Trumbull Kitchen

4.5
2171 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
If you look under the Max Restaurant Group's dictionary under hip, you'll find a picture of Trumbull Kitchen. Fashioned by owner Richard Rosenthal and Executive Chef and partner Chris Torla; Trumbull Kitchen has a unique sophistication that is contemporary, cool, and inventive.
Chef Torla has created a globally eclectic menu that emphasizes intense flavors and satisfying textures. Progressive cross-cultural dishes offer variations of familiar foods around the world. The menu features a collection of tasters and tapas as well as larger entrees that are meant to tantalize a discriminating palate as well as simply deliver some great comfort food. Located in one of Hartford's premier locations, Trumbull Kitchen introduces new excitement in both menu and atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch : Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday- Wednesday - 5-11pm | Thursday & Friday - 5pm-12am
Saturday: 12pm - 12am
Sunday: 4pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(860) 493-7417
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Torla
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Private party facilities
Our private loft dining area seats 20-25 guests comfortably with a maximum capacity of 30.  Larger parties may reserve other sections of the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Dave Mascolo: (860) 493-7417
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Cross street
Pearl Street
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Parking details
Trumbull Kitchen offers valet parking after 5:00pm Monday - Saturday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2171 People Are Saying
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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our pre-theater dinner at Trumbull Kitchen. Our server Devin was outstanding, food was delicious and both food and drink choices were numerous. Would love to go again!

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided to eat at the bar and based on the bartender’s excellent recommendations we had 3 appetizers as our meal (which was more than enough food). Each item was tasty and well presented. Entrees looked great too based on people around us. They also had a nice selection of beers and wine by the glass. And the bartender spent a good amount time with us despite it being a busy Saturday night. We will definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a great lunch before a UCONN Women's basket ball game across the street. Wide selection of food available, courteous staff.

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LT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

I will say that the customer service at this restaurant was great!! We arrived a little late for our reservations and they still sat us right away. The waitress who was in training was very attentive and when there was an issue with our food was clearly trying to resolve it as well as the waitress training her. However, that was about all that was great. The noise level in this restaurant was so high that we could not even hear each other speak at times, as the bar is an open concept into the dining room, and there was a large after work/before a hockey game crowd in the bar. We ordered the Asian lettuce cups appetizer that took over 30 minutes to come out. We had informed the waitress to cancel the order and just bring our dinner because we wouldn't have time to eat both before our show. The manager brought them over soon after and informed us they would be taken off our bill. Thankfully, because they were inedible. They smelled like dirty feet and tasted awful. Our meals came out at the same time which were fresh and hot, but really lacking. I had the seafood pad thai; the vegetables and seafood were really fresh, but the sauce was bland. My Mom ordered the pumpkin crusted fish over mashed potatoes with sofrito. The fish was great. The sofrito was great but paired together was not good. Cold sofrito with horrible mashed potatoes with huge chunks of onion in them and warm fish did not pair well. I will not be returning.

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DJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate my request for a quieter table being addressed. As always, everything was fantastic.

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P
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the food was fresh and very tasty.
Great presentation .

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

UCONN pregame lunch

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MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite in downtown Hartford. Consistently great food and service. I hadn't been there in a while, but I love that they've added a "Test Kitchen" section to their menu. My husband and I tried the goat cheese toast, and if I didn't *have* to have the Chiang Mai curried noodles (which I am compelled to order every. single. time I go there), we'd have tried more. Next time. . .!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner and a Show

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K
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails. Loved the cranberry margarita. EXCELLENT service. Our waiter was incredible.

The filet mignon app was exceptional. Almost got another serving for dinner lol.

All the food was delicious. Hanger steak was definitely something I’d get again.

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WH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I like Trumbull Kitchen but 35 to 40 minutes for 3 hamburgers, even on a busy day, is ridiculous. Especially for people trying to fit a visit there into their lunch hour.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, cocktails, and food was exemplary, as always. Mary is phenomenal- very attentive and personable !

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GK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful.

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apps, small plates, new creations - food is always great & fun, great beer list, cool ambiance, and always super service (Rebecca on Saturday).

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SP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Picked this place for a nice dinner for my family of 4 for an upscale stop on a road trip. Needed gluten free options (they had tons!) The service was friendly and welcoming, the scene was trendy and the food amazing! Filet minion with tater tots and Gorgonzola sauce was the family favorite. My car of grumpy travelers were quickly transformed back into their happy selves with this perfect spot! We just found our new holiday travel tradition!

