Bistro Baldanza

4.7
32 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Cosy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The Baldanza's share a passion for creating all natural, delicious meals for the discerning diner. Their dishes use fresh, organic ingredients from local farms and producers wherever possible.
When you enter either of our restaurants you are treated like an extended family member - that means nothing should be too much trouble. Everything is cooked fresh to order, so ingredients can be omitted. We are also more than happy to cater for people who are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.
Our healthy menus are available for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner.
With the fast pace of life we want to make it easier for you. That's why you can order any dish to go or request curbside pickup. The team deliver locally to businesses and private residences.
Throwing a party? No problem! Baldanza and Baldanza Bistro can arrange for a private chef to cook for you and they offer an extensive gourmet catering menu.
What 32 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Angela was our waitress and was so friendly and helpful. The red snapper, Bolognese and scallops were amazing. We will definitely be back!

RH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING AS ALWAYS! WE SHARED THE RAVIOLI- OMG! SPECIAL WINE NIGHT WAS GREAT!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great quality food and our server (on the back deck) was superior!!! The outside seating is nice but it is a bit too dark at night - they could add some lighting. Otherwise an outstanding experience.

KM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a delightful experience and the food never disappoints. Hard to find a restaurant lately where the noise level was just right for conversation. We look forward to getting back soon!

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved! Fresh food, unique menu items (as well as classics) and a friendly staff

AW
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty and creative food - excellent service - quiet setting outside

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Baldanza continues to please- great burger and amazing gnocchi. Sarah did a lovely job.

MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great menu with lots of luncheon options. Good food and excellent service.
A nice local luncheon restaurant. I'm sure dinner is great as well - just haven't been there yet for dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great Father’s Day brunch. There was something on the menu for everyone at out table. It was delicious all around.

DD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place, food is consistently delicious! Owners are very friendly and personable.

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of my stops in the morning is for an amazing croissant from Flour, Water, Salt Bread in Darien. When our Bread basket came out at Baldanza, what a nice surprise that they now serve their Sourdough Bread which is off the charts. Had the filet of sole and the wife had the salmon both were great!

FF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Best always!! Food and the staff are awesome!!

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

My second visit was not nearly as good an experience as my first. The food and service were disappointing. After repeated requests for a bread basket refill and Parmesan cheese (which was desperately needed for two orders of very bland cauliflower steak) they both arrived with a slight attitude. The cauliflower steaks were asked to be “well done, extra crispy” and they were prepared the complete opposite... pale and soft. As mentioned above, the dish was under seasoned so I resorted to a few shakes of the table pepper. On the flip side, one guest enjoyed the burger and fries. Sadly, at these prices, I will likely not return.

Bistro Baldanza
Responded on 7 June 2019

Chloe, I spoke to the server who had your table and unfortunately his instructions was for the kitchen to do the cauliflower well done and it produced the opposite of what you may have been looking for. Well done vegetables in restaurants refers to slightly overcooking and will result in a soft texture- not what you wanted. Please come in again and ask for Sandy Baldanza and I will make sure its seared in a pan at high temperature and should produce the texture you are looking for.

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NA
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food delicious! Went on a Wed. night and bottles of wine were 1/2 price. What more could you want?!!!

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the best, on a busy Saturday evening! Only comment why no bar menu?

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time, great food.

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down bistro Baldanza has become the best restaurant in Darien. The food and service are both great. I had the shrimp cocktail and the strip steak, they were as good as the best steak house in the city. My wife had the bistro salad and the swordfish special and she also loved both!

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Comfortable place with very good food for lunch. Parking is not easy but doable.

s
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great local place with the most perfect seafood dishes. The tuna with asparagus is one of the best.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Very expensive for what you get. Decor the same as when it was Estia. Unimaginative menu. Waiter forgot our appetizer but did take 10% off the tab.

DD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food delicious as always. Service very good. Ambiance romantic.

CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of the best meals we've eaten in a long time. Burrata, Halibut special, Tuna AuPoivre. Not a morsel left on our plates. Our server, Angela, was outstanding. We will be back soon - and we will be telling all of our friends.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly staff, great food and a comfortable setting

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, friendly service, overall a pleasant experience.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Bistro Baldanza on Valentine's Day. The last time I went to the restaurant the service was very slow and food came out of the kitchen after too long. They have made major improvements. Service was friendly, attentive and efficient and despite the big crowd our meals came out reasonably quickly. My chateaubriand was the best beef dish I have had in recent memory, and my wife loved her halibut. I think that the food at Baldanza may be the best in Darien.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love the food. Very good quality. Great service and owner is present and very nice.

JM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was excellent, when it arrived. They are clearly still working through some timing issues. Our apps (only soup and salads) took a very long time to come out, the timing between first and second courses was perfect however. I thought the quality of the food was excellent, but the service needs to be better to justify the price point.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner at Baldanza Bistro. The food was fresh and delicious. The pastas are homemade. Our server was sweet, attentive and kid. The noise level is much lower than most restaurants we go to these days and it was nice to be able to talk without having to raise a voice! A rare venue today!

t
New York Area
274 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Enjoyed the food, menu is the same as in New Canaan although none is listed for this location. Halibut entree was very good, as was the sea bass special; burrata appetizer was fresh, lentil soup tasty. Sitting under the vent made for drafts, not particularly comfortable, and service was slow to clear plates, could use some extra help.

EO
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had no qualms at all with the food which seemed very fresh and tasty. The service and length of time it took for the courses to be served was below par, but these are things that they should be able to work on to improve in these areas. Our salads and entrees were well presented and prepared. There are just a handful of desserts which did not sound too exciting so we passed on dessert. We intend to give it another try, but will wait a bit to give them time to get the kinks out.

SE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Nothing changed from previous restaurant - Estia's - except menu and higher prices.

RH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Baldanza in New Canaan is one of my go to restaurants, My wife and I thought bistro Baldanza was amazing as well in a very charming setting. I had the cacio e pepe and the Pork Chop and loved them both. What a great addition to Darien. We expect to be be back soon.