The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

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1482 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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New England
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccable and delicious, high end food with welcoming warm service.

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SI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very lovely restaurant. The service, food and atmosphere are outstanding. Although it was almost full on the night before Valentine's Day, the noise level was very low. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special night out.

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited the Schoolhouse many times and it is always wonderful. The wait staff is friendly, remembers what we like and goes out of their way to make us comfortable. I had a guest who was in a wheelchair and they helped bring her in up the ramp, brought her to our table and were quietly attentive. We always have a most enjoyable time.

For brunch my sister and I mostly choose eggs benedict which are superb. They have changed bread and it is not as wonderful, but is still very good.

We will certainly be back.. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great ambiance

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience excellent. We have been there many times and we have never been disappointed. We eat in high quality restaurants in NYC and it compares favorably and often it is better.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a great experience! One of our favorites in Fairfield county

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this very special spot- went to celebrate my wife's birthday brunch- as always they deliver the best food and drinks promptly but not rushed- will always use this place as our go to- congrats on keeping the bar high and meeting it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic night for our anniversary

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to all the top rated restaurants in the area, and the Schoolhouse is for us A#1`, top of the heap!

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meatless meal. Lovely service as always. Thank goodness it is in our neighborhood!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Saturday night date night for my husband and I but after spending an evening at The school House
for dinner it was like a Anniversary Celebration!
Very romantic the service was outstanding the food was to die for.... we would definitely go back again 👍🏼

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JA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Schoolhouse at least a dozen times. We usually go on a Thursday night when they feature their prix fixe menu with wine pairing. We always leave smiling. The food is excellent, the wine is delicious and the wait staff is the best around. Brunch is also excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Schoolhouse is always wonderful. The menu is always evolving, and the experience is personal and warm. We try come back as often as we can! The pre fix is an amazing value, and the regular menu is fabulous. The chocolate soufflé is the best end to the meal, too!

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there many times! Love this little jewel of a restaurant!!

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A
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time to their brunch on Sunday and we’ll be definitely going back! Service is attentive, food simply delicious.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the restaurant: food, ambiance service etc. Excellent adult and interesting food. Never leave disappointed. Wife would prefer more gluten-free choices but she usually can find enough to eat.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent everything. The best place to go for several miles. Atmosphere and food stand out

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Schoolhouse remains one of the most pleasurable dining experiences in Connecticut. The food, personal service, wine selection and atmosphere combine to make it our favorite ... again and again.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Will be back. Tasting menu was delicious.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be a special dining occasion, from food to service to atmosphere.

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MC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the “The Schoolhouse at Cannondale” with my family, last year when I made a trip to Connecticut and could not wait to do so this year as well. Like before we had a wonderful experience both with the food as well as the service. We enjoyed all the dishes we ate but our favourites were the pork loin and the parsnip soup. The service was very efficient, friendly and respectful. I look forward to visiting it again next time I am in town.

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WS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word: Superb splendid delicious. Lovely staff

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional. Innovative menu perfectly prepared. Service and ambiance couldn't be better.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best restaurant in Fairfield county.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim and team never fail to deliver a wonderful experience every time. After all these years - something new, food -wise, but service-wise is always is ALWAYS the same (i.e, the best!).

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Y
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and delicious brunch in their unique setting with perfect service.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful experience

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Four of us were there for lunch. The ambience was very nice -- quiet; we were able to talk and hear each other. The service was fair -- i.e., I was never offered a coffee refill; we waited for a long time for a check and then were asked to leave because the table was needed. Worst of all was the very limited menu and unwillingness of the chef to make modifications.

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M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint little place with outstanding food and service. Local farm-to-table so menu changes constantly and selections may be limited because of that. But really a treat.

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CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return agin and again to Schoolhouse. Can't say enough amazing things about each and every meal we have there. LOVE this very special place. Food never fails to entice and excite. The staff is phenomenal. One of our most favorite places on the planet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had been seeing the schoolhouse show up time and time again with great reviews on opentable and yelp. We had to try it and decided to go on Thursday for the Pre-fixe. Service was great as we were seated right away and they took our coats for us up front. Ambiance was great and the place was well decorated

Now onto the meal, $48 for the 4-course pre-fixe meal which is the only offering on Thursday nights. You can also pair it with wine for an additional $30 which we passed on as all the pairings were white wine. Each course has two options for you to choose from. Overall the food was very good, not quite great or excellent but very good. Portions are small on each course so you do not get too full which I appreciated but some people may expect a bit more. The courses came out quickly after finishing course prior which kept things moving we were in and out in about 90 minutes.

Overall small quaint place with great decor and great service. Would recommend giving it a shot as the menu varies, if you are a picky eater it probably isn’t for you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

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AU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and superb meal! Restaurant is an absolute jewel!

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CA
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I found the menu very limited
My husband had fois gras to begin. I found the presentation lacking and unappetizing. He enjoyed his duck entree.
I started with a kale and cabbage salad which was nice. My entree, Pigs cheeks was only ok and not served hot enough.
We will not return.

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MV
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My husband and I made a reservation here for our 20th anniversary, after cancelling another reservation further away. We went to an inn in New Canaan prior, where we had our wedding reception for a drink, so the Schoolhouse made sense. My reservation noted our 20th anniversary and request for a nice table for 2. When we arrived, we gave our name and they tried to seat us at a table for 4 (not intimate) in the center of the restaurant and right in front of the curtain leading to the door (disruptive and cold). I told them we did not want to sit there and we'd wait. Shortly thereafter, we sat a table for two and enjoyed our meal, a bottle of wine, and dessert. Not once did anyone note ANYTHING regarding our anniversary. (Guess they didn't read the reservation notes.) Years ago, we dined here for another anniversary and not only did they congratulate us, they had a special dessert with congratulations written in chocolate. While we did have a nice meal, this was a fail on behalf of the Schoolhouse, which would've been appreciated and a very thoughtful way to recognize and top off our night. Will think twice before dining here again for any special occasion.

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MB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

the tiny restaurant is so loud I could not hear my spouse talk. The food is beyond fantastic but the noise level borders on manic. We tried the Schoolhouse 5 years ago but did not return because of the extremely high noise level. Our second visit, confirmed our memory. I will not be coming back. tables are far too close together and there is no attempt made by the owner to address the noise. Did I mention the noise???!

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WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good but restaurant was so loud it was nearly impossible to have a conversation.

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not much to say, really. I've dinner in some of the best restaurants in the world -- Restaurant Bocuse near Lyon, Celadon in Bangkok, for instance -- and the Schoolhouse hold it's own with any of them for both food and service. You won't be disappointed.

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here often and it’s one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. And I lived in New York City for 40 years. Dishes are always interesting and delicious and presented beautifully. Healthy and light ingredients and small portions so you never feel too full. Cozy and charming atmosphere and attentive and super friendly service. Good wine pairings with dinner if you order it. Can’t recommend It highly enough!

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RN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place. Short menu, 6-8 entries, allows Tim & crew to focus on high quality ingredients perfectly prepared. And a interesting, diverse wine list. Tonight for three of us, one appetizer ( grilled butternut squash - who knew parsley could make it so good) plus three entree and, of course a chocolate soufflé for desert. Lovely Morgon that was very well priced complimented our dinner. And, of course Lauro and Mario provide wonderful, attentive service. Just love coming to the Schoolhouse.

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