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City Steam Brewery Café

Not Rated.
City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café
Based on:
27 Beers
673 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 68
Visits: 102
Avg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
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: 68 | Visits: 102
Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

City Steam Brewery Cafe....

Atmosphere-a full building with a wooden exterior in downtown Hartford, also hosts a comedy club and other things. Many floors with lots of seats, when we went in they were in full Xmas decoration mode. Warm and comfy interior.

Quality-things seemed pretty good, all beers, food, service were just fine. Interesting stuff with the steam horn thing and others. The beers were not adventurous but they were high quality with no huge flaws.

Service-our waitress was prompt, gave us updates, no complaints. Wasn't exactly jumping up and down to give us beer information, but she was ok.

Selection-I counted eight choices, five of those were on tap. Styles from dark lager, amber lager, euro lager, IPA, stout. Nothing too crazy but enough variety.

Food-a highlight, all food was very good, I tried "The Vermonter" which was like a pancake within a burger and excellent. All the rest of my family's food was good too.

Value-for the price everything was decent quality. No problems.

Overall-a good place, very professional with character, beers weren't that adventurous but everything was good and I couldn't ask for anything more than that when visiting Hartford.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Uconnelmo
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.61/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of gemery554
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Went here back in January of 2015, place was really busy, but the staff kept it together. The beers the have are mostly their own, which are pretty mediocre verging on good. With a few tweaks I think they can make really good beer, but I digress. Food was pretty good but a bit above what I would like to pay for it. All in all, worth a trip for the beginner craft drinker, but a pass for the experienced.

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Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of The_Librarian
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Was in the area to get Chinese food and walked in on a whim. The place was really slow so we had the pick of where to sit. Lots of seating and clean eating areas. They were out of two of the beers that I wanted so I opted for a nurse (possibly their best known). Staff was friendly and attentive. It seemed like more of a sit and eat place than a drink and hang out. Lots of guys in suits eating lunch. I would like to go back on a Friday or Saturday night to see what the place is really like. Food was really good for a brewery.

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Photo of betterthanyourbeer
2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2

Should this really even be called a brewery...they've had the same stale tasteless beers on tap for 10 years. Food is all fried and tastes the same. i think they have taken pride in the fact that since inception....they have NEVER had a good IPA.
ok to try, but regular visits are not happening.

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Photo of Gottatryemall
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great food good beer, Always a good timec

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Photo of rorjets
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Went over after a UCONN basketball game at the XL Center. Just a couple of blocks away, so very easy to get to if you are at an event at the XL Center. The place was buzzing with UCONN fans, but not full to capacity. We opted to sit in the bar, and have our beer and meal there. At least 4 big screen TVs allowed us the chance to catch up on the NFL action (it was a Sunday game and we were out by 3 pm). The Bartender was super attentive despite the influx of fans coming from the game. She had our first beers in front of us within minutes of our arrival. I had the Export Lager, followed by an IPA, my buddy tried the DIPA called Innocence.. I have had all the beers that City Steam bottles, so it was great to have a bunch of other choices on tap. We ordered and had our meals in front of us in no time. The burger I had was perfectly cooked, and my buddy was equally pleased with his selection, which was a BLT wrap. Basic pub food but delivered quickly and it was very tasty. Prices were average, beers are fairly priced. I had been to City Steam way back in 2005, and had been impressed with it then, so I was very happy to see it still doing well. Downtown Hartford is not an easy place to have a Brewpub business because it empties out on the weekends, and there is little parking to be had other than at parking lots. I wish I lived a bit closer, as they have a great Billiards Hall in the back room, but I can only visit on the rare occasions I get to Hartford. Overall, a really enjoyable place for a beer and a meal!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Not a bad place to have a drink in Hartfood. I went here after a wedding, so I didn't have any food,

Beers are pretty typical of a small city microbrew.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +12%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tkissell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

Photo of Bjorn2bWild
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.