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The Goose American Bistro and Bar

230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch (6)
  • Casual (3)
  • Neighborhood Gem (3)
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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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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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!
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
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

Food was good, service wasn't great

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

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

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!!

vipMichaelP (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2017

Sunday late brunch ,food and service was perfect

DanielleT (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Best place in Darien!!!

vipFoodie (New York Area)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Lovely warm ambiance. Food consistently good.

SK2016 (Atlantic City)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

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

sloper (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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.

vipkewdigital (New York Area)
2.0  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...

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!