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Due to local regulations concerning capacity restrictions and the prohibiting of salad bars and brunch buffets, Dakota is temporarily closed until further notice.
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Steakhouse
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Buffet
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

We both had the clam chowder (excellent-great taste good portion). My wife had fish and chips, large portion and great taste. I had the rainbow trout and garlic mashed potatoes and buffalo bread. Excellent! Apple crisp like home made. Moderate price with great atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 8, 2020

We went as a family for dinner since we've been several times for brunch, thought we'd try dinner. Dakota's did not disappoint! Great food, well prepared, and priced appropriately. Brunch is still king though!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 30, 2020

This has to be one of the best steaks I've ever had at an event. The meat was tender and flavorful, and the sauce added a nice tang. Mashed potatoes were also good, and the salad bar was fresh with good variety. Somehow, they managed...to handle the service so everything was still hot when servedMore

Date of visit: January 2020
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

Excellent to hear, Tom. Thank you for the thorough review.

Reviewed January 1, 2020

I eat occasionally here,but the last meal I had was the best of the year. The Prime Rib was succulent and the Sweet Potato fries are my new favorite.

Date of visit: December 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

I am willing to bet we can stay "best of the year" even if you come back on 12/31! Thank you for the review.

Reviewed December 14, 2019

We chose this restaurant because years ago when we lived in the area, it was top notch. This visit was so disappointing. Our first clue was that the restaurant was pretty much empty on a Saturday evening!!! In the past, we waited two hours to...eat there! The service was just okay. The food was decent. We won’t be back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2019

Colleen, I'm baffled by your review. Dakota is as busy now as it ever has been. As a recipient of the Best of Ct, Best of Hartford and Trip Advisor Award of Excellence I assure you we are going better, not older. In saying that,...More

Reviewed November 20, 2019

Dakota of Rocky Hill exceeded most of our expectations, we arrived around 11:40 for a Saturday lunch, knowing that they had a great salad bar but not realizing the brunch was on Saturday and Sunday. We were seated right away and the waiter explained what...was included in the brunch menu. The food was plentiful and hot. Our plates were consistently cleared, however, our water glasses and coffee cups remained empty more often than not. The restaurant wasn’t crowded, but our waiter could have been more aware of our needs without us having to ask for more beverages. The carving, waffle and omelet stations were well attended with pleasant staff members. There was never an empty serving bowl or plate in the buffet area. The selection and variety of food was well worth the cost. We will definitely stop by again when we are back in the area.More

Date of visit: November 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

We love it when we pleasantly surprise people! Thank you for sharing your thorough review. We also appreciate the mention of the service. Guest reviews are a great learning opportunity for our staff. We look forward to serving you again soon.

Reviewed October 28, 2019

We had been avid customers of the Avon CT location. We get to the Rocky Hill location maybe twice/yr. I have noticed a steady decline in both customer service and food quality. Don't get me wrong, the steaks are OK, but just OK, not great...like they used to be. I also notice fewer options for steaks. Salad bar is noce, but not special anymore. Dessert menu limited. Overall, adequate.More

Date of visit: October 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

MMouse, we appreciate the review and without sounding defensive would like to say that we are buying the same beef we always have, the salad bar has the same amount of offerings since we've opened (and the same quality), the dessert menu hasn't changed and...More

Reviewed October 24, 2019

Our company decided to do a group function activity and selected this place for a mystery dinner. We all had so much fun and the dinner was amazing! we had several selections for entrée - I decided on the sirloin steak and it was superb,...love it! However, my favorite was the salad bar!More

Date of visit: October 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2019

Excellent! We are so glad your group enjoyed themselves. The murder mystery dinners, offered monthly, are a great way to experience the restaurant. Your choices of steak and salad bar are perenially favorites. Please try us again for dinner, lunch or brunch- you won't be...More

Reviewed October 13, 2019

Friends and I celebrated my birthday with brunch at Dakota. Their first time my repeat experience. As always the service was great, the food terrific and the options for food and dessert was wonderful. Kudos to this restaurant for having such a enjoyable Sunday respite...for good foods with friends.More

Date of visit: October 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2019

We love the fact that our guests continue to come back to Dakota to celebrate all of life's happenings. Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful review.

Reviewed October 4, 2019

This was my first visit due to the others in our party raving about Dakotas, and will definitely return. We went for Sunday brunch with another couple. The offerings were through the roof! Even though it is mostly self serve Tevinn took excellent care of...our table as did other staff members. They have an excellent staff. Cocktails perfectly prepared also. Carving stations also excellently manned along with the omelet stations. The gentleman who was making the waffles went out of his way for a member of our party who needed sugar free maple syrup. Service was exemplary. Do bring your appetite. Very conveniently located off I91 exit 24 both directions. We will be returning for not just brunch but for dinner. Having said that it would be prudent to make a reservation for Sunday brunch because it is extremely popular. The traveler could call ahead 860-257-7752 to book a table.More

Date of visit: August 2019
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Dakota of Rocky Hill, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2019

LorettaP, thank you for an exceedingly thorough review. We couldn't have done a better job ourselves. We look forward​ to serving you again soon.

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Ava k
April 19, 2018|
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Response from Glenn L | Reviewed this property |
It was not all that fresh
March 3, 2017|
Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Hi, we built the restaurant back in 2001, prior to that, there was a hotel in that spot. You may be thinking of the J Copperfield's which was in the location that is now On The Border.
May 29, 2016|
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Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Yes, we can accommodate groups up to 75. Our party packages are available on our website or you can call the restaurant and ask for Cathy Harris.
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Yes, Dakota of Rocky Hill offers takeout services.

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Dakota of Rocky Hill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4