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.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very positive addtion to New Canaan
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.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had 6 different Tapas,
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.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Chef Is Too Good To Miss
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.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service in a crowd
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!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious and the
Food was delicious and the wait staff very good. We all loved it. Will definitely return.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new spot on Elm Street
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.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, Friendly Foodie Hangout
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!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM