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“Great all around”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of J Restaurant Bar

J Restaurant Bar
Ranked #42 of 432 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: American, Italian, Bar, International, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great all around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Had two recent dinners at J and both nights we were impressed. First, martinis are excellent, especially the expresso martini. Calamari and crab cakes were fantastic and large enough to split. Sandwiches and burgers fantastic. Chicken riggies and salads were very tasty. Warm bread served is crunchy, yet light and airy. We love the warm, intimate but casual atmosphere. to top it all, we found the entire staff to be pleasant, friendly, and very attentive. We will be back!

  • Visited December 2013
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Connecticut
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Well kept secret?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

I don't know what to say about this place. The service? Impeccable. Might have been the most prompt & efficient waiter & food service I have ever seen. The food? Delicious! We had the crab cakes which are really good and we both had steaks which were very good as well.

It was a low-key place and is definitely on our list to go back to when we want something a little more casual. The parking lot is a huge bonus. No street parking or finding a lot for your car.

The only thing that was odd was the place was less than half full. It was maybe 7:30 or so on a Saturday night. It was obviously great for us, but I could not believe how light the crowd was. I have been to so many places that are packed and the food isn't half as good as here.

It is really close to the Bushnell, so it seems like this would be a great stop before/after a show.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank bt_dot_com
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Boston
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187 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Get the crabcakes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

These were some of the best crabcakes I've had in a while. Instead of one small cake with lots of filler, we got two good sized cakes with *maybe* a coating of crumbs. It was a lot of crabby goodness served with a little bit of greens for about $14. The salmon BLT was fine and my twist on a cocktail on their list was good. A very pleasant space (including a patio) with a wide ranging menu, definitely a spot to keep in mind slightly out of the downtown mix.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Joanie881
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Berlin, Connecticut
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We seem to forget about this gem of a restaurant that sits just outside of downtown Hartford. Great atmosphere in either the bar or the restaurant and best of all easy access free parking! We arrived early on a Saturday night, right as we had concert tickets for a show in Hartford. The restaurant was just opening but they were very gracious and seated us while they were still getting organized. The taste of Hartford $20.13 menu was still being offered which was a deal. Our waiter, Andrew for fantastic and made our evening memorable by being so personable. I ordered the salmon from the "taste" menu and it didn't disappoint. The ceviche appetizer was excellent and the strawberry shortcake dessert was great as well. My husband had their famous chicken riggies and loved it. If you are thinking about going to eat in Hartford, give J Restaurant a try

  • Visited September 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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121 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great Bar Beverages and Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Who would ever think that a Hibiscus martini would be so wonderful! It may be the bartender.
Try their signature salad, blue cheese burger, gyro or more signature dishes. I have never had a bad meal or a bad time. What a wonderful place to relax after work and not far from the sites of Hartford.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank StillinLOVEsince84
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