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About Bailey's Backyard

A true, American Farm-To-Table Restaurant

23 Bailey Avenue
Ridgefield, CT 06877
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday-11:30am- 3:00 Sunday -11:00am- 3:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday= Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm -9:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 431-0796

Website:
http://www.baileysbackyard.com/

Catering:
Bailey's caters all events from private chef in home events to 100+ weddings.

Parking Details:
Municipal parking adjacent to building and parking in lot across the street.
Located minutes away from the Ridgefield Playhouse and The Prospector Movie Theater.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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Bailey's Backyard Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (414)
Neighborhood Gem (333)
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Great for Lunch (148)
Great for Brunch (115)
Romantic (108)
Local Ingredients (87)
Good for Groups (77)
Great for Outdoor Dining (74)
Creative Cuisine (69)
Worth the Drive (57)
Notable Wine List (54)
Kid-friendly (53)
Good for a Date (51)
Casual (46)
Cozy (43)
Hot Spot (43)
Authentic (42)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Organic (33)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Seasonal (32)
Tasting Menu (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Healthy (29)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Fun (16)
Great Beer (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Business Meals (9)
Outstanding Value (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

so sorry to see that you are no longer on Open Table! love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent lunch. Highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Went to dinner prior to seeing a show at Ridgefield playhouse. Broad and unusual menu of farm to table type food. Away from it taking too long for us to receive water, service was attentive. We brought our own wine but the wine list had some nice choices. 25 dollar corkage charge was high but in line. Menu was superb. We especially enjoyed shishito peppers with falafel, crisp brussel sprouts, mahi, skirt steak and a burger, 50/50 grass fed ground beef and ground smoked pork belly, which is not to be missed. Memorable meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food is interesting and worth sampling a variety of options. Enjoy the casual vibe and the lack of pretense. Kids appear to be welcome as we saw quite a few families coming in with kids.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Baileys is a hit or miss spot for a foodie. Ambitious and creative combinations are fun are sometimes delicious, but require much more attention to balance and execution than the kitchen often gives it. Moroccan tangine, one of my favorites, had asparagus in it this time which was nearly raw. Carrot cake pancake dessert needed a lot more work to balance sweet and savory elements. No cohesion and hardly sweet. Still, when this place delivers, it does great. I'll always give it another try

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Fabulous flavors and creative menu, held back only by the casual atmosphere - or not it casual's your thing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Very nice lunch - minor detail I didn't like - ketchup for fries was odd tasting, very watery. Other than that we enjoyed our visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Always excellent food and service, great attention to details with regard to fresh food and ingredients. Can't beat this place for a local gem of a place in Ridgefield.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

First of all, it's very close to the Ridgefield Playhouse if you're going to a show there as we were and the service was friendly, caring and prompt so we had a wonderful meal and made it in time to the playhouse within 20 minutes of start time. The food was remarkable -- very pricey, $36 for the soft-shell crab entree, but oh, so worth it. I have had many soft-shell crab dishes. This one was tops by far! It was served on a bed of red quinoa which had it's own mild blend of flavors. Outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Great food, with an interesting, mixed menu of farm-to-table cuisine. I have a couple of nit-picks, such as very bland, watery home-made ketchup with the burgers, and service that could have been friendlier and less business-like. (There was no host/hostess, so my wife and I had to wait for a couple of minutes at the front door before a waiter greeted us and showed us to our table. That shouldn't happen at a restaurant of this caliber. It ain't a diner.) Also, it's a little pricey for what it is, but you pay for quality, and this place has it. I could do without the loud-ish music (mostly '80s pop, oddly), but that's a personal preference. Again, these are nit-picks. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, and I'll be going back for the excellent food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

