12-14 Forest St.
New Canaan, CT 06840
Telephone: 203-966-5303

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Hours: We are open 7 nights per week.
Monday thru Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
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Specials:
Daily Specials
Gift Certificates Available

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History of Bistro Bonne Nuit

THIS LOVELY LITTLE BISTRO MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN THE HEART OF PROVENCE.  COZY & WARM WITH A TOUCH OF ELEGANCE.

The Bistro was originally opened in December 1998 by Billy Auer and Jeb Swift. Later in 2002, Executive Chef Kender Urena and Roe D'uva joined Billy and Jeb and became their partners.

Billy wanted to create a feeling of “being in France” in New Canaan and many of the decorating ideas for this charming little bistro spawned from his travels to France in the summer. The warm, cozy but, very unique interior d├ęcor makes customers feel like they are entering a comfortable living room when they enter the Bistro.  The white table clothes, lovely tableware, small floral arrangements, and earthly art works makes you feel at home and relaxed.

Chef Kender’s training began during his childhood in Costa Rica, working in his parent’s restaurant. He graduated at the top of his class from the French Culinary Institute in New York with a Culinary Arts degree, and also from the International Bread and Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute with a second degree in International bread and pastry arts. In 1995, he came to the United States to pursue a career. Since arriving, he has held positions at some of New York’s most well-known establishments, including Le Cirque and Barbetta. He was taught and worked side by side with such master chefs as Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac, Andre Soltner, Jacques Torres and Hans Welker.

Bistro Bonne Nuit was chosen by the American Instuite of Wine and Food to host the conmemorative dinner for Julia Child.  The Institute chose Kender’s Cassoulet as the dish Julia would have loved. Along with the wines selected by Roe, it made for a joyous evening.

Chef Kender also has great knowledge of Italian cuisines working under Genero Villela who opened Osterial del Circo in New York and Las Vegas and Marc Paulac from Barbetta.  He also has done demonstrations of Italian cuisine for La Cuccuina and was featured in their magazine.

Kender and Roe loved the town of New Canaan and decided this was the place to put their skills to work. Their determination and attention to detail, amongst their great food and wine, has brought them to “one of the best restaurants around”. Quotes from the regulars state “I rate every other restaurant by Kender’s food” and “the consistency at the Bistro is unbeatable”. Their classy clientele, who will only accept the best, covers some of the wealthiest of business leaders to a star studded clientele.  

Rated “Excellent” by Zagat,
NY Times rated “Very Good” with its way on to excellent
“Excellent” by the Stamford Advocate
Member of the James Beard foundation.
Won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2005 and 2006.
Voted “Best Bistro” Fairfield County


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star_rd.gif (1079 bytes)Other Points of Interest: Quaint town of New Canaan

Type of Cuisine: French
Seating: 60
Dress: Casual/Dressy
Ambiance: Cozy European Bistro
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Price Range: Dinner $24.95 - $38.00

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Bar x Lunch   x
Take Out x Daily Specials x
Delivery x Extensive Wines by the Glass x
Gift Certificates x Extensive Wine List x
Romantic x Fax Menus to Offices  x  
Scenic - Town of New Canaan  x Catering  x
Near Movies, Shopping x Banquet Facilities  
Atmosphere - cozy, casual x Private Dining x  
Non-Smoking x   Special Orders  x
Pre-recorded Music   Handicap Access  x
Dietary Accommodations x Reservations Recommended x



Catering: Bistro Bonne Nuit caters on premise for any special occasion party up to 65 people. Bistro Bonne Nuit menu available or customize your own.

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Directions:

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From I-95 Southbound:
Take exit 15 (Rt. 7 exit) to the Merritt Parkway South. Take the Merritt Parkway to exit 38. (Rt. 123) make a left going north on Rt. 123. Go to the 2nd traffic light and make a left onto Rt. 106. Follow Rt. 106 to the 2nd traffic light and take the first right onto Forest St. (Athletic Shoe) on the corner. Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From I-95 Northbound:
Take exit 13. Make a left at the light. Make a right a next st. West Norwalk Rd. (Corner of Pancake House) Follow straight through for about 4 miles. You will cross over the Merritt Parkway. This is now New Canaan. Continue straight until you reach town. (now Main St.). At the 2nd light go right then immediately bear left onto a one way street (Forest). Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From New Haven on Merritt Parkway:
Take exit 38 (Rt. 123) make a left going north on Rt. 123. Go to the 2nd traffic light and make a left onto Rt. 106. Follow Rt. 106 to the 2nd traffic light and take the first right onto Forest St. (Athletic Shoe) on the corner. Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From New York on Merritt Parkway:
Take exit 37 at of the ramp make a left. Go to the 3rd traffic light make a right onto Cherry St. Go to the next light make a left onto Main St. Go to next light make a right then immediately bear left onto a one way street (Forest). Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From Norwalk:
Follow Rt. 123 North. After the Merritt Parkway go to the 2nd traffic light and make a left onto Rt. 106. Follow Rt. 106 to the 2nd traffic light and take the first right onto Forest St. (Athletic Shoe) on the corner. Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From Darien:
Follow Rt. 124 to New Canaan. Make a right onto Cherry St. Go to the next light make a left onto Main St. Go to next light make a right then immediately bear left onto a one way street (Forest). Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From Ridgefield:
Follow Rt. 35 to Rt. 123 to the intersection of Rt. 106. Take a right onto Rt. 106 and follow to the 2nd traffic light. Take a right onto Forest St. Gates/Tequila/Bistro Bonne Nuit on your left.

From Bedford, N.Y.:
Proceed to Scotts Corners Pound Ridge. Stay on Rt. 124 and follow all the way to New Canaan. When you come to the traffic light go straight. (N.C. Fire House on left). There is an entrance on Main St. (Rt. 124) just down from the Fire House on your left. A green awning next to the Studio Antique Shop.

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