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About Oak and Almond
Oak and almond wood fuels our wood burning oven and stove. Imparting an earthy quality to many of our menu items, these hardwoods are at the heart of our restaurant's philosophy.
With cuisine inspired by the traditions & techniques of yesteryear, our philosophy is simple: provide delicious handcrafted food, created with well sourced seasonal ingredients with a focus on hearth & flame, Organic Farm to Table. We source the best artesian ingredients and prepare them simply with respect. The wine program highlights biodynamic and organic selections, which compliment the simple integrity of our menu.
An 18 foot communal table, crafted from local 100 year old oak floorboards anchors the dining room. Hand-rubbed walnut tables, industrial fixtures, and an open kitchen featuring a wood burning oven and stove provide a modern yet warm dining experience.
Norwalk, CT 06851
Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Daily 1130 am - 4:30pm;
DINNER: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 4:30pm - 10pm,
BRUNCH: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 11.30 TO 3PM
$30 and under
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5 Star Catering Services to serve your every need. Private dining rooms available for groups of 15 to 55 guests for a full service seated dinner, and up to 70 for cocktails & hors d’ oeuvres. Private rooms are also idea for meetings and presentations. Reception space is also available in the main dining room, bar or our majestic patio. Our recently built patio, complete with hand crafted fountain, full bar and its own fireplace, can hold up to 150 for a full service seated dinner or 300 for a cocktail reception.
Private parking lot or parking available in the Hilton Hotel next door.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Oak and Almond Ratings and Reviews
Our meal was delicious. I recommend the pappardelle bolognese, the brussels sprouts, and the chimichuri skirt steak was outstanding. The arugula and fennel salad was also great, and the portion sizes more than adequate. Two of us split an entree and a salad, and had leftovers. Though noisy, the ambiance was warm and inviting, and in warm, sunny weather, I imagine that dining on the patio would be lovely as well.
Oak and almond has some good things going for it. Hendricks for my martini, spacious tables, tasty salad. The grilled octopus was Ok but no grilled flavor. The potatoes were undercooked on my appetizer and on a table mate's dish as well. The flank steak special was delish and I asked for Fries which they do well. The server balked at my request, and had to ask someone else if they could give me fries. People who like to substitute and customize their orders may not get what they want or may feel like its putting the kitchen 'out' to ask. Prices are not cheap,
This is a great casual dining spot. We find it very reasonable with good food. My husband had a flatbread pizza that was great. I enjoyed the pasta bolognese. We like the cool rustic decor inside but for nice weather they have a wonderful outdoor patio. We stop here whenever we are in Norwalk being it is licated so close to our hotel.
Fortunately, the food was outstanding. Unfortunately, our service was abysmal. We waited for twenty minutes to be asked for water and drinks. After ordering, it took 1 3/4 hours, and a discussion with the manager, before we were served an appetizer. All tables around us, most of whom were seated well after us, were served and finished before we even got the appetizer. The restaurant did comp us for dessert and coffee.
This is a cool place that offers ample seating for parties, diverse dishes, great drinks, and friendly staff. They even have outdoor seating for when it gets warmer. The restaurant prides itself on getting their ingredients from locally sourced locations and the end results are fantastic. They bake their breads in house and also offer fresh made pasta. Wife and I went recently and we had the following: Oysters, Salmon Tartar, Burrata with roasted peppers, braised short rib, and Gnocchi over OxTail. All the dishes surpassed my expectations and were prepared artfully and full of flavor.
The decor is also great. It feels very rustic with lots of wood and metal features. It has an open kitchen so you are able to peek in and see the excitement going on behind the scenes.
This restaurant came highly recommended and I really wanted to like it. The "host" at the front barely acknowledged our existence as he seated us (we had a reservation). The waitress was friendly, but took quite a long time to greet us. After a pretty long wait, we ordered, only to be told about 10 minutes later that they were out of what we ordered. We hastily picked something else on the menu, but sadly neither of us liked what came (after another long wait). Both pastas were WAY too garlic-y and my bucatini had a burnt garlic flavor to boot. I like spicy, but the level was way to high (too much red pepper flake-ish seasoning) and added to the burnt garlic flavor to make the whole thing unappealing. On the positive side, the cheese board was yummy and the wine by the glass selection was good and the craft cocktails were interesting. Nice ambiance as well. Colleagues have said they've enjoyed the food there, so maybe I'll give it another try, but not as a first choice.
