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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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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

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Tria due to a prio arrangement set up during Philly Beer Week. Tria has a "fermentation class" set up that runs a couple times a month, which is located in a building a couple blocks away. Regardless, a friend and I stopped in before the class was due to start: Jean Van Roy from Cantillon was just hanging out at the bar having Fou' Founes with everyone!!

So already I was haveing a great time. The food I ordered was also very good! It's very clean, cool people working the bar, and obviously a nice spot due to the crowd...on 2 different occasions. Infact on my second visit, I saw a few of the same people, realizing Tria must have some "regulars".

The prices are pretty reasonable for a beer bar, and the selection was very nice. I wish I could have spent more time and tried some of their different cheeses! Overall, a very cool place, and worth a visit!

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I sought this bar out, when looking for a spot with good beer, near an opera I was to attend
on 2/24/10.
What a place!
Sunday they have an incredibler deal on a wine/beer and a cheese.
1/2 price! They call it...Sunday School.
It is a wine bar...but some REALLY good Belgians.
One of my FAV's was on tap---LaChouffe.
I also had an excellent, few others in bottles. 1 Belgian that even the Beer Advocate doesn't know about yet, called TGAVERHOPKE EXTRA was
12% & goes down as smooth as smooth can be.
I had a Piet Agoras in a large snifter that looked fantastic with a big white head. and tasted great too.
The girl behind the bar, Carrie was filled
with knowledge about the beers. She was on
the mark with all of them. She was also on the mark in helping me to select one of their funky appetizers. She was good lookin' to boot..heh.
A very nice experience.
I'll go back.


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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tria presents itself mostly as a Wine/Cheese bar, but they definitely do enough on the beer end to warrant consideration.

Tria is located in a small corner rowhome. Atmosphere is very minimalist metro, little decor but letting all the wood speak for itself. Enought tables for maybe 30 and bar seating for 10.

They typically stock about 8 draft beers and have a bottle selection of about 20-30. The menu seperates the beers into loose styles from light, to fruity, to heavy, to dark etc. etc. The drafts are usually above average to good with the frequent standout from Russian River (Consecration) or The Lost Abbey (Angels Share). The bottles range from average local craft to a handful of domestic craft and export. My one gripe is the price... charging $8 for a 12oz bottle of something that normnally costs $5-$6 for a 16oz draft and charging $8 for 8oz pours of limited brews.

The food is focused on small plates, where for $5-$7 each you get a few slices of cheese, peices of bruchetta, mini sandwich etc. The food is excellent and you will find yourself ordering a nice amount.

The wine menu is a stand out for the wine enthusiast, although once agaian pricey. Service is typically very good although not always 100% knowledgeable. Great spot for a date or quick bite for lunch, but expect waits at dinner time.

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Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A- I enjoy the atmosphere. It is definitely focused on being a trendy wine-bar (rightfully so since it is a trendy wine bar), but for me this does not detract from the bar. It is extremely clean and well kept, usually not too loud and not so crowded that you're squeezed into a corner.

Q- All in all, it is a pretty high quality place. They don't have the proper glasses for every beer they serve, but wine is their specialty and for me the wine glasses they use (although they do have some beer glasses) don't detract from the beers at all.

S- The service is great when it comes to serving food and attentiveness, but there definitely seems to be a commonality between all of the employees at both locations: pretend you know a lot about beer and/or wine when you do not actually know what you are purporting to know. This is what keeps the score at "average" for me. I just choose not to ask questions anymore and do my own research from my phone to read reviews on BA if I am unsure.

S- The selection is small but solid. Roughly 20 beers in bottles and another 8 on tap. They don't often get crazy rare beers, but at the same time they have virtually no "throw away" beers on the menu. They have been known to get RR sours in bottles and on tap, I sampled LA Brandy-barrel angel's share tonight, and they have some solid staples in bottles such as Founders Breakfast stout, edmund fitzgerald, cantillon classiz gueuze and others. All in all, not the absolute best selection in Philadelphia, but underrated/overlooked by many in my opinion due to the perceived image of the bar.

F- Lots of great dishes to pair with beer. Large cheese selection and many of the different tapas options on the menu pair well with any type of beer from sour to IPA to stout.

V- Not the cheapest bar in Philadelphia, but the markup seems to be equal on every beer (say it is $2, that will seem like a lot for a Prima Pils, but not so bad when drinking a rare beer never on tap in Philadelphia for under $10/pour.) Food can go either way, in terms of cost, but definitely reasonable for small dishes to pair with beers for happy hour or a late night snack.

