La Trappe Cafe

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La Trappe CafeLa Trappe Cafe
BA SCORE
97
world-class

51 Reviews
Reviews: 51
Visits: 71
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 250
Cask: N
[ 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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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited both lower bar and upper restaurant. Got there shortly after the bar was opened at 5, and later went upstairs for dinner.

Atmosphere: Cozy little joint downstairs. Plenty of tables, but it fills up fast. The bar chairs were already filled up when I got there 15 minutes after it opened. All wood and brick downstairs, with booths and small tables for parties anywhere from 1 (myself) to 8. Impressive layout of Belgian beer signs and glassware behind the bar suggesting this is Belgian beer heaven outside of Belgium. Upstairs (well, ground floor really, it's where you enter) is equally cozy - not many tables, but well lit and airy with a high ceiling and kitchen nearby. The downstairs is a place to have several beers and dwell upon them. Upstairs is just what you want when you get hungry after those beers - food is emphasized but you still get the great beer.

Quality: I don't think I can do this place justice on the quality of the beers available. Rare and great Belgian beers and Belgian style beers from around the world here. "No crap on tap" would be an accurate statement to make here. The only trappist ale they didn't have was Westvleteren.

Service: Very friendly given the small staff (2 behind the bar, 1 roaming) versus the large clientele (every table and chair filled downstairs). I watched the servers listen to the orders, look for the right glass, pour it, and if it spilled over, they even got out the knife to level off the foam from the top and then wipe down the glass. I watched another bartender open a corked bottle for a party of four and then proceed to serve them at the bar leaving the sediment behind. Later when I went up for dinner upstairs the waiter was equally friendly and made sure I got everything I needed without being too hovering.

Selection: 15 different beers on tap - way too much selection. It was hard to pick what to have on tap. The bottle menu was even longer - broken down alphabetically by country with the Belgian selection alone taking up probably 15-16 pages in the huge beer menu. Far and away the most extensive beer menu I've ever seen.

Food: Good and tasty. I wasn't very hungry so I ended up having the beer and cheese soup and the sliders as they were out of the puff-pastry chicken. The food went very well with the beer I was having at the time (Petrus Winterbier) and the portion sizes were just right.

For value....The beer prices were high for a 25cl or 33cl glass, but....if you're paying for this selection imported all the way from Belgium you're going to need to be willing to pay. Food prices I would say are quite reasonable, but beer prices - this is a place you save up for a treat, not an every night experience. Well....I would love to drink here every night but I know I would quickly wreck my banking account on this place. (2,826 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of danpam1024
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of spointon
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of elNopalero
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here midweek with an out-of-town guest. We were able to get a seat at the bar. I had beer while my guest had wine and they accommodated both of us. Belgian-heavy, obviously, with local and international breweries well represented. Prices were on par for the area, service was beyond excellent, and they accommodated my request to grill, not fry, the portabella. (366 characters)

Photo of almostjay
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of hambone
4.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jellikit
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (403 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jgasparine
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere- Like a slice of Europe. The downstairs bar, in particular, makes you feel like you're in Brugge. Clearly a beer-centric place, filled with beer-loving people.

Quality- Everything about this place- the glassware, draught lines, and the establishment itself was clean and quality.

Service- We got there right when they opened... so it wasn't too packed. But the bartender really knew his stuff, made some great suggestions, and was super-prompt and friendly.

Selection- They didn't have the largest selection. I was familiar with nearly everything on their menu... but this is not to discount the QUALITY of their selection. All were solid beers, and you certainly won't be disappointed.

Value- This was somewhat pricey... but overall worth the price for an occasional visit. (789 characters)

Photo of joshklein069
3.23/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

They have a great selection of beer on tap and an ok bottle list. Most of the offerings tend to gravitate toward Belgian styles. When I went I had a glass of Temptation. Expect to find on tap Duvel Green, Allagash, La Chouffe, Chimay White, and Koningshoeven Quadruple. The bottle list encompasses beers from all over the world, but Belgium gets the most coverage.
I found the bartenders to be very friendly. Since I knew what I wanted, I can't speak to how knowledgeable they are.
I passed on food when I went, but every table had frites and I heard a few people mention that their food was good.
The prices were about the same as most Belgian beer bars. I did not pay any attention to how much they were charging for bottles. (727 characters)

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La Trappe Cafe in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.