City Steam Café | Hartford, Connecticut
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City Steam Café
Exceptional based on 27 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

942 Main St
Hartford, Connecticut United States 06103 [ print map ]
860 525 1600

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Beer Available At City Steam Café (arranged by most recent)
City Steam Innocence Ale 61, City Steam Kommandant Lassard , City Steam Mr Page’s Private Reserve Special Ale Number Two , City Steam Blonde on Blonde 75, City Steam Creme de la Creme 36, City Steam Hop Mess Monster , City Steam Bootleg Black IPA , City Steam Mr Page’s Private Reserve Special Ale Number One , City Steam Dark Horizon Robust Porter , City Steam Uncle Dunkel , City Steam White Wedding 44, City Steam Export , City Steam Gerry Mulligan , Brewers Art / Stillwater Down Bar Door 71, City Steam Colt 46 16, City Steam Blonde Export Lager 21, City Steam Maybelline , City Steam Carpenters Ale , City Steam Black Silk Stout 54, City Steam Careless Love 67
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27 reviews for City Steam Café
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  72%
 Selection  66%
 Food  63%
 Value  71%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  70%
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84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
RussPDX  (1) Oregon | September 27, 2013
I went on a Monday evening for dinner and some local beers while in Hartford on Business. It was not busy. The ambiance is just plain old Bar. Historic brick building with dark wood interior sets a mellow mood. I sat at the bar and the bartender was really nice. One of the people sitting and eating was an off duty employee and we talked beer for a while. I thought the beer selection was solid. They had something for everyone. I am a malt guy and I enjoyed several there.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee  (110) Bedford, New Hampshire | August 18, 2013
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.
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
Ernesto987  (104) Connecticut | August 5, 2013
nah, medicore beer and bad food, in downtown hartford, wouldnt come back
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (422) Burnsville, Minnesota | July 15, 2013
Really fun place in downtown Hartford. Very nice atmosphere - lots of TVs, good food, good decor, and on this day, a dozen house taps. Beers are okay, but the experience is really fun.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (721) Hampton, Virginia | January 15, 2013
Visited fairly late on a cold Monday night and found a decent sized crowd. Local feel, traditional American pub with several large screens showing sports. They had at least 8 house beers to choose from in a wide variety. Had three beers which were fair to good, and the Thai chicken skewers which were a bit dry but tasty. The bartender was an amicable fellow. All in all a good visit and I’d go back. (Brewery #593)
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts  (140) Grand Rapids, Michigan | December 19, 2012
nice place with a local feel. beers are average, but there’s not much else in town. service was friendly, food decent. samplers are available at 5 beers for $5. nice.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv  (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | April 16, 2012
Stopped in for dinner and a comedy show. The hostess had to change our seats for the comedy show to accommodate another group, so we got our tickets for free. Sweet. Had a few beers on tap (oatmeal stout, APA, Winter in Ardennes), and they were pretty nice. Had a "Vermonter" sandwich (pork, apple, bacon), which was good, and an apple baked in puff pastry for dessert. Our server clearly hated his life, and it was a hassle just to have him get a round of drinks for us. The comedy was entertaining. Average ambiance; I don’t know if it’s always filled with drunk college fucks, but it was when I was there, so there were a bunch of meatheads looking to fight. Decent, I’d go back.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops  (123) Epping, New Hampshire | March 4, 2012
Visited on a busy Saturday night. Luckily we got there right before the big rush. The bartender was clearly over-whelmed but since we had spots at the end of the bar, he took care of us and was still friendly. The food was average pub fare. Nothing note-worthy. As far as the beer goes, they are average- to slightly above. They only sell Growlers due to CT state law however, A few local stores carry the Naughty Nurse and Blonde on Blonde in 12 oz. bottles. They also had a really cool DJ spinning music after 8 pm. Overall I liked the place but it had a lot to do with the friends I was with. If you find your way to downtown Hartford, I feel it’s worth a pint or three.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
rodisian  (7) Connecticut | February 15, 2012
This is the place that introduced me to ’craft beer’. The food is decent and the service is mixed depending on the time of day. City Steam is definitely a fixture in the brewpub scene in CT, and besides TullyCross in manchester, one of few options in central CT. I try to stop by for a pint at least once a season. I prefer their wheat beers over most of the others, although Norwegian Wood is a hidden gem (when brewed)
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau  (77) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | September 7, 2011
Stopped here for lunch. What’s most impressive is the building itself. Very large, old and with multiple levels. They had pool in the back and a comedy club as well. I found the brews to be pretty diverse. The Careless Love and Innocence Ale to be my favorites. The food was also pretty good. I would return to hang and see what the place is like when it’s busy.

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