Elm Restaurant

4.6
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541 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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vipLauraB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
6 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
1 review
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
46 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
10 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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lorifr1
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 on 4 December 2019

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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vipPamB
New England
10 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 on 4 December 2019

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 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

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Susanv
New York Area
8 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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OpenTable Diner
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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HelenM
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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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Agrc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipTBDiner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Very friendly staff and food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipErikaR
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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLauraB
New York Area
6 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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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 541 OpenTable diners.

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