The Goose American Bistro and Bar
The Goose American Bistro and Bar

The Goose American Bistro and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegoosedarien.com/
  • Phone: 2036562600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Piergiorgio Nanni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room for up to 40 guests. Perfect for business meetings, wedding rehearsals, showers.

    Bar rentals for up to 90 Guests

    Full Restaurant rentals for up to 150 people
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Polidoro 2036562600
  • Entertainment: The New Classic Eating and Drinking Destination in Darien, Ct. Located in the center of Darien steps away from the Darien Metro North station. The historic bar dates to the late 1800's and was reportedly owned by Augustus Bush of Anheuser-bush.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Center Street
  • Public Transit: We are across the street from Darien Metro North station, just 50 minutes from Grand Central Terminal.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are 2 and 3 hour parking spots in the Center Street South and North parking lots for lunch. For dinner, there is no time restriction.

    We have Valet on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Nights
A word from The Goose American Bistro and Bar
The New Classic Eating and Drinking Destination in Darien, Ct. Located in the center of Darien steps away from the Darien Metro North station. The historic bar dates to the late 1800's and was reportedly owned by Augustus Bush of Anheuser-bush.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
The Goose American Bistro and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (6)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • The Goose is a popular meeting
    luv2dine
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The Goose is a popular meeting place for locals and people from further afield alike. Definately worth a visit, whether to take in the vibrant bar scene, or to enjoy a quieter evening in the main restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • far too slow. one waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    far too slow. one waitress for way too many tables. lots of staff just standing around. but the food was very good. next time, they need to have more attention to the tables by the waitress. it took so long to clear our table we didn't want coffee.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed with first-time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    First time trying out this signature Darien restaurant. We were both very disappointed. Had dinner around 7PM on a Friday night and it felt like a McDonalds. SO many little kids. The middle of the dining room was available, and we (two young men) were sat in the corner by a table of kids who were running around. Food was just okay. I had the bacon-wrapped, stuffed pork. Pork was tasteless and way too much melted cheese on top to mask the blandness. Dining companion had steak frites. Meat was cooked properly, but hollandaise sauce tasted cheap and like it was out of a jar. Truffle mac and cheese was amazing, but at $13, a tad expensive for what it was. Getting bus boys to re-fill our water glasses was quite the challenge.Server very nice!
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  • The Goose is always a solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    The Goose is always a solid choice. It never disappoints.n
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good solid menu. Food is consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Good solid menu. Food is consistently good. There is something for everyone. Local gem
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a business lunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    We had a business lunch and the location was key. We will be back. May try the bar area next. regards
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  • High quality food and a good
    LamjVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    High quality food and a good kid atmosphere. Really enjoyed the sliders.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    Went to The Goose for a business meeting with some colleagues from work. Food was excellent! Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu as well as the specials and took great care of us. We sat in a big booth that gave us enough room to eat and work. I will definitely come back with my wife and kids. Try the Lobster Sliders!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We decided to go back to The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We decided to go back to The Goose for a second time this week because we liked it so much the first time. The food was just delicious. We both enjoyed our meals very much and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. We ended up having the same wonderful waitress both times and she was outstanding. We look forward to our next visit very soon!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night at the Goose
    AT123VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    The Goose was quiet for a Saturday night at 7 PM. Ate outside on the patio. Husband and I both had the crab chowder which was tasty with morsels of crab, corn and bacon. He had a burger and fries while I had the salad with salmon on top. His burger was good but not remarkable and fries were tasty but were mostly the 'stubs' at the end of a batch....why even send those out of the kitchen? My salad was good and the salmon was cooked med-rare as I had requested. Overall, a reliable neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Very good neighborhood restaurant in Darien recommended to me by a friend. Enormous wooden bar was full of people. Numerous families with kids dotted tables near the bar.We ate in the separate dining room which was not too busy ; as the manager told us, get the Italian specialties. Husband had the pork wrapped in pancetta and said it was delicious. My friend had papppardelle pasta with a red sauce and she loved it ( and she was born in Italy). I had a turkey club with good sweet potato fries. Our fourth had a wonderful clams in red sauce dish which he also liked. Portions were hearty. Bread and wine were good. I would definitely go back with a group because of delicious food, good ambiance and moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • At 11:30 we arrived as per
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    At 11:30 we arrived as per our reservation: we were told that they were not ready & we had to wait outside for 10+ minutes. Once in, there were only 3-4 tables & yet we waited some time to give our order. After ordering, we waited 1/2 hr. for food. Omelette awful & eggs benedict returned due to overdoneness. We had to ask for tea and coffee. Tea was cold by the time food came. Imagine if the restaurant had been full! Server was unattentive at best. had to keep signaling to get her to us. Won't go back.
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  • Good choice for casual neighborhood
    dirose7VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Good choice for casual neighborhood dining in Darien. Attractive space and attentive staff.Upscale pub food. Had the blackened groper, tasty and nicely prepared. They could use a bit more variety on the menu. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have seen a notable decline
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    We have seen a notable decline in the quality and presentation of the food being served over the past 2 years. The last time we had a good meal there was about a year ago. We no longer eat at this restaurant, and not willing to give it another try. Also, every time I'm doing errands in the area during the day, I see your cooks/chefs smoking outside. I do not want a smoker preparing or touching the food me and my family eats. The same goes for servers (I don't want to smell smoke on their clothes).
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  • Service was a good, but 1/2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Service was a good, but 1/2 way through our original server left and didn't say goodbye or introduce us to the new server. Food was ok, mussels small plate was very good. Creme brûlée wasn't great, colder than should have been and asparagus risotto was bland. Would maybe go back for a second chance.
