Elm Restaurant

4.6
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505 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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What 505 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
Ambience
4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience. Very friendly staff and food was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to elm for brunch with my friends and I’m so glad we found this place! The food was unreal and the cocktails were amazing!! The pasta dishes are some of the best I’ve had and the apps could be a meal themselves. I’m still thinking about the guacamole and the tuna tartar this morning...and the truffle pasta. I can’t wait to go back for a date night because I took a look at dinner menu and it made me hungry all over again.

Elm Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Happy to hear that you had a great experience at elm--our pasta is all handmade and very popular along with the appetizers you've mentioned. Please do come back and try out the dinner menu, too!

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ER
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My husband and I love having a date night here. The atmosphere is fun, the food is fresh, modern and delicious. And the staff could not be bette, especially the lovely hostess and bartenders

Elm Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, Erika: So glad you enjoy coming to elm. We agree that our staff is great! Thanks for the review.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Date night with hubby...everything is so delicious and service always exceptional.

LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect experience in every way. ♥️

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thank you Laura for this fabulous review. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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K
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and i shared a burger (double double animal style) and ribs. They were both great and better than we expected.
Fries were awesome too

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Hi: Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your meal with us! The burgers and ribs are definitely favorites here. Come back and try other dishes with us again soon.

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AL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for lunch before seeing the Glass House on a Thursday. The ambiance is modern but sedate. We shared the mussels with chardonnay sauce. We have to ask for extra bread as the sauce was wonderful. The lobster rolls was, too. It was a great place.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

So glad you enjoyed your meal with us! Hope to see you again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! Every dish was unique and delicious. Service was very attentive.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thank you for the compliments! Hope to see you back at Elm soon.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic bday dinner for my wife. Best food we have likely ever had in CT since living here for 4 years.

Will become a restaurant regular as a result of tasting the burger and onion rings.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Nick: We're thrilled you found us and had a great meal. Our burgers are definitely a "cult" favorite. Excited to have you as a regular customer!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Pricey but worth it!

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

FOOD IS DELICIOUS. GREAT HOSTESS - SEATED RIGHT AWAY
GREAT WAIT STAFF
DRINKS WERE LIGHT

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Glad you enjoyed your evening with us, Susan. Thanks for taking time to write a review.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First of all, the food is amazing. Everything was beautifully prepared and moderately seasoned. Each dish had a way of being quite delightful in its own way. Whether it was the bread, butter, mignonette for the oysters, I can go on and on. It did get a bit noisy but it’s because people were having a good time! The vibes and energy can be infectious. The service was professional and welcoming. The wait staff certainly take their roles seriously and with pride. Our friends were from out of town....but how fortunate for us that we’re only minutes away!!

M
Adelaide / SA
61 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Consider I g the extremely high noise level
I would NEVER return to this place.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 31 July 2019

Michael: We're sorry to hear about your experience with us. Unfortunately patron noise levels are quite hard to predict or control on any given evening. We do hope you'll come back again and give us another try.

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K
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Loved everything but service was slow
Food superior and so was atmosphere
Perfect evening 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Kerry: Sorry to hear you found our service slow--not typical for elm. Glad you enjoyed everything else about your meal and please come back again.

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super yummy, imaginative, delicious food every time. Staff are all lovely. Great ambiance. I hope Chef stays here in New Canaan for a very long time!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thanks for this great review! No worries about Chef not being in New Canaan. See you again soon.

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TY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The food was awful three out of 5 dinners were virtually uneatable. Skirt steak was burnt to a crisp and tiny. They felt so bad they brought our a third slice of meat. We had two different meats provided for the St Louis barbecue ribs one pork and the other beef brisket. We probably will never go back.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Sorry to read about your experience with us. When it comes to steak, we do not recommend--and will respectfully not guarantee--it ordered 'medium well' or above. We do hope this wasn't your last time dining with us and that you'll come back to try the many other dishes we serve.

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CW
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was authentic & tasty. The service was friendly & efficient. Take advantage of the seafood soup & appetizers

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Appreciate your review and the food recommendations, Carol.

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience... attentive service, superb dinner -- wild blue shrimp gazpacho with avocado salad cooked to perfection! Will definitely return!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Great to read, Rose, Thank you!

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service! A bit pricey but worth it. Definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Food. Best Service

CT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is fresh, innovative and well presented. The service is warm and friendly. A great dining experience!

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).

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.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Hi, Linny: Thank you for taking time to review. Patron noise levels are always unpredictable at any given time and hard to control. Usually it means folks are having a good time! But we do hope you'll come back again and enjoy elm on another day--don't forget we serve lunch and brunch, too.

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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.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 September 2019

Patron noise levels are unpredictable and vary often vary each day. We do hope you come back, and please remember we also serve lunch and brunch as well if you prefer visiting at other times of the day.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
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.

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.

CT
New York Area
7 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.

s
New York Area
77 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.)

OT
New York Area
11 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

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.

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.

AR
New York Area
18 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.

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.

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

Perfect for any occasion! Elm is the best!

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!

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.

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.

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..

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....

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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