A favorite spot , drinks or dinner
South End is my favorite spot in New Canaan, I've number of times either just for drinks or for dinners with colleagues, family and even a valentines lunch with my wife.
I keep returning as the staff are super, the atmosphere is of a friendly local and the food is consistently great. Yes, as one reviewer said it's not a huge menu, but I still can't decide what to eat. The dishes are fresh, well crafted and everything I have had has been great. Love this place.
2/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good neighborhood restaurant
We take our children here on week nights if we're too busy or tired to cook. The meatballs are always a hit, as is the bolognese.
Ambience is lively without being too noisy. Service is friendly and attentive. Once in awhile, the kitchen can be a little slow, but the waiters are always conscious of it and keep checking back. I'd say this is just a really good neighborhood restaurant and I hope they'll stay around for a long time.
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food great, ambiance very
Food great, ambiance very good. Went with business associate and very good for that as well. Need to come back with my wife.
3/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Add this to your restaurant list
We all loved our meals. Attentive service. Very vibrant atmosphere (ask for a booth if your hearing is not top notch). They did sort of push us out as soon as we were finished eating, but it was Friday night so we understood. I'm adding it to our restaurant rotation and am about to make a new reservation for next weekend.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
All of our meals were delicious.
All of our meals were delicious. A bit pricey. The half portion of pasta is quite small, but pairs well with a robust salad.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went sunday for the first
Went sunday for the first time and was thrilled with the cuisine. best meal I have had in New Canaan in 10 years. The Tuna Poke and Kale appetizers are really special.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, average service
Great restaurant, but the service could use some improvement. They were not even full, so I don't know what the problem was, as I saw a lot of employees standing around that could have been helping others.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our first visit having
This was our first visit having read about South End on CT Bites. We loved the decor and the food was delicious and well presented. One negative, I had asked for olive oil to have with the delicious bread, but my request was forgotten. Luckily we were talking with one of the owners, who then went and got it for me. We would definitely recommend South End and plan for a return visit.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined here on Wednesday
We dined here on Wednesday night and it was very busy. We had to wait a bit for our drinks. The Fried artichokes with aioli sauce where delicious. We shared the appetizer and I actually wished I ordered it just for myself. Its a bit pricey for the portions but they do include two sides which is a plus.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for any occasion...can't
Great for any occasion...can't wait to go back! Food was fantastic, but customer service and attention to detail really made this a knockout. Management and staff make you feel like family.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
In general this is a fine
In general this is a fine restaurant. The menu is a bit limited for non-meat eaters but the food is imaginative and well prepared. Wine list is limited and just slightly overpriced. The restaurant's design is attractive and the tables are well spaced.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Welcome addition to local scene
We had a delicious meal and great service at this very attractive restaurant the other night. Our only negative was bad music played unecessarily loud. Would love it if there were better music played at a level so people can carry on a conversation and still enjoy both music and friends.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My fourth visit to South End did not disappoint. The grilled octopus appetizer was a tasty delight; our entrees of tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, and grilled strip steak were both perfect.
This remains one of our favorite restaurants- the ingredients are consistently of the highest quality, the recipes creative within a traditional framework, and always perfectly prepared and served.
A great place for a great meal!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall an excellent experience.
Overall an excellent experience. Not cheap, but worth a visit. We will definitely return.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really good food. Good service. Excellent beer list. Loud beyond energetic.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mother's Day Brunch
We came on Mother's Day and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and so were the drinks. The atmosphere was perfect. The seating was very comfortable so we felt like we could stay forever. Would definitely go back and try dinner.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stellar Service Matches Food
Mother's Day dinner was a fantastic celebratory event. Our waiter, noting our indecision on which glass of wine to try, offered samples to assist in our choice. Salads were fresh and entrees - all 5 ranging from pasta to halibut to steak - were all prepared flawlessly and arranged beautifully. And the desserts were wonderful, especially the crumble and the S'mores pie. This was a real find.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time there
Food was very good. Went with a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meal. Only downside is tables are a bit close together. Otherwise, we would all recommend!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy parking but a lot of noise
Easy parking but a lot of noise. Food and service among the best in town.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am so happy that there is finally a restaurant in New Canaan with delicious food and a great bar scene!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
South End Rocks
Great live music Thursday night - great time had by all :) :)
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious and staff was very accomodating.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and presentation
Our server, Johannes, was one of the best waiters we have had in a long time. He knew the wine list and the food preparations very well. His descriptions were spot on. We enjoyed the fun and open atmosphere where despite the numbers of diners, you still felt like you could hold your own conversation without interference from other patrons.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food But
Loved the food. delicious but pricey. Way too loud in the restaurant.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very pleasant surprise
We were a group of 4 dining before the South Pacific show at Waveny Park ( must see BTW). We happened to have Johann as our server (mentioned in an earlier review) and he indeed is one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable servers ever, helpful but not intrusive. Our appetizers ( rabbit, fried artichokes, spinach salad, tuna tartare) and main course (hangar steak, halibut, salmon) were all beautifully prepared and wonderfully presented. Oh yes and dessert was great as well (smores pie and a panna cotta in a terrific strawberry/rhubarb sauce). No hesitation whatsoever to recommend and we'll be back!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food in New Canaan
I'm used to having to take the train to the city for food this good. The staff is warm and very well informed about the menu. There is something for everybody (my vegetarian friend raved about her selections, as did my husband who ordered the steak), and their Bolognese is the best - the absolute best - I have ever had. I also recommend the inventive Chop Chop salad. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, looking forward to going back soon.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd go back for sure
Really good creative menu. Good scene. Very professional staff.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot in new Canaan
Went with friends to south end for a Friday night dinner. Arrived for a 7:45 reservation and the bar was hoping. We had a great meal, the mussels were outstanding as well as the fresh pasta. The place was busy the whole time we were there. Was loud b not too loud to be able to hold a comfortable conversation. Will definitely go back, much nicer then the place that was in the space previously.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
NYC food without the NYC scene
I am hesitant to post such a glowing review for fear of making it that much harder to get a reservation in the future - ha ha.
