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About South End

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.

36 Pine Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Wed - Sat 1130 - 230
Dinner 7 Days a week at 5
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Bar opens daily at 4

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 966-5200

Website:
http://southendnewcanaan.com/

Entertainment:
Live Acoustic Music every Wednesday Night at 8:30pm

Catering:


Parking Details:
Complimentary on-site parking as well as free parking on both sides of the street after 6pm.

Public Transit:
Directly behind the New Canaan train station.

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Martschenko

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.

Private Party Contact:
Michelle Mauro: (203) 966-5200

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

South End Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

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4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great tasting freshly cooked food. Good attentive service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·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.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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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·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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Organic
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 (New York Area)·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!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Caribbean)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

South End was a real surprise. Innovative menu. Incredibly creative. one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in Signed Dick Morris

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere! We will definitely be back.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Tasting menu outstanding

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had the 5 course tasting menu, every item was very good. The wines that accompanied the food were well thought out and also very good, including a very tasty basil margarita. Service was excellent across the board. Not an inexpensive meal but definitely worth the splurge. We did note that for a tasting menu the portions, both food and drink, were quite large - not a complaint, just a comment! Overall, highly recommended.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We sat outside on a beautiful evening. The noise level was perfect and the service was on point. Our appetizer of bbq octopus was spectacular, a must have! The entrées left us longing for something more. The brisket was on the verge of being dry and lacked flavor. My wife had the meatballs and they lacked any sense of flavor. The warm bread served with dinner was wonderful. Dessert. Oh dessert. We had the bananaoffe and the nectarine and raspberry crumble were absolutely Devine. We couldn't have asked for better dessert. Had our entrées been just as delicious we would have given it a 5 star.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent brunch...order the hash.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Second visit but far from the last
This is a excellent restaraunt Great food service and attitude

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Best find in Connecticut
Great service Great food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Love the food and service at South End. Creative and delicious brunch and lunch offerings. I have yet to go for dinner but the menu looks great, Very attentive wait staff. It's become one of my go-to for get-togethers!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Good for oysters; always great food, drinks and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

The food, as always, was outstanding. I really enjoyed my burger and everyone else in the party enjoyed their food. The service this time was not good. While admittedly one member in our party wanted too many modifications to his order, the server took a fairly negative tone and ultimately did not get his order correct. I also ordered my burger without the bun and it came with the bun, which is usually not a problem, but all of the good condiments were spread on the bun, so bun removal wasn't a great option. Additionally, the bus person started clearing plates while a member of the party was still eating. The restaurant wasn't crowded so it wasn't a matter of us needing to leave.

The food is always outstanding and the service is generally good, but there have been some times where the service hasn't matched the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I love South End, best restaurant in New Canaan and CT. I had some family in town visiting for the weekend and they enjoyed dinner so much we came back for brunch. The service is perfection and food is the Amazing!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We chose this restaurant for mother's day brunch. The food was delicious and they were able to easily accommodate my son's dairy allergy. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Fabulous restaurant. Our favorite. Food is excellent as is the service. Nick, Michelle and the entire staff are wonderful

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great menu and variety of foods. Small plates, entrees, charcuterie, dessert, cocktails. Loved the service and ambiance!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I would have rated the South End higher but our waiter explained that on weekends, he couldn't put in an appetizer order first and then followed by our entree order. He needed to have the complete order at one time. If I'm spending time catching up with friends, I don't really want to be rushed like that. Otherwise, the food and ambiance was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Been here five or six times. Food is consisnetly good but service is consistently choppy to poor. Hovering is off putting and lack of reading the table is even worse. Need to make a training investment folks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The place was prefect for a get together with some friends and our kids. Clean, modern, casual. The food was good, with some unique items, as well as, your staples: burger, salads, etc. But overall nothing to write home about, and a bit pricey. Although it is New Canaan; so I wasnt surprised. I would redomend to a friend for brunch or a nice lunch.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Nothing but perfect every time we go. Great service, food and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent food in a modern atmosphere. Our waiter was excellent on a night when the kitchen was a bit behind. Overall a very positive experience particularly the food which was delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Good food... very noisy! It has a very happy hour food because it’s sooo noisy...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Service was consistently weak. Some examples: They were slow to take a drinks order and then they took an extended period to to come from the bar. Perhaps fifteen minutes at our table before we had cocktails. We asked for salt and pepper with our meal...the waiter walked away without saying anything then came back and dropped off pepper and then walked away before we could ask again about salt. He returned about three minutes later with salt. (He should have simply said, "I will be right back with the salt," but instead left us guessing/presuming we weren't getting any.) Overall, the service had a decidedly unprofessional feel and it seemed like the waiters had too many tables.

Food was average...not bad, but by no means notable.

The noise level was such that it was difficult to have a conversation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We had four courses and every single dish was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was very good without being intrusive. We were seated on time and it was simply a lovely evening start to finish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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