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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.
New Canaan, CT 06840
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Acoustic Music every Wednesday Night at 8:30pm
Complimentary on-site parking as well as free parking on both sides of the street after 6pm.
Directly behind the New Canaan train station.
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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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