Black-Eyed Sally's

4.4
888 reviews
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
Come sink your teeth into our award winning Bar-b-que and Southern cooking served in an Urban Juke Joint atmosphere. Sally’s Slo-smoked Ribs, Beef Brisket, Po-Boys, Southern Fried Chicken, Blackened Catfish, Jambalaya, Louisiana Gumbo and more. The cool, funky decor emanates New Orleans charm. We are open for lunch and dinner Wednesday- Sunday. At Sally's we feed your mouth and your soul!
We look forward to providing live entertainment in the near future.
See you soon

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 888 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Ivita
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit and it was wonderful! A great meal before walking over to the XL Center. Convenient parking right across the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious as always, the server was very friendly and efficient.

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MaryjaneL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Great food employees were extremely nice good prices

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Son’s birthday Brunch. Good atmosphere, good food…good choice!

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Joell
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience as usual. Great ribs, red beans and rice, good slaw, excellent cornbread and honey butter! My daughter had her favorite crispy chicken and fluffy waffles. Lively atmosphere and wonderful service! Highly recommend.

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almtierney
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this restaurant!!! We have been many times and have never had a bad experience

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LarryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and attentive, we were greeted and seated right away, although we had a reservation, our waitress was extremely helpful with drinks and appetizers and of course our entrees, food was delivered promptly and very delicious, we will recommend this place to all our friends and can’t wait to go back again and try something different from the menu

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JacobS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love BES, awesome service/ambiance/food. Can’t wait to go back next week.

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Clark81
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Hartford!

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PatrickP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food and waitress we great. Bartender was extremely slow. I am sure it wasn't his fault. Nobody has enough employee's. Just happy to eat out again.

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AllenD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

OK at best. Potion have decreased. Use to be much better. Has changed since we were last there. Service okay. Bathrooms could be cleaner

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

My boyfriend’s birthday.

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Evey
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful meal in an inviting, vibe kind of place. Enjoyed the mojito and while the shrimp and grits were great…they didn’t look like the photo. Gravy was a little greasy. We would go back though!

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MamaBear
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was great but our server was a little rushed when taking our order; he also wasn’t helpful when I ordered the wings… I didn’t see that there was three choices so rather than point them out on the menu so I could choose, he just looked at me like I was supposed to guess by osmosis…. Otherwise we had a great experience. And the mango mimosas were delicious!

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RichardS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not fancy, but a great place to eat. We will definitely go back.

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Mykey
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing my first time there was referred by a friend brought my nephew from Atlanta there for his Birthday he loved it very friendly STAFF😍

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vipHeather
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Absolutely terrible service. Bartender was waiting on tables as well as tending bar, but besides being inattentive, he wasn’t friendly or helpful. The quality of the food was not as good as prior visits, notably the grits and jambalaya. The ribs were tender and flavorful. Overall a disappointing evening for my son’s birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

First time trying this restaurant - as good as expected and solid service too!

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JenniferS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

This is my second time going to Black Eyed Sally's in the last year and both times the service was awful. We had to ask for the server to come to our table, she did not come prior to that. We put in our whole order all at once because we were concerned about if she would come back. She delivered our drinks after they had been sitting on the bar for a good 10 minutes. Definitely need to work on the servers and being on top of their game. Other than that, the food was good and the atmosphere was exactly as it should have been.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were incredible from appetizers to dessert! Service and employees were very friendly and attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant! Everyone I so friendly! Place is very clean. Good music and food is really good. This is my 3rd time this year eating from here!

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Dwight
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The waiter was not friendly at all. He took our order and never came back to check us. Someone else served us our food. The food was bland no flavor. I ordered chicken and waffles. Had to send the food back to the kitchen due to the chef pouring syrup on the food and saturate it so much that the waffles was soggy. It took another 20 minutes before the waiter returned with my food, by then my wife had already ate her food and we had to leave so we wouldn't be late for our show. It seems as if the waiter was avoiding us, we had to flag him down so he could bring our check. I will not be going back there.

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KerryM
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

Food was good hot. My wife had the chicken it was so hot that when got back to hotel room it was still warm. Lol
We were really impressed

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Bubba
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Good location with nice art. Drinks absolutely wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a date. Very good restaurant. Miss the live bands

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good. Portion sizes were large and very affordable. Service was great

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Theresa
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Perhaps we can in the future return, but our recent visit did not meet our expectations. It took twenty minutes to get our drinks and our food came out barely warm. Not enough waitstaff for a Saturday night.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Wait staff was very helpful advising on menu items. So impressed I got the t-shirt.

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ChristopherA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always pretty good here but they nailed it this time around. Everything was terrific. Service was well timed and friendly. A++

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EdwardB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Really glad we found this place. Great decor, terrific menu. Wish we had more people with us so we could try more of the menu items. We were there on a Sunday, so all-day brunch was available. Bloody Mary's were fabulous. Loved the fried green tomatoes and fried okra. Blackened catfish outstanding. Pecan pie with industrial crust was disappointing. Our server was totally sweet and helpful.

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jerrelld
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Waitress was nice just needed a little more training

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, awesome vibes, great service! The playlist was straight fire. Definitely going back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Always love to come here! Amazing corn bread, drinks, fried chicken.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

We actually got there early for our reservation. They seated us immediately but we waited about 15 minutes before anyone even came to ask for our drink order.

Similarly, once we got our food it was great but service was slow, and took asking someone else for a refresh on drinks.

We could see our waiter was busy, also working the bar, but kept seeing one waitress just walk around doing nothing.

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TroyT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was awesome, will definitely be back. Service and food were excellent

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zithereen
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prompt service. Food arrived quickly and was delicious. Chill vibe for the dinner crowd. We were pleased!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Father’s Day dinner with the kids (18 & 16). Place was pretty dead when we got there. We were seated right away but took forever to get a drink order in. Not sure who our waiter was because the bartender seemed to be doing double duty. Had to flag the waiter down for refills.

The menu viewable online isn’t the same as the paper menu they hand you. Of the four desserts on the menu they were out of two of them.

Food was incredibly good but service was lousy.

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REED
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Southern style food in a blues atmosphere. Hartford staple.

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BranMar
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food at Black Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen is outstanding. I had the Shrimp and Grits, a southern classic. The shrimp were very flavorfully seasoned, and they developed some great char on the shell without over-cooking the meat inside. The shrimp were plump and moist, and the char on the shell added another level of flavor. The grits were smooth and creamy. I'm used to cheddar cheese in grits, but at Black Eyed Sally's they use Parmesan, which was a new and interesting take on grits for me. I don't know if I would make them that way at home, but what is eating out for if not to explore new things one might not ordinarily eat?

By night Black Eyed Sally's is Hartford's premier blues venue. As a result, the walls of the restaurant are adorned with portraits of our nations most important blues musicians, and classic blues cuts play over the sound system at a comfortable dining volume.

My only issue with Black Eyed Sally's is the price. What is now so eloquently known as "Classic Southern Cuisine" was up until not too long ago working class food served in greasy spoon joints throughout the South. And so it is difficult for me to accept the concept of paying $21 for a lunch of a bowl of grits with some shrimp on top. But to be fair, it was an exceptionally good bowl of shrimp and the price is not at all out of line compared to any other decent restaurant in downtown Hartford at today's prices. So when I say I have an issue with the price, possibly my real issue is with the times.

So if you've got the bread, if you enjoy soul food, and if you enjoy a decor and ambiance that befits that cuisine, Black Eyed Sally's is absolutely the place to go.

I will mention that I took away one star for service. I found them to be understaffed for a predictably busy Father's Day Sunday brunch. Although our service in no way suffered, their FOH staff were all clearly doing double and triple duty. Ultimately that is bound to affect their service.

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to enjoy our traditional Father’s Day meal of BBQ, and Black-Eyed Sally’s did not disappoint! Great food, great service! Thank you again!

FAQs

Black-Eyed Sally's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 278-7427.

Black-Eyed Sally's is rated 4.4 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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