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Peppercorns Grill
Peppercorns Grill

Peppercorns Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peppercornsgrill.com/
  • Phone: (860) 547-1714
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Celestino (Dino) Cialfi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We’ll cater from our menu or your request
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room with a contemporary Italian flair holds from 10-85. We offer several prix fixe menus to satisfy different tastes and price ranges prepared by chef/owner Dino Cialfi. Try some of our specialties all homemade such as seasonal ravioli, fettuccine with lobster, ossobuco, Chilea
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Maxwell (866) 970-0613
  • Special Events & Promotions: We are having our annual Clicquot Dinner on December 10, 2013 beginning at 6:30 PM. Five delectable courses with Vintages of Clicquot. This is our 22nd Clicquot dinner; not to be missed to ring in the holiday season. For menu: http://www.peppercornsgrill.com/Menus/PeppCliquot.pdf

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capital Ave
  • Public Transit: Stop located across the street in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available to the left of the restaurant from 12 pm until closing. Street parking is available at no after 5 pm. Valet is also available for a charge in the evening.
A word from Peppercorns Grill
Peppercorn’s Grill and Piccolo Arancio are owned and operated by the Cialfi siblings, Sal, Dino, Tina, and Rosa. Brothers Sal and Dino purchased Peppercorn's Grill in 1989 and they, along with younger sisters Tina and Rosa opened Piccolo Arancio in 1994. This generation of Cialfi's has added modern creativity and personality to traditional strengths of their Italian upbringing.
Sal and Dino were trained in the art of Italian food at their uncle's restaurant in Rome. When their uncle felt that the two brothers education was complete, he helped them open their own restaurant in Rome, Piccolo Arancio and became internationally acclaimed within their first year. Now operated by their cousins, Piccolo Arancio remains near the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Both restaurants produce award-winning cuisine and continue to receive high honors and awards. This may Marked the 10th consecutive year the both Peppercorn's Grill and Piccolo Arancio received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
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Diner Reviews
  • "Find its sister restaurant Piccolo Arrancio has better food and service"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Sometimes everything goes right. That Peppercorn's in a nutshell. Great Creative Italian food, wines, and impeccable service. We couldn't have asked for any more. Ossobuco, pastas, veal chop, and even chicken were fabulous. We tried four desserts they were also wonderful tiramisu, chocolate bread pudding, baked berries with mascarpone zabaglione(by the way sublime), and creme brulee. Nice wine list with all price points. We had Arneis and a Produttori di Barbaresco Barbaresco. They were both nice and priced fairly. Great job! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We continue to return to Peppercorn's because it is consistently doing a great job. Great pastas, great fish and veal dishes, great bread, and also great espresso to end the meal. They score very high on all the ingredients that create a great Italian restaurant. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit for my wife and myself. Sometimes a first visit is the best experience but it seems that Peppercorn's continues to excell even more and reaches higher gastronomic limits. This time we decided to eat seafood. The halibut was very fresh and prepared to perfection. The housemade tagliolini with all kinds of seafood sang onto our taste buds. Of the appetizers were just as wonderful. We tried the mussel/clam appetizer and the pulpo (octopus). Wow, the chef being from Italy really knows how to work with seafood. All in all, a fantastic second experience. This is quickly becoming my wife's favorite restarant."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Used Open Table to find a restaurant near I-91 in Hartford. Picked Peppercorns Grill and had a delicious lunch, excellent service on what was a quiet Friday afternoon. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been to Peppercorns many times over the years and have always has a great experience. This time was a bit different and I am not sure if it had to do with the fact I used a Living Social Deal for Lunch. The waitress was terrible! And the first meal I ordered was not at all what I would expect from the quality of food I have experienced in the past. I ordered the Bolognese and it was no more than a tomato sauce with a tiny bit of ground beef. The waitress argued with me and it took a long time to get a replacement meal. No apologies. I tipped on the full at 20% and still the waitress never said thank you or any apologies. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "One of my favorite Hartford lunch spots. Always great food, good service and great ambience. I recommend it to people all the time. Had dinner there once and it was a great experience also."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening at Peppercorns. We did use a GROUPON and they were very reciptive that we had one. Dinner was a little pricey but we did have cocktails, appetizer and dessert with our dinner. I had the veal chop which was excellant, my husband had the special Bass which he liked very much. Our waitress suggested Lobster ravioli for an appitizer which was excellant. We would go back but for a special occasion since we did spend a few dollars. Just for someones information, it is not your typical Italian fare, They have different menu items, which is a good thing to me."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed wonderful dining from the delcious, beautifully presented culinary flair to the outstanding, friendly service!