J Restaurant | Bar

4.7
136 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 136 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGene
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always!

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NateJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service! Can’t wait to go back again!

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Atiras
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was my second time at this establishment and I enjoyed myself once again. The food is delicious & the staff is friendly. My first visit I had Sally as a server. Yesterday I had Frances as a server. Both servers were amazing!

JM
JoshM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always loved J’s for their great food and great at atmosphere! The outdoor covered and heated seating is a wonderful addition during covid. I felt very safe!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor set up. Food and service was outstanding.

JE
vipJohnE
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every experience at J's is a winner! It's why we keep coming back! We had a delicious shrimp scampi and an amazing Penne a la vodka. As always, terrific service and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Best outdoor dining experience around!

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mathlady
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good but our server was not attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve really tried to make it feel like you’re not sitting in a parking lot on a busy street and succeeded!! COVID changes were managed well! Food and service have always been good which is why we picked it to celebrate our anniversary...J’s never disappoints!

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BRCVM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant with great food and drinks. The owner and staff are efficient, polite and responsive. They have done a great job creating safe spaces under gazebos or other options both inside and out.
We highly recommend. A Fantastic and Delicious Hartford Restaurant

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was the best I've had in a while and I loved the outdoor seating. Will be back !

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the back room and had it to ourselves, so that was great. Our wait staff was very pleasant and friendly. We had a great time. We were celebrating two graduations. Just wish they did something special for our graduates. Overall, good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

By far the worst service I have ever received. The manager was rude and did absolutely nothing to resolve the situation. Accused us it was our fault for not adding notes in the open table booking after I specifically did not request outside in the booking option. They expected us to sit outside in the rain. We could clearly see other covered tables about to leave and he told us there was nothing about to open up. We walked out. Don't make the mistake of booking here.

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JimMc131
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put ... I am a returning satisfied diner and there’s a very good reason

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TimT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience with my girlfriend treating my parents and siblings to dinner amongst this 2020-2021 madness. COVID-19 safety measures fully in place, outdoor dinning was nice. Gazebos added a sincere touch. Noise from the nearby hospital wasn’t the worst. The food was tasty (truffle fries on point) first plates left us stuffed, the entree wasn’t finished, but it did make excellent leftovers. Overall a great time. I shall return to try some other dishes. Thank-you for making a Monday night not your usual one.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and fantastic people

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Lynne
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cov'd set up around. Food and service is reliable and consistent. I will always support J restaurant because of their generosity to the community.

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Jacki
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time getting together in way over a year. We are all fully vaccinated, sat in a Gazebo which was lovely. It was a table for 6 and 3 of us so quite roomy and warm.
Service and food was phenomenal as were the drinks.

JE
vipJohnE
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we're always blown away by the food and the specials.
Amazing variety and we all enjoyed so much! First time we brought family members with us. They were delighted with their meals and the ambience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Outdoor seating was a mess, it was loud, food was cold. Will not be returning.

RD
vipRosieD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout out to J Restaurant Bar! When all three of us were finally fully vaccinated I figured it would be the perfect place for our first lunch out in over a year. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch in a beautiful private gazebo of our own. Awesome food, service and company

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Vermonster
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at J Restaurant - we will definitely be back The food was great and the service was excellent. I appreciated the many outdoor dining options - tables, tents, etc.

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Christina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch on a weekday. Food was fresh, delicious and served within a very reasonable time after ordering. Service was quick and courteous. We sat outside and loved the atmosphere. They obviously put a lot of time and effort in creating options for outdoor dining. You can’t control sirens from the street as you are in a city and near a hospital, but they didn’t prevent us from having a good time. Highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner!

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Paola
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were told that we would have been the only table in that room. After we sat another big party arrived. That was very disappointing.
We were left without drinks for almost an hour, and an hour and a half before the food arrived.
One of us didn’t get the food. When they brought it, fortunately they took it out of the bill.

Very understaffed. And I guess that was the reason of the poor service.

I doubt we’ll be back.

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Rosie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love that you can sit outside and enjoy a great meal.

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smajeski
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has done an amazing job with their outdoor dining space!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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vipLisaD
New England
49 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in a gazebo, it was the first time we have dined out on a date since the pandemic started. We have someone at risk for COVID at home and we felt really comfortable upon arrival. The waitress was extremely knowledgeable and recommended items on the menu. My husband and I enjoyed cocktails, shared an arugula salad with shaved parmesean cheese that was excellent and really fresh. I had the wild caught sea bass special served with sautéed spinach and my husband had the scallop special. Both were excellent. They were cooked perfectly. The scallops had a nice caramelized crust finish and were really well done. They were also wild caught which we really look for when dining out and we thought the food was well priced for the quality and what you receive. I really appreciate places that serve wild caught fish and seafood. We also enjoyed, tea, cappuccino, and the chocolate mousse. The chocolate mousse was decadent and reminded me of the Morton’s chocolate mousse. The menu had a huge selection and we are already planning a trip back in a week with our son. The staff was extremely friendly. This is an excellent gem right by Hartford Hospital.

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SuzanK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Our meals were delicious...exceeded my expectations!

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Cassandra
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you get there early enough for your reservation and request a gazebo you can grab a private heated gazebo for no extra charge with the same menu! We've done it twice now and highly recommend. Awesome gazebos from Kloter Farm and they stay pretty warm. Wear layers because the temp changes a lot inside. If you don't get the box car or a private gazebo there is also plenty of outdoor seating enclosed in a tent with opening at the top I think and lots of fire pits if you don't feel comfortable sitting inside.

Food is incredible! Truly the best cannoli I have ever had and all their apps are great! Chicken parm, chicken francais, gyro, and penne vodka are all phenomenal and come in large portions. Wine and cocktails are all good too! Service is excellent - you really can't go wrong here!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner
Food was great, the waiter was great and have good recommendations!

JE
vipJohnE
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dining experience!

JE
vipJohnE
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to share our favorite restaurant with our friends this time. Like us, they were blown away by delicious food and delightful atmosphere!

JB
JoeBarFly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time and we'll be back. The menu has something for everyone and everything was delicious.

RM
RachelM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Comfortable outside dining! Great food & experience!

TD
TammyD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The outside seating with heat lamps, fire pits and white lights added to a pleasant dining experience.

JE
vipJohnE
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Amazing Chicken Parm and Penne a la vodka. Every single thing we have had off the menu and the specials have been delicious! Beautiful night to sit outside, marvelous job with their outdoor heaters as always!

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Leslie
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, service and food is always very good.

JC
JessicaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having the privacy and safety of the gazebo!

JM
JessicaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with everything. The food, service and heated outdoor seating were all fantastic!

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Denise
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff was great! It was wonderful to eat outside and feeling safe. They did a very nice job making the parking lot into an outside dinner area.

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 136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.