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South End

4.4
459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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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 459 People Are Saying
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4.4
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3.9
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

Excellent food all around. Meatballs out of this world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipFoodie0523 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

One of the best meals we have had in the area!

We met our friends for dinner here. Awesome scene, great Christmas decorations, great menu, DELICIOUS food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Danny's clams is a seasonal favorite. Strip steak was outstanding as always. Service was top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

It was fine
Solid

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything we ordered was DELICIOUS and the service was great. It's a really nice atmosphere - we were in a small back room that felt very cozy. One of the walls of the room was a wine "cellar" for lack of a better word, which made it feel more open, but also like a fun private wine room. Overall, a very nice meal.

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boze58 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Outstanding brunch. I ordered the chic ken sandwich with bbq chips and was not disappointed.

The dessert I had tasted like a warm heath bar with toffee and ice-cream. Four spoons please!

Take your friends.

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vipcz17 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

I really like the vibe at South End. It's warm, inviting and you can have a conversation. The food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

I had a lovely dinner at South End. It's an interesting combination because, on one hand, the food is well executed and elevated, but on the other, it has a more casually elegant vibe than other fine dining restaurants. They have an abundant wine list, and although their tap and bottled beer selection is not as voluminous, it is well curated, diverse, and there is no shortage of very good options.
The food is interesting, too. There are Italian elements, like homemade pasta, but I wouldn't call it an Italian restaurant. Overall, the menu is seemed like new American, offering a wide selection of small and large plates. I sampled quite a few item. The BBQ Octopus was perfectly cooked, but I questioned its pairing with a forceful sausage. The saltiness the meat gave was excellent, but I wondered if its flavor was too strong against the delicate octopus. It was still delicious.
I also tried the fried artichokes, which were splendid. They were lovely and crispy, but still soft, yielding, and bursting with the earthly flavor you'd expect from the vegetable.
For a main, I had a fabulous pork chop with spicy peppers. The pork itself was exceptional, exquisitely marbled and cooked to a delicate rosy pink hue. The preparation balanced the meat with salt, spice, and a vinegary bite that kept me coming back.
The only dish I thought was less-than-excellent was a tagliatelle ragu. The pasta was simply over cooked. The noodles were too soft, a few minutes passed al dente. They fell apart when twisted on a fork. The ragu was still tasted wonderful, but the pasta itself was a miss.
The service was pleasantly attentive and not overbearing, and I would gladly return to South End. I have a sneaky feeling that the pasta would be top-notch like everything else was if I return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Great tasting freshly cooked food. Good attentive service.

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vipChristian (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second visit after being so impressed last time! On a positive note, the food was just as good. On a negative note, the service was NOT good at all. The waitress was friendly but overall not the best as she rarely checked in with us at all. If we wanted anything we had to flag her down or ask that someone get her. If it had not been for the busboys, we would have had horrible service. In honesty, I think she was clueless that she didn't provide decent service but we did cut back our normal 20% tip due to her lack of attention.

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vipLamj (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is always excellent, although as someone who goes there a lot, I would love it if there were more changes. Had a new waiter this time and he was outstanding. Very friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

Our server was most attentive - there when needed, quick to respond to requests and sensitive enough to allow us to enjoy (immensely!) our very fine meal. Yes, would return when the occasion allows.

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vipRJBZR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

I love this restaurant. Good food good service. Easy to park. My go to place!

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HonestOpinion19 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Made reservation and noted our anniversary. Arrived and hostess, dressed in leggings and a jeans jacket, made no mention of it. We asked to sit in a booth. She initially said no. When I pressed as to why, she then allowed us to sit. Waiter seemed distant and not happy to be there. My wife’s glass of red wine was warm. Waiter came by and asked how our main courses were. Since he asked I told him that the chicken saltimboca was not good. He thanked me for being honest and walked away.
Our desert came we told the waiter about our disappointment Re our anniversary and that we were not happy about many things. He said he would go talk to the manager. Manager never came over. Never offered apology. We got the check. We paid and left. We will not return. Sad.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was great. Fried artichokes and garlic aioli with a hit of lemon was amazing, the burrata with shaved asparagus and prosciutto hit the spot.

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BobO (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

The inside dining is very noisy. We were lucky and could sit outside. The food is very tasty and creative. The service was attentive enough but I had to search out the waitress once. I think the prices are 15-20% higher than I would like.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

food, service, amazing. can't wait to go back. we needed a last minute dinner out on Saturday night, recently moved to the area. It was terrific.

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AwesomeExperience (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Not boring at all. Great ambiance. Also, our server made us feel special by engaging with us with her fun attitude. I highly recommend the Prosciutto Wrapped Figs - so delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
3.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

I have been here before and the food was great. This last time - I left feeling sick. The Octopus had an ammonia taste and the brisket was horrible.

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vipChristian (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

As a new resident of the area we have been trying a lot of new restaurants, overall we were pretty impressed with South End and it was the best of the establishments we have tried in New Canaan. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and we felt the portions were larger than we had anticipated. Highlight of the meal were the donuts at the end which were to die for. If I had to nitpick to find something negative it would be that the restaurant was very load due to the bar. If the restaurant did something to separate the bar space from the tables it would be a big improvement.

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vipQueenie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Had dinner here the other night with some relatives. Some very very minor little glitches occurred with your apps, they were OUTSTANDINGLY delicious nonetheless.......entrees......PERFECT, delicious and beautiful to look at as well! The staff handled our table like pros. The management was incredibly generous and offered us some dessert on the house for those minor glitches and the desserts were FABULOUS!! Thank you so much to the entire staff at South End for a wonderful family reunion. We had a great time and we will all be back very soon. O.....and the live music was great!!!

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