City Steam Brewery Café

BEER AVG
3.73/5
City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café
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:
49
Ratings:
795
Reviews:
202
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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she knew a little, but she couldn't add much to what the lists had to say and one of the lists I got at my table was out of date which did waste some time as I fought through the confusion with the taps I was looking at.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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dafixa
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of FourBetter
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of coljesep
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of KevinB
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jtodeasa
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Junichi
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +4.9%
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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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
3.73 out of 5 based on 795 ratings.
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