Hot Tomato's

★★★★☆
  • 1 Union Pl

    Hartford, CT 06103

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  • 860-249-5100

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Hours
Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat 4pm-1am

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So my wife and I had a Groupon for this place and we've been meaning to get out there but it's hard with a baby and all... We finally got a sitter yesterday and made time to go up there, double checked their hours on their website (which as of today 6/13/11 are still not updated) and drove 25 min up there just to find them CLOSED in contradiction to their site.

So I called today and spoke to the general manager at Hot Tomato's to ask if they'd just extend it a bit to make up for their misleading information and they said they will not honor it past it's expiration date and won't give us anything in lieu of it. i told him "This is a matter of $10. I drove up there based on false info on your website (which he said they're in the process of updating) all the way to Hartford, got a sitter and everything and you're willing to lose a new customer over $10? You already got your portion of my money."

He said we've had time to use it and when i said "you're willing to lose a new customer over $10?...etc." he laughed and said "yeah i guess so". SCREW YOU BUDDY. RIDICULOUS!

After all this I called Groupon and they gave me a credit back! Groupon WIN. Hot Tomato's FAIL!

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★☆☆☆☆

So my wife and I had a Groupon for this place and we've been meaning to get out there but it's hard with a baby and all... We finally got a sitter yesterday and made time to go up there, double checked their hours on their website (which as of today 6/13/11 are still not updated) and drove 25 min up there just to find them CLOSED in contradiction to their site.

So I called today and spoke to the general manager at Hot Tomato's to ask if they'd just extend it a bit to make up for their misleading information and they said they will not honor it past it's expiration date and won't give us anything in lieu of it. i told him "This is a matter of $10. I drove up there based on false info on your website (which he said they're in the process of updating) all the way to Hartford, got a sitter and everything and you're willing to lose a new customer over $10? You already got your portion of my money."

He said we've had time to use it and when i said "you're willing to lose a new customer over $10?...etc." he laughed and said "yeah i guess so". SCREW YOU BUDDY. RIDICULOUS!

After all this I called Groupon and they gave me a credit back! Groupon WIN. Hot Tomato's FAIL!

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BOYCOTT HOT TOMATOS!!!

Up until May of 2009, i would have given Hot Tomatos 4 stars. However, the last time i stopped in, i received some disturbing news. I learned that Jimmy Cosgrove was no longer the general manager of my favorite restaurant. Jimmy was much more than a GM. He was the giant smile that greeted my family and i at the door. He was a fixture. Sometimes, he was the waiter, the busser, or the food runner. Most of all, Jimmy was the reason we returned to hot tomatos week after week for the last 7 years. Jimmy Cosgrove WAS hot tomatos. We'll miss the garlic bread, but we refuse to give the black widow another dime. Can't wait til your new place opens up, Jimmy!!

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BOYCOTT HOT TOMATOS!!!

Up until May of 2009, i would have given Hot Tomatos 4 stars. However, the last time i stopped in, i received some disturbing news. I learned that Jimmy Cosgrove was no longer the general manager of my favorite restaurant. Jimmy was much more than a GM. He was the giant smile that greeted my family and i at the door. He was a fixture. Sometimes, he was the waiter, the busser, or the food runner. Most of all, Jimmy was the reason we returned to hot tomatos week after week for the last 7 years. Jimmy Cosgrove WAS hot tomatos. We'll miss the garlic bread, but we refuse to give the black widow another dime. Can't wait til your new place opens up, Jimmy!!

Pros: ZERO

Cons: RRaattss, flies, bacteria

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My fiance and I are new to the area and read all the fabulous reviews about Hot Tomatoes. The staff was very nice and we liked how it was not pretentious but still a classy place. The service was pretty good however there were many large parties and it was extremely noisy. But the ambiance was very nice and fit the place well.

We started with the sushi as an appetizer and it was terrible. It tasted like they had been made days earlier and the rice was awful. We just took the tuna out and ate it like that. The french bread they give (not the staple garlic bread) tasted like paper. For our main course I had the gnocci pasta---I had never had such large gnocci and it ruined the dish. The frozen gnocci I get at Trader Joe's is much more satisfying. My fiance got steak which was supposed to have a 'gorgonzola' crust-however it was more like they plopped a scoop of blue cheese dressing on top and it totally took over the taste of the steak.

Though very dissapointed by the food-I would be willing to give this place another shot. The wine list was good (only $22 for the cheapest bottle of wine) and the ambiance was nice so hopefully if we return we will have a better experience and order some better dishes.

