Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro

4.5
1133 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Established in 1983, Chamard Vineyards, is one of the Connecticut Wine Trails founding fathers. Tucked between the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, Chamard enjoys a unique marine micro-climate ideal for growing European Vinifera vines such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. To produce “French Inspired Wines from the Connecticut Shoreline” has been Chamards mission from the start. As a farm, Chamard honors agriculture by partnering with fellow growers and producers to pair food with wine in celebration of Connecticut’s local gastronomy.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation


Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 9:00


Sunday: 11:00 - 8:00


Open Most Monday Holidays 11:00 - 5:00
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Phone number
(860) 664-0299
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew T. Bouffard
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Catering
Our Bistro chefs create custom Farm to Fork menus for each event.
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Cross street
Rte. 81
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Parking details
Gravel parking lot.
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Public transit
We are 1 mile from the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Mall
Exit 63 on I95. 10 minute cab ride from the Madison Connecticut Shoreline East Station.
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Entertainment
Enjoy Our Singer Songwriter Series featuring talent from the tri state area and touring artists.

Summer Schedule of Music in the Tasting Room

Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Summer Schedule of Music in the Barn

Saturday 4 - 7 pm
Sunday 4 - 7 pm

Additional
Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1133 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A beautiful casually elegant environment with delicious food and wine. For the quality, great price.

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CS
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for lunch to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday !
A wonderful meal, nice atmosphere ,ambiance and good wine . We also had a very attentive waiter even though it was a busy Saturday afternoon ..
It was a very nice celebration lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very pleasant and delicious meal at Chamard Bistro. I thought the portions were a little small for the price, but other than that it was fantastic. The food and atmosphere were great! I would highly recommend this bistro.

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p
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick had just punched out, but when my husband and I asked to do a wine tasting, he stayed to help out Michael who was slamming busy. Patrick made the experience! He was knowledgeable, kind, and personable. He didn’t rush us and made sure our reservations were good as we waited for friends that got delayed. Everyone there was almost as warm and welcoming as Patrick. There was a wine that appealed to each of us! Some like sweet, some like dry. Some like white, some like red. The wines are a bit pricey, but love the half price during 4-6 happy hour! We went after seeing picture of the burgers served on Tuesday burger night. These were the best burgers ever! And we’ve all had lots of burgers! The atmosphere is lovely; upscale, cozy and inviting. Absolutely recommend a visit to this lovely place!

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Not the typical winery I am used to going to. Very crowded with no guidance as to where to go when we walked in. Couldn't find any room in the tasting room at the bar and the folks at tables seemed to be eating - again no one approached us even after walking in and out of the tasting room several times. No retail to purchase any items ie: shirts glasses - assuming you could probably purchase bottles of wine in the tasting room. Not impressed at all although the food at the Bistro was good and the bottle of wine we shared was delicious.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine, great food, great vibe.
Very relaxing.

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place food is awesome wine is great the help is awesome the waitresses and waiters recognize you and are very helpful. Always bring out of towers for wine and food

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great place. Loved it. Food was great and the ambiance was so warm and comfortable.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was Cooper, he was fabulous. He made it worthwhile fantastic attitude. Highly recommend him. Will definitely come back again and ask for him.

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HT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chamard Vineyards is a diamond in the rough in the state of Connecticut. From the moment you enter the grounds (picturesque driveway entrance through vineyards) , you're immediately taken into a quaint area where the central focal point is a pond with a lovely fountain. If you're there for wine tasting, there is a separate (sometimes enclosed, sometimes open, depending on whether or not there is a private event) building in which tastings can occur. If you're there for lunch or dinner, be prepared to dazzle your tastebuds because the culinary delights served at this establishment prepared by Matthew Bouffard are nothing short of amazing. We definitely recommend Chamard Vineyards and Bistro to anyone looking for a lovely place to eat / drink.

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BA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Poor service. 2 1/2hrs for a table of 2 to be served is insane. Food did not live up to expectations. Poor presentation and false depiction of meal on the menu

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My family and I had 7:15 dinner reservations at Chamard. We were going to celebrate my birthday. We arrived early so we could enjoy a glass of wine prior to our meal. It was quite obvious there was a lack of wait staff as it too several minutes to get the attention of the bartender. This should have been a tell tale sign of what was to follow. We went to the hostess table to announce we were there for our reservation. No one was at the station. When “the hostess” finally came, she told us out table would be ready in 5 min. That 5 minutes went to over 20 minutes. We were not seated until 7:50!! When we were seated, were once again left alone. We decided that we were not going to let Chamard ruin my birthday evening, and we left. I am very disappointed with the service, hospitality and lack of respect your restaurant shows patrons. I will not recommend it to anyone I know!

