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La Trappe Cafe

Not Rated.
La Trappe CafeLa Trappe Cafe

Taps: 15 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 12.87%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

800 Greenwich St
San Francisco, California, 94133-2615
United States
phone: (415) 440-8727

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(Place added by: dougnboston on 06-04-2008)
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

Normally I wouldn't start a review with the atmosphere. I'll put up with a lot for a great beer list but... La Trappe is way cool. You walk in upstairs and there's the kitchen and some dining tables. You could stay upstairs if you want, but take the spiral staircase into the cellar. That's where the bar is and it's all exposed brick and dark paint colors and dim lighting. It felt to me like drinking a catacomb or the basement of some cathedral somewhere. Loved it.

Then there's the binder sized beer list that is of course 85-90% Belgian with a handfull of other European and a few outsanding U.S. Belgian styles plus Unibroue. There's plenty of rare beer on the list to keep you interested but the really rare is very pricey. Not a complaint at all but there were a few things that I really wanted that were out of my league price wise.

For the service, we were told when we sat down that service in the Lounge area (dark, brooding and even romantic) was self service at the bar. But after ordering beers and a snack and chatting with the servers and bartenders for a bit at the bar they did table service for us. (I had one of those, "They know I'm a beer guy and they love beer too so we have a mutual respect" type of vibe.)

My price rating is more for the rarities. The taps and most bottles are reasonably priced. But they also have some really great lambics, limitted releases and large format bottles that are expnsive but not out of line for the rarity.

I only get to S.F. once a year or so but this is now (with the Toranado) on my must visit list. Great Place.

12-28-2008 08:52:36 | More by czechsaaz
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La Trappe Cafe in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.