Black-Eyed Sally's

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$30 and under
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Southern

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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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Sally's! Featuring dinner, live music and dancing w/ Sally's All-Star Band. Our NYE package deal includes guaranteed seating, 3 course dinner, hats, noisemakers and the entertainment charge.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place with great staff, fantastic food and tremendous music! What more could you ask for? If you’re in the greater Hartford area this is the place that you have to go to.

p
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They had just had a power surge which destroyed their ability to "blacken" anything , and messed with some other systems, but soldiered on. We were unaware, until we asked why (none of us wanted anytime "blackened" ) before leaving. For us, all was golden.

NB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, friendly service, great decor. We highly recommend the gumbo and jambalaya.

C
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall a good experience for our first time. The only issue was the waitress was ehh... She took 10 minutes to come to the table. When she did she took drink orders and brought those back quickly. Another break in time before she came back to take our orders. She took a while to bring out everything and I has to ask for Comp Cornbread and water which should be a no brainier. The food and atmosphere made up for the service.

MW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time eating here and we enjoyed everything there. Can't wait to return!

MT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent waitress, very helpful, friendly, made us laugh. Plenty to eat, delicious cheeseburger, my date had a Mac and cheese dish with chicken and broccoli mixed in, she loved it. The blues band we heardhad the place rockin' and cheering. We will definitely be back.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always is great. We arrived at 5:15 and were immediately seated. Our waitress Michele was amazing. She took our order and returned with our cornbread. Food is always great here. On the way out we made reservations for our next two visits. Go there you won’t be disappointed.

F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

A great blues venue in the heart of Hartford. Ample (fairly inexpensive) parking all around. The food was good and the (reserved) hightop tables allow you to see the performers above the crowd. Acoustics in the room are good and the crowd noise from the other half of the restaurant doesn't distract. I'd go back.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My first time there and I loved it. Would def go back again.

LP
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food came out quickly and it was piping hot. Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed their dinners. Our servers was excellent, despite the place being extremely busy with a private party that was occupying most of the tables. Will definitely go back again!

GA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to find this kind of food in downtown Hartford!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so wonderful - helping to make decisions about the menu. It was such a neat atmosphere and food was fantastic! Great portion size for value and amazing drinks! We’ll be back!

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good. Mike Cleary Band was excellent. Seems appropriate that if you come and buy dinner you shouldn't have to pay a cover charge. OR, maybe it could be a reduced charge to see the band.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a excellent time we will definitely be back food and drinks were great!!

T
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had a reservation, was given the worse table in the restaurant. Drinks were watered down. Food was mediocre. It cost 12 dollars to get a table near the stage. No plans to return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love this restaurant! I've been here numerous times and it's always great. This time it must have been short staffed because it took 2 hours for our food to arrive

LD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for a pre-concert meal and glad we did. Friendly service great food ( bbq) reasonable prices. The hook was Nashville Hot Chicken and it didn’t disappoint. Others had the pulled pork, very tender and beef brisket...nicely done!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD... FUN PLACE!! We had a large party before a concert and they got us in and out.. limited menu .... FABULOUS!

XS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food wasn't as good as the last time we were there. They might have been short staffed because our waiter seemed really busy. The band was good, and we always appreciate the ambience. Overall we had another good night there, and recommend it to anyone looking for a good night.

GP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food & their beer selection was great. The service was really good. I enjoy the music from the live band.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Chicken and waffles was amazing

JD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

SC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice rustic, bluesy feel. Very good BBQ.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun decor, good service, we enjoyed eating outside.

Y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

S
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

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