Sugar & Olives

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131 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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Situated in a converted factory which housed a remarkable aircraft manufacturing company Sugar & Olives is a chic and modern restaurant. Sugar & Olives seeks to educate its diners and cultivate the relationship between farms and families. The kitchen is devoted to supporting and sourcing locally grown food and products and serving that food to a loyal following. This three star Certified Green Restaurant offers cooking classes as well. The space is also a charming party venue and community spot.
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1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Great spot for brunch or "supper" as they call it. I love how they change up the menu frequently with interesting flavor combinations. Service is slow and sometimes you have to remind them of things you ordered that never arrived at the table, but the staff is friendly and welcoming and the quality of the dishes is consistently good.

FR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simple, creative, masterful and REAL food. Short but broad menu suits a variety of dining preferences. Chef, owner and bartender deftly handle the entire operation in a welcoming, friendly and efficient manner.

GR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food in a casual dining atmosphere. Brunch was excellent and we look forward to returning for dinner soon.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Menu for dinner is ultra limited, not just in number of options, but there wasn't a single entree traditional enough for an average eater to know they will like something. I enjoyed my lamb burger, though the slaw that they substituted for potatoes that they didn't have available wasn't very good. My mom thoroughly enjoyed her ratatouille, but my wife's fish was small, doused in butter, and then covered in a tomato sauce that was soupy with no sides for $36. It's a weird place that seems to me to be extremely hit or miss, with such limitations that a miss seems all to likely.

LN
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Not for brunch. Food didn’t arrive at the same time. Menu was limited. Kale and eggs were tasteless

DF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a total treat! from the sparkling water to the amazing coffee and the inventive eggs and delicious kale salad....we loved every bite and cannot wait to return!

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There is such a calm, friendly vibe here. The staff is personable and genuinely care that you have a great dining experience. It’s laid back, like you’re at home. Every dish is unique and delicious.

LT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day Brunch. The food was excellent. The service was a tad slow, but did not take away from our enjoyable experience.

j
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food here is always delicious. Jen works with local in-season produce and creates interesting and flavorful dishes m. It is always hard to choose what to pick! Best to go with friends and try everything!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We liked the farm to table dining experience and were checking out for a potential wedding party.

JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great , awesome parking , nice people ! recommend to anyone

m
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Interesting selection of unusual, "clean" food. Quiet, not rushed. Wines that were recommended were right on the money. Overall a really nice night out! Would definitely go again.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

loved the quality of the food - exceptional; beverage prices were a bit high; ambiance was funky but we both liked that it wasn't flashy. We will be back!

EK
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

12:30 on a Sunday morning. NO burger, NO pancakes, No donut puffs. And only 2 other tables with guest so it is not as if the crowds cleaned them out. And found out about the 86'd items only after over hearing the chef in the kitchen. Settled on other items and thought the food was really good. It seems a bit pricey but the quality is excellent, portions are good so worth the $. There were service issues but we might try it again to see if that was just an off day.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

I have long wanted to try this restaurant. I’m sorry to say that I won’t return. The open kitchen concept was problematic. I felt like we were surrounded by kitchen clutter. My husband sat facing a plastic tub overflowing with dirty napkins, a garbage can, and a lineup of used coffee presses. I sat directly facing the register and a waste bin overflowing with paper. We dined a little after noon for brunch and were informed that many items from the relatively small menu were sold out. We placed our order only to find that we had been misinformed and yet another main dish was sold out “hours ago” according to the chef, so I had to choose again. When my husband’s entree arrived, he was told yet another side dish was sold out. At this point it was comical. We were only charged for two entrees instead of the three we ordered, which I appreciated. Overall, the food was at best ok.

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made reservations via OpenTable for Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Sugar and Olives. Address: 21 1/2 Lois St, Norwalk, CT 06851 for a party of 4 (3 adults and my 3 year old son) at 11:00 AM EST.
We arrived on time and were seated. Right away you could tell our server was frazzled and unorganized. We were seated at a table in front of the open kitchen so my Mother could see the chef and sous chef cooking. We ordered French pressed coffee & cinnamon donut holes (we requested those be served with our coffee) and then placed our main entrée orders. We waited and waited until 11:40 AM (in the meantime no one came by to explain why our coffee and donut holes were taking so long or to check on us.) We had to ask our server the status of our coffee and donut holes. He then proceeded to bring us what seemed to be someone else’s French pressed coffee order since it was the wrong size and poured us a cup. We had to wait another few minutes for sugar, spoons, and milk. At that point when my Mom asked where the donut holes were (since we requested they be brought out with our coffee and I have a 3 year old son who was patient, yet hungry, asking me when his pancake would be ready), the server told my Mom they had to powder the donuts and then quickly disappeared without an apology or explanation. In addition, the chef looked angry and overwhelmed. At that point, we had enough and got up and left. They didn't care that we left. This is beyond unprofessional and unacceptable and of course we will never dine there again. Of course, Sugar & Olives had time to cancel our reservation on OpenTable so we couldn’t write a review, which I found very interesting. So I contacted OpenTable customer support yesterday afternoon and today received a response and am able to write this review now. Shame on Sugar & Olives...

