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About Sugar & Olives

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.

21 1/2 Lois St
Norwalk, CT 06851
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday & Friday - 9:00am-10:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am-3:00pm

Cross Street:
Westport Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 454-3663

Website:
http://www.sugarandolives.com/

Executive Chef:
Jennifer Balin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sugar & Olives Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Healthy (4)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Casual, Cozy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Organic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Fun, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food and very fresh

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The food was superb! Don't miss out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Organic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Organic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Have been there twice for brunch. The food is very good but the menu is very limited. Not enough variety for me!

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Locally sourced ingredients, FRESH, and probably the best Halibut I've had in years. My husband had their burger which he rated as excellent. We loved the ambiance- great music, warm, friendly not formal. Service was perfect. What's not to like? Well to be picky, their chocolate cake truly was superb but the ganache filling was paper thin. For a ganache SO good, standards are a nice thick layer. I did tell the chef.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

After looking forward to dining here for so long, I was genuinely disappointed in the poor service and meager portions of food. I loved the space and was very excited about the menu, but it fell really short of my expectations. I walked out feeling hungry (despite paying quite a bit of money) and wondering if there was a hiccup in staffing the Sunday brunch. Quite the opposite of the friendly vibe and delicious food people rave about!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great funky place off the beaten path. Limited menu, but I had no trouble finding something really appealing. Food was delicious and service really good. Recommended when you want something different: not fancy, but more fun (but not cheap either). Good date night place!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Sunday brunch. had the English Country Brealfast, with shirred eggs (I chose chicken eggs over the duck option) served on top of a hash composed of sweet potato, crispy flavorful duck, and leek. Really great flavor and nice portion. Service is always very helpful and friendly, but it was a little slow and forgetful. Notwithstanding that, everything is always quickly corrected and it's a nice escape in there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We drove here from Long Island (1 1/2 hrs) to eat dinner here and it was well worth it! Thank you Jennifer and Chris for making our Valentines dinner so special!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Very nice place for a Weekend brunch. Lamb burger was great, English breakfast was spectacular. This place has a nice gun vibe and child friendly. Perfect for a casual fun brunch.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We visited on a snowy evening, so we nearly had the restaurant to ourselves because no one was out. However, the owner was a good sport and served up special cocktails for us. We tried several entrees and shared among friends. The food was solid and the options were creative, although it is not an extensive menu (fine by me). It is well designed and decorated; I would like to return on a busier night too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Eclectic. Delicious. Friendly. Inviting. Great place for an evening with friends

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Westport and Fairfield County!

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

Chris was very helpful and friendly. All of our brunch meals were exceptional. We were able to relax and enjoy our visit with friends. Points for the cool music playing in the backround.
We will definitely be back soon to try dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Organic, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The food was awesome. The staff was friendly. We will definitely be back many times.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Excellent. Fresh, tasty food, excellent service and easy to have conversation. Love this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Everything was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2016

This was our second visit to Sugar & Olives. Our vegetarian son was in town to celebrate his birthday, and we felt this was a great option for that occasion (and we were right!). Others in our party aren't vegetarians, but they were pleased with their selections.

Our only complaint was that the main room (with access to the open kitchen) was full and we were placed in a back room. However, it was quieter in there. The day was too cool for outside seating.

We'll definitely go back for a third visit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Vegan, Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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