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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City Steam Café

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Beer Available At City Steam Café (arranged by most recent)
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 43, City Steam Export , City Steam Creme de la Creme 33, City Steam Gerry Mulligan , Stillwater / The Brewer’s Art Down Bar Door 71, City Steam Colt 46 16, City Steam Blonde Export Lager 21, City Steam Maybelline , City Steam Carpenters Ale , City Steam Innocence Ale 61, City Steam Black Silk Stout 53, City Steam Careless Love 67, City Steam Marktoberfest , City Steam Vienna Waltz , City Steam Bootleg Red
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27 reviews for City Steam Café
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  72%
 Selection  66%
 Food  63%
 Value  71%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  70%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (697) 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)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004| Updated December 19, 2007
Second visit, in 2007: The place is still gorgeous, although I’d take away a few televisions, but that’s just me. The selection was still made up of numerous house brews, which is enticing for the craft beer lover. We didn’t eat this time around, having had a scrumptious meal at The Cambridge House in Granby a few hours earlier. The overall quality of the beers I tried that day were better than when we first visited three years ago, but there were still a few duds in the lineup. I rather enjoyed their Norwegian Wood and Joltin Joe though, both decent dessert offerings. There are some better brewpubs around imho (Willimantic and Cambridge House, for example), but I wouldn’t mind coming back here again when I’m in the area. First visit, in 2004: The building is impressive, the layout is interesting as well since it allows a relatively calm noise level while still servicing hundreds of people at the same time. The beers were less than spectacular (in my tastes) and the lagers were particularly watery and uninspired. The main problem I had this particular afternoon was that the food I ordered (a Gorgonzola burger) was simply awful. Stale bread, burned patty with crumbles of Gorgonzola which didn’t know what to do with the mediocrity of its uncared-for companions. I hope I visited on a bad day.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy  (517) Toronto, Ontario | August 20, 2010
A nice bar downtown. You can find parkig fairly close. Busy, it was pre-Tom Petty concert. A working guy’s place, the several tables and the bar were all taken. The beer was nothing too special, the macros were the guest beers. Heavier drinking bar, cocktails and the like. Service was good considering the activity. Worth a stop if and only if you are in the downtown core. A restaurant more than a ber bar.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 1, 2009
This has to be one of the best looking pubs I’ve ever been in. The outside is a massive 4 story stone building with lots of original stained glass. On the inside, the huge stained glass windows illuminate a multi-storied pub with polished brass everywhere. I could do without the TVs, but there are very few places these days without them, it seems. The beer is fairly lacklustre, although there are a few decent samples. It certainly isn’t one of the better brewpubs I’ve been to, but I do enjoy the ambiance of the place. It’s proximity to the I-95 is one of it’s greatest attributes.
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 12, 2008
Large, very large, very very large place. Something like three floors. There’s even a room with a bunch of pool tables. TVs everywhere, you won’t find a seat without a TV in plain view. Overall this place feels like an extra-large sports bar. Not unpleasant but very impersonal. A good selection of homebrews on tap (about 10 or 12) and they sure try to go beyond the ‘Blonde’, ‘amber’, ‘stout’, etc. Unfortunately the average quality is quite low. I tried 6 different beers and they were all below 3 (but above 2) in my book. I didn’t eat there but I saw plates going around and they looked like standard greasy food pub fare. It’s worth a stop, because anyway what else is there to do in Hartford.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (388) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 1/20
DYCSoccer17  (297) Woodland, California | June 11, 2005| Updated April 21, 2007
Well, crap I havent rated this place. Anyway, this is a standard brew pub/restaurant in the front with a few pool tables in the back. They typically have about 8-10 of their own beers on tap. Bartenders are pretty clueless and the beer has this weird anise twang to them. The food is ok and they have a few HDTVs which are cool. Parking can be a bitch depending on the time and day. I wouldn;t support this place now that I’ve read the brewmaster’s ignorant comments regarding ratebeerians.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus  (228) Connecticut | February 20, 2006
Interior is a typical brewpub look with the industrial thing going on, pool tables in the back and a terrace dining area. The menu’s above average with some nice snacking foods. Not all the typical burger and nacho crap usually associated with brewpubs. When I was there, there was a belgian ale, barleywine, scotch ale and several staple brews of their own on draft each of which was above average to very good. The service was excellent and the waitress who served us knew a great deal about beer and brewing. I can see this place being a headache at night, but during lunch time on a weekend, it’s definitely worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
markwise  (165) North of Tampa, Florida | July 14, 2009
Walk in to a really cool building with several floors and tables all over stairwells, etc. I think this used to be a department store, maybe... Great vegetarian options, and they use beer in the food, which I really like. They had a raspberry mead, several lagers, an amber, a Baltic Porter, an IPA, and a sweet stout on tap. It looked really interesting. The beer overall was pretty good, the service was great although the place was not busy at all, and the beer was good. It is a tad on the expensive side, but I would definitely return the next time I’m in Hartford.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 7/20
tiggmtl  (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2004
Layout allows for many different areas - couches, bar area, dining area, pool room. Everything was clean and shiny. The brass and mahogany motif is perhaps a bit overdone and there were TVs everywhere you looked in the bar area although the only person that seemed to be paying attention to the football games on each of them was the bartender. Service was friendly. Beers were generally uninspired despite the wide array of styles attemted and the imaginative naming. Food was really not very good. Stale and greasy. Overall this seems to be a case of style over substance and I wouldn’t go out of my way to return.

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