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 TheDeuce:
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
City Steam Brewery Cafe....
Atmosphere-a full building with a wooden exterior in downtown Hartford, also hosts a comedy club and other things. Many floors with lots of seats, when we went in they were in full Xmas decoration mode. Warm and comfy interior.
Quality-things seemed pretty good, all beers, food, service were just fine. Interesting stuff with the steam horn thing and others. The beers were not adventurous but they were high quality with no huge flaws.
Service-our waitress was prompt, gave us updates, no complaints. Wasn't exactly jumping up and down to give us beer information, but she was ok.
Selection-I counted eight choices, five of those were on tap. Styles from dark lager, amber lager, euro lager, IPA, stout. Nothing too crazy but enough variety.
Food-a highlight, all food was very good, I tried "The Vermonter" which was like a pancake within a burger and excellent. All the rest of my family's food was good too.
Value-for the price everything was decent quality. No problems.
Overall-a good place, very professional with character, beers weren't that adventurous but everything was good and I couldn't ask for anything more than that when visiting Hartford.
11-28-2009 21:51:02 | More by TheDeuce
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.