Black-Eyed Sally's

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690 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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BT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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

Great experience, great vibe.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

Great time Jo was an amazing server very on point

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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.

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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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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good energy, reliable service, creative cuisine and overall consistency ... I've been a regular patron for more than a decade and will continue-- it's my "go to" venue for dinner and great music!

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TG
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the night we dined, there was a live jazz band. A big plus to us. Everyone was friendly and helpful. It seems to be a place that the locals frequent and everyone knows everyone. It was a very welcoming experience for these out-of-towners. I love Southern food and this was some of the best! The catfish was good and so was Sally's pig out. Our favorite by far was the fried chicken though. Also the cheesy grits were delicious! The fried green tomatoes had too much breading for my taste, but when that was peeled off, they were good. A great experience for us!

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NK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went after reading stellar reviews. Had high hopes for a fun great tasting father’s day celebration.
I’ve eaten lots of real bbq and southern food- this was not great. A few dishes were not worth eating.
Very so so jambalaya, fish fry was dry and tasteless, brisket was tasty but by no means outstanding smoked brisket.
Overall, it was very mediocre.
We were disappointed

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. They offer a variety of BBQ and southern cuisines that are very well prepared. We also stayed for the live band. For the extra $10 cover charge we were treated to a very nice show of blues and jazz.

Our server, Carolyn, was very professional and attentive. The food and drink prices were very reasonable. We got 2 entrees, an appetizer, and drinks for around $75 including a 20% tip. Highly recommended

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CD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I visit Black Eyed Sally's once a month when visiting Hartford. It's a great value for how filling the food options are, I often feel satisfied and have enough left over for a second meal, a major perk for someone traveling as much as I do. I love the atmosphere in the restaurant. I wouldn't recommend dining directly in the stage room when live music is happening if you intend to have conversation the whole time. As a musician, I support giving all one's attention to the musicians while they're playing, especially if you're dining directly in the music area (the restaurant graciously provides options to be seated in sections away from the stage). Otherwise, I wonder if the sound engineer could manage the sound of the music a little better to help accommodate the more talkative among us.

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

I can't wait to go back. We went for Sunday brunch. We were there before opening, but the staff took pity on us and let us in to sit inside while they readied the restaurant for service. Once seated, we were cheerfully greeted by our server who was surprising cheery considering that she worked the night before. Sunday brunch menu was super. How can you beat authentic Southern Fried Chicken and waffles? Cornbread was moist and served with honey butter. All of the breakfast choices were dynamite. Fantastic local art on the walls, fun decorations make the interior come alive. This place is known for jazz and live music. Unfortunately, not at Sunday Brunch. That was the only thing that could have been added to make this the perfect experience. As I said at the start, I can't wait to go back to try some more Southern fare, but this time, with some live Jazz!

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

Food was great and service

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. LOVED THE MUSIC ANTHONY GOMES. Easy to park and good prices. Friendly staff.

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LM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, Great live music I had the most fun I had in a while...

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r
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great show! We had good seats, it was a lot of fun!

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AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner and live music albeit a little pricey with the $15 each cover when having dinner and drinks as well.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday celebration with my parents and my significant other. Our server Dmitri was so attentive to our needs. He was knowledgeable about the menu and made our experience so special. The food was delicious and we enjoyed a little live music too. I live down the street and have never been there before this. Ill definitely be coming back and I will definitely be recommending it to people.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I am in the mood for southern food I always think of black eyed sally. Thief food is always good.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to see a show at Hartford Theater and saw this restaurant come up on a search . We had the best waiter Dimitrius who was awesome ! Chicken and waffles were great , catfish , Mac and cheese ! Everything just wonderful

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K
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable." The food was very good. Especially liked the gumbo and the catfish fingers. The music was top of the line and the atmosphere was wonderful. Very clean restaurant!! Our waiter was friendly and extremely efficient! Everyone was in a great mood and my entire party had a great time.

Thank you!

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Half of the menu was out of food not good. The band was great, ambience terrific. I would go back for drinks/apps only

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B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I loved the vibe of the restaurant from the second I walked in! The only thing I was a little peeved about was that there wasn’t a high chair available for the first half of our lunch, which was inconvenient because I would rather my little demon baby be strapped down vs. on my lap! But overall, this place was amazing! The music for mother’s day brunch was warming and uplifting! I’d definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun place. Food was good. We were set up for a table of 8. We arrived a bit early intending to have a drink at the bar... but we were all set up and the server was waiting on us! The band started as we were having dessert. They got the place jumping!
We will definitely be back.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

On a Saturday afternoon, it was a crazily noisy (we got reseated) with a loud family. Coming from a loud family, the two of us were happy to be reseated.
The food was okay.
The service was very good.
There was just a LOT of noise.
And a lot of salt in food.

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

Very good food and a varied selection of ‘Southern’ cuisine. Our server, Caroline, was exceptional - cheerful, knowledgeable about the menu and quick to respond to our needs. This was the first time we were there and we will definitely go there again.

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WR
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

very enjoyable live blues music, nice layout, very good service, pretty dang good food ( a little pricey but based on the atmosphere and live music it seemed worth the money to me). I thoroughly enjoyed myself as did my friends and will be back soon.
Will R.

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T
New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This was a very nice find for a restaurant half way between Amherst and New Haven. The food was excellent and prices reasonable. My only minor complaint is the the waiter, who was very helpful, didn't know anything about beer. When I told him that it was more bitter than I wanted, I wasn't offered something else. Not a big deal, but in the past, when I was with somebody who got something that wasn't what they had hoped for, they were offered a different option. Still, I would definitely go back, but get there early, and sit in the back room. My friend and I would not have been able to talk in the front room once the boisterous folks and band started up.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Unbelievable food, great decor. Wish we could have stayed for the music. Only issue was i think our waitress was high

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JE
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome food, Awesone service. Although my friend catfish was a little overcooked I know everyone else in my party enjoyed everything else that hit the table. Shrimp and Grits are sooo good!!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience is great. Two pieces of hair was in my fries. Mentioned to staff, he apologized, someone needs to be more careful, with handling food preparation.

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great dining experience. Food and service is always amazing

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RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brunch & Blues on Easter Sunday was a great idea. We got seated quick next to the band. The waitress was nice and accommodating. The band started right away. Drinks were on our table before we got back from getting brunch buffet. The blues was perfect and engaging. People danced on the dance floor. The singer came around to everyone during her break to talk to those at the tables. Very nice!

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here. Came to see a band play and had dinner first. Food was excellent and service was great considering the restaurant was packed. Overall it was a great experience. I would recommend this place for dinner or just for drinks. Great atmosphere.

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DD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ and southern favorites. Even when there isn’t live music, the playlist is great and really creates a fun vibe.

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JN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sally’s is consistently good food. The pulled pork is very good, the ribs probably a little to fall off the bone for me. I like a little bit of chew. The gumbos and jambalaya are excellent as are the fried green tomatoes and the fried pickles an okra. Serivce was prompt and attentive. They had a nice selection of beers on this trip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very helpful with our gluten free restrictions. And very accommodating and didn’t make us feel bad about it! Linette? Was her name I think! She’s very pleasing!! Would definitely return!

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