Some of the most intricate flavors I haver ever experienced, paired with beautiful presentations. This is not a typical hotel restaurants. I am looking forward to traveling back to Bristol on business soon.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Meal - Small Portions
Was staying at the hotel, so thought I would checkout this new restaurant. The food was good, though the portions are small for the price.
Staff did a great job.
Will definitely go back.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new restaurant inside the
A new restaurant inside the DoubleTree hotel near ESPN... While they need more signage.. a bit hard to locate and know where to park.. the food was quite good... Portions were rather small and not a lot of choice.. however, very tasty
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The decor is impressive. The staff was welcoming, warm, and very attentive. We each had an appetizer. Her mushroom risotto was a bit dry. The paella was loaded with seafood and other ingredients. Very good. The vegetarian pasta dish was good but not quite the same as the paella. Finally, the creme brûlée was to die for us.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale in Bristol
Given all of the positive press this place has been generating, we were a little surprised to be the only ones dining on a Tuesday night, aside from a table of guests from the hotel. Still, the restaurant lived up to it's small but growing reputation. Food was excellent, the short rib tortellini was particularly notable. Service was attentive but a little too casual, which should improve with time. One complaint was the wine list. Only two varieties of reds, which was completely dominated by expensive Cabernets. Overall an enjoyable experience, with a clean, modern attached hotel should you happen to eat (or drink) too much.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place, they sat us immediately and the service was great. Food was cooked perfectly. Great place, I would highly recommend it.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Willow without high expectations. The decor was fantastic and you weren't croweded as tables were spaced nicely. The food was sooooo good. I had Ribeye and my wife had vegetarian pasta. Peach Tartin and small doughnuts for dessert. Duck and Scallop appetizers were incredible. Alex, our server, did an " on spot" job. We will be back.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible food in Bristol CT.
I can't say enough about the wonderful food and service at Willows Restaurant in the Doubletree Hilton in Bristol CT.
I had the Colorado Lamb Shank and it was huge and cooked perfectly, falling off the bone succulent and sweet meat, it was just wonderful. The wine list includes Nickel & Nickel, and Robert Craig, 2 of my California Favorites, and we had a bottle of the 2010 Robert Craig.
We celebrated my Son's 40th birthday here and the kitchen made this incredible chocolate cake for us, just stellar service at every turn.
I understand they serve the full Restaurant menu in the bar also.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good - But Not A Good Value
It would have been helpful if there were more signage to help you find the restaurant in the hotel and also to assist you in parking reasonably close to the entrance. The restaurant itself was nice, modern and the food was tasty. However, after having a salad, entree and desert, I was still hungry! It has been a long time since I felt that way after a meal.
It is a good think that much of their business is likely expense-account related!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a delicious way to celebrate 13 years of marriage. The seasonal menu was filled with a variety of items to please any palet and the staff was very accommodating.
Pear and Stilton Salad, Duck 3 Ways, Scallops and an Arabica rubbed Rib Eye were all perfectly portioned (which from other reviews, we expected undersized), melt in your mouth and finished with a shared decadent dessert. We will return and we are looking forward to trying the more casual bar menu in Time Out.
Our only constructive feedback is the noise level. With no accoustical dampening, it was a bit loud for a romantic dinner but not a show stopper.
We will be back!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
New place in town
We tried the Willows for my husband's birthday as it had been favorably recently reviewed. We had a party of eight, good friends who enjoy a good meal. The restaurant is small, tucked in the corner of the Doubletree which was recently smartly renovated. There are a number of other diners there but the restaurant wasn't crowded. The food was well presented and tasty. Several ordered the harvest Prix fixe menu and were very satisfied. The rest ordered off the menu. The wine list was reasonable. The only issue was the service which was disjointed and somewhat confused. Overall a very good experience.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Willows is wonderful! Service is smooth and the food was fantastic! The $34 fixed price 3 course menu for October is wonderful! Highly recommended!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great neighborhood gem!
The Willows is truly a great restaurant. This is one of the best restaurants that I have been to recently. A great atmosphere and great array of cuisine.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although scallops were slightly
Although scallops were slightly undercooked, the dish had outstanding flavor. The waitress was knowledgeable about the ingredients and enthusiastic about the chefs preparations. The home made donuts for dessert were very good also. Good wine selection. Pricey but worth it.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food experience. The lighting could be a little more flattering. Willows offers a $34 fixed price dinner menu that looks great along with their a la carte menu. Good value for the money. Excellent service. Wine list could definitely be improved to match the fine food. There is a private dining room that will accommodate 12!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The highlight of the evening is the innovative dishes. This is a special surprise since many would discount a hotel restaurant is average. The disappointing part of the night is the trend of so many restaurants to be so casual and open.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sophisticated, Delicious Dining
My husband and I had both breakfast and dinner at the Willows during a recent visit to Bristol. We were extremely pleased with the menu and wine selection as well as with the extremely capable and courteous service. The hotel itself has been beautifully redone and the restaurant reflects the thought and care that is visible throughout the property. The only negative, and it's slight, is that the dining room is not well separated from the bar, so sitting in the rear of the restaurant can be noisy on the weekends. We truly look forward to a return visit and locals would be well advised not to miss visiting often. It's a most welcome addition to the area.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM