three of us had Sunday brunch. My Jonah Crab Benedict was very good, though the hollandaise lacked much lemon punch. My wife's omelette (mushroom and goat cheese) didn't have much goat cheese flavor and my daughter's short rib hash was greasy and much more potato than short rib. Breads were so-so and the sweet spread that accompanied them though apparently homemade had so little flavor, none of us could figure out what it was, Service was very slow and there were too many uncoordinated servers. Had to ask for salt & pepper and for sugar for coffee. We wanted to like the restaurant, as a good brunch is not easy to find in our area, but overall it was a disheartening experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "had brunch this weekend at Elm. The restaurant decor was nice and the food was delicious...The service was bad...too many other good places to go in town, will not return."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I recently brought my girlfriend to Elm for her birthday, and we were both extremely happy with every aspect of our dining experience. Brian Lewis, the chef/owner, did an amazing job at satisfying all our foodie needs and went above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend Elm to anyone in the area and will be back many times to come. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was superb - great combinations and flavors. Not forced or contrived but a chef who has a solid love of food. Service was good, at times a little pushy. The one downside was the noise. We couldn't at times hear each other. Perhaps that was because it was Saturday night but it was at times intense."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went to Elm to with a friend for a nice dinner. Everything was outstanding from start to finish. Service was friendly, chef stopped by to chat and say hello. I had the halibut and my friend had the short rib...there was nothing left on either of our plates but that did not keep us from eating the mouth watering lemon mousse. I immediately came home and told my husband that we have to go. Best restaurtant by far in lower Fairfield County. I will be back."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I just can say that from star to finish it was a very special dine experience! Food amazing! Great service! You have to try it! Was there for for a special occasion, we were all very impress! Wow!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Elm is for the foodies that want something different when going out for dinner. The preparation is unique and combinations are wonderful. The food was cooked to perfection and we came away very satisfied. We felt we had a wonderful dining experience and at a fair market value."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had tried this restaurant when it first opened and hoped to like it but was a bit disappointed. Our experience this time was completely different. The staff was very professional and the Chef came to our table to make sure we were happy with our dinner. The food, needless to say, was outstanding. The whole evening was perfect AND because the music was just at the right level you could speak in normal tones to your dinner partner - what a delight!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I don't often write reviews. I am very particular about food and most often am disappointed. I had brunch at Elm this weekend and the food was outstanding. I had the brisket hash with eggs and it was fabulous. For dessert, we shared pineapple tapioca brulee and I loved it. I almost never go back to a restaurant a second time yet I can't wait to revisit Elm."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "If you're looking for great food, super service, and a happy atmosphere you can do no better than Elm. I particularly liked the kale salad and bloody mary. The menu was good and it took some time to make a selection. The waiter was particularly attentive and kind. It is nice to have a great meal in this area then stroll around the charming town."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I was here for dinner with my husband and my parents over the holidays. The food and drinks were delicious, I had a Nunsense (rum, cherries, quince). I started with the Osetra toasts and then had a half order of the foie gras capellini. The half order was tiny, i.e. two tablespoons, but it is a rich dish, and my mom had a half order of a different pasta entree and hers was much bigger. Our server was also great, very professional and unobtrusive. The only problem was the hostess - although there were lots of empty tables at 6:30, she first gave us a table by the door (on a very cold night). When my father said no, she put us right next to a two-top where the woman was very loud. Luckily they did not stay too long."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Farm to table, local seasonal produce used. Great place for date night."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We went to Elm to celebrate a friend's birthday. The service was excellent. We never had to wait for any request. We were seated immediately in a nice booth. Everything was better than any restaurant I have been to in a long time. The appetizers were the best. I have never had fois gras prepared so perfectly and the kale caesar salad was delicious. It was worth every penny and we are going again next Saturday!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We love coming to Elm to try an amazing new seasonal dish. The menu never disappoints and the staff at Elm are charming and friendly and it's obvious they love being there."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We enjoyed our meal from start to finish, with one minor exception. We started with the Kale Caesar salad and mushrooms and cauliflower with miso mayonnaise. Both were great. Two different fish dishes that we very different in style and were perfectly cooked. The only let down of the night was the dessert course, which was an almond cake with concord grape sauce. Too salty. So much so, you could not taste the other flavors in the dessert. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We always love our dinners at ELM. The chef makes us creative and delicious vegan meals which we return for again and again. Definitely one of our favorite places to dine."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Food was very good. Location and ambience are great. However, it is much too noisy (Sunday bruch) even for a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 12/8/2013