Firebox Restaurant

Firebox Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (860) 246-1222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Farrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Sean Farrell is happy to create spectacular catering menus, please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Firebox Restaurant is happy to welcome groups of all sizes, for all occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Ostapchuk 8602461222
  • Special Events: We can accomodate private parties for lunch and dinner. Contact Sarah Ostapchuk for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capitol Avenue
  • Public Transit: Adjacent to city transportation routes, and within blocks of the train station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private parking lot, with evening valet service.
A word from Firebox Restaurant
Firebox Restaurant, located in the historic Billings Forge, one block from the State Capitol, serves seasonal contemporary American cuisine, in a casually elegant setting. Guests enjoy the white-washed brick, warm fireplace and handmade Amish farm tables of our back dining rooms. The impressive front bar area with it's exposed brick, wood beams and vaulted ceilings, houses a lively bar scene focusing on innovative cocktails and an impressive wine selection.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Firebox Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (125)neighborhood gem (83)special occasion (76)good for groups (58)romantic (51)notable wine list (48)vibrant bar scene (30)hot spot (30)great for lunch (26)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, service, and ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    What a find! Went here for dinner with my mother and 9 year-old daughter prior to a show at the Bushnell. We were immediately impressed with the decor and ambience in this renovated forge. From the moment we walked in until we left by taxi (we had walked easily from the Bushnell, but it was cold!), the service was attentive and courteous. While, in consideration of other diners, I wouldn't bring any but a well behaved older child here for dinner (it's very nice and not inexpensive), my daughter was welcomed, and, when she ordered a Shirley temple, they recommended a tasty non alcoholic house creation as an alternative, and made her feel very special! The food was fresh, well prepared, and unique. Would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out wsith Firends...
    Ike7843VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Firebox is always a great place for friends looking for food quality to match the quality of our company. Good people great food lots of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gigi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Firebox is a gem; between the chef's creativity and talent, the locally sourced foods, the wonderful wait staff and the atmosphere; this is a restaurant that a foodie like me will repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrific
    jaredm
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Second time eating at Firebox. The menu was new and interesting, and a lot of the ingredients were local. Atmosphere was great, and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to it's review
    DianDavBarnes
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We wanted a restaurant close to the Bushnell so researched reviews of restaurants within the area. Firebox had many good reviews about the food and ambiance so, we made a reservation through OpenTable. The day prior to our outing, the restaurant called to confirm our reservation and wanted to know if we were going to the Theater so that they could assure that the server would expedite our order. Upon arrival, our server asked us what time we would like to leave for the Theater so that she could tell the kitchen. We had a Cheese plate appetizer and the Salmon and Pork entrees. The food was amazing as was the ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sophisticated Yum!
    MUF21
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Eat in the bar area -- cosy and cool. Great fresh food. Sophisticated but not precious. Super service even as it is low key.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Mary
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My sister and I went and we loved the local cheese plate! The honey was our absolute favorite.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning!
    KLove1221
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! Everything was cooked extremely well. Although the portions were a bit small the taste over came that fact. The waiter was wonderful, very knowledgeable and helpful. We loved that everything was farm fresh and locally grown. We were there for an anniversary party but my husband and I will be back again for a romantic dinner for two. Highly recommend this restaurant on every scale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding -a must visit!
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant was highly anticipated as I had read some wonderful reviews. Our visit met our expectations. The food was superb and very creative with house cured items and a very fresh farm to table experience. The service was impeccable. Just a wonderful evening. If it was closer to our home in Boston we would be there all the time! Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUPERB!
