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South End

South End Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://southendnewcanaan.com
  • Email: info@southendnewcanaan.com
  • Phone: (203) 966-5200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Wed - Sat 1130 - 230
    Dinner 7 Days a week at 5
    Sunday Brunch 11-3
    Bar opens daily at 4
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Martschenko
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering:

  • Private Party Facilities: With capacity up to 20 people, our Private Dining room will provide the perfect experience from coporate dinners to small intimate gatherings among friends.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Cooper (203) 966-5200
  • Entertainment: Live Acoustic Music every Wednesday Night at 8:30pm

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Directly behind the New Canaan train station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary on-site parking as well as free parking on both sides of the street after 6pm.
A word from South End
The raw talent, experience, and passion of two young people is the foundation for South End, a neighborhood restaurant and gathering place in the charming town of New Canaan. Chef/Owner Nick Martschenko and General Manager Michelle Cooper bring seasonal comfort food and inspired libations together with an atmosphere that is casual, familiar, and befitting of a small urbane town.

The design combines the old with the new. Rustic hardware elements are set against reclaimed barn wood paneling, and light fixtures are antique in design, while utilizing a more contemporary flare. Beige Italian linen drapes are complimented by contrasting black tufted linen upholstered banquette seating. Oversized color prints of a misty countryside and farm animals are a nod to Chef’s sustainable food practices.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Menu choices are creative (although a bit pricey) - chicken paillard was okay but the chicken was a tad overcooked"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was very good but service was spotty on a busy Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night and it was very noisy. The service was OK, the food was OK. I don't think it was a good value. Everything was just OK."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have eaten at South End perhaps 30 times or so. Overall food quality is very good. Recent experiences have seen the service standards slip. The turnover in the waitstaff appears to be high. Had to get my own drinks at the bar after i was left unattended for five minutes or so after initial seating. The bar area is nicely social but understaffed as the barkeep makes drinks for the general audience as well. This results in long delivery times for beverages. Noise levels are high but acceptable. Food is pricey -- an extra $20 will get you can get a great dinner at elm down the street with impeccable service."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Packed house on a recent Sat. night. Fun to see big parties, tables for two, groups with children, diner in wheelchair - all having fun and graciously accomodated. This restaurant with easy parkng in New Canaan is a treasure. Only downside - things got so busy that it took much longer than normal to get check & settle up. Should've been out of there 30 mins. sooner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have been to South End twice now and we are very impressed with the stylish interior and friendly service. The salads ( Chop chop and wedge) are tasty and the chop chop is almost too large. We both enjoyed the tasty pork saltimbocca. As new residents in New Canaan, we are pleased to have found the "In Spot". We will be regulars."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Despite lots of noise from the bar area, the food was very good. Interesting choices on the menu. Will be coming back, for sure"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love dining at South End. The food and service are excellent. I have food allergies and they were able to happy to accommodate."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We got to Southend quite frequently for dinner. This time went for Sunday lunch. Very good salads. Very good service. This is a consistently good all around restaurant. Fine for dates, good for families, good for friends, good for group get togethers."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I like going to South End as it has a great bar with lots of comfortable seating. The one downside in my opinion is that they need to change the menu as I believe it has been the same since the restaurant opened. If it was seasonal, I think I would go more often! It can also get quite loud with a full bar and difficult to hear if you are sitting at a table trying to have a "romantic" dinner. All said and done, my meal was good and we had a nice time."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This place never fails to shine. Always a great meal and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Second time we have been... Both times with a group of 6 or more. Service is great, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The food was off the charts. We split several special appetizers including fried risotto balls and pig trotter terrine - both were outstanding as we're the salads and cheese selection. I had the duck special, others had pasta bolognese, steak and nonna's meatballs, everything was great. Their special desert, a toffee pudding with almond brittle was amazing ( and I'm not a desert person). Would definitely go again and would recommend this place very highly to anyone."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is really a 4.5 star review. We had an earliesh reservation on a Wednesday evening. We arrived a few minutes early and were promptly seated. The house already had several tables dining, and it would fill up much more as the evening progressed. Our party of four was universally impressed with the food, the wine, the ambiance. We had a leisurely meal over great conversation that lasted over two hours. The kitchen may have been a little on the slow side, but the preparations were spot on and we never felt rushed (one of my pet peeves). The grilled octopus small plate and the scallop entree were particular highlights. The best meal of 2014 (so far)!