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  • Service was great!!! The waitress
    Lynn
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Service was great!!! The waitress was helpful, patient, friendly and very accomodating! The food was very good; all four of us were very happy with our choices. Menu had many options and we enjoyed our Mother's Day lunch very much! We will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • We appreciated that the Goose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We appreciated that the Goose had it's regular menu on Mothers Day. Many choices at fair prices. Some choices better than others. Service a little scattered as we were among the first diners to be there. Overall a good neighborhood casual restaurant for inexpensive family dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place with good food and servi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Nice casual place to go for drinks or dinner. Sometimes they have music. You can eat in the restaurant or bar area. It is a great place to go if you want to have a quick, yet good meal. It is also a good place to go for drinks with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss
    Allie
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Best joint in Darien, hands down. Great food, great bar scene. Love it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service. I
    msmouse
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Great food and service. I would highly recommend the Goose for lunh or dinner!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food has improved since our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    Food has improved since our first visit six months ago. Atmosphere is quite nice and the prices are reasonable. Hard to beat, a good choice in Darien.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • upscale pub food. Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    upscale pub food. Better than expected, but not fantastic
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Darien standard
    prestonb
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    It's become the standard spot to meet in Darien, and people come from out of town too. One of the nicest-looking back bars in Connecticut, imported from somewhere in Europe. Ever-improving menu, always something new, and rather inventive, but you can always get a burger or a great grilled chicken sandwich. I ordered pizza about six times in a row, another excellent standard.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    Food was good but not great. Mediterranean salad had interesting touches (delicious grilled shrimp) but overall was somewhat bland. Service was excellent. Love the restaurant building and the location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Unpretentious, imaginative
    ANH1983VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Unpretentious, imaginative and good food, reasonably price, great service. A bit noisy as the evening evolved.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Goose felt like an upscale
    Amers
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    The Goose felt like an upscale local bar bistrol...great food in a neighborhood "where everybody knows your name" location, also surprisingly kid friendly too (although they do seem to chorale the families with young children into one specific room). Loved the lobster sliders and Brooklyn lager on tap. Would definitely return...the bar area had a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific restaurant! It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Terrific restaurant! It was a recommendation from my daughter. My husband and I will definitely be going back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Three separate areas: Two
    FancyNancy
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    Three separate areas: Two different dining rooms flanking the bar/restaurant area-- very different experiences depending on which area you are in. The dedicated dining areas can be noisy with families and young children, while the bar area is always crowded and noisy with "the bar scene." Great menu with something for everyone, and the food is always good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    Great sliders, salads, soups and desserts. We had a wonderful birthday celebration for a friend. The waitress was very attentive, but didn't rush us at all. Fabulous place for lunch or Dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good but we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    Food was very good but we waited way to long for it and finally had to ask the waiter for it. Noise level was really unbearable and I would not return due to both of these reasons
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  • went here for lunch with an
    caltied
    Dined on 11/17/2011
    went here for lunch with an old friend and enjoyed the meal very much ... great atmosphere and the food was very well thought out ... the waitress was a little discombobulated on our trip there, but I got the impression that was an aberration and not the norm ... would definitely go back for lunch again and am looking forward to trying it out for dinner as well one night ...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Beet salad was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    Beet salad was excellent, so was the key lime pie. The entrees were not up to the same standard, though still nice. The orange sauce was.....orange, with no taste. The duck was well cooked, maybe a bit too much, but I enjoy it that way. Service was fine, they attended to your needs without being overly in your face. We ate on Saturday at 7pm and there were still families with young kids in the restaurant while we were eating. Not the place for a romantic night out.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • A good place to go for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    A good place to go for lunch or dinner if you live nearby, not spectacular, but solid.
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  • Great food, service and ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/30/2011
    Great food, service and ambiance! Good job living up to the expectations of replacing The Black Goose!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    msmouse
    Dined on 10/28/2011
    The Goose was a terrific find! World class food in a casual, fun, environment. The menu has so many choices and everything we ordered was terrific. Don't forget to leave room for dessert. The wine list was excellent
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Bistro Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    A few weeks ago, a colleague picked out The Goose as a half-way spot to meet for lunch. I was very taken by the imaginative edge that seemed to enliven all the food -- right down to the salads. So, I took my wife and a good friend back for dinner this weekend, and I must say that it was even better. The toppings on the salmon were fresh and fabulous, my wife's salad had an incredibly light yet flavorful dressing and the drinks were great. They clearly put thought and their own little touches into every dish -- and the effort and care really shows. In addition, we had one of those rare waiters who knew every dish, and was helpful and courteous, without being obsequious. This has to be one of the best bistro dining experience Connecticu
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Loved the ambiance, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    Loved the ambiance, great service and corn-crab chowder. Everything else we ordered, though, was good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is fine...not bad
    SirdinealotVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2011
    This place is fine...not bad but not really good either, just fine.
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  • Good classics--burger, lobster
    Experienced
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Good classics--burger, lobster sliders, fries. Large portion sizes.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Really nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    My family and I went for Father's day to have a late brunch/lunch. The service was great and the food was delicious. I also felt the prices were very affordable. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet