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Elm Restaurant

4.5
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Bar
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
Dinner
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Avenue
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Public transit
New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line
Additional
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 389 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Food and service are always great!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

10 folks at one long table. Pace of service was excellent with constant attention but, not too much. The group had 6 appetizers and all different dinners. Food came out with some style. All in all a very high quality dinner

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The best steak in town, period. The wine selection pairs perfectly with their dishes. I will be back for sure!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter dinner. Weird menu. Brunch-ish items at 6pm? Strange.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter lunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The kids menu is definitely not an after thought here, next time I may order the meatballs for myself! Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Always great

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I came in for a quick bite; ended up having a whole dinner. Very satisfied with the service and the atmosphere of this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I stopped by again, had the kale salad and the chicken... delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food and service were great, even the chef asked how our food was. Will definitely come again!!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Perfect dining experience! Food was excellent!

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2016

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Nice place but the food was just ok.

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