New Britain Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in New Britain

April 14, 2018 Yuk Petri

New Britain is a city in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It is located approximately 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Hartford. According to 2010 Census, the population of the city is 73,206.
Things to do in New Britain

1. Portofino's

246 New Britain Rd, Kensington, CT 06037-1354 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 860-826-6374
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Portofino's

Reviewed By Tammy P - SOUTH DAKOTA

Got together here with 21 other family member, they a a private room so we could all be together. They were very accommodating when ordering our food,great selection on the menu. The food was delicious and served in a timely manner. The staff very pleasant and pleasant atmosphere.

2. Great Taste Chinese Restaurant

597 W Main St, New Britain, CT 06053-3965 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 860-827-8988
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Great Taste Chinese Restaurant

Reviewed By NewEnglander41 - Hartford, Connecticut

Atmosphere and service as good as ever BUT FOOD QUALITY HAS GONE DOWNHILL!!!! I would think twice before coming here

3. Naples Restaurant & Pizza

838 Farmington Ave, Ste 7, Farmington, CT 06032-2351 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 860-674-8876
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Naples Restaurant & Pizza

Naples Pizza is a casual dining restaurant, located in the heart of Farmington CT. Serving delicious pizzas and dishes, you enjoy a hearty meal that delights your taste buds and satisfies the largest of appetites. Bring in your friends and family for a great meal today! All of our meals are homemade with the freshest ingredients to ensure taste and pleasure. When you step through our restaurant doors, you are surrounded by the warmth of our ovens. Combined with the delicious dishes, wonderful aromas, and outstanding service, you are able to enjoy a dining experience that is beyond compare!

Reviewed By Pam W - Avon, Connecticut, United States

You can order by the slice or a whole pizza. Eat in or take out. Nice place for everyone. Large enough for teams to socialize. Kids chicken /fries are great and huge. There's a few tables outside if the weather is nice.

4. J Timothy's Taverne

143 New Britain Ave, Plainville, CT 06062-2021 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 860-747-6813
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

J Timothy's Taverne

Reviewed By Leahb1089 - Connecticut

After waiting 35 minutes to be seated on a Sunday night (we were seated at 6:05pm)
We were so excited to eat. The food was delicious as always, but there was clearly a problem.
The restaurant has gotten so popular the place is CLEARLY understaffed. We felt so bad for the servers seeing them all struggling to keep up with the flow of demand. Also they ran out of French fries they didn’t have any-more left. That is how busy they are now….it does not matter what time or day you go you end up waiting and seeing how over worked these servers are.
We really wish they would just hire more staff and open the back banquet room (in the back of the building) on such busy nights. If they did that though that means they would HAVE to hire more staff, and more staff means making less money for the business as they would have to pay more.
I just wish it wasn’t so crowded all the time now. We use to go 3 times a month, but now we only go for special occasions its not worth the rush and crowds anymore.

5. GoldBurgers

1096 Main St, Newington, CT 06111-2908 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 860-665-0478
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

GoldBurgers

Phone 890-665-0478

Reviewed By Bob H

GoldBurgers is one of those places that if you're lucky enough to discover it, you'll tell everyone you know about it, and you'll come back as often as you can. This restaurant is a small hole in the wall establishment. The food - whatever you select - is amazingly delicious. There is only a small seating area so the restaurant does a lot of take out business. Try it...you'll love it!

6. El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

1217 Queen St, Southington, CT 06489 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 860-410-1147
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Reviewed By Ladope - Connecticut

I had visited this Venture in the Past two years as well as their location in Middletown on several occasions and unfortunately never have find the time to write a review.
Well today is the day….
The place is located in Southington on a small Plaza right on the CT Route 10. There is a Universal Parking on site, small outdoor Patio, Bar with Counter seating and a separate Dining Room. Modern décor and appropriate music and lighting create a nice atmosphere. Service is very good, courteous and fast.
The Food and it presentation is fabulous and Tapas are awesome.
As I had visit the Venture before a few times along a two years window, I’m entitled to say they are very reliable. The place to go when you’re looking for a Spanish Restaurant in town.

7. Frisbie's Dairy Barn

951 Farmington Ave, New Britain, CT 06053-1354 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 860-357-2520
Excellent
54%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Frisbie's Dairy Barn

Reviewed By TheVoiceofCT - New Britain, Connecticut

Wow the best home made Ice Cream in the state. You must bring the whole family. They name the flavors after famous people in CT. My favorite was the Coconutty Ice Cream! Yum!

8. Roly Poly

587 Main St, New Britain, CT 06051-1809 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Polish, Eastern European, Fast Food, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 860-229-5109
Excellent
67%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Roly Poly

Reviewed By jer b - Bristol, Connecticut

Roly Poly is a wonderful place to buy all things Polish. The pierogi and the stuffed cabbage are just like what your grandmother made. The desserts, especially the cakes, are classic Polish cakes at their best. You purchase the cakes by the pound, so you can sample several at a time. Fabulous selection of domestic and imported cheeses, deli meats, and kielbasa. Great coffee too (try the pecan pie coffee).

9. Joey Garlic's

150 Kitts Ln, Newington, CT 06111-4248 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 860-372-4620
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

Joey Garlic's

We offer generous portions of great food at reasonable prices and Nobody does pizza better than Joey Garlic's. We offer New Haven-style brick oven pizza, which has a crust similar to rustic peasant bread in texture and is cooked to a darker color which allows the toppings to blend together. The longer cooking time also allows the different ingredients to carmelize, bringing out their natural bold sweet or savory flavors. We top most of our pies with fresh-snipped fragrant basil and the finest extra virgin olive oil. If you prefer a less-baked pizza, just ask. Say "light-baked." The rest of our extensive menu features Salads, Starters, Pastas, Old School Grinders, old fashioned Hamburgers, giant Milkshakes, ice cream and even a kid's menu that is simple and appetizing for young appetites. Quantity and quality that will absolutely amaze you.

Reviewed By Dennis M - Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States

We have been driving by for a long time so today we decided to give it a try, and we were not disappointed. We ordered two different gluten free pizzas and they were both delicious. I would say the best gluten free pizzas we have ever had in a restaurant. The place was packed, which shows that everyone had a good time. Will definitely go again.

10. Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet

61 Glen St, 61 Glen St, 06051, New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain, CT 06051-2504 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Lunch, Dinner +1 860-259-6930
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Riley's Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet

Reviewed By BillP1123 - Plainville, Connecticut

Finally got to Rileys to check out their dogs. This is a hidden spot on a tiny cross street unless you know New Britain well, GPS will get you there. Arrived on a busy weekday at lunchtime. The line moved quickly and the young man taking orders was quite efficient and helpful. I tried 2 classics, a Chicago Dog and a Classic Dog. The hot dogs are the best, local from Martin Rosols just a mile away. Chicago Dog has green relish, tomatoes, yellow mustard, onions, sport peppers, celery salt and a kosher dill spear. The classic has yellow mustard, onions and their own very tasty, slightly sweet meat sauce- a generous portion for sure.
The buns were fresh and soft but perhaps a smidgeon too large for my tastes, next time I might ask them to pare away a bit if that is offered/allowed.
The dogs were delivered to my table. The place was nicely decorated and very clean. The hand cut fries were light and delicious. The dogs were snappy, well cooked, very tasty and the ingredients were piled high and very fresh.
There is a wide variety of local Avery's sodas available as well as craft beers.
All in all a great experience. I will return to try many other dogs and the burgers which looked delicious.

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