Connecticut River Valley restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Hartford

ON20

On the 20th floor of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co, contemporary ON20 serves an elegant fusion menu with peerless views of the city. An ever-evolving menu with dishes like Rohan duck and poac…
Top Choice Modern American in Hartford

Trumbull Kitchen

TK's smart-yet-casual fine-dining atmosphere awaits, with excellent service and a wonderfully executed, diverse menu, making it a great alternative to some of Hartford's upscale joints. Drop in for a cocktail and so…
Top Choice Bistro in Chester

River Tavern

This popular wood-accented bistro with a bar and dining-room menu dishes up impeccable food with a variety of inflections. The menu changes, but if it’s in season you should definitely order shad, caught from the Co…
American in Hartford

Max Downtown

With its swinging tunes, 'pre-Prohibition' cocktails and retro-luxe look (a piano lounge with a long, curved wooden bar, massive wrought-iron chandeliers and leather-upholstered chairs in the white-tablecloth dining…
Barbecue in Hartford

Bear's Smokehouse

Locals love this wood-smoked Kansas-style BBQ famed for brisket, baby back ribs and pulled pork. Vegetarians might want to head elsewhere, although there are some kick-ass sides: collard greens, broccoli salad and m…
Italian in Hartford

Salute

Charming service is the hallmark of this urban gem, which offers a contemporary take on Italian flavors. Regulars rave about the cheesy garlic bread, but other offerings are a tad more sophisticated. The pleasant pa…
Cafe in Hartford

Kitchen at Billings Forge

Providing training and employment opportunities for the Billings Forge/Hartford community, this bright, forward-thinking cafe works with local farmers to source fresh seasonal produce (in addition to what is availab…
Cafe in Hartford

Tisane Euro Asian Cafe

This odd – and locally loved – coffeehouse-cum-restaurant-cum-bar somehow manages to morph from one beast to another throughout its long business day. For lunch and dinner there are Asian noodle dishes alongside Ita…
Diner in Hartford

Quaker Diner

Get in early and squeeze into a slightly uncomfortable cyan-colored booth for a taste of real old-school Americana at this ancient cafe that has hardly changed since opening in 1931, including the Formica counter sp…
Barbecue in Hartford

Black-Eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues

This booze, blues and BBQ palace drags in local and national acts and dishes out good 'ole fashioned Southern cooking, like fried green tomatoes, po' boys and chicken 'n' waffles. There's regular live blues, rock an…