Elm Restaurant

4.8
638 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy specialty blends of tea paired with our Chef’s selection of canapés and mignardises.
What 638 people are saying
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vipSusanB
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Service great. It was a wonderful brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Elm. Great food and the wait staff was very helpful.

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vipScout1930
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were taken immediately , the Service was speedy, and the food was excellent, even though the restaurant was lively and full.

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vipJohnP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and nice environment. We tried and enjoyed quite a number of dishes. Lobster Cobb salad was my favorite for this particular visit.

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BillH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience Attentive wait staff great safety partitions in DR Immaculate wine glasses and wine perfectly chilled

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vipKatz
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elm is so consistent. The quality and service is always friendly, professional and relaxed at the same time. Soft music in the background and great tasting food. We had the kale salad, side of fries and the grilled Branzino. It was perfect for a late night meal.
We always make sure to stop by when we visit New Cannan. We can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Combines stellar service with spectacular cuisine.

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food. I have an allergy and the staff and kitchen were very accommodating.

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SimonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The tandoori chicken liver mouse was fantastic and great value. Service was great and nice ambiance

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Johanna
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Friday afternoon tea at Elm and it was sublime. Everything from the scones to the savories to the sweets were excellent. Our server was attentive and quick, yet the experience was not rushed. Highly recommend!

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Wardo3130
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently good quality over the years. Can't go wrong here. Menu was missing a few things that showed up online, but that's nitpicking.

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MontyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in New Canaan. Food, service and ambience cannot be beat. not cheap but you get what you pay for. Favorites Mains are the bass, lumache and chopped salad with a protein of choice. Mussels are a great app. Burger is awesome too.

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SuzanneL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific brunch menu. Great service. Will definitely go back.

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vipColleen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot! Fun atmosphere for cocktails or dinner

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vipMichellei
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We sat outside and it was a gorgeous night. The food was great - the service was a little off - the good news is the restaurant was really busy! The menu is eclectic but all really good

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vipKarenW
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and courteous staff!

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vipMichaelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

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RichardG
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to Elm, and we loved it. Food was exceptional, as was the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!!! We love Elm. The staff is so friendly and the food delicious.

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SusieMac
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on lovely Sept day for lunch. Clean, lovely atmosphere. Cheerful and attentive service. Food came out in a timely manner and was absolutely delicious, fresh, and beautiful. Looking forward to returning!

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food/attention to our table. Restrooms definitely need some attention though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful lunch at elm

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was festive and fun. Creative interpretation of a traditional tea—we were wowed by the food and presentation. Service, as always at Elm, was spot-on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing lunch, service was impeccable! Great food, excellent service, perfect atmosphere! Will highly recommend to others!

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Meckins
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! The menu is fun, the dishes impeccably prepared and beautifully plated, and the service is excellent (if not always cheerful). The only issue with our amply-sized outdoor table on a lovely Tuesday afternoon was the din of the garbage and delivery trucks passing by.

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Afternoon Tea outside was such a relaxing treat watching the world stroll by….I highly recommend.

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vipAliNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Service here is always meh. The staff has zero training, we always wait at least 30 min to place our order, and it’s just consistently bad.

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vipcarolh
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a double date for my husband s birthday. The food was absolutely delicious, topped by our waiter who went above and beyond, he made our night with seamless service and happy vibes and little surprise candle and cookies at the end of our dinner.

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vipBennie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really looked forward to coming here, so definitely let down by the overall quality of food. I had the Branzino, my husband had the Smoked Chicken Bowl, and we shared the Pork Bao Buns to start.

Nearly everything described was ok, not great and definitely not exceptional. I have no problem paying a premium, but expect high quality and can honestly only rate this meal as middle of the pack. Won’t be going back as there are much better places for the price point.

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KH123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were told that we could only get an 11:30 table for lunch and when we arrived awe were the only people in the restaurant. The music was blaring and after half an hour of sitting there we had to get up and ask for a waiter to come. The waiter came to take our food order, before anyone had asked offered us drinks. After lunch they offered us coffee, without asking if we would like dessert. We asked for the dessert menu, and they brought the coffee first. The staff was disinterested and disorganized and the restaurant interior looked tired and worn. I would not go back. Elm used to be excellent and stylish. This was not

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vipNormando
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I got together with an old friend from out of town for lunch. The food and setting was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful happy staff and delicious

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LauraD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great; due to the crowds, it was pretty loud for a regular conversation - that was a negative, and initially we sat for a good 30 min before we got a menu. But the food was terrific and overall it was a very good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Graduation lunch

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Tilden
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was our second dinner at Elm in a week. Both times our water glasses were never refilled during the meal. In addition, Our empty pre-dinner cocktail glasses sat on the edge of the table throughout our dinner. Many servers and bus staff walked past our table several times and not one of them noticed the empty glasses lined up along the edge of the table. Elm has elevated the dining scene in New Canaan with the food they put out. The wait staff needs to be trained to match the excellent cuisine. We appreciated the complementary birthday dessert. One other observation is likely out of the restaurant's control is that many of the patrons looked like they just rolled out of bed and came to dinner. Ratty t-shirts and sweatpants were the chosen articles of clothing to wear to arguably the most expensive, nicest restaurant in New Canaan. This is just unfortunate. But we'll be back!

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vipSueB
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The first courses were amazing. Grilled little gem salad was indeed a gem. Grilled artichoke was good too. I like the way the tables are separated by glass. You feel socially distanced but still part of the whole scene. I recommend Elm St to all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always! So nice to sit outside and people watch and enjoy the food.

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vipMichellei
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the food is always great and the service is even better! It’s a very sophisticated restaurant that makes you feel welcome and comfortable without being snobby or stuffy. Very cool chic plates and the room just has a great vibe.

It’s always great for friends, date or families. It’s feel like a NYC restaurant but without all the drama.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Major disappointment at the start of my birthday weekend! Our waitress was very kind and sweet to start off with but then grew absent and we barely saw her. Every question we asked was like asking her to some major activity. The tea was nice but while nice was not enough food at all and not worth the value. I’d go back and try regular menu items bur don’t come here for afternoon tea. It was a major disappointment to start my birthday weekend.

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You can order delivery directly from Elm Restaurant using the Order Online button. Elm Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Elm Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 920-4994.

Elm Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 638 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.

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