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Picador Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.picadorrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (203) 972-9999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am -3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Corey Falcone, Sous 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

    Thank You,
    We very much look forward to having you.
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Corey Falcone (203) 594-9599
  • Special Events & Promotions: Picador will be hosting a Beer Dinner on Tuesday, February 4th.
    Time: 6:30pm
    Price: $60/person
    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 WinnerSpanish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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. :)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent tapas and very friendly and efficient service. A very welcome addition to the local dining scene."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "What a nice evening we had at Picador. Delicious food and wines, a cozy and warm atmosphere, and very good service. A small gem."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Incredible flavors, dynamic menu. Awesome service, warm and attentive without being overbearing."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I have dined at Picador several times since its new owners took over last summer. Each time, I have received the very best in service. Ray is always at the door to greet guests with a warm smile. Mateo is a master at what he does: taking orders, making drinks, and delivering food with perfect portions and timing. Corey and Frankie do a tremendous job in the kitchen. I highly recommend the tiger shrimp tapas, New Zealand lamb, and, for dessert, the Pan Perdido. I always walk away from Picador feeling satisfied. Its small, intimate setting, not to mention the outstanding food and service, make dining at Picador an excellent experience, and if you haven't already, I highly recommend you make a reservation soon. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Warm and friendly greeting upon arrival, with a cozy interior. Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive and helped us to choose our tapas to start and recommend entrees. We choose the specials, one stuffed pork chop, 2 red snapper specials all which were delicious and enjoyed. The only dish that didn't work was the paella which was over cooked and dry, surprising since the restaurant is Spanish inspired. We enjoyed the scallops, shrimp tapas to start as well as beet salad which was fresh and plenty to share. We also enjoyed the cheese and figs platter also very generous portion. All in all a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. Food was delicious and service very attentive. Management friendly and concerned about diner experience. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "As a chef myself- I usually do research on a restaurant but this was a last minute dinner plan and it turned into the perfect evening. My boyfriend and I shared a bunch of tapas and appetizers- we had 5- and we could not decide which one we liked best. Every plate had great flavor profiles. We had the goat cheese and tomato wrapped in Serrano, the stuffed portobello, the albondigas, the steak tips in spicy sauce, and the scallops with cauliflower purée. Cheesecake was a perfect ending. All were amazing! The chef previously owned and ran Bella Luna- a neighborhood gem in Stamford. It was a favorite of mine and I'm so glad the chef found a new spot. Our server and bartender Matteo was amazing as well! So helpful throughout the night!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "A small place with a great type of Food . Very Spanish tapas place"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The only disappointment was that the rest of my party chose to order their own main courses instead of sharing from the tapas part of the menu. Everything was wonderfully prepared and the service was attentive without being too intrusive. The ambiance is so friendly; and although it is quite small, we didn't feel like we were on top of the other diners. I'm also glad the menu was relatively brief, especially for the tapas selection - at Barcelona in Greenwich, the menu is unbearably long! I will definitely return...as there were quite a few items on the menu that looked very intriguing."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Was just what we were looking for: tasty small plates in a nice atmosphere, friendly staff."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "enjoyed the food, several dishes including goat cheese, manchego, shrimp and mushroom tapas and the charcuterie, which left us pleasantly full; several specials were in addition to the menu; only bad part of the experience was the earsplitting noise, as the restaurant was full (Thursday night)."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Dining at Picador is like dining in the friendliest, cozy friend's home. Highly recommend it ! Food is wonderful and should not be missed. Chef Corey will make you anything you want. Matteo is full of drink surprises and Ray is a terrific host. Don't miss this in town gem."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Some friends and I decided to try something different. We decided upon Picador. The new ownership and management has created a nice, friendly atmosphere with excellent food and service. This restaurant will be on our regular "go to" places. Thank you, Picador!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This is a very small restaurant with perfect ambiance and great food. The noise level is perfect for us. We like to know we are dining with others but don't enjoy shouting at each other. This place provides just the right amount of restaurant noise which adds to the overall feeling of having a good time. