Baldanza Cafe

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
194 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
We serve an incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner offering using the finest, local ingredients. All of our dishes are prepared using seasonal and organically certified produce - from our grass-fed beef to our cage-free eggs.

We work with farms that embrace the humane treatment of animals that are both hormone free and fed grains that are GMO free. These farms are owned by people who care about our sustainable future and grow crops that do not use synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
What 194 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, excellent service. We loved dining there and will be back again and again. Truly one of the best restaurants in the area.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and yummy food!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of food. Many delicious dishes. Nice ambiance with tables spaced for enough apart. Can get noisy when totally full.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

I think the bathrooms need a good cleaning as well as the floors.

P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Alex the waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a casual Sunday night dinner with my parents. It wasn’t very crowded so we were worried but the service was excellent, and we enjoyed the quieter ambiance though I imagine it can get louder on a more crowded night. Everything we ate was so delicious!!! We had burrata, and Brussels sprouts salad to start, and then for entrees we had pork, chicken, cauliflower, and snapper. We all loved it. Will definitely be going back sometime soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice service but second time in a row where the soup came out lukewarm

AF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there for an early Thursday evening dinner - that may account for the very low noise level, it was not very crowded. I had a "side" of charred broccoli as my appetizer and thoroughly enjoyed it. My butternut squash salad with shredded pork carnitas made a delicious main course. My husband's appetizer of the shredded Brussels sprout salad was truly special. And he enjoyed his diver scallops main course. I have eaten lunch there many times before, and knew the food was good; this was my first dinner there, and Baldanza lived up to my high expectations for it.

d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was of halibut was delicious despite brig the on a packed sat night

LM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a quaint place. Service was great as well.

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great but disappointed that my daughter’s burger was burnt

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We traveled from Oxford CT to meet up with cousins. It took a long time to get there. The reception was lovely as the bar is nearthe door and the barkeeper could not have been nicer. The service staff was ver attentive and eager to answer all the questions we had about the menu. As my cousin had brought wine we opted to drink that as well as a lovely bottle of Prosecco. The corkage fee is high at $25.00 but reasonable if you check the wine list. As for the meal, we had fried calamarie which was crispy and there were no legs. It was served with a light redsauce and a tasty white sauce. I hadthe lasagne bolgnese which was enough for a take away box. My husband had the squash raviolis which, for the price,nwas a bit skimpy. My cousins shared the wedge salad and said the dressing was outstanding. One had the scallop dinner which was also skimpy for the price, the other had the pork melanaise which she lijed but did not rave about as it was not prepared in a way she was accustomed. This is a $$$ or more place but then, it is New Canaan. Just sayin.

S
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Service was awful and not typical for this restaurant where we have dined previously.

HF
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 of us for my husband’s birthday. The food was excellent. We shared several apps and each had an entree and then split desserts. Our favorite app was the tuna, but the calamari and short rib Mac& cheese were also good. We all had either the short rib burger, daily ravioli (butternut squash) or pork chop. For dessert, we ordered the cream brûlée and chocolate cake. Those who had the brûlée enjoyed it, but the chocolate cake was awes! The wait staff was attentive and it was a cozy atmosphere. We had a fantastic time will definitely come again.

AC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good experience. Good food and ambiance.

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not much of a crowd for a Friday holiday lunchtime... so it w

n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered meal. Staff swept around us for 10 minutes. After 20 minutes asked about meal. Waitress with unwashed hands brought out cold eggs and toast hard and cold. By the way. There was nobody else in baldanza. Now we know why.

L
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Baldanza is a lovely little cafe in the middle of New Canaan. The food was wonderful--none of the four of us had any complaints about appetizers, dinner or dessert. The service was attentive but leisurely, which was a real pleasure. However, the cost was excessive. We ordered three appetizers to share, two desserts, two drinks each, and pasta main courses. The price was about $350 for four people. Seriously? I know it's New Canaan, but that's absurd. Be warned before you go.

J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big improvement since they first moved to this new location. I will be back.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious...
Table was ready at exact reservation time.
We had a fun time as a family.

DM
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Weeknights are a bargain at Baldanza with good food and drink at low prices. But what made it great was being served by Vanessa, who is an excellent server and also doubles as a pastry chef. Try her muffins and scones - guaranteed to hit the spot!

C
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t had a bad meal here yet. Had brunch with a friend. Great eggs Benedict. Great dinners. Beet salad a work of art, crispy Parmesan chicken my favorite, but everything I’ve tried is terrific.

RJ
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Service was a bit slow. There was a problem with our reservation but the restaurant did rectify it pretty quickly.

BR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. It was very busy when we arrived so we waited for drinks and server. The owner, Angela Baldanza noticed that we were in need of drinks and menus. She went out of her way to accommodate us and we are grateful. This is why we dine locally!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch...food was excellent (beet salad, burger/fries, chicken sandwich and homemade apple pie)...service had personality and was attentive...but not too...price was reasonable...Angela Baldanza stopped by for a chat to add to the experience...definitely going back for dinner soon.

GS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be my favorite restaurant in New Canaan. Every time great food! Service is excellent, pleasant, patient and nice. Generous servings and menu changes provide more reasons to come back.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening out.
We definitely plan to return

f
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They really ruined Baldanza when they moved to the new location. Everything is hurried. Food was mediocre at best. Owner was working as a waitress at Sunday Brunch and looked like she is hating life. Not a great vibe. Not going back. I Miss the original Baldanza, and I’m sure the owners do too....

C
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wide variety of dishes for senior citizen and child. Great simple foods in creatively concocted dishes. Especially loved the beet salad, Parmesan crusted chicken and short rib burger

W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It was a fine meal, nothing spectacular.

MW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this casual, warm restaurant with very good, creative food.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The cost of 2 appetizers, one entree and 4 skimpy glasses of wine = $160.00 = OUTRAGEOUS !!!!

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service terrific. I’ve always enjoyed Baldanza and like it even more in its new location!

DL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good place good food.

K
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their lunch Lobster roll is outstanding!!! Not traditional, but a great new spin on a classic.

C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Service very slow.

CM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

we enjoyed the lively atmosphere and our waiter was terrific, but the wait staff kept coming to the table to clean away the dishes before we finished...somewhat annoying

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu is wonderful though we felt it was a bit more expensive than the competition. This is particularly true of the appetizers.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The setting at the new Baldanza is very pleasant. The service was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The Chef, Tim, provided personal service and the food was wonderful. We had the ora king salmon and halibut ceviche with avacado, shallots and EVO, the buffalo burrata bruchetta w/rosemary crostinis, hand cut tuna tartare w/avacado fried leeks, grassfed organic all beef burger w/cheddar, gruyere and bacon jam (delicious!), and the trumpet pasta w/porcini, shitake, button and oyster mushrooms w/truffle butter sauce. We tried a lot! And it was all fantastic. Everything was done to perfection, it was a delightful experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. The location is very convenient, on the main street, with plenty of parking after 6PM for free.

SG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good but service could use some improvement.