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“Very pleasant surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Island Grille Restaurant
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican
Restaurant details
East Hartford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
441 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Very pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

I'd never heard of this restaurant until I received a offer for it from one of the deal sites. My wife and I have never had Jamaican food, so we didn't know what to expect. The restaurant is in a strip mall in Bloomfield, off the street, so it is easy to miss. They have a nice, very clean dining room, although most of the business when we went seemed to be takeout. The service was very good, and the prices were very reasonable for the quantity of food. We had dinner that evening, plus about 2 meals each of leftovers! My wife had the Jerk Chicken pasta, which she thought was excellent. I had the Jerk Chicken meal with seasoned rice, which was also excellent. We also had a couple of appetizers that were very good. My only negative was the green bean and carrot vegetable side - it wasn't very flavorful and tasted like it might have come packaged.

We are definitely planning on going back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank KDAA
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  • English first
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English first
Bloomfield CT. USA
Level Contributor
261 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Nice change of pace from pizza and chinese”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

A very cozy spot located in the plaza where Ocean State Job Lot is. Authentic Jamaican cuisine. Beef patties are exceptional. All salads are fresh. The only place I've been able to get ox-tail other than the islands. Full service bar and clean well lit dining room. Large private room for parties as well. The staff is very friendly and helpful in explaining some of the menu items you might not be familiar with. Natalie, the owner/manager is on site and enjoys meeting new people. Say hello!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank goldrush28
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Wethersfield, Connecticut
Level Contributor
23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The only thing missing is the beach!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

This restaurant is located in a small strip mall in Bloomfield so it's easy to miss if you don't know where it is, but take the time to find it! The food is the real deal and the service was wonderful.The rice and peas were outstanding as was the Brown Stewed Chicken...just like mom's! There were many speicalty dishes that madie ithard to choose what to have.
We'd go back to check it out for their Jamaican breakfast.
The dining area has plenty of seating and very clean...as were the restroom. Overall a very positive experience and we'd recommend it to family and friends.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Kingston410
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