Whether it’s an intimate private dinner at our chef’s table or an event that requires use of the entire restaurant, every detail matters. We work closely with our guests to create their ideal event. Elm also caters offsite, and Chef Luke offers Personal Chef services for a memorable occasion.View Private Dining Details
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Food is very good but the service was terrible. The waiter was so busy catering to his regulars on either side of us he paid us little attention. After opening the wine he never came back, never asked if everything was okay, barely even glanced at us. With so many other restaurants with good food and stellar service, we won't be going back.
The best steak in town, period. The wine selection pairs perfectly with their dishes. I will be back for sure!
Easter dinner. Weird menu. Brunch-ish items at 6pm? Strange.
My mouth is still watering from the incredible holiday dinner we had here last night! The food is simple and straightforward, yet unique in that every item has a subtle touch of something special that sends your tastebuds into a frenzy. This is what makes this menu so unique and enjoyable. The portion to price ratio is spot on. This is not one of those places where you'll spend $100 on one bite of food, nor receive a meal so large, you'll be saddled with leftovers for days. Portion sizes are exactly right and prices are fair for the level of quality and depth of flavor you receive. We enjoyed a four course meal complete with wine pairings, and although we left very full and satisfied, we didn't feel gut bombed or ill which can happen when you dine out. The wait staff was friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The chef is the best in town! If you're looking for a place to have a romantic date, a get together with friends, a family outing—you name it— I can't recommend Elm enough.
One word... astounding. It was very busy due to the Easter service but my food and drinks were perfectly timed with smiles from the service team.
Wonderful Easter lunch
We went to Elm for brunch on Easter Sunday. I had the lamb ribs and they were delicious! My husband had eggs and perfectly crispy bacon. He really enjoyed his side of spinach gratin. We will definitely be going back!
Food was very good. Service was outstanding! Servers were great and the Maitre De was the most helpful and professional I've come across. The burgers are always very good and the veal piccata was great. Highly recommend.
We had been wanting to try this place for a while, so we finally checked it out. The ambience is the best part. We started with the burrata, which was terrific. We also had the falafel and hummus and it was pretty good. We had a party of four and everybody ordered a different main course. The steak of the day (skirt steak) and the veal was pretty weak. The veal was too salty (and also a bit too sour to my taste). The skirt steak was just OK. The other two ordered seafood. Especially the branzino tasted really good. It seems like going with the seafood options seems like a better choice.
Great lunch - enjoyed the lobster roll and chicken liver mousse!! Host was warm and friendly as well! Wine list is well curated and reasonably priced with many options well under $100.
The kids menu is definitely not an after thought here, next time I may order the meatballs for myself! Will be back soon.
Elm Restaurant is a true gem located in the heart of New Canaan, a quaint little yuppy town filled with great boutiques and shops. To dine here is a true experience - everything on the menu is meticulously sourced, the crowd is attractive, and the service impeccable. I dined here with two girlfriends and we enjoyed our food so much we shared all our dishes. Faves included the shishito peppers, Iberian ham, cavatelli with njudia and honey, veal piccata - but the spaghetti carbonara was the standout. The wine list was excellent and for dessert we enjoyed what could possibly be the best espresso martini on earth.
I came in for a quick bite; ended up having a whole dinner. Very satisfied with the service and the atmosphere of this restaurant.
The oysters were sensational! My waiter told me everything about them and where they come from, very knowledgeable staff. The animal burger could be one of the best I’ve ever had. Gem among the Fairfield dining scene.
My wife and I had a date, thanks to you guys it was amazing! We tried the tuna tartare for the first time and it was excellent. The atmosphere was very pleasant as well.
I stopped by again, had the kale salad and the chicken... delicious!
We stumbled upon our new favorite go-to restaurant in New Canaan, CT the other night, Elm! Started with the empanadas and shishito peppers, followed by the cabbage salad, and split an "animal-style" burger which might just be better than In-N-Out's original version. All the portions were reasonably sized and our server was very attentive the entire night. Will definitely becoming back...especially for the awesome wine list. One of the best in the area! Elm gets 5 stars in my book.
