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The 1249 Winebar

1249 W Main St, Waterbury, CT 06708-3100
203-756-1249
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Ranked #70 of 290 restaurants in Waterbury
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 1249 Wine Bar has an American menu with a European flair. We specialize in local, fresh, farm to table food. Over 100 wines by the glass, local craft beer and award-winning martinis. There is truly something for everyone at 1249! Live entertainment on Friday nights, Waterbury's largest outdoor patio, private Sky Bar / Taproom and TV Lounge available for parties. Full menu available for takeout.
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English first
Connecticut
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We came here for dinner on a nice summer evening and sat out on the patio. The food was quite good, great wine selection as well as quite a few beers on tap. The service was very friendly and they worked their tails off on a busy night. It was a great venue for the local music they had on... More

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We tried 1249 Wine Bar on Valentines Day. I didn't have much of expectation since it is Valentines Day and things are crazy. We had a 7pm reservation, we did have to wait about 20 minutes for our table once we got there. I only have great things to say about the food and the service. We will be going... More

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Waterbury, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I have eaten at the 1249 winebar 4 times,all on Friday nights.The food was outstanding, the wine was very good,and the service was excellent on 2 occasions, and good on the other two occasions.I had scallops twice that were delicious,the filet mignon was very good, and the grilled tuna was outstanding.For desert I've had the Key Lime Pie twice,and both... More

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1249Restaurant, Executive Chef at The 1249 Winebar, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, While 130$ seems about right for a special night for two at 1249, we have also been developing a wide range of casual menus. You many enjoy sampling something new off our Wine Bites menu. For mid-week meals we now offer a nice range of small plates and artisanal desserts. These areas of our... More

Naugatuck, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

if you think you had to much to drink than go here by the time the bartender waits on you and you get a drink you will have sobered up,i doesn't matter how many people are at the bar you will wait forever,the "mixolgelist" that is there is horrible ,he will watch you walk in sit down and come over... More

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1249Restaurant, Executive Chef at The 1249 Winebar, responded to this review

Thank you for you feedback. You will be happy to know that we have made many changes to our Main Bar. Its a whole new bar staff, and a completely new drink menu, and If we do say so ourselves our drinks are coming out faster, and better than ever! We appreciate you taking the time to give us some... More

Thomaston, Connecticut
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I tried 1249 after hearing mixed reviews. First, our waitress was very friendly. I was unsure of which wine I wanted and she suggested that I sample two different choices of wine. I noticed the $4.95 "sample price" but she only charged me for one. We had apps..not a full meal. Each one was equally as delicious however one of... More

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1249Restaurant, Executive Chef at The 1249 Winebar, responded to this review

Thanks for noticing the friendly service. We strive to create an atmosphere that encourages our guests to try something new, and create a memorable experience, whether it be food, or wine-related. We are glad you chose to take advantage of our wine tasting program. We offer tastes of any wine offered by the glass to encourage trying something new. A... More

Waterbury, Connecticut
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I have been to this place several times. The downstairs is pretty nice and the bar has good service, but is extremely tight and you can't move. Upstairs has been a travesty every time. One time they moved a table for us so our group could fit and it was directly in the walkway everyone was using to get by... More

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Waterbury, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have been to 1249 five times. The service is inconsistent and well as the quality/quantity of the food. Waterbury desperately needs better quality restaurants and my hopes were high for this place, but they just can't seem to get it together. I feel it is over priced. The last time we went I made a few observations about the... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Actually, I can say they served the best fish dish I EVER tasted. While attending a colleagues baby shower in the Sky Bar, I decided to try the Branzino dish. It was love at first bite! Some of my other colleagues sampled my dished and loved it just as much as I did. I went back for the Branzino to-go... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Loved the place. Delicious food, great service, nice atmosphere! Definately will be coming there again and again!

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Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

We came to 1249 for dinner on a Tuesday night and had Chris as our server. The food was delicious and service was great. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and an we had an enjoyable evening.

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