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J Restaurant | Bar, Hartford, CT

J Restaurant | Bar

4.7
4.7
380 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
J Restaurant|Bar is a midtown Hartford gem with the cities largest outdoor patio, offering salads, pizza, pasta, and daily specials, alongside craft beer, wine, and full-service bar.

The changing seasons can't stop us from dining outdoors! Ring in the holiday season in one of our heated, roofless tents; heated gazebos; or in our heated boxcar- you'll feel like you're dining in Paris! Or grab your blanket and sit out by one of our Christmas trees, street lamps, and fire pits. At J, the cold never bothered us anyway!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (860) 527-7764
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Email Kris@JRestaurantBar.com
  • Private party facilities
    EMAIL Kris@JRestaurantBar.com
  • Neighborhood
    Hartford
  • Cross street
    Lincoln Street
  • Parking details
    Free on-site parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 380 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Best Overall

  • Connecticut

    Best Food

  • Connecticut

    Best Ambiance

  • Connecticut

    Best Value

  • Connecticut

    Good for business meals

  • Connecticut

    Good for groups

  • Connecticut

    Healthy

  • Connecticut

    Neighborhood gem

  • Connecticut

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Connecticut

    American

  • Hartford

    Best Overall

  • Hartford

    Best Food

  • Hartford

    Best Ambiance

  • Hartford

    Best Value

  • Hartford

    Good for business meals

  • Hartford

    Good for groups

  • Hartford

    Healthy

  • Hartford

    Neighborhood gem

  • Hartford

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hartford

    American

380 Reviews
  1. StevenL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a wonderful time and experience. The staff are always friendly. Food always good. Why go anywhere else?

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  2. HartfordSusan

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good, staff attentive. Food was yummy. Very quiet but important to note that we were there early on a Saturday, got there around 4:30 post theater matinee. I’m sure it was livelier later on…

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  3. Barry

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great find after a matinee at the Bushnell. Great food and great friendly service. Large portions.

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  4. TylerD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful! We went here for a Valentines Day dinner and were not disappointed. Great drinks, delicious food, lovely ambiance. All around pleasant experience and would absolutely recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, recommend highly! Wait staff went above and beyond for our special event.

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  6. TeresaN

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time here but we will sure be back. It’s a wonderful restaurant and food and service was outstanding!!!

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  7. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken Riggies and chocolate mousse never disappoint. We appreciated the waitress's willingness to serve us outdoors in a heated gazebo. It was toasty and the service was excellent as was the food as usual.

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  8. DebC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience was great. Bruschetta was the best ever! Kale salad and pecan salad were both light and delicious. Chicken Francais, mashed potatoes with asparagus was fantastic. Crème Brûlée and chocolate mousse were to die for. Frances, our server, was excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Sorry to hear this restaurant is closing. Would love it Jay opened another restaurant.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    J’s a favorite of ours. The service and food are always superb. I doubt anyone would ever be disappointed!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Get together with friends- It was a delicious meal Not rushed & Great service

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  11. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was great. She not only remembered us from our previous visit a couple of weeks ago but even the table we'd sat at. Very friendly and accommodating, despite having to serve us outdoors in a gazebo in winter.

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  12. julie

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot in the outdoor gazebo. Hard to regulate the heater but not a big deal. Food was delicious! A little pricey with no salad or bread added but pasta was excellent. Service was great! Friendly and quick. Will return!

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  13. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried the heated outdoor upper patio for the first time and it was excellent, surprisingly warm. The food and service were wonderful as usual too. Seeing an ice carver down on the lower patio as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations was an added bonus. Loved the pasta dishes and chocolate mousse!

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  14. ScottC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this restaurant! Service was truly outstanding and food excellent. Menu variety just what we needed and included some gluten free selections which we needed .

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  15. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived 30 min. early for our outdoor gazebo reservation and were still warmly welcomed by restaurant staff who made us welcome and served us.

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  16. Northridge

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love your food and service . Are you being replaced by a garage ? We hope not

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  17. Ally

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J restaurant is fabulous!! I've been there multiple times and each time my expectations are exceeded. The food ...appetizers to dessert...delicious and service outstanding despite the bustling pre-theater crowd. I'll be back !!

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  18. C82hill

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I like the vibe and like sitting at a hightop in the bar area. Great buffalo chicken pizza!

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  19. stevee

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere with plenty of parking. We look forward to returning.

