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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

Not Rated.
Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

67 Reviews
Reviews: 67
Visits: 89
Avg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 19
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

123 S 18th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103-5126
United States
phone: (215) 972-8742

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @triaphilly

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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hey now -- why do people have to hate on the yuppies?

Yeah, this place is a little fancy-pants for its own good, but the concept of the bar is simple and strong. More importantly, that concept is executed to a T.

Tria...the name refers to the" three fermentations": Beer, Wine, and Cheese.

The constantly updated menu contains about 10-15 choices of each, and paring suggestions from one fermentation to another. Very handy for the young beer or wine enthusiast looking to learn more about pairing. I started out with an Ephemere (on tap), and paired it with a delicious aged goat chevre that came with balsamic-preserved strawberries. I found that the strawberries overwhelmed the beer/cheese pairing, however, so even though it was delicious, I ended up passing it off to the young lady dining with me. There are a variety of compotes that occasionally appear with cheeses...the strawberries, a savory mushroom with chunks of black truffle, and others. Seems to be that they make whatever sauce fancies the chef's heart that evening.

Service was friendly and attentive, if a bit unexperienced.

Beer choices are solid and varied, but sort of serve as a "greatest hits" of world brew...Saison Dupont, Rodenbach, Allagash White, Fransizkaner Hefe, Celebrator, Dogfish 90 Minute...it's almost like the owners just bought a copy of Garrett Oliver's Brewmaster's Table, looked at the "classic choice" of each style, and decided to stock them. As a result, you'll never go thirsty, but you won't be unearthing undiscovered gems here either...and at those prices, you might want to wander to the other side of the menu for exploration. As my score says, good, but not inspiring.

...and that's exactly what I did, knowing I could find any of the beer choices outside the bar without too much trouble, I became in fact more interested by the wine list, and switched over to drinking some great funky South African Pinotage by my second round. The rest of the night was dedicated to wine, and I have to say that I was surprised and pleased by all the things I chose to try.

All in all, a place where they do few things, but do them very, very well. And yeah, the bill was a little high, but the constant supply of tealights lining the bar doesn't pay for itself, I guess.

A great date spot.

Why To Make The Scene: Because you're on a first date, don't want to do anything too imposing or formal, but don't want to look like a rube. One other thing -- this is a beer site, sure...but drink wine here. You'll be very pleased. Bonus: Take your date for a stroll through Rittenhouse Square afterwards.

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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Little trendy-type bar/restaurant that had some nice beer options. Actual location had some outdoor seating and about 12 tables and some bar seats. Not a ton of room if all of the tables are occupied, but pretty similar to a lot of other downtown options. Beer list had about 8 taps and a pretty diverse bottle list. Wife got a 17oz RuinTen for $6. Needless to say, that seemed to be the go to option for a lot of the beer drinkers there that night. Staff seemed knowledgable about the beer offerings and made some nice suggestions. Unfortunately we did not get to try any food, but we were watching some plates get prepared and it looked pretty appetizing.

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Photo of rikatine
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came in to Tria for the good tap list and had a great time. When we first arrived it was quite busy (Saturday night) with a 30 minute wait for a table. We decided to just head up to the bar and get the beer we had come in to try, Daisy Cutter. All the seats were taken, but I was waited on immediately, nice. One of our group headed back to the door to put our name on the list for a table, and two seats opened up at the bar within minutes.

We really liked the atmosphere of the place. Nice lighting, good vibe, crowded but not overly loud. We were enjoying our beers, and before we knew it someone came up to let us know our table was ready. From the bar side our drinks and waters were taken over to our table, and we settled in to order food.

The service here was very attentive and friendly. The apps we ordered were all nicely done. We would make a point of returning here on a future visit. From the first greeting at the door, until we left, everything exceeded our expectations.

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.