Chowder Pot IV

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Seafood
The Chowder Pot of Hartford is the destination for seafood lovers and people traveling from all over Connecticut as well as up and down the East Coast. For almost 20 years our customers have enjoyed award winning seafood, slow roasted prime rib and fresh Maine lobsters served by a friendly and professional staff. The Chowder Pot of Hartford has seating for 320 people in two nautically decorated dining rooms with accommodations for groups of up to 25 people. Our Captain's Lounge features a Raw Bar & Happy Hour, M-F 4:00 to 6:00 as well as full lunch and dinner menus served by our bar staff.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.1
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j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We have rediscovered Chowder Pot after many years absence- Have a couple favorite meals.. prime rib for me (I know it's seafood restaurant..) and baked stuffed shrimp for dining partner. We can't seem to branch out! Both are excellent. Service has always been very good with nice personable staff every time. We will continue to go when we get our cravings!

GW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The service was slow even after making/holding a table. Party of 10 arrived on time waited 20 mins. before being seated. Appetizers were served but the waitress wanted to wait before taking the Entree order. Someone had to leave the table to ask how much longer we needed to wait for our entree.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We had reservations, but still had quite a wait being Valentine's day. Service was poor, the waitress was seemingly overwhelmed. We had to call out to her over and over in order to get any service. Never received water, the waitress never checked in on us. By the time we did get our food, it was so late, that we just took it to go. Normally this is a good place, just a really bad visit this time.

EL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The restaurant itself is nice place but the service was horrendous. We went there for Valentine's day and we realize that it was busy but the other waitresses were keeping up with all their tables. We saw our waitress when she took the order and when she brought the food and when she brought the check. She didn't give us straws and when we asked for them she nodded her head yes and never brought them, we got our straws from the waitress that was serving another table, who my I say she was doing an awesome job. We also asked for steak sauce and she didn't bring that back either. She was more focused on the table with multiple people and completely forgot us. The last time I had gone to the chowder pot was over 20yrs ago but I will never go back.

HN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing server. Awesome drinks even though they seem a bit weak and amazing food.

JF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

The service was slow. The food arrived cold and didn't taste as expected! The dining experience was not good and the price too high!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I had not been to Chowder Pot in many years. I remember the food being delicious and the portions being plentiful. I returned to Chowder Pot this week and, unfortunately, left disappointed. My dinner companion ordered the Seafood Imperial (dinner portion) and we were both surprised at how small the portion was...if that was the "dinner portion", what was the "lighter fare portion" like? The dish tasted good, but for the price charged...not worth it! I ordered fish and chips and it was served on a smaller sized dinner plate, which I assume was to make the disappointing portion look more plentiful. I was using a gift card that I received as a birthday present, so I didn't feel to bad about the whole experience. But I will not be returning.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded 5 days ago

Elena, Thank you for coming back after many years and taking the time to do a review. Glad you were happy with the quality of the food. Over the years prices have gone up as should be expected, but the seafood imperial and fish & chips portion has not changed. Sorry you were not completely satisfied with the experience and to hear you will not be returning. If there is anything more we could do please call us at 8760-244-3311 and speak with a manager. Sincerely, The Chowder Pot

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Been here many times over the years but this was our last.
The new management is awful:

We were greeted promptly and appetizers came out in good condition but it was downhill from there.
Salads came out at same time as main course which was over cooked meats and partially cold. The lobster was perfect but the rest, no so much.
Quality of the beef isn’t what it used to be, they were out of prime rib (poor planning), waitress kept forgetting our drink refills and rarely came by the table... mind you, it was a Sunday night, the place was dead - maybe 2 other sets of customers in the whole place.
All severs AND the manager were chit-chatting around the bar the whole time we were there.
Serious delays in main course, drinks and sides getting to our table.
My wife almost lost her mind!
The only thing stopping her from it was my telling her that I just wanted a peaceful birthday dinner.

The place was a bad choice, so we won’t be back again.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded 6 days ago

Phil, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to fill out a review. Sorry to hear you were unhappy. Would likle to hear more about your visit, was anything done to correct the mistakes we made, did you speak with a manager, etc? If you would be willing to call 860-244-3311 and speak with a manager it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, The Chowder Pot

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JT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was one of my mother’s favorite places to dine so it was only fitting to stop in while visiting Hartford. From the salad with the scrumptious Gorgonzola dressing to the main entree everything was delicious. We were not disappointed and had plenty to take home for lunch the next day.

