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1249 W Main St, Waterbury, CT 06708-3100
203-756-1249
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 1249 Wine Bar has an American menu with a European flair. We specialize in...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not what I expected

Wine selection was great. Food was just ok for the price, the portions were small for the prices and the quality was not what I am used to for a "Small Plates" restaurant. The waitress was not that helpful on the food selections.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2014
Ben L
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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litchfield,CT
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We went to the 1249 Bar on a Saturday night (without reservations) thinking it would be a long wait. We got right in. Great concept of attaching a Wine store to the restaurant and there was a very lengthy wine list. The restaurant isn't that large with modest décor and they do have a banquet room upstairs. We ordered Chicken... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Great dinner at the 1249 Wine Bar. 1249's new Executive Chef Silvio Serafini brings his style of cooking from his hometown of Rome, Italy. I had the Branzino Flambe. Pan Seared sea bass with a sherry wine reduction cream sauce with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus. My wife had the Grilled New York Strip with a green peppercorn brandy cream... More 

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Waterbury
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had a groupon so we went. They were "out" of most small plate menu items. Service was sub-par. I wouldn't go back.

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Top Contributor
324 reviews 324 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

First time there and it was outstanding great pasta and wonderful octopus app that was a meal in it self . Lovely wine and if you liked it you could buy it in the attached wind shop. Great idea for customer and owner

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Wine selection was great. Food was just ok for the price, the portions were small for the prices and the quality was not what I am used to for a "Small Plates" restaurant. The waitress was not that helpful on the food selections.

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
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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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
91 reviews 91 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1249 W Main St, Waterbury, CT 06708-3100
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Waterbury
  • Phone Number: 203-756-1249

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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