Food and service were great, even the chef asked how our food was. Will definitely come again!!
Had the best dinner in a while at Elm the other night. Not only is it super cute, but every dish is soooo good. We ordered the tuna tartar, kale salad and a bunch of the homemade pastas and were seriously impressed with the service and cocktails. It's our new favorite date night spot, but can't wait to try brunch there too!
Elm was a disappointment on a few levels. Our server made mistake after mistake. Wrong cocktails despite trying to clarify our choices with him. Three out of four salads arrive and when questioned about the fourth the server seemed unaware he had made an error. My sister n ordered steak and was told ten minutes later it was not available (rookie mistake by a server for sure...but that was a minor issue.) The food was good.
Every time we asked for more of something it took a long time to get it. The last straw...when we were getting ready to finish up my daughter realized there was a fly in the bottom of her red wine glass...lovely!!
I expressed my concern to the server and to the manager who subsequently asked about my concerns. They did reduce the bill which was a good willl gesture for sure and apprdiated but it still was expensive and the whole evening very unstatisfying and upsetting.
This was our first trip to New Canaan and it was really enjoyable. My husband and I have a lovely brunch at Elm today. The food was delicious and the menu was very fresh and current. The restaurant is very tastefully designed and decorated, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant is on the main street in town and there are lots of shops to explore nearby. If you’re looking for a weekend day trip from the city it’s also super close to the train station. We will definitely be back for sure.
Perfect dining experience! Food was excellent!
My husband and I had a very enjoyable experience at Elm. The food was great, the restaurant is lovely, and the staff was very friendly
The food and service were of high quality, but the high decibel noise level made it difficult to converse with friends.
This was our 1st visit. The food and service were very good. The smaller menu lets them concentrate on quality. We will return.
Sensational food but relatively small portions. Thought that went out with the recession. Ah but this is New Canaan. That said Luke is a noble successor to Brian Lewis. Acoustics bad.
Service and food were really very good. It was so noisy it was nearly impossible to talk to my wife across a small table
Great good and unique takes on some traditional plates! Will definitely be back!!
Horrible. Bread came before drinks. Apps served within seconds of the drinks and entrees brought while we were eating appetizers. Horrible. Hubs and I ordered the same meal but they looked totally different. Horrible. Not the same since the former owner left. Horrible.
Went for lunch twice recently - really good sandwiches. Quiet enough to enjoy catching up with a business friend I haven't seen in a while. Looking forward to giving it a try for dinner. Definitely would go back.
Overall the restaurant, service, and ambiance was wonderful. I had the veal dish and felt that it was overdone, too oily, and too expensive. It would if wonderful if the dishes were more healthy/fresh.
Lovely dinner and very pleasant service.
The scallops were delicious.
The pasta was poorly prepared. Chicken was dry. Nice ambiance, but the food needs better preparation.
The food was excellent. Service was great and it wasn't noisy. Terrific bartender as well. The ambience is upscale but casual. I hadn't been back to this restaurant for many years and was surprised at how much better the menu selection was. The menu was creative and diverse in selection including fish, meat, vegetables and farm to table choices.
I was actually there for dinner 2 days in one week, and both nights were really wonderful. Highly recommend the Elm.
Very disappointing meal - Overpriced mediocre food and lousy service at 6 PM on Father's Day with only 3 other tables. Skip this one!
Food was very good and our server was great Did have to wait a long time for our food but they comped us side dishes which was nice.
Nice place but the food was just ok.
Very Overrated Restaurant. Food was mediocre at best. Service was subpar; dinner brought before we made a dent in appetizers.
BROUGHT A VISITING CHEF FRO OSLO NORWAY WHO ENJOYED MY SUGGESTION OF LOBSTER ROLL IMMENSELY. IT WAS A VERY HOT DAY SO THEIR BABY BEGAN TO FUSS AS WE WERE ENJOYING OURSELVES