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Basso Cafe Restaurant & Bar

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124 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850-2617
+1 203-354-6566
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank oystertravels
Norwalk, Connecticut
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 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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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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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281 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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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370 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 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 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 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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592 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 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 

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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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?