Fire at the Ridge

4.3
254 reviews
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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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2019

Ends: January 30, 2118

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

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What 254 People Are Saying
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KF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6, 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 January 1, 2019
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
7 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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PS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent - our second visit. Please note that the ramp entrance is a long walk from handicapped parking for those who are ambulatory and have difficulty walking and can't climb stairs and there are no seats or benches to rest on along the way. Also, they were unaware of our open table reservation, though the place was nearly empty on a Saturday afternoon.

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The interior of the restaurant overall was very nice, however there was evidence of a water leak with mold forming in the main entrance that has not been addressed. The food was good, however it was quite expensive for the quality and portion size.

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a
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time here with the new menu, everything was great, especially the
chicken dish! also had some really good fresh watermelon drinks. Michele
behind the bar is awesome!

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always good. Nice view of the mountain from our seats. One caveat: the cappuccino was NOT good. Had a sour taste, almost like the milk was bad. When we queried the waiter, he readily offered to take it off our bill. He also stated that he had heard this feedback from other diners and felt it was their way of making cappuccino, not bad milk. Given the overall upscale nature of the food, more care should be taken with the preparation of this after dinner staple.

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VO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Fire at the Ridge at least fifteen times since it opened and have never had a bad experience with food or service. The waitstaff is second-to-none who make sure your experience is memorable. I have brought guests to Fire at the Ridge from all over the United States who agree it is a wonderful establishment in which to dine.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. A friend recommended so we celebrated our anniversary and could not have been more pleased. Lobster Gnocchi appetizer is delicious. Lemon Saffron Risotto is phenomenal. The atmosphere was lovely. Loved the whole experience. Will definitely be going back.

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PA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there because they have half price burgers on Wednesday. The burgers were excellent but we also ordered the clam chowder which was outstanding and heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese and basalmic. We will be going back.

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made reservation but the place was empty. No hostess when we walked in. Food was good but menu was small. Prices ere reasonable and service was good

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b
Jacksonville
56 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The bartender was also the waitress and the hostess service was incredibly slow the food was mediocre at best The best thing of the evening was the half-price wine bottle and the wind list was very nice

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Sunday Brunch...service slow and spotty food -good

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BJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very happy with the brunch here. We sat outside bc it was a beautiful day. Inside looked very nice. Food was good. Will come again. Our waitress was very good.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner on the deck open air, not a bad spot. Went to see live music performance. Friends of ours good concert.

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SI
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to this restaurant but we all agreed it won’t be our last. Brunch selections well prepared. Service attentive, but not overbearing.

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NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was great. The Bloody Mary bar was wonderful. Food was delicious. Reasonable all inclusive price

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