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Restaurant L'Ostal, Darien, CT

Restaurant L'Ostal

4.7
4.7
176 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

L’Ostal is a Provencal restaurant rooted in history and tradition celebrating the cuisines of Southern France & its boundaries. Stemming from the old Occitania language, the word ‘ostal’ refers to house & the warmth of hospitality that encompasses welcoming one into your home. Throughout the six dialects of this language starting in Catalonia, stretching through the Languedoc into Provence and onto the Alps of Piemonte, they all embrace this welcoming through their cooking. We celebrate the traditions of each country through their amazing cuisine as well as showcasing the wine and heritage of indigenous products. We look forward to bringing our warmth in hospitality & dining to the great community of Darien, Connecticut. Welcome to our home at L’Ostal.

Outdoor seating is available, but only offered weather depending, and reservations can be made day of, only over the phone, starting at 2pm on the day of.

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Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (475) 328-9629

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jared Sippel

  • Neighborhood

    Darien

  • Cross street

    Center Street and Tokeneke Road

  • Parking details

    We have ample free three hour parking in the lot behind us, and are seconds away from exit 12 on Interstate 95.

  • Public transit

    Conveniently located steps from Metro North stop at Darien.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Menu

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What 176 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. b

    brianc

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience1

    The best part about the experience was the food, it was terrific and always is. The waiter was also very pleasant although stretched too thin and there were large gaps between courses. The Sommelier however was inattentive and rude. The temperature inside the restaurant was well over 80 degrees and they had no explanation for the warmth of the place. The sound level was deafening due to the design of the restaurant, all hard surfaces and a low ceiling which left our table having to scream at each other to be heard. The bottom line is that the food is great but EVERYTHING else is sub par and not worth the $950 price tag that we paid. VERY DISAPPOINTING

  2. s

    susanw

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were excellent. We liked the specials as we know the menu quite well so it a nice change.

  3. FC

    FairfieldCtyFoodies

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    L'Ostal is a local favorite. It provides Mangattan level French cuisine right here in Fairfield County. The staff is as expert as the chef, making great suggestions on every aspect of the experience.

  4. v

    verynice

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal I’ve had in the seven years I’ve lived in CT.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything what you expect from a perfect evening ….

  6. s

    smallportionsbigattitude

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Very good food Nice presentation Good service but they must’ve been unprepared for a Friday crowd, waited an hour for a bowl of pasta and a. Small filet of fish Very good ( small filet) a little pricey They’re very impressed with their wine selection We should’ve tried the ham, nice presentation Of course if we knew main was going to take so long… would’ve ordered more appetizers

  7. RP

    RePete

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was outstanding, especially the fougasse that we in the beginning. The Scottish Sea Trout was delicious: it reminded me of a fish dish I had at Le Chanteclair in Siasconset, Nantucket, developed by Chef Jean-Charles Berruet, where he paired a spicey Moroccan sauce with fresh Bluefish. The strong tasting fish, properly filleted, was a perfect match for the spicey sauce. The Green Salad dressing was particularly tasty and zesty. The wine recommendation, Macon-Milly-Lamartine, was tremendous, tasting well with the fish. The service, by Samuel, was very professional! All in all, a delightful evening repast!

  8. e

    elizabethm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was amazing! Service was discreet but attentive. Did not feel rushed at all. Would highly recommend.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and service

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is incredible and the service is also amazing.

  11. RL

    RobbieL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal I've had in years. Outstanding service and atmosphere.

  12. TW

    TaraW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2

    What a disappointment! My husband and I were looking forward to a special meal here for our birthdays. After reading all the rave reviews, we were expecting a fantastic experience. Not the case. The good service was the one positive thing - that and my starter of tortellini. But my husband's escargot was dry, hard, and flavorless. My duck entree (I love duck) was also dry and overcooked and so heavily salted that it tasted like they dumped a half cup of salt on it. The farrow that came with it was mushy and the turnips were hard and flavorless. My husband's halibut entree was cold and flavorless. We both got the same dessert with high hopes - but the profiteroles and chocolate sauce was another case of extreme over-salting. I love salt. But this was inedible. Considering how expensive this restaurant is, it shouldn't be anywhere near this bad. Do not recommend...

