Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar - West Hartford

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian
Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar brings friends and family together over exceptional Italian cuisine that is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and great care. House made pasta, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and artisan bread, domestic and imported antipasti favorites, free-range chicken, market fresh fish, and top grade meat share the stage with Rizzuto’s comfortable, lively atmosphere and genuine hospitality.


Guests of Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar can look forward to a dining experience that focuses on quality, value, and consistency, which Rizzuto’s has been synonymous for since opening its flagship restaurant in Bethel, CT in 2004, West Hartford’s Blue Back Square in 2008, and in Westport in 2009.



Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar looks forward to providing you with a truly unique dining experience.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall, a very good experience. Service was very good. Food choices were very good and output was very good. Drinks were excellent. Noise was moderate but seating was very good. A really nice place to go for either a drink with friends, appetizers or a entire meal. Reminds you of an updated Italian bistro.

U
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Mixed Review. The food was very good but the service was just terrible. It was Valentine's Day and we had a late reservation. We got there early - it was very busy and loud. We waited at the bar. My husband went once to check on the status of our table and got barked at by the hostess. When we were seated we got squeezed into a tiny table for two that was sandwiched between others. It did not feel special. I asked about a place to hang my coat as there was no way to hang a large winter coat over the chair in that tiny space, and the seater pointed over his shoulder to a rack in the corner by the door. He did not offer to hang it for me. I handed it to him anyway and said "Here you go." The tables were so close we uncomfortably overheard the break-up of the couple next to us as the man stood up and took the flower out of the vase with him as he walked out, leaving his date all alone to pay the bill. Our server finally came and did not ask if we wanted drinks before taking our food order. We asked for wedge salads with no bacon. She repeated "No bacon?" and we said that was correct. Of course the salads came with bacon. When we complained she said "Oh, you didn't want bacon?" We had to ask her if we could get drinks, which took a very long time to come. When my husband's pasta came he was not offered grated cheese. It took a very long time to get any. We were never checked on. We had to keep adjusting ourselves as customers and wait staff squeezed by our table. Having said all of this, the food was very good. The problem is the experience was so unpleasant it's hard to recommend the restaurant to anyone.

DG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a fantastic time at this restaurant. The food was immaculate and we did not wait long at all for our reservation. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great night out with friends, family, or their significant other

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Memorable Valentines Day!! Excellent cocktails, appetizer and meals. Be smart & make a reservation.

LM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Ambience was fun . Food soso. Bar service not so good but restaurant service was excellent.

NG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to dinner with my husband and toddler. The wait staff was lovely and the food was delicious. A great night out!

LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favorite get together spots. Excellent service and atmosphere. Always love the different cocktails offered and their special infusions. Waiter was attentive and respectful of our privacy. Great specials menu. Eggplant was terrific!

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the vibe of this restaurant! The atmosphere is nice enough to want to go for date night or to dinner with friends, without the "too fancy" feeling. The food prices and portions are reasonable and I have NEVER had a bad meal here! Highly recommend to anyone! It is my favorite restaurant in West Hartford!

DC
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Rizzuto's did not disappoint... we have been here multiple time but brought friends with us this time... Great food, Great Server, Great experience..

l
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food-friendly waitstaff. Food came out too fast. I didn’t finish my salad and the entree was out.

c
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

My husband ordered salmon, and he told the waiter he wanted it cooked thru. When he received his meal, he had to send it back because it wasn't cooked thru. I order a cheese pizza with an added portion of ricotta cheese. When I got my pizza, it only had ricotta cheese on it. The waiter took it away and had another pizza made with the correct ingredients. The crust on the pizza was awful--not firm at all. To top matters off, we received the bread basket after we got our entrees--very strange. Also, a waiter went around after we got our meals to put candles on all the tables--really. I would not return to this restaurant again given that they can't cook food correctly as ordered.

TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Love Rizzuto's always. This time, I just found my caprese salad's tomatoes where not ripened enough. Shame on me for choosing this dish in the winter! And my butternut squash ravioli was tasty but just too oily. Everything else we had was beyond perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Loved it! Cocktails were so good!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cheese board ever

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall a great experience! A night to remember. The garlic cheese bread was phenomenal and the drinks were off the charts! Definitely would recommend to those looking to grab a bite to eat in the West Hartford area.

