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About Peppercorns Grill

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 they opened Piccolo Arancio in 1994. This generation of Cialfi's has added modern creativity and personality to traditional strengths of their Italian upbringing.
Sal and Dino were trained in the art of Italian food at their uncle's restaurant in Rome. When the opportunity to open there own restaurant arose that jumped at the opportunity and opened the first Piccolo Arancio in Rome Piccolo Arancio became internationally acclaimed within their first year. Now operated by their cousins, Piccolo Arancio remains near the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Both restaurants produce award-winning cuisine and continue to receive high honors and awards.
Peppercorn's Grill and Piccolo Arancio received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 years

357 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Capital Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 547-1714

Website:
http://www.peppercornsgrill.com/

Catering:
We’ll cater from our menu or your request

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

Executive Chef:
Celestino (Dino) Cialfi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are having our annual Clicquot Dinner on December 10, 2015 beginning at 6:30 PM. Five delectable courses with Vintages of Clicquot. This is our 24th Clicquot dinner; not to be missed to ring in the holiday season. For menu: http://www.peppercornsgrill.com/Menus/PeppCliquot.pdf

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Peppercorns Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (28)
Special Occasion (27)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Romantic (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Business Meals (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Cozy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Disabled Access (8)
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Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Hot Spot (5)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Peppercorn's has been a favorite of ours for almost 20 years. We moved away from Hartford last year and returned for a special dinner. We were not disappointed! The "old" menu is still delicious, as are the new options. It's like going home again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great night out . Homemade pappardelle, ravioli and the veal chop were all fantastic!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The best Italian restaurant in the area. Everything home made and meticulously prepared. They really go the extra step in everything. No one should miss this gem of a restaurant. Beautiful surroundings also.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great meal and service as usual. Love this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Top notch meal after the holiday bustle.
The restaurant was beautifully set up.
Great dishes and silverware better than even more expensive steak houses. The pastas were sublime and everything that followed also.
The chef's specials are always cutting edge.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is a great place. The whole ambiance is perfect. Perfect food, with perfect lighting with perfect service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Dino is the best Chef in town and a Roman God in his own right.
Christine’s service was impeccable, second to none.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

What an outstanding meal. Everything was top notch and service impeccable. Can't wait to go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great after holiday meal. The Rack of Lamb and the yellowfin tuna were phenomenal. It was quieter than usual due to after holiday and extreme cold temperatures outside. But we had a great time and there was still a very positive vibe in the restaurant. Bar was hopping before storm that was predicted. Can't wait to go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always, delicious. Our friend has dairy allergies and on New Years Eve chef was able to present her with "the best dove sole I've ever had!"

Love it here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a great time but was disappointed in the menu as they did not tell us ahead of time it was a different NYE menu and prices were much more than their normal prices.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing after holiday meal before a movie.
Roasted seafood and veal chop were both sublime. Great service and cool drinks
We had a great time

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Such a cold night outside but nice and toasty inside. Warm and friendly efficient service with great a meal of wonderful flavors
Homemade pasta with Maine lobster and wild mushrooms was awesome accompanied by A crab crusted cod and saffron sauce that was perfect. A tuna appetizer was delicious as well as picture perfect. We loved everything including our bottle of medium price ranged Barbaresco. Thanks you all the staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

What an amazing meal before the movies.
Eggplant appetizer along with fresh figs with homemade ricotta were both bursting with flavor. Then the pasta with seafood and the veal chop were over the top. We ended with a fabulous tiramisu and a nice espresso

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went to Peppercorn’s for a holiday meal after a long day of shopping. The food was an amazing symphony of flavors. The meal was creative and served with all the freshest ingredients. I had no idea that all the food at Peppercorn’s Grill was made from scratch, just amazing. Our server was Michael V. and he knew the menu like the back of his hand and all of his recommendations were spot on.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious as usual. The place was hopping and a great feel in the air. Service was excellent too.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic meal with the family. Chef Dino never disappoints. Always creative ideas on his specials. We love it there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal before a movie. The place was hopping and everyone was in the holiday spirit. Nice buzz in the air. Great fettuccine with white truffles reasonable priced. Great veal, branzino, and beautiful salads
We had a great time

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our holiday party was perfect. Great food and wine with efficient service. The room looked amazing with the festive decorations and all of us had a great time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing pasta with white truffles . One of the only places in Connecticut that has it. You owe it to yourself to go and try it . Everything else also lived up to the high expectation.
Great desserts and beautiful holiday decor .

