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City Steam Brewery Café

Not Rated.
City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café
very good

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 591
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

942 Main St
Hartford, Connecticut, 06103-1214
United States
phone: (860) 525-1600

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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!

BlueHammer, Mar 13, 2006
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

JKV96, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Wyatt_Sasser, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Located in downtown within the confines of a beautiful Romanesque building that was once a department store, City Steam Brewery Café is the only brewpub in Hartford. The venue sprawls through several floors and includes a patio and a pool room; this review is based on two recent visits to the main floor bar area. The bar is rather large, seating around 50 people with room among a scattering of high tops in which thirsty Hartford office workers can mingle and discuss insurance, no doubt. (Hartford is America's insurance capital.)

The beer selection is decent and runs the gamut of styles; my choices: Acapulco Gold, a session IPA; Blonde on Blonde, an American Pale Ale; Sneak Peek, an amber lager; Pugnacious Porter, an oatmeal stout and the favorite being something called Naughty Nurse, which appears to be an English bitter. Extensive food menu that includes all-day omelets and some attentive servers makes this a popular place to imbibe. They offer a Mon-Fri Happy Hour, when beers are $2.00 off.

All in all, an enjoyable place to quaff fresh beer when in the Nutmeg State.

jjboesen, Sep 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

LutherBrau, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hoppymcgee, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Tkissell, Aug 17, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

chippo33, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Bjorn2bWild, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%

During a recent family excursion to Hartford, we visited this brewpub. Located in a beautiful old building, right in the center of town, this is a very inviting brewpub. The architecture, design, decoration, and general feel of the place is amazing. Beer memorabilia and great ambiance are everywhere. The beer selection was deep and varied. I had the Amber, the IPA, and the Stout. All were excellent. The service was professional and light-hearted, and would be worthy of a higher rating other than being a little slow. Food was mostly traditional, although upscale, tavern food. Well made but not really creative. All in all, this is a great brewpub and absolutely worth a visit.

Suds, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

canawler, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Casterbridge, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Ultra-Plinian, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%

I was in Hartford to see a show actually, at Webster Theater, so not finding many local options, I picked this, the only brewpub in the city, which was only a couple miles away. It was a pretty interesting place, with a somewhat vintage Americana / pre-Prohibition theme going on. The crowd was pretty bustling, but the staff seemed on the ball at all times.

For whatever reason, I didn't go with my usual sampler flight option, and just chose a couple quick drinks instead. The beer was all pretty basic stuff, with options ranging from wheat beers to simple pale ales. The could've been a Belgian ale and/or a porter on too, I don't really remember.

The menu was fairly extensive, with options ranging from general pub grub, to salads and sandwiches, to pricier entrees. Good stuff, no complaints here. Prices on food and beer were pretty much middle of the road, again, with some of the higher-end food selections getting more expensive.

Beggars can't be choosers in Hartford, it seems. This was not a bad place, considering there didn't seem to be many (or any) other options in town, at least none that I know of.

Rifugium, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

BeerMeSteve, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

tubeman, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

SuomiHobbit, May 03, 2014
Photo of datalager
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

The atmosphere here is awesome. Beautiful woodwork and aesthetics throughout. I love the four tiered open stairway eating layout. My wife and I ate in the small two seater tables on the second tier overlooking the city. Quite a nice view.

Service was fast and friendly, food was delivered hot. We only got burgers but they were done just right. The waffle fries were "eh", the Asian slaw was fresh and tasty. Beer selections were excellent. We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday evening, so it certainly was getting busy, but not quite peak dinner time. I'd like to go back just slightly later to see how service holds up during the real swing time.

In the end I'd have to say it well worth going, and I'm certainly hoping to go back soon.

datalager, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Duffman79, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

brewcifix, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Varkias41, Feb 24, 2014
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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.