Fire at the Ridge

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Contemporary American
Mountain-side fare heating up the Connecticut food scene.
The centerpiece of the dining experience at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort will be the causal dining restaurant, Fire at The Ridge. Fire at The Ridge aims to be an escape for diners, offering private dining rooms and breathtaking views.
"Inspired by native New England flavors and locally-sourced ingredients, Fire at the Ridge is an unexpected gem tucked away in the hills of Middlefield, CT", says Executive Chef Kevin Cottle.
In addition, The Ridgeside Tavern is where Locals have long known the bar at Powder Ridge ski area to be the place to meet up with friends and for creating new friendships that last a lifetime. The Ridgeside Tavern is a twist on old Colonial Taverns, bringing back New England classics with an updated twist. The Tavern serves causal fare, locally-brewed beers and craft cocktails. Check the event calendar at FireatTheRidge.com for weekly Live music and outdoor events.

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Happy Hour

Wed. - Friday 3 - 6 pm. $1 off drafts and $5 drink specials.
Thu. 5 - 9 pm. - 1/2 price on select bottles of wine

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 29 January 2019

Ends: 30 January 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 15:00-18:00

What 325 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.1
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Zo was very friendly and provided great service overall.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

I had had the steak tips on another visit to the Fire on the Ridge and they were so delicious that I ordered them again. These were tough and I could hardly cut them with my knife. I was very disappointed. For the cost of $19.00, I think you should be given some rolls/bread or a salad/vegetable with your meal. My husband's burger was okay. Our friend's meals...the guy said his was good. He had weck?? But his wife's meal, which the waitress recommended highly, was not to her liking. We probably won't be returning very soon for dinner.

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

As always, the food was amazing. This time, we attended the Thanksgiving buffet. It was literally the best turkey I have ever tasted - tender and moist. I really loved the variety of other dishes as well like tart cranberry stuffing, lobster ravioli, and eggplant lasagna. The only problem is we were so stuffed we couldn’t take advantage of what were probably delicious desserts. The cost was pretty high and it would have been really cool for them to package desserts for you so everyone could enjoy a slice of pie later in the day.

And a previous review said there is no handicap access That is not true. I broke my ankle an am in a wheelchair. There is a long, gradual ramp on the left side of the building.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you so much for your review !

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SE
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would give Fire at the Ridge the top rating. The service, the staff and the food was over the top. Our entire group was very satisfied with the quality of the food. It was a Thanksgiving dinner and I was tasked to find a place. It feels really good when you select a restaurant and it over performs. Although not inexpensive it was a much better value than many other restaurants offering a Thanksgiving dinner. My biggest complaint was that there was too much good food. Yikes. It is a restaurant after all. We did scout out the restaurant prior to the dinner by going to a Sunday Brunch. If that didn't pass muster then we would have cancelled our reservation. The brunch passed the test with flying colors. You can't go wrong eating at this restaurant.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious Thanksgiving dinner in a beautiful setting.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Thank you JoanneP :)

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o
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Thanksgiving buffet. The physical location is modest--nice enough but not fancy. But the food was gourmet quality, the service was terrific, and the mood was festive and inviting. They do try to get you to take dessert in a different room--downstairs, more of a cafeteria style setting. That's good for keeping the tables turning over on a very busy day, but we brought our dessert back up to the dining room (which they invited as an option). This was my first time having Thanksgiving outside of a home, and I would definitely do it again here.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Onela22, Thank you for your wonderful review.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

I really regret going here for Thanksgiving. The buffet food was mass produced, bought in bulk quality. Nothing tasted good enough for a second helping. The Turkey was okay but they were slicing it extremely thin, the stuffing was more like toast. The shrimp were floating in melted ice. The deserts were served in a second room and everyone was outspokenly disappointed that they were even worse than the meal. This was a truly overpriced waste of a dinner. I would have been better off anywhere else.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Cbmp, We are sorry that your experience was not good. We have had nothing but positive reviews, we hope that we get the chance to change your mind.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I thought the set up for the thanksgiving buffet was very well put together, the food was fresh and delicious. They also had a kid section with chicken tenders and French fries, very smart of them to do with how picky the kids are. The staff was very welcoming, friendly, and helpful.. overall I would recommend this place and I would definitely go there again :)

