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Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar

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124 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850-2617
+1 203-354-6566
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super cute little restaurant. Every meal I've had there has been excellent. My wife has never gotten past the wood plank chicken.

Thank Derek K
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

We ate here about a week ago. The lamb and the lobster salad were wonderful. My wife's lobster risotto was ok mostly lobster scraps in soggy risotto. We had a wonderful evening. However, about 1 1/2 hours after we got home the sautéed sardines I ate started swimming upstream along with the chicken pasta dish that I should not have... More 

Thank chadct
Rowayton, Connecticut
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

We have dined (not luncheons) three times in last eight months, and the restaurant is either going to establish itself as a truly 4.5-5 star operation, or it is going to slide off the edge to providing a meal, but nothing to truly be proud of. Possibly it is a victim of its own success, but my impression is that... More 

1 Thank oystertravels
Norwalk, Connecticut
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We have been here before and the food was delicious. We made reservations for a small group. When we made the reservations, we specifically asked for separate checks, but upon arrival we were told no separate checks. What a nightmare for the waitress- since you weren't busy (One other table other than ours), it would have been easier to do... More 

Thank Ann Z
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We have passed by here a number of times only just living down the road and are really sorry not to have come in sooner! The food is excellent, the drinks are delicious and the service was great! Pork belly is a must try. We had a number of the tapas and there was not one we didn't like. We... More 

Thank Janet1105
Norwalk, Connecticut
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I tried this place for lunch recently and we were pleasantly surprised. Great atmosphere, service and excellent tapas. The octopus in particular was a standout. We will definitely return.

Thank riverterrace41
Stamford CT
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287 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Just enjoyed our first visit to Basso, and it won't be our last. We were there early on a Saturday night (6 pm) although the place was packed by the time we left at 8. Service was attentive, well-informed, and helpful; the atmosphere casual and pleasant. Our party of four loved the Basso salad, the mussels, the scallops, the rack... More 

Thank SandyRiver
Norwalk, Connecticut
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403 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

We tried to get inside but the hostess said all tablers were reserved...this happens all the time they leave tables vacant waiting for layer reservations who may or may not show up...it turned out 2 tables were still empty when we finally left...we were outside in a rocky table right on the street and Mosquitos got me.."now the service was... More 

1 Thank Morganna
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

I had something they called "Caldo Gallego". It had nothing to do with that Spanish dish from Galicia, had a lot of meat in it, and overpowered the entire dish. Then I had the risotto with lobster. The rice was hard, and the piece of lobster were hard and chewy. That was 0 for 2. E X P E N... More 

1 Thank EpicureAndPoor
Norwalk, Connecticut
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

Terrible. The Pulpo a la Gallega, is a culinary nonsense, bad taste and lack of wit. The lamb, without exhibiting excessive imagination accompanied of a fluffy rice. The desserts without variety. The bar without provisions, there was no Baylis, or Tia Maria. Expensive, good attention, the waiter do not knew what to say when we asked for something and he... More 

1 Thank ricfeliu
Frank D, General Manager at Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Once Again, we consider your opinion is more a personal attack than a legitimate review, the pulpo: one of the best app in Fairfield county genuine authentic recipe; the lamb is served with creamy green peas risotto, (creamy no fluffy) we have a FULL bar stock with everything we need to provide a extensive variety of drinks and we do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850-2617
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Norwalk
  • Phone Number: +1 203-354-6566
An exciting blend of Mediterranean fusion and world flavours has won Basso Cafe in Norwalk praise from The New York Times. Irresistible homemade pasta creations and tender meat recipes sit alongside flavours of Latin America and the Orient, with a dessert list that is bursting with rich, decadent treats. Diners are welcome to bring their own alcohol for a small corkage fee.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?