Hot Tomato's
Hot Tomato's

Hot Tomato's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hottomatos.net/
  • Phone: (860) 249-5100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Martucci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: Delivery Service Available.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have private dining facilities for up to 700 people. Our Wine Room is the perfect venue to host your private business lunch/dinner or special celebration for up to 60 people. For larger events, The Great Hall at Union Station is an amazing setting for Weddings, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah's.
  • Private Party Contact: Della Shaw 8602495100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Asylum Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Lot directly across the street. Limited on Street Parking available
A word from Hot Tomato's
Welcome to the New Hot Tomato's!

The newly renovated, casual restaurant features and open kitchen, multiple dining areas, an old world wine cellar, and charming outdoor stone patio. The bar is a lively part of the restaurant where guests may enjoy specialized cocktails, exceptional wine or choose to have a full meal. Our extensive wine cellar offers wines from regions all over the world, making it easy to pair a glass or bottle with your meal.

We strive to give excellent service at all times and will set the pace of your dining to your needs. Trying to catch the next train out of Hartford or grabbing a quick business lunch? Just tell us and we will speed it up to accommodate you.

We are located in the heart of Hartford, CT adjacent to the historic landmark, Union Station, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

We look forward to your visit. Buon appetito!
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Hot Tomato's reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)great for lunch (8)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (7)fit for foodies (6)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (6)late-night find (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • DINNER - 11/22/14 -OUTSTANDING
    Rustynail
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My favorite is the Giabotti (spelling). Excellent dish, but it is spicy, the way I like it. There were 4 of us and all enjoyed our meals immensely. The martinis were perfect. The chipolte wedge salad was spicy, but loved it, a nice twist on a basic salad. The meal started with a blue cheese garlic bread - excellent. Skip the dessert. One in our group ordered the chocolate brownie sundae. It was more like chocolate cake, whip cream (very little) and no ice cream. I ordered an Irish Coffee, a much better choice. And for the tea drinker in our group, the restaurant lacked special teas, just had Lipton. Kind of ordinary. This would be easy to upgrade at minimal cost. I would return in a heartbeat. We did ask for a quieter table through the Open Table Reservation system, and it was honored. Excellent menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    shooterump
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I have had steaks all over Connecticut and the filet I had here, melted in your mouth. I ordered it rare and it came the way I ordered it. Usually you can't get a steak of this quality or any other kind rare, but this was fabulous. My dates cod was something to write home about. The whole meal very great!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Found on YELP. Easy to make reservations, food was amazing, server was friendly & helpful. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Off Night
    emptynestersVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have eaten at Hot Tomatoes many times over the years. On this particular night in November, i ordered Chicken Stone which is made with potatoes and cherry peppers in a balsamic sauce. The menu says it takes a little longer to prepare, in case you are in a hurry. I wasn't and the dish came out sooner than I expected. The dish came out minus the cherry peppers which would have given it a spicy flavor to it. Alas, it only tasted of balsamic vinegar. The waitress brought it back to the kitchen where they tossed it back into a pan with cherry peppers and reheated it. There was still no heat unless I dded a cherry pepper slice to my fork. My wife ordered a special of Citrus Chilean Sea Bass at $30. The fish was mushy with no citrus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    michelle
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've been coming to Hot Tomatoes for 10 plus years. Always an excellent, delicious experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Tomato...not so hot
    zephyrick
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    While the food was great, when we finally got it, the noise level was almost unbearable and the servers had a very hard time keeping up with orders. To be fair, it was a busy night in downtown Hartford with Fleetwood Mac at the XL Center but the restaurant seemed over booked and just couldn't keep up with demand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the custom their drinks
    Unhappy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    When a restaurant is very busy you expect to have a little extra wait. However, get the customer their drinks and they will not mind the wait so much. We were seating on time to our reservation. Ordered our drinks. While we were waiting for drinks we made our decision on menu and flagged down the waiter with our order. NO drinks yet. 20 min after our drink order our salads were delivered. Asked again about our drinks (just house wine) -- bartender is a little behind will go now. 30 min after ordering our two glasses of house wine our drinks came. One dinner order came with the wine but not the other. When the other came it was cold and had been sitting under the heat lamp for some time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Hazel
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My first time eating here and I am going back again when I go to my next concert. I have already told friends how great everything was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food on Bushnell Park
    SuperbVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Though there is currently a good deal of road work and park improvement work going on, I look forward to the opportunity to dine outside again at Hot Tomatoes when the view to the park is cleared. Monica was a friendly, courteous, helpful and watchful waitress. Thank you Monica, you are appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Aaron
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Its rare you have that truly outstanding meal, but this was it for us. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and each of our meals was perfect. I had the best veal parm of my life, the Fra Diavolo was great as were the other dishes we had. We ate outside in perfect weather, across from the park in downtown Hartford. Service was prompt and excellent. We would easily go back very soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok food horrible service
