Love this place
We go here for all of our special occasions - birthdays, anniversaries. Tim LaBant is a masterful chef - the dishes are simple, yet the flavors are so intense and delicious. Food is gorgeously presented, and the staff is always smiling, helpful, and responsive. We love it so much that we got married here last year!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming dining in a classic New England school house.
Very friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
Simply delicious from salad to dessert.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fabulous! However,
Food was fabulous! However, the service does not "fit" the quality of the restaurant! If they are going to charge those prices they need to hire professionals to work in the dining room and bar and that is NOT the case!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef at The Schoolhouse is a true master. Each morsel is sensitively and delicately prepared and presented to make your meal truly special. The service is so lovely and the ambience so pleasant, you will want to stay for hours!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent and technically impressive delights at Schoolhouse at Cannondale.
My girlfriend and I ordered the chicken liver pate and seared foie gras for our first courses. These really stood out. The foie gras was seared to PERFECTION and served over beignets (a sort of lightly sweetened fried doughnut) with sweet jam and granola. The pate was spread over toast with cornichons on the side - close your eyes and a bite of this could transport you to the French countryside.
Our main courses were well prepared but didn't stand out as much. The dessert (a chocolate souffle for two) was outstanding.
I didn't fine their wine list to be particularly impressive and we used the BYOW option ($20.00 corking). Service was very good.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu was small, but each dish is special. Beautiful flavors and fresh/local ingredients. This would have been a 5 star experience but we were really disappointed with the service. It's a very small space and felt there was no excuse for negligence. It took forever for the server to come to take a drink order, then later in the meal never asked if we'd like another when our glasses were empty. We had to flag down the waiter to get our check after sitting in front of our finished desert plate for 15 minutes. Don't get me wrong, I like to take my time eating and enjoying the experience, but this just felt like we weren't being taken care of. All said, I'd still go back and recommend this restaurant to anyone because of the excellent food.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice meal, attentive service.
Nice meal, attentive service. Pricey for what you get!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wilton's Best Restaurant-never disappoints! The service, the food, the ambiance, the attention to detail-Fantastic! Try it for brunch. The outdoor patio overlooking the waterfall and river is just gorgeous. On a beautiful Sunday morning, nothing could be better.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been many times now.
Have been many times now. It's always great but thus night was subpar. Service was uncommonly inattentive. Yes it was crowded but it is often crowded on Thursday nights. Everything seemed slow. Drinks took a long time. Waiter did not know if the soup was hot or cold (he guessed wrong). Dessert was delivered before we were even asked about coffee. My friend said yes to coffee but we ended up canceling it when we were finished with dessert and it hadn't shown up yet. Food was great as usual. That soup mentioned earlier was delicious!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely outdoor Sunday brunch
Lovely outdoor Sunday brunch in rustic setting.Very friendly and helpful service.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Schoolhouse is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The food is inventive, yet simple, and everything we've ever gotten was absolutely delicious. The service is wonderful, and you really can't beat the Thursday night 4 course tasting menu. We highly recommend the wine pairings along with the tasting menu, as it was just spot on. Overall, the Schoolhouse is amazing!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent and unusual salads for lunch, most delicipus asparagus i ever had
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, is a huge miracle inside a small, antique building tucked away right off Route 7 in Wilton, CT. Food does not get any better, the wine list is as fun to read as a wonderful short story, and the service is exemplary.
ADVICE: Don't eat here unless you are in a position to go back repeatedly. Otherwise, you will be left in an eternal state of unfulfilled longing that can only be satisfied by another visit to The Schoolhouse!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been there many times. Always great! We love the seasonal menu, and the always have solid wines too
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gents, bring GF. Become hero.
I took my GF to the SH@C for her birthday. An experience that she would always remember -her words. Score! The food was delicious and professionally executed. The staff is detail oriented... and it's all about the details.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow!! What a dinner
Each course was excellent. When I looked around, I saw a lot of smiling faces. This is a great dining experience.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent - in every aspect
The food was superior, service was professional and delightful; the attention to detail is the most impressive aspect of the dinner. The menus included my name on top – a simple effort yet it left a wonderful impressive. If you’re interested in having an excellent dining experience with outstanding food and service – go!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I already want to go back!!
