South End

4.6
507 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The raw talent, experience, and passion is the foundation for South End, a neighborhood restaurant and gathering place in the charming town of New Canaan. Chef/Owner Nick Martschenko brings seasonal comfort food and inspired libations together with an atmosphere that is casual, familiar, and befitting of a small urbane town.

The design combines the old with the new. Rustic hardware elements are set against reclaimed barn wood paneling, and light fixtures are antique in design, while utilizing a more contemporary flare. Beige Italian linen drapes are complimented by contrasting black tufted linen upholstered banquette seating. Oversized color prints of a misty countryside and farm animals are a nod to Chef’s sustainable food practices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday December 31st we will be offering a 4 course prix fixe menu for $85, and will have a children's menu available as well..

Lunch Wed - Sat 1130 - 230
Dinner 7 Days a week at 5
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Bar opens daily at 4
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Phone number
(203) 966-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas Martschenko
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Private party facilities
With capacity up to 20 people, our Private Dining room will provide the perfect experience from coporate dinners to small intimate gatherings among friends.
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Private party contact
Nick Martschenko: (203) 966-5200
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Complimentary on-site parking as well as free parking on both sides of the street after 6pm.
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Public transit
Directly behind the New Canaan train station.
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Entertainment
Live Acoustic Music every Wednesday Night at 8:30pm
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Special events & promotions
We will be offering a 4 Course tasting menu for New Years Eve. You can find the menu on our website at www.southenenwcanaan.com. We will also have special kids tasting menu available as well.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 507 People Are Saying
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MH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Food. Great menu. Very loud. Better for grounds than a couple on a Saturday night.

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W
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

First time here was at dinner and we had a great time. My husband and our friends loved the food. Came back with a girlfriend vising from out of town for Sunday brunch and boy, was it disappointing! The delicious bread that offer at dinner time was not available, they brought one AND A HALF raisin scones instead. When asking for little modifications to fit my plant based diet they wouldn’t accommodate anything, which I find very unusual. The waiter wouldn’t even have to ask, he would simply say “we had this issue in the past and the chef said no”. Well, I will not come back I guess, better options in the area with more flexibility.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, attentive service with very good, unique food.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We love South End and always have a great time. The specials are usually the best way to go - South End is always surprising us with how well they can creatively and successfully take on a special food item. The environment is warm and cozy with a casual nature that fits any occasion for a good meal.

This particular night our waiter was very high energy and a little too fast paced for a Sunday Night. Unfortunately, he made us feel slightly rushed to leave. Otherwise, we always appreciate the friendly staff and greetings as you enter and leave the restaurant.

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g
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday dinner was a big success. We brought friends here across generations and everyone found things they loved to eat -all with a unique twist- and had a great time. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The cod in chowder was the outright winner of the night for inventiveness and downright yumminess.
The desserts were great too. We don’t normally do sweet course but because it was a birthday treat we indulged and glad we did!

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W
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wine, everything was cooked to perfection! Felt a little rushed at times when ordering, but other than that it was a great experience. A bit louder than I anticipated. It was our first time here and we will definitely be back soon!

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

Great Restaurant! Lively, good ambience. Love the meatballs, veal chop, the skillet chocolate chip cookie, and the doughnuts.
Everyone enjoyed the evening. Delicious food and upbeat ambience.

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JC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food prepared with my requested changes. Wine was also delicious. We did not try the desserts though they sounded yummy. Service was outstanding. I look forward to going back again.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salmon and Sunday spaghetti and meatballs were delicious

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED this place!!! Has the feel, food, and experience of a New York City restaurant. Our meals were to die for, we will absolutely be back!

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WC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A plus. The chef is very creative. Brief but solid wine list. Lots of rose wine options. Excellent restaurant overall. Exterior is a bit lacking in charm but interior is very nice. Good parking. Good wine shop next door.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. We ordered appetizers, salads, and entrees. Everything was delicious. We wound up filling up in the appetizer & salad & brought half of our entrees home. We would definitely go back.

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5
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A little disappointed and embarrassed by the unpleasant experience at check-in when I was told that my reservation for a party of 5 could not be located. It had been booked several days in advance! Luckily, a table did become available and we stayed for dinner.

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g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Excellent and friendly service at a very reasonable price

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was amazing and the service was outstanding.

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SD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner there last night. It was great. The service is fabulous! A couple of suggestions: They should return the original Salmon plate. This time, came with a massive side of marinated olives. If you don't like olives, not so good. We also recommend returning the pasta dish with pepper. That was the best and now not on the menu. Thank you, South End!

