City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

942 Main St
Hartford, Connecticut, 06103-1214
United States

(860) 525-1600 | map

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Very cozy feeling dark wood and brass pub, despite its pretty massive seating capacity. Located in an historic building in downtown Hartford. Great menu; limited selection of beers (only theirs - which i admittedly quite a long list - plus a couple of collaborations). Service was excellent. Food selection was great too. This is more of a restaurant that happens to brew its own beer than a brewery that offers some food. If I lived in Hartford I'd probably patronize City Steam occasionally, but it would be for the food and not primarily for the beer.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of coljesep
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mkyer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of KevinB
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jtodeasa
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited City Steam with some friends on a recent trip to Hartford. The building they are in is turn of the century with high ceilings and dark wood paneling. The bar area is very big with the brewhouse just behind the serving area. They have many styles of beer on tap and the couple I tried were tasty. Same with the food, lots of variety and good quality. The fried pickles were great. There's lots of TVs in the bar to catch the game. My friends were part of the mug club and I would definitely join if I lived closer. Overall City Steam is a great casual brewpub with a relaxing atmosphere and descent food & beer.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of gemery554
4.39/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of The_Librarian
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -31.4%
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 +8.6%
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 +18.2%
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 -2.6%
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 -2.6%

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
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