Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford

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$30 and under
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Italian
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar brings friends and family together over exceptional Italian cuisine that is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and great care. House made pasta, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and artisan bread, domestic and imported antipasti favorites, free-range chicken, market fresh fish, and top grade meat share the stage with Rizzuto’s comfortable, lively atmosphere and genuine hospitality.


Guests of Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar can look forward to a dining experience that focuses on quality, value, and consistency, which Rizzuto’s has been synonymous for since opening its flagship restaurant in Bethel, CT in 2004, West Hartford’s Blue Back Square in 2008, and in Westport in 2009.



Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar looks forward to providing you with a truly unique dining experience.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Table was a little wobbly but the meatballs and ambiance made up for it. Tasty and fun a bit pricey though.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, servers very friendly. Santa and Mrs. claus was a nice touch.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, nice vibe.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was great.

AM
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Disappointed they cannot extend the happy hour drinks to the tables. I had a table 15’ away from the bar and was forced to pay 2X for the same drink. I guess if you want to take advantage of happy hour you have to enjoy your drinks in an unhappy atmosphere.

SP
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious dishes with superb service!
Entrees for all palettes and dietary requests.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server who made the experience very friendly and special. We were celebrating a birthday and the night went off without a hitch! Food was excellent and came out on a timely manner.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

From appetizer to dinner to dessert, everything was delicious! We had a few dietary based changes that were graciously accommodated. The only thing that was off was the beverage service timing. We waited a long time for our initial cocktails, they arrived well after our appetizer and our bottle of wine, to have with our main course, was delayed enough that I told our table to put your forks down or we will have no food left to go with our wine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Rizzuto’s for my husband’s birthday dinner. This was our first visit and we were incredibly impressed and blown away from start to finish. The high quality of the service and the food was impeccable - I highly recommended the antipasto appetizer! The food was exquisite! I would come here again without question - there are many more things on the menu we are excited to try! Fantastic experience!

AR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall the evening was very good but the noise was almost unbearable. We all left hoarse due to having to shout! The food and drinks were tasty.

PM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I would but my husband and I came for the first time to your restaurant for our anniversary. Our first table was in a little tiny nook. I asked for a different table because there were several available. Waitress was very nice! Our Drinks came out way into our appetizer, our entree came out before app was even finished and side salad came after half way through our meal. Felt very rushed! Reservations were for 6 pm we were out by 6:45pm

t
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun and delicious, only issue was entrees came out while we we’re still working on our salads

B
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good value. Salads and main course were both very good. Our server, Chris, knew the menu and helped with the sides.

Wine list is broken down by type within red or white to help with pairing.

The Bombolini is worth the wait.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came from out of town and took a recommendation from a friend. Great recommendation. Very fast and friendly service and DELICIOUS!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a Saturday night in West Hartford, we could not have asked for a better experience. Our service was fantastic and the food was timely and delicious. The limoncello shots and complimentary dessert were the perfect touch and made the evening really special. We will definitely be back! Thank you for the perfect birthday dinner !

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready when we got there. Our waitress Monica, was very attentive and helpful. Great food and wine selections.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous in every way! Exceptional service, amazing food and great prices. A fun atmosphere and ambiance! This is a MUST go to location.

F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our sons girlfriend’s birthday. Delicious food, great service and attention. Gluten free pizza crust not the best we’ve had, but not bad. Gobbled up everything.

IB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday brunch, asked to be seated outside, and were seated quickly. Drinks came fast, food was delivered perfectly and hot! The birthday girl was given her choice of dessert at no charge. All in all it was a delightful experience and we WILL return.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The noise level is just too high for a quiet conversation. Our server was good, but tried a little too hard. The food was, as always, excellent.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Had 2 issues with our meal/food. But the manager was on top of it and made it better.

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary and everything was perfect. Great food.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went and sat at the bar and had an AWESOME bartender. He knew the menu really well and helped me pick out food, and shortly after some friends of mine came in. He happily accommodated all of us to a table and served us and the entire bar. Our drinks were never empty before he asked us if we’d like another and he was very polite and easy to talk too. Made the whole experience great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve behind the bar was excellent. I ordered a lime drop martini followed by a watermelon mule and both were out of this world! Awesome job

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all around, can't remember waitress' name but slim blonde lady with glasses was great

RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening, helped by the perfect weather and the fact we ate outside. Service was excellent, timing was perfect. Food was very good, none of it was poor, some was excellent. Portions ample. Prices reasonable. And all in the heart of the West Hartford shopping mall area.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Server was very impersonal. Barely made eye contact and had a pout on face all evening.

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Faded glory at this restaurant. May have run its course.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waiter covering too many tables, could not attend to us (2) regularly, party of 6+ was clearly the priority. Table had no salt, though pepper was offered when apps came. Took about 6 min to get waiter for salt. My app Buratta caprese? Was supposed to come with bread and did not. Swordfish steak - only half was cooked. The rest was pink. Took about 10 min into meal for waiter to come check how we were doing. Waiter offered to have it cooked again but at that point would have taken too long as friend with me was already finishing her meal. No manager apology and no reduction on the bill and I could not eat half of the fish, though the waiter assured me “it probably wouldn't make you sick”....

NB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ryan, was very friendly, attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable of the menu! I had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to returning in the near future!

KV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience and service!!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really underwhelming experience. Why bother participating in CT restaurant week if you’re going to serve mediocre food. My friend had the steak and fries, which was tasty, but the broccoli was clearly from a bag. My bolognese was large chunks of unseasoned beef and prepackaged tortellini, and the “mini fruit tart” dessert was a few berries in a plain, mini pie crust shell.
Our server wasn’t attentive, she left us sitting after our entrees for about an hour, dropped off the check, I had to remind her that we still hadn’t gotten our desserts. Then when I opened the bill, it wasn’t our bill - which is no big deal, mistakes happen, it was just the cherry on top of a mediocre experience.

RG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We got the $30 app, entree & dessert combo as it was restaurant week. Bolognese was delicious. The swordfish a little dry around the edges but tender inside. Our waiter, Steve, left for the night after serving the dessert. We found this out when the bartender came over to check on us and see if we needed anything else. In spite of that we will visit again as the menu had many more tempting options.

A
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Good food, poor service. It was a Friday night at 7:30, the place wasn't packed but the wait staff were nowhere to be found. Food was great!

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We went for West Hartford restaurant week. Service was very good. Our salads came without dressing, tomato mozzarella salad came without the balsamic glaze. We asked server about it and she said the glaze wasn’t included in the restaurant week menu??? What, who serves a tomato mozzarella salad without the glaze?
We all had the flank steak entree. The medium rare steak was so tough you couldn’t cut it with the steak knife or chew it. Medium well steaks were okay. Broccoli side had florets that were still frozen!
We all had the fresh fruit tart with ice cream for dessert. With the first bite of mine, I bit into something very hard. It was a broken piece of plastic! We asked for the manager. She was very apologetic and credited my dinner. We will not be back or recommend this restaurant.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful eggplant rollatini. Perfection.

S
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. We needed a few dietary accommodations and they were all taken care of.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday was so good and fun!!! Great place for apps drinks and dinner! Highly recommend