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JR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally friendly and attentive servers. Food was very fresh, creatively preoared, and delicious.

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CT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Outdoor seating was very nice. Waitstaff could have been more attentive to us.

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LB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Four of us at dinner, 3 different meals, two different fish dishes and two pork chop meals. All of us really enjoyed our choices, thought the food was very delicious and will definitely come back.

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EL
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Food and presentation A plus. Service exceptional. It’s a little treasure. So glad I went here. Excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We were excited to try South End for our anniversary after reading good things. We were disappointed all around; food was just ok but nothing special. Our server was not at all knowledgeable about their drink list (we were inquiring about getting a reasonable bottle of sparkling wine). Overall the food and service is not commiserate with the price. Their more casual restaurant, South End Uncorked, was a way better experience.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staff and entrees and appetizers were excellent

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BM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Bad from start to finish...We arrived about four minutes after our scheduled reservation time, and found that our friends, who had arrived just before us, were not permitted to be seated. This is an inhospitable practice, particularly when the reservation was re-confirmed by phone the day before. Then, the hostess directed us to a table in a small, cramped back seating alcove, although there were multiple unoccupied table in the main dining area. After some consternation, they seated us at a nice table in the main room. The waiter was competent and helpful, but they timing of food was horrible. Forty-five minutes passed between the salad course and the delivery of the entrees. No excuses, no sense that the front of the house was monitoring their guests. The entrees were satisfactory, although the branzino was lacking in taste. Management needs to be more proactive, and needs to get the kitchen better organized.

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KK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening at South End. The food and service were exceptional.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu, friendly staff. Bar area loud with horse race. Food was prompt. Everyone happy with their meals. Price average for neighborhood. Only issue is that the booth seat was ripped and stuffing showing. That type of maintenance should be handled promptly with entrees in the $25-$30 range.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great staff. Warm and welcoming. The “gentleman’s agreement” drink is awesome. A favorite restaurant!

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BS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very well prepared dishes; will return next time I’m in the area!

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SD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Back again! We shared Nona's meatballs as an appetizer. Yum! Had the swordfish, the salmon, and the bolognese. All were great. Best tables are in the back! Great service!

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food got three stars only because another "artisanal meat" was substituted for what was ordered, only discerned after the first bite, so let it go. Otherwise, everything was as expected.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hmmm. Reading the other reviews on OpenTable, I expected more. Example, there were inconsistencies in the preparation of rounds of simple cocktails, for instance. That shouldn't happen. I never shirk at prices when it comes to restaurants but when prices are notably above the norm one would expect the food to follow suit in quality and portions. They've got to ramp it up a bit. It's not a small place, lot's of tables to fill. I'll be back but I'll expect a bit more on the second trip.

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PT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely brunch in spite of weather. Steak + eggs was perfectly prepared. Halibut fish taco was correctly spiced and delicious. service was a little slow considering 50% of tables were vacant.
Still would return

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service was just ok.

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GD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food has gone downhill. Not sure if the owner not being there had any bearing. Kitchen is not the same without him overseeing Use to be steady and a easy recommendation. Now I have to think twice.

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ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to South End several times over the years, but lately both the food and the service were not terribly impressive. I have never given feedback about ANY restaurant experience, but in this case the service was so tired and uninspired that I wanted to say something. The food was also mediocre, including a truffle pasta that was so rich we could barely eat it. I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past, and I hope current management can make improvements.

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at South End before and my family chose there for Mother’s Day this year. The food and service was consistently above expectations. Their menu is fresh and local and the prices are adequate for the flavors, ingredients, and preparations that are involved. Thank you South End for another memorable savory meal.

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SD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We shared the BBQ octopus appetizer; it was fabulous! Our entrees were all delicious: Salmon, Halibut and NY Strip steak. All were great! No room for dessert. Like most restaurants in New Canaan, it is loud so speak up!

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Q
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we love this place! however my husband ordered the salmon which came with lots of WILD mushrooms which were very hard to chew. the taste of the dish was delicious but the mushrooms....not so much!!

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is innovative, fresh and tasty. Enjoyed it immensely!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet for dinner or drinks with friends or dine alone at the bar. Amazing food.

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing was particularly bad at the restaurant, it just all was mediocre. I expected more for the prices they charged. The volume inside was quite loud. While the restaurant was trying to have a worn in farmhouse look, it looked like they were trying, which was the real problem. I would not revisit again with their current pricing and menu.

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