Chamard Vineyards, Farm Winery Bistro

4.5
1075 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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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.

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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Neighborhood
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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

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Additional
Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1075 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 14 hours ago

Lovely setting! It was our first time dining and it was good! I’d like to go back a few more times to try a few more items on the menu. They did a particularly nice job on a custom dish that I ordered because of a special diet I am following.
They were very cordial about it as well and made me feel comfortable about asking.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful experience! The food, wine, and ambiance exceeded expectations! We look forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food is amazing! We’ve eaten here several times and each meal presentation is beautiful as well as delicious.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Waited nearly 30 minutes to be seated despite making a reservation and there being plenty of open seating within sight. Prices are expectedly high. My meal, a specialty french toast had prepoured syrup which made the overly thick toast gummy and soggy. In the hour we were seated we were only checked on once before getting the cheque, and waited nearly 20 minutes for that. It’s great for wine tasting and a beautiful view. I’d like to think I just had the odd bad experience. I’d definitely try again.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Beautiful restaurant and location! My dinner portion was very small, but it was good.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. We fully expect to return soon. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I had such a nice lunch with friends here. The food and wine were delicious and the winery is beautiful.
I loved that they had option for 2oz wines , so you can do your own tasting while having lunch . Great place for a good meal and nice atmosphere .

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

This is an OUTSTANDING restaurant, the best in the area. Excellent food and service, and their wines are exceptional. Love it!

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Chamard Bistro is a pleasant venue set within a vineyard. Previous visits have been better; the evening we were here, the kitchen service was off - there was quite a delay between the appetizer and the entrée even though the restaurant was not at all full. The food was good but not great, and it's a bit pricey for just 'good.' Not sure what the situation was with the air conditioning - it was a hot night, and the interior of the restaurant was a little warmer that I hoped. Having said that, we were comfortable once we acclimated to the temp. My friend and I agreed that it was a very pleasant way to pass the evening.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The setting was beautiful and the food was terrific but the kitchen did not score well on the timing of their food. Our appetizers came quickly and were quite generous with their portions. After finishing these, we had to wait longer than an hour for our entrees as they chose to serve a private party ahead of us— this, despite having placed our order well ahead of the group’s arrival. This was disappointing and gives us pause about whether to recommend this restaurants to friends.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Beautiful setting. Friendly and unhurried wine tasting, before lunch. Lunch was served in an airy quiet clean room with a great unimpeded overview of the vineyard. Very courteous and accomodating staff, who knew what they were talking about, and went out of their way to see that every need or request was met. Stayed at Charmard for 5 hours - never rushed, always interesting and comfortable. Excellent, balanced menu selection. The food was delicious authentic French bistro style. The rohan duck was perfectly cooked, a larger than usual portion, moist and succulent, with a crispy skin. The whole atmosphere suggests they are striving for excellence. I think they are at their destination!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Beautiful dinner. The food was farm fresh with great presentation. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food, wine and service!! We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Lovely winery with a beautiful view and variety of options for dinner. Everyone found something they enjoyed. The high top tables in the lounge were great, but worth noting on hot summer day it gets toasty in their with an open kitchen. The service was terrific with extremely friendly staff. Very accommodating for those of us who are gluten free!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

An amazingly beautiful venue with wonderful, knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We always try to sit outside, and if posdible, get Paul for out waiter. He's awesome, attentive and knowledgeable. The food and wine are always amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a lovely time. The food was SUPERB! Our waiter was the Bees Knees and the grounds had us wrapped in romance. We will definitely visit again!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Planned a girls outing here. Had a lovely lunch with a wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

This was our second time to Chamard and it didn't disappoint. The first time was one of our top 10 in memory. Pricey, but worth it. Excellent food, wine, service and accommodations. The following night we went to a different local restaurant in the same price category, and by contrast appreciated even more how nice the experience at Chamard had been. Everyone in our group, kids and adults alike, remarked about it separately. A couple of key points not mentioned yet that we noticed after the fact were that although the restaurant was busy, we didn't feel crowded, and we could easily hear each other talk.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was good, wait staff very pleasant, but much too long between courses. Might be problem with kitchen. Have had good dining experience previously, but these delays were unacceptable.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

A very pleasant dining experience!
We celebrated my granddaughter's 15th birthday and all of us loved your restaurant.
I will be back soon with friends, neighbors, and family.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Numerous flies in Dining room
Apps were great. My cod was soso
Clam chowder always good !!
Sitting next to loud couple

