Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square
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67 Reviews
Reviews: 67
Visits: 89
rAvg: 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 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. (999 characters)

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. (682 characters)

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. (741 characters)

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! (542 characters)

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. (594 characters)

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. (820 characters)

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. (883 characters)

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! (1,258 characters)

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. (668 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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. (3,993 characters)

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 (787 characters)

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. (1,103 characters)

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. (3,192 characters)

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

This is a very classy upscale bistro with a short but eclectic menu and and a decent selection of beers. Allagash Musette was my selection. There was about 10 beers to choose from and long list of gourmet cheeses. the cheese is a quite pricey but it is an experience. I paid about $10 for a small slice of Stinky cheese that was terribly stinky. It was an experience no doubt. :/ I have not developed a taste for that stinky of cheese yet. It was definitely worth the visit.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (508 characters)

Photo of BeerHonky
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

During my first trip to Beer Yard in Wayne, Matt (I believe his name was) suggested I check out Tria. I had not heard of it yet as it was relatively new at the time. Unfortunately my girlfriend and I had to check it out on a busy Friday night. The crowd wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but hey, not every beer bar has to be a cozy, quirky pub. Just felt a little too upscale for me. Alas, the place is still great. We ordered some beers and a delicious plate of cheeses. The service was extremely helpful and the beers were appropriately served in proper glassware. I can't ask for much more from a place like this. I'd definitely go back during less crowded hours. (663 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have a soft spot for Tria since it is the old Alaska Ice Cream location where I spent a good bit of time woo'ing Mrs. Elvis. Atmosphere is Rittenhouse Square chic. High quality food but not a place for dinner b/c it is mostly appetizers. I am not a wine or chese person but everyone swears by their selection. The brew is always very good with a mix of locals, Belgians, and a West Coast beer on tap plus some good bottles. I have always had good service when there even when the place is crowded. It is a bit expensive but that is just the neighborhood.

Cheers. (567 characters)

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

When Tria first opened it was such a charm. It reminded me of some of the funky, semi-"upscale", small places in Brooklyn or Manahattan. Unfortunately some of that "Manhattan" has gotten into it, and although it's not their fault, success has in a way been a stumbling block as they're just so popular now, than not unlike Monk's, you have to be sure to go early or on a weeknight to avoid waiting and crowding.

That said, I still love it and take my better dates there. It can be very romantic when someones not jabbing you in the back with their elbow!

But let's forget about that and talk about the food and drink. They offer 26 beers, 27 wines, 7 dessert wines, and 12 cheeses.

SNACKS fall in the $3 to 4 range and include Roasted Beets with Bulgarian Feta cheese... 3 1/2
BRUSCHETTA run roughly the same and I really enjoy the Gorgonzola with Fig Jam... 3 1/2
SALADS & ANTIPASTI are roughly $8 to 10 and include Mixed Greens with Figs, Gorgonzola, Pignola Nuts... 8 (Where has my favorite Tusscan White Bean gone? :(
SANDWICHES are actually slightly less than salads and include my favorite Three Cheese and Tomato grilled Panini for just 7
CHEESES vary depending on what exactly they are (there are usually around 16 available), but usually fall in the 6 to 8 range. They're helpfully divided into CLEAN, LUSCIOUS, STINKY, and APPROACHABLE. They've had what I'd consider to be some fairly hard to find cheeses, and the selection is impeccable (as in not liable to sin... the cheeses are certainly "peckable")!
SWEETS channge more often than the regular items and are roughly 6
Other BEVERAGES include San Pellegrino for 4, Virgil's Root Beer for 3 1/2, and Espresso/Cappuchino/Latte for 2, 2 1/2, and 3 respectively

Now that Heavyweight's gone I'm not sure what will replace the great selling Lunacy, but you can always get Yards ESA (5), and they always have something from Victory (5 1/2) and Troegs (5). There are usually a few other locals and a Dogfish as well as something from the left coast. Belgians are occasionally seen on tap, but they're usually the more mainstream stuff. The bottle selection is pretty good though and I've enjoyed Oud Beersel Oud Kriek for 9 1/2.

