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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New chef has turned this place into a MUST dine and dine often place. Lunch was outstanding. Burger was amazing. The amish chicken club sandwich with bacon, sprouts, avocado on whole wheat toasted bread was the best sandwich we have had in a long time. Great fries presented in a cone shaped cylinder with honey mustard, ketchup, or a mayo aioli. Also great are their salads, hanger steak with fries and don't miss their smoked salmon grilled cheese..Out of this world...A winner lunch or dinner.
Our first visit to Elm. We had eggs benedict - fabulous. French toast also wonderful. Had to keep requesting water refills so that is not good. Also, price of coffee and tea was not posted on menu. We hate surprises! Overall very good experience. We would come back.
We had an excellent meal here although the big screen television was a bit distracting given how pricey this restaurant is.
It was a lovely place to have a celebratory brunch; I wish the chef would include a side order of fruit on the brunch menu.
We live in New Canaan but have not eaten at Elm, because we thought it would be too "nouveau" and pricey. We decided to try brunch last Sunday, and we were very pleasantly surprised on all accounts. The space is nicely designed and the wait staff were very friendly. My wife had a salad, and I had the deviled eggs, which were very good, except I didn't like the scriracha/aioli sauce that came with it. The waiter overheard me telling my wife I didn't care for it, and he offered to ask the chef if it was prepared as intended, which it was. Oh well, you can't love everything. Both of our main dishes were excellent. My wife had the ham and cheese sandwich, heaped with so much ham that she had to share it with me. But the topper was the banana pancake that I had, which came with a thinner than usual maple syrup that soaked into the pancake. We both loved it and would recommend it to all.
We liked our dinner at Elm, but it was over-priced for what we received... Even for New Canaan. The entrees were good but very small with virtually no sides.
I have been to Elm before and each time I am surprised by how great the service is. We typically go with another couple and the waitperson is always fun but not overly invovled and really caters to the tenor of the clients. I have also come with my little girl and they were just as engaging.
The food is excellent, though this time we were a bit underwhelmed with the four desserts we ordered. The appetizers are always my favorite and I sometimes just have appetizers for dinner. It's a good restaurant that's not afraid to experiment.
I highly recommend it!
I love the food at Elm but the service was sub-par. The waitress didn't seem to know much at all about the menu. I asked her what the small bites menu was all about and she basically made me answer my own question as she had no idea. I also asked her for lemon for the water and I never received any.
My first time at Elm Restaurant. What a lovely experience. We had a very quiet table, the atmosphere was contemporary but very inviting. The menu offered a variety of "breakfast" foods as well as interesting "lunch" options. The two of us enjoyed the giant banana pancake, Bolognese spaghetti, chestnut soup, and lentil/quinoa/avocado.
WOW! We are so glad that we landed upon this true neighborhood gem. Last night was our anniversary and we were excited to try something new. Mark, Our server, was awesome and his recommendations were SPOT ON. everything from the ambiance, to drinks, and especially the food were incredible. We had the butternut squash soup, mushroom tempura (I've never had mushrooms this meaty and rich), mushroom risotto mid course (we were very tempted to take an order home, but it gives us reason to come back ASAP), and the salmon and strip steak. We finished the meal with quite possibly one of the best desserts I have ever had in my entire life - the Churros were crisp and crunchy with a sweet cinnamon sugar topping and the inside was a rich list custard. They were to die for. We cannot wait to return for all occasions - special and not - and to tell all of our family and friends about this place. Bravo Elm on the best meal I've had in a very, very long time.
We learned that Elm is open for lunch Wednesday thru Friday. previously it was open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. We were three of us and hit 3 delicious dishes--Elm burger, Salmon and Wild mushroom fritatta. The chestnut soup recommended by the waiter was out of this world. We will definitely go back again
I was impressed and I will be returning! A bit pricey but it was worth it to me. We had the "bacon and eggs" as an appetizer and it was INCREDIBLE! I never saw a dish like that, it was very fun! Our dinner was also very scrumptious , the brisket was scrumptious! The bar scene was swank and vibrant, restaurant was very classy .. Perfect for a date. Il be back!
We are new to Connecticut and a friend recommended Elm. We have been there twice during the week. The decor is modern but inviting, the service is impeccable, and the food is very good. Honestly, it is one of those places that you may not remember exactly what you had, just that you have fond memories of it. You can take visitors here or have a romantic dinner here and be equally happy. They also have some fun cocktails!
I think its important to describe myself before reviewing a restaurant so ppl understand where I'm coming from: I love food and travel a fair amount. So, often, I'm looking for special restaurants - hidden gems - on the less beaten path. Visiting Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, I wanted a special meal to enjoy to top off a special, long planned, and delayed, visit. After reading some menus and descriptions, I settled on Elm.