  13. PS

    PaulS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service. A well thought out seasonal menu. I had the Oeuf Mayonnaise starter, delicious with an amazing mix of flavors, and the steak, perfectly cooked to medium rare. The steak was well prepared and served with onions, horseradish, and fingerling potatoes. We'll be back.

  14. S

    Shippanee

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    L'Ostal is a gem. Interesting, excellent menu, albeit a bit limiting; very warm and unrushed service; excellent wine list and nice atmosphere. We prefer eating on the patio but inside the small but cosy space is also nice. This is a restaurant that you can tell respects the ingredients and its patrons.

  15. IK

    IlanaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fairly small place though I liked the table partitions. Things we really liked: sformato, creamy and delicious Spicy mezcal cocktail Bread pudding for dessert Tagliotoni withclams was ok, nothing special, a bit salty Buvette steak - flavorful meat but chewy and no sauce. Cost - over $200: one app, 3 drinks, 1/2 size pasta, one entree , one dessert, one coffee Very good service. for those reviews who say best restaurant in Fairfield county, that would be an emphatic no.

  16. C

    Citronut

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    At these prices, expected much more. Escargots were tepid. Gnocchi were kind of blnd, even with some morels thrown in. Confit was good, and the steak was quite good, but cooked very rare and not medium as ordered. Sauces excellent. Manager was very good, but our server was efficient but difficult to understand. Got off to a poor start with the apps. Not on the level of Henkleman...but at their price point. Disappointed after all the glowing reviews. (I had 30 years in high-end hospitality, and have taught culinary for over 15 years)

  17. JJ

    JazJeff

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding meal and service. The cocktails are well crafted and delicious. Service is attentive and professional. The menu is so creative and perfectly executed.

  18. n

    nelknoll

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This French Bistro is a great addition to Darien. The food is excellent and they did an amazing job with the decor. The service is also very good. It's tough to get a reservation (must do so 30 days in advance), but it is well worth the wait! We shall be back again in the near future!

  19. JN

    JaredN

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best restaurant in Darien and one of my favorites in Fairfield Country. Great French food, wonderful service, and fun scene.

  20. L

    Lorenzo

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Was very excited to dine at L'Ostal but was quite disappointed in the food. The good: lovely atmosphere, great olive oil, bread, attentive service. The bad: I had spinach papardelle in a morel sauce. Pasta noodles were perfectly cooked and flavorful but the aftertaste was very salty. Not enough morel and the those that were incorporated were not flavorful..tasted rehydrated. The duck had all the "duck deliciousness" cooked out of it and the accompaniments were bland. Very disappointing. At $110 pp before tip, not the experience I had hoped or bargained for.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic restaurant.

  22. J

    Jdoc

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All round it hits its mark

  23. J

    Jaycee62

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    We had an 8:45 reservation to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I called that afternoon and was able to reschedule to 8:15. The restaurant was so busy, however, that we ended up waiting until 8:45 to be seated anyway, and you’re waiting right next to the hostess stand as there’s very little room at the bar. Frustrating and I wish they had simply told us they couldn’t change the time. However, to their credit, they thanked us repeatedly for our patience, provided both drinks and a couple of small plates free of charge, and checked in several times throughout the evening. They also seated us at a 4-top even though they had a group of 4 waiting. We were there well before that group but most restaurants would have given the bigger table to the bigger group. The food was terrific, although expensive. We’ll give it another try.

  24. SR

    StevenR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a special gem! The food, staff, service, and Chef are all phenomenal. Celebrated my wife's birthday and they all could not do enough for us for the evening. The Chef himself came out to thank us for celebrating in his restaurant! Such nice people working to make for an incredible evening. The food is beyond compare as this is one of the most talented chefs we have in CT. Amazing wine list and awesome sommelier to assist. Bartender makes the most fabulous cocktails. Get the tagliatelle with clams, like nothing you have ever tasted! Pork Chop cooked to perfection! Olive Oil cake to end the celebration which is amazing. This is really a very special place with all the right "ingredients" to make for an incredible dining experience. (Did I mention that they play the best music of any restaurant?) Go now before everyone else books their reservation so you too can experience this special gem.