    Tinacat
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Outstanding food, polite, friendly, and knowledgeable staff, and a glass of something sparkly on the house for our special occasion. Also appreciate that it wasn't loud, though I share the restaurant's taste in music. Perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed
    njcgl
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were really surprised at the service - the food took forever and when we asked about it the server was completely unapologetic. The food was just ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Fresh Brunch
    newfoodie5
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The Brunch was outstanding. Best eggs benedict I have ever had, this is my usual breakfast order. Everything tasted so fresh and healthy. Not too heavy a sauce, homefries cooked to perfection! Not greasy and not soft and mushy... just perfect. Gooseberry lemonade was refreshing, tart not too sweet. The service was exceptional, very curtious and always available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    Molacher
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I have been going here for years and it is always good. I love that their staff is so friendly and knowledgeable and they source locally. They comeup with combinations that I never would have thought of but that work perfectly together. I have never had a bad meal or service there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valet Parking Issues
    Anne
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our second trip to Firebox (Sat. October 25, 2014), we used the Valet to park our car as no street parking was available! We were told by the young man that there is a $6 fee to valet park. He told us that we could request that this be added to our bill. After enjoying our dinner ($170 including tip), we decided not to add the valet charge to the bill. Instead, we gave the valet (a different fellow) $11 in cash-$6 for the fee and $5 tip. He proceeded to hand the keys to my husband while clicking the remote to unlock the doors. He then asked us if he wanted him to "back the car out"? We walked to our car and drove home. I called manager and have never heard back from him. This was all very odd for an upscale place like Firebox.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gobluemomVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were very happy with the Firebox. Great food and service. Really cool renovation of an old building. Bright spot on Broad Street.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Flavor
    OnlytheBest
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I am never disappointed with Firebox. Whether during Restaurant Week or any other time, the flavors and care in the preparation of food are incredible. And I really like that dinner is not rushed - much more European that way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was fantastic as was the service. I would recommend the cast iron duck for the main dish. It was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Loved our dinner. We try to make it to Firebox a few times a year, and have never been disappointed. My husband and I shared our meals and couldn't figure out which was better. We also ordered a side of roasted corn. It was really tasty, and I thought we couldn't eat it all, but my husband proved me wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday, not the best day to dine?
    jsansouk
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My partner and I were very excited to try this restaurant, our experience could certainly have been better. The service, I must say was wonderful and attentive. Preparation of the dishes were a late Sunday night level 2 kitchen staff. The oysters were good, but the migonette was basically a few dashes of vinegar and a fleck or two of shallot. $48 dollars? No lemon, traditional red sauce or horseradish. My corn polenta, not impressed. It was more like baby food in consistency, I was have enjoyed more texture or spicyness. My spouses salmon was good and he enjoyed the farro that accompanied it. A thumbs up on the homemade pasta. The winelist was large enough to give a great representation of regions. We'll return, not on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    mfreeman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent server. Very knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was very good. I hadn't been to Firebox in a while so I figured we would stop in. The charcuterie isn't your typical meat & cheese plate. The duck prosciutto wasn't on the mark (greasy and chewy) but the smoked salmon, whipped chicken pate` and mustards were quite good but only 3 toast points. The fried brussels sprouts side were decent but not the best that I have had. For dinner, my girlfriend had the chicken which was delicious, moist and had perfect crispy skin. It came on top of spetzle (excellent) with mushrooms. I had the duck which was perfectly cooked but probably not worth $34. We brought our own wine, $20 corkage fee. $85 for food and $20 for the wine. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Alan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Last Saturday night we went to Firebox for our wedding anniversary dinner. They gave us a booth so we could sit side by side - romantic. The noise level in the restaurant was not high so it was easy to talk yet not be overheard. The wait staff was very attentive all through dinner, ensuring we were pleased with our food. The food was delicious, especially the salmon. We had a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Say what?
    midtowndiners
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very noisy! Couldn't even carry on a conversation at the table. The acoustics are terrible.Not a good setting to celebrate a special anniversary. Very good food...we had the salmon and duck. Doubt if we'll ever go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food - Too Loud
    4dinner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Firebox is great overall. We enjoyed the specials and presentation of dishes. Also fresh herbs from the garden and items from local growers and suppliers. The cocktails are fabulous! Servers are excellent! Only complaint about Firebox is the noise level. If you are in the main dining room and it's busy - don't count on having a conversation. Not going to happen! It's so distracting you might as well just sit there and not talk. Suggest requesting the side room with the booths if you are planning to go on a weekend. For the price of the restaurant you should be able to enjoy your evening. And I wouldn't say the rating of 'energetic' for noise level is the best description for it! Sorry Firebox - the noise ruins an otherwise great thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    DebC
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Firebox is one of our favorite restaurants in Hartford. The food is consistently spectacular; the service wonderful. We love the ambience of the restaurant and the fact they are farm to table. We tried the parsnip "steak". Outstanding! If you haven't been to this restaurant yet, you really should go. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just terrific
    WestEnder
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Consistently excellent food, hospitable service, and a wonderful atmosphere -- Firebox is a top spot for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Firebox Gets it Right!!!
