Black-Eyed Sally's

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Come sink your teeth into our award winning Bar-b-que and Southern cooking served in an Urban Juke Joint atmosphere. Sally’s Slo-smoked Ribs, Beef Brisket, Po-Boys, Southern Fried Chicken, Blackened Catfish, Jambalaya, Louisiana Gumbo and more. The cool, funky decor emanates New Orleans charm. Check out the entertainment calendar to see who’s playing next. We are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, and feature live roots, blues & jazz music. At Sally's we feed your mouth and your soul!
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JD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Server was the best part of our dinner experience. She went out of her way for us.
Appetizer portions are tiny and I had a sense that the kitchen attempts to disguise that with fusion. ( which there is no place for in southern cooking)
I was born in Memphis so I may be spoiled.
Fried green tomatoes were disappointing.
Mac and cheese was decent.
Best part ( Nessie’s our server) was the Ambience and Perfectly tastefully decorated walls
I do frequent Theodore’s in Springfield. Mass, so there is a chance I am comparing Sally’s portions to why we get there.

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and our server Nikki was on it from start to finish. Will return.

SC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food. Would highly recommend Black-eyed Sally’s. My only disappointment was we couldn’t stay for the music.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was in the state to visit with some friends. I have eaten here 4 years ago and enjoyed the food. Saturday, we had the opportunity to see a band in action, very impressive and a delight. The Dinner menu was plentiful!

On Sunday, Sept 29, the Pastor ( Rev Kevin T . Taylor ) Of Allen Chapel AME Church located at 2233 Main Street made an open table reservation for three. We laughed because we all liked the food here and wanted to return for brunch.

We definitely will come again

CD
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice rustic, bluesy feel. Very good BBQ.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there it was great!! The food, drinks and energy were amazing will definitely be going again.

FC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The ambiance was great with “nothin’ but the Blues” music playing. Sadly we couldn’t stay to listen to the live band that was setting up to play. The food was excellent! I had the BBQ sampler and my husband had the fish fry. We had enough left for a meal the next day. Yum! Olivia was our server and she was a sweetheart!

j
Springfield
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding! Band was awesome. Would love to come back to enjoy the food and entertainment.

k
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun decor, good service, we enjoyed eating outside.

Y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black-Eyed Sally's is simply amazing! The cornbread doesn't even need the honey butter it is served with as it is so amazingly moist. The pulled pork is wonderful with or without barbecue sauce. The decor is all about the blues and jazz and feels very warm and cozy. I have not had the pleasure of seeing any live entertainment there yet, but given how good the food is, I can't wait to go back and look forward to checking out that component, too! The service was prompt and friendly without being pushy!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Every time we're in Hartford, Sally's is ALWAYS on the list. Good food, great service, and a good time. I highly recommend them.

BS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, this was a nice place to have a casual meal. The interior was a little confusing in that they have tables dressed with nice white coverings, at least the ones that can be seen from the front door or through the window. But then you get inside and the casual bar nature prevails. There was music the night we were there which was a nice bonus, but loud.

I had the salmon burger. I was told it was a filet on a bun, but it was a burger, just no filler to hold the burger together. So kind of on the messy side, but very good taste. The sweet potato fries were wonderful and the slaw was terrific too. My wife enjoyed a ceasar salad and the mac and cheese. The croutons in the salad were made from the same corn bread that was served before the meal and were delicious. The mac and cheese was enjoyable as well.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Food is great, service is great.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the live music to see Measured Soul band. Music was incredible and the food was a bonus! Our waitress, Lynette was very pleasant and attentive. Will definitely go back again.

KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lucky Peterson. Place Togo for live music. Especially Monday night Jazz jams.

S
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

100% would recommend! It was a nice place to eat and the music was fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointed that we could not order white meat with waffles brunch.

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Some new food combinations just don't quite work. I've ordered the salmon in the past and it comes with mashed potatoes which works really nicely. This time it came with mashed sweet potatoes which, combined with the sweet barbecued sauce on the salmon really does not work. I was surprised that there were no substitutions allowed which is not what I'm used to at this restaurant.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Cornbread was good, but it was just cornbread-nothing to go to the restaurant for.
Ribs were dry and the BBQ Chicken was just roasted chicken with a dab of BBQ sauce put on it. That's not what I consider BBQ chicken.
Black-Eyed Sally's was a fail.

