Appetit Bistro Norwalk

4.5
65 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Located in South Norwalk's Washington Street Historic District, Appétit Bistro is a charming restaurant and gathering place featuring seasonal modern French, Mediterranean, and Italian influenced dishes and fine wine. Rooted in hospitality, restaurateurs Edwin Montoya and Chef Ismael Carias first made a name for themselves with the success of their first Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, and eclectic artwork, Appétit Bistro boasts an urban design aesthetic. A raised private dining room and bar add depth to the open and sunlit dining room floor. The Bistro’s beverage program consists of classic cocktails, ales and lagers, and a small, curated wine list consisting of primarily French and California labels.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 65 people are saying
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vipKevinL
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went on a Sunday night for dinner. The only complaint I have is that they were out of stock on NA beer and the sparkling Rose by the glass.

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Foodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying Appetit Bistro, and it did not disappoint!
Best French Bistro in the area since Bon Nuit in New Canaan closed some years back!

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vipHLO927
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service - so glad we tried it - we'll definitely be back :)

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ARTC
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Rack of lamb was delicious. Sound bounces off glass. There were two larger parties dining at the same time we were and found it very noisy.

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Hooray4food
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Dinner with three friends on a quiet Wednesday night. Great menu and good surprise that certain bottles of wine were discounted on Wednesday. But unfortunately, at least 2 we chose were unavailable. Lots of back and forth on available liquor for cocktails as well. Overall food was good, some dishes very good (like the mushroom ravioli, lemon sole and charred Caesar salad). Service was mixed but I think largely because we only saw one waiter who was essentially serving the whole restaurant. Lingering challenges of the pandemic. We'll give it another try in a month or so

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Stephanie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an excellent meal here last night. For appetizers we had the octopus and salade Lyonnaise (both were outstanding) and we both had the Branzino which was delicious. Service was attentive but unobtrusive and the lighting and noise level were perfect. We'll definitely be back again soon. Highly recommend!

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RalphG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant was empty on a Monday might which was fine with my wife and me. The mushroom ravioli and steak frites were both outstanding. Portion size was big and taste was delicious. Nice French ambience and our waiter was perfect.

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Maria
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was outstanding! We loved everything we ordered.

We didn’t seem to have a dedicated server. We waited a long time for someone to come over to order a drink. Once the drinks were ordered a different server came each time and we would have to constantly call someone over. That being said, every server that came to the table was very helpful and kind.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very reasonable given the quality. We were impressed with the service and the ambience as well. Welcome addition to the neighborhood. Only suggestion would be to add soufflé to the menu.

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AnthonyH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Monday through Wednesday they have a four course tasting menu. I had the tasting menu which price was very reasonable.

First time at the Norwalk location, I will definitely return.

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vipGrouponRedemption
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed that 2 seared scallops was passed off as “coquille St. Jacques”.
Was really hoping to love this place, but even with only 4 tables, it was hard to get the servers attention.

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BobE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and ambiance. Service was outstanding. Food was very good. Great calamari appetizer and lemon sole. Very good beet salad and scallops.
This was my third time at the restaurant and haven’t been disappointed yet.

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vipAC52
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food , service and atmosphere were awesome. Will definitely return!

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vipLarryS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply fabulous bistro cuisine. It's a 35 minute drive for us but definitely well worth it! A gem of a restaurant!

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CassieJ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious wine, outstanding service and the food was amazing. The chicken paillard was cooked perfectly. You must try the Berkshire pork chop! We ended with a crème brûlée that was one of the best we’ve ever had. We will definitely be back.

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AngelaL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best and warm place to have a dinner with your special person or friends. Best Duck ever! Service staff is super friendly and attentive!

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Evelyn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have been to this Norwalk location twice and both times was quite satisfied. I have also been to their Port Chester many times. The Escargot is fabulous at both as is everything I have had on their menu. It has been consistently very good. The service and ambience are very good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service and ambience was great. Food is okay. Over sauced and salty.

