Firebox Restaurant

4.7
2416 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Firebox Restaurant, located in the historic Billings Forge, one block from the State Capitol, serves seasonal contemporary American cuisine, in a casually elegant setting. Guests enjoy the white-washed brick, impressive wine wall and handmade Amish farm tables of our back dining rooms. The spacious front bar area with it's exposed brick, wood beams and vaulted ceilings, houses a lively bar scene focusing on innovative cocktails and a varied wine selection.
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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our select go-to choices in Hartford and Glastonbury.

NC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining for brunch.

KB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We arrived early for our reservation and staff were very accommodating. Our dinner was exceptional

m
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Bring back a real tavern menu....difficult to recommend my favorite restaurant without more small plates, shareables. Was surprised that in the late afternoon or for happy hour they only had a lunch menu for food options.

BR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Jorge, was very friendly and informative. Service was attentive and prompt. Our food was very good - steak tacos, bacon Benedict, and home fries. We were glad we stopped in as we were passing through the area.

PD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here for brunch twice and both times have been great! They have excellent food and cocktails. Will certainly come back.

MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dining experience and meal. We celebrated my daughters birthday, they brought complimentary champagne and we had the best waitress 😊.

They currently have a “Taste of Hartford” special menu with salad or soup, entree of your choice and dessert for $30. It was amazing. Wonderfully prepared and served.

We always enjoy eating here for the food quality, customer service, ambiance, and restaurant mission. We reserved a table on Open Table and got right in.

We hope to bring our extended family here on their next visit.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Taste of Hartford, several great options on the menu. Had a great meal!

BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Absolutely fresh salad...one of the best I have ever eaten. My ravioli dish was excellent. And the dessert ...the rhubarb cake...was wonderful. i especially enjoyed the rhubarb and peach cocktail. All seven people in my party was 100% very, very happy about their meals. The service was attentive, polite, and very efficient. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and answered our questions. The head chef took time to come to our table to speak with us. Everyone wants to return soon. Thank you for an outstanding evening.

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though we arrived late (after the theater - it’s walking distance from the Bushnell) the service was great and the food was really excellent

MB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly, accomodating and knowledgeable staff. Good food at reasonable prices. Only critique would be more brunch options

NC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Brunch with my son and his girlfriend. Reservations made and promptly seated on time. Started our meal with a brunch cocktail: Greyhound, bloody mary, Momosa, & a Cappacino. All were delicious. Shared roasted brussel sprouts, potatos, & rhubarb bread with our entrees: broccoli quiche, fried chicken, & eggs benedict. Every dish was delicious. Even ended brunch with the most creamy ice cream. Can’t wait to return.

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Firebox. I went during Hartford Restaurant Week. Service was excellent. Food was just ok. I ordered the filet and it was over cooked. I should have sent it back, but you know how that goes. The dessert was a very dry rhubarb cake that was screaming for some accompaniment...a scoop of ice cream or a fruit compote. I was expecting a stellar experience but that did not happen.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was about the worst that I have had at any restaurant any time, anywhere. The manager tried to make up for it and did comp a round of drinks and some of the entrees that were inedible. I used to love this restaurant and have been there a few times before on my birthday, but I have never experienced such bad service. To be honest, I’m not sure that I would venture there again. I’m sad about it as I used to love the locavore food and the ambience is great. Don’t know what happened. Perhaps this was just an exceptionally bad night, but I’m not likely to go back for a very long time, if ever.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four of us came for Taste of Hartford. All the entrees were great. The chocolate pudding was excellent. Two of us didn’t think the rhubarb dessert was as good. Overall we love your restaurant. The server was good but not overly friendly.

FF
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Taste of Hartford Menu. The food was excellent.

D
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We did the Taste of Hartford. Nice selections. Server was great - Justin.
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JF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I acknowledge that Firebox is not one of the restaurants we go to most often, but it is definitely one of our favorites. Any meal there is a special occasion. The chef puts a delicious spin on traditional American cuisine. Moreover, my wife appreciates the vegetarian options.

J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time dining at Firebox. What an experience. The service was impeccable, sadly our waitress/bartender was moving to Texas as she was such a delight we would have asked for her the next time we visited. The service, drinks, and food were beyond amazing. This is a hidden gem among Hartford's side streets!

c
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so delicious! We had the halibut catch of the day and the steak - both excellent! Our server was Justin and he was very good with suggestions for drinks as well as food (and very attentive). We will definitely be back.

HG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! I’ve been to Firebox for lunch but never for dinner. We decided to try it after a show in Hartford. Our server Amanda was informative and enthusiastic. Our appetizers were delicious. Try the Brussels sprouts - they were amazing! Everyone enjoyed their meals - from ribeye steak to a caprese sandwich - again, DELICIOUS! Dessert and after dinner drinks were top notch. We can't wait to go back.

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there early, so it wasn’t crowded and we could hear the conversation very well. We had a friendly and attentive server. Meals were delicious. The Brussel Sprouts a real treat!

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very nice and the service wonderful. We enjoyed delicious cocktails and food. We would definitely recommend this place.

TC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent salmon and vegetable special. Great service too.

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok. Had to send cold food back but it was promptly redone. Service was great! Management and waiter were awesome

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

Nice dinner - great server !!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deion was an outstanding waiter. The food presentation was beyond amazing and the overall occasion could not have been better. I highly recommend!!!!

AS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, drinks were great.. thought the cheese plate was a little over priced but other than that no complaints! Service was awesome as well.

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night out for a birthday celebration. Food and service were excellent.

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a vegetarian I struggle to find restaurants with lots of options. Firebox is a home run everytime. Lots of options for myself and my company. Def recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the bone marrow app! Our server was amazing and sitting outside was gorgeous.

DB
Jacksonville
61 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Perhaps the best seafood pasta I've ever had. Highly recommend.

V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Crispy Eggplant was fantastic! Two of us got it. It comes on a mixed salad base; my plate got all the onions (so not well distributed). I just ate around the extra ones. Service was mediocre, and the place was not full.

q
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Firebox never disappoints. The steamed mussels were perfect served with toasted bread, and the iceberg salad was excellent. No time for dessert but I bet that is great, too. And the service was attentive -- nice since we were trying to make a theater date.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal and our waitress was great!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, amazing food, and friendly service

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day brunch. Superb food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great decor, professional service

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch. Muscles were out of this world good. Roasted Brussels sprouts were yummy. Only food item that was so-so was dessert. Chocolate cake and apple cake were dry & not overly flavorful. Service was top notch. Will return. Nice atmosphere.

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