South End

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$31 to $50
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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.
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4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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CCinNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Reviewed on September 3, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Appetizers were great. The main entrees were a bit lacking.

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vipAnon
New York Area
8 reviews
Reviewed on June 17, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

The best drinks and friendly staff. The food is very consistent. Needs more menu choices.

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vipRose
New York Area
7 reviews
Reviewed on May 14, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

We love South End. We consistently have a great experience here. There is always great food for both adults and kids. Ambience is nice year round. One of our favorite restaurants in this area.

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vipTartuffo
New York Area
13 reviews
Reviewed on May 5, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Always creating, delicious, as well as comfortable and comforting at the same time - an amazing combination!

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vipSeizetheDay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful as usual. Missed the cacio e pepe dish and the chopped salad. Branzino, bolognese, and salmon - all were great!

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vipLuvItalian
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and good food and drinks as usual.

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vipANDREA12469
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SIMPY DELICIOUS

what a GREAT meal we enjoyed =)

apps/drinks and the PERFECT salmon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails
Lovely waiters
A favorite restaurant of mine

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nanc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

South End is always a delightful experience. On Sunday they have live music which is fun but I do not think it should be so loud.

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vipBonbon62
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Mary
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The bar area was incredibly loud and spilled into the restaurant area. Luckily, we were a bit away from the bar itself. Food was enjoyed by all. I had the pork chop scarpariello. The pork chop seemed to have been cooked separately from the delicious peppers and sausage, so I found it less flavorful than it could have been. Others enjoyed the Cavatelli and the Chicken Saltimboca. The service could not have been better. I have eaten here before andlook forward to our next dinner there.

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JosieD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice to be able to be seated right away on a Thursday evening when it is often busy and tough to get in.

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JenniferK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always delicious..One of our favorite New Canaan spots!

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JoeD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Confused and impersonal approach at hostess station and delayed seating despite reservation. Noise level is high! Food was very good and menu is comprehensive with many delicious options. Our waiter was curt, pushy, and barely attentive. Overall a C.

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RJCJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Somewhat expensive but the food, service and atmosphere was great!

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vipSeizetheDay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great meal at South End. My friend had eh short ribs special of the day. She said it was divine!

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Dinnerforfour
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We called ahead, as we do with most establishments when dining with a wheelchair-bound companion...and were assured of their ADA compliance. We were not dissapointed with any aspect of the evening. Reception was friendly and knowledgable, our waiter was probably the most well informed waiter regarding the menu we’ve ever had (and professionally “fun”)...the $$$ was not exhorbitant, the meal was delicious, the noise level quite low even though the restaurant had a fair amount of patrons. (If I might add, the steak was VERY tasty.) Drinks came quickly. We were able to catch our waiter’s eye almost as soon as we realized we needed help ( don’t you hate when they won’t even look at you?). Overall, a very pleaant evening with good friends.

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Awesome
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great venue for a casual night with friends. Would definitely retuen

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MichaelF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal and fantastic atmosphere for a business dinner.

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DavidP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

NYE

A bit pricey but its was New Years

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RobB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Let's see....how many fu*k ups were there.....The waiter got the water wrong (we asked for tap, but a bottle of sparkling came to the table), the waiter brought over the wrong bar drink for me (he brought over a mixed drink and I had ordered a wine), then when we agreed that I had ordered a Pinot Noir, he then brought me over a Pinot Grigio. Then they got my wife's appetizer wrong. The food was good, shockingly!

When the host asked If I needed another glass of wine, I thought for sure that he would comp it, considering all the fu*k ups, but, no. I was charged for it.

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vipElizabethG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I purposely made a 5:30 New Year’s Eve reservation so we wouldn’t compete with a crowd or feel rushed, and I relished that I had scored a babysitter for the night. We arrived to an (understandably) empty restaurant, as it was so early, yet the host and manager were completely flummoxed over where to seat us, and met in a corner fussing about it, and said they were “completely booked.” I had to laugh, as yes, I was one of those bookings! And the restaurant was empty. We were finally seated, and then were completely rushed along and hovered over the entire time. The menu was a prix fixe and we also ordered oysters, thinking they would come first, as they normally do. Instead our appetizers were rushed out, and every five minutes asked if we were finished. Within 20 minutes, they cleared our plates, and while they were clearing, our waiter stood there holding our entrees. We hadn’t been sitting there for more than 25 minutes. Oysters never came, and our New Year’s Eve dinner was like a fast food experience. The restaurant was still mostly empty as we left! I was very annoyed, having hoped for this rare night out with a babysitter at home to be a leisurely and worthwhile celebration when our bill was OVER $250 for two of us, and only one cocktail and one glass of wine each (we weren’t given time for more, even if we’d wanted it). I won’t be back.

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Foxy
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon and chicken were delicious, and the service was excellent. We did go early, so it wasn't crowded.

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vipSeizetheDay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another great meal at South End. They have returned Cacio e pepe to the menu! I had the Branzino for the first time. It was fantastic! We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We absolutely love Ursula and come regularly. It is noisy around the bar area, but she is so amazing and the food is good. Wish they’d change it up a bit more often.

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Stina
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always

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vipFromparistonewyork
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - definitely among the best in the area

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Picky
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter made the experience fun. my husband has celiac disease and the waiter was very attentive to his needs. The meal was fantastic. I highly recommend the Tuna Poke for an appetizer. We loved this place and will go back very soon.

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vipSeizetheDay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Another great meal with family! And service was great! We had the salmon, bolognese and cavatelli. All great!

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vipSeizetheDay
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Another good dinner at South End. The service is always great. Our waiter seemed a bit preoccupied by a larger party this time. Burger and Bordeaux were awesome. Salmon: great but please LOSE the mass of olives/side dish you serve with it. Yuck! Serve with risotto, bed of spinach or a polenta. I had a pasta dish with eggplant and olives. Tasty but soggy and very average. The bolognese dish is superb; will stick with that next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent place.

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KimberlyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! It was a perfect holiday lunch spot!

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vipMaireadH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipaliceW85
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, attentive service with very good, unique food.

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mghnrystr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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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vipgliteratti
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipaliceW85
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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AnneS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipJamieC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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South End is rated 4.4 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.