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For 2
Sat, 2/24
8:30 PM
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South End

459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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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 We will also have special kids tasting menu available as well.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 459 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

KristinA (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

vipsunnystyle (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

vipGreatSpotNewCanaan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

viprestaurantguest (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food all around. Meatballs out of this world.

Mike (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

LuxM (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Mediocre and over priced. Not sure why this restaurant has so many five star review.

vipAnonymous (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Decent but overly expensive food. Noise level is unacceptable, and the restaurant made it worse with a pounding music soundtrack throughout the dinner. I could not wait to get out of the restaurant. There are so many other good Fairfield County restaurants with reasonable noise levels that I cannot imagine going back to this one.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went there for New Year's Eve. Food and service were both adequate but nothing great that would inspire me to go back there again especially with so many other great restaurants in town.

vipmtraub (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

From the time we got the bread to the end of dessert the quality of the ingredients served at this nice, casual place was extraordinary. I wish I could have the bread and butter again right now. The Cesar Salad (perfect for 2) is made with sliced fresh anchovy filets. Superb. I had the veal Milanese, which was served with a big salad on top. Great version of the classic. My wife had the Cod served chowder style, which was truly wonderful as well. The flavor was that of a great chowder with a seared medallion of cod on top. I went for a simple vanilla ice cream for dessert with chocolate sauce, which was nice on our full bellies. The wine list is nice and varied with a price range from moderate to a bit on the stratospheric side. They pour some very nice stuff by the glass as well.