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About Elm Restaurant- CT

Elm in New Canaan, Connecticut serves seasonal American cuisine. You won't find a huge menu at Elm, but there is more than enough to pique your taste buds. If you're just looking for a snack, try the shishito peppers, marinated olives or tandoori chicken liver mousse. If your appetite is a bit bigger, you might enjoy a small plate of tuna tartare, a salad of autumn greens with feta or perhaps the rutabaga soup.

Bigger appetites will also be well-satisfied at Elm, with offerings like gnocchetti sardi, spaghetti al pepperoncino or a large dry aged burger. The pumpkin risotto, short lamb ribs and the veal scaloppini are also sure to please.

73 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch
Monday - Friday
11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner
Monday- Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday- Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Bar
Monday - Sunday

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
South Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 920-4994

Website:
http://www.elmrestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
New Canaan Stop on the New Haven Train Line

Executive Chef:
Luke Venner

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Elm Restaurant- CT Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (132)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (109)
Great for Outdoor Dining (85)
Great for Lunch (76)
Kid-friendly (47)
Late-night Find (23)
Scenic View (6)
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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!

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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Nice place but the food was just ok.

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2016

Food are well prepared. But very common items came at quite high price and smaller than usual portions. The entree are really tapas small plate portion

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 (New England)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Very good all around; the second time I've eaten here & was very impressed with the food & service. Pretty quiet on a Sunday evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Veal Scallopini. That's really enough said right there, trust me, it's exquisite. But wait, there's more! The Skirt Steak with bone marrow....Diver Scallops, all YUM!

Brunch is fun too, with the "Bloody Mary Menu" that each diner receives. I had the "Amish Chicken Club" for brunch, which I would normally not order in a higher end restaurant (too ordinary?) BUT, I've ordered it two time now. It get's noisy, and it's New Canaan, so it's not cheap, but it is good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

I previously dined at Elm for dinner and was very impressed, so I was excited to try brunch. Elm did not disappoint. The service was attentive without being intrusive and our food was delicious. We started with the avocado appetizer. It was essentially a guacamole without onions. It came with piping hot corn rounds - a perfect match for the avocado. Our server brought us fresh hot refills when we ran out (without any prompt from us). My friend got the duck bacon bowl (which she said was great) and I got the spring omelette. The omelette was very tasty, but I think the potatoes were the star of the dish! I look forward to going to Elm again sometime soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2016

We had a great food experience but the noise level was so high that we could not talk to each other. We will only go back if we can sit outside.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Everything was delightful -- food was delicious, our waiter Tom was outstanding, and the musicians who play on Thursday nights are outstanding -- really added to the ambience. Will be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2016

Lunch was delicious at this local spot. I have been a number of times and it is always very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2016

This past Saturday was my third time dining at Elm restaurant. I had eaten there once before for dinner, and another time for brunch. All three experiences were outstanding! This time my wife and I started with tostados and avocado. The tostados were hot, fresh out of the oven making them extra delicious. My wife and I then shared a kale, quinoa, smoked cheese and cherry salad. The salad was delicious. The combination of kale along with the smoked cheese and cherry dressing combined expertly. For entrees my wife had the lobster and black rice risotto. This was one of the best lobster risotto's I have had. I had the scallops - again prepared expertly. For dessert we had the mango cremieux with a ginger ice cream. Delectable. All in all, I can't wait to return to the Elm for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2016

The food was not as good as a year ago. Not particularly creative and the portions were quite small, even by modern standards. Entree came without an veggies or significant additions. The price was high and so the exceptions must also be high. Service was good, attentive and not rushed and the noise level was good, so conversation among the 4 of us, was better than average. It just seems that the restaurant has gotten lazy. The meats were too fatty, the pasta portion tiny and the appetizers were pretty but not particularly interesting. The price can be supported in New Canaan but the quality should match it...unfortunately it did not.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2016