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was over the top. Offered to try an get a special made item for lunch. Work with us to make sure our party was happy. His outstanding personality and sense of humor worked well with us. He is truly an asset to your Company.

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CM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trumbull Kitchen has become our go-to restaurant for dinners in downtown Hartford. There are so many pluses to leaving West Hartford and heading here. Parking is easy and available and we almost always end up with a spot on the street. The bar is vibrant and fin and when we ask to try "something different and out of the box" we always get something brand new to us, something we had either never heard of or would never have thought about ordering.

Lots of restaurants throw around the term, Asian-fusion, but the nice thing about Trumbull Kitchen is so many of their appetizers are Asian influenced and the Chef has some great takes on classic dishes. The wonderful thing about bringing guests is the variety on the menu. There are so many different directions we can go which is always great when you bring new people.

The service is always first class and particularly good. Our servers always are on point when it comes to beer or wine suggestions and it is so nice when multiple servers are bringing the food or drinks and we are not waiting for one person.

The entrees are all under $30.00 and the desserts are worth ordering.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I met friends from out of state to celebrate our anniversary. Our server was very nice and extremely attentive. Our meals were delicious and the presentation was beautiful. I will definitely return!

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there with friends for dinner prior to a show. Food and service very good. They prepared a special entrée that was not on the dinner menu

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands-down the best restaurant in Hartford. I’m not just saying this because I love the feeling of nostalgia I get from memories of when I worked at the original civic café. The food really is awesome and my family loves to go there . I think I’ve celebrated my last three birthdays their among many other times throughout the year. Keep up the good work guys stay right there don’t go anywhere. Make sure you tell the cooks staff and all the way to the dishwasher that it can’t happen without them! You guys rock! Peace and love from, Antoine Smith and family original Hartford native

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our Anniversary with our teenage boys as well. Great atmosphere, accomodated our kids' special requests, seated us early, great service, timely, and lovely desserts. Food was delicious, specials were amazing, we were very full and happy!! Lovely downtown staple, we are never disappointed.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hotel recommended this spot and I am so glad I went. Creative dishes and nice atmosphere. Good service too!

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-show gathering. Server was great, nice upbeat atmosphere. Would go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was noticeably slow.

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Always was a favorite place in past of all Max restaurants but disliked new menu. Greasy food & although server was sweet didn’t know anything about beers on tap & seemed pretty green

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. We came into town to meet some friends for the weekend and opted to come here for dinner. Both the bartender Amy and server LaToya went out of their way to make our dinner experience enjoyable. I would recommend 100% for anyone looking for a great meal with great people!!

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was very slow. We told our server we were in a hurry, but we waited a very long time for just entrees. Manager came over to apologize, but server basically disappeared.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner in Hartford! We took advantage of their restaurant week menu and were not dissapointed. Ordered the polenta fries, flank steak (yum!) and the almond financier desert. My date had the green salad, halibut and chocolate cake. All good!

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MY
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, ambiance was great, service wonderful. Overall, a great experience.

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SN
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greats food and drinks. The crispy pork shank was awesome! Nice beer list as well. Would go back!!

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dining experience. Did not have the first 3 bottles of wine we chose but then got it right on the 4th.
server was very good .

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BT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love this place. Huge event this visit so it was very very loud. Staff was not on the ball this visit. Other wise I love this place. Food is always exceptional

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Someone should have told us when the reservation was made that they would not offer a full menu due to an event at the xl center. The staff was extremely busy and not particularly attentive to our table at all.

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J
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food but restaurant was not prepared for pre concert cword. They were running way behind on reservations and way behind on food orders.

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I
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was different and very good. We went before an event at the XL Center, so they were busy, but food came out promptly, hot and delicious. Very attentive wait staff

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit.. it was fabulous!
Staff was courteous and friendly.
The food was incredible!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal! Varied menu - all was delicious! Would definitely recommend !

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites!"...............................".......................

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TM
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought Trumball was great. WE tried their octopus, shrimp and shrimp fritters(yum!), fig and prosciutto pizza - all so good! And I really loved their take on the gimlet! We had a great time and Dylan remembered all of our names! LOL

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DD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again it was a fun time at The Trumbull Kitchen; had our favorite waiter Johnny who always provides exemplary service. Food was excellent and a wonderful start to an afternoon at the Bushnell. Good to see the general manager Dave. Food arrived in a timely manner; hot and plentiful. Looking forward to the next time!

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