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About The Goose American Bistro and Bar

Opened in the spring of 2010, “The Goose” is a renewal of a classic American bistro and tavern offering fine dining, contemporary cuisine, warm hospitality and superb service. It has immediately become a popular gathering place in town reminiscent of its predecessor “The Black Goose Grille”.

Its current owners have meticulously restored the restaurant’s original bar and the open fireplace in the tavern which provide a warm and inviting focal point for get-togethers with groups, family and friends.

The two additional dining areas combine classic and contemporary design and accommodate dining groups for large and small events.

972 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bistro, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday — Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Center Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(203) 656-2600

Website:
http://www.thegoosedarien.com/

Parking Details:
There are 2 and 3 hour parking spots in the Center Street South and North parking lots for lunch. For dinner, there is no time restriction.

We have Valet on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Nights

Public Transit:
We are across the street from Darien Metro North station, just 50 minutes from Grand Central Terminal.

Executive Chef:
Piergiorgio Nanni

Private Party Facilities:
Private room for up to 40 guests. Perfect for business meetings, wedding rehearsals, showers.

Bar rentals for up to 90 Guests

Full Restaurant rentals for up to 150 people

Private Party Contact:
Matthew Polidoro: (203) 656-2600

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
"The Goose" has two dining areas that combine classic and contemporary design. They can accommodate dining groups for large and small events!

The Goose American Bistro and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I like The Goose for reasonably casual business lunch. Food and service is very good, and prices are reasonable. I like the bar area, as well, with a fire place. It's my go-to lunch place in Darien.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Love The Goose! Good variety of small to large bites of creative American cuisine. Good value. Service is mediocre and there are often lots of kids in the early evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The Goose is certainly a place for good food with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and definitely was in tune with our timing for ordering. The owner came around and checked in on the tables to make sure everything was okay.
This was our 3rd time there once it has been consistently good. We will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We've been going to the Goose and its predecessor, The Black Goose, for 20+ years. It used to be so popular it was hard to get a reservation but now it's empty on a Saturday night. We took my 84-year old mother in law and my sister in law and brother in law. The manager was so rude when my mother in law came in with her walker. He told my sister in law to leave it at the front of the restaurant which would have made it tough for her to walk down the hallway and into the dining room. As it turned out there was a corner near our table that was fine for it - not in anyone's way. The waiter was pretty good, nice young guy. The potato chips and zucchini chips are still great. My Chicken Milanese was dry and so was my mother in law's burger. My husband's ribs were tasty. The bread pudding was delicious. In an almost empty dining room we were seated next to a large kids' birthday party. They were loud and having a good time which is terrific but it would have been nice if the manager had thought to put the 84 year old and her family in the other corner where it would have been a little quieter. Most 80-somethings don't hear that well. It's too bad because now that my mother in law has moved to Darien, the Goose would have been a nice go-to when we take her out, but I don't think we'll be back anytime soon. The bar side may be a better choice.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Consistently good. Never worry about what you will get at the Goose.
A staple for us for over 20 years!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious food, friendly and attentive service. Entree salad portion size seems to be reduced since I was last here about 4-6 months ago.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Eclectic menu, great service and hidden gem in downtown Darien!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Lobster sliders are outstanding. I had those, the Gag's side salad, and two glass of sauv blanc. Total check, about $53. Had just received my check, been there just under an hour, and the host came up to ask me if I could finish up because other people were waiting to get dinner. "I'm sorry", I said, "I thought I was having dinner? I just spent $60+ after tip...I didn't realize the menu items I ordered and check size wouldn't suffice as dinner".
My server was very cool, and patient...he had nothing to do with that interaction. However, I was dining alone, away from my wife and baby, and wouldn't have expected that. Good food, decent prices for east coast, but I can't endorse this with high stars based on that experience. Too many other places to check out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Never disappoints! A place to go for us for almost 30 years!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The Goose is consistently wonderful! This is one of our favorite restaurants. The prime rib is one of the best we've had. Salads are great & the Mezze Platter is amazing. Kevin is also one of our favorite servers...he is very pleasant & helpful!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Good and wait staff is always consistent. Can't seem to go wrong with this place.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Both the food and the service were very good. The NY Strip which I had this time was cooked perfectly. I especially think their prime rib on Saturday evenings is the best around.

I particularly enjoy their maze platter and steamed mussels.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I found this place on the OpenTable app as I was riding shotgun with my boyfriend down the 95 after 9 PM on a Saturday. We took the very next exit and found The Goose quickly and easily, which is a plus when it can be hard to find a place still serving dinner at that time in CT.

My Honey, who adores French onion soup, pronounced theirs as one of the best he has ever had. I enjoyed my mushroom ravioli in cream sauce. We had a few other things that were also terrific.

We sat in the large dining room to the right of the entrance. Lovely decor and we appreciated the good service.

The noise level rating is high on this visit because we were one of two parties -- the other being a round table of six having a very good time. Fortunately, they were at the opposite side of the room. One woman in the mix had the peculiar talent for distinctive, high decibel laughter. My boyfriend took to imitating her in hopes of hinting to her friends that she might tone it down a bit. She didn't. I imagine that when the room is full, she wouldn't have been as noticeable. It didn't bother me as much because they were obviously having a good time and may not have a chance to get together often. Also my companion has excellent imitation skills, which can be entertaining. They left before we did, so we finally had the room all to ourselves.

We intend to visit again -- lots on the menu is tempting!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Service was slow nd inept. It took ages to get drinks and a bottle of wine. The waiter was hopeless. The food was slow to arrive and not terrific.
Avoid the place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Very noisy during most recent visit and service slower than normal. Great food and good value.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Nice menu, good service, and friendly environment makes the goose a good choice. I like that you can choose to sit in bar or dining room

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

We were seated in the bar/fireplace room, and it seemed understaffed. Other than that, everything was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Our dinner at the Goose was once again exceptional! The prime rib special on Sat night is fabulous. The Mezze Platter is delish & great to share!! Kevin was very attentive & very friendly!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was good, service wasn't great

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

Main dining room needs redecorating but reliable food and good service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The food's always great at the Goose and they have a great variety for different tastes and appetites!!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fun, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Sunday late brunch ,food and service was perfect

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Best place in Darien!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

A cozy place that's a bit pricey for what it is. The p,ace is a bit inconsistent but I enjoy the ambience and vibe. I'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Lovely warm ambiance. Food consistently good.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 3, 2016

We've been going to the The Goose (formerly The Black Goose) for many years. It's been deteriorating since becoming The Goose but this was it. We're removing it from our list.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Third time here and always enjoy the atmosphere and food. Wait staff always friendly

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

I thought everything was great, except for the price for the size of my Black Russian. It was $12 in a small glass.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Was great to just sit at the bar, have a good beer and angood steak next to a roaring fire. Very chilled out.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Have dined at The Goose many times, but usually for dinner or lunch. Brunch was very disappointing. The food was sub par, including dried out ham, and our waiter appeared to be bothered when we asked to return an omelette that was prepared incorrectly.

Additionally, while the dining room had many open tables (pardon the pun), the hostess sat a father and 4 children, all under the age of 5, right next to us which made for a very noisy meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Four of us went to dinner Saturday night. The table was ready and very nice.
3 out of 4 dinners were fine, but 1 was inedible.
We gave it back and was surprised to see it on the bill.
After questioning the server it was removed.
The 2 couples split the bill and when I checked the next day my 1/2 and the total were on my card.
That got straightened out right away..
Order bar food and check your charge the next day...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Order the fish! Or the pork chops. This restaurant is now a family favorite. We look forward to the host's smiling face and the terrific wait staff. The fish is always super fresh and yummy -- there's usually a fish special and it's always been a good bet. The drinks are great and creative. They often have live music and there's always a buzz about this place. I note it's full even on Monday nights -- every night it seems. Note it's loud as heck at the Goose at dinner time. We often finish with cappuccino and either berries and cream or a chocolate bomb type dessert -- terrific!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2016

as always had a very nice dinner and the service was excellent -

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

I haven't been there in a few years went back two weeks ago and went two more times since then......love their lobster sliders. No skimping on the Lobster pieces - delicious calamari and a good size portion. Service was exceptional all in all it was a great choice !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Good experience overall. Food was excellent and our waitress was fantastic. Only issue was that we 4 adults were seated in a section with large families with small kids, despite lots of tables elsewhere. Was not an issue in the end, but would be nice to be asked by the hostess if it was ok.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Our waitress Laura was top-notch and the staff was great! Our table was ready early, and when our friends called to say they'd be late the hostess got the message to us asap. Food came out hot and delicious. Great time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Been to The Goose many times for a casual dining evening. Food is always good. Drinks from the bar are very good. They might try some different foods on the menu as it is always the same.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Service was excellent. I felt that while my crab cakes were delicious, they were too small to be considered a good value.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Must have hit an off night Friday at this normally jammed to the walls local place. Open tables, lightly attended bar (normally packed). We had a reservation so our party of 6 was immediately seated but we could have walked in. Took awhile for a waiter to show up, ordered drinks that took forever to arrive. Waiter had a bit of a 'tude we thought. Second round took even longer. Food order took forever and was not served all at once so we waited until the full order finally got served. Even then, a bacon cheeseburger arrived without any bacon and several dishes had cooled by the time the order was completed. One side order of fries never arrived. Lobster sliders were excellent, burger's overcooked, otherwise OK. We haven't been here in awhile and it's either gone downhill and people are going elsewhere or we hit an very off night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Disinterested staff. Not welcoming. But, salad offerings were excellent. We felt like we were at a club that was annoyed with its members.

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