The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

4.8
1537 reviews
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Tucked away in Wilton's quaint Cannondale Village overlooking the babbling Norwalk river, the restaurant is located inside a schoolhouse built just after the civil war in 1872. The completely renovated and stylish interior reflects the elegant and thoughtful cuisine of Chef Tim LaBant whose focus is on searching out the finest ingredients from both local CT farms and exceptionally passionate farmers from around the nation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a lovely restaurant with a unique setting. The food is delicious and the service is excellent! It is a small restaurant so if there is someone with a booming voice it is hard to ignore. We will definitely be going back.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner from start to the chocolate soufflé finish. Always an exceptional evening at The Schoolhouse.

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D
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific intimate excellent but relaxed little place. Thoughtfully well made food. Excellent ingredients. Strong fairly priced wine list.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always - such care in each innovative dish. Servers are consistently friendly and warm.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for Mother's Day and I was a bit disappointed. They had an adult prix-fixe menu/price as well as one for kids. I did not see the menu beforehand as it is formulated by the chef that day. Looking back, it was not an ideal place to go for Mother's Day as the kids had the exact same options as the parents with no modifications made. We go out to eat quite often and there are many times where there is no kid's menu, but the chef will sometimes make small modifications. In this case, the waiter said that they don't make modifications. They ate a lot of bread. I'm not blaming the restaurant - I should have done a better job pushing to understand the options for kids, but I thought since it was a "Mother's Day Prix Fixe", there would be overall more thought given to this. Anyway, we were a bit disappointed by the experience.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Mother's Day lunch was spectacular! As it always is, the service was outstanding, the food creative and delicious, and the atmosphere charming and relaxing. Instead of ordering our favorite Sunday brunch dish (the Schoolhouse Benedict), we tried the new entrees: shrimp and grits, pulled pork, and French toast made with brioche. Everyone was delighted with the new choices. Dining at the Schoolhouse made our day special. It has become a well-loved family tradition!

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JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day lunch

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CS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as usual. My only suggestion is to have the option of vanilla or chocolate ice cream as a dessert for children. There is only one dessert choice at brunch- delicious- but not always appealing to young children. On holidays where there are many children attending this would be an added plus.
Schoolhouse remains one of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is excellent! Food very high quality. Ambiance charming but way, way too noisy!!!! They need to put some sound absorption !

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BB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails, food, service and decor are wonderful. It’s a tiny space and over the years people have gotten louder and louder, so it’s now painfully loud. Luckily they are adding noise canceling technology to counteract the noise. I’m looking forward to returning

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Beautiful, quiet, welcoming environment and great food!

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable little schoolhouse turned into a fabulous restaurant. Welcoming and attentive service. The octopus starter was divine - smoky chorizo added wonderful flavor. The duck duo was a gorgeous piece of art that tasted as good as it looked. We were too sated to try the chocolate souffle, but the one next to us looked and smelled amazing. Great wine list. Would definitely recommend!

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular in every way, with many layers of flavors and textures.
My only disappointment was the wine list.I REALLY wish restaurants would carry a few organic wines. There are so many of us who have problems with sulfites these days. It’s not that hard to carry a couple selections. We’ll be back and will hope there will be a wine for me😊

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BA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I had the duck, my wife the branzino. Both were wonderful.

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S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Schoolhouse at Cannondale has been a favorite of ours for years and it never disappoints. They change the menu seasonally and they have some of the best desserts I’ve ever had in my life! The beet salad last night with olives (!) was so insanely good, I wanted to order a second one. Banana cake with peanut butter ice cream was awesome!! Beef is always cooked perfectly. Easy to manage wine list. On point cocktails. Truly the best, and we make a point to go several times a year to get our fix.

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TM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The setting is charming, the food delicious and the staff lovely and attentive. We have been loyal customers for years and can't recommend it highly enough.
Also, Penny Ha' Penny is right next door to get wonderful British treats; we are always sure to visit and stock up on chutney.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining in a calm atmosphere, attentive staff, delicious food. Never disappointing.

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RL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this rasaurant: such understated but attentive service. The food is always so fresh, so creative and delicious

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most beautiful plates I’ve ever seen that tasted just as good. Quaint ambiance and impeccable service. Found our new favorite date spot!

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EL
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite is outstanding. If expensive is worth it, this is a perfect example. Perfect food, attentive relaxed service, delicious in a perfect little place. Indulgent. Luxe in a very easy but sophisticated way. Great place.

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love these guys! Great food, great service, and how many restaurants can you find in an old Schoolhouse?

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional. The sweet potato soup was quite memorable and the branzino was light and done just right. We will definitely be back.

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to The Schoolhouse but it certainly won’t be our last! The whole experience was a delight. The food was perfectly prepared and presented, and the service was impeccable. What a find!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at The Schoolhouse. Everything was presented in a beautiful way and tasted delicious. Cannot to return to try some more culinary creations!

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Y
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As given by the eponymous name the restaurant is a single room with a friendly, caring, and efficient staff with a Chef whose flavorful work is superbly composed and balanced on the plate - never heavy or overdone.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience. Best Burrata I have ever had.

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LA
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to The Schoolhouse for every special occasion and important family dinner for the last few years, and it's hard to say what its best selling point is - the outstanding food, the exceptionally professional and gracious service or the beautiful setting.

Every meal we've had there has been delicious, always ended with their chocolate souffle.
I LOVE this restaurant.

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CH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for brunch. French pressed coffee was a great start, mimosa's, then egg in a hole, and a benedict. portions could have been a bit more substantial. Quality over quantity here. nice setting

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PU
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small but quiet place in an old single room schoolhouse—as the name implies. Food is not inexpensive, but it is excellent. Very nice wine list. Waiter asks at time of order if you would like a chocolate soufflé for 2 for dessert.
Definitely worth a try.

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LM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Michelle knocked it out of the park with her delicious Monk Fish served in a bowl with broth and gigante beans--outstanding!!

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been happy with The Schoolhouse for ten years now, but our meal Friday night was one of the very best. Each dish had many flavors, all harmoniously working together.

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Great service, great food! Will be back!

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LM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The School House is always excellent!

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat for us, though expense keeps us from treats too often. Love to bring new people to the restaurant.

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive, felt fancy, but they weren't snooty! Wish there were more breakfast-like items on the brunch menu, but the french toast I had was delicious.

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p
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The luncheon meal was superb from appetizer to desert and espresso. The service was prompt without being pushy. As this was linch on a Saturday, the restaurant, which is quite small, was only half full so the noise level was low. Not sure how it would be when full.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love. AMAZING food flawless service. Cannot wait to go back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service.

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IS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a fantastic culinary experience and night out. Great food and great service in a very romantic setting.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! A hidden gem!

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