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Firebox Restaurant
  • Address:
    539 Broad Street
    Hartford, CT 06101
    Hartford / West Hartford
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Firebox Restaurant Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, 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 (860) 246-1222
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "I liked everything about this restaurant except the parking. The parking lot is small and fills up fast. Street parking is difficult as the restaurant is in a residential area."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "They care about the service, they care about the quality and freshness of the food. Always interesting options on the menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Good accomodations for those with food sensitivities. Very nice presentation of the food. Creative dishes."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "So glad to have found Firebox via Zagat online. We were in Hartford for a concert and wanted a farm-to-table restaurant that serves up high quality, sustainable, local veggies and meats. The burgers were fantastic. Nice craft beer list too. Love the atmosphere constructed of recycled wood and brick. Really cool venue. I bet this place rocks at night! Will definitely go again next time we're in town from NY."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at the Firebox last Sunday. He LOVED it--had the mussels with kielbasa, which he said were the best he'd ever eaten, and the the pasta (which had panceta), which he also said was the best pasta he'd ever eaten. I had Fried Eggplant, which came with a bunch of pretty but not too tasty vegetables on top--the only entree that was vegetarian. I liked the bread--very rustic and chewy--and thought the veggie dish was just okay--definitely not worth the $24 price tag. So--vegetarians beware. This isn't a place with a great variety of veggie-friendly dishes. The waiter was really nice, the ambience was kind of modern/industrial. I would have given it 2 or 3 stars, my husband 5--the 4 is a compromise."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "What a truly GREAT idea to continue the taste of Hartford...it gives one the opportunity to go into Hartford and try restaurants one normally wouldn't. The experience both myself and my daughter had was YUMMY!!! We both so enjoyed our special meal. The food was delicious and the presentation was spectacular!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Really nice place with a great vibe, nice staff, and outstanding food!!!! My husband and I were in Hartford and looking for a place for a later dinner, we searched open table and found Firebox's menu most interesting, boy did we make the right choice."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "While the menu was limited in number of offerings, every course delivered creative experiences I would not have normally have ordered. So it was safe to say that one can move out of the comfort zone and have an amazing experience. In addition the spectacular old factory setting is something to admire."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice Place - good menu - more Vegan options would be welcome, but I'd definitely come here again with a non-Vegan date."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went with another couple. Everyone had a wonderful meal! All food items were fresh and well prepared. Waite staff were knowledgeable and friendly. We feel that we had one of the best meals we have had in a long time! We are certain to return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Best duck I have ever eaten! The eggplant was perfect too........"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My first visit to this restaurant after having heard great things. We figured Restaurant Week would be a great time to try it. We picked from the fixed menu. It was surprisingly a very comprehensive selection with very generous portions. Everything was presented amazingly and was delicious. The service was excellent. Cocktails were a bit higher priced than I'm used to paying - $10 for a glass of house Chardonnay. It was a very pleasant evening and we'll be back."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I come to the Hartford area only a few times a year, but whenever I do, I make sure to go to Firebox. The food is extraordinary -- always fresh, creative and full of unique flavors. Don't miss this wonderful restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was my 4th lunch at the Firebox. Each time I visit, it out does the last visit! This time I treated my co-workers for a job well done, and this lunch really lived up to making them feel special. We ate outdoors and it was perfect. The food choices are so different, and we loved that it is local ingredients. Can't wait for our next visit!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We reserved a table in order to see a performance by Tumbling Bones, a band we have been "following" for some time. A chance to see them in Hartford was very welcome as they have not performed much in this area recently. The site was a pleasure to see, well designed and welcoming. The menu was a surprise. We expected "Pub Food" but the offerings were anything but. We expect to stop again in the coming year."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The taste of everything from my cocktail to dessert was both delightfully interesting and balanced. While the service was very friendly, it was not terribly efficient. The bartender repeatedly forgot to bring us a drink menu, and our server did not bring out any of our plates or check on us until we were nearly finished with each course. Still, overall, the experience was very pleasant, and I will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I don't go to Firebox often, but when I do, I'm never disappointed. The food is fresh and delicious, locally sourced, and the service os always good. They also don't make you feel hurried."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times, and it is my favorite in Hartford."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I've been there before and have enjoyed the menus and the preparations. This night, I asked about the chicken, stating that I preferred to have it cooked less than most diners, so that the meat was juicy. The extremely knowledgeable and courteous waiter assured me that that's exactly what the kitchen did, so I ordered it. This is NOT what the kitchen did this night. The chicken was as dry as shoe leather; I took two bites and left the rest. The waiter was very apologetic when I told him at the end of the meal, and "comped" the glass of wine that I ordered, explaining that perhaps the restaurant's current focus on the "Taste of Hartford" menu was a contributing factor. I'll go back, and remind them of this to prevent a recurrence."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "It was a Saturday evening in mid-July so the restaurant - which is a good size - was relatively quiet when we visited. We had a perfectly delicious dinner from starters to dessert. (We do not normally have room for dessert but the portion size of every course here was perfect.) The menu is not lengthy but there is plenty of choice and the food was very fresh and perfectly cooked. We would go back to this restaurant in a flash and look forward to returning sometime. Nice wine list with some wonderful choices and the restaurant is happy to re-cork the bottle and let you take home what you are unable to finish. This was a really delightful dinner. The service was very good. Our server recommended a great non-alcoholic aperitif."