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Sugar & Olives

4.3
88 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Healthy
Situated in a converted factory which housed a remarkable aircraft manufacturing company Sugar & Olives is a chic and modern restaurant. Sugar & Olives seeks to educate its diners and cultivate the relationship between farms and families. The kitchen is devoted to supporting and sourcing locally grown food and products and serving that food to a loyal following. This three star Certified Green Restaurant offers cooking classes as well. The space is also a charming party venue and community spot.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday & Friday - 9:00am-10:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 454-3663
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer Balin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Westport Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Hey Mom, you're awesome!! Grab a table and dine with us. Our menu is devoted to supporting the lovely farms in Connecticut. We have long standing relationships with the finest farmers; we serve farm raised poultry, beef, pork and eggs. Our produce is harvested the same day we serve it; it is divine.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 88 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I’m sorry to say we were not impressed and won’t return. Came for brunch on Sunday. We waited an hour for our food. It was ok, nothing was great. The menu sounds interesting, but doesn’t deliver.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We loved our meal. Staff was very friendly and we will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I've been here a few times and have enjoyed myself each time. The menu is different, so its fun to experiment. The coffee is good and the breakfast is great with the pancake and chocolate french toast. I've also had the chickpea curry bowl for lunch. It's more of a veggie heavy soup. Very filling!! I will be back :)

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good but very limited menu and cold and uninviting atmosphere. While the staff was friendly, they seemed quite disorganized

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food is hand crafted. The owner and maitre de are friendly. We had a vegan at the table who was happy. I ordered snapper which was divine. Others had scallops. We split a delicious chocolate confection for dessert.
Loved every bit of it.
Diane

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of my favorite places for lunch,great fresh food and friendly staff

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Music would be nice and all to the ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing experience all around!!! Open and welcoming kitchen! Personable wait staff and the chef/owner was so nice and welcomed each guest as well as came over to each table with homemade cookies, out of the oven!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have been here a few times over the past months and have never been disappointed. Jen is a fantastic chef - creative and delicious. Chris is a great bartender and very friendly. A real gem in Norwalk - go!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Great options for vegans and carnivores alike. Welcoming to our little girl too! Quirky, local, delicious - can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was fantastic - fun to watch the chef cooking in extremely cool renovated space. Super friendly wait staff too - would def recommend this place !!!

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

We went on a Thursday evening and there was literally no-one there do it was very quiet and sort of awkward. About halfway through our meal, another couple showed up so that made it feel a little better.

The restaurant is cute, the food was delicious and healthy (esp if you follow a paleo/ GF diet) and the chef even brought us a little seasonal salad as a treat.

The waiter was nice but there were some things that didn’t impress me (like asking my friend what she would like to drink, but not me, then when asking if I could have an iced tea, saying that’s not something they make in the winter; being at the bar right very close by to us when the restaurant was literally empty; some socially awkward moments)

This is my second time there and both times, the food was great but service left a lot to be desired.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a 1:45 brunch reservation but it was obvious from the onset that we were the last to be seated...”only enough mix for one Bloody Mary left!”, “no more hamburgers”, “no dessert left”.
The waiter was very busy closing up the restaurant vs insuring we were having a pleasant and satisfying experience. He was checking in with us but it felt perfunctory.
I would rather have been told there is no seating past x time vs being rushed out.
I am certain the owner has worked very hard to build a name for herself so to have this type of customer service does a complete disservice to her.
The food is terrific and my previous experiences were very positive. Would not recommend for Sunday brunch.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Very good brunch.
A little pricy but worth it.
Excellent Bloody Mary!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We love this place and have been several times. Unique industrial setting and ambience, and food is very creative and tasty. Open kitchen allows for viewing food prep. Most recent visit, though, had spotty service (and wasn't that busy on our arrival). Location is off Westport Avenue near Pepperidge Farm. Well worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Pleasantly surprised to find this gem in Norwalk. Good, honest, local food simply yet very creatively prepared and served. Quite a short menu but such interesting choices it was still hard to narrow down and could satisfy a broad spectrum of tastes and circumstances. Only solution will be to return often. Completely open kitchen literally and figuratively removes the wall between the chef and cooks and their diners. Waiter/GM/Bartender, Chef and Cook all shared running and bussing responsibilities creating a friendly,homey atmosphere. Decor matches the cooking as it is both simple, unique and creative.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointing. We had a reservation but it seemed like they were not ready to start cooking until a while after we got there. And there were things on the daily menu that they did not have available. It took a long time for our food to come out. The server was nice but very inexperienced. Another server (a man) was better but the chef was very disheveled (looked like she may have had a cold) and not too pleasant and although spoke to us did not welcome us. I believe she is also the owner so that was disappointing. The food was fine but nothing spectacular. Unfortunately we won't be going back for a while. I am rooting for them, however, and hoping this was just a bad day for them.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The staff and chef could not have been nicer. Everything was delicious and full of fresh flavor. We’ll definitely be back!!