    tim86
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went on a Saturday evening. Only 3 tables of guests and a few people at the bar. Waitress came over and asked to take our order and we hadn't been given menu's. Did not know what beers they have. When I asked she replied what do you want I'll see if we have it. Appetizers arrived quickly but everything seemed rushed . Like they wanted to get rid of us even though it was emty. Had to ask for bread that the other tables were given. Had to ask twice for grated cheese in an Italian restaurant? Air conditioning was freezing our dinners came out 40 mins after we completed our apps. Desert was a mushy mess . Just a horrible experience. We won't be back. Very disappointed
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  • good food but too much smoke
    DontLikeSmoke
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had dinner & food was excellent, however our dinner was inconvenienced by a person just outside the door on patio SMOKING A CIGAR. Smoke was drifting into the door & not only impacting the people outside, but the smell was going inside. The wait staff tried their best too keep the door closed. (VERY inconvenient for them, because they needed to go in/out many times). They were afraid to ask the (very rude) customer NOT TO SMOKE, because the owner is a cigar smoker, & might have known the person. If I had been outside on the patio, I WOULD HAVE LEFT. As it was, I was not comfortable smelling the cigar even where I was. I have gone to Hot Tomatoes many times & the food is very good, if this happens again, it will be the last time I go.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 311 reviews are from the Hot Tomato's reviews archive.
  • Bad Night hopefully an exception
    ChiantiM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The waitress was lamenting that the kitchen staff was working with only 2 cooks. Our veal was raw, the pasta order was incorrect and it took 30min and 3 requests before we received bread rolls. The owner was sitting at the bar and only after the waitress complained to him did they offer us dessert. We tipped her well, realizing she was dealing with a difficult situation including poor leadership. The manager/owner never came to our table. Hopefully he enjoyed the Red Sox game that he was watching while having a beer. AVOID --
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Tomato's is a great restaurant.
    USMCMOM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I love Hot Tomato's. I have gone to Hot Tomato's on several different occasions and have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. Each time I walk into Hot Tomato's I've been greeted with a warm friendly smile, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, the food is so good and the wait staff is always top notch. It's one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Hartford and I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Atmosphere for a Paint Nite
    Ezmi
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My girlfriends and I went to this restaurant for dinner before the Paint Nite event they were hosting that we had tickets to. I enjoyed the Spasta Pesto and my friends enjoyed the garlic bread, although I thought it tasted like those cheese puff snacks and I can get those much cheaper at the grocery store if I want to eat unhealthy food. One of my friends is a Vegan and the only thing she could get is a salad. Since they have several vegetarian menu options I had expected they would have at least 2 Vegan friendly options besides simple, not-so-filling salads, but no dice. It was also a rainy day and there were a few drips of water falling from the ceiling onto our table, occasionally.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    sticky024
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    All the food was delicious, and our server was very attentive! This was my first time here, and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The salmon and spagetti squash were decent, but the chicken parm sandwich was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey Connecticut Restaurant
    Jude
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    As with most of Connecticut restaurants, everything is a-la-carte. Dishes are not large and, therefore, overpriced. Food was good. No bread served. Advertised happy hour till 6:30. This special is only good in bar, not in the upstairs restaurant, which they don't tell you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jettagurl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Well-rounded menu makes it hard to choose (everything looks good!); thankfully we are often "saved" by delicious specials featuring fresh seasonal ingredients. Fun drink menu and solid wine list, with many interesting selections at value prices. And don't forget to order the garlic bread!! Staff is friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    luv2eat
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The dining experience was good and the food was above average. We enjoyed our dining experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    BostonGringo
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Hot Tomato's was spectacular. The front of the restaurant has a busy bar scene with high cocktail tables. The middle section is a bit quieter with booths. We had a large group, and they put us in a quiet, private room in the back with lovely exposed brick walls. The wait staff was friendly and very welcoming to a group from out of town. The wine was great and the food was fantastic. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very, very slow service. Small portions for what you paid for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice job Hot Tomato's
    CTJohnVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had 14 at Hot Tomato's for a late Saturday lunch after CCSU graduation ceremonies at the XL Center, and they handled us (and some other large groups) very well. The food was well prepared and universally enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best veal in Hartford
    MakersMarkand7
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Mom looked for veal all over CT when visiting from Virginia. While she comes every year, this was her first time at Hot Tomatos. She loved the resturant and the veal! Everyone should stop by and try it! Great job!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Enjoyable Experience
    FoodieLady
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This is a great restaurant for the business lunch crowd. Menu is diverse but not overwhelming. They stick to what they do well. The service is friendly and quick. The main room is a very open environment. Very dependable and affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    DisappointedHusband
