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South End

4.4
467 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
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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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 467 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Tasting menu outstanding

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent brunch...order the hash.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Best find in Connecticut
Great service Great food

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Great neighborhood spot

Fantastic menu

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Always lovely dining with great food and attentIve waitstaff whether you pop in for drinks and tapas at the bar, lunch or a family dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Loved the food and ambiance, but it was way too LOUD, could barely carry on a conversation to even those next to me, felt like I was shouting all night!!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Good meal with good friends! We arrived on the early side for dinner and by the time we left the place was packed. It does get very noisy so ask for a booth in the back. Service was very good. Nonna's meatballs rock! Salmon was good, chopped salad and the lamb chops. Appropriately staffed for a busy restaurant. Will return!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2017

My friend checked her coat on a Sat night when it wasn't busy, and when she went to retrieve it after dinner, it was missing. The hostess acted as if it was no big deal and begrudgingly took my friend's name and number to call if it turned up. It's been 2 days and it hasn't turned up. I understand that mistakes happen, but I would expect her to at least apologize and try to fix the problem!

Definitely expected more from this place!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Fantastic food, ambience, and amazing service. Easily one of the best places to eat in New Canaan.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Service was terrible.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent place, perfect ambience and delicious!
Would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

The plating is excellent, and the taste is superb. Wine choices, by the glass, are excellent, and the place looks great; however, it could get really loud, even in the dining room, which is only separated from the bar by a half-wall.

Not a great place for special occasions or a quiet romantic dinner, but in every other way, it's an excellent restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

NON Valentine's meal on V.Day. Great service and wonderful bartender. Great steak frites (both hangar steak and NY strip) and tuna poke. Great atmosphere for every day or special.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2017

The food was good but not great.
Portions were very small so not terrific value.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Great service, food and wonderful ambiance

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2017

New to us, and worth venturing from our usual spots! The food was great and the options went well with the winter season. Excellent service, will return!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2017

The pancakes were deeeelicious and the service was fabulous!!!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Nothing to write home about for the price.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

We used to go to South end very often a few years ago, so we decided to go again. The food and service was excellent. Great wine recommendation by the waitress Orsi. She was very nice and helpful. We enjoyed the fish dishes. We also introduced this restaurant to some friends. Will definitely go again

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Consistantly excellent. Always fresh raw bar, Great Chicken, Tune Poke, Specials, Creative and Fresh. Cheese and Meat plate to start with a little Vino !

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Never disappointing. We stopped in for a quick bite after a holiday open house and ended up only getting a few small plates. We got clams, grilled octopus, meatballs and risotto balls. All delicious! It wasn't very crowded which made the noise level a little better.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2016

Perfect in every way. Great menu, interesting dishes both main and appetizers, wonderful service. Nice place to enjoy a quiet meal on a weekday night.

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