Picador
Picador

Picador

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.picadorrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (203) 972-9999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday - Saturday 11:30am -3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Frank Barrese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party reservations can also be booked by contacting
    Ray Rivera
    203-979-0288

    Thank You,
    We very much look forward to having you.
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Frank Barrese 2035949599
  • Special Events: Picador will be hosting a Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 14th.
    Time: 6:30pm
    Reservations: Opentable or by contacting us directly
    (203) 972-9999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Public Transit: New Canaan Train Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Picador
Spanish tapas and full bar serving authentic Spanish, Italian and American cuisine in a warm and cozy setting on Elm Street in New Canaan.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Picador reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (24)romantic (11)notable wine list (9)good for groups (5)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Always a great meal here
    Pipersown
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Been here many times. Intimate setting, with many repeat diners. Owner Ray and staff are always attentive and the menu is varied. Don't see it on the menu, just ask. Good wine selection with many gems not on the list which the owner will suggest. We'll be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    Abner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great place, great food , awesome service , would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas and wine
    Mikenjen
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    My husband and I split a bottle of wine and six tapas. Our waiter Mateo picked the dishes and brought them out over time. Good food, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    dscordato
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Picador is an amazing gem of a restaurant. We were there on a Tuesday night and it was a spectacular meal. On top of the delicious meal the service was impeccable. Our server Kate was amazing, she had a wonderful suggestion for us to try the beef tips - on top of that she was taking care of the entire restaurant. Her service felt like we had three waiters - every time a glass was near empty she was there, every time a plate was finished it was whisked away. We will come back for the scrumptious food and hopefully we will be lucky enough to have Kate as a server. I suggest you make your reservation quickly as the small intimate space fills up quickly with eager diners every time I have had the pleasure of dining here. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas
    Cve66
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Did not have entree, though paella looked great at a distance. Had 7 tapas and enjoyed them all. The tapas each are generous portions and a mix makes a nice dinner. In view of party best were calamari , meatballs, sausage, and shrimp. Wine list interesting and a good spectrum of wines and prices. Will return for sure, as a number of other things on menu we are anxious to sample
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    dscordato
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had an amazing lunch here on Friday. Every bite was more delicious than the last. What a wonderful meal. Great waiter, he picked a few delightful cheeses for a great desert plate. I will be back again and again. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great place for a large group - sampling all the tapas is a really good way to experience the entire menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff
    uvmparentVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Although the staff was friendly and tried their best there just wasn't enough. Need at least two more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picador with no bull
    Marvinmaven
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Cute little room with excellent Tapas especially the meatballs, gambas and veggies with goat cheese. Good wine selection. A definite find.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Picador & the owner/host.
    MBEreviewer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The slow-ish service is fine because one doesn't want to rush...& it's almost part of the charm of this tiny, cozy place... Owned by a very experienced restauranteur who wanted to downsize for, perhaps, his last place, it's all about personal warmth, delicious & somewhat creative food, slanted toward the owner's Spanish heritage. Meals can be happily composed of tapas, split entrees, charcuterie, or traditional meals, etc. Spanish(& other) wines are well-selected & delicious as well. We keep going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas in New Canaan
    LongshoreGolfer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal in New Canaan on Friday night at Picador. The Tapas are amazing as is the wine list. There were a few main courses to select from but we decided to stick to the Tapas. Service was excellent and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    L040528
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ordered a few of the tapas plates and each one was excellent. We are looking forward to going back and trying some of the ones we didn't get a chance to have the first go round. The staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different & delicious in New Canaan
    Judy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    In a town with many restaurants, this is the only one, although eclectic, with a Spanish influence. The service is very warm and friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate, and, most of all, the food is extremely fresh and creatively and prepared with great care and sensitivity. Tapas, salads, entrees and desserts are all delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cbreview
    cbreview
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first visit and we truly enjoyed Picador. 6 of us dined at a table on the small patio outside. Staff could not have been more attentive from the moment we walked in. Cozy little restaurant, great vibe. We went with all Tapas and none disappointed; the scallops were a favorite. Beet salad was terrific. Tapas were timed well, (& we ordered 12-15). Server was terrific & took great care of us. A great experience overall, we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new find - pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really great food - menu had so many things I wanted to try. Will definitely go back. Wish the wine list was more substantial
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Tapas
    lroof
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had 6 tapas dishes and five were excellent (filet tips, goat cheese, manchego cheese, scallops, brussel sprouts) and one was very good (chicken croquette). Service was very attentive. They even gave us a free dish because they thought other dishes were taking too long to come out (not true because we had two dishes on the table we were working on, but a sign of great customer service). Will definitely go back to try other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella
    Kartik
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We ordered the Paella for two, a little expensive but tasted excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates are great!
    paulooo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved the variety of small plates. The calamari was great. The wine was quite enjoyable and the staff more than pleasant. Great place to have dinner locally.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Picador is a real gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Picador is a real gem. The menu is unique, the food is delicious and the restaurant is run by people who will remind you of what it is like to fall in love with a neighborhood restaurant. While the restaurant is on the smaller side and can get a bit noisy at times, that is what makes it great. If you want to remind yourself what it is like to experience unique dishes, prepared and served by people who care about your dining experience, Picador is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas!