The dining room is so tiny, maybe fits 40, but feels nice and warm with simple "modern farmhouse" style. The service was impeccable and very friendly. The specialty cocktails were interesting, creative and delicious. From beginning to end the food was a delicious experience. Just to give you an idea of the type of food you might encounter, these were our apps: 1) fennel fritters with cherries, upland cress, radish and feta and 2) five spiced foie gras with corn fritters, blackberry preserves and granola. Inventive, beautiful and scrumptious food! I'm so glad we ventured away from Stamford and Greenwich and visited this gem!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lesson well learned
Although I had heard of this restaurant for some time, it is a bit out of our way. However, our first visit was very memorable and we will definitely return. We just happened to pick a night that they had their fixed price menu. And although there were only two items to choose from for appetizer, salad, entre &, desert, we were not disappointed in the chef's selecitons.
It is a quaint, quiet retaurant set off of a busy road but with a total country feel.
Their little touches made it totally memorable.
I have already recomended the restaurant to others.
My Love, whoi can be quiet the critic, gave the Schoolhouse straight A's on thier report card.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent dining experience,
An excellent dining experience, food and service - superb. We will definitely go back.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The break in the summer heat provided perfect weather for dining outdoors by the stream.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm going here when I die!
Whatever criticisms about The Schoolhouse can be found always sound like nitpicking, as if the writers want to show off the supposed refinement of their own palates. Baloney! Often the quality of a restaurant's food is equalled only by the restaurant's condescension. The Schoolhouse modestly serves superb food without arrogance but with real pleasure to share something wonderful with the diner.
Of course there is food that differs from what Chef LaBant offers, but there is none more delicious.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
All turned out well
While we waited over an hour for our meal, the waiter couldn't have been more apologetic. He even gave us dessert on the house to acknowledge the wait
We didn't mind the wait as much as we might have since the outdoor seating was beautiful and it was a perfect day, weather wise
The restaurant could probably use some more staff for the outdoor service so as not to put their staff in the awkward position of having to apologize for the slowness. But again, our waiter was aware of the problem and responded in a very professional manner. And oh yeah, all the meals were wonderful
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot always great service and food. My only wish is that the kitchen vent was stronger...
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wish we could go back!
Unfortunately we're leaving the country so can't go back, otherwise this would be our every special occasion and good excuse place to go. Food was absolutely amazing, definitely the best I've had in the four years I've lived in NYC and CT. Book now!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, atmosphere
Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Will be back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for dinner. Great for
Great for dinner. Great for a special lunch. Beautiful patio overlooking the stream
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
attention to detail
the food combinations were flavorful and the fragrant herbal cocktails a hit. i loved the attention to detail, we opened the menu and the top portion included a header with our names on it. well done overall.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a cute place in Connecticut. We took the train up from Manhattan and my grandmother from New Fairfield drove to meet us. The food was outstanding. A true culinary gem. The wine list was very decently priced. Had a beautiful bottle of White Burgundy for under $50. Started with the Fois Gras appetizer to share. Then for entrees we did the Black Bass, the Chicken over grilled peaches and the lamb sausage cavatelli. Food was so fresh and the flavors were amazing. My favorite part of the meal was the dessert. It was a goat cheese cake with figs and orange sorbet in a mason jar. YUM.... We will definitely be back.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE RESTAURANT IS A LITTLE
THE RESTAURANT IS A LITTLE JEM IN A RUAL AREA.A SWEET LITTLE SCHOOL HOUSE.THE FOOD WAS ON PAR WITH MOST NEW YORK RESTAURANTS.THE CHEF COMES AROUND TO THE TABLES TO ASK YOUR FEED BACK ON HIS FOOD.