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for the Mother's day buffet at 6pm. However the food was still all out from brunch.. the dessert table appeared to have been ransacked by a pack of wild animals and at least 50% of the food that was out was breakfast food (scrambled eggs, waffles, bagels, etc). For $30 per person, I expected much better. I've been to this restaurant before and enjoyed it. Not sure I'll be back.. Definitely won't be back for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation to sit I the bar?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took my young daughters to a show at The Bushell and took them to dinner after. I made the reservation 10 days prior so there wouldn't be any issues. We arrived during a big rainstorm and we were all quite wet and cold. The hostess went to seat us in the bar by the doorway and I asked if we could sit in the dining room. She said she seated the last table in there and the others were reservered. I pointed out that we had a reservation so why couldn't sit in the dining room. She said if we wanted the dining room seating then next time we should request it. I don't believe that a reservation should hold a seat in the bar. Those should be for walk-ins. There will be no next time.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was disappointing. My meal was bland and just okay. I was with 6 other people and no one was wowed by their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    BDawg
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great night out. Service was excellent and the food incredible. They never disappoint. Love the fact that the antipasto changes each time based on what is available.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    HartfordDowntowner1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This restaurant was fantastic. I came with a woman on our first date and realized that I had made reservations for the previous evening. The staff was friendly and accommodating and found us a table right away. The waitress even remembered my special requests in my reservation. The restaurant and it's staff are truly wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Dinner Get Away
    2dineout
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Another fabulous meal. Servicer was warm, friendly and entertaining. We had traditional garlic bread. Yumm. Walnut and cranberry salad. Fish dishes: Shrimp Malto and Canjun Sole. Everything was perfect. Thanks for a great time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient & Quick
    Mahagan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Hot Tomatoes is located within 2 blocks of the Hartford XL Center. It was the perfect restaurant for us before the Wolf Pack game. There was something on the menu for adults and children. The wait staff was very attentive, filling water glasses before they were empty and working with us to choose the right meal. They willingly accommodated small changes, like dressing on the side and dishes prepared for 1 instead of 2 as normal. The portion sizes were generous, the food delicious, and after all these years, the garlic bread with cheese is still terrific.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huskies Hospitality
    TasteBuddiesVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We patronized Hot Tomato's on Sat. 4/5 during the UConn basketball game. The hostess was friendly (and helpful when I phoned ahead of our arrival) and our server took great care of our party of 6. Apps, entrees and drinks were well-prepared. The owner visited our table to give his regrets for the lively Husky fans watching the game in the bar area. We didn't mind. We were still able to enjoy our intimate group and keep tabs on the game just from the roar of the bar crowd. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weak Pasta
    Tarawh
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Hadn't been there in 15 years, and it was unrecognizable. Every dish was just so "blah". Pasta was overcooked, and not fresh, and each of the six people eating felt their entree was sub par. No wonder they had space available!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go UConn
    joyce
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had dinner at Hot Tomato's to watch the final 4. It was very fun since the owner is a UConn alumni. I deviated from my regular veal chop and the steak was equally awesome. My husband and nephew ordered a consistently good chicken parmesan. Wish we could be there for the final men's game tonight. It was a lot of fun watching the game in this vibrant atmosphere. The fun included the cheerleader Dave DiNeno, UConn alum. Hot Tomato's is still my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    Laura
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Hot Tomato's used to be our go to spot for special occasions and we hadn't been there in awhile. We were very disappointed with the food this time. It was just okay. The garlic bread was great of course but my son's small bowl of pasta came with about a stick of butter melted in the bottom if the bowl. It was actually very unappetizing. We will not be rushing back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • an O.K. place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    food was okay; diet coke tasted like none I've ever had before; party of 10 women behind us ( my 4 friends and me) were beyond noisy and boisterous. garlic bread was good; salad-mediocre; my friends enjoyed the ravioli; an O.K. place for lunch
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    WombatVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I was joined by my wife and parents-in-law for a nice dinner. The wine list was reasonable and we ordered a bottle of 14 Hands, a cabernet that everyone enjoyed. We ordered the cheese/garlic bread which is a must. Our meals were all well liked and came out in a short amount of time. Service was excellent and we will definitely be back again. The manager/owner came by towards the end of the meal and check on how everything was which was nice. For dessert, we tried the homemade key lime pie. For $7/slice, the servings were a bit small but did taste good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Great Food & Atmosphere
    joyce
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Always enjoy dining at Hot Tomato's. My veal chop is consistently excellent. Music was a jazz duo and excellent-not too loud but had a great vibe. We enjoy dining in the bar because we always see people we know. This time was no different, I even saw my cousin Billy who I haven't seen in ages. Hot Tomato's remains our favorite restaurant and bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very good. Got
    Subvett
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Service was very good. Got there early before going to a show at The Bushnell. Have been there before and remember the food being excellent. This time, it was just OK. Might try one more time. Maybe it was an off night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate