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Elm Restaurant

368 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Mon–Thu 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Fri 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(203) 920-4994
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luke Venner
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Cross street
South Avenue
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Public transit
New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 368 People Are Saying
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3.7  based on recent ratings
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1.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

vipLauraB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect dining experience! Food was excellent!

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The restaurant is closed for renovations - Open Table needs to take the reservation function down.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

The food and service were of high quality, but the high decibel noise level made it difficult to converse with friends.

vipJordan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

This was our 1st visit. The food and service were very good. The smaller menu lets them concentrate on quality. We will return.

vipLouG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

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.

vipWorld2 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

Service and food were really very good. It was so noisy it was nearly impossible to talk to my wife across a small table

vipDonuts (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Great good and unique takes on some traditional plates! Will definitely be back!!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

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.

vicki (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

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.

BethB (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

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.

CTFoodstylist (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

Lovely dinner and very pleasant service.
The scallops were delicious.

MegW (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

The pasta was poorly prepared. Chicken was dry. Nice ambiance, but the food needs better preparation.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

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.

bamcraker (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Very disappointing meal - Overpriced mediocre food and lousy service at 6 PM on Father's Day with only 3 other tables. Skip this one!

vipMaryH (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Nice place but the food was just ok.

ChipChipperson (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Very Overrated Restaurant. Food was mediocre at best. Service was subpar; dinner brought before we made a dent in appetizers.