Fire at the Ridge

4.3
268 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Mountain-side fare heating up the Connecticut food scene.
The centerpiece of the dining experience at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort will be the causal dining restaurant, Fire at The Ridge. Fire at The Ridge aims to be an escape for diners, offering private dining rooms and breathtaking views.
"Inspired by native New England flavors and locally-sourced ingredients, Fire at the Ridge is an unexpected gem tucked away in the hills of Middlefield, CT", says Executive Chef Kevin Cottle.
In addition, The Ridgeside Tavern is where Locals have long known the bar at Powder Ridge ski area to be the place to meet up with friends and for creating new friendships that last a lifetime. The Ridgeside Tavern is a twist on old Colonial Taverns, bringing back New England classics with an updated twist. The Tavern serves causal fare, locally-brewed beers and craft cocktails. Check the event calendar at FireatTheRidge.com for weekly Live music and outdoor events.

Specials

Happy Hour

Wed. - Friday 3 - 6 pm. $1 off drafts and $5 drink specials.
Thu. 5 - 9 pm. - 1/2 price on select bottles of wine

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2019

Ends: January 30, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 3:00PM-6:00PM

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JG
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a gem! Great prices for the quality of food! Couldn’t believe we found this spot and how great the food was. Not expecting will return!

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OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always! Great ambiance, decent service, always a great night out.

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n
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I went on a trivia night, so it was a bit loud. A server must have called out because the hostess was the one who took our orders. Our waitress came over once, but the hostess was doing her best helping out. The boys serving the food came up to our table, as well as numerous times not knowing which table the food was supposed to go. Food was good, but service lacking. We just hoped that the hostess received some of the tip because she did all the work.

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VV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food; pleasant but slow service; great menu; great location/atmosphere

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue; great food! Plenty of options to choose from whether you want sandwiches or entrees.

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HJ
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drink was very good and the wait staff was attentive. We were seated in the dining room by ourselves, which worked out well for our party. We would definitely go again. If we went as a couple or with friends, would probably prefer to sit in the bar area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Limited selections on the menu. Drinks were superb. Cheese platter was very tasty. Food was great, but not the most expansive selection. Would try again.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. They should offer a couple of specials that are not listed on menu. The menu has great items but could use more entree options.
My wife and I split a salad—- it would have been better if the split was done in the kitchen.

Musicians were talented, but too loud for the dining room dinner hours.
Volume of music was good for later, pub hours.

We still plan to return.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We went for brunch We sat at the bar The service was terrible The bartender walked by us multiple times and saw our empty glasses Never ONCE asked is we wanted anything We had to hunt someone down to get another drink Never asked how our food was or if we needed anything Lots of skiers The noise level was atrocious

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JF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service has improve since prior visits. Food is very satisfying. My husband and I shared the grilled octopus and the baby beet salad. Both were exceptional, plating was beautiful. For entrees I had the Pan Seared Salmon and my husband had the Seafood Bake. Both were very flavorful and cooked perfectly. we shared the Strawberry fritters for dessert which were flavorful but a bit too heavy. We enjoyed the live music in the main dining room.

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JK
Poconos
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed dinner after tubing with the kids. We were a bit skeptical because upon reaching the hostess stand we were basically ignored by three staff members. One spent forever putting away her stuff and then tying her apron; another told us "she was so out of it" and the third didn't make eye contact. The food ended up being really good though and we had a nice view of the slopes. If they could work on the service this place would be A+

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a very nice place to enjoy a meal for 2. Upstairs there is an opening in the center that looks down to the first floor. There is just a single row of tables for 2 around the outside of the balcony, making it very private for couples. Service was excellent, and the food even better.

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LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Valentines pre fixed menu. Would love to go back to try their regular menu. Great food

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time and the food was excellent. The server was very patient and accommodated our guest from overseas.

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KF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been planning to visit since the opening was announced a few years ago and now I am sorry that I waited so long. The dining experience and the food were outstanding. The atmosphere is very comfortable and quiet enough to have good conversation with friends. We sat on the upper level with a view of the skiers, and the skiing in the background enhanced the atmosphere and added to our conversation. From the tasty salad, fantastic hot wings, juicy braised beef and delicious spiced apple desert, the meal was perfect in every way. This is a wonderful restaurant and is now at the top of our list for regular visits.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went for restaurant week. The braised short rib with gnocchi blew my mind. Portions were very small but u imagine this was because of restaurant week so the prix fixe was $20 for 3 courses. Still left full. Service was great. Can’t wait to ski here more too!