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Photo of wegass
2/5  rDev -53.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

This is a very stuffy place. If you are looking for a beer bar this is not it. It is trying for hip and trendy. Trying too hard to please everyone. We are currently sitting outside, we walked up with a cup of Starbucks and have been treated as homeless trespassers since. They pretend to understand the entracasies of beligum beer service but the best they can do is a tall stemed wine glass. Speaking of which, the wine list is also a try of stetching their experience. Being a wine steward it is also limited and overstated. I really have not appreiated the pretentious s
service we have expirienced thus far. Pls forgive my typos as I was using my phone to post this.

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Photo of MikeTaz
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in to this place for a beer while i was out and about. They have a very good if not supremely extensive selection of beers (and wines as well). RR Damnation and Allagash Hugh Malone highlighted the tap selection today.

The menu looked fantastic and smelled great. Even though i had already eaten, i was tempted to eat again. Mainly apps, sandwiches and salads. They also have a large selection of cheeses. I will definitely be going back.

They also have a membership program. $3 joining fee and then $50 gift card for every 500 spent plus 'prizes for every 25 different beer/wine/cheeses you try. Looks like a decent deal if you got there multiple times a year. (need to go once a quarter to maintain membership). I was told that the selection rotates frequently and they always try to maintain at least one of each of a Quad, Trippel, Dubbel, Brown Ale, Hefe and a few others.

The service was very nice and seemed relatively knowledgeable. Also, the cuteness factor of the staff did not hurt.

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Photo of mhatters
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

An odd combination. Great beer and food menus, great location on Rittenhouse Square. Rodenbach Grand Cru on tap, great cheese and meat selections. Bar is long hallway with tables on the other side. maybe 10-12 taps, all strong and quality.


The entire place is a "seen and be seen" sort - the service, while attentive is young and not too experienced in beer terms. Felt a lot of pseudo types there, including staff - which is a shame becasue the menu and idea is great. Maybe a bad day, but with this much quality, the service needs to get sorted.

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Photo of sierranevadabill
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is like the holy trinity for me...
A retaurant that focuses on all things fermented.

Beer, Cheese, Wine...great sandwiches and small plates, cured meats, great coffee.

Find me a patch of dirt and I would be buried there.

Phenominal. The owners, servers and bartenders are courteous knowledgeable and kind. Their beer list is not extensive, but what they have is great. The cheese...particularly the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale washed cheese (plug, plug) was fantastic.

I have nothing negative to report from my experience... I can;t wait to get back to Philly to check it out again.

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Photo of JCIV
4.7/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great atmosphere, wich I noticed at the time I walked through the door.
The service was on point from the time I walked in, until I left. The staff realy seemed to be working together, and were well educated on the products they were serving.
I asked for a hard cheese to go with a lambic, and I new when I did so that it was an odd request. But it was no big deal, they hooked it up and I got exactly what I was looking for. Eventhough I did not know what I was looking for.
All of the cheese and other food items were very good, and I look forward to checking out more items in the future.
I was suprised by the tap list. It was mixed with the bottle list and I got a little confused, wich happens. The tap list was short, but not lacking, a range of different styles and regions were all represented. The bottle list was the same, not to much stuff, but enough to find what you need.
A very good visit, and this place is worth becoming a regular. I will be back soon.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on a Saturday night with fredandboboflo. This was a pretty cool place. It has a very uppity-vibe and it was quite crowded when we were there, but we did get seats. Solid tap list. It's not very long, but it had quality beers. We got Victory Yakima Twilight, Yards Extra Special Ale, Meantime IPA, and Allagash Interlude. They also have a really good wine list if you're into that too. We ordered a cheese plate and it was awesome as well. Pricey and not exactly the atmosphere I'm into, but I can't deny that this is a really good beerbar. Definitely check it out.

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Photo of deapokid
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for lunch with my girlfriend on Tuesday.

We started things off with a glass of wine for her and a General Lafayette Porter for me. Our waitress was proficient, but a bit distant and she didn't really seem concerned with our orders. Fortunately, she was the only downside.

We got the Claudio Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta appetizer, which was delicious, if a bit small and, for the main course, she ordered the Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette Salad and I got a Smoked Chicken with Lancaster Cheddar Panino. My sandwich was excellent and the salad was apparently pretty good as well.

The beer list was also quite impressive, featuring several Belgians and a few special brews from local micros. I also had a glass of Duchesse de Bourgogne and Founder's Breakfast Stout.

Overall, it was a nice lunch experience and I will definitely return sometime in the future. I guess my only complaint is the lackadaisical service and the not entirely welcoming atmosphere.

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Photo of corby112
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This review pertains to the original location on 18th and Sansom.

