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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

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (23)
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Creative Cuisine (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Authentic (17)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Cozy (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Casual (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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Scenic View (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

Excellent house-made pasta. An easy walk to Front Street. Perfect spot for a pre-show dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing pastas as well as seafood dishes.
Their tiramisu is sublime. Great gem in the downtown Hartford area.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Outstanding ossobuco, halibut, and fettuccine with white truffle. Great Barbaresco to accompany the wonderful meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best pasta I ever had. My favorite is their rigatoni with house made sausage. We always feel special there always being treated like family . And they are on e of the few restaurants in Connecticut that fettuccine with white truffles. So good!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Another great meal as usual. Creative, well executed, and beautifully presented cuisine.
Service matched the great quality of food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First date and the lady was very impressed. We enjoyed our appetizers, entrees, and the dessert. The chef does amazing work with pasta simply to die for. We will be having more dates there!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed Peppercorns very much. The environment is peaceful and relaxing. The waitstaff was very attentive! The food was delicious! Plan to go back to Peppercorns in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A gem of a restaurant in downtown Hartford. The food is incredible. The fish is always perfectly prepared, the octopus prepared in so many different way is a must but the star of the meal in the pasta. Some of the best pasta dishes I have ever eaten. Everything made on the premises. This place is too good to pass up.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Spur of the moment dinner at Peppercorn's and everything was perfect. The food including carpaccio, stuffed peppers, and zucchini blossoms for starters were all over the top. The main courses just as wonderful. Do try the pasta with truffles when you go there as well as the seafood so well prepared. The drinks and the wine list have something for everyone. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My wife and I have always enjoyed our dining experience with you but last night was a big disappointment.
There were 3 of us for dinner.
1) My wife had the Ravioli in Orange sauce which she has had multiple times before.
Presentation was different, the Ravioli was OK but the Orange sauce was an embarrassment.
No Taste, bland.
2) I had along with my guest the Veal Parmigiana (2 orders).
The Pasta was cold, the Veal was paper thin and tough to cut, not much to the dish.
Being a work night we didn't want to extend the evening by saying anything so we ate and left.
We want to come back but I need to know what happened, was Dino not in the kitchen?

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great as usual for our small business meeting. Wonderful cuisine and great service with nice atmosphere. Our group is always impressed by chef Dino.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Amazing business meal here at Peppercorn's. Chef Dino really can impress my guests. Great cuisine, great service, and nice atmosphere lend itself to good business.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience as well as had a successful business meeting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Authentic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Organic, Casual, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Consistently excellent. Our go to Restaurant
In Hartford. Dino never disappoints

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Outstanding experience with great food, great company, and atmosphere. The service was also top notch attentive but obtrusive. We left feeling satisfied and content.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had an excellent corner table by the window, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Scenic View, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great for any night out. Friendly service with a great menu and even better tasting food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful meal, lovely environment and nice service

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our experience was nothing short of spectacular from start to finish. Excellent service knowledgeable but not overbearing.
We are going to go there often. This is a great restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Try the fettuccine with truffles better than New York and half the price. Great wine list with many reasonable Barolos and Barbaresco. Great ossobuco and fresh seafood items. For dessert amazing chocolate bread pudding and tiramisu.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The place was hopping but chef Dino still took time to visit us for a moment and shared with us his amazing zucchini blossoms. Go try these before the season ends. We also tried the homemade ricotta with figs and stuffed peppers also amazing. Their prime Porterhouse beat any steak house in the area. Lemon lava cake was a great ending to an amazing dinner. Thanks to the Cialfi family and well appointed staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great business luncheon. Chef Dino wowed us once again with his expertise in the kitchen. All associates thoroughly enjoyed their experience and can't wait to he back again.
Put yourselves in Peppercorn's hands .
You will not be sorry .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding. Starting with wonderful drinks at the bar, amazing food (fettuccine truffle, and prime ribeye truly wonderful) and really good and friendly service. We loved everything. See you soon.

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