Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.16mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.26mi
  4. Distance: 0.28mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.16mi
  2. Distance: 0.24mi
  3. Distance: 0.26mi
  4. Distance: 0.28mi

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
View Larger Map

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.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Firebox Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (50)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for a Date (43)
See All
Fit for Foodies (41)
Special Occasion (36)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Worth the Drive (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Healthy (27)
Romantic (26)
Bar Seating (26)
Seasonal (26)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Organic (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Authentic (23)
Casual (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Great for Brunch (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Fun (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Cozy (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Vegan (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great Beer (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
Sort by
S
2013 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·Dined 6 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Really wonderful

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food. Nice ambience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

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

Nye
New Year’s Eve

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I own a farm and produce the majority of our own food, if we do not produce it we source it from local trustworthy farmers who share our values. We go out to dinner maybe 4 times a year and the majority of those times it is to the Firebox. Always a great dining experience with great service and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food as always. Good service also. Gluten free options including desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our visit tot eh Firebox very much. Service was pleasant and attentive. Food was great - pork chops done perfectly with tasty accompaniments. My friends both enjoyed the risotto and scallops as well. There was a good selection of wines by the glass and the ours were generous. I would l highly recommend Firebox.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great pre-theater meal with friendly, accommodating staff and locally-sourced unique food. Parking, including valet, is a plus. Opens at 5:30 (on the Saturday I was there), which was the time of my reservation. Wish I’d known that and wish they’d open just a bit earlier. Overall great experience though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Best restaurant in Hartford! Love the presentation & local ingredients. Always changing. Amazing creativity!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

Excellent service and menu! Very impressive wine menu. Dinner for 7 and all thrilled with their meal!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and I love that local farms are used!!! The service is fantastic as well. You can't miss with this restaurant!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Firebox is never a disappointment. Food is delicious, great service, really nice atmosphere. Also cozy and warm - which sometimes older brick buildings are not. Very comfortable all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Staff is superb! Everyone is truly attentive to your dining experience!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on December 8, 2017

great service, delicious food, and amazing atmosphere!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our drinks and meal were perfection! Wouldn't change a thing. Brussel sprouts were life-changing. The Salmon and scallop/tortellini special was amazing. The drinks, coffee and salted chocolate pudding absolutely delicious. My only gripe was the bill. With the tip it came to $250 for three people and there was no pre-Bushnell discount as I thought there would be.

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love this restaurant. Good service. Wonderful food. but I was disappointed in limited brunch menu on Sunday. Not sure I will go on a Sunday again.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

The manager was attentive and delightful,
Service with a smile,
Food delicious, well presented.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food, great service, all around 5 star restaurant. Can't wait to go back. The brussel sprouts are to die for. Mussels appetizer was also excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a little chilly inside.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love the firebox. They have sustained their character and quality very well. Had tasty brunch most recently. Not complex dishes ( our chouce but delicious and well prepared.)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Yelp has hit a home run once again! What a great place! We were a part of 4 for Sunday Brunch. Totally enjoyed the "bloody delicious" beverages and another one made with espresso and whisky - sorry don't remember the catchy name. The entrees were fantastic - pork cutlet egg sandwich, steak and eggs and something that looked like a breakfast burrito unconstructed! Delicious, interesting flavors, served piping hot! Oh, don't miss dessert - trio of ice creams- fig, amoretto and raspberry served with pretzel-brittle and a chocolate peanut butter thing that was heavenly. Great service, friendly staff and a wonderful ambiance. Next time we are in Hartford, we will be back. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and i have been to this restaurant many times, all of which were enjoyable and memorable. However, this time we ordered, among other things, two rib eye steaks @$36 ea. ( medium rare). They were terrible, in that they were dry, tasteless and tough. In retrospect i should have sent them back. We did mention this to the front end as we were leaving but i am not certain the message was delivered to the management or cook staff. I like this restaurant but with other competitor options it may be a long time before I return.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our dinner was excellent. There were four us and we had steak, scallops, duck and salmon respectively. The service, unfortunately was quite poor and we had to wait a number of times and had to flag down help. I would go back though and hope for improved service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service1
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

No friendliness in service. We were not going to the theater. Waitress appeared rushed we were given the impression she was just doing her job. Food was very good. Pork Chop was excellent. Martini was excellent. A little too noisy but otherwise ambiance was nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Told Waitress we were going to Bushnell show-didn’t realize til I got home she didn’t take the 20% off bill—-I get she was busy

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

 
·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on November 14, 2017

As always an amazing meal and fantastic service!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.