The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

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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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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

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LS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the risotto starter and branzino main course, everything had such depth of flavors!

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Wonder-ful recipes. Great experience.

a
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat at the Schoolhouse. Love their brunch. Such a quiet peaceful setting, such a wonderful staff, and the food never disappoints, always so good.

RM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming little restaurant, a bit hard to find (set in from the main road), but well worth the effort. We found the food to be terrific, the service very attentive, and the ambiance delightful. We will certainly go back in the future.

K
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALL a treat - thank you so much! Service, ambiance, food - all the very best. Treat to self to visit!

AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The setting is charming, but very noisy when full as the tables are close together and the ceiling is low. The food is superb, wonderfully small proportions so that there is room to enjoy the four courses which are required for the overall price for dinner. I highly recommend The Schoolhouse.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for brunch! Charming and a real gem!

SO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

This was my first time here. I was basically going to sample the food to see whether to hire them to cater a wedding for us.
The service was a major downfall. When we sat and were having a cocktail, the waiter stalked the table as he wanted the order. Once he got it, he was very inattentive. Our dinners were served and though my daughter and I needed a glass of wine, the waiter never returned to the table. We were also without water refills at this point.
My pasta dish was extremely salty and I had nothing to wash it down with so I didn't eat it. For dessert we ordered Chocolate Souffle. This came with a sorbet that was highly salted.
To be fair, the other three people in the party enjoyed their food and my corn soup was delicious.
This place is just too pricey to not be perfect.

GS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice event, great food and terrific service!

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We made a reservation to celebrate my birthday with family at The Schoolhouse. We had been there several years ago and had a great meal. On the reservation it was noted that we were celebrating a birthday. My husband reminded the waiter that it was my birthday celebration when he ordered the chocolate souffle early in the meal. We arrived at 8:00pm and were seated promptly. Water was poured and both butter and salt were placed on the table. We ordered drink and still no bread arrived 20 minutes went by...still no bread. Finally we ask the busboy to bring us bread for the table and some lemon for the water. The bread arrived and the lemon never came. We ordered appetizers and entrees. I asked for lemon a 2nd time when the food arrived and we finally received it. The meal was solid. Thought it was odd that the waiter never checked to see how we were enjoying our meal. The table was cleared and we were eagerly waiting for out souffle with a candle since my family was preparing to sing "Happy Birthday." The waiter dropped the souffle on the table with the sauce and continued back to the kitchen- No candle. My husband shrugged his shoulders and said that there was no point since dessert already came out and there would be no point. Five minutes later they brought out a Birthday dessert with a candle to another table. It seems as if the waitstaffs' performance is perfunctory and on auto-pilot, they do what is absolutely essential (take the order & deliver the food), but don't really listen to the customer. There was no genuine effort to connect with us. While the food was excellent, the service was lackluster. Sad to end the evening on a low point.

N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creative balance of flavors in Chef Michelle’s dishes is amazing and just gets better and better.A++ meals every time.

AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch with a friend. We celebrated our upcoming birthdays. Always delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal.

LA
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful dining experience. One of my favorite restaurants in any city.

LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, never disappoints. Our go-to place for a special meal.

LM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Michelle continues to deliver with her innovative dishes!

CL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This was our second visit. As before the service was excellent. The appetizers and desserts were amazing. But the entrees were average at best. And I am being generous here. The lamb was tough and the beef tasteless. I’m sorry to say that at these prices it just wasn’t worth it and we won’t be back.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the most creative menus out there. Food, service, everything is outstanding.

OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the food was very innovative. The wine selection was extensive. The scallops/beet appetizer was outstanding! Both the lamb en croute and the duck duo were very good. The desserts we chose were less good: the peach crumble/strawberry snickerdoodle combination was rather odd and the creme brûlée with figs was ok, but was not sweet. A lovely experience (albeit rather pricey).

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

45th anniversary. Food and service excellent. A very enjoyable evening .

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal!
Quiet, lovely surrounds - ate outside.
Service friendly, not overbearing..just perfect.

Can't wait till the next time.
Sally Bordonaro

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though there is a limited selection menu it is wonderfully curated and freshly prepared this is an experience you don’t want to miss

DS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients, creative dishes, wonderful meal as usual!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-Fix dinner outstanding!!

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful little schoolhouse with great food and coffee however don’t be late for your reservation as they turned us away the first time and flagged us a no shows on opentable and I had to reschedule for another time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy your excellent cuisine and service
Looking forward seeing you soon!

P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we’re been to in ct. charming and romantic with excellent food. This restored has it all!

DB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad experience at schoolhouse. The food and people are always the best. It's our go to place for special celebrations or for simply a wonderful meal out. Thank you all always.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to the Schoolhouse in the past 6 weeks. Each time was different, and each time was excellent. Food is fresh, innovative, creative and delicious. The combinations are thoughtful and amazing. Will be back again soon.

SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Schoolhouse is excellent. The menu is somewhat limited, but they will modify it to suit your particular needs. Overall, a great experience. We will definitely be going back.

JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the consistently great restaurants anywhere.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food, attentive serving staff & lovely atmosphere! Make this a must for any occasion!

G
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always enjoyable to dine at the Schoolhouse. It never disappoints since it first opened. Delicious creative but wholesome farm to table meals. The wine list is one of the very best with many good value boutique vineyard options. Our bottle of Burgundy is superb! Being able to eat outside in the garden is a big plus, especially the evening is getting very pleasant now.

KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exquisite!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of, if not the best dining experience I’ve had in Connecticut.

PW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was served too fast!! Had the feeling the objective was make room for the next seating. That was too bad!

CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in south western CT/northern Westchester area. As good as the best NYC Restaurants without the insane prices. You’ll find Thomas Keller quality and care here and Danny Meyer like service standards.

e
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the area. Wish it was a little quieter

JA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the Schoolhouse. The food is delicious. The vibe is just right. The service (and the servers) are wonderful. It never disappoints.

SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming atmosphere, attentive staff, amazing food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Schoolhouse epitomizes New England charm, simplicity and an unbeatable standard of excellence. I am not a big beef eater and when I do have it, it is usually filet mignon. However, this NY Strip was as tender as that, but far more flavorful. The food was outstanding and the whole dining experience, including service and ambience was superb, not to mention the fabulous martinis. This is a must stop for a summer’s delight.

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