FANTASTIC food and menu! Been many times. Best restaurant by far in Ridgefield

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Bailey's is a wonderful restaurant focused on local produce who changes their menu frequently. The food is incredible and the level of service is always impressive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Theis is one of my favorite restaurants in Ridgefield and I highly recommend it. The food is creative and delicious, the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, the service is impeccable and the space is lovely and charming. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because it is a little expensive and there are not really any healthy lo-cal choices. Even the vegetable sides - which are YUMMY - are deep fried or sautéed in tons of oil and have sauces... again, YUMMY...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We had a marvelous meal at Bailey's Backyard. The menu struck the perfect balance between unique and intriguing new offerings and the recognizable standbys prepared with a farm-to-table flair. Service was fine, authentic and personable, not overly polished. Wine list, brief but high quality. Was surprised to find this gem in Ridgefield.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Casual
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Had a lovely Sunday brunch with a friend. We are not from the area and needed a place in between to meet. Bailey's was perfect. I would try it for dinner sometime.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I'm not a very adventurous person when it comes to food but this place was wonderful. Food was delicious especially the starter; bacon with pecan nugat. I had the steak which melted in my mouth and my boyfriend had the quail which neither of us had ever tried. It was surprisingly very good. The service was the best, our waiter went up and beyond and had very good details on food and drinks. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an intimate night and great meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Vegan, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This is now our favorite place and I have eaten there 6 times in six weeks, as well as sending all my friends. Delicious farm to table food and excellent personal service.

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Has unfortunately gone down hill, use to be a favorite go to in Ridgefield. Not any longer food mediocre at best, service not attentive very sorry to say.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Food was absolutely wonderful; service was very good too. The butternut squash contained tiny bits of bacon ... delicious! My group was on a time crunch & server understood. The background music was a tad too loud ... not sure if people spoke more loudly because of the music or were just loud.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Wonderful menu, all the food was really fantastic! Relaxed atmosphere, very convenient to Ridgefield Playhouse.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Organic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 25, 2017

The food was excellent - delicious, fresh, perfectly prepared. The staff was also very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The setting was nice - not amazing/not displeasing. The price is inline with fine dining restaurants and so is the food. The setting is definitely more casual than the prices. If you value great food, you will probably thing the cost is appropriate. If you can't tell the difference, you'll think it's pricey.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We went for brunch and the food was so delicious. They even made us ice cappuccinos (which were delicious). Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Bailey's represents the best of the farm to table concept. Local food, changing menus, and a chef that clearly loves to cook. There is never anything on the menu that is not totally delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The head chef--Forrest--is extraordinarily talented. We have dined here a dozen times and every single course has pleased us with imaginative, flavorful simplicity. The four course special on Wednesdays is the best value in the state.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This was such a great place; the food was out of this world, and the service was excellent! We'll definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Always delicious! Thank you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Delicious food and awesome waiter . The quality ingredients and menu options make it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

As always, Bailey's Backyard never disappoints and is consistently great!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Lovely experience in all respects.
Great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Great place to have a conversation. Great food and service was good and staff were very pleasant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

First time there and WILL repeat. Worth the 1 hour drive.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The best always!! What a gem, gourmet farm to table dining!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. Have been there several times before and never disappointed. The food preparation and presentation are superb. It is also quiet, making for a relaxed evening. Certainly the best overall restaurant in Ridgefield, CT.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Terrific Restaurant tucked on a side street of Ridgefield. It is not your usual fare. The chef uses interesting combinations of food and spice to develop a special dish. We eat slowly to savor each bite. One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Book at reservation early as this small venue fills quickly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Delicious food and options for kids!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Cozy spot tucked away on a side road, farm to table, great spot to take your significant other, you won't be disappointed. Always an excellent meal and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Awesome, we are regular diners and each time find creative dishes which have unusual flavor profiles, unique tastes and just are very good!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Kyle was a great waiter! Food was delicious! Brussel sprouts were my fave!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

This was the third time at Bailey's and it's been consistent...almost a great meal, but comes up short. The service was right on the money, the atmosphere is calm, comfortable and unpretentious. The food is ambitious and interesting, providing way-too-cliche "farm to table" elements in an eclectic mix of styles including good ol' southern soul food to Asian elements. But it seems to fall short of what's intended. Generally great ideas, just not executed properly. The prime example was a scallop dish with hominy, which was drowned in a sweet apple and spice broth. The scallops were delicate and beautifully cooked. Why not let them shine, and add an accent of the potently sweet broth. I get the idea, but it didn't hit the mark. This seems to happen over and over again. But, with that said, it was good enough to keep us giving it another try. Nothing in Ridgefield comes close to the inventive cooking and cool vibe. I hope they can find the refinement needed to push the experience to the next level.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Right from the start we had excellent service, our reservation was for 6:15pm and we were late by about 20 min. We called and they were able to save us a table and when we arrived they couldn't have been nicer. Wait staff was excellent and courteous. We ordered our food and they were very helpful to have it to us as we were going to see a show. The chef was on the floor almost at all times making sure everyone was doing well and enjoying their meal. Well spent time and money.

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