Peppercorns Grill
Peppercorns Grill

Peppercorns Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peppercornsgrill.com/
  • Phone: 8605471714x
  • 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 8669700613
  • Special Events: 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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Peppercorns Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (25)romantic (20)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • It has changed
    Mkrtzr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We used to really enjoy the restaurant but recently have found it not so great. Our waiter was very inattentive and had to be prompted for everything. We told him we were going to the theater and he said no problem but we did not have time for coffee after dinner. The food was mostly good but one dish was so-so. For a Saturday evening the restaurant was fairly quiet. I don't think we will go back again
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  • PRE-SHOW DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good overall experience. Food was good, service was good, location fit our needs with street parking easily available across the street when we arrived. Priced competitively for comparable restaurants in the area.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    once again, a wonderful dinner at Peppercorns. We were there for an early dinner before the theatre, and our server was wonderful about making sure we were finished in time. The food was delicious as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cacciuco ala toscana
    2happyguest
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The best seafood ever.peppercorn never let us down they keep impressing us every time we go back.went down town for a quiet dinner.the place was packed we asked for the Greek guy as a server he is really authentic and professional my wife always get his recommendation.the martini list and special drinks made our night even better(pumpkin spicy martini).Our new favorite place
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet dinner
    Tablefor2
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Peppercorn's Restaurant Week menu had many delicious choices on their menu that did not disappoint! The crab salad appetizer was so delicious and my husband enjoyed his veal osso bucco cooked to perfection. The scallop and lobster ravioli were full of flavor and melted in your mouth. Dessert was included and the tiramisu and chocolate bread pudding with bourbon cream were the perfect ending to a most enjoyable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Delicious!
    Dessert1stVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had been to Peppercorns Grill many times while my daughter was at college in the area. I hadn't been back in over 6 years and am happy to say it was as good, if not better, than I remembered. The two other couples I brought had never dined there before, but were just as impressed. Everyone loved their food from the butternut squash bisque to the homemade fettuccini with lobster bolognese style (lots of meat!). The veal meatballs, fluke and sea bass were also a big hit. Overall, it was simply delicious food with excellent service and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall good, but one can get an equally good meal at a lower price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a business dinner
    PAHIII
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My favorite for a great meal and a place to do business.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dineout2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was very good but service was too slow, considering we had informed the server that we had theater tickets. Our server was new and our desserts arrived as we got up to leave the restaurant. Still I would go here again and recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent (except for the bread)
    LorrieinBolton
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    All three of us thought the food was excellent with one shocking exception. It is a mystery how and why a restaurant, which serves such fresh, high quality, delicious, beautifully presented appetizers, entrees, and desserts, manages to put such mediocre, not worth eating bread on the table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Charming!
    CCONWAY
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Restaurant was charming, small and intimate. Our server was great-very attentive and knowledgable of the menu. I had the gnocchi and was very happy with my selection. My husband had chicken with diavolo sauce, cooked perfectly and with delicious vegetables. Everything was great- I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone staying in or living near the Downtown Hartford area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good Food and Good Service
    carolinct
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu is extensive so I can't imagine that anyone could not find something they would like. In addition, there was a nice selection of wines available by the glass. Everything we ordered was delicious and well portioned. We left the restaurant feeling satisfied but not over stuffed. The Italian ice cream sundae was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    CTGALVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It makes you feel like you're in Rome. The regular menu is substantial enough but then Dino has a full page of daily chef's specials so there's always something new to try. Waitstaff is very friendly and accommodating. It's always a pleasure to be there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MarkKim
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very disappointed with our experience here this time. The service was terribly slow, we had placed an appetizer order ahead of time right when we sat down and we did not get it until 40 minutes later! In addition, when the main meal finally came the food was cold and raw in the middle so we were not happy at all.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome as usual
    BgjrVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great Chef/Owner and one of the top three Italian restaurants in the state. Never fails to impress us. Offers a menu with lots of choices and a exceptional wine list with good variety as well as value. (Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner several years in a row). Food quality and preparation always consistently good. We have been dining at Peppercorns since they opened, even though it is a 40 minute drive for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always great
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Always a great place for dining and doing business. It's always a perfect meal, great service, lovely ambiance, a relaxed atmosphere, welcoming wait staff. I love Peppercorns!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is very inconsistent too bad has great potential
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Ursie0210
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our waiter Marcel was attentive and personable. The food was amazing and met my expectation.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal.
