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Bear's Smokehouse

89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
+1 860-724-3100
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burnt ends” (60 reviews)
“brisket” (91 reviews)
“baked beans” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
89 Arch St, Hartford, CT 06103-2832
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1 - 10 of 364 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The best bbq is Hartford hands down. Everything on the menu is out of this word. The staff is great. Service is great. Take out is actually good too! Make sure you eat here

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and beer selection. The food is good but the portions are huge. My husband and I always share a meal and still don't finish. The new location is very nice and getting food is very efficient.

Thank nancym712712
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's the BBQ experience. Good food, but not served on plates. Just dig in. Great selection of sauces at the table.

Thank K R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can be really bad here, or you can be good & happy. Smoked turkey on the garden salad was great! Added a little house bbq sauce & you can skip the dressing!

Thank Noralduncan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I go for the BBQ BRISKET delicious. Good sides and unlimited fountain drinks. Parked in garage across street. Parking validation at movie theater.

Thank Martin M
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Heard many good things about this place and finally got downtown to try it out. Had the pork ribs and boy was i dissapointed. Very dry and tasteless . Beans were ok, nothing special. Been there done that no need to go back. Overpriced for...More

Thank Travelloverdelmundo
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

even my committed vegetarian co-worker couldn't resist Bear's poutine - it's that good! Love the new location.

Thank hdw12
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Good ribs and brisket. Burnt ends had too much fat in them. Best things are apple pie and peach cobbler.

Thank Viktor A
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We’ve eaten here many times. The ribs are great and I love the sides - macaroni and cheese, collards, corn bread. Don’t care for the wings or pulled pork. Only thing is, I’ve noticed that the food is not always prepared consistently. Sometimes it’s better...More

Thank eramakri
Reviewed 9 November 2017

From the reviews I had read I was expecting this to be a stellar restaurant. It was not. It's basically a cafeteria with mediocre food. I tried the combo plate of 'burnt ends' and 1/2 chicken. The burnt ends were tasteless and the chicken was...More

1  Thank rebergie1
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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
18 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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