Apricots Restaurant in Farmington, Connecticut

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Clemens & Sons Realty

On a beautiful late summer day this week, I was treated to a delicious lunch at Apricots, one of Farmington's finest restaurants, located on the banks of the Farmington River.  The restaurant is a landmark for both the building's history and for its local cuisine.


Farmington River from Apricots PatioDiners can sit al fresco at the Patio overlooking the river, or inside at the Pub, or in one of the formal, main dining rooms.  After sitting at the Patio for awhile, we chose to eat in the Pub.


Kevin Quinn, general manager, told me about some of the history of the building which was originally a trolley barn.  Folks in the early 19th century would ride horse-drawn trolleys along Farmington Avenue when they traveled to and from Hartford.  This barn was used as a trolley turn-around. 


Entrance In January, 1983, Apricots Restaurant was opened after restoring the building, and Ann Howard, the owner, welcomed all to enjoy her sophisticated preparation of the finest of American and European foods.  The summer menus can now be seen on the restaurant website, ApricotsRestaurant.com.  You'll be tempted by Summer Vegetable Napolean or Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Fresh Mango Salad and Kiwi Vinaigrette.Apricots 

The Pub at ApricotsThe Pub still has the historic feel of the trolley barn.  It's warm and cozy with its piano, dark wood bar, casual atmosphere, and friendly service.  The other dining rooms in the restaurant look out over the Farmington River with lovely décor, more formal white tablecloth settings, and fresh flowers.  The view and the overall ambiance is pure relaxation. 


Private Party RoomThere are rooms for private parties, weddings, and business dinners. A quiet elegance greets diners throughout.  Zagat's Guide awarded Apricots its "excellent" rating, and I heartily agree.  We enjoyed a chunky pub burger and a summer lobster roll, both with the most delicious potato chips, and we left wishing that we had tried dessert.  After all, Connecticut Magazine readers voted Apricots "Best in State" for desserts, as well as for Continental Cuisine.  Oh well!  Maybe another visit will be necessary very soon! 


Whenever you are in Farmington, be sure to stop by Apricots Restaurant and Pub, located at 1593 Farmington Avenue in Farmington, 3 miles west of the intersection with Route 10.  Whether for a quick, casual lunch, special dinner, or catered event, Apricots will serve you just what you want.  

The Farmington River at Apricots

Comments (3)

Sarah L Clayton

I love this restaurant. I've had business lunches here. I also love to celebrate my birthday at Apricot's. The food is superb and the atmosphere is delightful. I love eating outside by the river in the summer. Sarah

Sep 09, 2009 05:28 PM
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Jun 06, 2010 04:31 AM
Chris Paradiso - Paradiso Insurance

We really enjoy Apricots.  A few of our staff members just LOVE the patio and are trying to get me to have a company dinner at your place.  We hope to be in beore the summer comes to an end. 

Aug 26, 2010 02:28 AM