    EastoftheRiver
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent food and service, as always. Marcel was very attentive. All eight of us enjoyed everything we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacked seasoning
    Malenibela
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Having been a little over a year ago with my friend and loving it, I had wanted to go back. This time my meal was nothing to write home about. I went back with my boyfriend this time. We started with fried artichoke and mozz stuffed zucchini blossoms- not worth the $13 they were asking for them. He got the lasagna bolognese and I the Veal two ways. His was to have veal in the lasagna and it ended up being a tasteless portion of lasagna accompanied by a veal cutlet layered with vinaigrette marinated field greens and red onions topped with soggy croutons. Mine a perfectly fall off the bone tender osso bucco that tasted like nothing and veal#2 Saltimbocca yet where was my prosciutto? It was only grilled pieces of veal tenderloin. All bland.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    luv2cook
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had not been at peppercorns for about 5 years but had always remembered it as a wonderful foodie's place. So we went for my daughter's birthday and the food was a real disappointment. The bread was initially stale (a mainstay in an italian restaurant); the sea bass was quite greasy and not very fresh tasting, the paired veggies not tasty, the sauce strangely heavy. the rest of our family also felt the food was not great. All in all, a very expensive dinner with food that was a disappointment.
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    notable wine list
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  • No menus
    Unhappyguest
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a 730 reservation and got seated a little late. Once we got seated it took another 20 minutes until we got menus since they didn't have enough. The restaurant was half full when we got seated. Food was decent except service definitely needs a revamping.
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  • Celebration meal
    piannette
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We three were her to celebrate a retirement, an anniversary and a birthday...!!! It is a wonderful place in which to enjoy a great meal. There is NEVER a bad meal at Peppercorn's!!! I had the Bass...very good..my favorite food here is the Chilean Sea Bass...I worship that meal...!!! Our server was terrific...I cannot remember her name but she is Irish and treated us like royalty...!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch Bunch
    Wilcomagain
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    3 friends gathered at Peppercorns for lunch. We sat at the window and enjoyed the view outside. Waiter Marcel was very friendly and helpful in making our lunch selections. From drinks to salads to entrees - all was delicious! Loved the congenial attitude of Marcel. He made us feel very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Paola
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I go to Peppercorn during Restaurant week only, because of the cost, and I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2happyguest
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Visit peppercorn Monday for first time.what a great place everything were amazing atmosphere food drinks and great service by the Greek guy Marsel.definetely will be back Friday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We haven't dined at peppercorns for a few years but that kind of time will not pass again before we return We were there to celebrate a birthday - we were a party of 14. The food and service were both outstanding. I had the bucatini pasta special and my husband had the gnocchi special - both were delicious. They also provided a delicious birthday cake. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Grill
    FarmingtonFriends
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have always loved Peppercorns and have come here for years. Yesterday's experience was mixed in that one entree was not very good at all, while everything else about the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't ask for more!
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went to dinner at Peppercorn's Grill for a bachelorette party. There were 9 people in our party and the seating was perfect! The wait staff could not of been better and the food was amazing. The prices were very reasonable and the entire staff was accommodating to our every need. I would highly recommend Peppercorns Grill for a romantic night out or a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 645 reviews are from the Peppercorns Grill reviews archive.
  • A Hartford Staple
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Peppercorns has been around for a long time and is always consistenly good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dino
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Find its sister restaurant Piccolo Arrancio has better food and service
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  • vegetarianVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Lunch Experience
    Sabina
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyinlife
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed wonderful dining from the delcious, beautifully presented culinary flair to the outstanding, friendly service!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jean
    BroadBrookTravelers
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey and slow service
    HtfdDiner
    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.
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  • Peppercorn Grill
    Dorrie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite spot
    ChicaKat
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Can't wait to go back again! The food was amazing! Thankful for the valet parking.
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    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    PittsburghandHartford
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    RetiredCEO
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was well prepared- good quality and service was excellent!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.