The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

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Tucked away in Wilton's quaint Cannondale Village overlooking the babbling Norwalk river, the restaurant is located inside a schoolhouse built just after the civil war in 1872. The completely renovated and stylish interior reflects the elegant and thoughtful cuisine of Chef Tim LaBant whose focus is on searching out the finest ingredients from both local CT farms and exceptionally passionate farmers from around the nation.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great dinner to celebrate a college graduation.

Eating there is quite the experience. You’re eating off a menu that’s unique for the evening, in a tiny, reservation-only, 1700’s school house, with a server that talks to you more like a suit tailor. The menu either had items that I’ve never had before, or items I never would of thought to combine.

Highly recommend.

w
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time there and they do not disappoint. Everything is always on point here. Friendly service, amazing setting, quality of ingredients.
We will continue to come back.

BS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service, charming setting.

OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the price fix for a birthday dinner
We were all so pleased

RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and the wine pairing was perfect- Can't wait to go back!

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and interesting food choices
Extraordinary and friendly service
Serene and invigorating atmosphere
What a great spot to meet for lunch...next on my list is to make dinner reservations.
What a treat!

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent Service & Gourmet prepaerd Food - we felt very relaxed, celebrating a birthday with a party of 5, midweek. We shared the escargot & the gnocci app. The escargot was prepared deliciously - en croute. The chocolate souffle is a must & rich enough for 2-3 people to share. Ambiance-wise, possibly more interesting lighting and perhaps an electric/gas fireplace

D
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal! I had the Foie gras, Duck, and Lemon tart. Each one was a sensational in their own unique way. The chef is clearly a talented professional with some major formal training under their belt. The staff were all very attentive and courteous. I would highly recommend for a special event. (It is quite pricey, but you are getting what you pay for in quality dining)

N
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific - food is delicious - service impeccable - very special restaurant

1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reliably excellent all around!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best meal I had in Fairfield County in a long time!!!!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & lovely place - small & intimate. Service was wonderful.

SR
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The flavors of the dishes were fabulous! The gnocchi was amazing! I wish they had a little more broad of a menu, but what we ordered was delicious. The ambiance could improve - the lighting in the middle of the restaurant is a little harsh and the acoustics aren’t the best, but I guess that’s the trade off if you dine in an schoolhouse built in 1872. Overall a good dining experience!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Service was a bit off, but the meal and ambiance were terrific.

WG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always.

WM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite place for a special meal. Incredible food and a staff that is truly pleased to give you a top-notch experience.

N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing as always, service is very attentive. Great time

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Anniversary

LC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of favorite restaurants! Food was delicious and service impeccable. Always look forward to dining at Schoolhouse.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and staff consistently excellent

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The prix fixe dinner menu coupled with wines was deliscious. It was all excellent.
I would have wished a little more time in between the courses to finish the wine.
I felt a bit rushed and just wanted to take my time and savor it all a bit more.
Highly recommend, I will nonetheless return and will make this request when I order next time.

SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went on a Thursday for the special tasting menu and it exceeded our expectation. Every detail, from the moment we arrived until we drove away was absolute perfection. The food and wine pairings were fantastic. I'll be back!!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined there on a Thursday so each had the fixed prie dinner. Food was delicious and service was great.

d
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have not gone here many, many times and it was always wonderful. However, for a variety of reasons I have not gone in probably a year. I was therefore glad to see that, if anything, it has improved. The diversity of the dishes is more, but the service, quality of the food and ambiance have gotten even better. My one concern is for the long-term viability. I remember it being far busier than it was. There were only four or five table occupied, although I cannot see why.

T
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always amazing food and artfully prepared . The service is personal and warm . A great place and always consistent .

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Appetizers & main courses very good

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

Always great!

WS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite places to have dinner. My wife and I have come here for our anniversary on three occasions in recent years. The food is exceptional and the waiter staff are lovely. Have a great Christmas!

R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a wonderful choice for our anniversary dinner. They have a 4-course fixed price dinner on Thursdays. Every course is delicious and beautifully presented. Clearly one of the best restaurants for a special occasion in Connecticut.

JZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always from the moment we arrived at the door, where someone was waiting to open it, until we left after a delicious and creative meal. The place never seems to get old!

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

No one was there. We booked reservations on open table for 10 am on Sunday the sign on the door said 10am. No one was in the restaurant we called 2x with no response. We waited till 10:10 and left.

k
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dishes were beautifully presented, but food was a bit on the salty side. Loved the ambiance and the waitstaff is as nice as they come. Can't wait for another occasion to dine there.

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Good food and excellent service.

WD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. I’ll be back. The service, ambiance and food were exceptional.

S
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are looking forward to our next meal at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoy The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. The ambiance is nice and cozy. The service is unassuming and they don't rush you at all. The food and drink are all uniquely tasty farm to table creations that shift along with the seasons. Getting to enjoy this local gem is #priceless. This last visit we enjoyed starters of pork belly and foie gras (perfectly seared). Our mains were the duck duo-- duck breast was fantastic and confit spring rolls were addictive and fall off the bone lamb shank. We weren't even hungry for dessert until we saw earl gray panna cotta with sorbet and berry coulis. Simply fantastic. Do yourself a favor and try this place. If you enjoy Thursday date nights-- their tasting menu with wine pairings is a value you just cannot beat.

JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Already recommended it twice in the 48 hours since I was there...lovely place. Great service (attentive without being obtrusive), great tasting meal, pretty view of the river if you’re on the window side of the room. My only issue was with the portion size.

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Our first impression was poor. The white wine we were served was much too cold and lost much of its taste. My wife ordered bronzino and rated it excellent. I had the pork loin which was overcooked and dry. More sauce would have helped. Desert was good . Service was satisfactory.

G
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was wonderful - as always! LOVE the staff - so warm and welcoming- went above and beyond on a rainy day walking out with umbrellas to escort guests inside!!
I am very disappointed to learn that Sunday brunch is being discontinued. I am sure it's a good business decision but I will miss you!
Many thanks!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fabulous. Have been to the Schoolhouse many time and have never been disappointed.