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Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar

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124 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850-2617
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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264 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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362 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 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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34 reviews
17 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016

The chef is good, the service is not. They don't have enough staff or else the kitchen is overwhelmed. We waited an hour between starter and entree which arrived cold and had to be sent back. I think the Lamb two ways saw the microwave. But it is all tasty. Very crowded and NOISY. I could only hear the person... More 

Thank JillConnecticut
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

I had lunch at Basso Cafe with two girl friends to celebrate my birthday. The menu offers fresh and tasty tapas and the cocktails are very unique like the Chilli Crush cocktail with a little touch of cilantro to die for. We shared several tapas and the prices are great: calamari, skirt steak, tuna sashimi and spinach and chick peas... More 

Thank carolina c
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is our second time dining at this restaurant and both nights were very enjoyable. They offer a variety of dishes from the Mediterranean area although primarily from Spain and other dishes from South America. We've enjoyed every selection of appetizer to entrée both from the standard menu and the chef's nightly specials.

Thank tomm_ossining
New York City, New York
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657 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

A menu with selections i like and many dishes not found on most menu's but not all the dishes not to my tasting. Had a great soup and one of our friends had fabulous artichokes but the chicken scalapino was dry. Prices towards he high end of what we expected. Serice was very friendly and good. If lived close by... More 

1 Thank venamo
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

I have been a loyal customer of Basso Café since they first opened; I travel there at least twice a month from New York City because I enjoy it THAT much. This restaurant rivals any high end restaurant in NYC. From the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the delicious cocktails, the welcoming and relaxing ambience, to the scrumptious food, the experience... More 

Thank Lisa B

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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, Italian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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: 12033546566
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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