Although Tria is very small and often hard to get a table, they have an excellent selection of bottles and drafts, the food is excellent and the service is very good. This place is all about fermentation with a nice selection of artisan cheeses, wine and beer. Their ber list is not very extensive but everything on it is of very high quality and they often get very rare selections. The last time I was there they had Pliny the Elder and Stone Double Bastard Brady Barrel Aged on tap and the time before that bottles of Russian River Temptation. Their prices are a bit high but I still highly recommend this place.

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Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I'm a philly beer geek who doesn't get out much anymore, but have always wanted to check this place out, so I wondered in last evening and had a great experience. The atmosphere is casual but still had a good vibe going on. The bartender(s) were knowledgable on there beers, among some of the best I've seen in Philly. The selection was excellent, both on bottle and on tap. The only negative I have to say about the place that they were out of one of the items I wanted (Ommegang Rouge). Service was good. Food appeared to be focused around lighter fare such as appetizers though I didn't partake in any. Prices were reasonable especially when considering the selection and quality. I will definately aim to head back to Tria in the future.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A runner up for the best beer spot in Philly.
Lots of limited draughts and bottles that you rarely see on the east coast. The food is also very good. Staff is extremely helpful, and always seem to know what's going on. Back when I worked at The Foodery, I used to come here all the time. They usually gave me the industry 10%, if not more, which I always appreciated.
Their brewing classes sometimes feature people like Vinnie from Russian River, so you know they're not messing around.
Tria now has two locations in Philadelphia. Enjoy!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The food is merely OK, but the real reason to go is the fascinating selection of beers, wines, and cheeses. Each is laid out in a well-thought out and well described menu. The selections change constantly, but you will always find something on the list to tempt you or to educate your palate. The beers are adventurous (where else will ever you see Victory's Rauschbeir on tap, for example) and the selection shows the owners have a deep knowledge and appreciation of really fine beer. The downside is that the restaurant is small and cramped, so it can be a challenge to find a seat sometimes.

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Photo of jim102864
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A small cafe that I'd read about on BA. Very clean, contemporary feel. Not at all what you'll get in the two other Belgian bars in town. Narrow space with a short bar seating maybe six. Roughly a dozen or so Belgian bottles and a mix of about six Belgian and micro taps. Their focus is clearly on minimal stocks of quality beer and cheese. No other food to be had here. Very much a niche bar that could only survive in an upscale area in a big city like Philly. Go there with deep pockets. Nice spot if you've got the time before dinner for a few drinks. Very efficient and friendly service. Nice Itlain meat/cheese combo. Can't precisely recall what type of meat and cheese I tried, but both tasted great. A tad too trendy and 20-something-yuppie for my taste, but still worth a visit and perhaps a repeat visit for me.

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Photo of Boppar
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I could got to Tria every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.

A: The thing I really liked about the atmosphere is that despite its being a posh, upscale dining place in Rittenhouse Square, it is thoroughly bereft of pretension. The waitstaff are incredible, the menus are clever and quirky (and restaurant that describes certain beers as "profound" and certain cheeses as "stoic" is a solid place in my book).

Q: Incredible. The beer, cheese, food, and wine are all simpl incredible.

Ser: Flawless.

Sel: Their menu currently lists 27 beers, with a new weekly selection every Sunday.

F: Orgasmic.

Overall value is really good. Yes, you'll end up paying more here than you would somewhere else, but the thing is, it's worth every penny. When I consider how much I'd be willing to pay for this experience versus what I actually did, it's a bargain in my book.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As some of the other reviews have stated, Tria may not seem like a good beer place on the first visit. This is far from reality, Tria is definitely a good beer place.

I've been to Tria's Rittenhouse Square location a number of times and it keeps getting better each time I go. While the beer list is far from huge, it is ever-changing and very broad. The selection is not limited to local craft brews either, there is a fine mix of international beers to try.

If an experienced BA goes out and finds only 20 beers, they are often disappointed. However, if one, two, or even three of the beers are unknown to that BA, what is the difference if they have 20 beers to choose from to 200?

On my last visit I found HaandBryggeriet's Norwegian Wood, a superb, complex, and rare brew that I have come to love. What more can a BA ask for then to find exciting new beer unknown to them previously?

The food is very good as well. From excellent cheeses, to mixed plates, to the truly outrageously good banana goat's milk caramel and mascarpone panino desert. I'm a very picky eater and have yet to be disappointed with the food at Tria.

Lastly, the staff is above average to great. They are both knowledgeable and friendly.

Tria is definitely worth a try or two!

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Photo of GJ40
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A friend took me here and at first it struck me as too much of a wine bar. But after a second trip, I realized that while wine and cheese might be their specialties, they do beer very well.

