Trumbull Kitchen

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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.
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are not from the area and found this online because it was near the venue we were going to. Excellent food, we loved our server, the ambiance was great. A good buzz in the air but not too noise. Great value for great food!

RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by several staff who were all friendly, welcoming & attentive. Service by Brett was perfect. The food was superb. TY so much for a great evening.

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Without fail, every time I dine at the Trumbull Kitchen there are new menu items to sample that surpass my expectations. The service is always excellent!

m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was just ok. Nothing over the top. Especially for the price.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would recommend Trumble Kitchen over Max

C
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Old fashion favorites with a different flare.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were outstanding.

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a great time. This is the 1st time in a long time that my husband who has celiac was able to have a drink and appetizer the main meal and a dessert. That never ever happens, so thank you very much.

Rhonda & Daryl DiMatteo

Trumbull Kitchen
Responded on November 30, 2019

Hi Rhonda, Thank you so much for the great review. Happy to hear you had a great experience. We hope to see you back in soon!!! Thanks, David Trumbull Kitchen

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

If your downtown for a concert it’s a good spot but I wouldn’t go downtown just to go there..

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the beat restaurants in Hartford!

a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice table in the rear. It was much less noisy then up front where it was a busy happy hour. I had beet salad and hanger steak, the latter due to half portion option. It was good but not great. My husband liked his a tad better. Very lively happy hour going on in front of the restaurant but our corner table in rear was cozy and more quiet. Our waitress was excellent. We had theater tickets and she was mindful of that.

n
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great variety of food styles (small plates, salads, entrees) to make a great choice of meals, plus a variety of cuisines. Probably our best Hartford restaurant. Also food served quickly, good for going to a show afterward.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-game outing with three friends. So glad we had reservation - table was ready. Friendly waitress. Prompt delivery of food and drinks.
Tasty dinners. Upbeat atmosphere and we could actually hear each other. Will repeat.

JS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food is to die for! So so good! We had a variety of dishes and each one was over the top good! The wait staff was wonderful too! Big shout outs to Melissa and Brendan! Truly knowledgeable, personable, warm people who made our experience even better than the outstanding food! Thank you Trumbull Kitchen for making our evening a night to remember!

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have always loved trumbull kitchen. The food was great as usually. We brought a couple with us that have never been before and they really liked it. It took awhile for the server to get our drink order, but once that happened the service pacing was really good.

J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in downtown Hartford, especially before seeing a show.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in CT. I love the food and the experimental items they offer in the tapas menu. It is a great place either for tapas and drinks or a full meal. You can expect the best flavor and quality.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique dishes. The specials and regular menu items...tasty!

DE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely corner booth and a fantastic waiter. It had been a few years since we visited and the menu had changed but the food was still excellent. Great choices for either entrees or smaller plates. Salad was delightful. We weren't rushed to finish salad before entrees arrived. Great wine selection. Wish we had enough time for dessert!

P
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant as always.

EE
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good. Too may two person tables jammed in to left section. Lacks privacy...

RJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We recently had a pleasant dining experience before a show at Theaterworks. My husband and I shared smoked beet salad, brussel sprouts, and artichoke pizza. The salad was interesting and delicious. The pizza was also very good...great crust and tasty toppings. The roasted brussel sprouts were unfortunately underdone. We enjoy them crispy, but these were hard. Our waiter was truly excellent--attentive, helpful, and respectful of our need to get to the theater.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Food was good and waitress was nice... However the pad Thai came out and the noodles were not cooked... Sent it back... So had to eat my food while my wife waited... We didn't complain however they didn't even give us a free round of drinks or anything... That's pretty bad especially since we didn't complain... They had an opportunity to make it right and didn't. Won't go back even though the food was great. What a shame.

EE
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Two person tables are right on top of one another.

