South End

4.5
493 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
The raw talent, experience, and passion of two young people is the foundation for South End, a neighborhood restaurant and gathering place in the charming town of New Canaan. Chef/Owner Nick Martschenko and General Manager Michelle Mauro bring 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
Michelle Mauro: (203) 966-5200
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Catering


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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 493 People Are Saying
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New York Area
13 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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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
29 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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E
New York Area
44 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
1 review
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
13 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
12 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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OT
New York Area
2 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
11 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
28 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
4 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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A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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FI
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very nice and helpful. Great menu.

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SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious.

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RC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Monday night special - SE Burger and Bordeux.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Kind of noise for me.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and attentive. Food was creative and delicious! Lively but not too loud to enjoy conversation with our friends.

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KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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!

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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ND
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food all around. Meatballs out of this world.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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