Elm Restaurant

4.6
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555 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
What 555 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks! Good ambience. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful outdoor dining experience, beautiful menu and a uniquely tight wine list.

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vipCarolS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as usual. It was our 2nd time back. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipsurfchicken
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was superb and tables were spaced out nicely. We had the pasta w egg, avocado and fresh blue corn tostados and the grilled artichoke. Highly recommend. Please note that happy hour is t running as of 7/10/20, so check before booking that slot. It shows on the website but we were disappointed when we got there.

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EmadA
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing. Very nice. very expensive thought

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CarolynA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great, lots of options, large and small, meat and veg. Service top rate, friendly and professional.

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jamesf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was incredible and very reasonable. Will absolutely go back

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Dinnerdate
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love Ellm!

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KC2374
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipMichaelP
Miami
128 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a birthday dinner with our favorite fireman in town to celebrate his birthday
His first time at the elm restaurant and he loved it
We were able to sit inside , food and service was excellent
Lots of choices for everyone
The ceaser salad has a kick ! Drinks were great and generous portions

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MauraM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great dinner. Everything was perfect. Thank you to the incredible staff.

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vipMichaelP
Miami
128 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time out in New Canaan since things closed down
The elm was a great option with plenty of outdoor seating.
Our table was waiting for us on arrival . Food was excellent and the service was stellar. They are doing there best with what they have to work with ( regulations)
The menu was revised and there were many wonderful favorites as well as some new exciting dishes
The 1/2 Bbq chicken was delicious and it’s served with Coucous
The burgers were
Absolutely amazing!
Drinks were perfect and our evening was memorable

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vipcarlf
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great drinks!!!!

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to be back out at restaurants again. The food was very good and the service was great.

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vipLauraB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good for every occasion! Elm has the best food and service! Love ❤️

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Kelli
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in Fairfield, CT, hands down. Brunch, lunch, dinner...every dish is soooo good, to the point where you can’t wait to go back and have it again.

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HMLynee
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious. Great service.

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vipJody
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative food preparations! Absolutely delicious.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thanks Jody for the 5 Stars! Come back soon!

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vipCarolS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time to Elm, it won't be our last. Everything was fabulous. Cannot say enough good things. Great dining experience!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 26 February 2020

Carol: We're so glad you came to try us out and look forward to having you back again soon. Thanks for the great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is awesome. Great place to go to.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 21 February 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review!

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vipdeboraht
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

I thought have done more fir Valentine’s Day. There were no special flowers or any acknowledgment. Also the service was acceptable but it seemed they had second string out. Didn’t seem like owner was present or s as Nynorsk in charge. Lots if people who spoke poor English

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vipsurfchicken
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

In general we find the food at Elm superb. We loved the guacamole as usual on the warm blue tortillas and the smoked salmon is excellent (made in house.) The salads are excellent and the protein choices for the salad are all tender and delicious. The one negative was the cabin e Pepe type pasta - I think they call it spaghetti with cracked pepper and Parmesan. It was really al dente, much too much and super salty. The flavor overall was delicious but having lived in Italy for years, I can tell you that they don’t serve hard chewy pasta, even when al dente. I’d be hesitant to order and pasta dish again, but I’ll continue returning for the excellent staff service and attitude and the mostly excellent food. When they get the pasta right I’ll give 5 stars! It really is a neighborhood gem. The noise level in the dining room is also really nice, even when full.

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Gastronomy101
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

All the visual elements of Elm are really lovely, from the restaurant decor to the logo. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. But, the food was a massive disappointment. The only dish we enjoyed was the guacamole + blue corn tostada. We could have had an entire meal from this dish alone.

Everything else we ordered suffered from being heavy-handed with the salt shaker and/or sauces. The brussels sprout pizza was soggy, bland and over-salted. The diver scallops had way too much salt on them, and the combination of the cauliflower, hazelnuts, capers, apricots with a white sauce (and extra salt) was mad it inedible. The white sauce seemed out of place and the apricot pieces were way too thick. We would have sent it back, but I had already complained about the bottom of the pizza tasting burnt and new one returned soggy and bland.