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

StephanieP, thank you so much for your wonderful review.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a great Thanksgiving experience at Fire at the Ridge. The restaurant is beautiful. The view was great even though there was no snow yet. The food was really good. The clam chowder was full of flavor and the prime rib was delicious.
Dessert was served downstairs in the lounge area. This was such a nice surprise. What a relaxinf way to end a great Thanksgiving meal. There was hot chocolate and coffee, mini cheesecakes, apple and pumpkin pie. There were games, couches, a fireplace and a bar. There were outdoor firepits where you could cook melt your marshmallows for s'mores.
My husband and I had a relaxing, peaceful Thanksgiving dinner. I would highly recommend Fire at the Ridge for Thanksgiving.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

RebeccaH, Thank you so much for your wonderful review ,we are so happy that you enjoyed your thanksgiving with us.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

This was a great spot for a relaxed buffet style Thanksgiving dinner. It was less on ambiance than I had expected, but that was due to my not doing enough research. However, it was spot on for a family of five with two littles under the age of 5 for such a holiday out meal ~ $45 per adult and the kids were free.

The service was very friendly and welcoming. The lodge downstairs where desserts were allowed families to mingle and mix and just play with the large games available. S’mores could be made outside by the fire pit and were loved by the kiddos.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

We are so happy you all had a wonderful time All the children certainly enjoyed the fun time after dinner in the lodge.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

The main course and service were great. What really took away from it was the coffee and dessert area. Totally inconsistent with the atmosphere and value upstairs during dinner. The entire downstairs area was like that of an experience during skiing season- not $45+ per person. Upon concluding our meal, I was very disappointed. We should’ve had a chocolate mousse or something at least more creative and formal to match the experience upstairs. What we got were pieces of apple pie that had all collapsed and looked like someone picked through them. Coffee was served in to go cups. The pumpkin pie was not appetizing looking and there were tiny desserts that I couldn’t figure out what they were. The sound ricocheted through the large hall, exactly like during skiing season.
I think if this restaurant is going to serve a buffet, they should allow the customers to eat dessert in dining room and extend the hours. Moving us to the lower level was to make room for the newer patrons.
I won’t go next year

LB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

The food was good, but what we didn't like you had to leave your table and go down stairs to get your coffee and dessert. The room was cold and the dessert arrangements were poor and took away from the customer experience. We were disappointed.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi LB01126, We are happy you enjoyed the thanksgiving buffet . We will take into consideration your other comment which is VERY important to us to help improve customer service.

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LY
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving Dinner very much! The spread you put out was amazing and the selection great! So many choices. The staff was terrific and attentive.
We are very Thankful to all the people who made our Thanksgiving dinner special and enjoyable. Your hard work and efforts made our day so relaxed.
We will certainly return to any events that are presented in the future!

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Lynne, thank you for your wonderful review. We also do an amazing buffet for Easter, Mothers day and fathers day.

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SR
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

While dinner was fantastic, the dessert downstairs fell short. It was like I has left and gone to a sub par restaurant instead. The pumpkin pie was inedible due to the copious amounts of nutmeg, and the apple pie filling was crunchy. When I asked one of the workers bringing out pie if there was whipped cream for the pumpkin pie he shook his head no. 10 minutes late a different worker brought out a can. There was one piece of cheesecake and we were informed they ran out. We came for a 12:15 reservation so it wasn't like we were late in the day. Coffee was good but no pie on Thanksgiving is unacceptable. I recommend moving dessert back upstairs and to the same caliber as the buffet.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent service with reasonable prices. The food choices were quite abundant for the Thanksgiving holiday. A cautionary note: the restaurant is not handicapped accessible at all. There is a flight of stairs just to get into the restaurant and stairs leading to additional tables.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 29 November 2019

Thank you for joining us. But just a correction on the stairs. There is a ramp going up to the 2nd floor. Hope to see you all again!

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b
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and nice views from the bar seating area. Our dinner party ranged in age from 5 yrs to 86 years - there was something for everyone. Exceptionally friendly service, and we were impressed that the owner stopped by all the dining tables to ensure everything was great and thank us for patronizing the restaurant- highly recommend! Only negative is handicapped access as the dining room is up a significant flight of stairs.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 2 December 2019

Hi Billdee, thank you for your review we are happy that you and your family had a wonderful time. We have two handicapp ramp access up to the restaurant.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

This very nice restaurant near the ski slope has a cozy bar and innovative bar-style cuisine that should satisfy most tastes. It can get crowded during the holiday season and it absolutely worth the trip.

CG
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The FOTR was a nice experience. Food was very good and the waitress was excellent. It was very comfortable and had a nice meal with friends. Noise was not an issue. We would definitely go again, very good value

JE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Early family thanksgiving with out of town guest

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Good food. Timing of delivering meals could have been better. Waited almost 10 minutes for last of four meals.