EM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service
Our waitress was excellent!!

GA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed in our "Taste of Hartford" experience at Black-Eyed Sally's.
Our meal was poor; the ribs were very fatty; both sides were room temperature (potato salad/coleslaw), not cold as we like. The waitress was not very attentive. The beer was slopped on the table & everything brought to the table by the waitress was placed on the opposite side of the table which we had to reach for. The server who brought our entrees at least placed them in front of us.
Granted the "Taste of Hartford" had 'special' pricing & we appreciate that, but overall you would think the establishment would want to impress you so that you'd return. We won't!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tully was our waiter and was very personable, as well as efficient.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my birthday and I had never been there before. I was extremely pleased with my jambalaya and deviled eggs and they were also gluten free. You need a gluten free dessert for the days I am willing to indulge. My drink was a little too sweet but excellent too.

D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is very consistent, moderately priced and tasty. The ribs are very meaty and the cole slaw was better this past week than in previous weeks. I would have given a much higher rating except for the drinks. The past three times I have ordered a gin chilled with ice on the side. Every time it has been way more water than gin and very small portion for the price. There are many places in the Hartford area that for the same price the drink is ten times better. I must say I am very disappointed and it will influence my coming there in the future. Maybe it is the bartender, but you can definitely get a better drink other places for the same price.

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we did NOT have a good experience here on 7/20. The music was Fantastic but BES's service was deplorable! Rec'd only one round of drinks & the waitress disappeared & we ended up getting are own drinks at the bar! When she did show up we ordered an appetizer that we waited for for over 25 minutes so we left!! So sad to have to write this have bern here many times over the years & the poor waitressing ruined it

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We had to wait more than 20 minutes just for menus, and then another 45 minutes for our food. The food was excellent and the server was wonderful -- but we should have been given some consideration (free appetizers; a discount on the meal; a voucher to return another time) since the incredibly long wait was extremely frustrating. We were getting very tired and did not enjoy the evening nearly as much as we should have.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful first experience @ Black Eyed Sally's during Taste of Hartford/Hartford Jazzfest 2019 - our server was friendly and knowledgable, and the food and drinks were absolutely DELICIOUS! We look forward to our next visit.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I would only recommend this restaurant to someone who loves pork. I particulary do not eat it and the menu is overwhelmed with it. The salmon salad is the only thing on the menu I could eat and It was very good so this meal, I recommend.

CK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were here during Hartford Restaurant Week and did the prix fixe menu. Food came out fast - too fast actually. We were halfway through entrees when the server brought out dessert. There was a band playing so we paid the cover charge to listen to the show. Unfortunately the band's sound tech had one of the vocalists miked too high so the reverb was terrible. Overall still a great time as always.

BD
Orlando
57 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fun place for BBQ and Southern fare, with live music available later in the evening. The food was very good. I enjoyed Chicken and waffles and the husband raved about the ribs and brisket. Portions were generous and the service was very good. The restaurant was pretty busy and the waitress was hustling. Unlike some BBQ joints, no paper plates and plastic forks here. Overall, we had a great meal complete with leftovers. It was a good value and a slightly different food type than most in the local area. Recommended.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place before a Hartford show!

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went Tuesday night to hear a band. Black-Eyed Sally’s has live music almost every night. Their food is excellent, and going there is always a great experience.

BT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Frequent stop when we are in the neighborhood and it is always good. Have tried much of the menu and no duds yet.

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great vibe.

E
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Grandson’s 10th Birthday. The food was exceptionally good, especially the ribs, pulled pork platter and The jambalaya!! And Nicki, our server was great!

GF
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What A Great Place - Host/Hostesses were A-1. This was not our first time. We definitely will be back!

MA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there - we will be back. We enjoyed the performance by Grayson Hugh. The food was good and the staff were friendly and professional. Prices were reasonable.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time Jo was an amazing server very on point

DO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great southern style cooking. Jambalaya was fantastic. Good music. Service was good and not overbearing.
Live music was phenomenal.

CJ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best BBQ I’ve had since moving here from the Midwest in 2013. The brisket sandwich was delicious, the fried pickles and okra were SO good and the sweet tea and homemade chips were perfect. I can’t wait to go back and try more!

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