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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” (67 reviews)
“brisket” (100 reviews)
“baked beans” (27 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place. We have gone MANY times and have probably had almost everything on the menu and have never been disappointed.

Thank RGF-The1AndOnly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was ok. Wasn’t overly impressed. Mac and cheese had a strange flavor. My coworker thought it was horseradish.

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying across street at the Marriott so short walk. The place was clean, the choices were amazing I had the salad and added brisket YUMMY!! My boyfriend did the sampler with ribs, pulled pork and kielbasa. The soda machine had like 8 different...More

Thank msmariannac2018
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Bear's has multiple locations in Hartford and is an excellent choice if you're a Carnivore. Brisket, Ribs, and Hot Sausage are all recommended. Others I've dined here with have also recommended "Burnt Ends". Apple Cobbler and Mac & Cheese are recommended sides. Bear's also offers...More

Thank GeoffChing88
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Because of the location, the prices are a bit higher than what I think the food is worth. Only real complaint with the food was that the “smoked chicken” was too dry. I ended up using a lot of bbq sauce to make up for...More

1  Thank LaUnicaChivita
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Went there twice this week and both times they were out of two of the four meats they serve. Disappointing because it looked like it would be good.

Thank seadogs04103
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Tonight we celebrated my apparent returning home to the Uk.My friends love bbq and while bears is a bit cafeteria -esque it is good.The meatballs app wrapped in bacon were tremendous ,.I should of oredered the burnt ends ,but these days i never do what...More

Thank myleswoods
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This is a very good quality BBQ place. I rate this more of a 4.3 to 4.5 star place. I go to this place every time I fly out of Hartford area. The quality is excellent and fresh and the service is nice. I live...More

Thank DOLFAN68
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

The smell alone was intoxicating. We sat at the bar and ordered the two meat combo. The Mac and cheese and greens were surprisingly really good. I had wings and turkey and man that turkey melted in my mouth. The peach cobbler was a like...More

1  Thank Pam G
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

I lived in Texas for 6 years before moving to CT. My first Texas bbq was a cafeteria style restaurant. When I saw menu and smelled Bear’s I thought I was in luck. I ordered a 2 meat combo. I planned on getting collards and...More

Thank Stephen P
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, 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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