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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WD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

S
New York Area
61 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.

X
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

What a great meal!
The apple and rutabaga soup was so light and flavorful, a great purée. Our pecan and cranberry bread was perfect with room temperature butter- perfect.
The pork medallion with polenta was amazing and everything you think of for fall meals.dessert was carrot cake with pear and it also was just right.
Even the French press coffee was just right
Will definitely be back.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always charming wonderful service and a tasty meal. Schoolhouse never disappoints

TR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second visit here and it had been about 2 years since eating at the Schoolhouse. It was restaurant week and there were 3 magnificent choices, all of which were amazing. The food could not have been more beautifully presented with organic touches and absolutely delicious. Perfect lunch spot or equally lovely at dinner. Service was subtle and carefully orchestrated. The setting was perfect in a historical school house tucked into a tiny corner of Cannondale. Impressive, classy, delicious, perfectly presented in a very special setting.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thae Schoolhouse at Cannondale is always a great experience. The food is impeccable, the service extraordinary and the atmosphere is unparrelled. This is my go-to place for special occasions and it's never let me down. If you want an outstanding dining experience you picked the right place!!

RP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well thought out food combinations and quality food. Good ambiance and able to hold conversation. low noise level. little on pricey side but worth it compared to other restaurants when you compare the quality and ambiance.

c
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As explained on Yelp too, we thought the food, location, ambiance and service was impeccable at Schoolhouse. It’s too bad they don’t have a bar but that might destroy the ambiance. We recommend the branzino and also the steak. Odd location near the Cannondale rr station which must be the smallest station in CT.

WR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Wonderful food in cozy setting. Service great at the beginning but got slower and slower as the meal went on.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food with beautiful ambience and attentive service...perfect place for an anniversary dinner, will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very good

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was so clean and delicious! The service was good. They originally forgot our hot chocolate. No biggie. The shops that surround are so quaint. Just loved the whole experience.

LS
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the risotto starter and branzino main course, everything had such depth of flavors!

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing flavors. Wonder-ful recipes. Great experience.

a
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a treat to eat at the Schoolhouse. Love their brunch. Such a quiet peaceful setting, such a wonderful staff, and the food never disappoints, always so good.

RM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Charming little restaurant, a bit hard to find (set in from the main road), but well worth the effort. We found the food to be terrific, the service very attentive, and the ambiance delightful. We will certainly go back in the future.

K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

ALL a treat - thank you so much! Service, ambiance, food - all the very best. Treat to self to visit!

AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The setting is charming, but very noisy when full as the tables are close together and the ceiling is low. The food is superb, wonderfully small proportions so that there is room to enjoy the four courses which are required for the overall price for dinner. I highly recommend The Schoolhouse.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places for brunch! Charming and a real gem!

SO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

This was my first time here. I was basically going to sample the food to see whether to hire them to cater a wedding for us.
The service was a major downfall. When we sat and were having a cocktail, the waiter stalked the table as he wanted the order. Once he got it, he was very inattentive. Our dinners were served and though my daughter and I needed a glass of wine, the waiter never returned to the table. We were also without water refills at this point.
My pasta dish was extremely salty and I had nothing to wash it down with so I didn't eat it. For dessert we ordered Chocolate Souffle. This came with a sorbet that was highly salted.
To be fair, the other three people in the party enjoyed their food and my corn soup was delicious.
This place is just too pricey to not be perfect.

GS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a nice event, great food and terrific service!

MW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We made a reservation to celebrate my birthday with family at The Schoolhouse. We had been there several years ago and had a great meal. On the reservation it was noted that we were celebrating a birthday. My husband reminded the waiter that it was my birthday celebration when he ordered the chocolate souffle early in the meal. We arrived at 8:00pm and were seated promptly. Water was poured and both butter and salt were placed on the table. We ordered drink and still no bread arrived 20 minutes went by...still no bread. Finally we ask the busboy to bring us bread for the table and some lemon for the water. The bread arrived and the lemon never came. We ordered appetizers and entrees. I asked for lemon a 2nd time when the food arrived and we finally received it. The meal was solid. Thought it was odd that the waiter never checked to see how we were enjoying our meal. The table was cleared and we were eagerly waiting for out souffle with a candle since my family was preparing to sing "Happy Birthday." The waiter dropped the souffle on the table with the sauce and continued back to the kitchen- No candle. My husband shrugged his shoulders and said that there was no point since dessert already came out and there would be no point. Five minutes later they brought out a Birthday dessert with a candle to another table. It seems as if the waitstaffs' performance is perfunctory and on auto-pilot, they do what is absolutely essential (take the order & deliver the food), but don't really listen to the customer. There was no genuine effort to connect with us. While the food was excellent, the service was lackluster. Sad to end the evening on a low point.

N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The creative balance of flavors in Chef Michelle’s dishes is amazing and just gets better and better.A++ meals every time.

AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch with a friend. We celebrated our upcoming birthdays. Always delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal.

LA
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly wonderful dining experience. One of my favorite restaurants in any city.

LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent, never disappoints. Our go-to place for a special meal.

LM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Michelle continues to deliver with her innovative dishes!

CL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

This was our second visit. As before the service was excellent. The appetizers and desserts were amazing. But the entrees were average at best. And I am being generous here. The lamb was tough and the beef tasteless. I’m sorry to say that at these prices it just wasn’t worth it and we won’t be back.

AR
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely one of the most creative menus out there. Food, service, everything is outstanding.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall, the food was very innovative. The wine selection was extensive. The scallops/beet appetizer was outstanding! Both the lamb en croute and the duck duo were very good. The desserts we chose were less good: the peach crumble/strawberry snickerdoodle combination was rather odd and the creme brûlée with figs was ok, but was not sweet. A lovely experience (albeit rather pricey).

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

45th anniversary. Food and service excellent. A very enjoyable evening .

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal!
Quiet, lovely surrounds - ate outside.
Service friendly, not overbearing..just perfect.

Can't wait till the next time.
Sally Bordonaro

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though there is a limited selection menu it is wonderfully curated and freshly prepared this is an experience you don’t want to miss

DS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh ingredients, creative dishes, wonderful meal as usual!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pre-Fix dinner outstanding!!