Chowder Pot IV

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The Chowder Pot of Hartford is the destination for seafood lovers and people traveling from all over Connecticut as well as up and down the East Coast. For almost 20 years our customers have enjoyed award winning seafood, slow roasted prime rib and fresh Maine lobsters served by a friendly and professional staff. The Chowder Pot of Hartford has seating for 320 people in two nautically decorated dining rooms with accommodations for groups of up to 25 people. Our Captain's Lounge features a Raw Bar & Happy Hour, M-F 4:00 to 6:00 as well as full lunch and dinner menus served by our bar staff.

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SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always a great place for seafood. do not let the outside fool you. the outside of the building looks run down, but the food is the excellent. great service too, even for a group of 9.

R
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was visiting from out of town and was craving seafood. I am not in CT too often. I ate at the Chowder Pot about 12 years ago and loved it. I found it on Open Table and was happy to see they are still around. Our meal was excellent and our server was very nice and polite. I had the clam strips and scallops. They were excellent and the portion size was right on. I could barely finish. I loved the bread before dinner too. It was so good!! We went on Thursday night so the crowd was not too bad. Will be back the next time I am in CT.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 11 which included 5 children. The waitress was wonderful. She took care of all of our needs without any issues. The calimari appetizer was great as well as stuffed mushrooms. All entree portions were perfect and tasted great.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful! Food portions were huge!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and service. Restaurant could use a little face lift but not bad overall.

TP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It has a relaxed, and quiet atmosphere. Of course, we were there on a Wednesday evening. Food was really good. And, it was my husband's birthday, which was acknowledged by the establishment. Great place to eat for sea food lovers.

PA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Most of our food was luke warm . The stuffed, as well as another persons in our party, was very dry. My baked potato looked like it was old and overcooked, as well as several of the other peoples in our party. Another person in our party had fish, and he said it had no taste at all. The lazy mans lobster was overpriced and had way too much stuffing. We have been to your Branford location several times, and were very happy with the food, so we were looking forward to dining at your location . Big disappointment.

SS
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This place is a staple to go to and enjoy seafood. They give large portions, enough to take home and have another meal. The service was outstanding!

BC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I love this place. The food and service is always good and consistent. Great that they take a reservation. I wish the Branford restaurant would do the same.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My kids took me here for my birthday to celebrate with my favorite dinner Lobster 🦞. Karen our server was Awesome and made our night fantastic ❣️ Been coming here for decades and can’t wait to return❣️

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

I love the fact that you can make a reservation on open table

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing even through an indecisive guest. Was very polite, professional and attentive.

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food but way too much unless you can take it home.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure service was great along with the food just wish chowder pot offered coupons or specials

t
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. Being able to reserve online is the best.

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

Service was very good and the server was polite , friendly, and professional

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Lobsters and seared scallops were done to perfection. Our waitress was very attentative and pleasant. We will be returning
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AC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wait was not much to get seated the food was good, the only thing was we waited a long time for the food to come. but it was worth the wait.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Never had a bad meal. Consistently excellent!!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is very tired. The food was sub par. My lobster tail was over cooked and my baked potato was under cooked. The salad was served lukewarm.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded on August 27, 2019

Rick, Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to submit a review. We are sorry you were not happy with any part of your experience. We would like to hear more about your visit, was anything done to rectify it that evening etc. If you would be willing to call the restaurant (860)244-3311 and speak with Sue the General Manager it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, the Chowder Pot

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SA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter. Brian. Paid close attention to us and made us feel welcomed.

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

Server was very good, anticipated ours needs, was efficient, and followed thru with our requests in timely manner.

AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great seafood place at a very reasonable price. Whenever we are in Hartford we always eat here.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ayanna was excellent....best waitress we ever had!!! Food was great!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food at reasonable prices. Had 2 lobster tails, unbelievably delicious. Everyone should have this as one of their "go-to" places.

o
New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time going for lunch with a friend...we were very pleased with the variety on the menu...so many choices. Waiter was attentive but not bothersome. Food was very good....I had the lobster, crab and shrimp salad - very well done and my friend had fried oysters - she said they were really good. We both agree we will come back to Chowder Pot IV in the near future.

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

Waitress were fantastic, attending to our every needs. Food was just tremendous.

