The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

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1469 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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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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OT
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
5 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
21 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
9 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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NS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUMMY! Amazing combinations of flavors and ingredients. Sublime.

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J
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit to this restaurant. Each visit has been memorable. The chef's menu is outstanding as is the wait staff. For us the second visit has pushed this restaurant as one of our regularly must go restaurants to the top of our list.

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GO
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal with the finest service. Like an "old school" feeling that your in a special place and valued for being there!

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ME
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food freshness very high and great seasonal menu, however seasoning of dishes was somewhat bland versus expectation from menu description. A lovely evening but given the hype around this being one of the best restaurants in the area it was somewhat disappointing. Chocolate soufflé was a must have!

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DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. My all time favorite restaurant. Amazing food, impeccable and warm service.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here in awhile. As good as I remembered. Will definitely put it on my list of favorite restaurants in the area.

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JS
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot. Invisible service. All courses five stars = ingredients, preparation, execution. We made the 30 minute drive (each way) from our weekend house in Bedford, NY and will do it again without hesitation!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute you walk in until you leave the staff makes you feel special. The food is beyond amazing! We will be back!

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G
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed! we have been going to the Schoolhouse for many years and are greeted as old friends. Our guests were visiting from NJ and loved every moment and could not stop taking pictures of everything. It is so quaint - and very special. Food is delicious consistently and service is always professional, courteous, and gracious. LOVE the SCHOOLHOUSE!!!

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Y
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat customer over many years. Delight to return on any occasion. Food quality is always superb as is the service

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PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Requested a table with river view but were denied even though we had reserved and were the second table seated. Other than that disappointing moment a god experience...

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food and service was very good. The noise level was very high and there could have been more people. The noise level reduced the overall experience. I would recommend some effort be done to improve the acoustics.

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there many times and they are fabulous!

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