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The Goose American Bistro and Bar

4.2
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bistro, American
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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
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Phone number
(203) 656-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Piergiorgio Nanni
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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
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Private party contact
Matthew Polidoro: (203) 656-2600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Center Street
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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
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Public transit
We are across the street from Darien Metro North station, just 50 minutes from Grand Central Terminal.
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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!
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
What 230 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.2
service
4.3
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines dinner with my wife and kids and the food was outstanding. My wife and I had the Zuppa de pesce my son had the linguine with clams and my daughter had the bolognese and all of the meals were outstanding. Highly recommend the Goose

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

They have this lady there that couldn’t sing very well and after a while it got really annoying. Other than that they were on top of the water they made sure my cup is filled and I was satisfied. Although, I wouldn’t recommend the lobster mac & cheese because it’s fake lobster and it didn’t taste that weIl. The sliders were good though but there were only three of them and I was expecting four that was a little disappointing. My man ordered the shrimp scampi and they didn’t even take the shrimp tail off. He was kind of disappointed about that but he still thought the pasta was good I but ,thought it was kind of nasty. There was this lady in the red dress walking around and she was pretty cool she seem like a nice person. Overall I had an OK experience.

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vipctmom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Local restaurant perfect for occasions where you want to have a discussion - in the front room. Food was solid and tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The service was unfortunately horrible. The waiter was not attentive to our table, even though the restaurant was not full. Never came by to ask how our food was, nor did he offer refills on water or coffee. The food also took an extraordinary long time to get.

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vipLHCIIfromNY (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Goose knows its strengths and its customers. The food is very good and the location is top notch. You can have a meal and catch up with friends without being rushed out the door. A good spot -- not too expensive.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

My first time at Goose- the food and drinks were excellent, the service was excellent and we’ll be back again.

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Colabean (Miami)
3.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Overpriced and not great. Steak was ruined (and gray). Weak cocktails. Service was good and flatbread and calamari tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Great salads in a cozy environment
Enjoyed it very much

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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AlthePal (New York Area)
4.0  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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Nick7 (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

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vipTommyG (New York Area)
4.0  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!

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vipBetsy (New York Area)
1.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

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

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KMai (Chicago)
3.0  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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vipTommyG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

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

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vipLisaB (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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!

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vipWorld2 (New York Area)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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Ellgirl (New York Area)
5.0  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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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vipLisaB (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was good, service wasn't great

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vipSteffymac (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2017

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

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vipMichaelP (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2017

Sunday late brunch ,food and service was perfect

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