City Steam Brewery Café
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 475
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 59 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BlueHammer:
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I am writing this review after my second visit to City Steam. Both times, we called ahead and got a reservation, just to be sure. They will tell you on the phone that they will only hold the reservation for fifteen minutes after it is made, yet I've never gone in there and seen it to the point that a table would be impossible to get without a reservation.
The interior is absolutely gorgeous - exposed brick walls, several stories, with an open middle area so that you can look straight down from the third to the second to the first floor. It was the site of the first department store in Hartford (actually, I know it has even more historical significance than that). The overhead lighting is dim, but small lamps are provided on each table, a dining feature I absolutely love!
The service this time was good but not spectacular. The waitress was very friendly and fairly knowledgable about the beers. I appreciated that. The food that I did order was very good - though not exactly what I was expecting. (I ordered bruschetta that was not really a true bruschetta but delicious all the same). As a vegetarian, the choices are, of course, limited - but it is important to note that vegetarian options WERE available. My companions, who ordered meat dishes, said they were very tasty!
The restaurant is also conveniently located near to Hartford Civic Center (about a block away) and Hartford Stage (across the street) so it makes a nice, reasonably priced venue for a pre-event dinner.
I will go back again!
03-13-2006 00:59:50 | More by BlueHammer
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4.65/5 rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Let's face it...serious beer enthusiasts seek out brewpubs for great boutique/craft beers. City Steam Brewery Cafe is spectacular in this regard and is my #1 beer destination whenever I'm in the Hartford area. The food as one might expect by the name is pub fare. It exists to allow us to drink more of the wonderful beers. Many of the selections are quite tasty. I love the black-eyed pea soup! The staff is friendly and very engaging. Get to know them and they will bring a smile to your face visit after visit!
As an avid homebrewer for 25 years, I have known about their Brewmaster, Mr. Ron Page, for a very long time. I think of him as the Greg Noonan of Southern New England. His award winning beers were earning him accolades before going professional. In fact, he won top national honors as "American Homebrewer of the Year" five years in a row if I'm not mistaken back in the late '80's and early 90's. I have never met a brewer so passionate for the craft. Needless to say, the beers at City Steam need absolutely NO excuses and there's a style for every palette or mood.
If you love beer, truly great beer and have never been to City Steam Brewery Cafe, it absolutely has to make it to the top of your bucket list!!!!
12-05-2013 20:33:44 | More by Bootleg
3.79/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25 | $$$
Atmosphere was nice and it is much larger inside than I expected. You walk in and you're surround by dark wood and the building has a classic feel inside. Beer itself was good and they have a selection of their own brews that covers most every category. Service was friendly and interactive, though I asked two employees if this place offers brewery tours of where the magic happens downstairs (because when you go there you're in the restaurant/bar the whole time) and neither employee really knew, which I thought was odd. Food wise I had boneless wings, and mac and cheese. Wings were not a good value as you do not get much for your money - only four chicken strips and I believe it was around 9 dollars... The mac and cheese was good and a much bigger portion at least.
Speaking overall, I felt like the food and drinks were not a good value for your money, but at least our bartender was attentive and personable so that makes a difference. Would I go there again? Sure, but only if I was already in the area, and only to grab a beer or two. I would not eat here again because there are better restaurants and bars to go to for a meal.
11-28-2013 17:42:52 | More by cheesepuffs
City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
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