We might be the only people that didn't enjoy our meal. The place was packed with locals (I think).

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 21 February 2020

Thanks for this information. The diver scallops and pizza are actually some of our most popular dishes at elm. Sorry that they weren't to you liking--we do appreciate the feedback.

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AlfredV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and good service in an attractive informal setting.

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Sharuns
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I love Elm. The noise level is my only complaint. Also, the service is good, but our server never checked on us after we got our meal to see how everything was...he only checked back to ask if we wanted a 2nd drink...when we were halfway through our meal.

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vipKrisT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience5

This used to be a local fav. However, the menu has changed.... mains are not very exciting. Yet, extremely expensive for what it is. $29 protein without any sides. Disappointed.

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vipMichellei
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Amazing interesting brunch menu

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 18 January 2020

Thanks Michellei!

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vipKSBNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Elm. Staff is wonderful and so is food!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 17 January 2020

Thank you for the compliment!

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vipGoodeats
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent!

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rachelg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with a good sized group on a busy Friday night. The service was awesome and we went ahead and made the responsible decision of ordering every pasta on the menu plus most appetizers and a couple entrees. Everything was delicious!! I strongly favored the truffle pasta, the scallops were prepared perfectly and I also had seconds (fine, thirds) of the bucatini. Can't sleep on the guacamole either, that was fresh and tasty, definitely getting that next time. I ate at Elm a couple weeks ago, but I'm still thinking about the prosciutto - unmissable. Overall, Elm is a lovely restaurant with great ambience, service and food. I cannot wait for my visit!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 17 January 2020

We appreciate the 5 Star-Review! Great that you tried every pasta on the menu (we make our own on-site daily)--and the guacamole is a house favorite. We look forward to having you back soon!

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Neil
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We ate at the Elm on Christmas Eve. It’s fixed price menu was good but over priced. Our white wine was warm when it was brought to the table; something the waiter acknowledged as he poured the first glasses. Good food. High prices. Average service.

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JonathanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great burgers and steak frites

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Paula
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service both very good. No-one checking for reservations upon arrival, my party was already seated when I arrived; restaurant thought we did not show up...confusion

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vipExperiencedFoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall decent but the service is always so slow when we have lunch at Elm. The restaurant was pretty empty so it makes it even worse when you're waiting for your food to arrive. I'll go back but they need to get more efficient.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 December 2019

Sorry to learn our service wasn't up to par. We appreciate the feedback so that we can address the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with 2 of my sons for Thanksgiving. The food was excellent, the service was excellent, the staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience.
We had a very enjoyable experience. Thank you all❤️

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 December 2019

So glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving with us! Thanks for the review!

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vipLaurenM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Menu was just OK - the dishes were inventive but almost too much so.

The wine list was insanely expensive. Hardly any bottles at a reasonable price, certainly not comparable to the menu prices.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 6 December 2019

Thank you for your feedback--it's always valued.

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vipJosefinam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything that you have will blow your mind away. This please Neves ceases to amaze me.
Incredible food, great staff, the most amazing chef and charming atmosphere!!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 December 2019

Jose: Thank you for this stellar review and the 5-Stars! We appreciate it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall liked it but the truffle fries had no flavor. They added more truffle but no truffle flavor. Service great. Other dishes good.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 December 2019

Sorry to hear this about the fries. We appreciate the feedback so we can make improvements.

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crissyk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always have the best time when we go to elm. Everything is top notch, from the food, to the service, to the wine selections. I could go on and on! You will not be disappointed dining at elm- the hardest part of the whole night is trying to decide what to order because everything looks and sounds so delightful! I wish I could give them 10 stars!!

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 4 December 2019

Crissy: Wow--we really appreciate the 5 stars and all the compliments! Thank you and come back soon.

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HMLynee
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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Elm Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Elm Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 920-4994.

Elm Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 555 OpenTable diners.

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