DV
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Our reservation was at 7:15 waited for a waitress for 15 min, they never came so I went to the bar to get my own drink. Bartender mad my drink but never poured it left it in front of me in the shaker. Went bake to my table and after an hour and a half still never saw a waitress and left and went to another restaurant to eat.

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Had reservations for dinner before comedy show. Sat promptly, but then 45 min to get menus, no food for 90 minutes. Food mediocre. Show almost over by time we got food, even though we sat 30 minutes early. Place was not full. No explanation for horrible service.

JL
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Fire at the Ridge.
I have never had a disappointing meal.
Service is always excellent too, especially Suehaily and Evan.

LG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Worth the money! Great staff and the place has a warm feeling. This is our third time going there and everything we have ordered has been fantastic.

Fire at the Ridge
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you LornaG !!

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic. Decorations were amazing and the food was awesome.

KS
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

The team at Powder Ridge should be absolutely ashamed to call this event a Halloween ball. Having been in previous years, I was completely embarrassed that I talked the event up to my group and brought 7 people. The food was basically ok, on par with banquet wedding food, not what you'd expect of a Hell's Kitchen chef. They marketed Jaime's spooky cocktail as part of the ticket and then charged you for it once you were there! The lights were on, and the only music was Thriller that played three times until a band playing country music and oldies. Seriously? for $60 a head? Our favorite joke of the night was the snowflake holograms on the wall that were clearly from Christmas. Next time just say..come for a bad buffet in costume instead of pretending to hold a ball. I went in 2016 and it was amazing so I feel we were completely robbed of what it could be and it ruined our evening.

PJ
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

My husband and I were excited to share the experience of dining at Fire at the Ridge as the reviews on Open Table were great and the menu was intriguing. We intentionally made a reservation for an early dinner as we did not want to participate in the Halloween Ball. This appeared to be confusing to the hostess even though I confirmed with whomever called me the day before as well as making note on the Open Table reservation. There seemed to be more confusion regarding our reservation which resulted in us being reseated. Nevertheless, the view was great and my husband and our friends looked forward to the food and ambiance. The food was excellent, but our waitress was simply miserable. It’s possible she was having a bad day, but she was very curt with us in every sense of the word. Her demeanor was that of someone who dislikes their job. She was very impatient, neglected to bring my friend parmesan cheese, essentially dropped the silverware in the middle of the table, and when we asked for the dessert menu she flung it on the edge of the table. Needless to say, we have no intention of returning. Too bad, given the food was very good.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a excellent Sunday brunch at Fire at the Ridge that included a chair lift ride. It was a beautiful Sunday so we enjoyed dining on their patio. Excellent service and food.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice place will return

CS
County Durham
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was good and fresh. The only thing was they brought me the wrong meal but it looks so good I ate it anyway.

CK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside, a band was playing and that was fun but there was a large jenga game setup by our table and getting played by several people. The game should have been setup away from the tables. We could have moved indoors but we didn't.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They did not honor our reservation and told us the kitchen was closed. We left without eating.

o
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a difficult review. The food has always been very good, but the restaurant is nearly empty any time we've gone there. I've never seen the restaurant advertised anywhere and few of our acquaintances have ever heard of it. I think the menu is more limited than in the past and I have to wonder if it's because the place is rarely full. It's a real shame the owners haven't put more effort into promoting the place.

On this most recent visit the coffee machine was broken. No coffee at a restaurant?? Really??

Only wine by the glass too which is odd.

WS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We sat outside on their patio. Nice setting. We were there for brunch. 19.95 per person got us access to a continental buffet (charcuterie, fruit, bagels), one free cocktail (mimosa, bloody mary), and one selection from their breakfast menu. The meal was okay. Lines up with the price but not much selection and just sort of ordinary. It was nice, we might go back, the setting is the best part. Oh, and the drinks were good.

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m a repeat customer and always happy with the food and service.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The service was slow but we really didn't mind since we were there with friends to chat about things and to celebrate our June birthdays.

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We were not happy with our table as there were 2 air conditioning vents over us and we were freezing. Also we could not hear the comedians. This is the only time we weren’t satisfied and we have been there many times.

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was very nice. We had a table window and the view was nice. At one point we were the only table in the restaurant and we felt we could of had more service. The wait staff was very nice and professional. We will come again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious, and the restaurant itself was beautiful! Will be back very soon.

BL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We arrived at 7:45 for our reservation and no one came out to greet us. When we peeked into the restaurant there were many people in the bar area. We stood there for approximately 15 minutes but we were never assisted. So we left and enjoyed dinner elsewhere.