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Ate here twice in the past week, had terrific meals both time. Great drinks and service. Love the farm-to-table theme and interesting entree choices. It can get quite noisy so if you're looking for a quiet tete-a-tete this might not be the right choice, but if you're looking to go out for a good time with friends it's perfect. The only tiny complaint would be that both times I was here it was absolutely freezing inside, way too chilly for comfort, and I wasn't the only one who commented on it. Fortunately there was an outside table available the second time so we sat there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was very good. The chowder was unbelievable. Unusual menu but everything was awesome."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We visted for a work team luncheon and it was fabulous! The food and service was outstanding! We will definitley be back to visit again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "First time dining @Firebox. Really appreciated the farm-to-table approach, which is reflected in the menu as well as with the server's knowledge of where everything they serve is sourced from. You can taste the difference. Neighborhood is a bit dodgy; parked on the street across from the restaurant and didnt have any issues with that. Menu was a bit small, but there was enough diversity for our group. Overall, food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food was good but selection was very limited. Service was poor even though the restaurant was not busy"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "As always, our service was very good. I attempt to try something different when I go, but every time I see duck on the menu, I have to go for it. I would also recommend trying the Bloody Mary. One of the best."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food, great service, nice atmosphere. The wine list is not always updated with the current year of wine featured on wine list."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A leading local venue for local foods and local music. Both very well prepared and presented."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had an amazing time here. The food was unbelievable and the service was personal and friendly, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was quite good- I had the turkey sandwich although I wish I had ordered the salad, it looked delicious! I tried the beet dessert, which featured sour milk and beet ganache. Not my favorite but not bad."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This gem of a restaurant in a restored factory building was terrific in Hartford. The service friendly and the food lovely. The fried chicken reminded me of the best from home in Virginia. My husbands hamburger was just right and not too big or too small."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very nice brunch. Bread basket is an extra charge. Frittata is a bit dry , but light and fluffy. Cool looking interior , very clean , great service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My fourth experience at the Firebox which has been otherwisw quite good. On this particular evening the food was still good. The service was off. One entree was incorrect. A waitress dropped food from a tray trying to get through a difficult to open door. Shortly after that the waitress sent wine glasses careening off another tray shattering onto the patio. Mostly this was just sad for her. Problematic was the entree that was not ordered which put one of our group out of synch with the rest of us. The drinks came late. The waiter made up for the gaffes with his personality and saved the evening. It was just an off night saved by a good waiter. I will go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Sunday afternoons have bands. We drove up from Fairfield County to see a specific band which is one of my favorites. Because it is a great band to dance to, we assumed there would be room for dancing. We were disappointed that there was no area in which to dance! We did, with much difficulty, have a few dances between the bar and the tables. It was very awkward, as we were in the way of the waiters trying to serve patrons. I liked the restaurant's policy to serve locally grown, seasonal foods. There were lots of unusual items on the menu, however. We needed to ask our waiter what several of the foods actually were! We frequently dine out, but I had yet to experience such a strange selection on the menu. The french fries were very tasty!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were a group of 9 - the service was wonderful, food delicious and a good time was had by all!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been to Firebox with (different) clients on 3 different occasions, and each time--the food and fare, as well as service, have been as great as experienced during my prior visit. The food at Firebox is very "clean"--unadulterated by bland sauces or too many varied flavors. And the atmosphere is "urban country". Only caveat--save extra time to find a parking space, especially during Farmer's Market days (although the Farmer's Market also proved to be a benefit--my delicious strawberry lemonade came from fresh strawberries culled from the market next door)."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "If you're allowing a party if 30+ in the dining room, it's best to close it off. Food and service were excellent, but could not carry on a conversation across the table due to the noise."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We found the food and service delightful, as we have several times in the past. This is our favorite place for a relaxing brunch before the symphony. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Firebox over the weekend. Despite a large wedding party occupying much of the back dining room Mike, our server, was great and the food was outstanding. My wife had the spring soup, hamburger from the tavern menu and a ceasar...all great! I decided to have an app dinner - ordered the ceasar also along with the mussels and calamari. It was more than a full meal and just fantastic. I thought the calamari app was the best until the mussels came. I've been fortunate enough to have mussels in Brussels and Paris - these would hold their own in either city."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I live in New Jersey just outside New York City. We were in Hartford to see an interview with Dan brown at the bushnell theater in conjunction wth the mark twain museum I found firebox on open table. It is a great restaurant . Great feel, service and food. We were warmly greeted and seeted . Our server was friendly knowledgable and clearly loved working at this restaurant and proud of the food prepared . We shared a charcuterie appetizer which was sublime. Entree was a special fresh scallops over risotto .scallops melted in our mouths. Our server suggested we come back for brunch We loved this meal much so we did. The host at the door recognized us as well as our server Sunday who was not our server Saturday night. Wonderful experience go !"
    Dined on 6/7/2014