Greater Hartford's Capital Dining Scene

ON20 is on the 20th floor of the Hartford Steam Boiler building—is it because no one can figure out what this name means that more folks aren’t connecting with the so-so-beautiful cuisine of talented young chef Jeffrey Lizotte? Seriously, the General Assembly should pass a bill requiring every exec in Hartford dine at ON20, and the rest of us, too.

The Capital Grille in Hartford features dry-aged, hand-cut prime steaks, paired with top wines and creative cocktails. Amen!


The Willows in Bristol (above): This is what ESPN does to a city; makes it better. Newly-arrived across the street from the global sports media giant, The Willows is instantly one of the best restaurants in all of Connecticut. Think that’s pre-game hype? Check it out and concede the scouting is on the money.

Firebox in Hartford: Learn to love the flame, or, in other words, the best food travels the shortest distances. It’s an enigma wrapped in an invitation you won’t want to miss out on.

Republic in Bloomfield: “This is not a rebel song,” as Bono of U2 said of one of the band’s hits. No, this is a  gastropub with “great beer, better food,” and that will stand up to a polygraph.

Rizzuto’s at West Hartford’s Blue Back Square (also in Westport and Bethel). This is one of those places you bring the family for pizza and pasta, hoping they don’t notice (or don’t care) that it’s really about you getting terrific food in a casual-but-sophisticated setting where everyone sweats the details.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, West Hartford. The name pretty much sums it up: great steaks, great wines.

The Max empire. Where to begin? Max Downtown, Max a Mia, Max Oyster Bar, Max, Max, Max. Make it your mantra because Rich Rosenthal and his growing team of staff and partners is dedicated to giving you the best dining experience possible across a genre of cuisines, rippling out into the suburbs that ring Connecticut’s capital. All hail Max; you won’t be sorry.

Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen in West Hartford. Wines by the bottle are great, 100 or more wines by the glass (giving each carefully conceived dish the perfect accompaniment): priceless.


Greater Hartford's Capital Dining Scene

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