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Permanently Closed - Hot Tomato's

3.8
473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Welcome to Hot Tomato's!


The Hartford iconic landmark for 35 years. This casual restaurant, located steps from the Capital, and XL Center features an open kitchen, multiple dining areas, an old world wine cellar, and charming outdoor stone patio. The bar is a lively part of the restaurant where guests may enjoy specialized cocktails, exceptional wine or choose to have a full meal. Our extensive wine cellar offers wines from regions all over the world, making it easy to pair a glass or bottle with your meal.


We are located in the heart of Hartford, CT adjacent to the historic landmark, Union Station, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Plentiful parking.


We look forward to your visit. Buon appetito!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner.
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Phone number
(860) 249-5100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin Larrabee
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Private party facilities
We have private dining facilities for up to 700 people.
Our Wine Room is the perfect venue to host your private business lunch/dinner or special celebration for up to 60 people. For larger events, The Great Hall at Union Station is an amazing setting for Weddings, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah's.
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Private party contact
Keri DiNeno: (860) 249-5100
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Catering
Delivery Service Available. On-line catering menu.
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Cross street
Asylum Street
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Parking details
Public Lot directly across the street. Street Parking available. Union Station Lot 100 yards away. Secure and well lit.
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Entertainment
Monday Jazz, and Paint night. Weekend Accoustics (see schedule) or call for upcoming events
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Special events & promotions
Fabulous New Year Eve Extravaganza. call for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 22, 2017

I can't believe you made a reservation for me at Hot Tomato's, when the restuarant had closed 2 days earlier. We drove down there and were told by someone in one of the parking lots. Open Table should be up on which restaurants are opened. This was quite an inconvenience.

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DougP (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

You are kidding, right?!? What dies "Permanently closed" mean to you?

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2017

Hot Tomatoes is one of my favorites. The food is always the best and the service is great. I make a reservation for 5 to invite my team and celebrate a very successful year. We all arrived at 6PM to find out that the restaurant was closed as they were moving out.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2017

We went and the doors were locked - they closed without notice.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 17, 2017

I would love to give Hot Tomato's a review - but I never got to eat there! We made a pre-theater reservation for 5:30PM on 1/18, arrived at the restaurant on time, & found it dark & closed up! No notice from OpenTable - why is that? Fortunately, we walked about a block or so (in the pouring rain) & found Black Eyed Sally's open, warm & welcoming, & had a great dinner there. Three days later, we found out that the restaurant is now permanently closed. Thanks for nothing, OpenTable.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2017

Unique Ambience. Comfortable seating. Excellent service. The food was very good. Overall, are really good experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

Restaurant was not crowded as it was 5pm. Took 15 minutes for a guest to get a cocktail. Three out of five meals were delivered, so diners waited for 10 minutes for other meals to come out. Garlic bread app was cold and cheese in unmelted clumps.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

Food was very cold, there were four of us in total and three of us received our food after a very long wait. The 4th meal came about 15 minutes later

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

We went to Hot Tomatoes after going to a Christmas concert at the XL Center. This has become a tradition of ours for many years. The restaurant was busy on this particular evening and the person who greeted us upon arrival was also our server. The staff is always pleasant, friendly and very accommodating. The atmosphere is lovely. Our waitress was wonderful, delightful and funny. The menu offers something for everyone and the food is outstanding!!! I can't begin to describe how awesome the garlic cheese bread is!!! After another enjoyable evening at Hot Tomatoes, we promised ourselves that we will return more often and bring along some friends and neighbors who love good Italian food. Thanks Hot Tomatoes! You never disappoint us.

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John (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

The food is excellent, however, food service was absolutely terrible. The Sunday afternoon was not too busy. Everything seemed fine when the app came pretty quickly. Dinner arrived more than an hour after the server put the order in. I try not to get cranky or take it out on the server, but he knew the kitchen was in the weeds and was very apologetic. Dinner, which was simple pasta, should have arrived in under 20 minutes. It was excellent with the exception that one of the party's pick-a-pasta was missing one of the add ons.

Will chalk this up to a very bad night.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Party of 8. Great time/food/place after the theater. Bartender took care of us and did a great job.

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Mondial88 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 21, 2016

We had a lovely meal, as usual. The service is good, and the food was served in good quantity and well prepared. The only downside of this visit was that we were seated in front, and it was loud, and quite cold. Still, we use Hot Tomatos as our go to place when we attend concerts and events in downtown Hartford.

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Speedy (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

we were onthe upper level and our waitress had 8 tables so needless to say we had to call her over most of the time as she was overwhelmed. The meal was rushed as our dinner came out before we finished our appetizers, Dessert was longer than the appetizers and meal took. But the food was good and we made it to the show - albeit much earlier than we had planned.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Really disappointed Food was awful ,pizza 's burned, food cold, arrived at 5 with reservation restaurant was empty and was told they were already out of gluten free pizza crust. Just overall very disappointing.

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RobertN (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Good service and good food what else is there to say.

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vipJxrodrig (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2016

Location, food and service always good!!

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mje123 (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Many great selections on the menu. Service was great and the food was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

Love the blue cheese garlic bread. But the sweet Italian sausage was almost too salty to eat. The service was fast and friendly.

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TimD (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

Food was good for an out of town find and were able to get a reservation and were propmtly seated as soon as we walked in the door even though we were several minutes early with regards to our reservation time. Server was knowledgable and service was prompt. Outdoor patio seating had DJ playing music which could be heard a few blocks away but we sat inside. Once inside, noise level was typical for a restraunt.

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DaveG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

Good food, good service. Happy hour a big plus. Met friends prior to a show at XL. Great location.

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Wendy (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

We went to Hot Tomato's for an anniversary dinner. The food was good and arrived hot to our table. The garlic bread is delicious! Our server Lynn was very accommodating. I ordered the Strawberry Martini and it is now one of my favorite drinks!! Our only complaint...we didn't have room for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2016

The food needs to be improved--little too much oils which is not healthy and not good cuisine. The waitress was just alright, at times she seemed unpleasant.

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Dinner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Crowd was very small for a Sarturday night. Food was OK, nothing that stood out. Drinks were also not special. Due to the high cost, I,would not recommend it. Staff was nice, so no problem there. It is downtown in Hartford, but going on the weekend and still have to pay $10.00 to park across the street, no comp stickers. I remember it being very good years ago.

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GeorgeS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent service and good food. Can't ask for much more. Parking always an issue at this location though.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

This lunch was a farewell to our summer interns. Hot Tomatoes was great about timing. The server and food were exceptional.

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CruiseGal603 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Unfortunately we dined outside, which was extremely noisy with all the traffic, sirens, motorcycles etc. We should have asked to sit inside... our bad. Food was good, server very attentive. We would come back again.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

the bread (rolls) were frozen heated up, there are too many varieties of good bread available
I should have been asked if i wanted a glass with a bottle of beer,

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vipKris (Oklahoma City)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

I was strapped for time and the meal came out quickly, but not without sacrificing the presentation or quality. Great meal, great price, and a good business meeting :)

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RobertM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

Good food, great service, consistently an enjoyabe outing. Would benefit from free parking

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sooky (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Had a wonderful dinner at Hot Tomato as part of Taste of Hartford. The food was delicious, the value excellent. Our server was attentive, friendly, and thoughtful of our desire for a quiet date night dinner. Looking forward to going again and even paying full price!

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