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About Firebox Restaurant

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.

539 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Capitol Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 246-1222

Website:
http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We offer a private parking lot, with evening valet service.

Public Transit:
Adjacent to city transportation routes, and within blocks of the train station.

Executive Chef:
Bill Brooks

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can accomodate private parties for lunch and dinner. Contact Jennifer Holcomb for details.

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Firebox Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (50)
Local Ingredients (50)
Special Occasion (47)
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Good for a Date (42)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Worth the Drive (33)
Romantic (30)
Seasonal (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Healthy (25)
Business Meals (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Authentic (22)
Organic (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Casual (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Fun (15)
Cozy (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Vegan (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great Beer (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

the food was very good. Our waitress was fabulous!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Over priced. 4 scallops for $32 that's insane. Service was lacking as well. I would return for brunch but that's it.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

These are some of the reasons we enjoy eating at the Firebox: delicious, locally sourced food, warm and cozy atmosphere, excellent service, and quiet enough to allow easy conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was my second experience with Firebox and just as exceptional in every way like my first visit. Love the varied and changing menu filled with original culinary delights and twists on traditional features. The cocktail creations are as varied and creative as the food selections. Fresh local ingredients inspire mouthwatering flavors in everything they create. My husband and I invited our adult daughter and her boyfriend to enjoy Sunday brunch. All four of us had ordered different drinks and meals and everything was outstanding! I doubt they would serve anything less than perfect, but if they did they would bend over backwards to make things right. This business owner understands how to run a restaurant and that pleasing the customer is the only goal. I can't wait to return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great Beer, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Healthy, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

I had a very pleasing brunch date with a friend during this most recent visit to Firebox. As in the past, the food, service and atmosphere were top rate. I had the flannel hash (a healthy take on corned beef hash), tasty cranberry orange zip beverage, delicious salted chocolate pudding, and a very satisfying espresso. I'd recommend Firebox for brunch, everyday dining (especially in the tavern section), and special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were seated promptly for our 6pm reservation. We told the waiter we had theater reservations for a 7:30 show. He assured us we would be out in plenty of time. We were not served our meals until 7pm. It was very disappointing. This is a restaurant that is used to pre-theater dining and it was not a pleasant experience. I will only return for lunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Firebox never anything but amazing. Every experience I’ve had dining there has been incredible—both in terms of food and service. Last night’s dinner was the best I have ever had. In a packed restaurant with many of us dining before a Bushnell show, we had to wait a bit to be served. Management and our waitress responded impeccably, showing that this restaurant is one of a kind even with a full house.

The chef is one Firebox should never let go of. The Brussels sprouts were delicious, and were able to be ordered minus the walnuts due to a nut allergy. The main course was cooked perfectly, and the dessert was hands down the best I have ever had. Top it off with a great bottle of wine and this last visit goes down as my favorite of any dining experience I have ever had. Thank you Firebox!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful meal...food was exceptionally delicious. Will definitely return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed a date night here on February 4th, 2018 and ordered from the Taste of Hartford menu. The amazing flavors, aromas, textures and presentation were perfect. The carrot apple soup had layered flavors that sung together perfectly. The lamb bolognese with homemade pasta was one of the best lamb dishes I have ever had. And for dessert the extraordinary sticky toffee pudding with blood oranges was most satisfying! I also loved the drink called Adam & Eve: calvados, four roses bourbon, local apple cider, maple, lemon, cardamom bitters (I requested to leave out the bitters) and egg white. It was so wonderfully delicious, and not sweet but had a great balance of the flavors. I hinted to my husband that this place would make a wonderful choice for birthdays and anniversaries. Everything was served immediately after preparation at the perfect temperature. You cannot go wrong with dinner at the Firebox! My only complaint was that I wished my empty dishes would have been removed a bit sooner as I finished each course, but that was a totally minor complaint.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very nice atmosphere, delicious food, highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Vegan, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First time dining here and absolutely loved it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

excellent food and service. valet parking. wonderful atmosphere. close to the bushnell theater

