Elm Restaurant

4.6
484 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to Elm. Here in the heart of New Canaan, CT., we believe that great meals start with the best ingredients, friends, family, (and of course), our favorite wines. In our charming neighborhood restaurant, we serve seasonal American dishes, inspired by elm’s farmers and fishmongers, and on occasion, a far away place.
Elm is the showcase for the inventive and seasonally inspired cuisine. You can enjoy our daily changing a la carte and chef's tasting menus in all of our distinct dining areas...our beautiful bar, the elegant dining room, at the chef's counter with a view of the kitchen, or we can customize a private dining event at our 14-seat chef's table. Come celebrate the bounty of the season with us.

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BN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good place and they were very accommodating with my requests (a kid's size French Toast).
I would suggest adding croutons to the Caesar Salad.
The wines were a bit on the expensive side but were delicious (I recommend the spanish red wine).

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I liked it but i didn't love it. It was TOO NOISY!! I wouldn't go back bc of that. The food was nice, the service was lovely. A nice spot but for the acoustics.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

It is a nice restaurant but it is extremely loud. The food and wine were good but expensive. We asked for extra bread to go with our mussels but it was never brought. Otherwise the service was fine.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have recently enjoyed dinning at the restaurant. The food is outstanding however the service is incredible. The waiters and waitress's are kind and attentive beyond belief. You leave the restaurant truly wanting to go back for a delicious dinner in a setting that is so joyful. The kale salad is a winner. However the entire menu is hard to narrow down because you will want to try it all... which we continue to go back and taste something amazing each time.

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food consistently quite good. Ive dined here about 6x. Will plan to return.

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CT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is innovative and well prepared. The wine list is quite good and the service was excellent.

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s
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This place just seems to get better as time goes on. Two of us had a spectacular diver-scallop dish, and the guac app plate is ALWAYS worth ordering. Salads continue to up the ante on what a salad can be and do.
Only problem here is the noise. Try to go in off hours, and if you really want quiet, sit at the bar in the back that looks into the kitchen. (We had a table of women near us who set a new record on the screeching laugh meter--not conducive to enjoying a dinner of this caliber.)

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice Mother’s Day dinner. Limited menu due to special day but enough good choices. Very good service. Definitely recommend Elm

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EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was truly fabulous. Everything ordered was divinely delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

It is unbearably loud in that restaurant. It is a nice room and the food is good, but I will never go back there over the weekend.

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AR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was prepared well, but a bit too expensive. Wine was also pricey, and I felt they were a bit light on the pour provided. Also a bit too loud.

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TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

place on a tuesday night was pretty empty. the place on thursday-sunday is busy and hopping. active is better for owner and diners.

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LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for any occasion! Elm is the best!

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MA
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Since this was our first trip to the Elm Restaurant, you can imagine we looked to him for direction and information about the menu.
Our party of four enjoyed four different appetizers and entrees. Each selection provided comments about the taste and presentation. We all had a memorable evening of good food and ambiance.
We will recommend The Elm and we will return.
Well done and thank you!

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NC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful meal! Great menu choices...restaurant has a great vibe & energy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Only issue was volume of noise. Too high even though we had a table in the back corner. I’ll keep this as a favorite lunch spot.

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent . A little noisy but it was a Saturday. night so understandable..

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SA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service. The cheese bread was to die for!! The Tuna was average but the steak frites and salads were awesome. Generous portions and great New Canaan patrons! Very civilized....

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food great service and warm atmosphere

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KF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The waitstaff are all extremely friendly and helpful. The food presentation was lovely and everything tasted delicious. The only dish that fell short was the scallops. All the components were great, but together didn’t quite work

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent menu. Our daughter said the scallops dish was the best meal she’s ever had. Food overall is delicious. Never dissatisfied.

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, solid execution. Made a meal of starters and sides.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband had the best fish and my daughter and I had a lovely pasta dish. Our waitress was excellent and explained the best dishes on the menu. Chic decor, great service.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely dinner with lovely service. Bees Knees cocktail was delicious.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elm's food at all times whether lunch, brunch or dinner is creative, delicious and satisfying. The chef has done wonders keeping the menu fresh and interesting. Service is consistent and top notch. The restaurant and decor are a cut above. Nice to see such a consistent, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great evening! Haven’t been to Elm in awhile and I’m so glad we did!

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MR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I'd recommend The Elm with some reservations. First, it's very expensive. $17. is way too much for a small turkey club sandwich. Ditto for short cup of coffee or tea at $5.00. Other entrees were in the $25. and up range. The service was just shy of perfunctory. My friend's plate was taken away while I was still eating--a big no no in a fine dining establishment. The wait staff was attentive enough, but this place lacked warmth on all levels. The food was good, but somehow it just misses the mark, especially to charge such high prices.

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O
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious salads, beautiful presentation. Attentive waiter, modern interior.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time here. The atmosphere and some of the dishes were really outstanding. I loved the guacamole and flatbread it was a nice twist on the traditional guacamole and chips. The cocktails were also very well chosen and blended. My wife and I shared the $95 steak for two weeks which was unfortunately quite stringy and very fatty. A good 30+% of it was inedible because of this. The accompaniments were excellent as were the sides. Overall we would go back again but maybe not course that dish again.

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GS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very good in every way, but noise level is VERY high. Need to do something to buffer the noise.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great... this place has figured it out and this kitchen is executing at a high level

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s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food are always a delight- Elm is a special treat when you need to have fresh flavors and a friendly atmosphere. Thank you

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Indifferent service, had to repeatedly ask for wine refills. Food was mediocre. This used to be one of the few restaurants in New Canaan that approached Manhattan ambiance and standards. It is now a casual, family eatery with food, service and ambiance ( diners in sweats and sneakers, loud bar TV ) to match.

Ok for a quick lunch or fast meal when better venues are booked.

Definitely a place to avoid for special occasions.

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t
New York Area
267 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

burgers and cocktails are top notch, nice atmosphere, broad menu, some items a bit pricey but worth it

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Pork bowl is delicious

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a
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent but we ate there on Christmas Eve and it was super expensive. Will definitely go again when not a Holiday.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal. Shared several appetizers and entrees. All were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and even better service

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch

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