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Peppercorns Grill, Hartford, CT
Peppercorns Grill, Hartford, CT
Peppercorns Grill, Hartford, CT
Peppercorns Grill, Hartford, CT
Peppercorns Grill, Hartford, CT

Peppercorns Grill

4.7
4.7
2639 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Peppercorn’s Grill and Piccolo Arancio are owned and operated by the Cialfi siblings, Sal and Dino, Brothers Sal and Dino purchased Peppercorn's Grill in 1989 and opened Piccolo Arancio in 1994. This generation of Cialfi's has added modern creativity and personality to traditional strengths of their Italian roots. Sal and Dino were trained in the art of Italian food at their uncle's restaurant in Rome. When the opportunity to open a restaurant arose, they jumped at the opportunity and opened the first Piccolo Arancio in Rome. Piccolo Arancio was internationally acclaimed within their first year. Now operated by their cousins, Piccolo Arancio remains near the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Peppercorn's Grill and Piccolo Arancio received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 years

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri 11:45 am–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (860) 547-1714
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Celestino (Dino) Cialfi
  • Catering
    We’ll cater from our menu or your request
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room with a contemporary Italian flair holds from 10-85. We offer several prix fixe menus to satisfy different tastes & price ranges prepared by chef/owner Dino Cialfi. Try some of our specialties all homemade such as seasonal ravioli, fettuccine, ossobuco, fresh fish & seafood
  • Private party contact
    Chris Maxwell: (860) 547-1714
  • Neighborhood
    Hartford
  • Cross street
    Capital Ave
  • Parking details
    Free parking is available to the left of the restaurant from 12 pm until closing. Street parking is available at no after 5 pm. Free valet is also available in the evening.
  • Public transit
    Stop located across the street in front of restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,639 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Best Food

  • Connecticut

    Great for fine wines

  • Hartford

    Best Food

  • Hartford

    Great for fine wines

2,639 Reviews
  1. Sharon

    Connecticut

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was excellent! There were 6 of us, and everyone enjoyed their meals. I had ravioli in an orange sauce with house salad. My husband had sea bass which was prepared very well. Also, the prime rib was very good. Our server was attentive.

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  2. Ctkathy1

    New York City

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A service snafu was handled very professionally. Once that was sorted, everything went beautifully and the food was delicious. Osso bucco, Shimp tagliorini, truffle pasta were all fabulous. Homemade pasta is something you don’t find in this area. We are looking forward to coming back.

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  3. LAVB

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is so appealing, it was hard to make a decision on what to order! Our selections were all excellent! Meals were flavorful, fresh and very tasty.

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  4. MikeT

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointing. Food, mediocre. My mom and I both got the gnocchi at they were mushy and gummy. The sauce wasn’t bad however. The house salad was fine, dressing was tasty. I ordered a Cosmo and had to send back. The environment/aesthetics were off/putting. Not warm or inviting at all, and it was super cramped. The two of us got placed at a small table along the wall and you can tell they added some of these small tables to fit more people in the restaurant. Staff kept bumping into our table and leaning over us as we were trying to eat. So disruptive. Not to mention, there was this disgusting air filter or dehumidifier next to me that I had to turn off - it smelled like cat and was covered with little hairs (see pic.) The bathroom was filthy. The only positive thing I can say is that our server was very kind, as was the host. Very poor experience.

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  5. Tara

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice time. We were going to a show at the XL Center and the meal and service were excellent.

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  6. Satish

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It felt cramped because tables were so close to each other. Ours was next to a drafty emergency exit door. But the food and service were great. Portions were just right.

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  7. DeanH

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambience both top notch. Clams Casino outstanding. Will be a go to going forward.

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  8. WilliamC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our all time favorite restaurant in the Hartford area!

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  9. EAJI

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    authentic Italian food

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Peppercorns Grill is one of our favorites. The food and service is tremendous. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a try.

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  11. CatherineP

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, just wished all 4 meals came out at the same time.

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  12. nomad1992

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot decorated very festively. Our server and meals were wonderful

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  13. JohnDeFran

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal Excellent service Beautiful ambience

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  14. MariaV

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are excellent. The interior is very shabby and needs updating.

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  15. LynnT

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and enjoyable dinner at Peppercorn's before our show at The Bushnell.

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  16. DennisS

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance! The perfect place to visit before or after a Show at the Bushnell!

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  17. CJandAngelina

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fiancée and I had a wonderful time at Peppercorns, the Potato Gnochii were amazing as well as the Rigatoni with Guanciale. Will definitely be back again!

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  18. belle

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about Peppercorns!! We will be back.

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  19. NicoleP

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy a great meal at Peppercorns, we had a late reservation and we were concerned that service would not be great and the kitchen would be ready to close for the night. We were welcomed in and had great service even at a late hour. We will be back again soon!

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  20. MyaJ

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great meal with an amazing staff we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pre-theater dinner as usual! Consistently quality meals and service.

