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Favorite Hartford area special occasion dinner?

mallomarmom Jan 8, 2009 09:46 AM

What's your favorite place to go for a birthday celebration, party of 2? Terrific food and atmosphere, and great service? Anything goes.

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    chowmensch RE: mallomarmom Jan 8, 2009 09:59 AM

    Here are some suggestions in no particular order:

    Metro Bis: Simsbury
    Grant's: West Hartford
    Piccolo Arancio: Farmington
    Amelia's: Simsbury
    Abigail's: Simsbury
    Morton's: Hartford
    Max Downtown: Hartford
    Still River Cafe: Eastford
    Du Village: Chester

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      mallomarmom RE: chowmensch Jan 8, 2009 10:15 AM

      All terrific suggestions! Thanks for the great start!

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      Meesch70 RE: mallomarmom Jan 8, 2009 10:14 AM

      Personal faves:

      Apricot's - Farmington
      The Cottage - Plainville
      Restaurant du Village - Chester
      Trumbull Kitchen - Hartford
      Arugula - West Hartford
      Firebox - Hartford
      Max Downtown - Hartford

      Have fun!!

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        rudysmom RE: mallomarmom Jan 8, 2009 05:20 PM

        how about a special occasion lunch? ON20 in Hartford.

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          Science Chick RE: rudysmom Jan 9, 2009 05:25 AM

          I agree w/ ON20 for lunch. Also, don't forget Cavey's in Manchester....always great!

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            ElizabethHenton RE: Science Chick Jan 9, 2009 12:22 PM

            Sorry - I erased - I didn't go hartford area specific, so I erased my suggestions

            That's what happens when you are state school educated

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          chrism23 RE: mallomarmom Jan 9, 2009 01:07 PM

          Cavey,s downstairs, the French restaurant, without a doubt. Absolutely old school elegance, perfect service, perhaps the best wine list in central Connecticut. Some of the other suggestions here aren't really appropriate for special occasions. Arugula is great but more of an informal bistro, Trumbull Kitchen is good but loud and informal. Morton's is a chain and not special at all. Restaurant du Village is great but it is in Chester which is a hike, about 45 minutes from Hartford, Metro Bis again is great but it is also a bistro. Max Downtown or Grant's would work, but if its really special go to Caveys.

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