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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square
BA SCORE
95
world-class

80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 19
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.2%

A nice little place. Very nice atmosphere here. Clean, a bit classy, intimate, maybe a bit on the hipster side; a small bar seats about 10 or 12 people, slightly cramped, with several tables inside and outside. No TVs here, which is a plus, considering it's not going to be plagued with annoying Philly sports fans, therefore making this a good place to hang on game nights.

Menu is small but very good, with the catch here being specialty bruschettas that are small, but amazing, and very reasonably priced. Lots of truffle oil used in the food, which is always a good thing. Beer selection is decent, considering I think Tria is primarily a wine bar. But there are about 8 craft beers on tap, and maybe 20 in bottles, and when I went there were two exceptionally good and [moderately] uncommon beers on tap, namely Pliny the Elder and Lost Abbey Angel's Share. They're not exactly rare in Philly these days, but $6 for a glass of Pliny ain't bad at all. They also have a specialty cheese menu, but that didn't really interest me. That part did seem pricey, but then what do I know about cheese? Other than kinds that I like.

Service is very good. Our bartender was friendly, and extremely polite, not to mention knowledgeable about drinks.

Definitely a nice bar, and a good destination for multiple visits. Hard to go here with Monk's not to far away, but this is still a nice place. Can come off a bit hipster, but oh well.

Rifugium, May 21, 2011
Photo of rbastone
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

Was in Philly over the New Year's weekend and stopped in Tria twice. Initial visit was for a few post-Monk's libations. Among the 8 well thought-out taps was Port's Mongo DIPA - one of the best beers I have had in a LONG time. Couldn't resist trying a few of the small plates - which were outrageously good.

Dropped in again after Mummer's parade - and tried some of the cheese and some other small plates (and - the Mongo of course). The food, service and beers were all spot-on. The beer list isnt extensive - yet it features a good variety of styles and brewers (see their web site for current taps/beers).

This is definitely on the list for next visit to Philly and will make sure we take advantage of the place for full dinner service.

rbastone, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

I stopped by a few days ago for lunch with friends. The bar is in a corner rowhouse, inside the bar is narrow and has an ecclectic feel to it. The tables are small but kinda cozy. Our waitress was very knowledgable about both the beer and wine list. The beer list has about 10 taps and 20 bottles. It is organized by flavor profile and has great descriptions of all the brews. Everyone in my party was very happy with the food, I had a chicken pannini and it was great. The prices were about what I would expect for center city. I would definitely go back, especially if there are any wine lovers in the group.

bonkers, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

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!

ShadesOfGray, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Dennycurr
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Den

Dennycurr, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -6%

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.

rfgetz, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mbudner
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

mbudner, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of wegass
2/5  rDev -53.6%

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.

wegass, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of MikeTaz
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

MikeTaz, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of mhatters
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

But

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.

mhatters, Apr 19, 2009
Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.