When I arrived in New Canaan, I was assured I had picked the best from a few of the finer restaurants. So, I should preface my review by saying that expectations can be everything, almost. Mine were pretty high. Unfortunately, I don't think that was the main reason for the disappointment.
No complaint about my entree: FOIE GRAS CAPPELETTI, a thin tortellini shaped pasta filled with a liquidly savory concoction of almonds, drunken prunes, and amontillado sherry. So, no complaint there. And my dining companion's WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO with chives, mascarpone, and five year aged gouda and CHIOGGIA BEETS with sicilian pistachio, goat’s cheese, and mandarin was tasty enough. So, why the rating of mediocre? Because my oyster, which was swimming in a mignonette was sweet beyond comprehension. If it had been a little off, I would have mismissed it as just my palette. But the fact that a restaurant of this quality could make such a sophomoric amateur mistake was beyond my comprehension, and the source of my ire. I mean, it truly was a castrophic way to begin a meal. Thank god I ordered only one out of curiousity. Oh, and by the way, I did tell the waiter, who, while very nice and attentive, merely smiled upon hearing it.
So, if my overall rating of 3 stars left you perplexed, its because a dining experience is not the sum of its parts. Execution, from preparation to delivery, can been everything. Unfortunately, the poor little oyster's saccharine mignonette was matched in character by the waiter's inexperiened inappropriate response.
food was just mediocre. the place is so beautiful. and the service was excellent. i had the quinoa and lentil salad which was just ok. the fish tacos were also just fair. we hope the food improves.
We recommend previewing the menu before going. Even though we really like "different" from the usual menus, this menu seemed a bit of a challenge. The core choices meat, fish, pasta were fine but the combinations were hard to imagine. Dinner is not inexpensive either. That said, we loved the atmosphere and the service. It was quiet enough to actually have good conversation ! I could imagine going often for wine and appetizers at the lovely bar.
Elm's wine list and menu are amazing. Service is excellent even when they're crazy busy. The bacon & eggs and oysters are a must as well as the Foie Gras and cheese plate. The halibut and beef tenderloin were spectacular. Max's wine pairing was perfect. He knows his customers and his food. Can't wait to go back.
This restaurant knows how to weave a number of flavors together for drinks, salads, soups and entrees to give a wonderful and complex taste sensation. The food is beautifully displayed and garnished so it looks appetizing even before you taste it. The staff is very friendly and attentive. I would go back in a heartbeat - too bad I live 2hrs. away in North Jersey.
We were disappointed with both the food and the service. We ordered the crunchy tuna to start and enjoyed it. I ordered the tagliatelli neri and my husband ordered the beef brisket. Service was very slow. I was disappointed that after requesting garlic crumbs to be omitted there were still large pieces of garlic in the dish. Also, I found numerous shell fragments, and one large piece of shell in my dish. My husband described his brisket as "fine". We ordered cookies for dessert, as we were celebrating a birthday, and they were very good, though once again service was slow. When the bill came, there was an extra $30 glass of wine on our bill. Overall, we had hoped for more and do not plan to return.
Expected more from this well regarded chef in a beautifully renovated space. Everything was good, albeit quite expensive. But, nothing was truly special.
Food is always delicious, elegant and memorable. Service is just as it should be which is attentive but not overbearing. This is one of the few restaurants where I want to come back and try everything on the menu.
Good, attentive service and very fine food. We had the Crispy Tuna, Oysters, Halibut, and Scallops. All were tasty and well prepared. Portions rather small, so we ended with dessert, which is not usual for us. Toffee Pudding and Strawberry cake both superb. So food and service get high marks, but Elm is quite expensive relative to comparable restaurants, and the dining room was deafeningly loud the night were were there.
Everyone enjoyed their meal and specialty drinks. Fun and lively!
We come back here time and again and are never disappointed. This time it was a fabulous lobster and burrata salad (it works, trust me) and the amazing bacon and eggs appetizers, followed by the organic, perfectly made chicken and the tagliatelli neri with sea urchin and crab. My wife went for the fabulos cookies for dessert, and the wine selections are well edited and in the reasonable range.
Elm's menu changes daily, so it is truly a farm to table- what is best that day. The lunch is delicious and a terrific value.
So many amazing choices - and what sounded good on paper definitely came through on execution. One of the best foodie spots in Fairfield County.
This is a foodie place that is obviously doing well given the busy room. My wife had the tenderloin, which was the most expensive item. It was an excellent piece of meat (at $48) but buried in an oppressive sauce that might as well have had hamburger under it. My cod was fine. The wine by the glass was very expensive. Noise level was too high for my taste. Overall it was good but given the prices should have been superlative.