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love this place. Food is very good! And we love the service as well. We typically go for brunch on Sundays.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a fabulous spot - terrific food and intimate, warm service with the owners front and center. Food was outstanding and wine and cocktails top notch. There is a big function room at the entrance which makes the restaurant feel a bit empty but when you get to the main part it’s beautifully designed - you are basically in their kitchen. I felt like I was in Europe. First class.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful farm to table. You can see everything being cooked. Trusted ingredients, delicious flavors. Great casual brunch spot.

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Seven of us for brunch. Food was very good. Tasted homemade with some atypical flavors, so it was nice to try something different. Room was a little odd, but relaxed and inviting. Would definitely go back.

WP
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a wonderful meal, only minor quibbles: menu is very limited, but that’s largely due to the seasonal ingredients/availability. Can be drafty on cold nights. Still - an under appreciated gem.

BG
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best spots in Fairfield county, very glad we found it.

MD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great meal at Sugar and Olives. The owners were so nice and welcoming! We look forward to returning soon!

FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Extremely inconsistent. Lamb burger was terrific. On another visit, swordfish puttanesca was very good but our pre-food cocktails didn't arrive until just after our appetizers came which threw off our wine game plan. Last visit, Cod puttanesca was flavorless and not puttanesca. Braised short ribs were a little dry and had no braising liquid (also arrived without the carrots which were part of a 3 ingredient dish; polenta, carrots and short rib chunks). Service is uneven but very friendly. The cocktails were terrific. The wine list is limited but diverse enough for most people to find something they like.

NL
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Creative options. Food was very good. I rarely have more than 1 cup of coffee in a day and I had 2 huge cups. I will come back.

AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is great and locally sourced. Looking forward to trying brunch.

D
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Slightly eclectic, totally locally sourced creative cuisine. Menu varies by what the chef is able to procure. Toffee pudding is a must for dessert.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

AWESOME EXPERIENCE - WE WERE THERE ON A DATE NIGHT, FOOD & DRINK WAS AMAZING

L
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Wouldn't recommend this restaurant. The menu is quirky and WAY overly-prices for what they're offering. It's farm to table. Wanted something different from the usual bacon, eggs and French toast, but unfortunately, this wasn't it. Went for Sunday brunch and the "pancake" I ordered was about 2 inches thick, dry and completely tasteless. My companion got the English breakfast, very nondescript. I enjoy new experiences and don't mind paying for it but here I felt ripped-off in every way.
The cocktails we had, a bloody Mary and a mimosa were very good.
Will never return.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our meals were excellent. A small menu with a lot of variety. We ordered most of the dishes from the menu for the table and enjoyed all of them!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food wasn’t as good as our past experiences. The omelettes came with nothing—no toast or potatoes—but were still quite pricy.

B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GREAT FARM TO TABLE.. FOOD WAS YUMMY SALAD PORTION ON THE SMALLER SIDE..

BS
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Only complaint here was the waiter who handed me a piping hot plate. Didn't set it down or warn me, just handed it to me. Really? When she realized her error she didn't know what to say, so she said nothing and walked away.

JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu, decor and ambiance were all well thought out. Food quality is excellent and the offerings are expansive yet manageable, unique yet comfortable. It is a gem off the beaten path that easily falls in the top tier for dining in Fairfield County.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This unique restaurant is not out-of-the-way, but I often forget it’s there. The food is always interesting and well prepared. The lamb burger was excellent and there are also vegan options. Service is friendly and relaxed. Not a place to go to if you are in a rush.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surprised by this little tucked-away gem! Can't believe I'd never been before. The beet and goat cheese salad was the best I've ever had. Tangerine mimosa was phenomenal. We also got the omelet with bacon jam - which was perfect. The English breakfast dish was spot on. Really, not anything I would've changed. We'll definitely be back.

JR
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After several visits the standards of this farm to table establishment remain high. Meals are individually prepared in an open kitchen using only fresh, local ingredients. No mass production here and no gimmicks. Just high quality simple ingredients and a masterful touch to turn them into unique, delicious gastronomic creations. Owners and staff make you feel welcome and at home. Menu is somewhat limited but this is a good thing because it ensures fresh, high quality ingredients. Don't be afraid to step out and try something you might ordinarily pass up. Chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised by this outstanding chef.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Our dinner was a mixed bag. The cocktails were good, the wine was fine, and the dessert was excellent (don't miss the sticky toffee pudding if you go - it's phenomenal). The menu is seasonal and so you're taking a chance. We went on a slow night and they had very few options to choose from. The salmon was crispy, with a tasty root vegetable side. But everything else was quiet bland, including the spinach risotto that the server strongly recommended. The brussel sprouts were supposed to be a specialty and they were overcooked.

While we were there we were the only table seated in the restaurant (but it was just before a holiday weekend, so that might explain the emptiness a bi). Even so, they got our order wrong and we had to ask what happened to it. The owner's daughter and friends were also there for a bit for a snack, and even though they were quiet and polite it's a little weird that they sat at the table right next to us in an otherwise empty restaurant. And it was a little off-putting to have the owner come over and tell us we were the only reservation for the night so they "stayed open for us, but would be closed the rest of the weekend". What is that supposed to accomplish? Make us feel guilty? Are we supposed to thank you for staying open for us?

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Absolutely terrible service. Waited a full hour for our table, and another 90 minutes for our food.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My friends and I ate at Sugar & Olives for brunch. We enjoyed their chocolate banana bread! I ordered the English Breakfast. Everything was delicious!