NR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Made RSVP for 845. We didn't get seated until 945. Unacceptable

GO
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Normally we always have a good experience but was disappointed this particular night, you were out of prime rib and rib eyes. It was only 7:15 on a Saturday night.
Thank you

h
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Seafood Imperial is delicious. Second time I ordered it this year - both superb. We had the stuffed mushroom appetizer which was very good but not quite as good as the last time. I wish they would give you 6 instead of 5 so more easily shared - one more for the same price would also be a better value.

Hostess sat us away from a loud table which allowed them and us to enjoy our conversations.

I like the 1/2 or full carafe options versus the glass.

Waitress could have been a bit more attentive to water glasses but otherwise pleasant and good service.

KM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Normally we have a great experience but this was not the case this last time. Our waitress was flustered. She spilled our wine when giving them to us, rushed our appetizers and then waited 20 mins to come back and get our food order after we had eaten our appetizer. She almost spilled my dinner on me, and forgot a sauce or something because our lazy crab casserole was so dry. There were also shells in that and our lobster bisque so someone was careful at prep time. She gave us the wrong check and it took forever to get a new one, and then we had to flag a passing hostess to pay because our waitress was no where to be seen. She had also spilled a tray of food when she was cleaning a nearby table and food was everywhere. We saw 3 people cleaning the mess and no one wiped the railing that was covered in food. We flagged a random waitress to let her know and she cleaned it right away. This was after it had been there for 15 mins. Honestly it was a very depressing lunch out. I’ve never had a bad experience before but this was just ridiculous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience1

Terribly disappointed in our most recent experience. We were seated in a back room that looked like a cafeteria and was freezing cold. I had to eat dinner with my coat on. I have cancer and had asked for a table in the main dining room, which was denied. Our food was served cold, and it was greasy. The only halfway bright spot was a friendly waitress, but she was very overworked. We are regular customers, and the treatment we received was very unacceptable!

Chowder Pot IV
Responded on 3 February 2020

Anonymous, Sorry you were not happy with your most recent visit. You sat in the Admiral's room which we use on busy days when the main room is full to help keep the wait times at a minimum. Saturday was very busy with the Taste of Hartford promotion we had going on. We would like to hear more about your visit, if anything was done to address the issues you had while you where here. If you can call 860-244-3311 and speak to a manager it will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, The Chowder Pot

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JD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Very loud. Food was fine. Nicely flavored

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went for my boyfriends birthday during restaurant week. We both got the lobster bisque which was outstanding, the homemade bread was incredible, and the raw oysters were very good. For our entrees we both got the stuffed lobster which was okay. We didn’t know what to expect but the lobster comes with a lot of stuffing. The stuffing was good but I prefer steamed lobster with some lemon and maybe butter over it. Would return to try more!

HA
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

The food is excellent. The service is a bit slow. Call for a reservation because ways busy.

DB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The cheesecake topping should have been real strawberries.

Bigger chunks of crab in casserole would be better than shredded pieces.

Too much butter in the baked stuffed shrimp dish.

Ran out of squash.

Everything else was very good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love chowder pot. It’s even better during Taste of Hartford or on a Why not Wednesday

JP
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I drove 32 miles to have dinner there and it was well worth it. Food was excellent and our server Ashley was superb.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I always love the bread, it is warm and buttery and the best around. I had the fried clams and this time they were not meaty. But they gave me a lot. It was my fault I didn't say anything. We had the onion rings they were good. They were busy and the waitress was hard working. The hostess that always seems to be there at lunch is also the best hostess ever. I should tell her next time. .. a Tall blonde with a white sweater.
I will be back. Impressed with large menu, but I seem to always get the clams.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the lobster mac and cheese. Yummy

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal at Chowder Pot! Lots of food and reasonable prices!

DB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

appetizers were the best, waitress was also good, pricely meals, very loud when holding a conversation

RA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a busy night, our waitress was very prompt and courteous. The food was excellent.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I enjoyed everything I ordered. The lobster bisque is one of my favorite items. This particular night we had the great pleasure of having Willow as our waitress...she was amazing. She was very sweet, sincere, and on top of everything. Great food combined with excellent service...what more could a customer ask for!

MA
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

had a great night. food was very good. would recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, well seasoned and delivered in a reasonable amount of time

LR
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I was very disappointed that they had run out of prime rib by 6:30 on a holiday evening. Seemed like poor planning. The staff also seemed disorganized. The food was good, however, and I really appreciated the fact that you could actually have a conversation easily, unlike in many newer restaurants, which are very loud.

Chowder Pot IV
Responded on 29 December 2019

Laura R, Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Our apologies for running out of the prime rib. We were a lot busier than previous Christmas Eves and that was the reason for running out. We do look at previous years sales and reports to predict what we will need. Prime rib is something we slow cook for many hours and by the time we realize we may run out it is impossible to get more cooked for the same day. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Sincerely, The Chowder Pot

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

One meal was very late. Two meals were very rubbery and dry.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The food was good but it wasn’t worth the price. The turn around between tables was pretty quick. The staff was nice.

EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We were treated very well, the waitress was very, very busy so we did have to wait for our food. I assume the kitchen was also. We had time so it was not a problem. I know this is a busy time before Christmas. The waitress was working hard and nice. The nice lady ( hostess ) helped me with my jacket. It was a bit chilly ( and I am always warm) so my meal got cold pronto. It was good and plentiful though. Had the clams, as usual.
If it were evening I would have had a drink...wasn't sure if the desserts were made on sight or mass produced, and I didn't ask.

AS
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were celebrating my mother’s 86th birthday. There were 8 of us. All but 2 of us loved all our food. My mom, the birthday girl had the lobster in casserole, wasn’t much lobster, so that was disappointing, and another person had the Cajun steak, and didn’t care for the seasoning at all. All appetizers and drinks were great. Our server was wonderful.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful nautical themed restaurant with great food and great service. I recommend making a reservation but if you walk in it's totally worth the wait. Everything was hot, delicious, and served in very little time. Our waiter was awesome and went to extreme lengths to make sure we were happy. I recommend the prime rib and the escargot it will be one of the best meals you have ever had.

M
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I did NOT have a good experience at Chowder Pot..I took my best friend out for her Birthday and was charged $7.50 for just bringing a cake that we did not even get to eat...The waitress forgot to give us straws and overall did not like the food too much...I will NOT be going back to Chowder Pot nor recommend my family and friends to go....

PZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I've been going to Chowder Pot for as long as I can remember. The food the service everything is good area code after all. Chowder Pot what more can I say.

BC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, service also very good. Nice ambience. A bit overpriced, however.

SP
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Our waitress was really nice, but this wasn’t my favorite meal there. The first disappointment was that the special board on the way in listed a prime rib quesadilla that my husband was extremely excited for, but unfortunately they were no longer serving, which we didn’t find out until after he ordered it. She had said when he ordered that she didn’t think they had that, but also said that if it was on the board they must have it. We went kind of late (7:30p on a Thursday), and I knew we were rolling the dice with prime rib availability, but all that they had left was medium well, and well, so I had to pick my second choice, ribeye, which was actually quite delicious. After our appetizers came out, she let us know that they no longer had the quesadilla and that somebody had forgotten to take it off the board, so my husband quickly tried to pick something else. He ordered the captains cut prime rib, settling for medium well, and it really was not what he was expecting, he really only ate one bite of it and his fries. Nobody really asked if there was something wrong with his food, which honestly could have been on us because he was helping his mom with an urgent matter via text and he was quite distracted, and we admittedly did take it home for my dad to give to one of his friends, but had somebody asked if he would have rather had something else, he likely would have happily traded it in. I found that my lobster knuckles appetizer, and the lazy man’s crab were a bit too greasy for me, but I think maybe I just picked the wrong items; I am always impressed with the Poppy Jon shrimp, so I’m glad we got both. The Overall the service was nice, and most of the food was quite good, so I would have never called to complain about our meal, since there was nothing “wrong” with it. However when open-table asked me to leave a review I thought the feedback might help other customers with what to order, or the staff at the restaurant to see what they could improve in the future.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Nothing fancy. We sat as far away from the kitchen as you can be. Food wasn't as hot as it should have been. Service was slow.

NP
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I live in Florida,and every time I come home to visit My Family we all go to Chowder Pot.This was my first time making a reservation.Ill be back when it warms up..