Firebox Restaurant

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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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GP
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and brilliant service. Couldn’t fault this restaurant.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alison our wait person was Awesome.

The restaurant’s Manager was great. We will go there again and again.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food!! Everytime i go it gets better

B
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food amazing as always. I wonder if they were fully staffed because our drinks came very late (waitress said she assumed we wanted them with the meal...did not even come until after the salad came and we inquired. 🙄). We also waited 15 minutes between Two courses. The place was very full on a Friday night.

GB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Firebox to be just what we wanted--very nice décor and atmosphere, very good food and friendly and prompt service.

PJ
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic every time I go. Food is unusual, fresh and very creative.

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Firebox previously and knew that it would be ideal for a business lunch with out-of-town vendors. Firebox did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed the eclectic menu, food choices, and atmosphere. Looking forward to return visits.

CH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious but the lighting in the back room could be improved. Also, we missed bread! If it is available upon request, would you alert us to that?

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I loved the space and our waitress was one of the best I've ever had!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional. Portions were perfect (not too big). Everything was fresh. We were a group of 5 and everyone ate every morsel of our tasty meals. Service was attentive but not bothersome. We will be back!

t
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for "sunday supper"... as always, I LOVE Firebox. Perfect drinks, wonderful wine list by the glass, and inventive locally sourced food.... cannot wait to return.

WC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything what I was expecting. From service to food, they were marvelous. Waitress was amazing and she knew what to recommend. The dessert was to die for.

EM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. Service was good. Slightly expensive place for dinner but food was great and probably worth it. Very fresh food farm to table.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our second time to Firebox, and it did not disappoint. The food is delicious. Service was a touch slow, but that really was not an issue at all - all staff are friendly and helpful. The restaurant is a gem. I only wish they would serve wild salmon as opposed to farmed salmon - despite being billed as "organic". I highly recommend coming here if you are passing through Hartford or if you live thee and haven't tried Firefox yet.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavorful food, great drinks, attentive staff and an outdoor patio. Would absolutely go again.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the concept of using profits to give back to the community, help the homeless, educate and provide a farmers market to help the community. The owner was so friendly and accommodating, as was the staff. And, yes, in case you were wondering, the roasted Brussel sprouts were TO DIE FOR! In fact, all of the food was excellent! And I highly recommend the martini with Prosecco!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, can order moderate priced light fare to full menu of quality items

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

We went for a cooler summer sunday brunch so it was quiet and a really nice atmosphere. Service was attentive and the food was very good. We really enjoyed the breakfast bread. I especially enjoyed the hashbrowns and the "Wide Awake" cocktail.

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Not sure if it was an off night, but after getting water, our server said he’d be back in “a couple minutes” for our drink order. It was actually 15 minutes before he returned and he was somehow surprised that by that point we were ready to order our drinks, appetizer, and meals. The service never improved, we had to ask for certain things twice, then when our dinner finally arrived over an hour after we were seated, it was just luke warm. This was a disappointing, and at times, frustrating experience.

W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was top notch. We had amazing drinks. The server sold my fiancé on swordfish which she had never had before and she had the cleanest plate I’ve ever seen. Highly recommend. The only slightly disappointing thing was it was a little pricier than expected but still not as bad as some other places could be.

W
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great meal, great experience! I hadn't been to Firebox for a few years, and before only for lunch.

This was an excellent meal! All 4 of us greatly enjoyed our meals and the farm-to-table experience. Two of us had Striper (catch of he day), one had the Salmon and the fourth had Scallops. Everyone was happy! I thought the price was a little high, but these were excellent meals, prepared creatively and with care!

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

Great menu. Fresh food. Timely service. The salmon was amazing, and cooked to perfection!

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

NC
New York Area
20 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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