On my last visit, I had a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on draft and a Schneider Aventinus in the bottle. Both were outstanding. They had a unique pour for the Aventinus which caught our attention and delivered a very nice head. I've been caught up in hops for several years but I'm now catching up with some styles I'd put aside. The Aventinus, a wheat dopplebock, really helped me to remember what I've been missing.

Don't let the wine and cheese fool you. Tria knows beer too.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had dinner and drinks here with a friend and was surprised to find a pretty decent beer menu. Lots of belgians as well as locals.
The decor is a little modern for my liking but the chill lighting and close but not clostrophobic feel gave it a comfortable feeling; the place I can see myself coming after a long day to unwind with a drink. The food was excellent (try the gorgonzola and fig bruscetta) and although the beer was pricy, the selection was good and the staff was knowledgable, eager to help and prompt with the service. Overall a great experience.

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Photo of bosco7
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really did not enjoy the atmosphere of this place. Too trendy and cramped. I do however love the concept of the place: Beer, Wine, and Cheese. All things fermentation! There are other items such as sandwiches, bruchetta, and desserts as well.

Beer menu is pretty amazing (for a restaurant) with stuff from all over the US and the world. About 20 beers on the menu. I had De Ranke XX Bitter and DFH 90. Cheese menu is equally amazing.

Food prices are cheap but portions are also pretty small. The appeal: Bring a date and have a good beer at the same time.

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Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tucked, very snugly into a Center City corner restaurant space, it's rather non-descript from the outside. And parking, be warned, is available at ample usurious lots, or by sheer luck on the street.
Once inside, to the left behind a short wall and fabric partition are a few conventional tables. Further back on the left is the bar, with perhaps ten seats and no bar-back to speak of. To the right of the especially narrow space are small tables, followed by some café tables to the rear.
The decor is shabby chic meets warm contemporary, with dark chestnut wood, parchment lamps, and old sash windows painted shut.
The music is an eclectic soundtrack ranging from old C&W standards to current adult alternative. And through it all, you feel welcome, cozy, and an integral part of a quiet, smart experience.

It's clean, before, during and after your time there. And quality is strong across the board, with clean utensils and tableware, sparkling glasses, no beer too cold, and fresh, quality ingredients. Nary a wilted spinach leaf or frosted mug to be seen.

Service is, as a rule, at the least interested, and at times even warm. The only downside I noted in a few visits was this: My wife's first beverage was a beer each time. Twice she asked for a recommendation based on appetizers ordered, and the responses were a bit lukewarm. Later, she asked for some wine advice, and the responses were energetic and enthusiastic. No major issue to be had, mind you, but it did seem to border a bit on wine-snobbery. But no offense intended, I'm sure, so none taken- just noted is all.

The beer selection is an impressive feat of variety. For my last visit, the draft offerings included Allagash, Victory, Stoudt's, Yards, Troegs, DFH, and others. Also on tap was heretofore unseen, at least for me, Troubadour Obscura. There were ample bottled beers available, from the more conventional and comfortable to big and bold, including Belgian, German, and even a mead. Not a bad spread.

The food is ambitious, daring in spots, and for the most part, quite satisfying, despite many tasting-style portions. Appetizers, or Snacks, are interesting, with favorites including the figs with Gorgonzola and Parma ham, along with roasted beets and Feta.
The bruschettas are fresh, crisp, and nicely savory, almost like an early intermezzo.
Salads are different, with several voluminous options, though not all of the flavor combinations play well with each other, so read carefully. Sandwiches are gourmet-style and tasty.
But it's the cheese that rules the culinary roost here, whether solo or incorporated into the other items.
They're categorized accurately, for your convenience, and the staff is eager to talk to you about them, so feel free to inquire as you wish. My sole complaint here, and it's picky, is that each category had three or more options, with the exception of the blue-veined cheeses, which of course are my favorite. Still, the two available were splendid, and as in all my experiences here, capably matched with one of the beers to be had.

Beer prices are creeping up the steep side, though not excessively so for a CC hot spot, at least among the cognoscenti. Food is reasonable, on the surface, but the portions encourage multiple orders (think tapas), and they do start to add up. But the final tab in each case, and for my money, was well worth what was spent.

It is a hot spot, for those in the know as well as those who happen by based on recommendations, and judging by both lunch and dinner crowds, it makes sense that they opened a second location. My next step is to try the Fermentation School. Till then, though, I will be perfectly happy stopping here for a meal and beer, whether I keep it light or decide to really indulge, and I know that my reaction will be a contented one. And with such a short walk around the corner to Di Bruno's, I can take some cheese home and do it all over again in my own kitchen. Minus the fetching atmosphere, of course.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tria is a wonderful establishment... whats better than wine, cheese and beer??? good wine, good cheese and good beer!

