J Restaurant | Bar

4.7
187 reviews
$31 to $50
American
J Restaurant|Bar is a midtown Hartford gem with the cities largest outdoor patio, offering salads, pizza, pasta, and daily specials, alongside craft beer, wine, and full-service bar.

The changing seasons can't stop us from dining outdoors! Ring in the holiday season in one of our heated, roofless tents; heated gazebos; or in our heated boxcar- you'll feel like you're dining in Paris! Or grab your blanket and sit out by one of our Christmas trees, street lamps, and fire pits. At J, the cold never bothered us anyway!

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 187 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SuzanneH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

J's has the magic of comfortably heating outside seating even at 30 degrees!!!

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DonnaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!! Great atmosphere and food! Staff was wonderful and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The J never disappoints. Highly recommend the restaurant for the food, drinks and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, and drinks, as usual! Consistently great!

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Kath
New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was awesome! Very attentive.
The food and drinks were superb. Definitely recommended!

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vipJeffS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside with heaters on a beautiful fall evening. The service and food were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress had a wonderful personality! It made dining at J so much fun!!

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LoriP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had our own gazebo outside, covered, warm from the heat they pipe in. Excellent and friendly staff! Great food as always.

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HeleneB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous outdoor dining experience. Delicious food, toasty warm gazebo, delightful ambiance, friendly servers. We'll be back soon.

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CarolQT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

There was a very loud large party near us for much of our meal. We should’ve asked to be seated elsewhere. Our server was fantastic! We felt that while the meal was good, it was overpriced.

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DavidB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They’ve done amazing job creating outdoor heated seating with good ambience. Multiple heaters and fire pits. Same reasonable and broad menu with terrific service.

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CarrieG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

We started with the cheesy garlic bread and it was delicious. I ordered the stuffed eggplant. It could have used more sauce. I little too dry. My husband ordered the veal chop special. The waitress said the chef likes to prepare it medium rare, is that ok? My husband said yes, but when it came to the table it was more like medium well. Potatoes had no seasoning at all, very bland and undercooked. I will give them another try. The services was very good!

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Jenn
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The caprese sandwich is phenomenal. Already planning my next visit to have this sandwich again! Our server was so kind and attentive. Will definitely be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints.

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MelanieJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was excellent..the food is a little pricey but good size portions and very delicious!! Will go again

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vipLadyCher
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Dinner was delicious and our server was very attentive.

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JimMc131
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super outdoor dining, the best we've been to yet. It was 60 degrees out and the heaters kept us plenty comfortable. Food was as always exceptional, that's why we keep going back.

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Liberty6
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Waiter was excellent , Food was delicious .parking was the only issue

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Fabulous
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious dinner once again at J Restaurant. They never disappoint. :)

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RenaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

It was a very busy Sat night! Wine choice was out! One dinner received was wrong order. Because we had a show at Hartford Stage to make on time, we did not fuss or mention error and food was eaten. Not a great first experience but will give benefit of doubt and try again at another time!

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ReginaA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great outdoor space! Great atmosphere, great service, and great food. One of our favorite places.

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Bill
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love that they take reservations for outside tables! This was our first time and we’re happy we tried it! The was was wonderful and so tasty! The outdoor atmosphere was awesome and well done, lots of fire pits and patio heaters all over. We look forward to coming back over the winter they say the floor is heated, Glad we gave it a try!

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JessicaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service! Beautiful outdoor seating!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Loved the outdoor seating.

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Marcus
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I had the veal saltimboca and it was just ok. My partner had a salad with salmon which was good. I heard a server offer lamb chops as a special to another table after we had placed our order. I wish we had been offered that option. Overall a good experience just not really good. I will give it another try sometime.

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MonicaP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never had a bad experience. Food, service and drinks top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was great , but missing many classics, like wings and calamari- have not been here since 2014/2015 - really missed those appetizers.

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AnnieF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place. Super friendly staff. My friend was really cold when we first got to the patio. They lit up both fire pits around us. The food was delicious, good size quantity and lovely displayed. Oh, there is also a friendly cat 🐈 visiting a few tables and ended up in a bed right bedside me.

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JimMc131
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We keep returning because we know the food will be excellent, the outdoor dining is second to none, the staff is attentive and we always leave saying "everything was excellent" and yes we'll be back!

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EllenF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining with fabulous food and staff! The new outdoor bar is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect. And quiet which made it perfect

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vipJohnE
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

J's is our favorite restaurant, period!
You must see the new outdoor bar area! Food was delicious as always with great new special!

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vipctnycdinner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love their food and hospitality! Always the best. Their patio with fire tables is terrific for a fall night.

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BonnieD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Wonderful service and nice place all around! Always enjoy it there, both lunch and dinner.

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for dinner before a concert at The Webster. It was awesome and just down the street! While the regular menu offers a variety of options and price points, the specials were too good not to try. We had the mussels appetizer which was a delight with a robust sauce that had red onions, capers, and tomatoes with crusty bread absorbing the goodness. Yum! Then we had the hot lobster roll special with a bright, fresh coleslaw and crispy french fries. (Spend a couple dollars extra for the truffle fries, they will not disappoint! They were super tasty and I fell in love.) Our app and entrée were so good we just had to try dessert too. We both had the cannoli which had this light creamy anisette flavored filling- mmmm, just perfect! I would recommend this restaurant. We sat outside and had the best time in a really comfortable atmosphere. I can’t wait to go back!

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vipBabs
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Menu had plenty to choose from. Waitress very personable. Many choices for outside dining.

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vipBobW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the patio with the shade trees along the street. The cocktails were fantastic(one of the best cosmos I’ve ever had..)
The appetizer the bruschetta was amazing . The fried clams tasted good . Mousse for dessert— Yum.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how excellent our waitress was. She was so personable and made our dinner memorable. We will definitely go again

The restaurant is crazy not to reopen their bar later than 9. I am certain Trinity college students would see this as their neighborhood gem! Thank you for a wonderful experience

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vipJohnE
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We'd been away for a while, and we're jonesing to go back. J's never disappoints! Another delicious meal with fantastic ambiance and excellent service. Always our favorite!

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vipUSDickinson
New England
102 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent -- rainy day so was hoping to be outside, but they nicely put us in a side room - less noise - for party of 10.

Francis was excellent -- prompt, attentive and food/drinks came promptly.
Well done!

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jeanetted
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

a bit pricey for lunch, however, the food was outstanding, the atmosphere so relaxing, the service was on point. will definitely go back!!

FAQs

J Restaurant | Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 527-7764.

J Restaurant | Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 187 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.