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South End
South End

South End Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The dinner was excellent, but expensive. We would only go back for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meals and were able to have good conversation in one of the booths. It wasn't too crowded for 6:30 on a Wednesday night but was filling up by the time we left at 8. The space is very attractive, and the staff was very attentive. My husband loved the beer choices. The only thing that would keep me from becoming a regular would be the New Canaan prices."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant. The food was fantastic and our service was incredible. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We loved the décor of the place when we first walked in. Then the food came out and all I can say is that the food was amazing. It was one of the best meals that I have had in a long time. I highly recommend this place. The Spicy Tuna Poke appetizer was out of this world. For dinner we ordered the Montauk Skate Wing and the Grilled Marinated Swordfish. Both dinners were fresh and delicious. I can't wait to go back. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive to detail."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our party of four made a reservation for Sunday night, arrived on time and were seated promptly - the restaurant was nearly empty. Two of our guests had the soft shell crab and were pleased with the presentation and quality. I ordered the calamari over pasta and could not have been more disappointed. Very few calamari were hiding in a big pile of fat noodles and for what was served - the price is totally unjustified for a plate of 90% spaghetti. The price for wine by the glass is the highest I have seen in town."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It was my first time at South End and I was very happy with the food and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The pasta and chicken dishes were excellent. The ambiance is lovely and we can't wait until the outdoor dining patio is complete."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food is consistently superb. Interesting, but not weird. Great seasonal updates to the menu. Staff is friendly and attentive. Perfect for a special occasion or to make any night special."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was our second time at South End. We were there for lunch a couple of weeks ago and everything was excellent. We came back with another couple for dinner and the reviews of the meal were mixed. Two of us had the bolognese and both agreed that while the pasta was fresh, the meat lacked any zest and the entire dish seemed to be covered in oil making it somewhat tasteless, heavy, and greasy. Others had the lamb and halibut and were very satisfied with the preparation of their meals. Service was appropriately attentive. SE was not that busy on a Tuesday night, and the noise level was fine for dinner conversation. We like the atmosphere that brings a casual but sophisticated vibe to New Canaan."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Nothing really special here to recommend. The service was friendly, food was fair, it's too bad the actual food didn't live up to the menu. The location was humdrum. Just nothing at all special to report."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food and fun vibe in NC. Kale salad and halibut were delicious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "South End will not be one of our 'go to' restaurants. We had reservations and the table wasn't ready when we arrived. The hostess wasn't concerned. We had to ask to order drinks because no server ever came to our table. When the drinks came, we decided to order our meal thinking we may never see our server again. Well, we had to again ask where our food was because 40 minutes had gone by! Food was mediocre. The noise level was unbearable. Never going back. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • " Our first time there, and we will return!!!!! Great food, great service!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have not had a bad meal here. Best steak in town, fast services ad lively but not too loud atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "fantastic food, however the noise level is intolerable. While dining you have to scream to the people at your table, even on a week night."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Was nervous about service given earlier posts but was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was terrific and I'm a tough critic. Orders were taken without much wait, food was proper wait time. Attentive at pouring wine. The spicy tuna appetizer was very good - perfect. We both had soft shell crab - done perfectly, just a hint of curry. The smore dessert was just the right touch. Overall well done. Looking forward to returning. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant! Tables are set far enough apart so you can talk and not feel people are on top of you. The food in delicious. They have an option of "small plates" and "large plates" so everyone can choose the type and size of meal they want. We loved the Monk Fish and Salmon. Steak was also a good choice. But you really can't go wrong with any choice. Service is attentive and waiters are knowledgeable."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great place to eat. Went early Saturday night with teenagers. Service was good and not too quick but quick enough to make everyone happy."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, great food and prompt service. Loved the selection of seafood entrees."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a celebratory dinner there last week; as always, South End's chef did not disappoint. Appetizers of crispy head on prawns, fried baby artichokes and risotto balls were all perfect. Entrees of steak frittes and roasted chicken were as heavenly as ever. The stand out for this night though was the burrata. If you go, get this. You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. I had the Halibut Tacos - outstanding!! My wife had the salmon she really loved it as well. Kale salad was really tasty as well."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "South End isn't cheap, but as far as restaurants (in New Canaan) go it has an intriguing menu, and the ability to eat tapas-style or more traditional. The server we had was very comfortable dishing out the foodie-type lingo, and the dishes mostly lived up to the verbiage. Maybe a bit more pretentious than it needs (ought?) to be, but not in a way that would prevent me from going back. I guess what I'm saying is the price somewhat outmatches the delivery, but it's close enough for me."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "On the heels of a recent New York Times review my girlfriends and I added South End to our "Must Try" list, and they didn't disappoint. We were greeted warmly by both the host and manager and swiftly taken to our table. Our server, Chris, was courteous and knowledgable, guiding us through both the menu and wine list. He made several suggestions, finding us the perfect wine and even arranged for an off menu appetizer portion of the Caramelized Scallops for my guest. Overall the food quality easily matches that of many famed Manhattan eateries and the service was attentive, but not pretentious. South End is a very welcome addition to Fairfield County and we look forward to our next visit! Both outstanding cuisine and service."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The menu offers a nice variety of interesting dishes. Food was exceptional: a special chilled spring pea soup with crabmeat and avocado was outstanding, as were the flavorful risotto balls from the regular menu; halibut and monkfish entrees were prepared perfectly, with fresh accompaniments; sorbets and ricotta donuts were delicious. Diverse wine and beer selection. Service was friendly and professional. The room is high-ceilinged and open with an upscale tavern feel. Our only gripes: a very loud table next to us--which can happen anywhere, although there is nothing to dampen noise levels at South End; and the prices, which are high--perhaps not for New Canaan, but certainly for a place which otherwise exudes a casual, neighborhood vibe. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT SOUTH END IF IT WEREN'T FOR MY SNOOPING AROUND ON OPEN TABLE. WE HAD SUCH AN ENJOYABLE DINNER AT SOUTH END. THIS DINNER COULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST I HAVE HAD IN THIS CHARMING TOWN. THE QUALITY OF THE INGREDIENTS AND THE STRAIGHTFORWARD, YET CREATIVE, WAY OF PREPARING OUR MEALS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.IT WAS DIFFICULT TO MAKE CHOICES GIVEN THIS FASCINATING OUR SERVER WAS AMIABLE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THE DESSERT CHEF MUST BE A GENIUS. FOUR OF US ORDERED DESSERT, UNHEARD OF IN THIS CROWD, AND EVERYONE WAS BEYOND HAPPY. PRICE-WISE, THIS IS NOT A RESTAURANT I WOULD FALL INTO WITHOUT THINKING BECAUSE IT IS EXPENSIVE. OUR DINNER, INCLUDING GRATUITY AND DRINKS FOR THREE, CAME TO $70 PER PERSON AND WORTH IT."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Worst service/most indifferent service in memory. Never again"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Menu choices are creative (although a bit pricey) - chicken paillard was okay but the chicken was a tad overcooked"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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
  • "Food was very good but service was spotty on a busy Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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