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Peppercorns has always been in the pricey side, but has seemed worth the price. On our last visit my main course relied too heavily on a mashed-potato base -- and the service was very slow."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had tickets at the Bushnell and made reservations at Peppercorn for 6. We were held up in traffic but they kept our reservations for us. We parked, walked down the Peppercorn, had a fantastic meal, good wine (plenty of choices) and then walked back to the Bushnell at 10 of 8- for an 8 pm show. My husband and I agree we will definitely be back-- maybe try outside next time. Don't hesitate to eat here! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back again! The food was amazing! Thankful for the valet parking."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was well prepared- good quality and service was excellent!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This may be the best restaurant in Hartford. The staff was incredible and extremely attentive to detail. The ambiance was romantic. And the food? Dear GOD. If there weren't so many delicious desserts (you have to try the berry dessert or the chocolate bread pudding...), I would have ordered the soft shell crab again as dessert - it was THAT good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food is still very good and it was a pleasant surprise that they had free off street parking immediately adjacent to the restaurant. The staff was pleasant and there seemed to be a sufficient number available, but they basically ignored our Open Table request that we needed to be out by 7PM (we reserved for 5:15PM and were there on time) to make the theater across town, even when we pointed this out to the waiter since it took exceptionally long to get our order taken. First he needed to bring a 'specials' menu then to bring a bottle of prosecco was too long. we did not get out until 7:10PM and the theater lights were flashing for performance starting as we walked in the door. I would eat there again, but not when under a time limit."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Went in for the first time because of a gift certificate. Very enjoyable evening. Lovely meal, good service. Very pricy (even with a gift card!). "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Although Peppercorns has been open for a long time, it certainly seemed like we were at a place opened for just a few days. There seemed to be a lot of confusion in the dining room and the food took a very, very long time to come out. Particularly our entrees which was just ravioli. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I took a road trip from Long Island to Hartford Conn.to see a concert at the Bushnell PAC, I saw this restaurant on google maps when I was planning the trip , checked out its website and decided to give it a whirl before the concert and OMG ! This place has delicious food, we started with veal meatballs and fried calamari , had an asparagus salad that we shared , then I had a ribeye and she a veal chop. I highly recommend this place , the service was great , and ambience very nice."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food and service is great. Dino sent us out a complementary course of housemade fettuccine tossed in a red sauce with sautéed baby octopus. It was phenomenal. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. But I think it has gone down hill. The vegetables were not as fresh as before, both the salad and cooked ones. I hope it was just one temporary bad night."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nicole our server was wonderful and gave us great recommendations on some of her favorite meals."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Being able to book a reservation on line with Open Table was the most convenient method ever! I would return to your restaurant for many reasons, but the ease of booking a reservation would be a key reason!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "the first time i went to Peppercorn's it was for convenience. i don't know the Hartford area and i was attending an event at the Bushnell Theater and it was recommended. i was pleasantly surprised. the food was delicious, the wait staff was competent and friendly, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. and i love italian food!!! the buccatini was outstanding!! it is now my favorite "theater night" restaurant."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great Italian cuisine, with some fresh new combinations. Great arugula salad with roasted figs wrapped in bacon. But the best addition, young fava beans for extra crunch. Excellent fresh pasta and nice ambiance. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Haven't been to Peppercorns in a few years. I'm very pleased that we decided to give it a try. The service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding with a decent selection. Its focus is definitely Italian but does blend well into current cuisine. Had the ossobuco and it was prepared perfectly. Salads were fresh and had nice touches with thin slices of extremely small oranges. Overall we were very pleased and will return with friends when we go to the theater next time."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Staff did a fantastic job of making a special meal for someone on a limited diet. Not only did it conform to the restrictions and come to the table at the same time as everyone else's meal, but was presented artistically and tasted fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I really like Peppercorns, as my earlier review states. But this time the kitchen seemed off. I brought a group of 8 to host a nationally renowned speaker after his talk. I noticed he didn't eat much of his bucatini, which saddened me. While my tonno siciliano affumicato vitello e polpo carpacciato was excellent, I was disappointed with my fettuccine alla bolognese con aragosta & will not order it again. Two other "regulars" in my group also expressed disappointment with the bucatini, and the salmon. Pro: the single malt selection is quite extensive, including ages not mentioned on the menu.Every kitchen can have an off night; after over a dozen times it was bound to happen. Too bad it happened on a night I was hoping to impress my guest."