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City Steam Brewery Café
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 421
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
942 Main St
phone: (860) 525-1600
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Jwale73:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had to attend a training in Hartford and immediately did a Beerfly search to see what was in close proximity and was excited to see that City Steam was .2 miles from were the training was held, so I stopped in for lunch.
Atmosphere was quite pleasant. Lots of wood, and a bar area with tables that was separated from the larger restaurant area. Large screen tv makes this a great place to hang out and watch the game. I think there might be an upstairs, but really didn't leave the bar area, so couldn't really comment. Service was excellent. I know it was lunch, so not really busy, but staff were attentive and friendly; even talked to the manager. Food was quite good, maybe a little on the high side for a turkey wrap ($9.99), but it was quite tasty, as were the waffles fries, and it was a good size. In terms of beer, I drank the Careless Love, a Bière de Garde, which was excellent (I'd have to give it a B+/A-), and purchased a growler of Czars and Girls RIS for take home for $13 ($10 for the beer/$3 for the growler). FYI, the manager informed me that they accept growlers from other breweries, which is a plus. They had, in my opinion, a really excellent range of brews: an RIS, Export lager, Blonde, Light lager, Porter, Amber, Witbier, a Mead and I think an IPA. I've never been to a brewpub with such an array and was really blown away. The only downside is that it is about 1.5 hours from Providence, so I couldn't sample more. I would highly reccommend stopping in if you are in the Hartford area.
05-14-2008 20:51:39 |
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More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25 | $$$
Atmosphere was nice and it is much larger inside than I expected. You walk in and you're surround by dark wood and the building has a classic feel inside. Beer itself was good and they have a selection of their own brews that covers most every category. Service was friendly and interactive, though I asked two employees if this place offers brewery tours of where the magic happens downstairs (because when you go there you're in the restaurant/bar the whole time) and neither employee really knew, which I thought was odd. Food wise I had boneless wings, and mac and cheese. Wings were not a good value as you do not get much for your money - only four chicken strips and I believe it was around 9 dollars... The mac and cheese was good and a much bigger portion at least.
Speaking overall, I felt like the food and drinks were not a good value for your money, but at least our bartender was attentive and personable so that makes a difference. Would I go there again? Sure, but only if I was already in the area, and only to grab a beer or two. I would not eat here again because there are better restaurants and bars to go to for a meal.
11-28-2013 17:42:52 |
More by cheesepuffs
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$$
This place is awful. The beer here seems like it was brewed out of someone's garage and they yeast wasn’t controlled at proper temperatures and is always infected. I honestly hate to say but I will say it....A bud light as uncomplicated as it is was better than any of these beers. The place was filthy. The tables and bar are never wiped down and in the late spring and summer months you will see tons of flies. This cannot be good around fermenters. This could also be the reason there beer has an awful after taste. I have tried quite a few of these beers because my friend is obsessed with City Steam. I feel he has no idea what quality is and I believe the crowd truly comes back because of the convenience of job location and the bar.
I highly recommend if you have a passion for quality beer to try another place. There are a number of brew pubs and breweries I can highly recommend. I wouldn’t send my worst enemy to City Steam as I will emphasize that all the beer tastes infected
11-25-2013 15:55:33 |
More by Enriquehopnog
11-24-2013 17:04:39 |
More by DrunkinYogi
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This place was very close to my hotel and was recommended by the gentleman as I checked in. I got there on a Friday during happy hour. The place was very busy. I was glad to see fellow Wolverine fans here. I was in town for the Michigan vs. Connecticut football game. I sat in the bar area. The bar was full and only a couple of seats were open at tables. They had very large tables. There would be two or three people sitting at tables for 6-8. I was not a fan of this. My friend and I sat at a table designed for 6, and it was just the two of us.
We checked out the menu, and the happy hour prices were phenomenal. It was $2 off pints and $7 off one gallon beer towers. They even had certain appetizers that were only $3. I chose to have a sampler to get a feel for their beers. Most were average. A couple were good.
The bar area had a restaurant feel to it. I noticed glass mugs hanging about, so I assume they had a mug club. The waitress was friendly and a little slow, but that was do to the large crowd. I had a couple of the $3 appetizers and the sampler. My friend and I were both very happy about how little we paid. We came back the next day, too.
11-13-2013 01:13:07 |
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11-12-2013 13:09:17 |
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11-08-2013 01:48:56 |
More by KevinDanger23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I stopped in here last week while on vacation with the family. This brewpub sits in and old brick building just dripping with history in a downtown section of Hartford. Old dark wood and Victorian accents adorn the 2 floors of restaurant space amid the huge windows that look to the city. 12 or so homemade brews adorn the menu along with the standard course of pub grub. A Monday night was surprisingly active but the service was steady and attentive. I sampled several beers that ranged from mediocre to great but was pleasantly surprised by the quality overall. The food was decent and the pricing was on par with what I expected to pay. I'd revisit if in the area. again.
08-19-2013 00:07:21 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I hate driving in cities, even minor cities like Hartford. Parking is even worse. That's one of the reasons I love City Steam. Parking is close, cheap and easy.
As so as you walk in the bar is to the left and loaded with plenty of framed vintage advertising pieces. The bar has this clean industrial feel to the decor. The beers here are of great quality. It seems that they have about six house taps and four of them rotating.
The dining areas are creative and unique. Some dining tables are on stairway landings, some in cubby holes and other various cozy spots. The establishment seems to have done a lot with a little space.
The food is fantastic, get the chocolate cake, its huge. That slice could feed four.
07-17-2012 18:59:14 |
More by sinstaineddemon
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
Visited after checking out the Xmas lights downtown.
Supposedly the City Steam building is a former department store that represents the best example of Romanesque architecture in America. With the Xmas decorations and retro beer art everywhere it looks like a combination of Friday's or Appleby's and the toy store from Home Alone 2.
We came for an a beer at the bar but the bar was so crowded we elected for drinks and dessert at a table. We were ID'd once we entered the door and then again by the waitress who said she didn't trust anyone to check IDs for her. My girlfriend was not happy and the ensuing tension between her and the server carried out through the night. Once our server discovered we were only there for dessert and drinks she pretty much shut down and ignored us. It took 30 minutes and several requests to get a glass of water. The server wasn't familiar with the beer list and described it by listing the things that they didn't have. An extra .5 service points for a courteous and friendly bus boy that was the highlight of this place.
For a brewery cafe City Steam doesn't have a lot of beer. It's mainly a restaurant. They had an pale ale, amber ale, golden lager and saison on tap. Not that exciting. The beer itself wasn't anything special and a peanut butter ganache thing was off but my GFs chocolate martini was pretty good.
In retrospect I wish we had gone someplace else but I guess you never know until you try. Been there, done that.
12-04-2011 16:20:45 |
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