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Simple, casual and tasteful decor. Food is seasonal and very tasty. Limited menu, with just a few specials. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert is to die for.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

A great find off the beaten path. Restaurant sources local farm items, so you know the food is fresh. Food is creative, tasty and clean. Their alcohol list is limited, and the drink sizes are small, but the star of the show is the food. I wish they had some menu options for children on the menu, maybe you need to ask.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great find in a unique space. Very gracious and attentive staff/owners (?) that take pride in their work. The menu is quite unique and we enjoyed both the flavors and presentation. We'll definitely be back and hope others find this hidden gem, too.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The highlight? The flavoring and quality of the food and the friendly service! Room for improvement? The menu is very limiting in terms of choices. This is understandable due to the set up of the restaurant but if the menu were more encompassing we would surely dine here regularly. If you have 5 entrees you can't have two of them being a variation of a burger (beef and lamb).

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food with generous portions. A wonderful experience all around.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

We loved it! Found it by chance and we will definitely be back! What a great place--

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Chef came to table to tell us just finished a pot of ratatouille (not on menu) if we'd like to start meal with that, and boy was that yummy. Rest of food just as delicious. A unique find.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

This is a hidden gem. Clearly a labor of love for the owner. Food was fresh, favorable and memorable.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

What a find! Outstanding, creative, locally sourced food. Attentive and friendly service. A must-visit if you are anywhere near the Norwalk area. Can't wait to return! Food recommendation: anything on the menu, but especially the guacamole.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Really cute and rustic inside. Our waiter was incredibly warm and friendly. The food was so so so good. Such a cute hidden gem on a side street in Norwalk; I will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Fun vibe, great local food and hand-crafted cocktails.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food and very fresh

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

The food was superb! Don't miss out.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

A simple and cozy place with food that will sparkle your senses. A must.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

We went for a Mother's Day night before dinner and loved it. Food was awesome and while menu wasn't vast in choices, WE liked that the choices were what these guys said they did great. That should be the upside of a smaller menu and in this place it was.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Fun, different. Good atmosphere.
Good food choices but not Too many.
Very friendly helpful staff.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

All the ingredients to make this spot cool and comfortable and delicious, but the service always ends up being sooooooo slow that it detracts from the experience.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The food and drink here are as good as any place in CT. The vibe could be better but if your goal is great food and great drink this place is perfect!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Very limited menu and hard to understand - its like the menu is not formatted correctly. Supposed to be a daily changing menu, based on what is available but the offerings on Saturday night were the same as the menu that was posted online on Wednesday. I had a $20 burger. The bun was way too big for the burger, and it was overcooked. Restaurant supposed to be open until 11:00 but we went back at 10:15 to retrieve something left there and they were closed. Doubtful I will ever go back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We went on a night where they were hosting a large party and they seemed short staffed. It took a long time for someone to acknowledge us, give us a menu, take a drink order, and bring us water. After waiting for a while, it was clear they had forgotten our drinks and water so we had to go up to the bar to ask.

Food was delicious- all locally sourced and as fresh as could be. Ambience was cool, modern but with a comfy/ cozy/ quaintness to it.

Based on the food, we would try it again... but would check to make sure it wasn't on a night they didn't have another event going on.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

By far the best food in Connecticut ! Always look forward to bringing new friends here. Casual ambiance, inovative cocktails and delicious food. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Such a great place and the bartender Chris is just amazing. His drinks are creative and he is so talented. Overall we really enjoy going here for great food, drinks and service.

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