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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Business Meals (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Seasonal (20)
Casual (19)
Healthy (19)
Organic (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Authentic (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Vegan (9)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Très bonne dégustation et utilisation des ingrédients locaux!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food. Love in- season and locally sourced food. Did not disappoint!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Just perfect! In fact eating elsewhere since has me yearning to go back - it is better than most!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous dinner experience! Fresh locally sourced creative dishes, friendly and helpful service. Had a great time!

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·Dined 5 days ago

As always an amazing meal and fantastic service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome farm to table food provided by local farms. Creative & fantastic

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Organic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service were excellent! They have a very creative menu. I will definately go back!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I always love the combination of good community outreach with excellent and creative cuisine. They are also really great at honoring and using locally sourced ingredients, though I doubt that my branzino was local....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was perfect here. We were incredibly impressed with the food, the drinks, and the staff. Homerun.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

the food was fantastic, especially those brussels sprouts! Love the mission of this place.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Had a great time with our friends. Service could't have been more friendly and professional. Oysters outstanding! Best ever. Fabulous ribeye and brussels sprouts. Cocktails made to perfection. And great wine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for a birthday brunch with my Trinity College daughter. Food was outstanding (farm to table), friendly staff, beautiful, relaxed decor and ample parking off street. Definitely going back when we visit our daughter in Hartford!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service and it wasn't noise . I would definitely recommend it and I hope to go back soo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

FireBox is our go-to restaurant for special events or just a good drink and meal. Great locally sourced food and solid service. The reclaimed industrial building is aesthetically pleasing, but can get noisy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Good food. Needs more fish on menu. Service was excellent

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent service, creative and delicious menu choices, and a great ethos (working together with local charities).
This is a place I would go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a great experience! Food and drink selection is awesome.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I loved this place, great setting and menu and wonderful staff. It was a touch too quiet, on a Tuesday, but I bet it's heaving at weekends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our second time dining at Firebox. Both times we came on a Sunday for breakfast/lunch. We tried different items from the menu on both occasions. All the food we've had so far has been delicious.

It's a really fair price, too. We've eaten much less interesting food for much higher cost.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Farm to RTable is our kind of food. We had a wonderful server named Brie. The hostess was delightful as well. A menu to satisfy all palates.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

1st time amazing. 2nd visit food was tateless potatoes were still raw. Steak was chewey pasta dish tateless. On a positive note our server was a blast. Won't be going back. So sad

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Absolutely delicious! Very, very impressed! The risotto and shank were to die for!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Ive always had great food and good service here. Different dishes made seasonally. Would recommend for those looking for fresh and original food.

Tags: Organic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have always liked Firebox a lot, but our experience there on this past Saturday night was way beyond my expectations, and I really think the place has taken itself to another level. I love the look and feel of the place. We were in the large dining room in the back -- a group of eight there to celebrate my adult daughter's birthday. We all ordered differently, and everyone was thrilled with the food. It was delicious, interesting, ethically and locally sourced -- and one of my personal measures -- piping hot when brought to the table! The service was also outstanding. So, a fantastic experience at a great restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Terrific restaurant. I would have given it 5 stars all the way around except that: 1) it was a little loud; granted, it was parents weekend and a Saturday night so it was understandable and, 2) the wine seemed a bit pricey but maybe that's just Connecticut.
The food, presentation and service were great. If offered, don't miss the bread pudding. Thanks.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a show at 8pm in a Saturday and wanted to make sure we had plenty of time. Arriving 15 min early for our 5:30 pm reservations was a good idea for parking. Luckily the weather was nice because the restaurant doors do not open until 5:30. We and 8 other diners waited in the seats outside the door and had a nice chuckle about that.

We nice settled in we really enjoyed the seasonal cocktails and conversation. The menu was varied and we each were extremely happy with our selections. Great ambiance, excellent service and excellent food!

We will definitely return.

If you have an 8:00 show, let your server know. Just a prudent thing to do in those busier nights.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was delicious and service was adequate. However, everything was overpriced. Nothing astronomical, but we spent 140 dollars on a date night for two. There are many more places in W. Hartford with the same quality of food and service for much cheaper prices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was the second time we stopped at Firebox while driving through Hartford via I-84. Both meals were excellent. We noticed more diners this time so their reputation must be spreading. For us it’s a convenient and tasty break from our drive from PA to NH.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Phenomenal food and service. A little loud but still amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is a little boring. The green goddess dressing was not. Very few vegetables in the salad. Bread cold. Gnocchi good but a little more contrast on the plate would have been nice. Something salty maybe, like parmesan. Dessert good. Nothing stands out as spectacular.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We waited for our Reservation but after that it was just like we remembered! A great place with local dining choices!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We arrived one hour before we had to be at a show at the Bushnell. They knew about that when we arrived and made every effort to make sure we got out on time which we did. Loved our waitress, extremely knowledgeable, great personality, we loved her. She knew her wine. I'd go back there in half a second.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great place for fine, localally-sourced dining in downtown Hartford.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This place never disappoints. The food is farm to table, creative, and fresh. The staff is always friendly. They always make their guests feel special. That, combined with their mission of community service (hiring community people and teaching them the food business) makes this one of my go-to places for most any occasion.

What can they improve? The background music is often too loud for my tastes. And the temperature can be somewhat on the cool side. On a recent visit, it was actually more comfortable to sit outside than to stay indoors with the air conditioner blowing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Business Meals, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Organic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The ambience and decor were great! The bartender, Lauren, makes one mean Old Fashioned, and is super nice to boot! Our server, Rachel, was friendly, knowledgeable, and the rest of the staff were friendly and attentive, too. My wife had the sea scallops, which were rad, and I had the cider braised pork shank, which is what you should have. Twice. It's that good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My friend and I are here before seeing a 1:00 Sun matinee at the Bushnell. The brunch was reasonably priced and delicious! With 11:00 reservations, we had plenty of time to eat and get to the show on time. The service was great!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is my favorite in the United States. I literally drove from SC to Hartford just for my birthday meal. The food is always fresh, local, seasonal and generously portioned. The staff is super warm and friendly and they pay great attention to detail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

our second time at Firebox. First was a few years ago and it was wonderful. Made a reservation for 2 at 6:30 and it was accepted. When we arrived, we told reception our name and reservation request. We were ushered to a VERY noisy bar area. we requested the dining room and were told there were not any seats. Gave us the bar and dining menus and took a drink order. we ordered our food about 10 minutes after we sere seated. the salad came out - still no drinks - told they would be right over. 10 minutes after that, we received drinks. A large group came into the bar and were having a great time - about 2 feet from our table. The food was uninspiring and expensive. We were very disappointed.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I found Firebox while looking for something near the Bushnell. It was an amazing time. The staff asked if we where going to a show and was quickly on top of everything so we could leave in time. I had a fantastic cut of steak that made me want to go back the next day to have it again. The one thing I would tell you to be careful of it the house drink, the Firefox fever I think it was. It was a sneaky little drink that didn't hit me until we got up to leave. : )

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is my 4th time going and it has been consistently excellent for both service and food quality/presentation. A little pricely but totally worth it - especially for a special occassion. Great choice for those going to the Bushnell - a less than 10 minute walk.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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