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City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café
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3.72/5
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814 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(860) 525-1600 | map
citysteam.biz

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BEER STATS
Beers:
55
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
814
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.82/5
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
118
pDev:
13.35%
 
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 Murph106157
3.86/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Darren53
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Dafixa
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Located in downtown Hartford so you will be parking either on the street or in a garage. No biggie.

The architecture and vibe are quite cool because of the history. We were there on a late Monday afternoon and it was barely busy as there's a ton of space in this facility. (17) taps total and only their own brews and doing a flight each between three of us, all were average at best. We didn't have food since we were passing through so 'can't speak for that side.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The place had little to no parking around. Ended up with a ticket for poor signage on where to park and for how long. Anyway, The service here was good, the place is nice, kinda old looking. The selection is pretty vast but nothing really mind blowing either. The place is decent but probably not a place I'd rush back to any time soon.

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Photo of FourBetter
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Absolutely amazing space. A historic building with multiple levels and hidden nooks.
Service is friendly and food is solid pub fare.
18 taps to choose from - decent variety, but would've like to have seen at least one sour or something challenging.
Overall, worth a stop if you're in Hartford.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of coljesep
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of KevinB
4.05/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jtodeasa
3.59/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of gemery554
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of The_Librarian
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -30.9%
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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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 814 ratings
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