Trumbull Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic

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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 York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant as always.

EE
Las Vegas
11 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
3 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
51 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.

GH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner out with my wife. Love the Max restaurants. Our waitress was excellent as was the food. Highly recommend this gem in Hartford.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff helped me to get a celebratory Birthday dinner, very generous ; and the seafood (shrimp, salmon, halibut ) were all fresh and tasty. Our favorite place to go in Hartford !

J
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu with some interesting twists. Good for conversation. Nice vibe.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was the fastest I've ever experienced. From the time of placing our order with the waiter to the food arriving at the table it was less than 10 minutes. Food was the best of any restaurant on our 10 day vacation trip to the area.

TF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on TC for a great meal. They will make any accommodations for you. They have a gluten free menu! The bar area is active and loud...perfect for 30 somethings. The back tables are quiet, perfect for a date or business meeting. The food is outstanding. Need I say more?

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was slow so for lunch meeting was not ideal.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for our girls night dinner before a concert. We shared a bunch of appetizers and the food was all spectacular. The restaurant was packed because of the show but service was still fairly quick considering. Would definitely come again!

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Menu limited. Service was slow. Food was forgetable. Drinks were small. They ran out of a beer I wanted.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday started great by going to Trumbull Kitchen for lunch! Amazing as always.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There were several mix ups on our order, but the manager and server were very professional and nice. I would go back.

MG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

High priced food that really isn’t that great. First and last time I go there. Don’t waste your time.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Excellent service. I particularly like the hanger steak. Others in our group got the salmon and the stone pie. Everyone enjoyed her meal.

K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The appetizers were good! We had dumplings, spinach/Artichoke dip and chicken lettuce wraps. The Scottish salmon was bland as well as the mashed potatoes. The potatoes need to be creamy and decadent. No amount of salt gave the potatoes flavor. The carrot cake waffle with homemade ice cream was very good! Our server, Mia, was excellent!

a
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took customers out for dinner and all 6 of us had amazing meals. The sauces were amazing. Great atmosphere!

NJ
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience from making reservations to eating meal. Waitress was friendly and attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Salute’s taste of Hartford food quality was so much better than Trumbull ‘s and price is one third lower. Why can’t Trumbull offers better food ?

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