Firebox Restaurant

4.7
2395 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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J
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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HG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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OT
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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

Excellent salmon and vegetable special. Great service too.

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T
New York Area
16 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

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

Nice dinner - great server !!!

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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!!!!

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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.

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

Retirement

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Great spot, amazing food, and friendly service

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

Fathers day brunch. Superb food.

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

Delicious food, great decor, professional service

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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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AC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. The server was a real professional. I would go back again

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

an absolute gem in the midst of a wasteland! never disappoints and truly exceeds and delights every time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great experience! We will be back

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food! Will definitely return!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Swordfish was not cooked 2x but they made up for it

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

We always enjoy our time at Firebox. It was one of the best finds. The farm to table is great and we have never had a bad experience. We would recommend to anyone. I would only suggest that you make a reservation if going to go at peak time.

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m
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is in a very attractive barn like space with raftered ceilings. The menu is diverse, we had halibut and scallops and both were delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. This restaurant is part of a non profit alliance that trains culinary workers and doing great work. Overall, a lovely evening.

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PW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Yes I would recommend to a friend but I would also warn them about the busy street if dining outdoors We had the perfect night for outdoor eating. Very nice outdoor seating area. Pillows for your chair was a plus👍🏻Overall I gave this a 4 star. The food was very good- unique and fresh. The service a bit slow( it was not that busy so maybe under staffed?),the wine selection a bit limited.

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WW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last visit was not as good as previous visits, but this visit was back on par with its exceptional food and service level

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KR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not as good as I’d hoped. Bone marrow was not great, texture was off compared to bone marrow I’ve had before. Duck was undercooked. Special lobster roll was underwhelming. We enjoyed our oysters. But all in all the food didn’t deserve the price. Sad because I really wanted to like this place! Not better than what you find in Glastonbury or West Hartford.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Firebox became our favorite restaurant while our son was attending Univ Hartford. Unfortunately Sunday was the last time we'll be coming because he graduated and we live in Tarrytown so we don't have any reason to come to Hartford now. Thank you

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

Our food was incredible, so fresh and delicious. The liver mouse was a portion large enough for 4, but there were only 2 of us. The oysters were succulent, tender firm and the vignettes finely crafted. Our server was wonderful, a good blend of attentive and humorous. The eggplant and scallops used seasonal vegetables in a memorable and savory style. Chocolate pudding, wine and cocktails were all very pleasing. Some tables are less private than others.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place! My husband and I try to go as often as possible. Their drinks (esp. wines) are always amazing, their food is perfection and their service, by far, is outstanding!!

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DB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch was just before noon, so we were only a handful present in the restaurant. I had the special of the day: Tuna Tacos, and they were delectible. It was a chilly overcast day, so the server suggested a Rioja to 'warm things up'. It was a perfect pairing. We could have sat there all day and chatted as the vibe was so homey, welcoming and warm. Love this place for lunch, dinner or drinks. Always a fabulous experience.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love Firebox and have been dining here, periodically, for over ten years. Food is always fresh, mostly locally sourced, and the restaurant's philosophy and ethos should be the paradigm for more establishments. I recognize that good food is costly, but Firebox' prices are pretty lofty, even for locally sourced fare. That's really my only complaint....and that there aren't more places in the Hartford/West Hartford area with this ambiance, quality, and philosophy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service overall job well done!

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful, the waitress was helpful and friendly. The ambience was lovely. I would go back again in a heartbeat but not with anyone who has hearing issues. The restaurant has nothing to dampen the ambient noise making it difficult to hear, especially if you have any hearing problems.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!
Fabulous experience and we will be back

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L
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firebox is a terrific restaurant ... great food, wine list, craft cocktails, and a convenient location if you're heading to the Bushnell Theater. Our server was attentive without being intrusive - perfect. and on top of all of that, the business model is admirable. Well done to everyone involved in this quality restaurant.

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