  25. PS

    PilarS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2nd visit within 1 week of finding this precious jewel. They are the entire package., and to have this in our neighborhood is a breath of fresh air.

  26. j

    jillfoodie

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our favorite local restaurant hands down. From the food to the service it's outstanding, every single time.

  27. BD

    BelgianD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent food. Hard to get a table. Great menu. Wine list has wines for all tastes. Pricey but worth it.

  28. B

    Babette

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good service - fresh, artisanal food. Lovely restaurant great for dates, a celebratory evening or a festive girls nice out.

  29. PB

    PeterB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent across the board - food, presentation, service all very good.

  30. RN

    RobertN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Another visit to L'Ostal for the three of us and it was equally outstanding! From the cocktails to the wine (with Joe's help) to the cognac, the beverages were perfect - really enjoyed the Nicholas Sage to start and the wine opened up exactly as Joe said it would. My wife loved her cauliflower soup - and she is very hard to please (or find food she likes). The two stars of the night were the spinach flan (called something else but don't remember the correct name) - it was unexpectedly delightful and the parmigiano cream sauce was a fantastic earthy compliment. The diver scallops were equally fantastic - meaty with a fabulous seasoning, as wonderful here as they are ordinary at most places. They were just outstanding. The post chop was thick, juicy and tasty but still a pork chop. The Bavette steak was also perfectly cooked, very tasty, very tender, a good steak. For dessert we shared the pear sorbet and it was the perfect finish (along with the cognacs!) as it was light, just sweet enough and just pear enough for a cloud-like dessert. Service was perfect as well. From the cheery, friendly greeting as we entered to our fabulous waiter. It is what one expects at a restaurant of this quality but it was not anything less than what is expected. And Joe makes the wine choosing more fun; same for cognacs L'Ostal has become our new #1 - and it takes a lot to climb over the still great but now #2 other fav (no names here).

  31. S

    Sheikhness

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was perfect the food was delicious. It has been a long time since we have had an experience that was perfect. Thank yiu l’ostal you do it right!

  32. RS

    RichardS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is our fourth visit to L'Ostal and it remains a fantastic experience in every way. The level of sophistication, service and care is unique for southern Fairfield county. So nice to have in the area.

  33. TM

    TMJE

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drink were excellent - highly recommend the nightly specials!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful hidden gem! Everything about this new place is wonderful! It’s a little pricey (and we splurge on dining) but overall excellent! Definitely need reservations!

  35. j

    jeanne

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The masks and the barriers are silly. Time to get back to normal.

  36. RM

    RoseM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding dining experience! Top notch service and the food was exquisite. A little difficult to hear the wait staff do to the noise level.

  37. PD

    PatD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second time at L’Ostal and everything was great again. Food was delicious, service on point, nice atmosphere. Best place in town for sure!

  38. Z

    Zvonimir

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional service, wine, and food as always! Hand cut tagliolini and truffle gnocchi were devine. Can’t wait to come back again soon!

  39. RO

    RONALDN

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply fantastic!

  40. g

    gigi

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not sure what the big deal is, to be honest :(. The food was good, but nothing to talk about. We were told we were not able to order courses separately and had to put our whole order in at once for all courses because the chef likes to do it that way. The wait for our food was painfully long (but I think this is a French restaurant thing in general). We ordered the cheese board and a few of the starters, which were good (not fantastic). We ordered the $50 gnocchi special in black truffles - which tasted just like portabella mushrooms? We have had truffles before, and as everyone knows, they have a distinct flavor. Whether or not these were black truffles or portabella mushrooms, the flavor of the dish was just blah. The wine was good, but not too much to select from by the glass. It's a small space so one would expect it to be cozy, but they need to do something about the bright supermarket lighting. Meh.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Restaurant L'Ostal is rated 4.7 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Restaurant L'Ostal

22 Center St Darien, CT 06820-4501

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Center Street and Tokeneke Road

  • Neighborhood

    Darien

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have ample free three hour parking in the lot behind us, and are seconds away from exit 12 on Interstate 95.

  • Public transit

    Conveniently located steps from Metro North stop at Darien.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jared Sippel

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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