WB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our servers were attentive, informative and polite. Our drinks and food were delivered promptly and with a smile.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service and atmosphere! Would definitely go again and recommend.

a
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the food was not great. We’ve been there several times but not recently and it seemed the quality of food went downhill. We mentioned the dislike of two entrees and while our waiter was very nice, nothing was done about the poor food. So we paid for two uneaten dishes.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I struggle to find safe places to eat gluten free, although it's getting better. My husband and I had an early dinner on a Friday night before a show. I requested a quiet table on the resie and we got exactly what we were looking for. They were generous enough to give me my own bountiful basket of GF pappadum and my own cheese spread and it felt great to know there'd be no cross contamination. Places that take that kind of care are beautifully aware of dietary restrictions and this kind of service makes me feel cared for and welcome. I had a very nice Chinatown cocktail that they switched up the vodka to Tito's to be safe - it was delicious! The poached pear salad was very very tasty. My husband got the Halibut special and raved over it. I got the GF Stone Pie, and it was lacking sadly, although I wasn't super hungry at that point. There are much better GF pizza crusts out there - this one was just soggy. The Creme Brulee was spot on though. The GF menu was decent but limited. I wish they had dishes from their main menu that they could prepare GF upon request - there were many dishes that could be converted, Overall we had a really lovely dinner, and we will be back as it's close to the theater we love to attend. I'll skip the Stone Pie though in the future.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and Service were great - just disappointed they could not add another person - 2 tables next to us went unused all evening

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food but fewer vegan choices than prior menus which means I'll visit less often.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanks Very nice dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great pre-theater meal and surprisingly got a half priced bottle of wine.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This used to be a reliable spot. The portions and presentation were always good. Most importantly the quality was unquestionable. Our party ordered wings, calamari, soup, lettuce wraps, and burgers.
1. Soup was filled with chunks of potatoes which seemed to be there only for volume effect to serve as little of the cauliflower soup as possible. The soup was tasty but after I removed the potatoes from the soup I had approx 10% of the capacity of the cup to drink from. Is akin to filling up soda cup with mostly ice to extend the syrup
2. Calamari is mostly jicama slaw with some type of sweet glaze ... almost inedible
3. Chicken for the lettuce wrap had an offensive foul smell. My wife didnt eat it after 3 bites
4. Wings... these used to be one of my favorite dishes. They were once a perfect combo of smoked well portioned wings but yesterday they looked like something the pizza chain serves as an afterthought menu item. They looked so unappetizing I didnt even taste one. More importantly after one bite my 17 year old who will eat anything declared them disgusting
4.burgers were ok and buns were fresh. However the fries were salty salty salty, not fresh and not edible.
As note this place on a Friday night would generally be packed but we made reservation at 7:30 PM with no problem.

We spent 100 dollars on our meal. I tipped the server out of pity as it wasnt his fault. Because we were still hungry we ordered a pizza after we left.

I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. The servers were very attentive. The food was not. Unfortunately we all chose the same dish, seafood pad Thai. The noodles were mushy, the snow peas were so old that they were impossible to chew without removing the strings and the seafood was sparse and not very good. I was disappointed because I had recommended this restaurant knowing that in general the Max group has fine food and service.
Please remove this dish from the menu if you don’t know how to prepare it. I understand that other dishes are good but we made the wrong choice.

AG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good, was there over lunch so it was timely. and food was delicious.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious appetizers. Had several as my meal. Carrot cake waffle was amazing!

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A well-rounded selection of menu items, including a "test kitchen" section of plates using seasonal ingredients. In addition to main courses, a nice amount of small plates, appetizers and small pizzas. A lot of fun go as a group, order a bunch of items and share.

W
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We celebrated my birthday and were treated very kindly throughout the entire dinner, from our server, Roger. the manager, David ,and also Nyquoya (sp) another server who was attentive to us. Our entrees of short ribs and sirloin steak were prepared well and were very tasty. As it was my birthday and the staff knew about we were treated to some very decadent desserts! They served a delicious fruit crisp, a banana split and their creative s'mores . It is lovely to enjoy good food and to be treated so well.

l
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our waitress was dismissive, unenthusiastic and generally uninterested in us. Food was fair. We will not return.

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