Firebox Restaurant

4.6
2363 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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MH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
2 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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O
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little hidden gem was well worth the experience! Prior to attending a performance at The Bushnell, we were looking for a quality meal in a short amount of time in order to make the performance and one that was close to the theater. This restaurant hit it out if the park! The bar was roomy, yet cozy and started hopping by 5:30pm. The drinks had a unique twist and service at our table was great, friendly and efficient. We then moved into the dining room for our reservation and were seated away from other diners, against a wall, which we had requested as a “quiet table” and weren’t disappointed. Although the restaurant quickly filled to capacity, it was a quiet atmosphere with excellent service by Justin. We each ordered something different and weren’t disappointed. The food was quickly presented, nicely plated and the tastes stayed separate so you could taste each layer. Delicious! Don’t pass up the Brussels sprouts for a table appetizer....plenty for 4 people and a wonderful glaze to dip bread in as well. This restaurant is an 8 minute walk from the theater in a mixed residential area. Nicely appointed and a great overall experience. I only wish it was closer to home....we traveled in from the Berkshires, but would certainly go back and spend more time there. PS...we did make our performance with plenty of time to spare!

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious dinner and cool ambiance! Very nice for a special occasion

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EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rare date night with my hubby, had an excellent meal, service, atmosphere, everything! Will definitely be back and highly recommend.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Way too much garlic in the meatballs for me :0#

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SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, menu, and quality of meal. Thanks!

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BS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

After loving this for years, had a very disappointing visit. Brunch on Easter Sunday - greeted at the desk and confirmed our reservation for 4. She quickly told us that our whole party wasn't there yet, hinting we wouldn't be seated yet - we were all there. Then she took a phone call and left us in limbo. Another person stepped in and proceeded to lead us to a high top table in the bar - we had made this reservation a month in advance for Easter. I asked to be seated at a normal dining table, so we were told to go to the bar while they cleaned a table. Seated shortly after. Service was spotty - my drink was forgotten for a while, food not delivered to everyone at once (awkward), and once we indicated we wouldn't have dessert, we weren't even offered coffee - after brunch? Really? It was an uncharacteristic visit, but I'm not sure I'll go back. I've had so many nice dinners there, maybe Sunday brunch is just not the same. Ouch.

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really really really good! The wait staff was courteous and attentive with great recommendations. The Bacon was sinful.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Easter brunch, meal, service, would recommend this to anyone and will come again

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are new to the area and tried Firebox for a date night/early birthday celebration. Food was great and service was great. Highly recommend. We will be back.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Waiter was knowable and helpful making choices. Our second visit and we will definitely be back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun contemporary atmosphere. The server offered helpful advice on our choices. Delicious cocktails! The hummus of the day was a tasty starter. Portion sizes were generous—easy to share a main course or bring home enough for lunch.

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BR
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had mentioned in reservation that we were celebrating a 60th birthday. No acknowledgement of the occasion of any kind. Bought out 3 of 4 entrees and we waited and waited. We got the attention of a server and had to ask where the 4th entree was. 4 squares of bread No refills offered Very disappointed. Won’t return

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite place in Hartford

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U
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon I've ever had. Great quality food, with complex flavors. Really good, always a favorite.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem to find on Broad St in Hartford. Amazing space, great bar and menus. I was there for brunch and loved it! I highly recommend and will definitely be back!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and concept. Salmon dish was blan needed aome acidity to go with it. The Duck was to die for. Overall tho worth ot great experience I will be going back.

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AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, delicious drinks and all with an effort to give back to the community and the people who live there and may need an extra chance. Well done!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were clean. Every flavor shined throughout the meal. Wine selection was top notch!

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K
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch! Food, service, décor and Bloody Mary's were all outstanding.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there...top notch from drinks to dessert and coffee. Friendly staff, cool setting and fabulous fresh food. 5 star.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole vibe of this place! Inside was awesome- not only supporting local farms but also local artists! Love this place will be back again very soon!

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Wait staff was excellent. Food was excellent. Ambiance was casual but very pleasant. The only negative comment is that it was a little pricey. We will definitely go back and bring our out of town friends

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing again! Our server was kind, took our orders and kept the waters filled. He just wasn’t quite as knowledgeable about drinks or the menu as our first experience with a different waitress but he did a good job. We really enjoy the restaurant, mission, atmosphere and food. I put it out on social media after our first experience just how impressed we were and have at least 50 interested friends and a few commented they will be heading there soon for their own date night!

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o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite restaurants in CT. I drive an hour to go there.

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat at a high table in the bar area. Really comfortable experience. I ordered a salad with salmon off the Tavern menu while my wife enjoyed duck from the Dinner menu. Food was excellent, service was on point, the noise level was minimal. We then walked to the Bushnell for a great show. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and ambiance

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MC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Firebox is one of my favorites. Food is always excellent. Adult beverages: supurb. Service excellent. This time a party of 4, early Sunday evening. Sat in the bar area which was fine,not very busy. I enjoyed the Ravioli entree. Very flavorful, colorful. Friend had Salmon which he said was perfect. Great spot

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D
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had so much fun at Firebox on Friday night. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. We had several small plates and a few big. The duck was spectacular - so full of flavor. The brussel sprouts were a hit as was the tartar. Definitely a great spot if you are in Hartford

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K
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful modern rustic setting, hidden gem with delicious farm to table dishes that make a great environment for a warming family dinner or an intimate date night!

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have been to the restaurant and once again we had a great experience!

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant, and everything about it, was fantastic. What was an epic fail was the way Open Table handle the points for payment. I have never been so embarrassed by a situation as I was that evening. OT needs to rethink their process. Thank goodness the management at the restaurant was patient and understanding.

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party and I all agreed we would all come back here. The food was amazing and the service was great!

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