We have eaten weekend lunch/brunch twice at this restaurant, and have been favorably impressed both times. I absolutely adore the tables by the large windows that look out on Elm Street: great for people-watching (such as it is in New Canaan). The menu changes seasonally. My husband ordered a "chicken Caesar salad" and was unexpectedly faced with a plate of kale that he was very suspicious of, but absolutely loved it and ate every bite. My mom had the wild mushroom omelette that was generously chock full of wild mushrooms and cooked "soft" to her request. My BLT was disappointing only in that the bread was oversized such that it was actually too hard to eat as a sandwich; somehow it seems wrong to eat a BLT with a knife and fork.
Attentive staff, delicious, well thought-out menu, carefully prepared food, overall all wonderful meal.
Elm was incredible! My wife and I shared the crunchy tuna appetizer, and it was amazing. My wife ordered the duck and loved it. My halibut was very good, but not spectacular, which was unlike the rest of the meal (I did try my wife's duck, and it was wonderful). We shared a side of risotto and it was perfect, perhaps the best risotto I've ever had.
Our server was bubbly, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable. Her description of each of our dishes was detailed and spot on. Elm even got the little things right - our water glasses, which are so often empty at other venues, were never allowed to be more than half empty (or less than half full, for the optimists).
Overall, a perfect evening. We plan to go back to Elm many, many times.
We celebrated our anniversary by having dinner at Elm. It was our first time there and we hD heard good things. It surpassed all of our expectations by a wide margin. The food was inventive. The ingredients were presented in novel combinations. The atmosphere was elegant but not stuffy. But most of all, the staff was really into it: very knowledgeable, upbeat, good sense of humor and attentive without any hovering. It was great. Only qualm: music (good) was a touch loud.
I was anticipating an exciting dinner, based on the menu descriptions. spaghetti with lobster appetizer was okay, but the halibut with salted peaches entree was just plain awful. the fish was tasteless and the accompanying items on the plate did not help in any way. this place is trying too hard.
I generally am suspicious of chefs that have a lot of ingredients in each dish. When they have to be explained I find that the chef has gotten too full of him/herself and has gone over the edge. Not true at Elm. The dishes are complex but you can identify the ingredients. They all complement each other. This is made all the better because the menu changes by season or what is available. I had the chef's tasting menu the other night and each course was different and interesting. Definitely was not left starving.
Service is great - attentive but not all over you.
Fit for Foodies is a definite. I haven't seen/tasted such an imaginative chef in a long time (and we just recently moved out of NYC). The restaurant's atmosphere is sleek but warm - in a word - sexy. Wonderful service too.
We've been to Elm several times and we enjoy each visit more and more. Food is excellent, as is the service. A bit pricey, but worth it, especially for a special occasion.
All the food at Elm was impeccably plated and deliciously executed. Starting with the crudo of sea scallop, urchin and trout roe (a visual stunner), to the pork belly (a must!!!) to the kussi raw oysters that exploded with a sea water creaminess and the beets with goat cheese (top 5 beet experiences). I had the elm burger served on a beautiful wood platter made from a tree section, the burger was addictive. I was so satiated from the appetizers that I had little room to finish but couldn't stop because the burger was so delicious. Even the chef came out to make sure all was OK (especially the new addition of the pork belly) and it was more than OK! Will be back again!
We enjoyed our food at elm. However after a change in our party size I asked the restaurant NOT to mention my husbands birthday as originally requested. They said they understood and then at the end if dinner still came out with a big dessert with flaming candle and happy birthday message. It was also difficult to get the bartender's attention because the entire staff was so busy watching a movie on the screen that is oddly set up at the end of the bar. They also have some cool old cocktail books out on the bar and so I picked one from there, but then the bartender proceeded to act confused and ask me if the drink required a blender "um, your book!" Then he realized he couldn't make it. I did end up enjoying the farmers daughter cocktail.
Went there for our anniversary and the food was as special as the event. My wife and I had different items from the menu, did some sharing and enjoyed the other's selection as much as our own. We are already anticipating our next meal at the Elms.
Lunch was not as good as I had expected. The Harvest Salad was missing many of the elements our waitress said were going to be included. I had heard the Elm was going to be exceptional, and I was disappointed.
Quiet for a Tuesday night, but service and food were spot on and delicious. We started with the beets which were very fresh and served with a delicious soft goat cheese, followed by the frito misto which was an assortment of veggies lightly fried in a tempura batter not greasy at all...crisp and fresh! Homemade parkerhouse type rolls were then delivered and were too tempting to let sit, soft, moist and incredibly satisfying. We also ordered the tuna which was thinly sliced and wrapped around avocado again a big hit with everyone. The in-house homemade pasta with lobster put us all over the top we loved it, slightly garlicky but worth it! Sadly we were too full for dessert...looking forward to the next time!