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“Well kept secret?” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of J Restaurant Bar

J Restaurant Bar
Ranked #36 of 431 Restaurants in Hartford
Cuisines: American, Italian, Bar, International, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Connecticut
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128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Well kept secret?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

I don't know what to say about this place. The service? Impeccable. Might have been the most prompt & efficient waiter & food service I have ever seen. The food? Delicious! We had the crab cakes which are really good and we both had steaks which were very good as well.

It was a low-key place and is definitely on our list to go back to when we want something a little more casual. The parking lot is a huge bonus. No street parking or finding a lot for your car.

The only thing that was odd was the place was less than half full. It was maybe 7:30 or so on a Saturday night. It was obviously great for us, but I could not believe how light the crowd was. I have been to so many places that are packed and the food isn't half as good as here.

It is really close to the Bushnell, so it seems like this would be a great stop before/after a show.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Boston
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185 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Get the crabcakes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

These were some of the best crabcakes I've had in a while. Instead of one small cake with lots of filler, we got two good sized cakes with *maybe* a coating of crumbs. It was a lot of crabby goodness served with a little bit of greens for about $14. The salmon BLT was fine and my twist on a cocktail on their list was good. A very pleasant space (including a patio) with a wide ranging menu, definitely a spot to keep in mind slightly out of the downtown mix.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joanie881
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Berlin, Connecticut
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We seem to forget about this gem of a restaurant that sits just outside of downtown Hartford. Great atmosphere in either the bar or the restaurant and best of all easy access free parking! We arrived early on a Saturday night, right as we had concert tickets for a show in Hartford. The restaurant was just opening but they were very gracious and seated us while they were still getting organized. The taste of Hartford $20.13 menu was still being offered which was a deal. Our waiter, Andrew for fantastic and made our evening memorable by being so personable. I ordered the salmon from the "taste" menu and it didn't disappoint. The ceviche appetizer was excellent and the strawberry shortcake dessert was great as well. My husband had their famous chicken riggies and loved it. If you are thinking about going to eat in Hartford, give J Restaurant a try

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JanJ50
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Dallas, Texas
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120 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great Bar Beverages and Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Who would ever think that a Hibiscus martini would be so wonderful! It may be the bartender.
Try their signature salad, blue cheese burger, gyro or more signature dishes. I have never had a bad meal or a bad time. What a wonderful place to relax after work and not far from the sites of Hartford.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank StillinLOVEsince84
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Connecticut
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“From Pizza to Up Scale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

J Bar is located right across from Hartford Hospital with lots of free well lighted parking in a lot next to the restaurant. J Bar was a pizza place until a few years ago when they did a complete remodel and gave it an upscale eclectic look and feel. There is a bar area plus multi level seating along with an outdoor patio. The menu stays true to its roots with pizza but also a variety of other items ranging from pasta, wraps, fish entrees and even some greek thrown in. Our favorite app is the greek fried cheese. Not always available but something different and fun to try.
The other impressive part of J Bar is the wine list which apparently is going thru an upgrade. The current list many great selections which by comparison to other places in downtown Hartford priced very reasonably. The drink / martini list has many creative well thought out options also
J Bar can be what you want it to be....... a place for a burger & pizza OR a little but more upscale with a classy twist

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank remass
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