Elm Restaurant

4.7
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522 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.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.2
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EF
New York Area
6 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 3 days ago

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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OT
New York Area
8 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 3 days ago

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

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LM
London
1 review
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 a day ago

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

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J
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 3 days ago

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

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OT
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 3 days ago

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

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c
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 3 days ago

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

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HM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Where to begin? I eat out quite often, and I've had my share of burgers, onion soup and fries. I must say that in all my wanderings, I have not had a more delicious burger than at Elm! The flavors were outstanding. If I could have, I would have licked the plate! The seasoning on throughout the burger was incredible, perhaps the best burger I have EVER eaten. The onion soup was a total surprise. When it arrived at the table, it didn't look anything spectacular. There was no melted cheese as I was accustomed to. BUT, when I took that first taste, I couldn't believe my taste buds! There was cheese melted within the 5-onion soup! The onion soup itself was not your typical "clear" soup, it had a consistency to it. And the bread in the soup... how does it stay crispy even after sitting in the soup! It was all incredible. The fries were also a surprise. They practically melted in my mouth! The taste and consistency was delicious. And finally, let's not forget about the bread! The warm bread rolls and the maple butter were to die for! I could not eat enough! If I could I would have made a meal out of the bread and onion soup! The service was wonderful, the waiter was very pleasant, and nice, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this restaurant (and I did to everyone I spoke with!). I cannot wait to eat here again... my mouth is watering just writing this review and remembering this wonderful dinner!

Elm Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for this awesome review! We're thrilled our burger ( a cult favorite) is the best one you've had. We appreciate you recommending elm to others and hope you come back to dine with us again soon.

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PB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous evening at elm! The perfect venue to celebrate Mom’s birthday, any special occasion or everyday meal. Every dish was simply delightful! Crowd pleasers included the brussel sprout pizza, smoked trout dip, tuna tartare, burger, pumpkin risotto and pretty much every dish our party of 6 ordered! Chef Luke and team are simply the best! Service is always top-notch, wine selection and craft cocktails equally enjoyable, and the warm and inviting ambiance is what brings me back again and again! If you’ve never been to elm, what are you waiting for? Enjoy!

Elm Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Glad you chose us to celebrate your Mom's special day. And thanks for plugging some of our menu items! We can't wait to have you back!

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My meal was truly spectacular! However as locals of Fairfield County your wine list pricing is truly 3x market value.

We order a bottle about $120 by the number and name and our waiter billed us for a bottle 2x that because it is wrong in your system. Fortunately we caught it.

We only dine out and I felt offensive because the restaurant was my suggestion and I am SURE my spouse who is incredibly generous will be deterred by the wine pricing. We spend time in both Napa and Sonoma and are collectors of fine wines. We found your pricing inexcusable to consumers.

The food again, best filet and Branzino ever and I will highly reccomend the restaurant with a caveat about your (although wonderful!) wine list pricing.

I am a local event producer and book cultivation trips for my museum patrons regularly. Please let me know your thoughts andreapouliot@mocawestport.org

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Elm is really good. We were there on a Saturday night at 7p and it was pretty loud for a quiet dinner for two, but I would definitely go again.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 7 October 2019

Glad you had a good meal with us, Susan! Patron noise levels are always unpredictable and hard to manage, but we're glad you plan on coming back again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I met a few friends at Elm for dinner to announce that we are having a baby! The night could not have been more perfect. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect for date night or catching up with friends. We nibbled on the Guac with the homemade blue chips and the shishito peppers to start. My friends enjoyed the black caviar and delicious French onion dip! We sampled multiple pastas between our group. I could eat the pumpkin risotto and truffle pasta for every meal! Their service was attentive, but let us enjoy our company. Chef Luke clearly works magic in that kitchen and we will definitely be coming back! I can’t forget to shout out Gladys the bartender for her mocktail she made. Normally, I hate mocktails bc they can be sugary juices or too tart with lime juice. This one was balanced and refreshing. I felt like I was really enjoying a cocktail with the group! Can’t wait to come back to Elm and indulge in some more good food.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 24 October 2019

Congratulations on the exciting baby news! And we're honored you chose elm for this special occasion. Glad that we met all your expectations with the food, ambiance, and cocktails and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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HM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a treat to dine here. Everything on the menu is nothing short of divine and the service is top notch. I can't say enough about the inventive and exceptional cuisine. TO DIE FOR. Immaculate restrooms.

Elm Restaurant
Responded on 3 October 2019

Wow, thanks for the great review, Helen! We think the cuisine is pretty exceptional, too. Come again soon.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very pleasant hostess. Attentive wait staff. Great bartender & chef

TB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Love the energy, the menu diverse and excellent and has not the usual dishes. Staff is friendly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience. Very friendly staff and food was fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 on 17 September 2019

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 on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 on 17 September 2019

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
46 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Pricey but worth it!

SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
63 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

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
24 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
21 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Food. Best Service

CT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

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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