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We are fans of Firebox. The bar is lively and the back dining room has probably the best ambiance in the area. The creative menu focuses on fresh local ingredients. The wine list is well curated.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Healthy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Went to Firebox for Restaurant Week before a show at the Bushnell and had a great dining experience. The kale caesar salad was pretty good. The black pearl salmon was excellent and the bourbon mustard sauce was tremendous. The warm sticky toffee pudding desert was to die for. I recommend that highly. I thought our service was a little bit slow, but not bad. All in all it was a wonderful meal and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had the 3-course Taste of Hartford pre-fixe menu and an excellent bottle of beaujolais blanc. All courses were delicious ... no weaknesses at all ... and the service was well-timed and spot-on. We look forward to our next visit to Firebox!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was an anniversary dinner and they graciously provided two glasses of champagne on the house. This was a wonderful surprise and great touch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went in for Sunday Brunch. Came in at 1:30, their Brunch closes at 2:00, but they accommodated us and sat us on a nice table by the window.
The ambience is nice with exposed brick walls and an industrial decor. Food menu had good options but could be better. We tried the Shrimp and grits and eggs Benedict with Salmon. Food taste was good. Good selection of cocktails. Good for a casual meal with friends and family.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had dinner recently and from the appetizers to the entree and the fabulous dessert it was perfect ! We had a great waiter and he met all of our expectations with service. We will definitely return for another occasion !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Jen the hostess made our whole experience wonderful and the food was absolutely amazing. My wife and I will definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Taste of Hartford choice. Courses nicely spaced so you didn't feel rushed for the next customer.
Portion size perfect, full and not overstuffed. All the food was excellent. Did the wine pairing with each course for an additional cost, wines all were good, would have enjoyed an extra swallow or two with the appetizer and entree. Will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A very disorganized restaurant. The food was just OK.. I support their farm to table efforts and the rehab of the old forge but the food needs to taste more cared about and more farm to table.. We had different waiters and even the hostess brought knives when the waitstaff forgot and couldnt be found..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Dinner and service were amazing. Can’t wait to return

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Although this dinner was for the Taste of Hartford, overall FireBox is a great for Farm to Table restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The servers are always amazing and I've never had less than excellent food. The bread to start is usually the only let down of the whole meal, but that seems like such a silly thing to complain about. The sticky toffee pudding was a highlight of this trip along with the mussels.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Anniversary...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Great for large groups, date night or before the bushnell. You must go!

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious food, beautifully presented. Great nonalcoholic beverage options. Service was 100% pro. A little pricey for everyday but perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Wonderful and creative Farm to Table
A don't miss
We went before a show at Bushnell which is just up the road. We were able to enjoy our delicious meal and get to the show in perfect time.
Bon Appetit !

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Casual, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was delicious. You can taste the freshness and the care that was put into every bite. Relaxed comfortable neighborhood spot with wonderful touches to add to the great dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Everything was amazing here! The spicy margs were on point! And all of the food I tried amazing! Will definitely be going back here!

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was fantastic! We loved the decor and the renovation of the building. The waitress was wonderful. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our first time dining at the Firebox. We wanted to try something new before seeing a show. After reading reviews, we just had to give it a try.

The service was excellent and our waitress was wonderful. The menu is intriguing and refreshingly different as well as the cocktail and wine list.

Our group ordered scallops, chicken and duck. The presentation was beautiful! The scallops were cooked to perfection, yet lacked a little flavor. The chicken was a little dry, but the duck was said to be delicious.

We would definitely like to try it again and perhaps sit in the tavern next time.

It was nice to have parking, but a little tight.

Not to downplay the experience. We had a wonderful night and will surely try it again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always excellent and interesting food. Staff gives great service. Very friendly. Awesome place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Really wonderful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We has New Years Eve dinner at Firebox and it is all we could have hoped for and more. The space is beautiful, hip and warm. We sat in the bar area which had a great vibe. The bar and wait staff was excellent and the food just as good. The part that made it an absolute slam dunk though was its commitment and giving back to the Frog Hollow neighborhood. That story made it even more worth the money! I would highly recommend visiting.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I ate at Firebox for dinner on NYE. We were both beyond impressed with the selection, the service, and the quality of the food. We tried the brussel sprouts for an appetizer and they were beyond awesome. I had the harvest risotto and I added the butter poached lobster to it. Amazing. My husband had the roasted chicken which he thought was delicious. Although the dessert menu is small, we still managed to select two different desserts to try. We had the apple bread pudding and the special of the evening (toffee cake concoction). The apple bread pudding tasted like a grandmother made it! The toffee dessert has me at a loss for words. It was insanely good. I couldn't get enough of it! Firebox has a great drink and wine list, too. We will absolutely return to this restaurant. I highly recommend!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was so excited about trying Firebox after reading all the great reviews, but after dining with them on New Years Eve I was very disappointed. Straight to the point we were served RAW salmon. I got our servers attention after cutting into it, and he sent a women over who I believe was the manager, right away when she looked at the salmon she knew what the problem was. She said I will get this fixed. When they brought back the Salmon we turned it over to see that a third of the salmon was missing. Probably from the cook putting it back on the grill and it maybe falling apart I don't know, but it was unacceptable. If the cook had some fallen pieces he should have cooked another one not give us the same one (considering that we paid for a full piece). It threw off the dining experience since we received our meals at different times and we waited so long for our food in the first place. After that no one came to check on us I had to ask for another glass of wine. When the bill arrived the server didn't even bring it he had his assistant bring it over. The whole situation felt very dismissed. I would like to say that they were NOT very busy in the bar so I can't even give them that excuse. Unfortunately I will not be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Nice ambience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nye
New Year’s Eve

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've eaten at Firebox many times, but this was the first brunch (New Year's Eve). We didn't think this was their best effort. The hot food didn't come out very hot, but flavor was good. We'll stick to dinners.

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