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★★★☆☆

My fiance and I are new to the area and read all the fabulous reviews about Hot Tomatoes. The staff was very nice and we liked how it was not pretentious but still a classy place. The service was pretty good however there were many large parties and it was extremely noisy. But the ambiance was very nice and fit the place well.

We started with the sushi as an appetizer and it was terrible. It tasted like they had been made days earlier and the rice was awful. We just took the tuna out and ate it like that. The french bread they give (not the staple garlic bread) tasted like paper. For our main course I had the gnocci pasta---I had never had such large gnocci and it ruined the dish. The frozen gnocci I get at Trader Joe's is much more satisfying. My fiance got steak which was supposed to have a 'gorgonzola' crust-however it was more like they plopped a scoop of blue cheese dressing on top and it totally took over the taste of the steak.

Though very dissapointed by the food-I would be willing to give this place another shot. The wine list was good (only $22 for the cheapest bottle of wine) and the ambiance was nice so hopefully if we return we will have a better experience and order some better dishes.

Pros: Wine list, friendly staff, not pretentious

Cons: Food, Noisy with many large parties/groups

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let me start of by saying that this is one amazing place. i have been here a couple times and the atmosphere, the people, and the wait staff is great. the food is an A+(try the tort rose) the service is quick and the staff is friendly. no real complaints except that the waiters are a little lazy it seems that they do not do anything but take the order. The busboys are the one's that really took care of us. they were there for everything we needed. (Thanks Amanda and Paul) you guys were great. i would recommend and have recommended this place. keep up the good work guys, and thanks for the amazing garlic bread Jimmy it was great with left overs.
P.S. don't think about getting into the bar for drinks on the weekends its cramped full of people

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★★★★★

let me start of by saying that this is one amazing place. i have been here a couple times and the atmosphere, the people, and the wait staff is great. the food is an A+(try the tort rose) the service is quick and the staff is friendly. no real complaints except that the waiters are a little lazy it seems that they do not do anything but take the order. The busboys are the one's that really took care of us. they were there for everything we needed. (Thanks Amanda and Paul) you guys were great. i would recommend and have recommended this place. keep up the good work guys, and thanks for the amazing garlic bread Jimmy it was great with left overs.
P.S. don't think about getting into the bar for drinks on the weekends its cramped full of people

Pros: service

Cons: parking/ bar

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My husband and I love Hot Tomatos. The garlic bread with cheese is the best ever. The food is delicious. You can see the chefs preparing the meals. You won't be disappointed. Plan Hot Tomatos for a special occasion and give it a try.

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★★★★★

My husband and I love Hot Tomatos. The garlic bread with cheese is the best ever. The food is delicious. You can see the chefs preparing the meals. You won't be disappointed. Plan Hot Tomatos for a special occasion and give it a try.

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Hot Tomatos is an excellent Italian food place. My husband loves the Spackle, a sausage and pasta dish. The garlic bread is very unique and out of this world. They have the bread to go. Beware, they are not afraid to use the garlic here!

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★★★★☆

Hot Tomatos is an excellent Italian food place. My husband loves the Spackle, a sausage and pasta dish. The garlic bread is very unique and out of this world. They have the bread to go. Beware, they are not afraid to use the garlic here!

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I like Hot Tomato's . The service is very good and the food is good enough. The decor could use a little work but it is comfortable.The garlic bread is just the best around and sometimes they will give you a loave in your doggy bag.

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★★★★☆

I like Hot Tomato's . The service is very good and the food is good enough. The decor could use a little work but it is comfortable.The garlic bread is just the best around and sometimes they will give you a loave in your doggy bag.

Pros: the garlic bread,the service and the wine list

Cons: ??? can't think of any offhand

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We had a going away party and they were gracious enough to put our 15+ party in a private room, no extra charge on a weekend. The food was excellent as usual and our personal server, Sean, was very friendly and made the experience a very memorable one. We totally recommend this restaurant, for big parties as well as just a small dining date.

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★★★★★

We had a going away party and they were gracious enough to put our 15+ party in a private room, no extra charge on a weekend. The food was excellent as usual and our personal server, Sean, was very friendly and made the experience a very memorable one. We totally recommend this restaurant, for big parties as well as just a small dining date.

Cons: parking can be difficult when it's busy

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Hot Tomatoes has the best food and drinks around. The service is awesome. We go there often and really enjoy it!! Its right off the highway. Its very clean!!

5
★★★★★

Hot Tomatoes has the best food and drinks around. The service is awesome. We go there often and really enjoy it!! Its right off the highway. Its very clean!!

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This place came highly recommended, and boy did it deliver! My fiancee and I were looking for a casual place to grab a meal after a long day. Downtown Hartford is pretty sleepy, but as soon as we entered the place, the hip atmosphere changed our mood. The food was EXCELLENT, the service was friendly, suited to our taste, and very prompt, and the ambiance was inviting. I would definitely bring friends/family here as a Hartford MUST-SEE. Our server, Rafael, did an outstanding job of understanding our needs/wants, and customizing his recommendations so that we left happy (and modifying the dishes to match our tastes).

The only down side, honestly, was that there were SO MANY good choices on the menu, it took us a long while to figure out what we really wanted (ask your server, and they'll help you navigate). You can't go wrong with this choice, and the bread was a great surprise at the end!

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★★★★★

This place came highly recommended, and boy did it deliver! My fiancee and I were looking for a casual place to grab a meal after a long day. Downtown Hartford is pretty sleepy, but as soon as we entered the place, the hip atmosphere changed our mood. The food was EXCELLENT, the service was friendly, suited to our taste, and very prompt, and the ambiance was inviting. I would definitely bring friends/family here as a Hartford MUST-SEE. Our server, Rafael, did an outstanding job of understanding our needs/wants, and customizing his recommendations so that we left happy (and modifying the dishes to match our tastes).

The only down side, honestly, was that there were SO MANY good choices on the menu, it took us a long while to figure out what we really wanted (ask your server, and they'll help you navigate). You can't go wrong with this choice, and the bread was a great surprise at the end!

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere

Cons: Too many menu choices... (can that even be a con? ) It took us a while to sort through the many options...

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I have to say that Hot Tomato's is my favorite place. I like to go during the warm season and sit outside on the patio and enjoy the great food. I love most the bread with the red butter spread, the food is well priced and the staff is friendly. I highly reccommend during the spring and summer.

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★★★★★

I have to say that Hot Tomato's is my favorite place. I like to go during the warm season and sit outside on the patio and enjoy the great food. I love most the bread with the red butter spread, the food is well priced and the staff is friendly. I highly reccommend during the spring and summer.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service, inexpensive

Cons: Parking is hard to find at times

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I am now living in Vermont, but everytime I go back to CT, I always get pizza from hot tomato's. There crust is thin, and they use all fresh natural ingrediants. My favorite is the basil, tomato and mozzarella pizza. The staff is always kind, but is usually quite pizza on weekends. I would highly recommend.

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★★★★☆

I am now living in Vermont, but everytime I go back to CT, I always get pizza from hot tomato's. There crust is thin, and they use all fresh natural ingrediants. My favorite is the basil, tomato and mozzarella pizza. The staff is always kind, but is usually quite pizza on weekends. I would highly recommend.

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The wait staff was awesome and the food was great. Huge portions .Top notch. Look like they have a gathering room for larger parties. Right in downtown Hartford.. The only drawback is we had to pay 10$ to park... very little parking at night on the weekends.

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★★★★★

The wait staff was awesome and the food was great. Huge portions .Top notch. Look like they have a gathering room for larger parties. Right in downtown Hartford.. The only drawback is we had to pay 10$ to park... very little parking at night on the weekends.

Cons: hard to find parking

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reasonable prices and an upscale casual resturant in downtown near bus station. can be busy and loud at times hard to find parking. overall, a good stop in downtown to have a nice dinner

PROS: good food resonable prices/more upscale then pizza
CONS: limited parking/neighborhood

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★★★★☆

reasonable prices and an upscale casual resturant in downtown near bus station. can be busy and loud at times hard to find parking. overall, a good stop in downtown to have a nice dinner

PROS: good food resonable prices/more upscale then pizza
CONS: limited parking/neighborhood

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This is a Hartford Icon that doesn't seem to rest on its laurels. Jimmy the owner/manager is unbelievable, he remembered us on our second visit, including where we sat. Not gourmet food but very tasty and consistent. The decoration is modern with some whimsical touches and the service is down to earth friendly. Nice diverse crowd. Make a reservation as you'll need it most nights.