That said, South End is top-notch.
You can tell just by studying the menu that they know what they are doing. The wine list had some very nice finds as well.
Finally, the staff was simply great.
We had an infant in tow for our anniversary dinner and they couldn't have been more gracious.
A great dining experience in every respect.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the fifth time my wife and I had dinner at South End and we love it! The food is always perfectly prepared with only the freshest of ingredients.
My only problem there is that it's been difficult to choose which of many many dishes I want. This most recent time I had the billi bi soup, the organic roast chicken, and panna cotta. Everything was simply amazing.
As always, the service was great and the overall ambiance was friendly and lively.
Can't wait to return.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this restaurant...
I loved everything about this restaurant. The cocktails at the bar were outstanding and the meal was very very good. We shared a few appetizers first - the meatballs, the octopus (so tender!) and the crispy artichokes and then also shared the pappardelle entree, which was delicious. All in all, a wonderful find and we can't wait to go back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really like South End but
I really like South End but I try to go early because it gets really nosy when it fills up. The food is
interesting and delicious, the service is attentive.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decor - Excellent
Bar Service - Excellent
Table Service - Excellent
Quiche - Excellent
Tuna Poke - Good - just a bit too spicy for our taste
Noise Level - Was not busy, but still had medium noise... can see how the space could get noisy
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very welcome addition!
Excellent addition to the local dining scene with a casual modern flair - lively and hip. Menu is thoughtful and offers some inspired choices without being overly fussy, however the quality of the actual dishes was a bit uneven. Friendly and helpful wait staff, excellent wine list and fun place to spend a relaxed evening or out for drinks with friends. We'll be back to try more of the menu which I suspect offers more strengths than weaknesses. Somewhat pricey given it's not really a "special occasion" kind of place (2 of us spent over $200 for three courses and a couple glasses of wine) but there's nothing like it iin New Canaan and the chef's pedigree tells me that the food should mostly be delicious.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
a surprise how good it was
great food quality and selection, prompt and professional service on a busy saturday night. best we had in a long time
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was terrific as well
The food was terrific as well as the service. We will certainly go back!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice find
During my first visit at South End, our party ordered 4 different appetizers and each of us had an entree. Each entry was quite good and several were outstanding. Notables included the grilled octopus, the house made pastas, the scallops and the duck. The beef special of the night was a filet; I would rate it as only fair as we had asked for medium rare and it arrived as medium well. But aside from the I overdone steak, the food was very good to excellent
The service was pretty good. We really enjoyed the relaxed, non pressured approach even though the restaurant was full. The server, however did not seem to have an expert perspective on dish preparations.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely birthday lunch
Took a friend here for her birthday. The waiter took care of making sure there was a surprise dessert. The staff was very attentive. Our food was delicious.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here for dinner - excellent. Just tried the brunch on Sunday and it was as good.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place to eat. Casual,
Fun place to eat. Casual, nice menu
Nice bar to drink or eat at.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Strong start, room to improve
After only one visit, I'd say they have excellent food, and the courage to let good ingredients shine. (The kale salad is monochrome and unfussy and tastes fantastic.) The wine list was interesting, and had quite a few unfamiliar and tempting bottles. The service was okay -- well meaning but unpolished. (For example, frequent interruptions of conversation to ask 'how is everything' implies that the waiter is addressing needs on his schedule not the diners'. I think it is preferable when wait staff is in the mode of attentive monitor -- if I look around, it is easy to catch someone's attention.) There is a sign that they are improving staff -- at least one person was in training.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice addition to New Canaan
Great interesting food, good drinks and nice ambience!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We like this place. Fun, creative menu, well executed, good service.
But it's popular....so be prepared for it to be LOUD during primetime.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual and comfortable place
Casual and comfortable place to dine with friends or family. Fresh salads, fish and pasta selections were all enjoyed by our group. Friendly service with a relaxed vibe.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recommend the grilled octopus
Recommend the grilled octopus and chorizo appetizer. Really good wine and beer list. Well crafted cocktails.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a restaurant should be !!!!
Server was very knowledgable about the menu
The Food was GREAT--
I would give it a "DONTMISS "
All in all it was a great meal
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
An all-around good night
We came to South End fairly late after a movie, but had no problem getting a table and received prompt, courteous service. The food was well-prepared and tasty, and (we felt) reasonably priced for what we got and the restaurant's location (New Canaan). We would definitely go back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'd only recently stumbled into knowing about this restaurant & are glad we visited. We were reticent, as we'd recently tried Elm & were disappointed. South End stood up to the hype. The food was very good & the waitstaff were very professional. Looks like we have a new restaurant to add to our go-to list!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
In town for one night with
In town for one night with my family, a friend recommended it and it did not disappoint. food was great, service was outstanding.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Prepare for pricey wine list
Very nice dining experience but the wine list is rather limited and does not have enough moderately priced options. Very nice room and service.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM