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“As good as we remembered - after all these years.”

First & Last Tavern
Ranked #29 of 432 Restaurants in Hartford
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Worcester MA
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“As good as we remembered - after all these years.”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We used to live in a town near Hartford for many years and the First and Last was often our place to go when we wanted a great meal. When we moved to another state, we missed the atmosphere and the food and never found another restaurant quite like it. Our daughter recently started college in Hartford and we told her we'd take her there - it was amazing how little it has changed. The atmosphere was just as we remembered - full of lively talk and laughter. And the food was just as good. We started with a special salad of arugula, endive, bleu cheese, apples, pears and candied walnuts. It was perfectly dressed with a light, lemony concoction. My daughter had Rigatoni Bolognese which was delicious and the portion was huge - she took more than half of it home. I was delighted to see Chicken Stemperata still on the menu - bone in chicken pieces with olives, garlic and peppers. It was as good as I remembered from 17 years ago. We also had shrimp scampi which was fine - the shrimp were a bit overcooked and my husband didn't like the addition of capers - I did. And, of course we had to have bread pudding for dessert, even though we were all quite full. It was as crispy, tasty and satisfying as it was way back when. I'm thrilled she has another 4 years in Hartford - it was such a treat to go back to the First and Last again and to find the quality remaining as high as it always was. We will be back many more times!

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, mediocre dessert”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Super-fresh breads of all kinds; best calamari I've ever eaten; superb salad; disappointingly mediocre dessert.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Giruc
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Southington, Connecticut
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128 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Won't be back...”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Bottom line to our visit was: it took over 45 minutes for us NOT to get our salads. Even after we explained we had a show at the Bushnell Theater in 1 hour and would need something relatively quick. I guess this Wednesday Night it was too much for the kitchen and our server to execute on. The waitress told us multiple times "it will be right out".., but when I finally said we had to leave, she said would have the salads removed from our bill and just charge us for the iced teas and appetizer. Which the manager did, with no discount, no comp on the drinks, and worst of all no apology as they were aware of the issue. So we walked out both hungry AND disappointed in how we were treated. We won't be back.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Dirk6460
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“always consistent always good food”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I've been a regular customer of this family run establishment for years----the great and grand tradition here is that the food, drinks and service are always consistently very good-even when the restaurant is full and the line is out-the-door.
I generally prefer to sit in the original tavern section which dates back to the early 30's-lots of black/white pictures of old Hartford prior to urban renewal lines the walls with many celebrities and current political figures as well, The décor is well done and always very clean too. In the new section is where the pizza oven with the theatrical pizza maker stands and creates delicious pizza with all the freshest of ingredients! They not only make their own sauces but bottle and market them as well. Their bread is also made on site (well across the street behind their bakery) the basket of fresh assorted breads along with generously portioned entrees make this place hard-to-beat. They also have outdoor seating too-in a flower lined courtyard right on Maple Ave.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Patrick53211
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Enfield, Connecticut
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Pizza”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Place smells like garlic and you leave there smelling the same. Good Italian food. Great Pizza. You have to try this pizza if you never have.

Visited October 2012
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Thank mjlally
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