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Wed, 4/25
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8:30 PM
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Firebox Restaurant

4.6
2092 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(860) 246-1222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bill Brooks
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Cross street
Capitol Avenue
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Parking details
We offer a private parking lot, with evening valet service.
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Public transit
Adjacent to city transportation routes, and within blocks of the train station.
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Special events & promotions
We can accomodate private parties for lunch and dinner. Contact Jennifer Holcomb for details.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2092 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good. It’s a little strange that the kitchen closes at 2:00. We were still a little hungry but couldn’t order anything else.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great brunch spot. Great menu options. The honey sriracha bacon was amazing. A little expensive...but portions were worth it.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Overall the good was great and the atmosphere was nice. However, the waiter told us that while they has a special, it was no longer available. THey brought us the wrong appetizer and also ran out of table bread. I would think that a restaurant open for this long would be able to adequately prepare for the number of expected guests and not run out of things, especially bread.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Firebox is one of our favorite restaurants in Hartford. There is no ambience like it and reminds my wife and I of our city of Boston.this time it was really busy and our waitress was a doll but she was clearly too too busy. We ordered the horseradish crusted steak on spinach. The steak was not the tenderest and horseradish crust took away from its flavor. The spinach had way too much garlic on it. All in all, we still will be loyal because it was the first time EVER the food wasn’t great. The chocolate pudding was divine, to end on a positive note!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food, especially brussel sprout appetizer. Noise in big room made conversation between me and the wife impossible. Would only come back if I could get a booth in the smaller room.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Really enjoyed the different menu selections. Caught a mold smell walking in but I know it’s an old building . The restaurant is very noisy and you need to shout to converse. Definitely worth a visit cause it’s a bit pricey.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We really liked the restaurant - food was creative and good. Nice ambiance. Our server was very attentive at the beginning of the meal, and not attentive at all toward the end. I did not receive a glass of wine that I ordered until after I had finished my meal, and paying the bill took forever because our server stopped coming to our table. So that was too bad, but the food was good.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I had a few challenges with the restaurant at lunchtime. The parking lot does not have a lot of parking and it was full by 12:15 so my guests had to park on the street near some discarded mattresses (not the best section of town). They have valet for dinner but not lunch. My server was prompt but not at all friendly. My burger was medium rare instead of medium well (not even close) and she did not even offer an apology. Others got the salad, a safer choice. Our seating was quite as it was in the bar. I won't be back for the reasons stated. Beautiful decorations and ambiance.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We have been to the Firebox twice, with the first time on Valentine's Day. On both occasions, the service has been ridiculously slow, with only one server to man the entire bar seating section, and do not bother asking her about menu items because she obviously finds those types of questions to be annoying. The food is just ok, although the appetizers were delicious, but with so many choices in great eating in West Hartford, its hard to think of this place as anything special. If you just want drinks and apps, then the atmosphere is amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was delicious! We had the scallops and lamb. Oysters and Kale Cesar as appetizers. All I have to say is, AMAZING! Will definitely be back for more!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

When the rear dining room is full, table conversation becomes difficult ( noise level is high) until food is served -- when folks are eating it is quieter...

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It was the perfect place to celebrate my dad’s birthday with our family!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were 2 couples going out to eat prior to an evening at Hartford Stage. We are season subscribers and are always looking for an interesting dining experience. Our server was very attentive and asked early if we were going to Hartford Stage and wanted to be leaving by 7pm. We agreed and she managed our meal as promised. The parsnip soup was unique and quite delicious. The Organic Chicken was crispy on the outside and moist inside - delicious. Everything was inspired by its combination of local ingredients and well presented. We will return!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had birthday brunch with my 20 year old son. Delicious food, the hummus sampler was delish and the shrimp and grits was heavenly. Service was a tad slow however the food made up for it.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good company and fabulous food = A Firebox date
YUM!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a lovely brunch before a show at the Bushnell. Staff made sure were relaxed but out with enough time to get to our seats!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was delicious as always!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always love this restaurant. Brunch food amazing and always great service. Will be back without doubt

