Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford

Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rizzutos.com/
  • Phone: 8602325000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11am-3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Camilleri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, 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, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Off premise and corporate catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining events can be held at the restaurant.
    Main Dinning Room: 80 seated / 175 reception
    Wine Room: 25 /35
    Restaurant buyout: 150 / 200
  • Private Party Contact: John Mariano 860-232-5000x
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR!
    Monday thru Friday 4pm - 7pm
    And late night! Thursday 9pm - 11pm
    Friday & Saturday 10pm - Midnight
    Featuring . . . $5 Select Beer, Wine & Cocktails ~ $3-$5 Small Plates and $5 Pizza's!!!

    WINE MONDAYS!
    50% Off Wine by the Bottle (on bottles $60 and under)
    25% Off Wine by the Bottle (on bottles over $60)

    SUNDAY BRUNCH
    10:30am - 3pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Main Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar brings friends and family together over exceptional Italian cuisine that is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and great care. House made pasta, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and artisan bread, domestic and imported antipasti favorites, free-range chicken, market fresh fish, and top grade meat share the stage with Rizzuto’s comfortable, lively atmosphere and genuine hospitality.


Guests of Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar can look forward to a dining experience that focuses on quality, value, and consistency, which Rizzuto’s has been synonymous for since opening its flagship restaurant in Bethel, CT in 2004, West Hartford’s Blue Back Square in 2008, and in Westport in 2009.



Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar looks forward to providing you with a truly unique dining experience.
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Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (16)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (15)romantic (14)notable wine list (12)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Wine Mondays!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Half price bottles of wine on Mondays! Chef to Farm special menu this week is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming a WeHa fave
    EatingoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I'm starting to think Rizzutos is one of the best all around restaurants in west Hartford. The food is delicious and creative. My wife is vegetarian and she has ordered something different every time we've been there. Love the pick n choose cheese and veggie plate, the pastas are spot on, and the pizza from the wood fired oven are very good. The service is very good. They seem to work as a team really well to keep everything moving and diners happy. There is a noticeable improvement here over the last 2 yrs. great job! Rizzutos is a now a place I love going w my wife for date night, bringing groups of friends, and even out of towners for a great meal and energetic atmosphere. P.S.- if they step up the craft beer selection I'd come weekly;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    G8time
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was soo good, the service was great, the feel of the Resturant was inviting and friendly. I can't wait to go back again, I had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seth Was Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were a party of 6 on a Saturday evening. Seth was our server and he was excellent - competent and well trained. The osso buco was delicious as was the calamari appetizer. The only negative was the kitchen running out of sausage for the pizza - not very good planning for an Italian restaurant on a Saturday night. We enjoy going to Rizzuto's and will return in the near future.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    Rusty
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food could be better. Two cherry tomatoes cut in half on my salad ($17) and a lackluster dressing did not score high in my book - with salads on their luncheon menu featured highly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy flatbread
    Munchers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dinner was great, but oh the flatbread. We could have eaten it with the marina all night long. It was like stepping back into my grandmother's kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovebread
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The bread was the best part of the food and came quickly. Of the 6 people nobody loved their meals, the potatoes were under cooked and the Kale salad was bitter. The kid menu was good but the food took too long and the idea of the dessert was fabulous the rice krispys were stale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as last time
    06019
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was perhaps our 8th or 9th time a Rizzutos - sat outside in the small but relaxing outdoor area. The appetizers were actually as good as we had come to expect - the risotto, a flatbread and a pasta dish were somewhat mediocre. Portions were small for the relatively high price. We'll go again and hope this was fluke.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was delicious and the service fantastic. One criticism would be the small size of the entre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There's a small table in a corner that's right next to the service station, it shouldn't be there. Every time we go, which is often! We have to ask not to be seated there. My husband is 6.5ft and his legs take up the entire seating area. When we ask not to sit there we're not treated kindly. We come in often and for the money we spend I don't think it's asking too much to not be seated where we will not be comfortable, especially when there are plenty of open tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    chew
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We dined at Rizzuto as a family of 4. We all enjoyed our meals thoroughly. The waitress was amazing and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    Difab4
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were hoping for a nice experience in a price range we usually cannot afford. We were pleased with everything. Steaks very good, cheese plate outstanding. Thank you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    Robin
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Most notably, the service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    RocketVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Of the 5 items we ordered, 2 were outstanding and 3 were horrible! A martini with olives wrapped in prosciutto ? Absolutely disgusting! And it made the whole drink taste horrible! Minestrone with no veggies ?- just white beans and broth? What's that? And what was that soupy cheese and nasty "kale chips" on the "special" tomato Salad? We have always loved Rizzutos - was very disappointed tonight!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday lobster fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    3 course lobster dinner every Tuesday night! Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great homemade pasta
    Italiangirl01
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were in the area visiting friends and decided to eat dinner here. The homemade pasta was delicious! My husband had the Bolognese and I had the sweet potato tortellini. The only downside...is that it's not near where we live!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Mondays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Featuring a 3 course summer menu this week. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair Food
    Msbannett
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great location, Good Service, Mediocre Food at best. 4 People ate 3 appetizers and 4 main courses and not one of us was impressed. The sodium levels on everything was through the roof! Over salted everything made the meal a challenge to get through! Not going back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Date Perfection
    Lking4luvncarbs
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My new friend recommended that we meet up at Rizzuto's. I came from out-of-town and it was very easy to find. The restaurant is quite romantic. We arrived an hour later than our reservation time but we were seated without a problem, even when we asked for a table outside. Inside it was loud because it was a Friday night but outside it was the perfect noise level for a first date -- quiet enough to talk but enough of other people's conversations to laugh at when we hit a lull. The menu was creative and authentic. Our waiter was in tune to our need to be left alone and he was perfectly engaging and disappearing. We stayed to 11! No one kicked us out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rizzuto's remains a local favorite
    06019
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We like Rizzuoto's for casual family gatherings on Sunday afternoons. The circular booths are very conducive to keeping young children cornered and happy. Very nice and attentive waitstaff, a diverse menu and improving food during the past 2-3 years. Prices are not low but not exorbitant either.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Go-To spot!
    Thechapmans
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I travel hard and have yet to find the combination of quality food & drink, ambiance and service we get at Rizzutos. John the Manager has a great staff and they always make a night out a special occasion! I have NEVER been to another restaurant that is consistently excellent like Rizzutos. We eat out 4+ times per week and have hit every "major" restaurant in the northeast. It is a great bang for the $ and the food is thoughtful, local/fresh and perfectly executed every time. The bar turns out great drinks and they carry the best micro brews around and even my favorite rye (Whistle Pig). Keep up the great work!!!! See you soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service. Food just ok.
    Cjdh
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    May have ordered poorly, and would have done better with pizza and bar fare. Salmon overcooked. Kale salad tasteless. I love garlic, but it overwhelmed all dishes. Very friendly, professional service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Mediocre food and service. Small portions too. Won't be going back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for our 5th anniversary!
    ThisGirlEats
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I am very impressed with this restaurant! I am a serious foodie and a service-snob, and Rizzuto's lived up to my high standards. We had an amazing server, who recommended delicious dishes and was very knowledgeable about the menu items and wine list. My husband and I really enjoyed the meat and cheese plate, risotto (a huge portion) and the funghi pizza. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars for food was because the cheeses were cut incorrectly; Humbolt Fog has a delicious layer of ash running through it, and our slice did not include that. We were also impressed by the Happy Hour options ($5 Prosecco? Yes please!). But we were disappointed that they were out of oysters... Overall, we had a great first experience at Rizzuto's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, a little noisy.
    Buddha
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I usually enjoy the food here: pizza, pasta, salmon and the wine. This time I had the Veal Osso Bucco, which I did not care for. The veal was very tender, but I found the sauce salty and a little vinegar-y. It's the first time I've had the dish, so maybe it's just me. My husband had the lobster, which was very good. Our server was very pleasant, and we had great service. The place is a little noisy, with the wood décor and high ceiling. We were seated in a little alcove by a window, so it wasn't too bad this time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lobster Back
    TravCT
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Came for the July 4 lobster back. Lobster was well prepared. Clams and mussles were good. Sides were good. Nice selection of wines. Server was good and seating was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rizzuto's ok nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    While a nice meal; nothing special. The salmon ravioli was not traditional ravioli. Maybe it us too difficult to make salmon inside ravioli. Bring back original antipasta plate. Make sure air flow inside restaurant is monitored; it was too warm for the evening temperature. Wait staff was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a work group luncheon
    OttoKatz
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had to bring our boss for lunch, and he picked Rizzuto's. Easy to make the reservation, I was surprised to find the restaurant almost empty at 12.30 on a Friday. What made it even more surprising as the lunch went by was because the service was great, the food was great, and the prices were more than fair. This place should be bustling. Perhaps it's known more for the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great dining experience! Would recommend this place to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer night hideaway.
    Dclc9640
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    3rd time going there, food was great staff was great the out door dineing was great and off the main road that was nice. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food!
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My friend and I both had the special for the evening which was a scallop/lobster dish. It was served over fresh corn and fava beans and was to die for! I,also, enjoyed the breads that were served with the meal and the marinara dipping sauce was delicious. Our server, Michael, was excellent. He was attentive but not in our face attentive which can be very annoying. Great dining experience. Will definitely go to Rizzuto's again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently reliable
    PRPLCVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food is consistently good. Pricing is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nomgoesout
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    i like the ambience and service is great. it is loud though. I had arugula salad w/ salmon and it was Perfect,. others at table thought their meals on the spicy side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant!
    Karina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was fantastic as always -- love the summertime lobster special! Service was friendly. We're sure to be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    Mickey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great service. Some of the food was too salty. Great beer list. Friendly atmosphere. Would definately go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OhioFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Our waiter Michael is the reason my review gets 4 stars. Although the drinks were good, the food was just fair. Too loud for a romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good but needed cracking
    Robbie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had the lobster special offered over the weekend. The first course was a chopped salad that was extremely generous in size. The lobster, clams, mussels, sausage and other items on the main course were great. My only complaint was the lobster was a hard shell and the kitchen did not crack or cut any part of it. It took a lot of work.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    JoJoFoodie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We visiteed Rizzuto's in West Hartford and had a wonderful dining experience. The menu choices were fabulous and they had a few specials too! Service is always top notch. There is a good vibe here and although it was crowded...the noise level in the dining area was not too loud so we could have a conversation during dinner. I especially liked that the management does check on diners to be sure that everything is to their liking. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    jackieo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We keep thinking we are going to like Rizutto's and each time we come back we are disappointed in the quality of food. It is one of the few restaurants in the center that you can make a reservation but I am not sure that it is worth it. The food is ok not worth the price. Service this time was ok. It was fine because we were not in a hurry but again our expecatation for the price range would be better than what we received.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Called Saturday afternoon and was able to get a 7:15 reservation for 2 that night. Sat outside on the patio and weather was perfect. I'd recommend this restaurant to everyone
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 671 reviews are from the Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford reviews archive.