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Elm Restaurant, New Canaan, CT

Elm Restaurant

4.7
4.7
828 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 920-4994
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Luke Venner
  • Catering
    Elm also caters offsite, and Chef Luke offers Personal Chef services for a memorable occasion. Please reach out to our staff at events@elmrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    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. Please reach out to our staff at events@elmrestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Mallozzi: (203) 920-4994
  • Neighborhood
    New Canaan
  • Cross street
    South Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
    Afternoon Tea Photo

What 828 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    American

  • Fairfield

    American

828 Reviews
  1. KristinC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service excellent. Very nice experience.

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  2. Arielle

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best brunch in Fairfield County! From the tuna tartare and crispy salmon tacos to the Caesar salad, turkey club and grilled branzino, everything we ordered was fresh, homemade and 100% delicious. Plus, Hector is a whiz behind the bar with his creative cocktails.

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  3. CatR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. Would highly recommend!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice afternoon tea for two! Lovely presentation and substantial fare.

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  5. Jennifer

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Husband’s 40th bday. Initial $75 steak came out totally grey and not seared. Was clearly a poor piece of meat. The replacement sirloin had fat running through it halfway through and was also inedible. The restaurant did not make us pay for the steaks (which they shouldn’t have) but could have done more. Clearly the meat quality and chef was not up to par especially for the price. Could have gotten something better at Applebees. Disappointing given it was a special occasion with multiple mishaps.

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  6. Nancy

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 4 celebrating a special occasion. We dine regularly at Cottage and were anticipating a similar experience of excellent food. 2 of had the Branzino and 2 of us ordered the Morel Risotto. All were just average and the Risotto was particularly flavorless. At $48, that is beyond “precious”. Needless and sorry to say, we won’t be returning to Elm.

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  7. Nick

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love EVERYTHING about this place except the noise level.

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  8. CarolW

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our booth in the back corner was perfect for an intimate lunch for my father-in-law‘s 93rd birthday. Food was amazing and the service was on point!

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  9. josejarredondo

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible wine list. Very thoughtful and curated. Amazing!

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  10. ColinB

    New York City

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food (maybe the best chicken dish I’ve ever had). Great service. Enjoyable atmosphere. Only con is it is way too loud in here. I could barely hear a thing from the other people at the table. Would definitely come back though.

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  11. MarkA

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Remarkably good food and excellent service. Definitely going back!

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  12. renatooj

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, quality... will definitely go back as there are many things in the menu to try !

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  13. danielle

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dining experience with girlfriends. Dinner and drinks were lovely with excellent service provided from Hector!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food Great vibe

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  15. Dirma

    New York City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, lively smbiance, excellent service. The menu is not for everyone. It is very eclectic. Prices are high. We all decide for ourselves if it is worth it.

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  16. LaurieL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love the Elm but like many popular restaurants in New Canaan and surrounding areas the noise level is high-price you pay for popularity for having great food and service! The Elm staff met our request to move our table to a slightly quieter area, which we appreciated very much!

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  17. JosephZ

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    If you’re looking for a “loud” atmosphere this is the place for you …. food is good.

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  18. Tracey

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Lunch on a Wednesday. Very good menu for lunch ranging from sandwiches to complete main dishes. The sides were outstanding, the filet mignon grilled nicely but the best of all was the amazing soup - a tomato based bisque like! I had the 3 course lunch menu - so small bowl of soup, the chicken brown rice bowl and cookies - Delicious! Great service, priced well for the quality of the food.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the food (what we had of it) We were rushed out of the place. Wanted a coursed dinner (for a special occasion) and before we could finish the course before the rest of the food was out. Had to practically take home a $300 meal. We didn’t even get dessert because it was awkward and I felt as that would be an imposition. Not very good service. No manager around to even speak to. Just ruined the whole experience for me and my guest.

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  20. KellyK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, good atmosphere, crowded in a good way, servers were very professional and kind.

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  21. BarryM

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The best in New Canaan! A wide array of apps and large plates, all well executed and delicious. Great cocktails and wine list too. Our favorite spot when we’re in town.

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  22. BronwynD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and staff was very helpful and experienced. Noise level a little too energetic for us. Is there anything the management can do to modify the noise level?

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  23. PatrickC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as usual. Service was solid. The should consider knocking down center wall and having a circular bar. More of an open floor plan.

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  24. SueB

    New York City

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I love this restaurant. My husband is quite deaf and they always seat us in a quiet corner and often turn the music lower. The food is delicious, the service prompt and friendly. The restaurant is lively. It’s always a wonderful night out

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good to but a little pricey Get the bread and a cocktail

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We really loved the food. Octopus was so tender and perfectly seared. We just wished there was no screaming children spoiling our dinner (and the people around us were uncomfortable as well).

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  27. Louie

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lobster Cobb Salad and the tomato soup both superb!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elm is the best restaurant in CT! love it more every time I go

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  29. NanceJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Elm! Always looks forward to split g the iberico jamon. Great iced teas too.

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  30. Hungry

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not been to Elm is probably a year. The food is so good. We forgot. We were three sitting in a booth in the bar area. We all agreed the food was outstanding. We started with a mushroom flatbeard and a cabbage salad. Cabbage salad doesn't sound sexy but it blew us away. My black bass with a rich sauce with clams was spectacular. My wife had the veal picatata. Another winner. My son had a very interesting onion soup and side of mashed potatoes that we couldn't stop eating. The food is not inexpensive but it was worth it.

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  31. foodies

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place to eat any time of the day or night! With friends or family. Excellent food choices and service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most consistent good quality food and atmosphere around. I love that it is local and family owned and therefore provides a sense of warmth and commitment to community other restaurants don’t necessarily have.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is very good, the service is average. Long waits between seating, ordering, food delivery, check delivery. Waiters felt more like a necessity rather than contributing to the he dining experience. A little more focus on waitstaff/service would go a long way towards elevating Elm to the next level.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elm is always amazing! The staff is extremely attentive and the food is some of the best i’ve ever had!! I will definitely be back again :)

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  35. JessicaS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Always a great place for numerous types of occasions-cocktail hour, brunch, special occasions, etc!

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  36. Pampers

    New York City

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for holiday lunch. Great service. They didn’t rush us. Delicious fresh food. Very very loud too loud to enjoy conversation at our table.

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  37. danielle

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can’t speak highly enough about Elm - from the delicious food, to the level of care provided by every staff member, to the exceptional cocktails and hospitality provided by Hector @ the bar. We choose Elm time and time again to celebrate our most special milestones and memories, including our engagement party. 10/10 recommend Elm once and promise you won’t want to go anywhere else.

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  38. Wendy

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the friendly service and delicious food at elm!

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  39. Susy

    New York City

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This review is for the afternoon tea. Delicious fresh takes on classic tea savories and sweets. Fantastic, best in class service. Great value. Will definitely return.

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  40. MaryMV

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exquisite meal from the kale salad & tuna tartar starter to the filet minion & sides. The Chef is a wonder every bite was superb!

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FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Elm Restaurant

73 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    South Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    New Canaan
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luke Venner
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 920-4994
  • Catering
    Elm also caters offsite, and Chef Luke offers Personal Chef services for a memorable occasion. Please reach out to our staff at events@elmrestaurant.com
  • Private party facilities
    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. Please reach out to our staff at events@elmrestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Mallozzi: (203) 920-4994
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