I won't go into the wine because there's too much to talk about, but with one exception (Abbaye de Tholomies Minervois '99 - don't worry, you'll never find it again) I can say that you can always trust them to deliver. And ask your server to pair some cheese for you; they all seem very knowledgeable and I've never been given a bad recommendation. And maybe that says it best, I have to give great credit to a place that's so well run I can trust them to make suggestions, and even decisions, for me. (2,711 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on 09/25/06 and 10/09/06.

An interesting upscale wine, cheese, and beer bar/cafe. A fairly narrow room, small and cozy but nothing to make it really unique except for the outstanding selection of the items above. Maybe a bit clique-ish and pretentious when you come in as an "outsider".

The draft beer selection is really nice (no BudMilCor products) and rotates fairly regularly... changes from week to week so if there is something you really like get it while you can. Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA on tap is very reasonably priced considering the retail cost. The bottled selection is also very nice with a few hard-to-find beers (but you'll pay for that). In summary, there are a few beer bargains to be found with some limited ones to boot (Victory Kolsch for example).

The food menu is pretty low key and quite nice (considering my purpose was to taste different beers so no need to fill up). Their equivalent of an "Italian Cold Cut sandwich" was fresh, really good, and reasonably priced !

Well worth a visit every time I go back to Philly. (1,066 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The moderately-sized selection is very nice, balancing IPAs, guezes, and a few other styles. The quality of beers is impressive. Whoever chooses the beers does so carefully and exhibits good taste. For instance, the IPAs include Stone's and Dogfish Head's 90-minute, which are among the best out there. There was also Russian River Pliny the Younger and Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca while I was there. There's a great wine list (or so I've heard...I wouldn't know the difference.)

With light-colored walls, minimalist decoration, and faux-candle lighting, the interior is more like a fine restaurant than a corner bar. You either like it or you don't. Tria is often called a good date restaurant, but it gets crowded even on off nights, so it might not be a great place for intimate conversation. It can be hard to settle down and enjoy a beer amid the hustle and bustle of the yuppie crowd. The place is cramped.

The service is good and the staff is knowledgeable about the beers, but don't expect much friendly chat.

Prices? You'll pay more here than for the same beer at many other Philly locations. Well, there's lots of cheap stuff on the food menu, but people coming in with a dinner appetite will probably end up spending a fair amount here after getting a few al a carte items. If you just want some food to nibble on, though, you can do that cheaply here.

The food is very good. The selection of cheeses is wonderful, but they all must be ordered al a carte, so at about $6 a cheese, you'll need a few friends if you want to try an assortment of cheeses. (This place really needs to offer a cheese plate with a few offerings). There is a large selection of inexpensive snacks, all of which are unusual and fall into the broad category of upscale bistro food (e.g., Gazpacho with Smoked Paprika Cream, Gorgonzola with Fig Jam Bruschetta). There are also sandwiches, salads, and desserts, all of which are interesting and uncommon.

For all the great things about this place, I can't muster any personal affection for Tria. It's too generic and straightlaced, as if to be upscale you have to be dull. I had a good time, and I'll be back, but it's just not a lovable bar. (2,194 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