    sparky
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went with my daughter for tapas and wine. Lobster Salad tapa special was amazing! The goat cheese tapas and the Brussells sprouts tapas were equally delicious. They had a special rose wine that night that was perfect on a hot summer night. And our waitress was attentive and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Picador reviews archive.
  • A real Spanish find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    the food was superb - probably the most genuinely spanish food I have had outside of New York. I felt like I was back in Spain! A gorgeous rose wine to wash it all down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    2LDM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We ordered only tapas (7 in all for 4 people). Each one was delicious and interesting. Very nice waitress, cozy atmosphere and yummy food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapas
    Carynshek
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Two of us shared five tapas. Plenty for both of us. The chef was easily able to accommodate dietary needs without sacrificing any flavor. The seafood tapas were particularly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food served with grace
    patty
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Searching for somewhere new to celebrate an anniversary, I happened upon Picador on opentable and elsewhere. The reviews were fairly glowing (and too numerous to have been written by people affiliated with the restaurant!). We were greeted warmly and seated right on time for our reservation. The tapas (shrimp with ham and aioli; crispy brussel sprouts) were delicious, the beet salad dressed perfectly, the fish and steak entrees perfectly cooked. Add in a nice cocktail and some lovely rose and we had a great meal. We will definitely be back to enjoy the simple elegance of the dining room, the warm service and the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Really Good
    ToughCookie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Really a super very good restaurant. They do everything well, service, ambiance & the food (wonderful)! Please do yourself a favor & have the Scallop with chorizo & aioli flavors you can't believe prepared perfectly. Picador is a small giant sized Gem! We've been to Picador about four times every time a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice people!
    LBNC
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our second time dining at Picador and we will be back! Please try the scallops with the cauliflower puree...amazing! You will definitely enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Distinctive tapas
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I visit New Canaan often and have tried many of the restaurants. I think Picador ranks with the best; the dishes are composed with distinction. I recommend the salads, the mussels, the filet tips, the shrimp, the scallops, and especially the charcuterie. The restaurant is small, which adds to the charm, but be sure to book. The only negative to me was the TV at the bar--maybe this is viewed as a necessity in the local market? But it takes away charm from the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place for Tapas!
    biancamartine
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Came here with a small group of friends to celebrate my birthday - the owner greeted and brought us to our table, our waiter Matteo was very attentive, and the food was amazing. It's on a beautiful street with lots of shops. Would definitely reccommend this place for a romantic evening out, or with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary!
    RobEvans
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My wife and I dined here for our wedding anniversary. When we arrived early on a Tuesday we were the only guests in the restaurant. The staff was very attentive and eager to please. We were able to speak directly with the chef regarding dishes and even sample sauces prior to ordering. We started with a calamari appetizer which turned out to be the best calamari I had ever had. Our entrees were excellent as well. After dinner we were not going to have any dessert. The staff had other plans for us and brought out some complementary sparkling Spanish wine and flan with a candle in it. I would highly recommend Picador. They could not have done anything better. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spanish Food
    Stamfordfoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We went to Picador for the first time and were thrilled. The food was great! We never felt rushed. The bartender even Googled a drink for us that he hadn't heard of before. I would definitely. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from start to finish
    cdine
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We were greeted the moment we walked in and from then on everything was excellent; even thanked by name when we left. We had a number of tapas and a bottle of wine and everything we ate was prepared perfectly and tasted great. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Ambiance, Great Food
    NCFoodie
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Our dinner at Picador was terrific. The food was great. Homemade Ceasar Salad, Poached Pear and Valdeon Cheese salad, classic Pallela and Steak were all flawlessly executed. The wine list, dominated by less known, Spanish Reds, was impressive, and the manager very knowledgeable. The service was friendly and attentive. The ambience was warm and welcoming. We'll definitely go again! Can be crowded so make a reservation on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Too tired to cook on Monday? Head to Picador! Very welcoming and food is always excellent. Kate is a gem! She also provides wine making techniques on request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Stevek45VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We really enjoyed dinner. We ordered almost the entire Tapas menu and the four of us split two entrees. Not one complaint. All were quite good. The back waiter needs to slow down a bit. Slammed a plate into my watch more than once. Outside of that, it was a lot of fun. One woman at the bar even started dancing a bit. It was a Shakira moment. :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas and very friendly
    Peter
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Excellent tapas and very friendly and efficient service. A very welcome addition to the local dining scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find. The owner makes
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A great find. The owner makes you feel like a welcome guest in his home. The endive salad, branzino, and special desert with carmel, apples and peaches were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal in Fairfield County
    stevspiVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Incredible flavors, dynamic menu. Awesome service, warm and attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Flair in New Canaan
    herbiejazz
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    What a nice evening we had at Picador. Delicious food and wines, a cozy and warm atmosphere, and very good service. A small gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My wife and I had a couple apps, a salad and the Chilean sea bass special. We finished with the flan. All where very tasty. We split it all and the quantity of food was perfect. The server was very friendly and the owner stop over to explain the flan's origin. The recipe was from his great grandmother. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy place with friendly waiter
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    My friend and I had a great time having dinner there. It was a weekday night after the snow storm so the restaurant was not crowded and it was perfect for us to enjoy our conversation. The waiter was very friendly and nice. He was happy to give us his recommendations and they were all tasty. My favorite was paella. We shared paella and three tapas with wine and that was right amount of food for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.