Peppercorns Grill

4.8
2025 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2025 people are saying
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Northridge
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi

Loved the food and the service . I am always so happy with your great food .

Valet great too -good attitude . And loved the person serving water -he was very welcoming .

Got really noisy with some big tables but glad to see you busy !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was so in tune with our needs throughout showing us a great evening with lovely gastronomic specialties. It was a beautiful evening all the way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service

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Cdelouise
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Because it was a theatre night, Peppercorns was busy, and I think a little bit understaffed. Having said that, the food was excellent, and our waiter/host/owner(?) was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who lives in Hartford, or who is attending an event at the Bushnell.

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vipFoodiefromct
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly and had a lovely wait person. Food was delicious as always and the risotto came out perfectly hot! We even got a surprise treat from Dino.

We were glad to see a good size crowd and wish the best for Dino and his staff at Peppercorns!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very memorable dinner experience, from the food to service everything was top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant. Incredible, inventive menu with great service to match. Can’t wait to return.

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vipSalvatoreB
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve dined at Peppercorns Restaurant numerous times and it’s always outstanding. Dino, the owner and chef, creates fantastic plates. If you haven’t gone yet, give it a try.

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NicoleP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed another delicious dinner at Peppercorns. Food was outstanding and the staff was attentive. Great night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continues to create new exciting items.
Never a dull moment in Peppercorns
Dino is a genius in the kitchen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner outside in the middle of downtown Hartford. The menu was fabulous and the staff as nice as can be. The food from beginning to dessert was exceptional. Try the artichokes, the homemade ravioli, and their famous carrot cake.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great, food was delicious and they were very cognizant of us having a quick dinner before theater.

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CTVisitor
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. We loved our appetizers - peach burrata and figs. Entrees- cavatelli and halibut were great. Unfortunately way too full for dessert. Our server was very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal before the theater. Everything was perfect and we had plenty of time to enjoy our time and get to the theater on time.

JR
JenRfromCT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish! Traditional Italian with a modern flair. We just kept ordering more food every time we finished a plate & one thing was better than the next - figs, “peaches & cream,” eggplant, bruschetta, squash flowers, calamari, fettucine al tartufo, ravioli all’arancia. All were outstanding! The friendly service enhanced the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our whole meal from start to finish.
Delicious salmon, amazing ravioli, zucchini blossoms are a must and the desserts where phenomenal too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for business meeting combined with elevated Italian cuisine with service to match.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our evening. Great food was matched by attentive friendly service that was knowledgeable about the restaurant’s products.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated so well on my birthday. Our choices were fantastic. And they ended it with chocolate for our special occasion.

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vipCedar9393
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I think we caught the restaurant on an off night because service was a bit under the norm. It was a real busy night but the owner made sure everything was ok. It meant a lot he took a personal interest in us being happy.

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RachaelL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We waited 20 min and no one came to our table to greet us or even bring us menus. We notified the hostess and she brought menus but then we waited 15 minutes and STILL no one came to the table so we left hungry and very disappointed.

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MattS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peppercorns is consistently excellent in terms of food, drinks, service, and atmosphere!

SB
vipSalvatoreB
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Peppercorns Grill many times and for good reason: it’s outstanding! The food is genuine Italian cuisine, the service is very good, with an ambiance to match. If you haven’t been there yet, try it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is fabulous! I’ve never had a bad meal experience here. Unique plates and plating. Love it!
The only negative is that we were seated in the side, overflow room. The chairs all squeak even after we switched them out with other tables. That room needs a re-do-it’s super dated. But service and food superb! Beat in Hartford in my opinion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish

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RobertoC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything looks perfect, food, service atmosphere, it’s an excellent restaurant that everybody needs to attend.

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HilsaM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, had so many appetizers all so delicious , meatballs, mussels and clams, octopus and baby artichokes. Had the veal chop and the ravioli for entree!! All fabulous, yummmmm

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vipSammies
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been guests of others and finally came on our own. Loved it! An entire menu of specials plus the regular menu--delightful! Love seeing cinghale and coniglio on the menu. service was right on.
Easy walk from Front Street/Infinity Music Hall/Convention Center or from Bushnell. If it's not already, put this place on your musts for Hartford.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we tried.
Great pasta seafood and veal.
Try it, it’s the beat

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FrankF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great go to place with outstanding service and food.

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DebS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bartender not very attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious from start to finish. Great craft type cocktails, a reasonably priced wine list with so many choices at different price points.
The menu encompasses from traditional to contemporary Italian dishes with specials on the other side that can be rather cutting edge. Just a great lunch for all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
Outstanding food and service.
This is our to h go to place from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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marks
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Peppercorn's Grill in several years. Our group of 4 adults had a great time. We were seated in the middle raised area, which was nice, we could see all around the restaurant. Food was amazing, we had the Meatball appetizer, salads, Veal Chop, Fettuccine Al Cinghiale (Wild Boar), Ossobuco and Salmon. Everything was great and we were not rushed at all. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with a cutting edge type of menu
One side has all the traditional things the other side had many exciting choices
We sat outside and it a very nice experience

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vipFoodiefromct
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Hartford. The quality of the food and the menu options are wonderful and sophisticated but yet not fussy. Everything is cooked to order and if you choose to do so, you may work with the server to adjust the entree to fit your tastes. Great bar and wine menu as well. We highly recommend Peppercorns Grill and look forward to returning.

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vipSalvatoreB
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peppercorns Grill is outstanding. It has excellent food, from the appetizers right to the desserts. Give it a try. You’ll enjoy it.

FAQs

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

Peppercorns Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 2025 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.