Elm Restaurant

4.6
465 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Elm. Here in the heart of New Canaan, CT., we believe that great meals start with the best ingredients, friends, family, (and of course), our favorite wines. In our charming neighborhood restaurant, we serve seasonal American dishes, inspired by elm’s farmers and fishmongers, and on occasion, a far away place.
Elm is the showcase for the inventive and seasonally inspired cuisine. You can enjoy our daily changing a la carte and chef's tasting menus in all of our distinct dining areas...our beautiful bar, the elegant dining room, at the chef's counter with a view of the kitchen, or we can customize a private dining event at our 14-seat chef's table. Come celebrate the bounty of the season with us.
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Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM

What 465 People Are Saying
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KF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff are all extremely friendly and helpful. The food presentation was lovely and everything tasted delicious. The only dish that fell short was the scallops. All the components were great, but together didn’t quite work

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. Our daughter said the scallops dish was the best meal she’s ever had. Food overall is delicious. Never dissatisfied.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, solid execution. Made a meal of starters and sides.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had the best fish and my daughter and I had a lovely pasta dish. Our waitress was excellent and explained the best dishes on the menu. Chic decor, great service.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner with lovely service. Bees Knees cocktail was delicious.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elm's food at all times whether lunch, brunch or dinner is creative, delicious and satisfying. The chef has done wonders keeping the menu fresh and interesting. Service is consistent and top notch. The restaurant and decor are a cut above. Nice to see such a consistent, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening! Haven’t been to Elm in awhile and I’m so glad we did!

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MR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I'd recommend The Elm with some reservations. First, it's very expensive. $17. is way too much for a small turkey club sandwich. Ditto for short cup of coffee or tea at $5.00. Other entrees were in the $25. and up range. The service was just shy of perfunctory. My friend's plate was taken away while I was still eating--a big no no in a fine dining establishment. The wait staff was attentive enough, but this place lacked warmth on all levels. The food was good, but somehow it just misses the mark, especially to charge such high prices.

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O
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salads, beautiful presentation. Attentive waiter, modern interior.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here. The atmosphere and some of the dishes were really outstanding. I loved the guacamole and flatbread it was a nice twist on the traditional guacamole and chips. The cocktails were also very well chosen and blended. My wife and I shared the $95 steak for two weeks which was unfortunately quite stringy and very fatty. A good 30+% of it was inedible because of this. The accompaniments were excellent as were the sides. Overall we would go back again but maybe not course that dish again.

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GS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good in every way, but noise level is VERY high. Need to do something to buffer the noise.

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MI
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great... this place has figured it out and this kitchen is executing at a high level

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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always a delight- Elm is a special treat when you need to have fresh flavors and a friendly atmosphere. Thank you

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Indifferent service, had to repeatedly ask for wine refills. Food was mediocre. This used to be one of the few restaurants in New Canaan that approached Manhattan ambiance and standards. It is now a casual, family eatery with food, service and ambiance ( diners in sweats and sneakers, loud bar TV ) to match.

Ok for a quick lunch or fast meal when better venues are booked.

Definitely a place to avoid for special occasions.

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t
New York Area
263 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

burgers and cocktails are top notch, nice atmosphere, broad menu, some items a bit pricey but worth it

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pork bowl is delicious

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a
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent but we ate there on Christmas Eve and it was super expensive. Will definitely go again when not a Holiday.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Shared several appetizers and entrees. All were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and even better service

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

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A
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend and I both asked for diver scallops to be well-cooked (which they weren’t.) 4 scallops served in a bowl on a bed of assorted things that my friend described as “mush” represented a very poor value for a $30 entree.

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c
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We had a great booth in the bar area and were sat immediately. Service was prompt, professional & helpful with the menu. The food is always excellent. Definitely recommend!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates were all terrific, but the chef here undeniably has a way with fresh pasta- bucatini with vodka sauce and burrata was clever and the tagliatelle with shaved white truffles was perfectly executed (and a few bucks cheaper than I'm used to in the city).

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RO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Wines were very pricey. Decor and ambiance were great, too. I wouldn’t bring kids if they are picky eaters as there isn’t much to offer them. Great for “foodie” adults.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t fault it.

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S
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner impressed. Greatly improved over when Elm first opened. We had vowed not to return ,but being locals, we thought we’d give it another try.
Service was attentive, although instead of bringing me a surprise treat for my birthday they just brought the bill. (Despite the hostess asking if I was the one having a birthday that day.) in any case, that was a minor blip. The rest of the service was very quick and thorough.
The cabbage salad with dried mangos was delicious, I’d return just for that. Likewise for the kale salad.
Steak frite was very good as was the veal scallopine.
Nice wine selection.
It was the first Saturday after thanksgiving and the place was full. A bit noisy for my taste, but not so bad that a table of two couldn’t carry on a conversation.

Thanks Elm, you just went from the bottom of my list to the top in one night!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good - food was excellent, and service
pleasant. .

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Ive been to this restaurant a few times and the food is consistently excellent. Certainly one of the top 3 restaurants in fairfield county. Dishes are varied and well executed. Highly recommend.

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service, ambiance, wine list. What more could you ask for?

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EF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of three on Thanksgiving and loved all the interesting food from tuna tartar, to red kale salad, to butternut squash/apple soup starters. The turkey with ginger/cranberry coulis and beef tenderloin entrees were delicious comfort food. The sides were also wonderful; loved the dressing with roasted pecans and the roasted Brussels sprouts, plus the mushrooms and onions! Pumpkin bourbon cheesecake with huckleberry sauce was phenomenal. The compact space has stylishly clean lines with modern art. Try to avoid selecting a near-the-entry window-front table when it is freezing outside; a booth would be a warmer option when newcomers enter Elm after you are seated. Overall, impressed with the chef and very happy with the attentive staff. Prices definitely reflect the New Canaan address, so keep that in mind if you are pricing sensitive.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

(early) Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was excellent.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch with friends! And the best part is, all the dishes are sharable (from the apps to large salads) and the menu is inspired by different countries and cuisines, so there's plenty to please every palate and personality. Would highly recommend the kale salad with cherries and pistachio (ask to add rotisserie chicken on top!), along with the brussels sprouts pizza, guac & tostadas, and the French onion soup. 😋👌💯

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HB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. The half chicken with polenta was wonderful.

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FM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Elm. The restaurant is always consistent and delicious. By far my favorite restaurant in New Canaan.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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HW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place , love the food ! Always reliable, pleasant service.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a friend's birthday at Elm last night in the private dining room. Each dish was better than the next with highlights being: the limited-edition truffle burger, fried chicken app, shishito peppers with mole spices and every single pasta (cacio e pepe spaghetti, cavatelli with ‘nduja bolognese, carrot lumache with duck) — they are all insanely delicious. Even for a busy Saturday the service was exceptional and cocktails were top notch. Can't recommend Elm enough!

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TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service inattentive at best. Extremely loud and very difficult to have a conversation. Have been here many times and keep hoping for improvement. Salad way overdressed. Food not warm, let along hot, when served.

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ingredients executed with a contemporary flair. Friendly service and a wine service that is smart without being voluminous in scale.

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