G
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have eaten at Rizzuto's many times over the years with family and friends. We always enjoy our meal. Service is top notch and the food and drinks are always good. On our last visit the hostess was unable to accommodate a table request for our party of 4. The restaurant was very busy and we fully understood. Much to our surprise at the end of our wonderful meal we were presented with a beautiful tray of several delicious dessert as an apology for not being able to accommodate our table request. These are the little things that management does to make sure their patrons enjoy themselves and return again and again to their restaurant. We will certainly be returning in the neat future for another wonderful dining experience at Rizzuto's

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Location! Food and Service Good! Staff was very accommodating!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time going to Rizzuto’s. It was amazing! I can’t wait to go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful people and food. My favorite restaurant of the month

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

When we arrived for our reservation, the hostess greeted us with “I have some bad news, the people at your are still there, alternatively you can eat at a bar table” So not a good way to greet people that have a reservation at all. Would have been better to say, I’m sorry but your table isn’t ready yet, I can give you one at the bar or you can wait at the bar if you like. Really kind of started us off on the wrong foot. But honestly the bar staff, waiters, food wine list etc were really extraordinary. So we’d definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Was very good food, waiters and manager.

The only issue is the hostess is not very nice. This is the second time she hasn’t been very nice or accommodating. Asked to seat at a different booth and was told no both times and both times no one sat there while we were eating and even after we were finished.

Would go more but don’t want to deal with her so we usually go somewhere else.

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We stopped for lunch, had a light fare, service was very good, food was excellent and the price was reasonable. We will be back..

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

With my 23 year old daughter and the experience was sensational! Thanks.

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We made a reservation for 7:45 PM. When we arrived, the folks at the table we were supposed to get were still there. We were offered a high table near the bar which turned out to be very nice. Steve was our waiter. He was attentive to every detail and really went out of his way to make the evening nice. Loved the Santa Claus. Toufic is always very personable and welcomed us as well. Matt, the bar tender, was very warm and reached out to add to the enjoyment of the evening. The food was really amazing. It was a great way to spend Christmas Eve after a nice movie. Rizzuto's is a regular, favorite spot. And, after drinks, appetizers, and dessert, the bill was very reasonable.

DC
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Went their Christmas eve & was very happy with the service & food, especially on a holiday. Noise level was a little loader than normal but that was to be expected with a full house. Again overall a great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Even though it was tight (with lots of high tops and booths), they were able to accommodate our wheel chair and party of 7. Service and the food was fantastic. We enjoyed our experience on Christmas Eve and will be back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much for the great time on Christmas Eve. It was amazing time for our family. Our services was impeccable.

Thank you,
Aneta Santilli

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I would have given food at least 4 stars if it was not for a very misleading labeling on the menu about gluten free options. WARNING: Items marked on the menu as GF are not actually gluten free unless you specifically ask for it! The waiters will not warn you, but there is VERY fine print on the menu that tells you that.

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant! Servers Stephanie and Tofique and manager Lynn make this place the homiest and most comfortable place with a flair for hospitality and just plain good times and good food. We have been going to this place since it opened and it has consistently never disappointed. Great atmosphere and we always run into people we know from town. Grateful for this place!

A
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

While food was good, the hostess was just plain rude. Given it was a cold and snowy day, my client was late by 20 mins. I was told the table was booked only for 1.5 hours(true). When I asked if I had to stay with my client longer, her response was the manager would come and take us to the bar tables. I clarified I was going to be with a client and could not decide on how long we would end up chatting. Her response was 1.5 hours is long enough to catch up. We ended up spending 3 hours at a high table that was the only one offered as my client was late. You are doing injustice to the good and creative food you offer through such behaviors.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Table was a little wobbly but the meatballs and ambiance made up for it. Tasty and fun a bit pricey though.

CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great, servers very friendly. Santa and Mrs. claus was a nice touch.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, great service, nice vibe.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was great.

AM
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Disappointed they cannot extend the happy hour drinks to the tables. I had a table 15’ away from the bar and was forced to pay 2X for the same drink. I guess if you want to take advantage of happy hour you have to enjoy your drinks in an unhappy atmosphere.

SP
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scrumptious dishes with superb service!
Entrees for all palettes and dietary requests.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful server who made the experience very friendly and special. We were celebrating a birthday and the night went off without a hitch! Food was excellent and came out on a timely manner.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

From appetizer to dinner to dessert, everything was delicious! We had a few dietary based changes that were graciously accommodated. The only thing that was off was the beverage service timing. We waited a long time for our initial cocktails, they arrived well after our appetizer and our bottle of wine, to have with our main course, was delayed enough that I told our table to put your forks down or we will have no food left to go with our wine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Rizzuto’s for my husband’s birthday dinner. This was our first visit and we were incredibly impressed and blown away from start to finish. The high quality of the service and the food was impeccable - I highly recommended the antipasto appetizer! The food was exquisite! I would come here again without question - there are many more things on the menu we are excited to try! Fantastic experience!

AR
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall the evening was very good but the noise was almost unbearable. We all left hoarse due to having to shout! The food and drinks were tasty.