The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theschoolhouseatcannondale.com/
  • Phone: 2038349816
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim LaBant
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From the first meeting to the day of the event our goal is to capture the essence of the clients desires and use our creativity and superb culinary training to deliver the perfect event. We are best known for high-end fare which embraces cuisines from many regions around the world. The focus of our dishes revolve around the best, in season, local produce. Everything is made with an artists touch from raw wholesome ingredients. The result of our skills and efforts is an elegant, fun, and whimsical event where the focus is clearly on the details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for private party details.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim LaBant 2038349816

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Next to train station
  • Public Transit: We share a parking lot with the Cannondale Train Station that connects in Norwalk CT.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
Tucked away in Wilton's quaint Cannondale Village overlooking the babbling Norwalk river, the restaurant is located inside a schoolhouse built just after the civil war in 1872. The completely renovated and stylish interior reflects the elegant and thoughtful cuisine of Chef Tim LaBant whose focus is on searching out the finest ingredients from both local CT farms and exceptionally passionate farmers from around the nation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (58)neighborhood gem (48)romantic (39)great for outdoor dining (25)great for brunch (22)scenic view (20)great for lunch (16)notable wine list (15)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • My favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I *think* I've been coming to the Schoolhouse for 8 years or at least since the doors have been opened and every experience has been exceptional. I've been away a few years. I walked back in the door Friday night and noticed the staff hadn't turned over. Still. There's an awful lot going right right in that room. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is definitely a "special occasion" restaurant, but it is worth it! All four of us experienced delicious meals, just the right amount of food, ambiance and attention from staff. The menu was inventive and fit the Fall Season, topping it off with a surprise lit candle on the birthday celebrant's dessert plate! Nice touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We've been to the schoolhouse multiple times. This was the first time we arranged to be there on Thursday night and it was marvelous! Two choices on each course and each course excellent. A great experience and fabulous value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch at the School House
    JKC19999
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent service, food and ambiance. Delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    mtlhddj
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    service was excellent. food was great. we started with the fois gras and mussels which were beyond delicious, especially the sauce the mussels were in. for entrees we had the scallops with forged mushrooms and brussel sprouts with bacon, my wife had a lamb sausage and mint linguine that had a little kick to it which was perfect. For dessert we had the apple tart that was delicious. we had originally opted for the chocolate souffle that must be ordered ahead of time, but were rather disappointed with it when we tried it. besides that everything else was fantastic. we would definitely come back. place was very busy so make sure to have reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch on a Saturday Afternoon
    eastcoastgirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful ambiance and wait staff. I will come back again and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in all respects
    DMF1902VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good food, atmosphere and service. But beware of the map on Opentable, which is wrong. The location is NOT on New Canaan Rd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    ArtguyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a treat. Loved the four course prix fixed dinner on Thursday. Wine pairing excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Treat yourselves and have dinner at The Schoolhouse. Outstanding, delicious food in a very welcoming atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place
    ddavidVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a former one-room schoolhouse, hence the name. The food is made with love, and the service with care. Dish after dish, from the simple to the complex, are special and unique. The pasta with lamb sausage was outstanding. The Schoolhouse burger was fabulous. The wine list is filled with reasonably priced alternatives, although my favorite is the staff picks section. There is little point in describing particular dishes, as the dishes change virtually every night. One thing to note, depending on your appetite you may find the portions on the small side, but for me they were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite in the area
    DebbieOVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The staff is always so pleasant and Tim is a genius at interesting and delicious food combinations. Charming, tiny old schoolhouse in Cannondale - with farm to table fare that is some of the best in Fairfield County. Great for special occasions (if you let them know ahead of time, your event is almost always printed on your menu), beautiful attention to detail, but still retains a homey, casual feel. Also a great value for weekend and special occasion brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KFFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A delightful dinner, perfectly cooked duck breast, great scallops. We went for a birthday dinner and didn't want the usual loud, crowded suburban restaurant on a saturday nite. It was much more relaxed, maybe 10 talbes in the school house - a really nice small atmosphere. Even printed out Happy Birthday and our name on the menu ! A lovely chocolate souffle.. very nice wine list. Looks like a nice outdoor setting for lunches!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best!
    CTdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Impeccable restaurant in every way. Friendly staff, delicious drinks, great food and decadent desserts make this place a perfect choice every time! Delicious and consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Schoolhouse Restaurant - Wilton, CT
    live2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was full. It's small and charming - in an actual former one room schoolhouse. The service was friendly if a bit frantic but food was served in a timely fashion and we didn't feel rushed. It is described as a farm to table restaurant using local produce so I imagine the menu changes quite often. The duck confit appetizer and the fettucine with lamb main course were wonderful. They offer a sinful sounding chocolate soufflé that none of us ordered but the apple crisp with ice cream was luscious. The one drawback was the noise level which made it difficult to hear conversations at our table. However I would not let that deter me from returning which we plan to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Lovely, Special Place
    Stephen
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I came for an anniversary. At first we were uneasy: looked austere, noisy people. But then the magic set in. The service was friendly and polite. The wines were reasonably priced gems. The food was lovely. I had an appetizer of duck-filled ravioli. The pasta wrappers alone would have made a first-class appetizer, perfect blend between resistance and tenderness, lovely wheaty flavor. The filling was dense and earthy, essence of duck. Our entrees were a fettucine with lamb sausage, olives, etc for my wife and duck breast for me. Both were great. We had a great Barbaresco reasonably priced. Dessert was elegant vanilla custard with sorbet any honey comb. A nice Calvados ended the meal. Not cheap but not expensive for what we got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to positive reviews
    cherieee
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We really enjoyed the Schoolhouse at Cannondale and will return. For us, it is more of a special occasion restaurant but will try to get back a little more than that since the food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing brunch
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was really good, staff were friendly, the atmosphere was also really good. Nothing negative to say we loved it. Specific mention to the best hot chocolate I have ever had and homemade marshmallows. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Spot
    Pally
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with delicious food using only the freshest ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in CT
    unusuallyfair
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Schoolhouse is not to be missed. Unassuming, beautifully situated beside a picturesque stream, this place is an unexpected pleasure in every way. The menu, service and atmosphere deserve 5-stars all around. I look forward to returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in charming setting
    Egp06611
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had lunch here with my wife for a 15th wedding anniversary lunch. The food was really excellent. The service was top notch and the setting was bucolic. It got a little loud as the restaurant filled up, but the noise level was not a complaint. In fact, we had no complaints at all. Great spot, excellent food and really great service. Will return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Treasure in Wilton
    SchoolhouseRocks
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is one of the few high-end restaurants in the area. Great attention to detail and wonderful wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Sophisticated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Absolutely wonderful food, great service, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    matt
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife and I just went there for our three year anniversary, the food was so great. We went on a Thursday for the four courses menu and got the wine pairing with it. Every course was so good and the service was also excellent. The little touches also made it to, I had made a reservation and on our menus it said the Taylor party, we thought it was so sweet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DomenicVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was creative and outstanding. Charming ingle small. A real pleasure and the staff were wonderfully attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Sandy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been frequenting this restaurant since soon after it opened and have never been disappointed. The food is fresh and inventive as well as delicious, the atmosphere is charming and the service is friendly and attentive. Since it is not inexpensive, I recommend it for a special occasion or whenever craves a meal that is thoughtfully and lovingly presented and prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clean and fresh
    Ridgefield
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Clean and fresh taste. Nice setting and location. Servers were attentive. Fantastic meal except for over cooked dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    Morwine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good food, good atmosphere. Always loved their specialized menu. Never disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    momr
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Don't know what went wrong with this Sunday Brunch ... Maybe the regular chef was not present? Food was cold, ungarnished .... service slower than slow Have always loved this place so hope it was just a very bad day. If this had been my first visit I would never return.
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  • The Food is Amazing
    InForTheExperience
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every plate was fantastic. The chef was creative but not over the top. The custom menu was a great touch. We sat indoors and are looking forward to coming back to experience their outdoor seating area. The location is particularly charming, right behind the Cannondale train station. I would definitely recommend dinning here on special occasions or if you are just feeling like a really great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    kbkb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I ate at the Schoolhouse for our wedding anniversary. The restaurant has a great atmosphere - everything was just right in terms of size, noise level, etc. The service was attentive without hovering. The food was excellent - we had mussels in a fantastic broth, a very rich and declicious gnocchi to start, and for entrée a perfectly cook steak and a really great fettucine with fava beans. We're looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    pz1122
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Some of the best food ive ever had, but extremely expensive. would only go for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent evening
    RogersParker
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very nice, cozy location for dinner, with a small but interesting selection of menu items. Our appetizers and entrees were extremely good and had creative combinations of flavors that really enhanced the dining experience. The staff was attentive but not hovering. We definitely plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting, excellent food
    TdcctVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful small restaurant in a unique setting serving excellent new American food with a changing seasonal menu.
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  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I admit we are a little biased since the place has a special significance for us, but the food is really good and the presentation and service is well done. A nice wine paring menu as well. I highly recommend the place and my praise is not lightly given (see my nickname if you need an explanation).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    Frannie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We rarely go out to eat because we don't eat food with antibiotics, growth hormones etc and I have celiac disease. We enjoyed our meal at The Schoolhouse knowing that they source non antibiotic meats etc and were knowledgable as to what I could eat with the no gluten needs. The food was delicious and the outdoor dining was lovely. Great service and a relax pace to dine. We recommend this restaurant and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    RJBZRVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is our 5th time dining at the Schoolhouse and we really love it. The service is so personalized and the food combinations are interesting and delicious. A definite must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyable
    paul
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lovely little restaurant. Excellent food and friendly service. Very limited entrée choices and tables too close together. Expensive but probably worth the 20% premium of all the items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    thursday prix fixe menu was unbelievable -- the tastes and food selections were really unusual but VERY tasty! enjoyed our night there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 844 reviews are from the The Schoolhouse at Cannondale reviews archive.
  • My favorite local restaurant!
    jadesan
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It is always a treat to dine at the schoolhouse. We sat outside on a beautiful afternoon, enjoying the sounds and view of the river. The service is outstanding, with the waiter remembering our choices from one time to the next. My drink is always served before I even have to ask. It is friendly, the food is delicious and wonderfully served. A treat in every way. We dine there regularly as it is such a delightful experience. Thank you Tim, and your superb staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GrandmaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Always love the SchoolHouse...I thought the service was off a little and realized it was because the rear garden was open and many guests were seated out there. The menu include a great dessert- blueberry cobbler - which we shared.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.