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
81 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (56)romantic (46)neighborhood gem (39)scenic view (29)great for outdoor dining (27)great for brunch (23)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Clean and fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Grandma
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ridiculously small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    While tasty. . The hanger steak portion was fit for a toddler. A happy meal quite literally comes with more food. Service was very slow worth no apologies and our waiter never once cracked a smile. The four 1.5 inch chunks of steak I ordered med rare came medium well. Doubt I'll be returning
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  • Always excellent
    ArtguyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Delicious food with wonderful presentation. Always a treat and a great way to celebrate a special occasion
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Did not live up to its reputation. A good country choice with fine dishes made with excellent ingredients. Friendly and attentive wait-staff. Don't expect miracles:.the two Italian dishes on the menu bore no resemblance to a classic preparation ( e.g.risotto where rice could not be identified as an ingredient.)
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great PEI mussels!
    Swampyankee
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    All the food was very good but the Prince Edward Island mussels were outstanding! Thoughtful wine list, attentive & friendly staff, and great little outside patio for dining al fresco. Thanks Schoolhouse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a unique gem...
    4comida
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The menu is exciting, appealing and different - no menu fatigue here! Every dish is a delight.... And the welcome and service level provided by the Schoolhouse staff is exceptional - highly professional, competent, responsive, with a great sense of humor and respect for their guests. Best dining experience in Fairfield County!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food never disappoints and generally surpasses our expectations, with service that's as equally as good. This is such a quaint, special special place that has become our favorite restaurant in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions, terrible,service
    CarolynAVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have eaten lunch here before and loved it. This time for lunch, service was awful. We waited 15 minutes before our order was taken and more than 1/2 hour after that before the entree was delivered. The French fries were warm but not hot. The menu is limited and portions small. We would have liked dessert and coffee but 10 minutes after our plates were cleared, no one asked us and we decided to leave and find a Starbucks. The table next to us was informed at 1:00 pm that they had run out of hamburgers. (But, unlike us, they were served bread after asking for it). At $80 for 2 entrees, one wine, 2 beers and tip, it wasn't worth it.
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    romantic, scenic view
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  • Fabulous
    cawlme
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went to The Schoolhouse for lunch. I took a friend who is a small eater, therefore, splitting each item that was ordered. The restaurant was totally accommodating in that regard and split our items on separate plates for which we were very appreciative! The food was done to perfection and the service was par excellence. The experience more than met my expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional "saveurs"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    There's no word in English for "saveur."It's not flavor, it's not taste. It's an experience in itself. We found that exceptional presence of "saveur" when we went to The Schoolhouse. Well done. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REALLY good food
    EG11VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We're not from CT. I'd been there for a special family events several years back and wanted to take my girlfriend here when we were back in the area. Still a very nice little resto situated on a creek. Food is very well executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Redding
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This restaurant is expensive, but we went for the Thursday pre fixe for $48pp without wine selections. This is not something I would do everyday, but the food, service and overall experience was outstanding. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The real deal
    mrp63VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We went on Thursday, when they have a fixed price menu. As there are two choices for each or the 4 courses, and there were two of us, we had one of everything on the menu. The food was excellent - at times outstanding - and interesting enough to have a "foodie" discussion about. The portions were more than adequate. Nothing was a let-down. Wine pairings were good, but not great. The wine list is excellent, with lots of interesting and varied choices. We had two of the house drinks, and both were excellent with superb balance among the different flavors. The Schoolhouse is a top-notch restaurant, by any standard. We eat out mostly in Manhattan, and the food here is as good as many of the top-rated restaurants in the city, as is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    OCSCVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It's always a pleasure to be back here. Fantastic dishes and such warm and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but slow service
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Breakfast at The Schoolhouse on Mother's Day is always a treat. The food is outstanding and we love that it's not a brunch buffet with more food than we can ever eat. This year was great but the only difference was that service was slower than in the past. Other tables came and went while we were still sitting there, so maybe it was a one-off occurrance not noticed by anyone else. It won't stop us from going again next year!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We frequent resturants often in lower Fairfield County and New York City. The food at The Schoolhouse set a new standard. We loved the quaint setting and the attentive staff. Our entire meal was outstanding. The portions were perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service and way over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My last 2 visits to The Schoolhouse have had 2 things in common - very poor service and extremely over-priced for what you get - you almost have to "beg" for a piece of bread and you never get a second cup of coffee - the food is usually very good but the service should be impeccable for the prices charged. Very disappointing - don't know if I will return. Cost for lunch for 4 adults - a total of 3 glasses of wine, 2 salads, 4 main courses and 2 deserts with coffee cost $200 - not worth it!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent All Around
    Mrscritical
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We totally enjoyed our dinner at the Schoolhouse at Cannondale. The service was excellent, both unobtrusive and gracious. We were allowed to savor every moment. The food was outstanding in both flavor and presentation. The room is beautifully done. A must try and a must return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Schoolhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Excellent food, great atmosphere, excellent service. what more coud you ask for. Overall very satisfying for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Always wonderful
    ArtguyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Thank you for another wonderful dining experience. Excellent food, creative presentation and superb service. A great restaurant focused on making your dining experience special
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    lwg61
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Once again another great dinner. Thu nights are wine pairing with the 3 courses at a reasonable price. This one was very nice.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This is small gem of a restaurant, pretty inside, lovely service and very delicious food done with fresh local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 821 reviews are from the The Schoolhouse at Cannondale reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Really fresh ingredients, excellent flavor combinations, professional service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dine good food treat eat
    BarrytheK
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Fixed price Thursday dinner was great. The food and presentation were delightful. Be prepared for a long evening so bring someone you like to be with and tal with. Ask for more of the delicious bread because they do not come around for extra helpings on there own. We had allergy issues and they were fully accommodated. Neat ambience I real one room school house.
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    special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • return visit
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    went back for Easter dinner and was gereat as ever....staff is so polite and professional and very helpful with the older folks 102 and 90+....they enjoyed it very much 3 of us at lamb and on had chicken,,,,,wonderful presentation and very tasty.....deseerts to die fior....reommnedations recommended to dine in what as a schoolhouse....will retun
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining
    ArtguyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A wonderful dining experience in an intimate old schoolhouse. Outstanding, friendly service. Always a treat.
    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 LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Descriptions online suggested good vegetarian options, including Vegan, especially on Wednesdays. In reality, this was not the case. Service was slow, inattentive, especially considering low census. Vegetarian selection: excessive oil, uninspired. Considerable room for improvement on many counts, especially considering the inflated prices.
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