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  22. Reny

    New York City

    402 reviews

    5.0

    402 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was, in one word, Magnificent! The decor was very festive - just put in place that day to prepare for Valentine's Day! It made me smile! The Service was superb from when we walked in the door to when we left! Eduardo is an excellent Server - Ask for him! The Wine was Wonderful. The Food was Fabulous from the appetizers through desserts. The Citrus and Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad was very delicious. The Chilean Sea Bass was yummy with the lobster sauce and veggies perfectly accompanying the fish. The Carrot Cake was delightful and amazing - and I know Carrot Cake as it is my absolute favorite cake in the whole world! The decaffeinated cappuccino, which Eduardo made for me to ensure it was decaf, was the best I have ever had... so creamy and smooth - and I slept well that night!! YAY!!! We highly recommend Peppercorns Grill to Everyone!!!

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  23. da4dining

    New York City

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    never disappoints my go to for after events at the Wadsworth, etc.

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  24. DavidB

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still one of best good food/good service/fine dining establishments in the area.

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  25. MarkG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Menu; Lots of meal choices. Excellent Food Taste. Good Service

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  26. cbigs

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    the homemade pasta was delicious. menu items were creative and appeal to wide variety of tastes. authentic Italian cuisine - much appreciated. One knock down for not delivering the same quality for the Prix Fix menu as the regular menu.

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  27. RonJ

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place, tables are a little tight, food was very good. Looking forward to dining there again.

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  28. DennisB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The table was extra wobblingly, it took over 20 minutes to get drink. The food was cold, and the bathroom was very very dirty

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never a disappointment at Peppercorns!! They were quite busy on New Year’s Eve and they didn’t miss a step for our 10 person table. Great food all around.

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  30. PatriciaM

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy my experience at Peppercorns! We choose to sit at the bar and find the bartenders very knowledgeable of the food items on the menu! Our dinner was delicious! I haven’t eaten meat in years but tried the Prime Rib and wasn’t disappointed at all! We will be returning in the near future! We are new to CT and so happy to have found Peppercorns! Happy New Year!

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  31. MarcA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! Servers were excellent. Would definitely go back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! Grabbed a bite to eat and some drinks before heading to a show at the Bushnell. Glad we did. Our server Dennis was great!! Very personable and informative about the family owned restaurant and menu. He made great suggestions from the menu making our dining experience a 5 star experience. We will definitely be revisiting the restaurant.

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  33. SusanR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Service was good. Seemed to be understaffed a bit but food and drinks arrived timely. Oysters in the half shell were very fresh. I had Rigatoni with sausage which was more than I could eat so brought 1/2 home for next day. Other members of party had bass and mahi mahi which were very fresh and delicious. Peach Bellini was excellent. The vegetable soup with lentils was excellent. This is one of our go to restaurants so we have been here numerous times. Highly recommend this restaurant as we have never been disappointed.

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  34. FredC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hade a wonderful holiday meal at peppercorns. This place is my go to in Hartford. Love the food and the staff!

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  35. Foodie

    New York City

    127 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My steak was terrible and my husband has Shrimp Fra D’Avlo which was sent back to be seasoned properly and still has little or no taste. We returned with a friend because it was so good the week before. We called to talk to the manager and he never returned my call!

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  36. PrudenceS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent. Geat care and expertise. Not your usual Italian restaurant as Peppercorns is the only Regional Italian restaurant in Hartford.

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  37. SalvatoreB

    New York City

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to Peppercorns for an afternoon office Christmas Party and found it a great place with excellent food and great service. Give it a try!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was fantastic. Have dined here the past, never disappointed.

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  39. BenD

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really excellent meal, as always. Was there for the special Feast of 7 Fishes meal and every course was outstanding. This is one of the real gems in Hartford.

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  40. CarmelitaP

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrated my birthday with extended family. A little but cranked with the 7 of us and the grand baby , but the dining experience was very very good. Would definitely come back. I had the Osso Bucca and it was amazing! Desserts were top notch as well.

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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
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

Peppercorns Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 547-1714.

Peppercorns Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 2639 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Peppercorns Grill

357 Main St., Hartford, CT 06106

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Capital Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Hartford
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri 11:45 am–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free parking is available to the left of the restaurant from 12 pm until closing. Street parking is available at no after 5 pm. Free valet is also available in the evening.
  • Public transit
    Stop located across the street in front of restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Celestino (Dino) Cialfi
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (860) 547-1714
  • Catering
    We’ll cater from our menu or your request
  • Private party facilities
    Our private dining room with a contemporary Italian flair holds from 10-85. We offer several prix fixe menus to satisfy different tastes & price ranges prepared by chef/owner Dino Cialfi. Try some of our specialties all homemade such as seasonal ravioli, fettuccine, ossobuco, fresh fish & seafood
  • Private party contact
    Chris Maxwell: (860) 547-1714
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