Appetit Bistro Norwalk

4.6
47 reviews
$30 and under
French
Located in South Norwalk's Washington Street Historic District, Appétit Bistro is a charming restaurant and gathering place featuring seasonal modern French, Mediterranean, and Italian influenced dishes and fine wine. Rooted in hospitality, restaurateurs Edwin Montoya and Chef Ismael Carias first made a name for themselves with the success of their first Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, and eclectic artwork, Appétit Bistro boasts an urban design aesthetic. A raised private dining room and bar add depth to the open and sunlit dining room floor. The Bistro’s beverage program consists of classic cocktails, ales and lagers, and a small, curated wine list consisting of primarily French and California labels.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service and ambience was great. Food is okay. Over sauced and salty.

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vipTilden
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my second dinner at the Norwalk location. The food is great and service very friendly. We sat in the upper area behind the bar because it was not as noisy as the main dining room. We had a leisurely meal and never felt rushed. The only complaint if I have to have one is that we never got a refill of our water glasses. But really we were very happy and will be back!

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TommyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Appetizer (clams with chorizo in wine broth) and main course (steak frites and duck breast) were excellent. The crepe for dessert was average. Consider offering more flavors of beignet. We would have loved beignet but banana was only flavor on offer. Will definitely go back again!

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KMC56
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food!

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vipRobertB
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The appetizers were great. We had the vegetable tart and the grilled Caesar salad. The steak frite was EXCELLENT! However, the duck breast was not so good…it was a little tough and chewy…won’t do that again. Ending on a bright note, the banana split was also excellent. Overall, a very good night out…only drawback was the duck.

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DanL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was really great. Very nice addition to the area.

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LouiseF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful meal — best tuna tartare we’ve had since Paris! Attentive staff, great, personable service. Only downside is many huge, bright screens over the bar — too much!

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vipDonF
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food in the heart of the action. Wonderful bar as well.

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vipvetmom
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and great service!

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viptckdp
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great staff & great ambiance. Alex was awesome so thanks

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BernardC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Enjoyed our dinner. Food was fine; the fondue was very tasty. Service was really good. Get rid of the TVs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good. Food was fantastic and really like French bistro style. Bunch of wait staff but they were very friendly and tried very hard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

attentive service, beautiful open space and best of all amazing food. Do not skip dessert the banana beignets are amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Duck was fatty and tough to cut with the dull butter knife. The marmalade was too sweet for me and overwhelming.

The tuna entree was flavorless. If there could be something less than flavorless, it would have been the tuna.

Tuna tartar was fine but nothing special. Overpowered by the jus.

Good wine by the glass offering and good ambiance.

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vipChrisL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service ambience waiter was excellent

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vipRussJ
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and the service was outstanding. The staff worked together to make sure the evening was well covered. Loved the scallops!!! They were prepared exquisitely and the sauce was a perfect balance. The only thing out of the “ambiance” was the line of TVs with basketball playing. I don’t think I have ever seen that at a French restaurant. I do believe the food and location would lend itself well to an even more upscale dining experience without the TVs. Kudos to the chef and the entire staff!

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ChuckS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely recommend this restaurant. Food and drink were excellent, especially the fondue and Sono Sour.

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vipRosanneF
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Norwalk hasn't had a good French restaurant in a long time, so I was anxious to try this. Cocktail/wine by the glass was very good and the Sono Sour was yummy. We started with octopus and escargot. Both were exceptionally tender and flavorful. Entrees were the duck and the steak frites. The french fries were probably the best I have ever had and the hanger steak was sliced and tender. The duck was a bit chewy, and perhaps should have been ordered medium instead of medium rare. We did not have any dessert. Our server, Corey, was very attentive but not overbearing. Since we were there on the early side of a Wednesday, it was quiet, but that was fine with us. Will definitely go again.

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pookie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time back at Appetit Bistro... The food is absolutly amazing here... Natalie, JC and David, are all very nice, attentive staff. Food : Tuna Tartare is so delicious, presentation was a work of art. The PEI mussels were so scrumptious, and the of lamb, with rosemary sauce, was cooked to perfection, so tender, not "gamey" at all...

Also, the raviolis with the chanterelle mushrooms inside with a wonderful sauce, (mind blowing)... Last but not least, the hanger steak, was truly cooked to perfection. The food is so superb, you will not be disappointed. Overall, had a truly wonderful evening. Appetit Bistro on Washington Street, is a great addition in SoNo's active restaurant scene... Enjoy it!!

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ElainaR
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and we had a fantastic time! We will definitely be coming back again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredible food!

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vipWestfoodie
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delightful

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vipsalmar
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Hostess was obnoxious. standing in front of entrance....waiter pleasant but untrained...food good....too loud..nyc table placement awful..tables for 2 facing the wall....

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BrigitteP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant sign may be small but don’t be fooled, this place is unbelievable. Had to change our reservation twice due to traffic, and both times, it was a pleasant and accommodating voice, despite it being during a super busy Friday night at 7:30. The four of us chose Appetit Bistro for our son’s 25th birthday and return from law school. Love the atmosphere and upbeat style. Enjoyed our drinks; servers were so courteous, great timing with top-notch service…so pleasant with “personality!” Even with a full house and seated at the loudest possible center table posed no noise issue for us. Escargot—best I’ve had, excellent grilled calamari appetizer, pasta with mushrooms—unbelievable and more we’d have loved trying. Then the entrees, the four we selected surpassed in flavor and quality of those of two other very famous French restaurants in lower Fairfield county. The dessert selection I will leave as a surprise. So much on their French menu (with translation below each item). Guarantee that this place will leave you wanting to return…

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DLotus
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb. Menu. Service. Food. Ambiance

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vipWestfoodie
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing new restaurant. Great food. Great staff. A+ all around

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BrigitteP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu was enough variety to please our finicky group!Service was the absolute best I’ve seen. Appetit Bistro surpassed last weekend’s meal at Bouchard (Newport, RI)…better service, menu choices, seating comfort, & overall quality. Absolutely the best Escargot en Croute, Leg of Lamb, amazing Duck. Other dishes our group enjoyed as they were equally delicious were a homemade pasta dish and Coquille St. Jacques. Excellent wine and specialty cocktails. We already made plan to return so we can try other dishes. Overall perfect, cool ambiance. Cannot say enough about this restaurant that we enjoyed tremendously.

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tomc
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Noise level was extremely high; service was slow and totally inattentive; food was very average

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vipLisa
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I enjoy dinner in a quaint bistro. The food was excellent with great service. It was busy with many both young and old!

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StuM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Small pleasant place with very friendly wait staff. They were extremely helpful when wife spilled glass of wine.

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent!

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LarryS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our 2nd time (and this time,with our sons as we celebrated my wife's birthday) and it did not disappoint! A truly wonderful restaurant and a very welcome addition to SoNo's dining scene.

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vipTrueBlue
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

This is a new restaurant in South Norwalk. The setting is very nice. I like it. The food is good, not particularly excellent. We had escargot and grilled calamari for appetizers. Both are good. But the entre we had, orange duck breast, is not as good as expected. While the taste is very nice due to the very nice sauce, the quality of the duck breast is not good. It's rubbery, even though we asked for medium rare. It's a new restaurant. Maybe it needs more time to iron out some wrinkles.

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vipZiggyz
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was a charming bistro but the noise level was a bit too much.. The food was better-than-average. The prices were right. The service was a bit slow but it was friendly and helpful

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vipMarkM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is always great!

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viptckdp
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambiance, prices, and service by Vanessa.
The calamari, Salmon, amazing

Thanks
Coach Rodrigo & Angela

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful experience…. The restaurant is the tractive and well done. The food was very good!! Service was good we were very pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was great. Service was lacking and the ambiance was alittle weird. Would definitely go back the food was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious - and the homemade bread stole the show - perfect for dipping in the garlicky delicious mussel broth!

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vipWestfoodie
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service. They've only been open for two weeks and they're doing amazing. Escargot en croute and Tartate de thon are delicious. Duck a l'orange and omg, the scallops! Keep up the great work ! Bravo!

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You can order delivery directly from Appetit Bistro Norwalk using the Order Online button. Appetit Bistro Norwalk also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 354-7344.

Appetit Bistro Norwalk is rated 4.6 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.