Harlan Social
Harlan Social

Harlan Social

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.harlansocial.com/
  • Phone: (203) 883-8000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Lewandowski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Harlan Social can cater to any type of event. Our private party menus can be found on Harlan Social"s website under the Private Party tab.
  • Entertainment: Harlan Social will host a variety of events such as beer dinners, cooking classes, pig roasts, and wine dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal Street
  • Public Transit: By train: Stamford Metro-North
    By bus: CT Transit stop at Market & Canal Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered parking is available off of Towne Street.
A word from Harlan Social
Critically acclaimed New York City chef Stephen Lewandowski opens his innovative new restaurant, Harlan Social. Based on the gastropub concept, Harlan Social will combine the convivial atmosphere of a traditional neighborhood pub with a menu of fresh, creative contemporary fare. Chef Lewandowski"s cuisine will celebrate the regional food of America's Northeast with flavors from his travels around the world. Harlan Social is a place where guests can enjoy a refined culinary experience in a relaxed neighborhood meeting place.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGastro Pub
Harlan Social reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (21)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (7)special occasion (7)notable wine list (7)romantic (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Overall Great
    Luveatingout
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Harlan Social is quickly becoming my go-to place, especially if you have friends that are picky eaters…There's something for everyone. The wait staff are helpful and engaged, and everyone tries to make your dining experience a good one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wmr614
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food very eclectic mix, good atmosphere. The wait staff is warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    AlWestportVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Asian Wings and Hummus starters, just added to the fun. They serve great apple struedel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Muffin
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was delicious and the stuff very friendly. I would definitely recommend trying the apple strudel and the pumpkin cheesecake as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jaygigi
    jaygigi47
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    There are 3 rooms. The bar area is the best. they need to block the bright lights from the kitchen in the back room. The food is good to very good. I had short ribs which were tough. Waitress forgot one of our side dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • favorite 'go to' spot
    lovefun
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    my spouse and I love Harlan Social for all seasons. no matter where we sit, we have a blast and love the food, wine, service and ambience. the live jazz is a special treat as well...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    MattVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The 4 of us ordered almost all the small plates, the pasta dish and a salad to share. Each dish was better than the next, especially the rock shrimp tempura. Their beer selection is wide, comprehensive and doesn't rely upon the standard mass-produced list that you find in most restaurants. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in town
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Harlan Social has become my favorite spot for lunch in Stamford, both for business meetings and social get togethers. The menu is consistently interesting and the food is high in quality. I especially love the mozzarellas and other cheeses. Out of town visitors have been very impressed. My one complaint is that the service needs some work. The wait staff is friendly and competent, but way too slow. A two course lunch dragged out for nearly two hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Lindah6
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Harlan Social is consistent, great service and great burgers!!...We took friends from NYC and they were impressed......My new go to Restaurant in Stamford, CT. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Sat in the bar - nice little booths, good tall tables, good craft beer list, great burger.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    Dex22VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food and friendly service in a beautiful room -- what more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great.
    SouthportCT
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good and creative food, upscale "buzzy" ambiance, but a bit pretentious and a bit over priced for what it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've been dining at Harlan since it opened. We love it although the menu has changed somewhat and some of the offerings we enjoyed are no longer available much to our disappointment. We will continue to return however as it's always a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service left us frustrated
    McI3
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went on a recommendation from a friend. It was our anniversary. We had to tell our server multiple times it was our first time. We were there 1 1/2 hours and all we got out of that was empty glasses, a burned beef filet and bad descriptions of food. I asked what flavor the ice tea was and they just kept saying unsweetened ice tea. Sorry, unsweet is not a flavor. The staff was sitting with other tables, frequently talking to other tables, we got none of that. One customer even had his bare feet up on a chair behind us. We asked for melted butter, (for the burnt beef) she forgot and didn't want to admit it. After a reminder 10 min later, she brought out slightly warmed butter. Sad we still have money left on our gift card.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was bland
    lovefoodexperience
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    there was no flavor to our meals, maybe a lack of basic seasonings am just not impressed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good enough
    stamfordfoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good, but overpriced. Waitress was a little pushy. Also, no bread which was a little strange since other tables had it and we all ordered entrees. If you want to splurge go for the scallops.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around!
    AussigirlVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place came highly recommended thru a friend of mine and let me tell you how glad I am that I found this place. My husband and I went for dinner last week and had some of the best food and service we have had in a long time. From start to finish we enjoyed ourselves. Our server greeted us by first telling us her name was Lindsay. Great serves! I had the scallops and and my husband had the filet. Both were cooked to perfection. When we were finished a gentalman stopped by to ask us if we had enjoyed our evening. Introducing himself as the Genarl Manager and handed us his Business card then told us if we ever needed anything to ask for him. We will definitely be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seems much quieter now
    Rich
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I go to Harlan about once every 6 months, and it seems to have gone off the boil a little. Tuesday evening at 7:30pm, we were one of only 3 tables I think. Thats odd, when there seem to be more and more towers of apartments going up in the area - is there a repetitional issue? Food is good, but no longer "wow". I had scallops which were cooked one side, not cooked at all on the other. I know they are difficult, but seemed amateurish. Just seemed as if it was getting a little tired and a little lazy as it aged. Having said that, I will go back again - it's easy 5 minutes from Stamford train, and reliable good food and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hollyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Still like this restaurant but afraid it's losing steam. Not many people there (maybe because it's summer?) on a Saturday night. Plus too many kids and toddlers. Food still good but salmon was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time there - all in our party loved it. Great food Great wines
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 248 reviews are from the Harlan Social reviews archive.
