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Bear's Smokehouse

89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
+1 860-724-3100
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burnt ends” (70 reviews)
“brisket” (103 reviews)
“baked beans” (28 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Bear’s is located within walking walking distance of UConn’s school of business, so I guess they are drawing a bit of a collegiate crowd. Nothing wrong with that. The restaurant is laid out in such a way that you order your food at a counter,...More

Thank hubertk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was in Hartford for business, wanted to eat somewhere besides hotel for a change. Bears is blocks from hotel in UCONN area. Started with excellent selection of local craft beers. All very good, samples provided until you decide. I ordered the 3 meat plate to...More

Thank DougM581
Reviewed 3 November 2018

We have been fans of Bear's since relocating to CT a few years ago, the food never disappoints, the portions are huge (great leftovers for lunch) and the servers are great. My only small complain is that the food tends to be cold, at least...More

Thank Ana P
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Being from the Midwest, we are pretty good at smoking meat and are often disappointed when eating it while dining out. Not with this place, it was delicious! The service was excellent and the food came quickly. I had the Super Spud and my husband...More

Thank iltraveler4fun
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

fast line, free drink refills. lots of sauces to choose from. meat was tender. our sides were cold. but overall it was a tasty dinner. mac & cheese was a little soupy. mashed sweet potatoes were the best part.

Thank venicea
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Wish this chain restaurant in NE would come to IL...I would be here all the time! This was SO GOOD! Unique serving line--cafeteria style, but put together as you order so food was hot and flavorful!! Check out this place--you won't be disappointed.

Thank Tabby42
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Coming from Virginia I never expected to find REAL BBQ in the Hartford area, but here it is! The smell from outside and inside gives you a sense of what a treat you are in for. The menu includes pulled pork and chicken, BBQ chicken,...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I was in Hartford on business and came here for lunch. Excellent BBQ!! typical BBQ joint, order your food up front, grab a tray and load it up as you move down the line. I had the brisket, probably the best I've ever had. Also...More

Thank CDNTerry
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Went with family and my 14-month old. Not what we expected when we walked in at all. We thought we were going to a typical BBQ restaurant. We walked in, walked up to the line (Chipotle-esque is the best way I can think to describe,...More

Thank Ramona W
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

This place isn't bad, but considering the prices and attitude of the brand you come in expecting something special. There are many better BBQ options even just within the city of Hartford. I've had the catering, the food truck, and eaten in at Bear's always...More

Thank 115iliyay
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24 August 2017|
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Response from Manuel Q | Reviewed this property |
I visited the Bears near Bradley Airport in Connecticut. They had plenty of parking. Even guys with work truck were there. I believe that they do supply a lot of parking. Place is very busy all time. If you try, I know you... More
Marian T
30 April 2017|
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Response from CKR72482 | Reviewed this property |
Not at all-- in fact the new location is roomier, comfortable with ample seating & has large screen tvs. There is also a bar--which fills up quickly. It was a very wise move.
Milind J
17 April 2017|
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Response from CKR72482 | Reviewed this property |
I would say hands down--the barbeque ribs. With the brisket as a close second.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-724-3100
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