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was excellent. Waiter made a great wine recommendation. Table was just a bit too close to the people at the adjacent one.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was excellent convenient parking a big plus. Fresh and creatively prepared ingredients. Beautiful ambiance.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We arrived after a concert on a Sunday evening. Prices expensive. Had burger and salty fries. Margarita was good. Lovely ambiance, nice and quiet for evening out with friends.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious ingredients locally sourced and presented beautifully, entrees and apps were excellent!!!! Had the bone barrow, oysters, duck, and ribeye for dinner. Dessert was delicious- chocolate pudding was amazing and the apple bread pudding was plated beautifully but was more like something I could put together at home but, still it was executed very well like the rest of the meal. Great ambiance, very intimate. From what I could see, there were 3 separate rooms for dining, one appeared to have room dividers for private parties. Love the building architecture and decor. Service was nothing to write home about, they were attentive enough but not outstanding, and certainly were not overly attentive or annoying. Very neutral, not complaining at all. Prices were what you would expect.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a reservation for 2 for my birthday dinner. We live in Hartford, so we walked to the restaurant. Good table service. Great farm to table quality food. Large portions. We had the duck and the pork chop and parsnip soup, which were all excellent.

Great ambience, though, the room is loud and echoes: could use some sound dampening in the ceilings.

The only downside was for some reason the hostess and maitre'd took 15 minutes to seat 2 couples ahead of us and left us standing at the front door for a long time for no reason without ever talking to us. This was quite annoying because there were tables available: he just took his time leaving us standing there. It was weird.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our main course of double cut pork chop and ribeye were excellent. The starter of mussels was undercooked with some shells remaining closed. Our server was good, but over taxed. For the cost of this meal, we expected more efficient service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

great date night out with the wife. stunning menu made the choice difficult. great service and friendly staff. the pre-theater discount was a nice bonus . we will be back and i already recommended it to my boss!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Friends and a show

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Absolutely love this place! Locally sourced ingredients make all the difference in the world. A bit on the pricey side, but I'm more than willing to pay extra because I know where it is coming from. Fabulous cocktails make the meal. Bravo, Firebox!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very pleased with our first visit to Firebox. We had a light meal of a salad and mussels, and both are worth going back for! It was surprisingly quiet in the restaurant, but not too quiet, and the lighting made the space feel cozy. Great wine list, too! Definitely going back.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The cocktails were superb. The food we received was fresh and flavorful with just a couple minor critiques. The baked oysters were overdone and the ribeye steak, although very tasty, was full of gristle. But overall very good and we would return.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Really enjoyed the experience. Great food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food and service was impeccable. The duck was cooked beautifully; the best I’ve ever had.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our entrees were very good (lamb bolognese, salmon and sea scallops ). We got the seafood bisque appetizer, which was basically a glorified tomato bisque. We were surprised that the restaurant did not offer bread before the meal. Prices were somewhat high for the meals offered. The chocolate pudding dessert was light on the pudding, and heavy on the whipped cream. Overall, good, but a few things could be improved.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Dinng at Firehouse was my intro to Hartford's restaurant scene. Early dinning before Public Forum. Great food & service. Appreciate parking lot, too ...!
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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in the state of CT. Everything was excellent from service to food. Restaurant is clean, warm and spacious.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Its's my "go to" restaurant whenever I'm working at the legislature. The food never disappoints - fresh, perfectly prepared, creative. This place is restorative!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

LOVE this place - menu is creative; food is delicious. Love the ambiance, service was good,drinks were good - love the bacon salt on the bloody mary. Will go back again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great place for brunch. Food was excellent as was service. Great appetizers with cheese plate and hummus. All brunch mains were excellent. How can you go wrong with waffles and gelato? Drinks were excellent as were desserts.

Bonus in that it Seems like the majority of food is locally sourced.

Will definitely go back to try out their dinner offerings.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Our first, but not our last visit to Firebox. The Kale salad was tender, fresh, and nicely seasoned. I would pass on the marrow bone -- too salty. Server informed me that it is "brined" but the marrow should be featured, not overpowered with seasoning. The organic chicken and the salmon entre were both moist and tasty. Nicely presented. The service was attentive and accommodating . Very friendly but not intrusive. We passed on dessert. Will definitely return,

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outsatanding! Bre was both our bartender and server and she was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was fantastic! Loved the Brussel sprouts! It was very loud in the dining room though. Hard to hear each other.

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