Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. New York / Tri-State Area
  4. Connecticut
  5. Hartford / West Hartford
Fornarelli's, Hartford, CT

Fornarelli's

3.5
3.5
36 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We’re BACK! Join us on our OUTSIDE PATIO for the finest Authentic Italian Cuisine in Hartford Downtown! Starting today Fornarelli’s Ristorante will be open Mon-Thu 3pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-10pm. You can also enjoy dining in our dining room, curbside pickup or delivery via Uber and GrubHub.

Enjoy Italian-style fine dining experience in a cozy atmosphere at Fornarelli's Ristorante. Come as a guest, leave as family.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat 11:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 244-2016

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Parking details

    public lot available close by

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.2Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. L

    Lovely

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Becky and the guy who made and the creator of the “watermelon slushy”was a hit!! I’m from Philadelphia and I will definitely come back and visit!! Awesome customer service!!!
  2. SD

    SDav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Just good food. A great place to go and have a great meal.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was not open when the 4 of us met to enjoy dinner. Open Table had allowed us to make resos, so I don't know whether that was due to poor management by open table or fornarelli's. We hope to experience dinner there in the future.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant was closed when we arrived for our reservation
  5. m

    mathlady

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The prices were good, but the portions were small. The eggplant was delicious but the other meals were just ok.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was fine. I’ve had better; I’ve had worse.
  7. DC

    DoCFoS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a quiet evening due to no event at the XL Center. Andrew, our server for the evening, was attentive and informative. Found a great new wine and had some fabulous food. We now want to try their restaurant in Colchester too
  8. DB

    DonnaB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before a play in Hartford, CT which we were told would give us a 10% discount and because we made the reservation, 15%. The food was excellent and next time we will try their Happy Hour which has an extensive menu and is very reasonably priced. Enjoyed our conversation with Andrew.
  9. CS

    CharlesS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good, but the staff was obviously slammed. Our waitstaff worked very hard and did a great job. Unfortunately some of the pasta did arrive undercooked, which did impact the dinner experience
  10. K

    Kennethf

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  11. JM

    JessicaM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. Excellent service and food. Will be back!
  12. K

    Kennethf

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food and service were good and very reasonably priced. The only reason I rated 4 stars instead of 5 is that many of the menu options were not available especially most of the ravioli options. In addition the wine they first served us had turned bad. It was clear it was from a bottle that had been open for more than a day. They replaced it right away. We had the Chicken Parm which was very good and a good sized portion.
  13. DS

    DanaS

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food! Very good prices
  14. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal. I dined with two friends that had not been to Fornarelli's before. They raved about it!
  15. s

    seeleystu

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    At best, average food-tasting like it came from the same food distributor that every other low end Italian restaurant uses. Poor sauce, some of the food was over cooked. Although you walk into a bar, they didn’t have anything on tap. Beer served from a can with limited selection from a small refrigerator located in the dining area. Brought my brother in law for his Birthday which was made clear to the waitress at the beginning of the meal, no effort was made from the waitress to acknowledge the celebration at the end the of meal. No decaf coffee was available. If considering this restaurant, pass.
  16. KE

    KateE

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great to have a wonderful Italian place downtown. Very good chicken parm!
  17. KC

    KevinC

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    A good spot downtown for a meal before a show at the Bushnell.
  18. S

    Scooby

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoy fornarellis restaurant. We go there for a girls night to chat and socialize. Each time we get great service, an enjoyable meal and a nice bottle of wine. No rush to turn over the table. We’ve had apps, salads and entrees all fresh and tasty. My husband’s bolognese was ordinary but everything else I’ve had was enjoyable.
  19. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Fornarelli’s is always a pleasure. Great food, great experience, and the ravioli - just out of this world. The owner, Vito Fornarelli, always makes you feel special !!
  20. NS

    NoelS

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic service and the food was delicious! I highly recommend the bracciole! I encourage people to get out and give it a try!
  21. R

    Ross

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The place had its own special character and delicious dishes with a uniqueness
  22. KO

    KeylaO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a birthday and it was amazing food!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome staff. Awesome drinks. Awesome time.
  24. DB

    DeborahB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian cuisine and great service by the employees.
  25. PC

    PatrickC

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with one of my best friends at Fornarelli's on Friday night. The food was simply superb, and the service was fantastic. We were well cared for. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, we felt safe dining there, AND, unlike other restaurants, Fornarelli's offered their full dinner menu vs something scaled back like other restaurants have done. The Grilled Calamari was fantastic, the house made Chicken and Garlic Ravioli was superb, and the Veal Saltimbocca was excellent. Hats off to John and Vito Fornarelli. This is a must visit restaurant !!
  26. M

    Mschin

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The service was great as well as the food. The ambiance needs some work. It’s too bright and the decor is ok. Could be a little more cozy with more decorations. Hanging white lights would look great but the lights are way too bright for the bar and restaurant.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I was so looking forward to going to this new restaurant, unfortunately we were totally disappointed.. I reserved bar seating and when we arrived was told there was a bar crawl, they seated us in a crappy section, could not even get a booth. We ordered a couple appetizers which came out In about 5 minutes, they were not even hot, their meatballs & their eggplant rollatini, at that point we decided not to even try dinner, I reserved thru open table & mentioned that we were first time patrons and that it was my husbands bday, they did not even acknowledge it. We rarely go into to Hartford, just a waste of time.
  28. B

    Bazo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food modestly priced. Shared an eggplant appetizer, tasty and well done. Caesar salads were fresh, well dressed. Croutons added a soft crunch not a hard one. Veal dishes were both good. Prefered the polenta to the risotto. Cocktails were just right. Try this place out. You can't go wrong.
  29. JA

    JaneA

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was excellent, staff friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Wine glasses sparkled. The ambiance was not their priority, sort of old fashion. Prices were good value, wine was excellent, good pour. Bathrooms could be updated and cleaned a little more. Overall Good option, we will probably return, but don’t expect a Max Downtown experience or tab. Good crowd of patrons.
  30. O

    Ournewfavorite

    New England

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We felt due to the great article in the local paper they were overwhelmed. They were very understaffed however, our waitperson was excellent. The food was delicious. We will definitely go back, these are hopefully growing pains.
  31. F

    Fantastic

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food was excellent. The service was very very slow. Seemed like they did not have enough staff.
  32. SM

    ScottM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    No host to meet our party. Server screwed up on three orders. He corrected them and comped one. Food was fair all around expensive for what it was. Said desserts were made in house but appeared to be bought.
  33. CD

    CarlyD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant accommodated a party of 10 wonderfully. The service and food were excellent and the environment was perfect. Even with 10 of us we were able to hear each other without shouting over loud music or other guests. The setting felt like a family restaurant. Definitely recommend!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great happy hour deals. We enjoyed our dinners (veal, chicken and salmon). The limoncello cake and tiramisu were delicious. Looking forward to returning after their grand opening which will have the full menu available. Highly recommend!
  35. g

    gooseroff

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a brand new father/son restaurant moved here from new Haven. I'm an Italian that loves to cook. They recommended a veal cutlet sandwich that came with two massive freshly breaded and fried cutlets with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, great bread and toppings. I think this place will become a hit with the locals The friend I was with had the HOME MADE orecheti with sausage and broccoli rabe which he said was incredible. Best sandwich I've had in Hartford, hands down.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I made a reservation for bar seating and when we arrived they hadn’t reserved our seats, luckily there were 4 seats available. The bar tenders we nice but seemed a little stressed due to it being busy. Food was okay...limited menu due to it being game night at the XL Center but the options were okay.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Fornarelli's is rated 3.5 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat 11:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    public lot available close by

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo