Hartford >Food & Dining > Hot Tomato's
1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT | Directions 0610341.768663 -72.681377
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!!
Food mediocre, very noisy. Service, wine, and ambiance good. – 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.
this place is amazing – 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
The Garlic Bread!!!!!! – 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.
A+ Servers and Staff, Food is Excellent! – 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.
WOW. Great experience! – 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!
Great Food – 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.
best pizza – 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.
great atmosphere – 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.
wow – 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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