Top 10 restaurants in Bristol, United States

April 14, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

Bristol is a suburban city located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Hartford. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 60,477. Bristol is best known as the home of ESPN, whose central studios are in the city. Bristol is also home to Lake Compounce, America's oldest continuously operating theme park. Bristol was known as a clock-making city in the 19th century, and is home to the American Clock & Watch Museum. Bristol's nicknames include the "Bell City", because of a history manufacturing innovative spring-driven doorbells, and the "Mum City", because it was once a leader in chrysanthemum production and still holds an annual Bristol Mum Festival. In 2010, Bristol was ranked 84th on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live". In 2013, Hartford Magazine ranked Bristol as Greater Hartford's top municipality in the "Best Bang for the Buck" category.
Things to do in Bristol

1. 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.

2. Harvest Bakery Incorporated

84 Farmington Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-4293 Takeout +1 860-589-8800
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Harvest Bakery Incorporated

Reviewed By fusionunion

Harvest Bakery is in nice local Hometown Bakery if that's your thing they have all of your seasonal and holiday Specialties it's conveniently located and pricing seems to be fairly decent I've only personally gone in once or twice for some things my kids needed for school and it seemed as though it was well priced and everything baked freshly I would suggest perhaps a remodel of the bakery itself it seems a little outdated in the front end aspect which may make people think that it's not as clean and fresh as the products are.

3. 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.

4. Parkside Cafe

95 Maple St, Bristol, CT 06010-5036 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 860-584-1841
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Parkside Cafe

Reviewed By DoranAR - Bristol, Connecticut

Wonderful restaurant for breakfasts with family and friends. Great neighborhood atmosphere and welcoming staff

5. Dunphy's Ice Cream Parlor

912 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-3858 Seating +1 860-845-8873
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Dunphy's Ice Cream Parlor

Reviewed By Brian S - Bristol, CT, USA

Kevin and Gail and their staff always do a great job whether it's a stop in for a cone, sundae's to go, or a custom made cake. Prices are great and service is excellent. The only reason this isn't a five is that I like gourmet ice cream and they serve Hershey's. If you love Hershey Ice Cream then just consider this review a five and stop in. Make sure you check in next door at the new Dunphy's Delights expansion as well.

6. Greer's Chicken

64 Matthews St, Bristol, CT 06010-2913 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 860-583-3191
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Greer's Chicken

Reviewed By markrS9301NT - Berlin, United States

Greers has everything you need for a family picnic right there in the store made fresh. The fried chicken is the best but order ahead there is standing room only and the store is always packed with people waiting for their food. As previously mentioned they have all kinds of entrees inside the glass counter top perfect for a picnic lunch and the picnic tables are right outside!

7. Joeys Garlic's

372 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032-3413 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 860-678-7231
Excellent
47%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Joeys Garlic's

Reviewed By Tom W - New Britain, Connecticut

Had the spinach patch pizza for lunch and it was great. Good service and the manager John stopped by the table to make sure everything was good.

8. One Fifty Central

150 Central St, Forestville, Bristol, CT 06010-7051 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Italian, International Dinner, Lunch +1 860-261-7009
Excellent
53%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

One Fifty Central

Reviewed By geraldd148 - Bristol

Great food, cozy atmosphere, great personal service The owner came out numerous times to talk and see if we needed anything,

9. Firefly Hollow Brewing Company

139 Center St, Follow Alley to Far End of the Industrial Complex, Bristol, CT 06010-5074 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating +1 860-845-8977
Excellent
51%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Firefly Hollow Brewing Company

Reviewed By Tom L

Love this place. Great selection and a uniqueness of beers. The Friday cask is always a treat but dont dawdle, it goes quickly. Food trucks and Sunday yoga are part of the pleasantries. One of the few good things about Bristol

10. Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

170 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6398 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 860-585-0710
Excellent
51%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

No web address that I've found. (860) 585-0710 phone.

Reviewed By anchikdad - easthartford ct

My wife and I decided to give this restaurant a try and were definitely note disappointed. The food was fresh well cooked and vary flavorful. My one complaint would be as we were finishing our dinner were were handed the check we were thinking dessert and were not given the choice not a big deal but a little bothersom.

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