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Connecticut-Anniversary Dinner?

I could use some suggestions for romantic restaurants in Connecticut for my 10th wedding anniversary dinner. Good food is most important, but also looking for a nice atmosphere.

Not able to drive to the coastal areas, since it will be during the week...
we're close to Vernon, Hartford, Ellington, Glastonbury, Newington, Wethersfield

Any suggestions for a special place?

Thanks
-R

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  1. I am surprised no one responded to this. There are several great restaurants in Glastonbury for just such a dinner. Glas on Main Street is nice, as is Max Amore and Gilberts on Glastonbury Boulevard. Not sure when you are going, but there is a new Max's Fish House restaurant opening in November. Should be excellent as all Max Restaurant's are. Jay

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    1. re: JayCT

      Just had dinner a week ago at Glas. The food was very good but the service was unforgiveable. Our waitress was missing in action. We were totally ignored. After waiting about 30 minutes for our entrees I spoke with another waiter and was going to just pay for the appetizers and leave our food arrived. 3 tables around us just walked out. For the price I expect much more service. I will not return. Had a much better experience at J Gilberts. Has anyone tried Firebox in Hartford?

      1. re: ganache123

        There is a place in Vernon called "AQUA" its where Copperfields was once! Also there's Cavey's in Manchester right near the center,that is a very nice place for a Nice quiet Dinner. Hope these give you a few more choices. Earle

        1. re: Earle

          Earle, thanks for the suggestions. Aqua in Vernon sounds great to me, menu isn't basic enough for my husband, and unfortunately, it's a little bit too pricey for us at this time. Been to Cavey's before, and liked it...but looking for a new restaurant we haven't been to.

          -R

    2. I am not a big fan of J. Gilbert's as it seems to casual for the price, same for Carmen Anthony's in Wethersfield. I like Max Downtown for a nice ocassion. If only Pastis were still there....

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      1. re: crunyon

        We actually went to Max Downtown for our 1st anniversary...hard to believe we'll now be celebrating our 10th! I always wanted to try Pastis but never got to...sorry to hear the restaurant closed.
        -R

        1. re: crunyon

          I agree with you about Gilberts. The interior is nothing more special than the 99 Restaurant down the street. The food is good but I just don't feel like I am getting what I am paying for there. JMHO. I am surprised to hear that Glas was bad. I haven't heard anything like that before. Could it have just been one bad night? I also agree that Peppercorns is wonderful. And that the Max restaurants are always a good choice. The new Max Seafood in Glastonbury is suppose to open November 15th. Can't wait to try it. Jay

        2. Not sure if you have already had the dinner....but Peppercorns in Hartford is very nice. Elegant cozy and romantic. Great place for anniversary. Have fun.

          1. Anyone been to Nunu's in Colchester lately. I haven't been there for a couple of years - food was good, nice atmosphere and BYO...

            http://www.nunusbistro.com/

            1. Am I too late?

              Cavey's is probably the best restaurant in the area (Manchester). Upstairs is Italian, downstairs is high-end French. Both are superb.

              http://www.caveysrestaurant.com/

              1. Hope I'm not too late, too, but I want to bring up OPorto in Hartford (used to be Casa Lisboa). Portuguese cuisine with a great wine list. Service always great. In new location, not quite as quiet as in old, but still one of the more quiet restaurants. Also, always recommend Costa del Sol in Hartford--delicious, impeccable staff, great wine list (try the sangria, esp the champagne sangria! www.Oportohartford.com

                Hope you have a great anniversary!

                Donna