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Our waitress was very attentive and offered great suggestions. The short ribs we had was a smaller portion due to Restaurant Week special. Came with a delicious citrus salad and apple crisp. Loved everything. Definitely will be coming back!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was really looking forward to dining at Fire at the Ridge. We are aware that Chef Kevin was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen and we really wanted him to win and we were excited about trying his food. However after experiencing the food, we were disappointed. The place is cozy and we were seated with a great view of the night skiing , but we were underwhelmed by the experience and the food. There were hardly any other customers, probably three other tables were filled. The waitress was sweet, but was not attentive or aware of timing to bring the food out. The best thing about the dinner was the craft beer which was brought to us in a can and possibly the dessert which was warm. We went for restaurant week and we tried two of three items on the very limited menu. Only the citrus salad was offered as an appetizer, which was good but it was an incredibly small portion. Dinner arrived before we even finished our appetizer and it was a small appetizer. Perhaps it was sitting already cooked and was just warmed up. The short rib was ok, flavor was good, but again a very small portion and it was not really tender and the gnocchi /spinach which accompanied it was overdone almost burnt . We also ordered the rigatoni with chicken and the flavor was OK but it felt like it was not a dish which belonged together as it came with a piece of grilled chicken sitting on top as if it was an afterthought to put it on. The flavors did not compliment each other. I made a comment to my wife that she made better sauce and pasta. Perhaps it was just an off night, but we are not sure we would go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend fire at the ridge. The food is amazing and a live band on Saturday night.

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SC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience. My only issue was that my spare rib dinner came out barely luke warm wick was a bit disappointing. I don't like to send things back unless there's a major issue so I didn't say anything but it definitely would have been more enjoyable had it been hot. The drinks were good. It was just a little noisy with the band, and we weren't even on the same level as them. Also, there were specials listed online that weren't available when we got there. I might give them another try.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had heard about Fire at the Ridge from a friend. I was pleased with our dinner, especially the Baby Beet Salad, YUM! I have already picked out several more items for out next dinner here. The chef is amazing! The ambiance was great, until the band started. We finished up our meal and had a drink at the bar, hoping to avoid the noise. The atmosphere in the bar was good, however the noise level from the band was overwhelming! I couldn't tell whether the bar also had music playing, it was that loud. The drinks, especially the hot chocolate with Red Hot, were fab.
We will definitely be back, just not on a Saturday night.

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Been there numerous times. Great selection of beer on tap. Always changing with many local mirco-brews. This review is for New Year's Eve so perhaps reason for slower than normal service. Often when sitting at the bar, the service is tailor to my needs. The Ridge makes me feel valued. They had entertainment New Years Eve which was nice to listen to the music and watching people dance. Food was great, always is. One of my favorite plays to go to.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Brought my wife out for date night. Great choice! Highly recommend the S'mores.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there a few times and never disappointed.

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KR
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice restraurant. Service and food were really good. Nice view of ski area from table window. Giant tree in center of restaurant very nice. Live music great, but a bit loud.

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Reserved for santa brunch, when we arrived were told brunch is over but santa will be around til 4pm. Food was not kid friendly. Had 5 kids 12 and under and was only given tavern menu. Hostess complained on dining floor how she was over the day and ready to go home at 3pm. - overall not what we expected, no accomodations made and staff was sparce visiting our table.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was alright, soup was cold, hamburger not cooked thoroughly. Service was awful. I believe it’s the transition from brunch to lunch.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Maria was our server in the pub area - my kids 10th birthday, she made it special for him. This is slope side, so when the mountain is open expect skiers coming in/out for a break. It’s casual but food is excellent and menu is sophisticated. When Maria brought out tableside s’mores station the kids’ jaws dropped. Total hit.

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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. We ate in the bar which is great but loud if there are a lot of people. But always great. Lights need to be dimmed a little more. The only thing missing is a roaring fire place......hint hint.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving at Fireside. Our waiter was a very nice person as well.

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LB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We came for a Thanksgiving buffet. The food was OK, but nothing really special. The wait staff were busy and attentive, but we had a long wait for our check. It was very busy, and it was too loud to talk with ease.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving buffet meal, the service was excellent!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have enjoyed events from Birthdays to Valentines day. Even when very business the staff is helpful and ready to be of service. Very family friendly - was there with our 22mo granddaughter who laughed and enjoyed her ice and ate her dinner while grooving to the live music.

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KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good with exceptional presentations. We had the fig salad, tuna nachos and salmon. We will definitely be back to try other menu items.

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had seen advertisement for restaurant, then they showed up on Groupon and it gave me a chance to try them and now I will return. My wife was also impressed and I was told that we would return. Food was great and staff was awesome.

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KL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were great, but the sheer number of bees all over the place made it a little hard to enjoy the experience

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

You would not expect this gem from the outside but when you step inside the atmosphere is cozy and charming and the decor is beautiful. The Sunday Brunch menu was amazing!

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LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The lobster roll was generous and very tasty. I would definitely go back.

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JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good...service incredibly slow and non-attentive. Pleasant but slow!

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PO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I LOVED everything about Fire at the Ridge. I was welcomed with friendly staff who shared
great suggestions for drinks and entrees. The food was excellent, including the group s'more
making dessert. It is worth the drive. I bet it is beautiful with snow on the ground.

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