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Review of 2 Hopewell

2 Hopewell
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 7, 2013

They have both a dining and bar menu. Both are very good. To sum up: Great food, great service. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Although it doesn't top Millwrights, 2 Hopewell certainly makes the honor roll for one of the foodie destinations in the Hartford area. While we were relegated to the tavern because the dining area was reserved for a private event, it didn't turn out as bad as expected. There was no white linen tablecloth, but the decor and ambiance was simple and sophisticated, at least until we arrived.

While we were not starving, it seemed like a waste to drive all the way to South Glastonbury to order only a couple dishes. As such, we checked off quite a number of dishes from the menu. On the apps, we caught sight of the shrimp & grits, snake river farm kurabuta pork belly / scallop, calamari, stuffed crepe, and carpaccio. On the salad front, we took a chance with the pear & fig as well as the mixed beets. For the entrees, we had the lamb, scallops, and seared sea bass. For dessert, we had one of pretty much everything. For drinks, the table had several of pretty much everything.

I'd say the flavors of 2 Hopewell is very much traditional American. The flavor profiles were certainly more conservative, with a stronger focus on improving the experience of an existing or similar dish, rather than taking the risk of experimentation with bolder and bigger flavors. With that said, the food was generally very good. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the sea bass was buttery smooth. For dessert, the carrot cake and flourless chocolate something are must haves. The only constructive feedback would be to add more scallops to the appetizer dish - for a table of four, sharing one scallop meant two people were scallop-less.

Service was great as well - our waitress was attentive and stayed professional despite us overstaying our welcome and preventing her from beginning her 40 minute commute home. They were also kind enough to make a small notation on the dessert platter in honor of the Stars of the Night.

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Thank mcolt06
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A friend invited my wife and I to meet here for dinner. It's in an old building in a very dark area. There was a short wait and we were seated in a very nice dining room. The food was incredible, the wedge salad, my wife's steak, shrimp and grits and the pork roast was perfect. It could not have been any better, the best meal I have had in quite sometime. Service was great, atmosphere was fine, it was a wonderful evening. We can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Visited this restaurant for the 2nd time on Saturday night. The service was good, and the food was outstanding. We had menu options galore that we wanted to try. I had the halibut special - perfectly cooked- and the tuna appetizer was divine. For dessert, the chocolate mousse with lovely fresh berries is to die for! Highly recommend.

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Thank Teresa G
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Regardless of whether you eat upstairs, nice dining rooms in a historic New England building, or downstairs, in a lively bar with live jazz you can't go wrong.
The restaurant sources locally, fish from the LI Sound, vegetables and fruit from Glastonbury farms so you know they are always serving the best and freshest.
The food is very American and prepared very creatively; who would think about paring pork belly and scallops, I'm glad they did.
If you decide to eat in the bar be aware that the live music does draw in a bit of a crowd so be prepared for a bustling and a bit tight venue.
Service is great and the owners are on site assuring that it stays that way..

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