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  20. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time this week eating outside at J Restaurant and this time the service at lunch was even better than it had been at dinner last time. I like the music, lights and heaters in the gazebos and the ability to adjust the temperature w/our own thermostat. The calamari and the octopus appetizers were delicious as was the chocolate mousse for dessert. Their cappuccino is delicious too. We really appreciate the restaurant staff's welcoming attitude towards outdoor diners year round!

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  21. Chica

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the waitress was friendly, attentive and personable. I highly recommend.

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  22. Ally

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered four different things.. And everything was excellent.... The waitress was pleasant and efficient... The owner stopped by at the table to check on us.... All in all it was a great experience...

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  23. Megahungry

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    J Restaurant is the perfect location for a pre-Bushnell meal.

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  24. ChristyE

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent soo didn’t mind paying higher price. I guess everything has gone up! Wait staff were professional and attentive predicting every need! Beautiful atmosphere inside and out. Did a great job masking that you are near the street in Hartford. Will definitely go back in the winter to try out the outdoor gazebos that have heat!! Live music would have made it a 10 Thank you

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  25. NewingtonFoodie

    New York City

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu selection. Service is always very good.

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  26. MichelleG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food service was quick , food was hot, the waitress was very attentive, knowledgeable about the speacials.

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  27. Hillcrest

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual Jordan and crew hit it out of the park. Beside the incredible Greek dishes, they made a chili that was amazing. Alyssa was our server, who greeted us with a smile, gave us space to enjoy our meals, but kept in contact in case we needed anything. We sat at a high top and we were able to strike up a conversation with the party next to us without having to yell. We were hoping to sit outside on the patio, which is wonderful this time of year, but mother nature had other plans for us!!! If you are lucky enough to go there on a night when Jordan makes the flour less chocolate cake, you are in for a treat.

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  28. leek

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food menu and service definitely recommend this restaurant

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  29. Sox040713

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated outdoors on a beautiful fall afternoon. Service was good, food was great and an enjoyable dinner. A little street noise due to traffic at commuter time, but nothing I wouldn’t expect from the location. I have been to J Restaurant many times and will continue to go back when in Hartford.

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  30. DominicL

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    J restaurant is a special place that is run with love. The outdoor space is unique and romantic, the perfect place for a special date in Hartford. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here 8 years ago, and have been coming back since. The food is always flawlessly executed and the drink list is perfectly curated. Highly recommend.

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  31. Matt

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at J’s! Food is consistently delicious and service is fantastic. Jordan’s restaurant is an icon in Hartford.

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  32. Chris

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ashley was a wonderfull server. Couldnt have asked for a better meal.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience, food is average, wine is good, ambiance is nice and service as well.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every meal was excellent and the service was outstanding!

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  35. KenA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to J Restaurant, but it won’t be the last! I haven’t experienced such attentive service in a very long time. The food is well-priced with generous portions and the ambiance can’t be beat!

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  36. Megahungry

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to J Restaurant before a Bushnell show. They offer a 10% discount as a Bushnell dining partner which is nice. Our server Alissa was delightful and took good care of us and we had plenty of time and did not feel rushed. I had the J signature salad (a favorite staple-yum!) and the Mediterranean haddock which was amazing! My dining partner had the Caesar salad and the Chicken Francais which was also delicious because I was lucky enough to have a taste test. There is a private parking lot for the restaurant so it couldn’t be easier. J Restaurant is a “J”em of a restaurant! (See what I did there?!?) : ). Please bring back the pre-COVID happy hour!

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  37. Anne

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. No wait with a reservation.

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  38. MMWDRW

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We've been to this restaurant many times and have always been happy with our meals. On this occasion, we wanted a simple, basic, no frills, reasonably priced meal. One entree was J.'s Special salad topped with rare tuna steak. The other entree was a rare tuna steak wrap. Both were delicious.

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  39. Steve

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointing... "I love the relaxed feel of this place! Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable." Always a pleasure dinning here.

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  40. BruceF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, Service and atmosphere were excellent. We will be visiting again.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

J Restaurant | Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 527-7764.

J Restaurant | Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 380 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for J Restaurant | Bar

297 1/2 Washington St, Hartford, CT 06106

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lincoln Street
  • Neighborhood
    Hartford
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Free on-site parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (860) 527-7764
  • Catering
    Email Kris@JRestaurantBar.com
  • Private party facilities
    EMAIL Kris@JRestaurantBar.com
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