    Pauline
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Firebox continues to impress. Every item was incredible. No misses. Corn soup with pancetta-perfectly smooth and pancetta crispy. Bread and Butter starter-incredible...crunchy on outside, soft on inside. Lamb burger-husband said best ever. I had fried Brussel Sprouts-amazing. Love that they use so many local items. Atmosphere is hip/upscale but very comfortable and not pretentious thank you very much. Service was spot on. She felt like an old friend. Cocktails delicious. Solid place-will def continue to frequent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Been here many times. It's consistently excellent. Hartford is lucky to have a restaurant of this quality. Hint to readers: it's mostly empty at lunch and the specials are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite place for dining
    mej40ex
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Firebox offers an interesting and tasty menu of locally grown and organically raised produce, meats and fish. Their appetizers are particularly unusual and inviting, while their entrees are varied and well prepared and served with sometimes unexpected but always delicious vegetables and condiments. The fact that the restaurant is a non-profit enterprise whose profits help support the Billings Forge Community Works project contributes to our feeling that this is indeed a wonderful place to dine and socialize.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Dinner
    RIGHTANGLE1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I THINK OVERALL, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST MEALS I'VE HAD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Small portion.
    Erikp
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had the Salmon entree. Tasted and looked terrific. I was disappointed in the portion size. That piece of salmon had to be 3 oz. 5 inches long by maybe 1.5 inches wide. Tiny for $27! I was hungry when I left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    SFresident
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Came for dinner with my college student & we loved everything about the restaurant. It was the first time we'd been seated in the large dining room in back where it was refreshing to have a good amount of space between tables. The food was fantastic. Standouts include the corn chowder, pork flat iron steak, housemade fettuccine, and the cheese plate. Prices are a little on the high side, but worth it in my opinion. Portions vary. The pork was a very substantial dish while the fettuccine was a smaller, but very tasty entree. The service was attentive and friendly while not obtrusive. Firebox continues to be a go to Hartford restaurant for us. We recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Firebox
    lsk7
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We chose this restaurant online and the reviews were correct. A casual find with a warm ambiance. The food is delicious and creative, there's a wide selection of wines of various price levels, our server was professional and so pleasant. Firebox is vegetarian/vegan friendly in case that's important to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    kialuv2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went with my family for the first time and will definitely go again. The food was amazing! The menu is small but has something for everyone and everything we ordered was made of fresh ingredients and you could taste it! Also, the atmosphere is casual but nice and spacious so you don't feel that you are sitting on top of your neighbors. The staff was welcoming and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good local ingredients.
    Goodegg
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The waiter took a very long time after we were seated to get our drnk order. Once he did show up, we explained we were trying to make a show at the Bushnell. After that he was attentive but not pushy, there was probably just communication issue. The food was well prepared and made from local ingredients, which is nice. I had their Manhattan with infused Rye which was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really want to love this place
    jwpmitVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I went to Firebox on a Sunday, late afternoon. The restaurant itself is clean and elegant. The food was well prepared but very complex - for us, we look forward to well constructed but simple preparations. On every dish, the multiple flavors competed rather than complimented. We're going again on a Friday or Saturday. Hartford needs another great food restaurant this could be one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised and disappointed
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been to Firebox on many occasions and have been delighted with the entire experience. The ambiance is relaxed. The service has always been very attentive and polite. The food has always been delicious with it's Farm to Table ingredients and recipes. But our last visit came up short in many areas. First, the server did not inform us of any specials; drink or food. It was not until we overheard him speaking to the table next to us that we heard the specials. Unfortunately, we were already done eating. One of our entrees was fried eggplant. The eggplant was undercooked and the breading was extremely thick and hence we did not eat it. Unfortunately, it may be a while before we go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CantonboyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Been wanting to try Firebox for a while and finally went this past weekend. Everything was fantastic. The ambiance, the food and the service. Will make it a point to return as soon as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Imaginative Excellent Food
    FredVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I were in Hartford on the way home from a New England Vacation. This restaurant was near our hotel and the Mark Twain House so we thought to try it out. A band was playing in the bar area on the Sunday night - but we asked to be seated further back in the restaurant which was actually pretty quiet. The menu choices are somewhat limited - but what was served was excellent. My wife started with a creamy corn soup. I had a locally-sourced chees plate - both very tasty. For dinner we picked a steak dish and a chicken. We also tried out 2 sides - a fire roasted corn and a tempura fried green bean. Everything was beautifully presented, very well cooked and wonderful tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    GPJr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We make it a point to eat at Firebox when we visit the Hartford area to visit our daughter at boarding school. My wife, the foodie, is a huge fan. I get chided for ordering too much, then have to fend off incursions on my plate from both wife and daughter. Interesting tasty dishes; attentive, but not intrusive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    pedirn
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing meal. Everything we ordered was delicious. The service was great, everyone was friendly. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.