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Hawthorne Inn

2421 Wilbur Cross Hwy, (Spruce Brook Street), Berlin, CT 06037-4036
860- 828-3571
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Ranked #19 of 56 Restaurants in Berlin
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: At The Hawthorne, it's the cuisine that brings guests to us from far-and-wide! With Patrons from all over New England we strive to offer the very best in dinner faire, including a variety of beef from the grill and succulent seafood items. Our extensive wine menu wonderfully compliments our vast array of beef, poultry, seafood and more. With a variety of dining options our guests are able to enjoy a meal in their cozy booth or reserve a private table. Searching for the ultimate private dining experience? Request our Wine Cellar Room to enjoy fine dining in a gorgeous brick walled room with chandelier lighting and rustic decor. For even more privacy contact us to book one of our 12 private function rooms seating any amount of guests between 8 and 350. We work with you to make your dining experience special and unique!
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English first
New Britain, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband and I just loved going to this place. Fantastic bands on Saturday night. Bar 2421 (their bar) was always packed. As soon as the band started, the dance floor was full. Food had not been good but over the last months they had a new menu and chef and it improved considerably (the bruschetta was excellent). The service... More

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Newington, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Went here one night for dancing. Was good. Bar couldn't keep up w people. But went to brunch and it wasn't that busy and was very good. Heard they're closing. So sad. Come back!!!wantt to go for brunch and maybe dancing again. Good price on brunch

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Farmington, Connecticut
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I recently held my daughter's bridal shower at the Hawthorne Inn in the Sherwood Room. The chef designed a custom brunch buffet to fit my budget and requirements. I couldn't be more pleased or satisfied with the entire event! Everything was perfect, the staff extremely accommodating, attentive and the food superb. Each item on the buffet was delicious, fresh and... More

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East Hampton, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A group of 10 of us went for my sister-in-laws 60th birthday. She was excited to have the prime rib because it is supposedly famous for it. 5 of us ordered it and it was literally a giant slab of over-cooked, fatty meat on our plates. I swear it was all microwaved. Nothing came out together, the appetizers were obviously... More

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Manager M, Manager at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this review

I'm sorry you are so unhappy with your experience at The Hawthorne. If you had spoken up when your server and manager asked how everything was we would have happily made every accommodation to ensure a great meal. Our Prime Rib is cooked daily and never microwaved, and we do in fact make our crab cakes from scratch, in addition... More

Farmington, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Had a retirement party for our beloved principal and it was fantastic. The food was excellent as was pretty much everything else associated with the event. The set-ups looked lovely and the room was arranged exactly as requested. Bartender was accommodating as was the bus staff and right up to the manager. All presentational equipment was set up as requested... More

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Manager M, Manager at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this review

Dave, I am thrilled to hear you had such a great experience with us for the retirement party you held here. I love hearing great things about our staff! We will be happy to accommodate you again in the future and looking forward to it. Thank you for choosing The Hawthorne and we hope to see you soon! Kristine Manager More

Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The downstairs brunch buffet is a zoo, with noisy children running around. There's a good selection of menu items, all standard brunch fare. The wait staff was a little pokey with our drink orders, but friendly and competent overall. Very long tables mean you can't hear or participant in conversation. Ambience is like a hotel conference room.

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Manager M, Manager at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your concerns. We are currently working on resolving the issues you mentioned, starting with using a larger round table for bigger brunch parties. I agree that this will be much more conducive to conversation for larger groups. We do apologize for the children not being properly supervised by their parents, and in the future we will happily... More

Wallingford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I attended their Sunday brunch for a family event. I must say they do large groups very efficiently. We were not the only large group (18+) In the room. Even with all the people there was still good service. Food was good and there was nice variety. I would recommend them to host a family event.

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Syed B, Manager at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you had such a good experience. We hope to see you again soon! ~Kristine More

Cheshire, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had a Mother's Day celebration. It has been years since our last time here when it was dark and dungy. They have remodeled and the place is fantastic. We of course had prime rib and it was mouth watering. Definitely will return

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Syed B, Manager at Hawthorne Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Hawthorne for Mother's Day. We are glad to hear you had a great time. Our new website will be launched very soon. Please watch for specials and we hope to see you again soon! ~Kristine More

Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife and I are both prime rib buffs, so we decided to try the Hawthorne Inn. Some local reviews have it as one of the state's best prime rib sites, although most, like Tripadvisor, only give in so-so reviews. One nice feature is that the prime rib is usually available, not just on some days or only for dinner.... More

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Had been a very long time since I had had dinner here. Always Known For Stuffed Shrimp And Prime rib. My son enjoyed a burger and I had the recommended salmon. We also split a calamari. Everything was fresh and our waiter was very accomodating. We ate on the bar side. Was very nicely decorated.

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