City Steam Brewery Café
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 531
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Durge:
4.05/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here with my wife one weekday afternoon and had a late lunch while the place was nearly deserted. This is an old restaurant that dates well back into the 1900's and it has retained much of it's old wood character in it's latest incarnation. It's very large with dining and drinking areas spread out throughout three floors from what I can tell. We just had our lunch in the main barroom area which offers a number of dining tables and fair bar stool area along with 4-5 televisions monitoring sports and news alike. It's fairly dark and decorated very nicely for the lover of all things breweriana along with other drinking related articles, mostly dated, antiquey things. I don't feel I can fairly judge the waitress considering she had very few people to look after at the time but she was very attentive and friendly. We had no waiting issues, our sandwiches (turkey club & buffalo chicken wrap) were very good, served promptly, as was my beer. I tried the IPA & Farmhouse Ale, both were good, particularly the IPA, but not off the charts. They had plenty of selection including cider and root beer on tap so from my first visit I will be happy to sample further brews there in the future. Prices were very reasonable, $4.75 for each brew, sandwiches were closer to $10 each. Again, we were there during an off hour but our waitress did not seem greatly beer smart, she tried, she knew a little, but she couldn't add much to what the lists had to say and one of the lists I got at my table was out of date which did waste some time as I fought through the confusion with the taps I was looking at. Just looking at the menus and other notices evident in the place, I got the feeling that beer wasn't quite so prominent here as you normally expect from a brewhouse. On the food menu it looked like wine had equal billing with the beer, which may be a smart thing for them business-wise but it isn't what I like to see when visiting a place that makes their own beer, especially in a state with very few such choices. Again, I enjoyed our off-hours visit and would recommend the place based upon it. It's easy to find, write on Main Street in the thick of downtown Hartford, very close to I-84 & I-91 access. I will have to check it out when things are a little more busy there.
04-15-2009 23:22:22 | More by Durge
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
04-20-2014 20:38:38 | More by datalager
City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.