Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro

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1214 reviews
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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.

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

The food was exceptional. Waitresses were very nice and cordial. Would go back soon.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a nice lunch, we've been there a few times before and always enjoyed the food. , this time I was a little disappointed. We started with the Mediterranean plate, dips were fantastic, pita bread was a small amount to accompany it. Next we had the lyonaisse salad, delicious. Next my wife had the Chatham cod excellent dish, I had the pork belly, very tasty,but here's where it starts. My dish had more vegetables than the actual star of the show, the pork belly was less than a half inch thick and no larger than a inch and a half square. Prior to dinner the waiter asked us if we would like more pita bread to accompany the dips knowing there wasn't enough of pita, we said yes, when he asked us how the food was I had a hard time agreeing with his pretentious attitude . When we received the check, We couldn't believe this establishment was that desperate to charge 1$ for pita bread knowing there wasn't enough ,. Most likely will not be back.

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved our dinner. Service was a bit slow at first, but then improved. Noise level was high but partly because restaurant was busy

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Slow service and overpriced wines. No thank you.

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambience!

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

Love the relaxing feel the food was amazing. The service was outstanding, and the wine was just as good.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We waited 25 minutes to be acknowledged by our server upon arrival. Once finally greeted there was still no apology or expediency to restore our faith in the evening's outcome. The appetizers were solid, but the meals were certainly not worth the pricing. The $35 rib eye was very thin and bland. The other entrees-a burger and the gnocchi were pretty solid, though not spectacular.
With all of the other local food options and the group not largely fancied with northeastern wine varietals we will not be revisiting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I have gone two years in a row here, it’s no secret that the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is just as divine— the factor that took away one star is the prices may be a little high for what you get. Take this with a grain of salt though, as I do not own a restaurant and cannot tell you if prices are too high and be 100% accurate.

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LH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in CT- and we have to drive 50 minutes to get there. We've been going for the last 10 years and every year it has gotten better. Food is always great whether you feel like a burger & pomp frites (a must have!) , their grilled cheese or a full dinner. Their French Onion soup is wonderful. Honestly, we've liked everything we've ever had in the Bistro. Service is excellent. It makes for a wonderful afternoon or evening in the summer as the property is beautiful... but is just as wonderful in the colder weather with their fireplaces going. Good wines to choose from no matter what you are eating. I can't tell you how many times we've gone for just French onion soup and a bottle of wine. It is also a terrific place for events.

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going here! And it was perfect for the day before Valentine’s Day. Food & Wine were great and the wait staff is terrific, so friendly & knowledgeable.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s. All wonderful Carianne is the nicest manager / hostess EVER!

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great get away so close to home! I felt like I was in France! Lovely fireplaces, fabulous food, friendly staff. And the wine! Delicious Petit Verdot. Perfect Sunday afternoon with my Mom!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food in a pretty setting with good wine. We always enjoy our time there.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful location. Convenient to outlets. Good wine and great that there is a restaurant.

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ER
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with a friend. The wine was delicious and the food was spectacular. Always love visiting here.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, wine was delicious and the service was amazing. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my dad’s 90th birthday at Chamard and it was perfect! The service, food, and ambiance was amazing, as always!

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place I will definitely be returning to for its fresh food and lovely atmosphere. The burger was juicy and the fries were well seasoned. I also loved the Camambert in Puff pastry with salted caramel and fruit. To die for!

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My second visit to this hidden gem in Clinton. Beautiful country setting and cozy atmosphere. Excellent and friendly service and delicious food. Low noise level made it very easy to converse with my boyfriend. Looking forward to returning!

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited too long for our server to come over and take our drink and appetizer order. Food was good but entrees took a long time to be delivered and were not hot. Noisy: live music and piped-in music simultaneously.

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KM
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu!!

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L
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This bistro never fails to delight..a cheap trip to Napa Valley! Delicious food..sensible portions...Gourmet flavors...and delightful servers.

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t
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoy the food, the staff, and overall ambience of Chamard. The wines are excellent.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit expensive, but for an occasional food and wine excursion you can expect to be glad you made the trip, even on a cold winter day. Very good wines, so that a trip just to the tasting room is great. Several visits have provided attentive service, pleasant environment, and good wine. And good wine. The wine is good.

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r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was just not the same without Carianne being there! We hope you had a fantastic birthday in Montana Carianne ! We will see you when you get back!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is quiet and amazing. The food is phenomenal!

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t
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal. Enjoy the food and staff. Great location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my mother there for a retirement celebration and the food was fantastic as always. Loved the oysters on the special menu, wish they had more specials. But all in all it was another great time at Chamard.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised during our recent visit! Had brunch with the family! Food was great and the service spectacular. Definitely one of my favorite experiences at a vineyard. Worth the trip from WALLINGFORD! Will definitely be back again soon

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday,we had a party of 6 ordered our sparkling wine and a ton of appetizers.We were able to enjoy everything without being rushed.Our food was delicious and even ordered dessert.Our server was excellent.

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AR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As new residents of Clinton Ct we wanted to check out the local restaurants. I am a big fan of red wine and the four of us shared a bottle of the 2016 Shiraz and loved it. The food was amazing, I had the cod, my wife had the Coq au vin as did my sister. My brother in law had the pork belly. We all loved our dishes. The waiter was awesome. This is my new favorite place to hang!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place! We had a great tasting and then a delicious meal. We felt like we were in France. Going back with my husband for our anniversary

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! The waitress was very personable, funny and was very helpful in deciding what to order. My wife and I ordered meals that we had for the first time and they were great. My mother had the lamb plate and she said it was amazing. We are looking forward to coming back for wine tasting and also sitting on the patio to eat lunch or dinner. Thank you

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AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Chamard. We were pleasantly surprised at this great find. We will return bringing friends and family. The ambience, and service were incredible. Great staff overall. Thanks Chamard!

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We have dined at Chamard 6-7 times and they are our go to for a consistently creative dining experience. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Wine is excellent! So it was unusual to have entrees that were over cooked with sides that were undercooked. Dessert was excellent though. Loud swearing from the kitchen was distracting and unusual too. Staff, dessert and wine were good though. Hopefully, they’ll live up to their high standards on our next visit!

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E
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there on Many occasions and as usual, everything was perfect.....food, service, prices, etc.

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We came at 12:00pm and the place was almost empty. WE should not have been told which booth we could have; we should just have been given one of our choice. A minor point, perhaps.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

* Wine, Service, Menu & Ambience! Highly recommend Chamard for any special occasion or even just a night out. Remember to take a few bottles of their amazing wine home! The Classe Heritage 2014 Petit Verdot is my favorite.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We usually love this place. This visit my steak and frites, which is my go to entree, was a bit disappointing. The steak was tasty but there was a lot more fatty sections than I’ve had in the past. The frites and sauce are amazing! My guest ordered the pork belly which was a bit dry, possibly over cooked.but the rutabaga was great. The marinated olives are always a favorite and the flourless chocolate cake was outstanding! We will go back, the wine was fabulous!!!!

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AU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service with pricey menu. It was nice viewing the vines.

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