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LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, service is good and very friendly.

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GD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints- fresh and simple food, beautiful cooked

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EK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoy our dinner thought we would have been give more info on wines to taste but I guess we should have done a wine tasting first?

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P
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food with a wonderful wine selection. Service was really great.

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BM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At first my steak was under cooked so I sent it back twice. Finally got it and it was excellent. My server couldn’t be nicer. They ended up comping my meal for the inconvenience. Wine was excellent!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I have been to Chamard several times and had appetizers in the tasting room - always very impressed. Sorry to say that I was disappointed with dinner. The chicken was over cooked, the carrots were undercooked. Not a lot of customers the night I was there so the waitresses and kitchen staff got a little loud at times. Then there were the flies. We made the best of our night of course...and thankfully the waitress and the wine were great.

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming gem for the area. I have always had great service, great food and the staff is always willing to help!

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chamard Vineyards is a fabulous little gem. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful. Carianne is attentive and very personable. I highly recommend this place to everyone!

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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We frequent Chamard Bistro several times a year and the food is usually excellent. On this experience the Schnitzel and Duck were both overcooked, not sure if they sat under heat lamp too long... The Schnitzel was an odd square shape and lacked flavor. It was not prepared as we have had in the past. Also the olives had spice in it which my husband cannot eat. We are not sure if there was a change in chef/kitchen staff but truly hope this was a one off and that the quality we have experienced in the past is back next time we visit.

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GY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food as good as advertised. Wine pairs adequately. A good find.

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BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience. We went for a quick afternoon get away. Wine tasting, staff and lunch were all excellent.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with our friends for my birthday. Our server Peter he was awsome. Food wine and atmosphere always amazing. Thank you. We will definitely back

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DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dining experience at Chamard! Consistently creative menu and excellent service!

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CJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and exceptional food. We had the Camembert en croute which was delectable. The puff pastry was flaky and delicious. For our meal we both had the burger. Perfectly cooked to order and the bacon jam was to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy trying the local vineyards and had heard good things about Chamard. We feel in love with this place immediately upon entering the ratin tasting room and just kept getting better from there. The comes were wonderful and all for of us completely loved our meals. Both the good and the service were too notch! We will definitely be back.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and presentation was wonderful. Portion size was quite small for the price of the meal.

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TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our first week as husband and wife. We had never been to the restaurant and vineyard before and everything was great! The food (I had a burger, he had a ham and cheese sandwich) wine (Chardonnay and Rose!) and atmosphere-we will definitely be back!!

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I organized a brunch for my birthday this past Sunday at the vineyard, and this place was what i expected and more. Beautiful and classy. My friends kept telling me I picked a great spot, and I’m so happy I went with this place. I searched over 30-35 diff vineyards and I always kept coming back to this one so I had to follow my gut instinct. I feel like we will be returning again. From the brunch to the tasting to the scenic view, & MOST OF ALL to our server, I wish I remembered her name. I want to say Carrianne, it was all an amazing experience. Must try!

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TT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Although I’ve eaten several times in the tasting room (where you can just drop in without a reservation) this was my first time eating in the dining room. The food and space at Chamard are very nice; we were dining with old friends who we hadn’t seen in a while and it was perfect for that. The service however is not so good. The seating was disorganized and the wait staff slow. This has not been my experience in the tasting room so maybe it was a bad night.

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F
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed in the food this time. Burger over cooked and for 18 bucks, not impressed.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends on Friday night, visiting area from Boston. Wonderful music in the tasting room and both wine and charcuterie were delicious. Then onto dinner and best meal in a long time! That’s saying a lot since we recently returned from European trip to Spain, Portugal and Italy!

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JJ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food in a very nice setting where one is able to have a conversation & enjoy the experience. Very friendly staff. Disvovered it 3 weeks ago & have been twice!

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BM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, friendly service and good wine.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary. We sat on a quiet balcony overlooking the vineyards as the sun set. It could have been Tuscany. All the food was delicious, the wine was excellent, and our server, Tiff, was friendly, helpful, and never intrusive. This was the second time we have been to Chamard and we will return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious. Our waiter Cooper made the dining experience even more appealing! Definitely recommend.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place but quite disorganized on arrival, waiting to be seen and seated. Lots of flies where sat made it a bit uncomfortable and a tiny though tasty omelette for $15 tells it’s own story about price

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r
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a different place for my girlfriend’s birthday, couldn’t have been more delighted with the Service and Food !! Great overall Night 😊
Would Definitely recommend ....... Period

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