Our waiter was excellent, on top of things. His assitants, who brought the food were not good. Assistant's thumb touched the edge of my salad when placing. He brought dressing in a cup, with no way to pour without spilling.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2016

Loved Elm - interesting menu and everything we tasted was delicious. Very high quality ingredients, farm-to-table. Did not disappoint!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner and night at the Elm. The five of us were treated royally
by our server. And the food was delicious. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2016

Service was a bit slow given the number of empty tables (they may have been slightly understaffed), but food overall was excellent. However, seemed to be an excess of items on the menu with "smokey" flavor when we were there. Although portions are decently sized and food is delicious, overall seemed slightly overpriced. Overall a good experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2016

We love Elm restaurant. We discovered it one Sunday for brunch -- the Avoacado Tosdada is to die for. Would recommend EVERYTHING on the menu -- it's fresh, organic, scrumptious and presented beautifully.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner. Food and service were excellent. Price was too high.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2015

had a large group so needed to call to get a table after reserving on the app. had a space all to ourselves. great service. great food. nice brunch selections. portions were good but wanted more for the price. would definitely come back here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2015

Food was a total miss. The "pasta" was just some red sauce that could have

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2015

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Elm Street this year. The food was very good overall. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly. I didn't love that the turkey was carved in big hunks, not in slices. The mushrooms and brussel sprouts were prepared nicely, with the stuffing being average. Desert was a choice of chocolate cake or pumpkin cheesecake, both good. Our waiter was outstanding, as was all the other staff who checked on us. Overall, I thought the meal was good but overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2015

I had the chicken club it was tasty but way too much dressing. Ended up being soggy. Also had the burata and it was delish but served in a small bowl. It was tough to manage without making a mess with so much pesto sauce it came with.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2015

Had a delicious lunch with 2 people from the the American Heart association, I ordered a Gluten free meal which turned out to be chicken with salad. It was a good recommendation by the waiter. Two of us had that meal and one had the Chicken sandwich. I was going to go for that but there was no gluten free bread available at that time. Food and service was great. Will go back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Originally made a 7:15 reservation for 4 people through open table about 3 weeks before the date. About 2 weeks before I called the restaurant to change it to 6 people at 7:15. About 4pm on the day of the reservation I got a call from the reservation confirming 7:15 for 4 people. I told them the reservation had been changed to 6 people and they said no problem. Upon arriving we were told that our reservation had been cancelled because at 6pm none of us where there. At first they said they could not accommodate but after many back and forths they found us a table for the 6 of us. All the food was delicious with the exception of the hanger steak. Although cooked to medium rare it was room temperature and chewy. The brussel sprouts where delicious as well as the sea bass, kale salad, salmon, burrata and tuna appetizer. The service was weak. At first when we sat down a tray of drinks went flying. Luckily not hitting anyone. Then when our cocktails were delivered, the martini was over filled and spilled all over the table, menu and luckily just missed our coats on the bench. It seemed like we might had a novice server which doesn't bother me if there is a seasoned person making sure the proper attention is given to us. When the bill came we were quite surprised at the total. I guess dinner, drinks, a bottle of wine, side dishes and apps for 6 people adds up quickly! It did include an 18% tip. Had the service been better we would have added another 2%. Some wished we could have left only 15%. Will be return? Possibly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2015

we very much like the food here, and the service is always good. we like best to sit at the chef's counter, which is a literal window on the kitchen's doings, and is quite interesting. it's also a lot more quiet, sitting there together in the back of the restaurant, which can be deafeningly noisy if one is planted in the middle of the dining room.
otherwise, this is a stellar--if somewhat pricey--choice for a very good meal in nice surroundings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2015

Delicious menu with creative drinks and good wine selection, Elm restaurant at the bar is an experience to repeat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2015

Recently had drinks with a VIP there so I was very apprehensive about service, ambience and food/drink quality. It ended up being perfect! Service was awesome and professional, ambience was great, the VIP even commented on how he liked it. Definitely going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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