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★★★★★

This is a Hartford Icon that doesn't seem to rest on its laurels. Jimmy the owner/manager is unbelievable, he remembered us on our second visit, including where we sat. Not gourmet food but very tasty and consistent. The decoration is modern with some whimsical touches and the service is down to earth friendly. Nice diverse crowd. Make a reservation as you'll need it most nights.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

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The ambiance is not what I expected. The decor is non-descript unless you eat in the wine room which is terrific. I had expected a more upscale dining area. The service was fabulous but the food was only fair. My sirloin was tough, the calamari were over breaded and the salmon ossobuco was bland. Every thing is a la carte which is ok if the food is worth it. I didn't think the value was there.

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★★★☆☆

The ambiance is not what I expected. The decor is non-descript unless you eat in the wine room which is terrific. I had expected a more upscale dining area. The service was fabulous but the food was only fair. My sirloin was tough, the calamari were over breaded and the salmon ossobuco was bland. Every thing is a la carte which is ok if the food is worth it. I didn't think the value was there.

Pros: Great service

Cons: Atmosphere, Food quality, Value

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Hot Tomatoes has a warm inviting atmosphere and their italian is fresh and new along with some classics. Their bread with the tomatoe basil butter is the first thing to hit your table and is incredible. All of the staff is friendly and attentive and the manager tries to visit every table and see them off at the door. This place is outstanding as far as restaurants go!

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★★★★★

Hot Tomatoes has a warm inviting atmosphere and their italian is fresh and new along with some classics. Their bread with the tomatoe basil butter is the first thing to hit your table and is incredible. All of the staff is friendly and attentive and the manager tries to visit every table and see them off at the door. This place is outstanding as far as restaurants go!

Cons: The bar needs to be expanded, very tight

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Strongly recommend to anyone in the area.

I really liked the open kitchen, and the garlic bread there is fantastic.

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★★★★★

Strongly recommend to anyone in the area.

I really liked the open kitchen, and the garlic bread there is fantastic.

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From the moment I walked in the door...
The bartender, if somewhat reserved, poured a great Martini. I was seated promptly by a gratious host, served by a professional who was intimate with the menu, and the food was well thought-out while maintaining its edge. An outstanding dining experience.

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★★★★★

From the moment I walked in the door...
The bartender, if somewhat reserved, poured a great Martini. I was seated promptly by a gratious host, served by a professional who was intimate with the menu, and the food was well thought-out while maintaining its edge. An outstanding dining experience.

Pros: Service, Taste, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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The Lobster Mac N Cheese is to die for. Much as you may be tempted, do not fill up on the scrupmtious Garlic-Cheese Bread, it's addictive. Consistently awesome Trottoria-style atmosphere, food and service. It is truely difficult to choose what you want, especially if you eat there often, everything is soooooo yummy.

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★★★★★

The Lobster Mac N Cheese is to die for. Much as you may be tempted, do not fill up on the scrupmtious Garlic-Cheese Bread, it's addictive. Consistently awesome Trottoria-style atmosphere, food and service. It is truely difficult to choose what you want, especially if you eat there often, everything is soooooo yummy.

Pros: Outside dining, Great Value, Awesome food

Cons: Parking, Loud

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I've lived in Hartford all my life until a friend took me to Hot Tomato's for a diiner/business meeting. I'd tried the 3 devil shrimp and I almost lost my mind! The staff and managment made me fell right at homoe with the service, and the food was Grrrrrrrrreaaaaat! Now, I can't stop going there, LONG LIVE HOT TOMATO'S!

Walt

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★★★★★

I've lived in Hartford all my life until a friend took me to Hot Tomato's for a diiner/business meeting. I'd tried the 3 devil shrimp and I almost lost my mind! The staff and managment made me fell right at homoe with the service, and the food was Grrrrrrrrreaaaaat! Now, I can't stop going there, LONG LIVE HOT TOMATO'S!

Walt

Pros: Good Food, Wonderful Service

Cons: Not so great parking

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The appetizers here are incredible and the salads are meals. The mozzarella salad is just that, a HUGE portion of fresh mozz with roasted red peppers and awesome greens. The portobello mushroom appetizer comes with polenta and a decadent cream sauce. Needless to say, we didn't get the chance to have an entree.

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★★★★★

The appetizers here are incredible and the salads are meals. The mozzarella salad is just that, a HUGE portion of fresh mozz with roasted red peppers and awesome greens. The portobello mushroom appetizer comes with polenta and a decadent cream sauce. Needless to say, we didn't get the chance to have an entree.

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Modern art meets haute cuisine at Hot Tomato's, a restaurant that offers upscale northern Italian fare with a contemporary twist. The atmosphere's lively, the wine list is about an arm and a half long, and the food's generally first-rate.…

 

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