Hartford >Food & Dining > Carbone's Ristorante
588 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT | Directions 0611441.732335 -72.674474
Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Neighborhoods: South End
Hartford's Best Italian Restaurant – Consistently wonderful dining experience! The food is excellent, from the wide variety of appetizers, to the extensive selection of main courses, every meal I have had has been delicious. The wait staff is efficient and very friendly, salads are prepared tableside, as well as a couple of desserts which is highly recommended. I’ve recently dined in their Library Room which offers a light fare menu and is certainly well worth trying when looking for something a little more casual. Both the dining room and Library Room decor is very warm and comfortable. Carbone’s is definitely my choice for the best dining in Hartford.
OK if you aren't usurped by a larger group – My husband is a Hartford native. He had been wanting to go to Carbone's forever. So for our 30th anniversary we went. I thought it started out alright but he was upset that we didn't get a booth that he had requested. We started with a bottle of wine, appetizers, and salad. Then a group of 8 people showed up. Hmmmm. Well these 30 somethings couldn't read the menu that we two old 50 somethings could so without asking us at all they shot the lights up. Tada! We were in the spotlight. We played a bit of lights up and lights down a few times but obviously the group of 8 won because we left. Needless to say I didn't get my 30th anniversary supper but next week I will. Flemings is the place to go for special service not Carbones...unless of course you are a group of 8.
Very Disappointed – Friday night we went to Carbone's in Hartford on a recommendation of a friend. Yes, I know they have been there forever but we had never been. All I can say is the evening was a disappointment from beginning to end. We waited forever for our cocktails and when they finally came, my husband's was wrong. He drank it anyway because he was afraid of another wait. We figured this was just a weekend night glitch until we were served our first course. There were little or no clams in the clams casino and half of my steamed mussels were closed. The main courses were equally disappointing with small portions of meat swimming in too much heavy sauce. Our waiter did offer us dessert but then never came back to take our order. When we saw him again we just asked for the check. An expensive evening that we never wish to repeat.
Soooooo Incredibly Disappointing – Carbone's has a history of good food and impeccable service. Emphasis on the word HISTORY!!!!
I believe our waitress was Hitlers sister. Abrasive, cold and impatient.
She said their signature "product" was their fettuccini carbonara. Well folks, pasta costs about 20cents a metric TON. So why would a restaurant charge you $22+ bucks for a cup (I kid you not) of macaroni with a sauce that is broken (cream separated and has become pure oil). And WHO ON EARTH puts sausage in their carbonara and no peas or bacon???
Bread was incredibly boring. Flavorless sun-dried tomato dipping oil. Way overdone and bitter breadsticks.
Ten dollars for tableside salad: one dollar worth of ingredients. Gorgonzola salad that leaves you wishing you had more than two crumbs of the cheese in your salad. I love salad, I am happy to pay $10 for a GREAT salad....not the case here folks.
Our dirty dishes sat in front of us for 25 minutes without being cleared off.
Lousy wine list with astronomical prices. Again, give me a delicious wine and money is no object.
We were so disappointed we were afraid to order dessert. Cappuccino came with biscotti which were ice cold thin slices of cookies (store-bought).
I assure you, if we had a wonderful dinner I would have written a shining review. $364.00 later; we vow never to return!
Great Food, Great Atmosphere – I went there with a big group of people one night, and sometimes waiters or waitresses don't like to handle big groups, but the service was great, and the food was superior, i would recommend Carbone's to anyone!!! Great place to have a fantastic meal.
Unbelieveable food, unbelieveable people!!!! – Wow!! That's all I can say. The service from when I walked in the door to when they made me feel like a family member on the way out was impecable! With me, five others, a table of 6 all together. The restaurant was pretty full and the hostess lead us to visit the most entertaining bartend outside of NYC. We ordered one drink and before we could finish it the hostess lead us to a table (they carried our drinks for us). The service was unbelieve, with table side preparation of flamming salads and desserts. Entrees were great, and the owner came out to thank us for dinning even thought he didin't know who we were. Great food, great service.
Mediocre food – Former New Yorkers, we stopped here on the way back from Massachusetts thinking we were so lucky to find a charming Little Italy section in Hartford. We found the food extremely overpriced but had no problem with what we found to be generous portions. However, the sole dish was so bland that we didn't bother eating it. The escarole and bean soup was actually minestrone that was similar in taste to a Progresso product. Although the service was friendly, no one ever bothered to ask why our soup or sole dish was left mostly untouched. Somebody in this joint is not paying attention. Wouldn't go back.
Why does this place get such great reviews? I don't get it. – "This is place is overpriced and the food is ok but nothing special. There are better resturants on Franklin Ave. Save your money! " I totaly agree 100% I think it is WAY overpriced. The food is NOT that great. I also think the food is "Mediocre" at best., and definitely NOT worth the price, or the visit. Trust me on this one, you'll be glad you did.
Living on its reputation – We recently dined with 5 other family members on a Saturday night. This an old style southern Italian restaurant that has not changed with the times. Prices are quite high relative to the quality and quantity of food and it appears they are living on their reputation. My seafood over pasta dish was quite mediocre lacking both assertiveness and seafood. My wife chose a veal scallpini dish which was almost laughable in terms of quantity, but was very tender. Overall absent its reputation as a place for the in people or the wannabes, I seriously doubt it woud survive very long on its food.
User review by gojt11 – I found that Carbones is a great restaurant, great food, and great service. I can't believe that people would say anything wrong about it. The bar tender Tommy-Joe was very entertaining and very helpful and a great bartender. The hostess and coatroom attendent was very personable. We really enjoyed our evening at Carbones Resturant and will be going back very soon.
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