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1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103-1490 (Asylum Street)
860-249-5100
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups
Description: Welcome to the New Hot Tomato's!

The newly renovated, casual restaurant...
Welcome to the New Hot Tomato's!

The newly renovated, casual restaurant features and open kitchen, multiple dining areas, an old world wine cellar, and charming outdoor stone patio. The bar is a lively part of the restaurant where guests may enjoy specialized cocktails, exceptional wine or choose to have a full meal. Our extensive wine cellar offers wines from regions all over the world, making it easy to pair a glass or bottle with your meal.

We strive to give excellent service at all times and will set the pace of your dining to your needs. Trying to catch the next train out of Hartford or grabbing a quick business lunch? Just tell us and we will speed it up to accommodate you.

We are located in the heart of Hartford, CT adjacent to the historic landmark, Union Station, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

We look forward to your visit. Buon appetito!
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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food

very good food - everyone at the table was very happy where their meal. service was good portions were large. Rigatoni Carbonera was excellent. Creme Brulee was average.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

This is not a review of the food or the waitress, but of total mismanagement. We were a party of 6 with 6:15 reservations and 8 PM theater tickets. At 7:15 two of our party was served. At 7:35, three more were served and we had 10 minutes to leave to get to the show The last person never got... More 

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Thank Larry H
Bristol, Connecticut
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59 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I went for lunch with a large group from work. They had wonderful food and service was great. The specials were delicious and everyone seemed very happy with the meal and service.

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1 Thank Wendy B
Tara R, Guest Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

Great to hear you and your colleagues enjoyed your lunch with us! It’s always a fantastic compliment when everyone in the party enjoys their meals. We hope you all join us again soon, hopefully on a nice day when you will be able to be seated on our patio! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

very good food - everyone at the table was very happy where their meal. service was good portions were large. Rigatoni Carbonera was excellent. Creme Brulee was average.

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Thank licinfl
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

This was a little hard to find but once we did we were pleased. Visiting for a CrossFit Competition at the XL Center we walked to this little gem found through the Trip Advisor app. Our server was a sweetheart, there was live music & the food was delicious.

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Thank Alethea S
Tara R, Guest Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

So great you were able to dine with us while you were visiting Hartford! It was a beautiful weekend, and we’re happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We will be sure to share your review with our team. Hope you head back to Hartford soon and visit us! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Family of five on a sunday night. Quiet in restaurant and service was bad. (Waitress) but staff bailed her out. Veal chop was very good as was the pasta with shrimp and sausage. Garden salad lame and wilted but wedge salad rocked. Had pasta dish with pork chicken and sausage amazing. Very fresh. .

Helpful?
Thank foodyfamily5
Tara R, Guest Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

Nothing brings the family together like Sunday night dinner and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your entrees with us. We appreciate your feedback, and will be sure to share with our team in order to improve for your next visit. Hope to see you and the family soon! More 

Chandler, Arizona, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Would not recommend this place at all. Both food and service was extremely poor. arrived at 1:30 after lunch crowd so no excuse to wait as long as I did for my hamburger which was awful. Also the table was not stable on the floor and after adding 4 packets of sugar to stabilize the table I knew I was... More 

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Thank Chad C
Avon, Connecticut
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Yes, it's popular but unfortunately it was disappointing when we were there for lunch recently. Food was average at best. My caesar salad was not fresh and not flavorful. Old train station atmosphere is creative and frolicking...but noisy...so be warned it's not a place for an intimate conversation.

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Thank carrie g
Tara R, Guest Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

The beauty of our large space is you can enjoy the liveliness of our lounge or the intimacy of our upper dining area! Please let us know next time if you would like a more intimate experience, we’d be more than happy to try to accommodate that for you. Average is not what we strive for, and we would love... More 

Wethersfield, Connecticut
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131 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Visited for a business dinner and had along with a co-worker the veal parmesan chop. What came out was a Flintstone sized portion. It was delicious! Nicely breaded and cooked perfectly. Was only able to eat half as the meal also included a nice portion of pasta. Service was great throughout. Waiting to go back again, hopefully soon.

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Thank capecodtraveler01
Tara R, Guest Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

Nothing better than being able to bring home some leftovers! We’re glad you enjoyed the Veal Parmesan dish, and are happy to hear you had great service throughout as well. We’ll be sure to share your kind compliments with our team. We hope to see you in again soon to try some of our other classic Italian dishes! More 

Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Had not been to this place in years and I have mixed reviews! The garlic bread was to die for...just like I remember..A+. However, we went during the "Taste of Hartford" when you are able to order an Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert from a select menu for $30. This seems like great deal until it becomes clear that these are... More 

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Thank BINK61
Tara R, Public Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

No meal is complete at Hot Tomato’s without trying our garlic bread, glad it was just how you remembered it! Our Taste of Hartford menu is meant to give our customers a chance to try multiple items off of our classic menu that they may not usually order at a discounted price, which is why the portions are slightly smaller... More 

Winter Garden, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great food and atmosphere! Order the garlic bread for sure! Boths types are amazing. Huge portions of really delicious food. There was live entertainment on the night we went. Not too loud and the misic was great. I will go to Hot Tomato's every time I visit Hartford.

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1 Thank SShaug12
Tara R, Public Relations Manager at Hot Tomato's, responded to this review

Great food, lively entertainment, and our famous garlic bread always make for an exciting night at Hot Tomato’s! Glad you were able to enjoy your night with us, we look forward to seeing you next time you are in town! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103-1490
    (Asylum Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: 860-249-5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Welcome to the New Hot Tomato's!

The newly renovated, casual restaurant features and open kitchen, multiple dining areas, an old world wine cellar, and charming outdoor stone patio. The bar is a lively part of the restaurant where guests may enjoy specialized cocktails, exceptional wine or choose to have a full meal. Our extensive wine cellar offers wines from regions all over the world, making it easy to pair a glass or bottle with your meal.

We strive to give excellent service at all times and will set the pace of your dining to your needs. Trying to catch the next train out of Hartford or grabbing a quick business lunch? Just tell us and we will speed it up to accommodate you.

We are located in the heart of Hartford, CT adjacent to the historic landmark, Union Station, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

We look forward to your visit. Buon appetito!
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?