La Trappe Cafe
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 50 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ccrida:
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Very cool rustic atmosphere downstairs, cave like, exposed brick and wood beems that look like they're 200 years old. Cool mosaic tile, caster iron candle lamps, very dark and
dim, and reminiscent of Belgian bars for sure. Music was acid jazz (lots of Thievery Corp) and classic rock, once it filled, up, lively and loud as people warmed up on the strong biers.
Very well documented menu, lots of tasting notes, explanations.
Beer selection was great, tons of Belgians, including some hard to find breweries, big bottle list and 10-15 taps. Only 1 US craft brew when I was there, the tasty Santa Cruz Imperial Stout, a bargin at $4. Belgian beer prices are pretty high though. I'm not from San Fran, so maybe I'm off base, but as an example, Zoetzuer, by De Prof, which goes for $10 a bottle at grocery stores at home (and is pretty regularly available, my go to Flanders Red) is $20 a 750ml. Not insulting or anything, but a bit on the high side IMHO. OTHO I got a 750ml bottle of Ichtegem's Grand Cru for $17, which I was stoked to find. Lots of less common 33cl beers for ~$10. Draft Belgians are all $6-9.
Food was good, I went with moules and frittes, $16 for about 1 lb and a cone. I went with one of 3 preps, in wit and lemon and fennel, classic if boring. The freshness of the mussels made up for it. The broth though was kind of bland when I went to dip the crusty bread at the end, usually my favorite part. The frittes came with your choice of 'belgian' (e.g. REAL) mayo, a few spiced takes, or ketchup with some spices. I went with plain Belgian mayo and 'spiced' (e.g. Siracha) ketchup, and they were both very good, as were the small, slightly golden, rectangle shaped, lightly greasy, boardwalk style fries.
I left thinking I will definitely be back during my week in town, but with a lot of other places on my list, we'll see...
03-25-2009 21:38:41 | More by ccrida
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This bar is awesome. We walk in and I was sure that we walked into an open, run down kitchen with a few tables: empty. Then I saw the stairs welcoming us down to where the actual, what you think of when you think, "Belgian ba"r. Spiraling staircase down to a dimly lit, low ceilinged, brick and wooden beamed Belgian dreamland. Then you're offered the beer list. As heavy as a baby and just as previous.
06-07-2014 03:12:26 | More by jellikit
La Trappe Cafe in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.