DS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious stuffing for the lobster and shrimp is the best

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great. Loved it there

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was by far the WORST experience at this location. We were a party of six with a reservation for 6:45 pm. We weren’t seated until 7:15 pm. We ordered drinks finally at around 7:40 pm. I ordered a glass of Ros’e which was hot and nasty so I sent it back and ordered a special they had called a peach sangria. That was worse than the first drink. No peach flavor at all. I apologised and sent it back for an iced tea instead. Although a little too sweet, I managed because I hate to be a bother. I ordered the twin lobster tails my husband ordered the fried shrimp and we both had stuffed mushrooms and old bay shrimp as appetizers. The apps were perfect no complaints at all. My lobster tails were cold and a little crusty but again I hate to be a bother so I just let it be. My husbands fried shrimp were literally fried with the shell still on them! I could not believe it! I have NEVER ordered fried shrimp with the shell on them EVER! And I don’t mean just the tail part, I know the tail normally still has the shell on it. This was literally the ENTIRE shrimp that was covered in shell and batter. Not to mention the fact that we were there for a total of 2 1/2 hours! It’s sad that we were treated this way as my family and I have been to this location numerous times over the years. I can’t believe that I have to write this review. I’m highly upset about this so I just won’t EVER go back to this location.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to submit a review. We are sorry your experience did not go well. We would like to hear more about it, who your server was, how they handled it, did they attempt to compensate you in some way, etc. If you would be willing to call the restaurant (860)244-3311 and speak with the General Manager Sue it would be most appreciated. Sincerely The Chowder Pot

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was really great! We were seated immediately (reservation made prior to arriving) and our waitress was extremely kind and sincere. Food was great!

i
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for the anniversary celebration. Amazing meal at amazing prices. Always have a good meal but this last one was an exceptional value.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for their anniversary menu. Great prices for the food and as always great seafood.

BL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Would recommend, but with reservations. DON’T order lazy man’s lobster! Small serving hidden by the $2.00 extra stuffing on top. Lobster was overdone...very tough. However, everyone else’s meals were very good...baked stuff shrimp, crumb topped fish and clam strips.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great dinner and great service.

DN
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I had very high hopes as Chowder Pot came highly recommended. I hope that my experience was a one-off, but I can’t see myself returning.

We had reservations for 2 adults and 3 children for 7:15, however still waited until nearly 7:30 to be sat. Once sat my wife and I put in our drink orders an appetizer, and placed our children’s meals so they weren’t waiting. We ordered 3 kids waters, 2 seltzer’s, and a beer. It took more than half an hour and me physically having to go to the host to see our server again just to get the waters. She did seem extremely busy and was very friendly. It is likely they just need more staff.

The lobster bisque was tasty though seemed to be missing any lobster chunks but did have a shell piece. My wife’s baked stuffed shrimp she said was excellent however my meal was ill-conceived and largely inedible. I ordered the special Stuffed Alaskan King Crab Legs. What I received were crab legs which had been cut in half, piled on with stuffing and baked until so dry that what crab was on the plate was rubber.

We spent $170 ($140 meal/ $30 tip) which was largely what I expected price wise, but the food and service were more on par with a 2 for $20.

It’s possible we hit a busy night and I just picked the wrong dinner item, and I hope that’s true, but for me I don’t think I’ll be finding out anytime soon.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded on August 2, 2019

Sir, Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to submit a review. Apologies for the experience you had, it certainly isn't what we strive for on a daily basis. We will use your unfortunate experience to help train our staff so it doesn't happen again. If you would be willing to call 860-244-3311 and ask for Dennis I'd like to find out who the server was and get your information so we can make it up to you in some way. Sincerely, The Chowder Pot

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EO
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Even though we made reservations, our table wasn't set for us and we had to wait for them to set it. Seemed like it took a very long time for the drink order to arrive. Then our food order took even longer. I had ordered the king cut prime rib which wasn't really that large, especially after I trimmed off all the fat ( which was quite a bit). The clam chowder was bitter tasting, the lobster had black spots on the outside and when my son cracked it open the inside had them as well. The waitress did get him a fresh lobster. Over all, all the portions seemed smaller than usual. We have been coming here for our sons birthday for the last 8 years or so but I think it might be time to find someplace else.

CP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Could use some updating inside. Very dark. Service was excellent we went during a busy time.

f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Salad was good places a little sketchy food decent

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