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Peppercorn's has delicious food and generally good service. Unfortunately, they had a staffing problem that night. The bartender was actually taking orders for the servers. The service was lackluster at best and somewhat inattentive. I think this was an off night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Got us out in time for the show!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Amazing as usual. We are never disappointed there.
All top notch. Great holiday decorations too
Puts us all in a very festive mood.

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding as always
The food is always great and often unusual

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing meal with great service and beautiful holiday decorations. We had a great time and enjoyed the evening. Try the white truffle pasta it was sublime

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great business meeting dinner at Peppercorns
Food and service were both impeccable. Our reasonably priced Faust Cabernet complemented our experience perfectly.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great spur of the moment meal at our favorite restaurant before a sporting activity. The pasta and the seafood dishes were spot on and the Faust Cabernet was delightful. The are family runner and their love and passion shows in everything they do

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Extremely efficient staff from Nicole the woman at the door to the wait staff. They all went out of their way to make our evening memorable even though they were very busy. Food and drink were also amazing with fettuccine with white truffles being the high point .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great experience awesome food and very friendly staff. Such a great find in downtown Hartford. It really lives up to its high expectations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing meal with great service. Their pastas, house made ravioli, and fresh seafood are sublime. Excellent dessert choices and a beautiful wine list. Everyone should put this place on their list.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Late dinner on Saturday night after a comedy show. Street parking was easy to find. Restaurant had a good crowd @ 9:30 but no problem getting a nice table.
We split a delicious asparagus salad, had tagliolini w/ lobster & mushrooms and chilean sea bass entrees. We split a cream brulee for dessert. Food was very good, cooked perfectly, with large portions.
Waitstaff was efficient & courteous, perhaps even a bit overly attentive prior to the food being served.
Bill was $135 includibg the tip. Overall I give peppercorn’s four stars, but only three stars for value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A friend and I arrived for a late dinner and the restaurant was nearly empty. We were seated at a tiny table for two in a location that I would not describe as desirable, given that we really could have been seated anywhere. Soon after we sat down, a party of six was seated at the next table. It might have been nice, given that the place was nearly empty, to give both tables a little space. It seemed that some of the women at the other table were potentially "regulars," so were given a lot more attention than we were. It wasn't a huge issue, but anyone in service should know that a good rule of thumb is to treat all customers equally. Although the salad was rather salty and the risott0 a little firmer than I might have liked, the food was generally quite good. I don't have any great urge to return, based on our experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had reservations for 7 and while we were ten minutes early they were not able to s wtbus until almost 8 pm.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice meal before a movie. The place was hopping with a nice feeling. We tried the lobster pasta with truffles so worth the price and the veal chop also amazing. Great drinks creative desserts. All was top notch.
The server was very charming as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I worked in Hartford in the 90's but haven't spent that much time here in the last 20 years. Needed a restaurant close enough to the Bushnell to walk over after dinner. Was very impressed at how well the place seems to be doing. The service, food and ambiance was terrific and it brought back alot of memories, like visiting an old friend. Hope to be back again soon.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Good service and good food. Vegetarian options somewhat limited and a little on the expensive side.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Awesome Italian restaurant. One of our favorites for special occasions or just a date night with spouse .

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a fantastic meal on the day before Halloween. Very creative menu items with a Halloween flair. Halibut and risotto were both great with color of Halloween. Service was professional and attentive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Another fabulous meal at Peppercorns!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great experience as usual. Food and service always the best.

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