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I though the Food was just "ok" for the price. I wasn't impressed with the dessert meau ! Over all not a bad ambiance !!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was good, as usually. Restaurant was extremely busy due to folks going to the Bushnell for the evening play. Once these diners departed, the only noise we heard was from the kitchen - what was the banging about?"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We told our waitress that we were going to the Bushnell for a show and had two hours. Service was excellent and perfectly timed. We were never rushed and had the right amount of time to leave the restaurant and make our show. She was very friendly and attentive. The food was wonderful. The four of us had four different entrees and we all finished everything. One member in our group really wanted a ceasar salad which was not on the menu and they willingly accommodated her with an excellent salad. My salmon was extremely tender and the pasta dishes the others had looked generous and very good. We would go back there again. Good wine selection as well. This was not my first time here and every time is great."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A charming Italian restaurant that's a staple in Hartford. We dined here before a show at the Bushnell in March, 2014. Our waitress was lovely and attentive. My friend ordered the tuna, rare. I wanted the risotto - a daily special. We were served bread and olive oil to start. The bread looked like standard sliced white bread. Bland and unimaginative. My risotto entree was made with a variety of mushrooms. A bit stingy with the veal shank, but the dish tasted great. Ample serving of risotto. My friend's tuna was served with veggies. She ate every bite and said it was delicious. We decoded to share the warm chocolate cake with hazlenut ice cream for desert. Yummy! The coffee was fresh and rewarding."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Loved the service, loved the atmosphere, loved some of the food. They fell down on the risotto special entrée (was not Arborio rice, had the texture of regular long grain white rice), the octopus app (tasty but gritty), and the bread basket (plain white slices, not nice crusty Italian or focaccia or something you'd expect from an Italian restaurant). But 3 other entrees and apps were executed well so it may be worth another try. Waitress was perfect, and timing/pacing just right. Not rushed but got out to theater in time. Pleasant ambiance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my mom here after seeing a show a the bushnell for her birthday. I had been here a few times before and was always impressed with the food and service. This time.... They hit it out of the park! Our server was fantastic! Extremely polite, and attentive....even with the seven tables he had! Def will be back again!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "but the restaurant, not so much. The dining room was cramped and loud. Apparently they have a "sister" restaurant in Farmington, I may check it out."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The cocktails, food (carpaccio, veal chop and salmon) was excellent as was the overall service. I must say that there was an extremely long lul between the appetizers and service of entrees....it seemingly was not the waitresses fault and she was quite appologetic but everyone who arrived AFTER us was servived their entrees well before us. If this was the first time I would not be concerned but, oddly, this also happened on our first visit last summer. Fortunately we allowed enough time to eat prior to having to walk down to the theater for the 7:30pm performance but the timing was a lot tighter than it should have been... I hope thsat the next time we visit this does not occur again as we do like the food and staff."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but the service was horrible. Long delay, wrong order, no refill of water glasses, no time for desert because of delay and they threw away our leftovers instead of wrapping up for us. Maybe they do better on a less busy night."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I asked for my tuna to be cooked medium and it was rare. They took it and brought it back well done. I would rather eat it rare than well done. I could not even eat the last piece it was so overcooked. It was half eaten by time they came back to the table to see if everything was ok. I don't mind rare tuna but I like it much better cooked a little. i wish I had not said anything but the waitress did ask and she noticed that it was very rare and offered to get it cooked a little more for me."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We decided to have dinner at the Peppercorn Grill for the first time before going to the Book of Mormon at the Bushnell. The service was ok--the servers were very busy and there was not a lot of interaction. The food was ok-- I don't think it was worth the amount of money we paid though. I don't think we will be returning to the Peppercorn Grill."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We arrived at an inopportune moment at this restaurant. There was a show at the Bushnell and there were a number of folks who were all trying to get out in time for that show. We had a reservation at exactly the changeover time. Things were a bit crazy. We were patient but after the rush our waiter could not recover. The service we received was awful. The good news was the food was particularly good. In fact it was outstanding. Portions were generous. I am sure on another evening service would be fine. Try it!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Fantastic begining to a wonderful evening of entertainment. Outstanding liquor selection and my martini was perfect! Servers were attentive but not intrusive, food was outstanding. This place is a gem."
    Dined on 3/22/2014