We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet

COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
Get food delivered
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 11/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Welcome to Riley's. We are a gourmet hot dog and hamburger restaurant located in Downtown New Britain's Central Business District. We strive to use locally sourced meats, produce and ingredients when possible to create fresh and unique toppings, born from family recipes, bringing about an innovative and enjoyable dining experience for hot dog enthusiasts and hamburger connoisseurs alike. We proudly carry locally made products from New Britain's own Martin Rosol's Inc. and Avery's Beverages. We also offer a large selection of craft beer from both local and independent breweries from around the country. Who doesn't like to dine Al fresco? In the warmer weather, enjoy a cool drink on our patio
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Fast Food, Brew Pub, Pub
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Reviews (84)
Filter reviews
84 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews cajun fries chili cheese dog salty balls order at the counter onions brine toppings relish sturdy
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed February 2, 2020

We stopped here on the way to Danbury from the airport on January 11 2020. I ordered the BLT dog and my fiancé ordered the house dog. My BLT hot dog was delicious and tasty. I will be back next time i'm in town. I...would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 18, 2020

Nothing at all fancy here, but the layout and decor are really interesting while also being comfortable. We ordered a couple dogs, and they were large and tasty They were served on big, substantial rolls, which was a good thing because you need a sturdy...vessel for the dog and the toppings. I went with the chili cheese dog, and the sauce was terrific. My wife had the BLT dog, and had nothing but good to say about it. The Cajun fries were really, really good. The Salty Balls, salt-brined baby potatoes, were underwhelming. Maybe I should have ordered one of the upgraded versions. I'll be back to see what they do with a burger. You order at the counter and carry your food to the table.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 6, 2019

If you want a great hot dog fresh tasty and soon good this is the place! You can get a standard mustard,ketchup, relish,onions with it without issue or chili or you can go full blown for one of the more interesting combinations. Whatever you choose...it will be great and fillimg! I usually get the classic with mustard brown, onions ketchup , and if our and I am a happy camper still trying to try the burgers but just can't get beyond the dog!! The place is spotless and the staff is really nice, sometimes you have to wait a few minutes but don't get testy ( it's just a few minutes) and we'll worth it there are good amount of tables and when the weather is nice there are tables outside Check it out and tell me if you don't agreeMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed July 4, 2019

Pull up this restaurant on-line, we needed a Buick place to get a bite before the baseball game. The Decord was simple. They have a counter with stool looking out a large window,it's great. We had a New Britain dog, hot dog meat sauce ,onions...and mustard. We also had French fries and a patty melt. Everything was very good. The people were friendly and helpful. They have Avery soda,along with coke products to drink. Nice find in the city of New Britain.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Had burgers and chili dogs, they were DELICIOUS!!! Mac and cheese was just ok. Will absolutely go back!!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 21, 2019

Very little parking and in some instances you might have to pay for parking. The inside is just like being in Ireland. Very appealing and quaint. Very diverse menu and everything looks delicious. I ordered the chili dog with chili, mustard and onions and all...I could taste was the bread which is almost like a grinder role. Too much bread and their chili is a bit to spicy for my taste. The chili just has a spicy taste and not a chili taste. Would I go back....not sure, but perhaps to try their hamburgers which a friend said was very good. You order up at the counter and you when you give your order it all comes on one tray so you have to ask for plates.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Friendly staff and great food. The service is fast and the speciality burgers taste great. Kids love the Mac and cheese.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Great burgers and fries different menu great customer service small and quick bite to eat just what my family needed

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed April 20, 2019

Hidden on a small side street, but if it is a burger, hot dog type of day for you it is worth finding this place in the heart of New Britain. You can make your hot dog or burger any way that sounds good to...you. They give you a lot of choices on the menu that should satisfy almost anyone. They also have a great variety of sides from mac and cheese to salty balls. It will take you several trips back to Riley's to even come close to trying all of the different things they have. Adults love it and the kids will also. Give it a try and I am sure you will be back. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 15, 2019

Riley’s serves great freshly made sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers. But, the Salty Balls are delicious. They are a signature dish at Riley’s. You have to go and try them for yourself!

Date of visit: June 2018
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Red Roof Inn Hartford - New Britain
593 reviews
.30 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Plainville
256 reviews
2.91 miles away
Extended Stay America - Hartford - Farmington
189 reviews
3.10 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/Farmington
792 reviews
3.59 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Mae Kong
56 reviews
.11 miles away
33 reviews
.30 miles away
Pizza Pizzazz
13 reviews
.18 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
New Britain Museum of American Art
343 reviews
.54 miles away
Team vs. Time
257 reviews
1.75 miles away
CT Ballooning
7 reviews
2.87 miles away
Montana Nights Axe Throwing
35 reviews
2.91 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet

Yes, Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet offers takeout services.

Yes, Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5