In the trendy Rittenhouse area of Philly, you'll find this small wine, cheese, and beer bar. The atmosphere is clean and stylish and attracts a young crowd, although I have seen tourist families drop by. Tables are small, so this is more of a nice place to take a date, rather than your whole family. I prefer to sit at the bar myself, where you can watch the staff arrange the cheese platters. Menus are handed out on clipboards with nice descriptions for their beer, wine, and cheese. The beer page is organized into styles: My eye is always drawn to the "Extreme" section because that's where they have the funkiest beer. Ordering a beer from this section may prompt an "Are you sure?" from the bartender, so at least they're trying to educate their customers. From this section, I've ordered Cantillon Geuze and Hanssens Oudbeitje. The selection isn't as extensive as Monk's, but for what they have, it's spectacular. No Miller Lite here. The bar also has a "Sunday School" program, where they teach people about good beer.
The food is fancy and a bit overpriced for what you get. Portions are small, but arranged fashionably, to make you feel better about it, I suppose. The cheese is fantastic, but you only get a small portion of it, but they do pair it with equally small portions of complimenting fruit and bread. My main criticism for Tria is that it's not a good place to go when you're hungry. If a snack will do ya, then it's fine, as long as you have the cash to spend.
I have never had a bad bartender here. The staff seems knowledgable about the beer, and have no problems giving a recommendation or refilling a water glass without being asked. Even when the place gets crowded (like a typical late weekend night), the staff has been pleasant to me. Tria remains one of my favorite places to go in Philly when I have extra cash to burn and am in the mood to treat myself. (1,891 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After reading all the hype about this place, I had a chance to check it out after a business meeting. Its a small stylish bar that serves beer, cheese, wine, salads, and sandwiches. The place is long and narrow, with a 10 seat bar overlooking the cheese section and cook's area, and several high tops and wall seats were available. Some tables were at the front. Trendy interior staffed by young 20 somethings. Funky and hip music playing at reasonable levels.

There were 8 beers on tap from Allagash, Rogue, Sly Fox, Yards, DFH, Victory, and Ramstein. Nice variety on tap, then add about 20 belgian and other bottles available too. The beers I had were fresh.

I did not eat but looking at the menu this place is expensive. My pints cost me $6.50 and $5.50 which is rediculously expensive IMHO. Cheese platters looked interesting. Servers looked a little up tight and weren't too friendly.

Why this gets all the rave reviews is beyond me, when I can spend this money for some unique belgian beers at Monks. Don't get me wrong, its a nice place thats trendy, and if you want some cheese with your beer this would be a great place. But I didn't want cheese - just a pint or two - so I would've been better off hitting any number of other bars in the area. Most of the beers on tap are easily found elsewhere in town. (1,326 characters)

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What better time to check out Tria than during Sunday School. Every Sunday Tria features a wine, a cheese and a beer at 50% off. Which is the only way I would have tried the Hitachino Nest Ginger Ale. Overall not a bad beer with a mild ginger spice to the initial taste that grows in the aftertaste.
Excellent local tap selection - I believe they had 8 taps with 5 being from PA and NJ. Sly Fox, Victory, Yards, Heavyweight, Ramstein. Great bottle selection as well.
The place was pretty busy, but the bartender made to time to answer questions and offer some suggestions.
The scene is a bit trendy, but what you would expect from the Rittenhouse Square hood. Nice, sleek bar that sits maybe 20 people and tables up front and along the wall across from the bar. Another 4 tables outside along the sidewalk.
Not the kind of place I would spend my weekend nights, but a great place to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. (925 characters)

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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a great idea....beer, cheese and wine. Three of my favorite things in life. I had been here about a year ago to actually try some cheese and food and I enjoyed the food as the selection of bruschetta, cheeses, pannini's, salads and other items are very detailed and very tasty. Although some items are a bit pricey, I really like the idea of small plates with a good glass of wine or beer.

I just visited Tria the other night with my wife and we just came for drinks before dinner somewhere else, although seeing all the food brought out to others made me want to stay there for din din. I had a few beers while my wife had a few glasses of wine. I started off with a Sly Fox Helles pint which was very tasty. Their beers on tap seem to be fresh and served at a good temp and reasonably priced, depending on what you order. My pint was only about $5 or $5.50 which is not bad. The treat for me this night was a bottle of Victory 10 Year Alt which was a great suprise to see on the menu and boy was it tasty. This was my first bottle of it and I plan on getting more.

Overall Tria is a great idea and refreshing for Philly. I wish their space was larger but it has a charming feel to it since it is smaller and the tables are meant for small groups with small plates of food. Worth a try for wine, cheese and importantly beer. (1,338 characters)

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
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