Tria is a trendy looking corner bar, that has a bit cramped but enjoyable atmosphere and offers a rotating list of beers, cheeses and wines that offers a little something for everyone...

I usually go here for wine and bruschetta BUT since this is a BeerFly review i'll point out some of my favorite beers on their list and simply yell you to go check this place out next time you are in Center City Philadelphia...

From the "Invigorating" list: Allagash White, Unibroue Ephemere
From the "Friendly" list: Yards ESA
From the "Profound" list: Saison Dupont, Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza, Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad
From the "Extreme" list: St. Bernardus Abt 12

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Photo of dehay
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was planning on meeting a college roommate in the Rittenhouse square area of Philly for happyhour, so I decided to check out Tria after reading the reviews here at Beeradvocate.

The atmosphere I would call upscale and trendy...lots of professional folks at bar.

The quality and selection of the beers was VERY impressive. I wish I had more time and a designated driver so that I could try more of the beers. They had Ommegang Three Philosophers, Victory Sunset, Allagash White, Yards Extra Special Ale, and other selections from Troegs and Stoudts. If you were looking for a mass produced beer, you were out of luck!! Their bottle selection was equally impressive...plenty of Belgian Ales and German lagers along with a selection of hard to find micro brews from the West Coast.

I cant say much about the food...we only had a few appetizers, but they were excellent. I highly recommend the Italian Meat and Cheese plate and the Pesto Bruchetta (sp).

The bartender and waitstaff seemed to have knowledge of the beers. Overall I was impressed, I will definitely return, and I would recommend Tria.

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Photo of roan22
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited Tria last week on a Thursday, I've been there three times now. I was there primarily for a friend's birthday, but spent an enjoyable evening slowly drinking 3 bottles of Troegs Nugget Nectar and sampling some of the small plates (tapas).

The atmosphere of Tria is chic. A lot of people in there were European, or posh 20's dressed in BCBG Max Azaria and Cole Haan. I did not see any hipsters in Tria LOL. However the atmosphere is comforting, as is the staff, who try to encourage this while providing excellent service. Never waited longer than a second for anything, as there were at least 4 bar staff/servers working there on the evening I went.

I noticed my friend and I were the only people drinking beer in the entire bar; this place is known for their wine and cheese but its my opinion that the beer is not as appreciated as the other two.

The draft selection could have offered a better selection of beers. They seemed to offer two categories: "complex/extreme" and "local or safe choices." They did have Allagash White and Sly Fox Helles Lager, which I applaud the brewery choice, but c'mon, all the IPA's Sly Fox has to offer and they pick Helles Lager? They did have Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA...but in this area its hardly exciting anymore; IMO it is played out. Another choice to fall into "local/safe" category was Yards ESA. The complex/extreme choices were Ommegang 3 Philosopher's, Rogue Morimoto Hazlenut brown nectar (the name alone makes me feel sick), Allagash Interlude Ale and Brooklyn Smoked Weisbock. The West Coast (besides the icky-sounding Rogue) is unrepresented. Big disappointment. Tria should try harder to obtain ales from California--the IPA masters! Or what about brews from other hot areas of the US, such as Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado. Six words to remember (even though I know two of these are unavailable in PA): Green Flash. Oskar Blues. Alpine. Surly.

In bottles the selection was pretty decent. I was glad they had the Nugget Nectar although it won't last much longer as Troegs is completely out of it. Also they had Stone IPA, Cantillon Low Pepe Kriek and Bells Java Stout in bottles.

Now the food. The good news first. The salads are bangin'! I loved my baby arugula salad with goat cheese, grape tomatoes, pecans and a tasty balsamic dressing. It was a fairly big portion size for $8 as well. Then forgoing with sensibility, I decided to go directly to dessert. I chose a small, circular, goat cheese cake, which was rightly rich and creamy and had a nice graham crust. It featured a fig/date/raisin "compote" but its downfall was a sickly sweet dessert sauce on the plate. At $6, I was disappointed by this cheesecake.

I do not like onions, garlic or mushrooms and most dishes besides the salads featured one of these as a primary ingrediant, but really this is just my personal pickyness which I deal with every day. Tria loves to use fig spreads and nutella; I saw these as frequent ingredients in many of the choices. Not too hot on these either but I thank Tria for their love of goat cheese!

Cheers and if Tria offered a regular, west-coast IPA like Green Flash on tap, then my rating will improve.

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