Best Top Chef Restaurants In Hartford

January 5, 2011 11:24 AM

Some of the top chefs either cook in or own restaurants in Hartford. From Italian cuisine to authentic Spanish tapas, these are the best top chef restaurants in Hartford. — Stephanie Geary

Bricco Restaurant

78 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 233-0220

With three restaurants in Connecticut, Chef Billy Grant owns some of the best top chef restaurants in Hartford. It’s his restaurant Bricco in West Hartford, however, that’s a local favorite. Chef Grant is hands-on in all his restaurants – in and out of the kitchen. The classic Italian fare at Bricco is full of family traditions and Italian comfort food. His pastas are homemade. He uses traditional Italian products and seasonal and local ingredients.

Carbone’s Ristorante

588 Franklin Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 296-9646

For 70 years, Carbone’s Ristorante has been offering classic Roman dishes to the Hartford masses. Chef Paul Rafala’s Italian comfort food is what makes Carbone’s Ristorante one of the best top chef restaurants in Hartford. Enjoy items like chicken cutlet with polenta, beef tenderloin in a marsala sauce or gnocchi. Carbone’s is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner hours are Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Costa del Sol Restaurant

901 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 296-1714

Spanish tapas-style meals have become more and more popular. Chef Javier Feijoo at Costa del Sol Restaurant makes this location one of the best top chef restaurants in Hartford. A family-owned and family-run restaurant, Costa del Sol offers traditional Spanish fare like paella. They also offer a popular fixed-price three-course meal for just under $25 and Tuesday tapas night. Costa del Sol serves authentic Spanish products including cured ham, sausage, cheese and paprika. Costa del Sol is open Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

Firebox Restaurant

539 Broad St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 246-1222

Chef Sean Farrel at Firebox Restaurant believes food should not have to travel far from the farm to the table. It’s this philosophy that makes Firebox Restaurant one of the best top chef restaurants in Hartford. Using what’s locally grown in innovative ways, Farrel creates dishes like autumn squash soup, grilled “four mile river farm” hamburger and Beltane goat cheese ravioli. There’s even a weekly farmer’s market on site at the restaurant. Hours for lunch are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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