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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.
Darien, CT 06820
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
We are across the street from Darien Metro North station, just 50 minutes from Grand Central Terminal.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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!
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 !
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.
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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