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We went for my boyfriends birthday and it was worth the hour drive. Very nice setting. The service was very good and the food was excellent. And of course we tried a bottle of wine. They even gave us a tasting at the table since we didn't have time before dinner. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Delicious food in a lovely setting; perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Everything was very good but there were an inordinate number of flies in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Outstanding wines, especially the Sauvignon Blanc and Estate Chardonnay. The Bistro menu has depth and we give high points to the Bibb Salad, Croque Madame and Poulet that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. Our meal was further enhanced by the great view of the vineyard and grounds from the deck outside the tasting room. Service by our server, Tiff, was attentive and very friendly. We look forward to our next visit. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent service and meal from appetizer to dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a fantastic dining experience here - highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Overall, a very good experience.
Would have liked the tasting to include more wines.
The only negative was the noise level in the tasting room. The room has a conversation area with tables, live music, and wine tasting at the bar all happening at the same time. It was so loud it was next to impossible to carry on a conversation or hear the person who was describing the wines. It was a welcome change to go into the dining area for quiet meal!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great winery & the Bistro was wonderful! Very Parisian & server was very friendly & professional. Lunch was served quickly & food was awesome.
Pricing is fair & dining room was. Sry comfortable. Can’t wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was excellent, service OK (a little slow). Most annoying thing--I killed 10 flies during dinner (many more from where those came!). When mentioned to server, she laughed it off as part of the "farmhouse" experience. They come in during the day when doors are open in winery downstairs. Duh, how about doors or closures for the stairways?!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Love this place go quiet often love the servers the food is awesome and inventive

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Up date your website......burger Tuesday is for the fall season!
Tasting room has 1/2 price wine on Tuesday. Only!
When bring out small plates dips, cheese board for 3 people bring pita and bread for 3 people.
We asked for more and were charged........
You do have some good wines. We enjoyed the sampler we created.

Sincerely, Joan Reynolds

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We used to own a timeshare about 10 miles north of Chamard Vineyards and would do a wine tasting every time we visited. Then they opened the Bistro which was such a nice addition. We live in NYC so don't get up there much often, and what a nice reunion it was. We were celebrating a friend's special birthday and thought the Vineyard would be a great place for that. There was a wedding going on, but it didn't really affect our dining experience. The menu is limited, but with enough choices to please, and the food is excellent. The atmosphere is so nice. It's on a little lake and you can dine inside or out. We recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My suggestion for a more pleasant experience has to do with seating. We arrived mid-afternoon and as a couple we were seated at a table for 2. Shortly thereafter another couple was seated at the next table to the right of us for 2. The tables were a little more than 2 feet apart. We felt instead of dining and conversing alone, we were seated with this other couple. 1 table away to the left of me was a table of 4, who we were also overwhelmed by the volume of their conversations. Although we tried not to listen into private conversations, it was impossible not to given the proximity of our seats. However, there were many other tables/booths available and upon reflection should have asked to be moved but we already had our glass of wine when the seating began. Not wanting to appear unsociable we sat there trying to communicate as best we could without speaking so others could hear us. If the restaurant was extremely busy, I could have understood but it wasn't...and also I feel management should give a little more personal space to diners so that we feel we are dining with each other and not with other diners on top of us to the left and right. It may have been more convenient for the servers, but it did lessen our enjoyment of our experience.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. Wonderful

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Overall, a very good dining experience. Nice ambiance, friendly service and good wine selection. The only negatives were the long wait time for the food to arrive and an overcooked pork dish. The wait time for the food after placing our order was approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The server said it was due to the pork dish one of us had ordered. That pork dish was supposed to be cooked medium, but when it arrived, it was definitely on the very well-done side. We would have sent it back, but did not want to go through another long wait time. My advice is to stick with their classy signature burger.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Excellent white wine and lunch on Fourth of July!
Their french fries, hamburger, Croque Madame, salad frissee were delicious..

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

My family's first visit to Chamard, at the referral of another friend, was for a lunch and wine tasting for my 60th birthday. Lunch was very good, tasty, fresh, service was on task and friendly. We were not rushed and were very comfortable with calming ambience. Great first stop at Chamard.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was very good as always but noticeably understaffed which I guess is understandable for a Sunday with beach weather

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