You know when you go to a place sporadically and sometimes it is kinda good and other times it is kinda meh ... and you never have a strong enough impression to remember why you do / don't go there more often? This is that place. The food is uninspired ... nothing to make you say, "wow!" and also nothing that will make you cry and send it back to the kitchen. The service just borders on passable ... lots of staff hanging around not doing much of anything. You won't leave happy and you won't leave hungry. You'll just leave and immediately forget about your experience on the walk to your car. Until the next time someone says, "hey, what about Oak and Almond?" ... and you'll shrug and say, "I dunno, I guess so?" We are now (officially) done here ... it is just bleh.
This is a great farm-to-table restaurant conveniently located next to the DMV in Norwalk! Food is delicious, and there is a great outdoor scene in the summer. Their bread and honey butter is to die for. From healthy to indulgent, something for everyone. Really fresh ingredients and local meats. Excellent wine list, too!
excellent food in a great atmosphere. made a reservation and called to see if we could get an earlier table but they were full. later got a call from the host to inform us they had a cancellation and would we like an earlier seating? above and beyond in my book. Service was top notch and food excellent, we will be back!
We enjoyed delicious appetizers and entrees at Oak and Almond. The Italian dishes were hearty and delicious, with fresh pasta made on site. The rigatoni dish was spectacular! The wine choices were perfect, and the decor was funky, high-quality and down to earth all at the same time. It is obvious that only fresh and high-quality ingredients are used. The service had a few glitches where the wrong side dish was served to one person in my party, another had to wait several minutes for his side dish and a third asked for no bacon in her entree yet the entree contained bacon. Also, a waiter who did not serve us brought us the bill that was intended for the table next to us.
The owner and his wife stopped by to greet us, and were very welcoming. He sent over three desserts for our party of six to share, and they were yummy. What an unexpected treat! The menu has many imaginative appetizer and entree choices, that we all agreed we will go back. (You don't see home made bucatini on many menus...) The overall rating would have been higher except for the service glitches.
Oak and Almond has the ability to seat a party of 20 (if not more) at one long table in the middle of the dining room. The restaurant can be a bit loud but not too loud. Our party of six was laughing non-stop while enjoying our meals, so we contributed to the noise for sure. We felt at home and welcomed. If you want to celebrate a birthday, graduation or other event with a large group or just enjoy a delicious meal at a venue with a great vibe, I recommend Oak and Almond.
First time at restaurant. Food was good and was "farm to table", so unique dishes. When we walked in we saw a warm and inviting area to the left. However, we were seated to the right near the wood stoves, a private party, and next to a high traffic servers lane. This seating took away from the enjoyment of the evening as we felt in the way. My recommendation is to always seat your guests in the best area if there are tables available. Once it got busy it became challenging to catch the attention of our server.
Had our second anniversary dinner here and it couldn't have been more perfect. They make their own butter,bread, and noodles every day. Everything was fresh and the service was great. We will be coming back a lot more often. It's a great gem here in the Northeast
We dined to celebrate a special occasion for my eleven year old daughters concert. We ate early on a Saturday night - it was quiet and relatively empty. Our server was great. She was very personable, engaging and patient. The menu items were different and there was a good variety. Everyone, from age 11 to 80 was happy with their meal. The only complaint was that the food was not seasoned (they did not use salt). Once we corrected this, everyone enjoyed their meals.
Our waitress harassed us for a food order from the moment we sat down and upon getting one, disappeared for the night. Salads were instantly delivered before we had made a dent in our cocktails. One dinner, vegetable ravioli, arrived dried out as if it had moved from the microwave to the warming light and then sat. The other meal, braised beef and polenta should have been a breeze to make but unidentifiable ingredients added to the meal gave it such a harsh aftertaste that finishing it was beyond the pale.
The was our second consecutive miss. We won't be back for a third try.
the wine selections are especially good; past visits included, we found 2 wines we like so much. We also find that the appetizers are exceptional but the entrees we've had could be more seasoned as could the desserts; more sugar. The ambiance and service, Ramon is great, are very good as is their bread.
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