MY BOYFRIEND WAS NOT HAPPY WITH A SALAD AND THEY TOOK IT OFF THE CHECK.THE CHEF WAS REALLY INTERESTED WHY HE WASN'T THRILLED.OTHER THEN THAT THE MEAL WAS PERFECT.A LITTLE PRICEY BUT WE WOULD
DEFI NETLY GO BACK FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION. ALSO THE WINE BY THE GLASS WAS GREAT,AND THE DESSERTS WERE AMAZING,IF YOUR A CHOCOLATE LOVER TRY THE SOUFFLE
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic meal, with inventive dishes. Friendly staff. An expensive meal, but well worth it given the high quality of all the locally sourced ingredients, exceptional service, and the refined presentation. The wine list was good and fairly priced. We will definitely be going back again!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Schoolhouse is a CT treasure
Locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Thoughtful menu and service. Really special. A must go.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful Dining Experience
We went a few nights ago for my husband's birthday dinner and brought our 2 year old. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeting warmly by name and seated at a table with the high chair already set up. Our waiter was wonderful and went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable and had everything we needed for our daughter. The entire staff made us feel comfortable. The Chef came out to greet us. We really loved the peaceful country feel of The Schoolhouse. All of the food was outstanding and delicious. The Chef excels at presenting inventive cuisine that maintains and highlights the natural flavors of farm fresh ingredients. This is a special dining experience. We will definitely dine there again soon. BEAUTIFUL!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
consistently great food
I have been coming here for years and have never once been disappointed - always fantastic food and service.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great night
My wife and I love this place and always look forward to having dinner here. The food was excellent and the location can't be beat. Tim Lablant is a superstar chef. Keep up the great work!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in Wilton
Since moving to Wilton this summer, I have found the restaurants underwhelming. Not so with the Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Superb food and wine. A truly memorable experience. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it for the incredible food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening of dining
Always a terrific treat. Unusual excellent food with wonderful service
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure to dine
Always a pleasure to dine here. Freshest ingredients, imaginative , delicious menu. Hardest part is choosing!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time at The Schoolhouse was a wonderful experience. They made us feel special from beginning to end. Great table, champagne, wine, personalized menu, all terrific. And I haven't even mentioned the food yet - it was also terrific. My wife and I enjoyed our night there very much. Thank you!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thursday Night Bargain
This quaint, delightfully appointed, one-room restaurant offers a real treat on Thursday nights -- a four course dinner with three accompanying wines, all for a prix fixe of $40 a person. The food was beautifully presented, cooked to perfection, and very flavorful. We ate there on 10/4/13 and it instantaneously became one of our favorite places to dine. The staff was warm and the service excellent. Highly recommended!!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's hard to describe how amazing this restaurant is, but as my husband said "the flavors are magical".
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb dining experience
I have dined at Tim LaBlant's hidden gem for years and he has failed to disappoint. The best foodie spot in Fairfield County.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't top The Schoolhouse!
My husband and I had dinner at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff made our night out very special. Our menus were personalized, recognizing our Anniversary right on the menu (definite keepsake!). The hostess and wait staff were amazing, very attentive, while not being intrusive. The food was outstanding, from the first course, the second course, to dessert and coffee. I can't imagine topping our Anniversary next year, but I guess there is always a quick trip to Paris ;) Many thanks to the entire staff of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, they are truly amazing!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Schoolhouse gets a "A"
We moved to Wilton last year and The Schoolhouse was listed in Zagat and recommended by friends, so we came to celebrate my birthday at this charming and quiet restaurant. It was a nice surprise to see our name on the menu and a great souvenir. My husband and I chose the 4 course prix-fixed meal with wine pairing (a bargain!) from which there's 2 options per course. Each delicious course was small, but satisfying and didn't leave us stuffed after dinner. The bauvette steak with Yukon gold potatoes, arugula, maitake mushrooms and horseradish mustard creme friaiche dressing was our favorite course. Service was attentive and the chef/owner personally visited each dinner table to chat with guests. The Schoolhouse gets an "A."
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved this place! Food
We loved this place! Food was amazing and the service staff very helpful and efficient. We would definitely return to try other items in the menu which was very well balanced and had a good collection of wines as well.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Memorable Halloween
This past week we dispensed with "Tricks" and decided to "Treat" ourselves in a celebration of Halloween. This was our first time at the Schoolhouse. One thing special about Thursday nights is that they have a prix fixe menu .... that’s it! No regular menu items. But we knew that from exploring the web site. Friendly greetings were awaiting us when we entered. Lovely ambiance, quaint and not too big. Excellent food (especially the braised short ribs and the monkfish), attentive service (but not intrusive) and a friendly atmosphere. We opted for the wine pairings and it was wonderful. Schoolhouse at Cannondale is a keeper and we vowed to go back.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous as always
Food at Schoolhouse never disappoints. We feel at home (except the food is better) , and the service is friendly + efficient.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our family had lunch there Saturday and as usual the whole experience was superb. We love everything about this restaurant. The setting and ambience are so charming that even if the food were less than perfect, we would want to eat there.
Of course the food IS perfect - creative but without any attempt to flaunt Chef LaBant's creativity - all very quietly delicious.
We are fortunate to live close to this gem!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always love coming here. It is unique, delicious and very special.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The address is for some reason not propertly set in the GPS Maps, and it sends you to the road behind.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM