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.
Lunch Wed - Sat 1130 - 230
Dinner 7 Days a week at 5
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Bar opens daily at 4
Good food. Excellent and friendly service at a very reasonable price
As usual, the food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
Exceptionally friendly and attentive servers. Food was very fresh, creatively preoared, and delicious.
Outdoor seating was very nice. Waitstaff could have been more attentive to us.
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.
Absolutely perfect. Food and presentation A plus. Service exceptional. It’s a little treasure. So glad I went here. Excellent.
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.
Very attentive staff and entrees and appetizers were excellent
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.
We really enjoyed our evening at South End. The food and service were exceptional.
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.
Great food. Great staff. Warm and welcoming. The “gentleman’s agreement” drink is awesome. A favorite restaurant!
Very well prepared dishes; will return next time I’m in the area!
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!
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.
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.
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
Food and service was just ok.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
Food is innovative, fresh and tasty. Enjoyed it immensely!
Great place to meet for dinner or drinks with friends or dine alone at the bar. Amazing food.
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.
A former NYTimes food critic was asked about favorite local restaurants and she said, "South End, of course." Given that comment we had to try it! We were 4 diners one of which was a former 2 star chef and all loved the creative, fresh, perfectly prepare entrees. We will be back, of course!
Food was delicious with a very nice and varied menu. The donut dessert was the best I’ve had in a very long time - capped off a wonderful meal. It’s a perfect place for dinner with friends and also to take your spouse for a date. We will come back and soon!
My wife and I love South End. Waiters are courteous and attentive. The food and the wine list are great. Always love the daily specials and the day’s variation on sangria. The roasted chicken is a favorite of mine but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. We will be back soon.
Wasn't our server's fault. He was nice but I don't like to be told when we want to order appetizers and look at menu for our main dish that we can't and that we have to order everything together. We had only been sitting down for 10 minutes when we were told we had to order appetizer and entree. We were done with everything within an hour and 10 minutes and out the door. $225 for brunch for 4 of us isn't too expensive unless it's rushed. Then it feels very expensive. Food was pretty good but we likely won't be back.
Everyone was very nice and helpful. Great menu.
Great Monday night special - SE Burger and Bordeux.
Love the place. Kind of noise for me.
Service was friendly and attentive. Food was creative and delicious! Lively but not too loud to enjoy conversation with our friends.
The menu was a bit uninspired and boring. I wish there were more small plates/apps to try. It was hard to decide on an entree because none were really that appealing. If you aren't very adventurous, the menu is for you! However, I loved the decor/ambiance and drinks!
We had a reservation for 7:15 on a Saturday night and were seated punctually. It is a quite loud and dim dining area so I wouldn't suggest going if you intend to have a meaningful conversation. Our food was fine (read- unremarkable, not bad, just fine) with the skillet cookie being the strongest offering. The fried baby artichokes were unusual compared to the previous preparation- they were not quite fried and not quite in the form of an artichoke. Just shredded up oily baby artichoke leaves with two slices of fried (meyer?) lemon on top. Our waiter was precise but seemed tired and spread thin between his tables. Overall just meh.
South End was recommended by a family member as their favorite in New Canaan. Good choice! Super creative menu plus specials. Lots of good choices to pick from. Had the Manhattan Clam Chowder from the specials....really tasty! Then had veal chop milanese for my main and it was even better. Great piece of veal to start with, pounded and lightly breaded, on the bone, with really fresh greens and thin sliced fresh mozzarella. So good! Great glass of wine from Airfield Estates in Washington to match up perfectly with the food. Already can't wait to go back!
Excellent food all around. Meatballs out of this world.
Great food and cocktails. Service was good and ambience was nice. (chic/casual) One of the best places to grab a bite in New Canaan.