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Best Hartford Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Hartford.


 

Apricots American
14/20
1593 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032
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Contemporary fare with New England flair lures both special occasion and casual diners to this enduring riverfront restaurant. More...

Arethusa al tavolo American
15/20
828 Bantam Rd.
Bantam, CT 06750

Farm-to-table cuisine at this rural restaurant, where dishes are prepared with rich, fresh dairy products from Arethusa Farm. More...

Bar Bouchee French
15/20
8 Scotland Ave.
Madison, CT 06443

Savor fine French cooking without getting fancied up at this casual bistro owned by Connecticut's preeminent French chef. More...

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar Spanish
14/20
971 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06017

Eclectic tapas, dozens of wines by the glass, heated outdoor dining and a lively night scene are the draws at Barcelona. More...

Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar American
13/20
Dining Room at Bobby V 11 Schoephoester Rd.
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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With 70-plus TVs, you can cheer for your team --- as well as for gourmet bar food --- at the second Connecticut venture from MLB legend Bobby Valentine. More...

The Elbow Room American
12/20
Dining Room at The Elbow Room, West Hartford, CT 986 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
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Downtown West Hartford's landmark eatery offering comfort food and a "see and be seen" bar scene. More...

Firebox Restaurant American Regional
14/20
Dining Room at Firebox Restaurant , Hartford, CT 539 Broad St.
Hartford, CT 06106
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Parkville restaurant for farm-to-table, American regional cooking. More...

Grants Restaurant & Bar American
15/20
Dining Room at Grants Restaurant & Bar, West Hartford, CT 977 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
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A top dining option in downtown West Hartford's restaurant row. More...

The Mill on the River Modern American
14/20
989 Ellington Rd.
South Windsor, CT 06074
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A romantic yet family-friendly waterside restaurant with a celebratory vibe. More...

Pond House Cafe Eclectic
14/20
Dining Room at Pond House Cafe, West Hartford, CT 1555 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
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Eclectic fine dining in the middle of Elizabeth Park. More...

Restaurant Bricco Italian
14/20
78 LaSalle Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06107
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Bricco is blessed by the unerring New Italian instincts of chef Billy Grant. More...

Salute Italian
14/20
100 Trumbull St.
Hartford, CT 06103
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Former Hot Tomato's partner offers upscale Italian fare and a sophisticated bar scene in downtown Hartford. More...

Vito's by the Park Italian
14/20
26 Trumbull St.
Hartford, CT 06103
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Classic Italian fare awaits just steps from Hartford's historic Bushnell Park. More...

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