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953 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT | Directions   06107

41.761612 -72.742761

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Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 2:30pm

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Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic Dining

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Reviews for Arugula

over a year ago

top of my list for W Hartford – Have been there twice…back to back nights in early September. Found the overall experience so good we went back the following night and the experience was repeated.

The service was attentive, the kitchen flexible and accommodating, they were willing to adjust their signature salad "fattoush" to include some items I requested.

The wine list was very surprising in that the price points were very friendly, almost too good to believe. But the wine was great and I am very picky about wines. There are some hidden gems on the list.

Visiting Hartford again this weekend and made sure to grab a reservation. Its that good and I've eaten at some of the best across the country.

A great place for comfortable and very enjoyable meal with family and friends.

over a year ago

thanks! i hope your third time was a charm!

over a year ago

Fabulous mussels! – Arugula's food is delicious, whatever you order. The mussels are the best we've ever had, served in a tea kettle with hints of curry and cream of coconut. The ambiance is intimate, warm and energized -- really the perfect place for a luscious meal with friends.

over a year ago

Five stars! – My husband and I are moving to West Hartford soon, so we spent last week house hunting. We quickly found what is now our favorite restaurant, Arugula. We loved it so much we at there 3 times during the week. The food is original, high quality and delicious. It is obvious the staff is proud to work there, and they are very knowledgeable about the menu. Christiane is a fun, outgoing and very talented owner and chef. She smiles from ear to ear when talking about her restaurant and staff. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates great food and a great dining experience.

over a year ago

Small with great ambiance – Arugula is a small place with a nice, cozy vibe, great service, amazing food, and an excellent wine list. Their fattoush salad is hands-down the best salad I've ever had in my entire life. It's rare that you find yourself craving a salad, but the only time it's happened to me is with Arugula. They have delicious desserts, too. You can't go wrong with this place.

over a year ago

My Favorite Restaurant in Connecticut – I Adore Arugula.

Arugula is a rare gem in the convoluted restaurant scene of West Hartford Center. On many occasions I have gone to Arugula by myself because the food is so good I would rather not talk to anyone while I let the flavors dance across my palate. My favorite dish is the appetizer of mussels in a coconut curry broth served with crisp sweet potato fries and an herbed mayonnaise. The dish is served in a giant teapot that keeps the mussels exquisitely warm while allowing you to pour out the aromatic broth into your bowl. The chef offers an exceptionally generous portion of about three-dozen oysters, so I often order this reasonably priced $13 appetizer as a meal. I also love the appetizer of escargot swimming in an herb de provence butter served with slices of brie croustini. In addition to astonishing appetizers, Arugula also boasts an impressive array of gourmet flat breads, exceptionally conceived entrees, and a well thought out wine list to boot. And don’t forget dessert. Their lemon cake with blue berry sauce is perfection.

If you want innovative, yet unpretentious, cuisine, served in generous portions at a reasonable price, then Arugula is the restaurant for you!

over a year ago


over a year ago

Great place to dine with no guilt – Staff and the enthusiastic owner very welcoming. Very recommended for your dining pleasure. Prices very reasonable. ,Great atmosphere, very homey and comfortable.

over a year ago

An overall great experience! – We held a bridal shower luncheon there and it was a wonderful success! We met with Chris, the owner, beforehand to pick a menu and she handled the rest from there. We were able to enjoy the event without thinking about anything else. The food was great. The service was great. Everyone had a wonderful time!

It has always been a favorite restaurant of mine, which is why I picked it for the shower. I was not disappointed!

over a year ago

Favorite West Hartford Resturant – Arugula is a wonderful resturant with fresh and delightful food. My husband and I love the fatoush salad and very flavorful gourmet flatbreads. The entrees for dinner a wonderful too. It is a small resturant with a layed back atmosphere. The food is great, as is the service! It is our favorite place to dine in.

But I believe they are closed on Mondays.

over a year ago

hi there...and thanks for the warm review!!! good news! we're not closed on mondays....or sundays for that matter...we open for dinner on both of those days...hope to see you soon...christiane

over a year ago

Great Atmosphere – A friend took me to this location on one of my recent trips to the East Coast. I split my time living in Chicago and Boston and traveling to other cities through out the year ,and I spend a great deal of time dining out. The atmosphere of this small Bistro in Hartford's West end is fantastic. Great decor, comfortable seating, wonderful music, and pleasant service. We shared about 6 different plates during our meal and the food, though good, reminds me of home-cooked food more than the refined and skilled cooking you see in many of the Bistro's across the country, especially those found in the larger cities. The wine list was a pleasant surprise. Our Dessert cake was good and reminded me of the pudding frosted desserts made at family holiday meals. I'd certainly recommend a visit and it was a great place to share some time with friends.

over a year ago

Best Restaurant in West Hartford Center – We made it a project to try all the restaurants in West Hartford Center over a few month period recently. Arugula won by quite a bit. The decor is comfortable and not pretentious, and the layout sufficiently spacious. The staff was friendly and service was attentive and obviously experienced. What distinguished Arugula most was the food, being light and flavorful and clearly reflecting a refined sense of subtleties in combining flavor and texture. Restaurants in the center cater to different preferences, but if you're looking for the best food and an easy atmosphere, this is the place. The price is not at all expensive for a restaurant of this quality.

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