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Chowder Pot IV

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165 Brainard Rd, Hartford, CT 06114-2102
(860) 244-3311
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Taste of Hartford

Great Taste of Hartford menu. For $20.16 there was soup, salad. entree, desert. I thought the portions would be small, but they were full size and delicious. The rhode Island claim chowder was great, the haddock stuffed with lobster was amazing, I also brought some home. Cheesecake for dessert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great Taste of Hartford menu. For $20.16 there was soup, salad. entree, desert. I thought the portions would be small, but they were full size and delicious. The rhode Island claim chowder was great, the haddock stuffed with lobster was amazing, I also brought some home. Cheesecake for dessert. We have been there many times before, (the lobster casserole is... More 

Thank Murf57
Glastonbury, Connecticut
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very robust crowd most of the time, especially around happy hour. Very lively bar with regulars and travelers. You can also eat at the bar. Atmosphere is casual, a bit too dark and not shiny. The bread needs help as does the house salad. Best part of the meal is the shellfish. Clams casino, steamers and lobster makes the place.... More 

Thank Peter K
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have never had a bad meal here. It is pricey but worth every penny. the lobster is cooked perfectly and the sauces are wonderful It is NOT diet food but everything is very memorable.

Thank Claudia U
West Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

So sorry to report this but just had to. We have been going to Chowder Pot for years since early 2000 where it used to be one of our favorite places to eat! We went last night for New Years Eve dinner and our previous last visit was about a year ago. Our experiences when coming it would be packed... More 

Thank nini571
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I've been to chowder pot iv with friends and for meetings. The food is consistently good. The lobster bisque is wonderful. My husband loves the baked stuffed shrimp because the shrimp are butterflied. I've had many menu items, including crab cakes, salads with seafood, scrod, stuffed cod, all of which are really good. But oddly enough, one of the best... More 

Thank Sheila F
Denville, NJ
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Very mediocre place. The only real positive was the service. Our waitress was very attentive and very efficient. The food, well it was okay at best. I do not recommend this place and I don’t plan to go back.

Thank brianb210
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There is always all kinds of fish on the menu. I think that you can actually pick out your own lobster too! Huge place-always crowded (at least when I have gone). And there is a "fish frowners" menu too that has quite a good selection.

Thank folkie43
Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

If you like great seafood, Chowder Pot is the place to go! I've dined at this restaurant for many years and have never been disappointed with their service, menu selection or their meals. It's a favorite place for family gathering, sports bar, private events, work or community celebrations. Like most restaurants Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays tend to be their busiest.... More 

Thank traveldiva27
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Nothing special but a decent place for dinner with free parking, which is unusual in Hartford. We found it difficult to find from the street. The exit is obvious because of the big billboard but once you are in the parking lot it is confusing. Go all the way to the back of the building, highway side. No signs to... More 

Thank Allilluu
Eastham, Massachusetts
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219 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Place feels old, and not is a good sense, old resuarnts can be quaint or charmming this was neither just worn. The sevice was adequate, location leaves a lot to be desired. Fish was either over cooked or swimming is sauce. The prime rib tasted of meat tenderizer. we were not happy and will not go back

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 165 Brainard Rd, Hartford, CT 06114-2102
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: (860) 244-3311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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