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vipTilden
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my second dinner at the Norwalk location. The food is great and service very friendly. We sat in the upper area behind the bar because it was not as noisy as the main dining room. We had a leisurely meal and never felt rushed. The only complaint if I have to have one is that we never got a refill of our water glasses. But really we were very happy and will be back!

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TommyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Appetizer (clams with chorizo in wine broth) and main course (steak frites and duck breast) were excellent. The crepe for dessert was average. Consider offering more flavors of beignet. We would have loved beignet but banana was only flavor on offer. Will definitely go back again!

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KMC56
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food!

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vipRobertB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The appetizers were great. We had the vegetable tart and the grilled Caesar salad. The steak frite was EXCELLENT! However, the duck breast was not so good…it was a little tough and chewy…won’t do that again. Ending on a bright note, the banana split was also excellent. Overall, a very good night out…only drawback was the duck.

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DanL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really great. Very nice addition to the area.

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LouiseF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal — best tuna tartare we’ve had since Paris! Attentive staff, great, personable service. Only downside is many huge, bright screens over the bar — too much!

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vipDonF
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in the heart of the action. Wonderful bar as well.

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vipvetmom
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service!

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viptckdp
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff & great ambiance. Alex was awesome so thanks

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BernardC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Enjoyed our dinner. Food was fine; the fondue was very tasty. Service was really good. Get rid of the TVs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good. Food was fantastic and really like French bistro style. Bunch of wait staff but they were very friendly and tried very hard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

attentive service, beautiful open space and best of all amazing food. Do not skip dessert the banana beignets are amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Duck was fatty and tough to cut with the dull butter knife. The marmalade was too sweet for me and overwhelming.

The tuna entree was flavorless. If there could be something less than flavorless, it would have been the tuna.

Tuna tartar was fine but nothing special. Overpowered by the jus.

Good wine by the glass offering and good ambiance.

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vipChrisL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service ambience waiter was excellent

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vipRussJ
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and the service was outstanding. The staff worked together to make sure the evening was well covered. Loved the scallops!!! They were prepared exquisitely and the sauce was a perfect balance. The only thing out of the “ambiance” was the line of TVs with basketball playing. I don’t think I have ever seen that at a French restaurant. I do believe the food and location would lend itself well to an even more upscale dining experience without the TVs. Kudos to the chef and the entire staff!

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ChuckS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend this restaurant. Food and drink were excellent, especially the fondue and Sono Sour.

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vipRosanneF
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Norwalk hasn't had a good French restaurant in a long time, so I was anxious to try this. Cocktail/wine by the glass was very good and the Sono Sour was yummy. We started with octopus and escargot. Both were exceptionally tender and flavorful. Entrees were the duck and the steak frites. The french fries were probably the best I have ever had and the hanger steak was sliced and tender. The duck was a bit chewy, and perhaps should have been ordered medium instead of medium rare. We did not have any dessert. Our server, Corey, was very attentive but not overbearing. Since we were there on the early side of a Wednesday, it was quiet, but that was fine with us. Will definitely go again.

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pookie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time back at Appetit Bistro... The food is absolutly amazing here... Natalie, JC and David, are all very nice, attentive staff. Food : Tuna Tartare is so delicious, presentation was a work of art. The PEI mussels were so scrumptious, and the of lamb, with rosemary sauce, was cooked to perfection, so tender, not "gamey" at all...

Also, the raviolis with the chanterelle mushrooms inside with a wonderful sauce, (mind blowing)... Last but not least, the hanger steak, was truly cooked to perfection. The food is so superb, you will not be disappointed. Overall, had a truly wonderful evening. Appetit Bistro on Washington Street, is a great addition in SoNo's active restaurant scene... Enjoy it!!

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ElainaR
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and we had a fantastic time! We will definitely be coming back again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food!

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vipWestfoodie
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful

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vipsalmar
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Hostess was obnoxious. standing in front of entrance....waiter pleasant but untrained...food good....too loud..nyc table placement awful..tables for 2 facing the wall....

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Appetit Bistro Norwalk using the Order Online button. Appetit Bistro Norwalk also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 354-7344.

Appetit Bistro Norwalk is rated 4.5 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.