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The Goose American Bistro and Bar

224 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch (4)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
  • Creative Cuisine (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 224 People Are Saying
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Colabean (Miami)
Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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

Great salads in a cozy environment
Enjoyed it very much

OpenTable Diner 
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.

AlthePal (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.

Nick7 (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.

vipOpenTable Diner (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.

vipTommyG (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!

vipBetsy (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.

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

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

KMai (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.