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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 19
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ 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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(Place added by: nomad)
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wegass

Arizona

2/5  rDev -53.5%
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.

09-07-2009 21:45:44 | More by wegass
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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.

04-19-2009 03:03:35 | More by mhatters
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

04-22-2006 19:31:16 | More by Gavage
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

11-13-2006 20:58:43 | More by RBorsato
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

12-15-2008 00:47:32 | More by deapokid
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flexabull

California

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

Another place that I got to check out on my East Coast trip while my wife shopped. It works out great, she likes to shop for clothes, I don't, and she doesn't like it when I'm hanging around her while she shops, so once again her suggestion was, "why don't you find a place to have a beer while I check out these two stores?" Sounds good to me!

Small long place, pretty airy, light, kind of stuffy in a wine and cheese type of way, but not bad. But not really my style either...

Quality was good. The beer list had good choices from Germany, Belgium, CA, and quite a few local crafts as well.

Service was fine, I was greeted as I walked in, and quickly served.

Above average selection, they had quite a few good choices, but the bummer to me was that not many were on draft. In fact, the Troegs beer I ordered was from a bottle. Either it wasn't marked that way on the menu, or I wasn't paying attention when I ordered it.

Didn't have any food, it looked good though.

Prices were standard for what I ran into in Philly.

Overall, worth a stop if you are in the area. But I wouldn't go out of my way to come here... might be a nice spot to take your significant other, especially if they like wine.

10-02-2012 20:07:01 | More by flexabull
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I've only been to the Tria located in Washington Square West. It's a tiny place...luckily I have always found a spot at the bar. Atmosphere is very nice...though it's a small bar, it feels spacious and the clientele here are usually a little more mature than some of the bar crowds that one might encounter, which I appreciate. Brew selection is okay...not a whole lot to choose from but there is always quality stuff on tap. Last time I was there they had Pliny the Elder, which I have had a lot of times, but it was still nice to see something of such high quality on the draught list.

Service is generally good. Selection could be better...I would like to see five more additional taps and perhaps a better bottle selection. Food is AWESOME. So good. You will pay a premium here on both food and drink, but it's worth it for the experience and vibe. I will go back again soon...this is one of my pre-concert drinking spots.

10-29-2011 05:23:41 | More by MsRif
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

05-14-2008 11:37:20 | More by jim102864
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

This is by far the trendiest place I have ever been. Located on the corner of Rittenhouse square. Its long and narrow and was a bit crowded when we were there.

This place seems to pride itself more in the wine than the beer-but Philly is all about the beer so they have a pretty darn good beer selection too. I enjoyed some schneider-brooklyn weisse and another beer I would never find on tap in Pittsburgh.

They also have some great artisan cheeses-which were expensive, but very enjoyable.

The bartender was fine and took our orders in a timely manner-they were pretty busy so this counted for a lot

04-25-2012 01:13:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%
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.

11-12-2007 14:43:24 | More by sinistrsam
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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.