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Its great to have another restaurant in New Canaan that delivers the high quality food and service that residents demand. The new chef is excellent, and very willing to vary items to accomodate his customers' wishes. The service is also excellent, timely and attentive. The only problem is that the new Picador has definitely been "discovered" and you now need a reservation on weekends. Still the staff can handle the crowd and it gives the place a more friendly, social ambiance. Definitely will go again!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "With the change in ownership/management at this small 24 seat restaurant, and the addition of chef Corey Falcone, this is a must try! Corey comes from the beloved Bella Luna in Stamford, CT, which sadly closed it's doors in 2012 after 12+ years of a successful run. Though Picador's Spanish tapas menu remains much the same, Corey is beginning to add his own flair of Italian and some classic steak dishes. His fried calamari was awesome (just how we remembered), the steaks cooked to perfection, and the salmon was delicious. Ray (manager/owner) made us feel extremely welcome in this friendly neighborhood spot, along with Mateo (bartender/waiter). I look forward to returning again and again to see how Corey expresses his culinary expertise."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Food was delicious and the wait staff very good. We all loved it. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Had Dinner at the restaurant on Thursday really good decision. We shared the Beef w/hot cherry pepper tappas excellent! Had the Beef Tenderloin special absolutely delicious prepared properly it melted in your mouth. The restaurant is small & intimate decor very nice. We wish them success & will return. I think if you try it you'll love it."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Picador's new Chef, Corey Falcone, continues to impress. Steak specials are really great! Love the new specials and cant wait for the new menu. We were there on Friday night, and the place was deservedly packed, yet the service was attentive and courteous. So sorry this "undiscovered gem" appears to have been discovered!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The new management of Picador has brought in a great new Chef, Corey Falcone from Bella Luna in Springdale. He has taken the regular minutes up a notch, and added specials. Both the Grilled Siloin with Crumbled Blue Cheese and the Talapia and Clams with Saffron Sauce were excellent. Expect an expanded menu soon. On top of the great service and the excellent Spaniah wine list, this makes Picador a dining experience that is too good to miss."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "Picador is a tiny place. So I couldn't help but notice a very large table of maybe 16 people when we walked in. There was one waiter in the restaurant, and he simply couldn't keep up with our small party of three, the large table, and two other tables of four. While he was very nice and apologetic, we had to flag him down for everything. They need to fix that, because the food was otherwise very tasty."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "We had 6 different Tapas, 4 were outstanding and 2 were very good and with a slight modification will become outstanding as well. Guaranteed the modification will take place this week. My Wife and I will definately return for another bottle of great wine, enjoyable atmosphere, a fantastic group of waiters and to try a plethora of other items on the menu to try. Ray who helps run the restaurant makes you feel that you are their only customer in the restaurant. Try it, you will love it! We certainly did."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Picador is a welcome addition of the interesting food of Spain to the ethnic desert of New Canaan. Though it can use some improvement (it recently changed hands), it is sound with some high notes and some good Spanish basics with several daring and creative detours. We were there on a busy Friday and IMMENSELY appreciated that though noisy, as American restaurants usually are (we travel a lot), we still could hear each other talk. We were at Tarry Lodge's Westport outlet last week and it was painful: "I can't hear you" was the dominant theme of the evening;s conversation. Picador is much better. The new owner was there and has a genuine interest in his customers being pleased. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We took friends recently to Picador that we have traveled with in Spain. The food was both interesting and excellently prepared. A plus is the ability to have either full traditional entrees (such as the yummy paella) or a combination of smaller plates / tapas. We are big lovers of cheese and appreciate being able to have a cheese plate for dessert or cheese/charcuterie for an appetizer. Service is excellent and the ambience is warm and cozy. We also really liked the extensive wine the glass selection, and the fact that you can get the standard varietals as well as a good selection of Spanish wines. Will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "The restaurant is remarkably spacious, and much more comfortable than the last one in this space. There are fewer tables and the seats are comfortable. The noise level is also low making for a pleasant dining experience. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. Unfortunately the food was mediocre and overpriced. The tapas were small, which is not a surprise, but the prices for each were high. The favors were not innovative and the presentation was lacking. While the wine list was fine, the choices of cocktails was deficient."
    Dined on 9/14/2013