Elm Restaurant

4.5
623 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy specialty blends of tea paired with our Chef’s selection of canapés and mignardises.
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vipAliNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Service here is always meh. The staff has zero training, we always wait at least 30 min to place our order, and it’s just consistently bad.

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vipcarolh
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a double date for my husband s birthday. The food was absolutely delicious, topped by our waiter who went above and beyond, he made our night with seamless service and happy vibes and little surprise candle and cookies at the end of our dinner.

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Bennie
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really looked forward to coming here, so definitely let down by the overall quality of food. I had the Branzino, my husband had the Smoked Chicken Bowl, and we shared the Pork Bao Buns to start.

Nearly everything described was ok, not great and definitely not exceptional. I have no problem paying a premium, but expect high quality and can honestly only rate this meal as middle of the pack. Won’t be going back as there are much better places for the price point.

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KH123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were told that we could only get an 11:30 table for lunch and when we arrived awe were the only people in the restaurant. The music was blaring and after half an hour of sitting there we had to get up and ask for a waiter to come. The waiter came to take our food order, before anyone had asked offered us drinks. After lunch they offered us coffee, without asking if we would like dessert. We asked for the dessert menu, and they brought the coffee first. The staff was disinterested and disorganized and the restaurant interior looked tired and worn. I would not go back. Elm used to be excellent and stylish. This was not

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vipNormando
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I got together with an old friend from out of town for lunch. The food and setting was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful happy staff and delicious

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LauraD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great; due to the crowds, it was pretty loud for a regular conversation - that was a negative, and initially we sat for a good 30 min before we got a menu. But the food was terrific and overall it was a very good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Graduation lunch

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vipTilden
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was our second dinner at Elm in a week. Both times our water glasses were never refilled during the meal. In addition, Our empty pre-dinner cocktail glasses sat on the edge of the table throughout our dinner. Many servers and bus staff walked past our table several times and not one of them noticed the empty glasses lined up along the edge of the table. Elm has elevated the dining scene in New Canaan with the food they put out. The wait staff needs to be trained to match the excellent cuisine. We appreciated the complementary birthday dessert. One other observation is likely out of the restaurant's control is that many of the patrons looked like they just rolled out of bed and came to dinner. Ratty t-shirts and sweatpants were the chosen articles of clothing to wear to arguably the most expensive, nicest restaurant in New Canaan. This is just unfortunate. But we'll be back!

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vipSueB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The first courses were amazing. Grilled little gem salad was indeed a gem. Grilled artichoke was good too. I like the way the tables are separated by glass. You feel socially distanced but still part of the whole scene. I recommend Elm St to all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always! So nice to sit outside and people watch and enjoy the food.

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vipMichellei
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the food is always great and the service is even better! It’s a very sophisticated restaurant that makes you feel welcome and comfortable without being snobby or stuffy. Very cool chic plates and the room just has a great vibe.

It’s always great for friends, date or families. It’s feel like a NYC restaurant but without all the drama.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Major disappointment at the start of my birthday weekend! Our waitress was very kind and sweet to start off with but then grew absent and we barely saw her. Every question we asked was like asking her to some major activity. The tea was nice but while nice was not enough food at all and not worth the value. I’d go back and try regular menu items bur don’t come here for afternoon tea. It was a major disappointment to start my birthday weekend.

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DeborahG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elm was the perfect lunch spot on a beautiful Spring day . The staff were friendly and courteous and the food was beyond delicious.

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DfromCT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Afternoon tea! Sat outside in the shade. Device was great. Fun to do. Citrus tea was delicious. Crab sandwich was good, the others sounded interesting but were average. Portions are smaller than other teas I’ve had but that meant they were not overwhelming!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always amazing! Love the pork belly’s on menu. Gladys and the rest of your employees are exceptional.

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vipthrutherabbithole
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea was delicious..... just the right amount of tasty treats, both sweet and savory. I hope they continue this Friday afternoon tea. Elm never disappoints!

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liliianna
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have dined here several times and have been generally pleased with the food, service and ambiance. The lobster cobb was good but not at all worth 39.00. The service was fair, we had to keep looking for our waiter to get another drink and the check. They may have had an off day but it was disappointing and my guest had never been there, did not make the impression I had hoped. I will give them another chance but I hope this is not a new trend.

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HungryProfessor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so lucky to have Elm Restaurant right here in our town! From its beginning, Elm has had some of the best food around, and has always delighted us with its fine staff and ambiance. Excellent cocktails and wines do not hurt at all! We'll go back again and again...

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vipMaryRoseJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Back table is beautiful and lots of room. Amazing food. Service could have been slightly better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tea is

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was terrible. We waited almost an hour for our lunch and then they came out at different times. Food was mediocre at best. Very disappointing.

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vipJimmy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Terrific menu and outdoor dining spot in New Canaan

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elm is our favorite place in town!

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vipJohnnyK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant in New Canaan

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vipChristineB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Service was attentive but not overly so.

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StamfordFoodie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fun and delicious drinks in a great atmosphere. Unfortunately the food is not as good as the drinks and very expensive for small plates.

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vipKelli
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new afternoon tea experience at Elm! So clever and well executed, from the tea blends and champagne selections, to the sweet and savory tea sandwiches, scones and macarons. 😍

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vipFoodL0ver
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS experience... in fact we went back two days later for the same fare....the Lobster Cobb Salad which is a winner!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipViewFromTheHill
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see one of our favourites busy again. Great food with their classics plus some new additions on the menu complemented by great cocktails and service. We need to treasure this place.

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vipJohnnyK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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vipCozyandclassy
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu changed for the good. Added shareable plates that appeal to variety of appetites. Our friend group shared Brussels sprout pizza and grilled gem salad. Both delicious and good twists on traditional pizza & Caesar. Also went with both truffle items. The truffle Mac & cheese was worth it. My friends loved the truffle fries also. Will go again.

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vipMaryEllenS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really excellently prepared meals. We felt very safe, they take Covid distancing seriously. We had not been out to eat since the summer, we are really glad we chose Elm.

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ScottH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend out for birthday lunch outside and enjoyed good oysters on the halfshell, a good glass of Sancerre, and the best Lobster Roll around. A cappuccino made it a perfect lunch! Attentive and friendly service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just had an amazing experience at The Elm! We went in for tea time which was paired with a light meal composed of three course of tea sandwiches savories - including a mini lobster role :) , with scones cream and jam, and ending with sweet pastries. Everything is bite-sized and eaten with fingers. The presentation was a perfect setting for the palette along with an extensive list of herbal , green and black teas. Will become a favorite part of our day.

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vipKarenW
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great ambiance, vibe, and food. Elm is a must go to when in New Canaan or nearby

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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AlbertD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have not been there for a long time.
Happy to see very busy. Excellent food and service.

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You can order delivery directly from Elm Restaurant using the Order Online button. Elm Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Elm Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 920-4994.

Elm Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 623 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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