  • Flash but not good
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Kale was full of sand, duck had two interesting sauces then a third was loaded across the top ruining the crisp of the duck and adding an overpowering element and then whole cashew were added to the plate for no apparent reason. To their credit they did try and compensate on the bill
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harlan
    Dusty
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Was a great lunch find! The good was very delicious? Would be a great place for all times of day and occasions . Loved the sparkling water!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinning experience
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was simply wonderful and I will look forward to dinning at Harlan Social again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance Embodied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Fine fare, discretely provided, with a feeling of privacy while dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Brunch Restaurant
    Mpb0707
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the tasty and unique dishes found here. The decor was very unique as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new place
    Digger
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I was there for lunch. The menu was very interesting and the food was great. Fresh healthy and delicious. Service was fine. Been there when the bar was hopping too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Pickles
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We lucked out finding this hidden gem of a restaurant when we were looking for a spot to celebrate an event with our family. Since them, when we are in stamford this is the place we go to eat! Ample parking, beautiful clean/modern/rustic interior, food is absolutely delicious, and the staff extremely attentitive. Hands down Harlen Burger is amazing! Great size cheese plates, perfect place to share some dishes too. Nice beer choices and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    foody
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Delightful brunch. We were 6 people and we were extremely happy to be sitting at a round table. Wonderful food, service and ambience. Would definitely come back .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    NomNom
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was ok. Over priced for what it was. Not much octopus in the octopus salad, although what was there was well cooked. Service was ok but at 9pm (on a Friday night) they started blowing out the candles on the empty tables around us. Oh and $32 for scallops?! They were good but not worth that.
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  • Just ok ...
    mimiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tomato soup was a lot more like tomato SAUCE than soup. Much too strong and thick -- particularly for a summertime menu. Burger excellent, fries not hot. (they look a lot better than they taste because of temp). Grilled salmon good with cous cous and tomato --- but swimming in sauce. Cheesecake with kumquats lousy. Waiter very nice & courteous ... good service but NOISE LEVEL AWFUL ... loud young women at two tables near us (Saturday night out with the girls) ... screaming with raucous laughter ... really hard to enjoy dinner & any acceptable level of conversation with that going on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First class!
    Eatdrinknbperry
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food is outstanding here. As you read the menu you'll see many common choices however each item has a unique flavor that makes this place stand out. Modern decor and open atmosphere. I come here often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition to Stamford
    Livinct
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was our second time at Harlan Social, this time with a big group of 9 people. Because I had to make several changes to our original booking, I must have called the restaurant 4 times! Each time the host was easy going and very accommodating. The wait staff was excellent as well. I wish I could remember what everyone ordered but I had both the crab cakes (first visit) and rack of lamb the second visit. My husband had the snapper which was also excellent. I'm not sorry to say that there were no complaints and we had a lovely evening. I hope this restaurant continues to do well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun find
    ctcathybVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time dining at Harlan Social and were pleasantly surprised. Menu was interesting and delicious. While the restaurant was filled, the energy was positive. Food was good - but kitchen was a bit behind. Appetizers came out quickly, but waited a bit long for dinner. All worth the wait, by the way. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Awful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We've been to this restaurant before and loved it. This time, we waited almost an hour for our food and when it did finally arrive, one of the orders was incorrect. We had multiple managers come over to our table and apologize, but didn't do anything to rectify the situate. I expected to have the incorrect order removed from our bill, but that did not happen. I noticed the table next to us also had issues, with long wait times and incorrect orders, so the issue may have been the specific waitress as she was the server for both tables. This negative experience is a shame, because the food is fantastic. But unfortunately, because of this awful experience, despite the great food, we will not be returning to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night or going downhill?
    TCK83VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Harlan Social has been on our regular restaurant rotation for awhile now, dining there about every 6-8 weeks. Always have appreciated the variety of the menu and interesting dishes, however dining there a week ago things just seemed off. My snapper (as recco'd by our server) was dry and flavor was lacking. My boyfriends scallops were a huge disappointment, a dish he always gets when on the menu. The 4 scallops were SMALL, slightly larger than the a size of a quarter and were way over cooked. It was hard to justify the $30+ price when there wasn't much on the plate. Service wasn't as attentive as normal, no greetings by the manager that night. I hope we just experienced an off night, but for sure will take this off the list for awhile.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harlan has it ALL
    JanskiVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Outstanding Food, Ambience and impeccable Service is an understatement ..... actually went out of my way to tell the Manager - our waiter knew what we wanted before we did ....it reminded me of some of the 5 Star Restaurants in NY City and California!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harlan Social is social
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    food was great...best hamburger ever...but everything else was wonderful too; ;service excellent; a definite repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Go-To
    StamfordResidentVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    It's taken me a while to get to Harlan Social-- and I regret this immensely. Atmosphere is great-- sitting in a booth is especially romantic. Bar scene is very casual and relaxed-- the feel is very different from downtown Stamford where many restaurants bars have a tense vibe, people competing for space, ect. Food is incredible I would recommend the rock shrimp tempura, chicken wings, and potato chips with bleu cheese. We haven't even made it past the appetizers list because they're great to share with groups. Service is great. Beer list/wine list has something for everyone. Harlan Social is a great casual scene, upscale food is really well-done, service has never been an issue. Highly Recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really enjoyed the food
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    we had yet another great time at Harlan. the menu has a lot of choices and we enjoy trying different things. service was prompt and pleasant. anytime we are nearby, Harlan is always consistent for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite restaurant
    Runner2016
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We love the food at Harlan Social. We have tried just about everything on the dinner menu and have never been disappointed. The space is lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.