Calandras Italian Village
Our waitress was absolutely outstanding - patient, knowledgeable about the menu items and the wine list, and a sense of humor to boot.
We made a reservation for 4 for my wife, 2 young daughters and I. We arrive a few minutes prior to our 7pm reservation. A few tables who had booked the same time and arrived after us were badgering the hostess and were seated ahead of us which was total BS. People love to take advantage of a situation and bullied the young hostess to seat them. When we were seated we were placed in the back by the outside door near the outside seating area which is normally fine except when its 28 degrees outside and you have 2 young children. There was a party out there and the door was constantly open so my kids ate in their winter coats. Appetizers were fine, certainly nothing to write home about. Entrees are extremely overpriced. $27 for pasta and sauce is exorbitant imo. Ordered a marsala dish that tasted like any sort of marsala I've ever had. It was smothered in brown gravy and didnt contaim a hint of marsala or even mushrooms. My wife had the penne vodka and shrimp which was fine for $34. Kids went of the kids menu and the server forgot her pizza. Bottom line is go somewhere else. Even go to their Calandra's in Fairfield but dont go here. Its a total waste of money. My kids order two $10 childrens meals and we ordered 2 entrees along with 2 appetizers for $140 with no alcohol. Its absurd given what we were served. I would never recommend this place. Go to Lunello!
Love this place. Food is exceptional.
Fairly empty at the early time we dined in the bar area. Short staffed, so the bartender was also our waitress. She was great, but busy. Typical in many restaurants during this pandemic. The food is really quite good!! We will definitely go back.
We dined in the spacious bar area with plenty of tables. They had a jazz trio playing at the appropriate level. Restaurant looked nice (from the maitre d' desk). Menu was identical in both areas, a bit limited, but still with enough choices. We liked that they had several fall vegetables on the menu.
The prices on the menu were significantly higher than on the Open Table page. I found the wine list high-priced, but still acceptable.
The attached bakery and market is really nice as you can have desert there and get freshly made breads there.
Food was really good, they messed up our second round of drinks. Saw comedy show, it was OK but not a knee slapper. Very busy place, so not so exceptional service. Like most establishments lack of servers for the times. Will go back and try sitting at bar, seemed to be less ppl there.
Always great service and ALWAYS delicious food.
I have never been disappointed when dining at Calandra's - all of them..
The food and service at Calandras is always excellent. It’s my go to place. Love that I could sit in or outside. And get dessert to go.
Always satisfied, that’s why we continue to return.
We came for my son’s birthday. He’s always wanted to eat there and we weren’t sure if we could afford it, but we saved for a while and decided to treat him. Long story short, we waited for 25 minutes and no one came to take our order. I complained to the host, and still no one came. My wife complained to the manager, and still no one came. After 35 minutes, we left and took our son to Subway for his birthday. Thanks for nothing.
Really nice place - so much to offer . Silvio is a great GM and is so kind and sociable. The food and service was very good .
Good is consistently good quality and wait staff are friendly and helpful.
Nice place to get together with family and friends!
First time going here and what a beautiful village - we went to the wine area and bought wine / went to the deli pasta area and bought pasta and fresh sauce / went to the bakery and bought pastries and then got some delicious gelato too and this is all before dinner - so much to do and get and choose from . It truly is a village . From there we went to dinner at their cafe . Silvio the GM was a total delight so kind and sociable . We went to dinner / show to see LIME perform who were AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! what a show . So the dinner had a pre fixe and it was fair the food but we got a table / show and we were able to stay at the table for 4 + hours and enjoy dinner and the show w no rush . The music ( DJ) before hand was incredible as was the energy . We danced sang laughed then ate then saw a GREAT show ! So worth the long drive to go here
Overall experience was excellent! Music awesome too!
Great, delicious food always.
I guess with the shortage of 'help' everywhere we need to be patient.
The waitress did not know the menu items. We waited one hour for meal and when we asked our server she there’s a big party, you will have to wait. The food was bland, mediocre and certainly not worth the cost. We waited 30 minutes for our check. So many restaurants post COVID are returning to business with great service, good food and awesome atmosphere, the staff at Calandras didn’t even try. We won’t return
Great good and service!
The avocado salad w shrimp is amazing!!
Lovely food drinks and service
They automatically add a 20% tip to your check. The servers don’t have an incentive to provide good service because of this. The service was absolutely horrible and this will be the last time I visit this establishment.
Food comment based on the pizza. If you’re looking for a crisp pizza this should not be your go to place. Will go back to sample other menu items.
Service was awful and food was not very good.
The whole experience was wonderful. The server was not as attentive as we needed them to be. If not for that it would’ve been 10/10. The food was delicious and the portions were great. Dessert could’ve been a little better but overall food was something to come back to the restaurant for indeed.
Another great meal at this place. The service was good, the food was good and it was overall a good experience.
Little over priced and food was average. Only thing that made it was their bread.
It was an Easter dinner gone wrong. For the amount of money this cost I would never do it again. Food was bland, poorly executed, and the desserts were not the usual Calandra hits. This was a miss.
Great food , great service and great ambiance.
Nice ambiance and service was good, food was very good and fresh and we had a delightful experience
Making a reservation was great atmosphere and spacing was very good . We had looked at your lunch/dinner menu on line before we made our reservation and had decided on what we would have . When we arrived we were told that the web site menu hasn’t been updated and the meal we thought we would order wasn’t available . That caused some disappointment.
Not worth it! Bad Italian food for the price! Olive Garden better food and better service! First time and last time won’t return
First time my wife daughter(3) and I ate at this location. We were looking for a place still doing outdoor dining because of covid. It was very well set up and the food was very good. Get the Arancini appetizer.
Great ambiance and food. The staff are very friendly and professional.
The Food and service was amazing! Great date night spot!
The food was excellent but the restaurant was very busy so service was just average.
Calandra’s has really stepped up to the pandemic. They have almost if not the same seats outside as inside. In looking inside it’s probably the only restaurant I have seen following the rules that I would actually feel comfortable eating inside. Food was good portions were very nice sized. Can get a little pricey when having drinks.
Been to Calandras twice in the last two months. Both times food was excellent, service was good and good social distance. There a a good duo playing there Friday night.
Amazing spot to go to! Amazing food and atmosphere! Definitely recommend!
Amazing atmosphere. Service was beyond wonderful. Reservations were easy and simple parking was easy and available. Will definitely be returning
Great food, great service, good social distancing. Would recommend to a friend.
Calandras Italian Village does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Calandras Italian Village also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 226-8889 ext. 1.
Calandras Italian Village is rated 4.3 stars by 496 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.