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Have had mixed experiences there mainly on weekend nights and even Thursdays. it can be extremely crowded and loud, fun scene but sometimes in that setting, it's more about the fun than the food. Tuesdays dinner was perfect. Not crowded (maybe bad for the restaurant,though) and the wine list was great and food was outstanding. Good, attentive service without fawning."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We went on Sunday evening, which is when they serve a spaghetti and meatball special. It was excellent. I will go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The owners did a great job With the interior renovations. The food was ok. I think it's a great place for locals."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have been two South End twice and had a wonderful meal each time. The pork should confit appetizer was particularly memorable. My only complaint is the noise level - by 8, when the place is packed, you have to shout to your friends to be heard."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our family has really liked this restaurant for the food. Unfortunately, the last two visits we have had such horrible service that I am afraid the food does not make up for it. The first time this happened I made mention of it to the staff and the manager chased us down in the parking lot to apologize. This was admirable, and so we thought after a few weeks we would try again. Surprisingly, this time the service was so bad we never even got to order dessert. We asked for the bill after waiting for 20 minutes for our dishes to be cleared and another 15 minutes before anyone came to see if we would like anything else. What a shame the lack of service completely overshadows the food."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Couldnt be happier. overall great find late night with live music and greta scene and food."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "A bit pricey and noisy but the food and service will bring us back."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Very nice brunch. Quality of the food is excellent and the atmosphere is quiet and enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The noise level was just too much for any kind of conversation. Food was good, but menu the same as under the former name. t The coat check was ridiculous. Half the coats were on the floor and the other half were difficult to find."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised. The food, service and value was outstanding. A great place - I will be back many times. The desserts are outstanding as well!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We dined on a relatively quiet Sunday evening and were very pleasantly surprised by the lovely decor, attentive service and delicious food. An appetizer of thinly sliced lean Serrano ham and manchego cheese was nicely presented with a small serving of spicy marinated quince. The main course of hangar steak was cooked perfectly, lean and sliced, with a light sauce, small side of arugula salad and fries (love that the size of the fries was not very guilt inducing!). Other main courses were tagliatele bolognese (very good) and an off the menu hamburger with cheese and bacon, served with the same small crock of fries. The least expensive glass of cabernet on the broad spectrum wine list was a perfect accompaniment."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This place somehow gets rave reviews for the food. I think it is mediocre at best. The service was terrible - but hopefully has gotten better. The bar scene is quite fun - a hotspot. Loud, but if you like the social aspect, you should try it."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "At first sight of the menu, the food looks a little heavy. The portions however are not too big and some of the dishes are "rich" rather than heavy. We had the Octopus, meatballs, Saltimmboca and a cheese selection - all of which were quite good"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I've eaten at South End at least five times now, and it just keeps getting better! The menu has some great permanent dishes, and the chef is constantly adding new dishes with the seasons and his whim. On our most recent visit we had to try the pig tails - wow, something that could have been just a curiosity was a delight! The tagliatelle bolognese was divine, the cassoulet was rustic and warming - perfect on a winter's night."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "First time to South End, and we loved it. The food, service and ambience were all terrific. What a great find for the family. Pretty pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "A good neighborhood restaurant. Not over the top in terms of food quality, but a well designed menu and skillfully prepared offerings. Certainly "fit for foodies" but not a destination, if that makes sense."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This was our first visit and it was an unexpected surprise. An sophisticated menu produced a very tasty meal. i would recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "nice atmosphere and consistently good food.very good desserts"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Five of us went there for dinner - four adults and a child. The special for the night was spaghetti & meatballs. It was good, but the portion was small for the price. One of the party had asked about adding chicken or salmon to a salad and were told that would turn a $13 salad into a $31 salad - a little pricey! All in all, the food was good (not great), portions small for the price."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "One of the best spots in New Canaan but its off the main Elm street strip. Easy to find parking or walk to from the train station. My girlfriend and I live in New Canaan and this is becoming our go-to spot! Food is always amazing and the scene is a great one!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Very nice dining experience but the wine list is rather limited and does not have enough moderately priced options. Very nice room and service."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "In town for one night with my family, a friend recommended it and it did not disappoint. food was great, service was outstanding."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Recommend the grilled octopus and chorizo appetizer. Really good wine and beer list. Well crafted cocktails."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/27/2013