City Steam Café

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Cletus  (233) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Cottrell  (6) Connecticut | June 15, 2005
We started with dinner, on one of the upper floors that overlooked the staircase and some lower floors. It’s a cool setup, nice atmosphere. The food was great, had a peppercorn coated steak with a gargonzola cheese sauce. Superb food, was very pleased. After that, we headed to the bar for some good brews. They had about 8 or 9 house brews on tap. I didn’t notice if they carried any guest beers, nor did I really care. The styles ranged from biere de garde, to dortmunder, to ipa, to bock, to light lager. Interesting range, and everything I tried was excellent, especially the biere de garde. Service was excellent, and barkeep even threw us a couple free pints after we had sat for a while. There’s a monster flat screen TV above the bar, which was playing a basketball game while I was there. In a separate room from the dining and bar area, there is a pool table room, with 7 or 8 pool tables. We played one game, but our table was on a monstrous slant, so we gave up pretty quick, and couldn’t get another table. There’s also a comedy club downstairs, which I haven’t seen yet. The night we were there, a band stopped in and played for a couple hours. They played directly in the bar area, and it got pretty crowded, of course this was a Saturday night... so I guess I should have expected that. Regardless, we still managed seats at the bar.
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
CTwriter  (4) | February 27, 2006
For Hartford, which doesn’t have a lot going for it anymore, this restaurant/pub stands out. Far from your average sports bar, this area immediately around the taps is very inviting. In the back there are pool tables, but if you’re interested in sampling the liquid, the bar is the only place to go. I’ve been there during lunch and dinner, and found lunch to be the better time, if only because of the attention you receive. There was a selection of about 8 brewed beers to choose from, including a barleywine, IPA and stout.
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  • 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)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BroSpud  (42) , Massachusetts | November 4, 2014
I wasn’t expecting much since I am not a huge fan of the City Steam beers I have purchased from my local but this is a great brewpub. Good selection of decent brews and a basic pub menu consisting of food that is better than average. Huge place with lots of character.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor  (367) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 8, 2015
If you’re in Hartford, this is the place to go for a brew. I first visited back in 2008 and got a sampler of their regular beers and wasn’t terribly impressed at the time. Finally came back again in summer 2015 and had a much better experience. A nice open brewpub, plenty of seating, including outdoor seating. There is also a room with pool tables. The beer selection was better than I remembered, with about 10-12 beers on tap, including a few interesting IPAs and an imperial stout. The beers I tried were quite good (a couple in the 3.8-3.9 range). The food menu was pretty extensive as well, pretty much standard American fare (I had a chicken wrap, which was good, and some soup). I’d definitely recommend this place, especially given the paucity of brewpubs in Hartford, but actually the beer quality seems to have improved quite a bit in the last few years.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee  (157) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (625) Plymouth, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
markwise  (197) 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.

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