The Trappe Door

The Trappe DoorThe Trappe Door
The Trappe DoorThe Trappe Door
Bar, Eatery

23 W Washington St
Greenville, South Carolina, 29601-2734
United States

(864) 451-7490 | map

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andypeters1971 from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

dark, Ratskeller-like atmosphere that reminds of a dungeon. Lots of dark wood and low lighting. Menu is extremely heavy on the meat. Plenty of Belgian beers but not a heck of a lot of variety within that category however.

Jul 21, 2019
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Slack from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Dinner with the Mrs.

Food was on point. Enjoyed the meat and cheese board, mussels, and frites. Definitely recommend the garlic mayo for the fries - very tasty.

Beer selection is quite large with most regular distro belgium style beers available. Unfortunately no westy, cantillon, or 3F but given the locale, I wasn’t expecting them. Still nice draft selections.

Service was great. Our waitress was very nice and explained all the different styles and even offered samples.

Definitely recommend going for food and drink.

Jul 06, 2018
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Dropped by this spot recently on our way back home from a Founders event in Athens GA. The vibe is incredible, everything you want in a Belgian bar - it's in a dark basement - laid out well - neat bar and a wonderful selection of drafts and bottles. The food looked amazing, though we didn't try any - and the menu was very impressive. The bartender knew his stuff - we had a nice conversation while I drank some BFM. Next time I'm in the area this will be the first place I stop by. Highly recommended!

Apr 06, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Wednesday evening after 8PM.

Atmosphere: A classic cellar bar. Lots of wood, cozy tables, great bar, and just right balance of music and noise. Nothing too loud and the one TV which was on was mostly being ignored by those in the bar. About half the seats and tables taken over the hour I was there.

Quality: 90% Belgian imports and 10% American in the Belgian style. A mix of common Belgians and rare as well.

Service: Very attentive staff - talkative but not overly so and willing to talk and make recommendations.

Selection: Huge selection. Plenty of beers on tap (looked to be about 15, maybe 14) and a large bottle selection in the cooler and in some other places as well. Extensive beer menu available.

Food: I didn't try anything off the menu (my Gouden Carolus Easter was my desert) but it all looked quite good - nice mix of appetizers, main courses, and other food.

Value: Given everything I thought the prices were pretty good. My 25cl beer was $7, and at 10.5% ABV I think that's reasonable given the import distance that it needed to come.

Great place. Next time I'm in Greenville I'll have to sit down for a full meal and more than one beer.

May 08, 2014
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Ainjyll from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool venue. From the exposed beams to the beer taps that come down from the ceiling the atmosphere is just great.

The beer selection seems kind of limited at first, but once you start looking at the menu and realize that the majority of the beers are belgian (and the few that aren't are belgian-inspired such as Ommegang) you begin to get an understanding at exactly how vast their beer selection is for such a narrow niche.

All in all, if you want some great belgian food and an awesome belgian singel, dubbel, tripel, quad or even a sour or two... this is the place for you!

Jan 21, 2014
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MattNidiffer from South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Trappe Door, located in downtown Greenville, SC underneath Barley's Taproom, is a must-visit for any tourists or even locals. Being a local myself, I can't help but visit every time I find myself wandering the streets looking for the next beer to enjoy and review. They have an extensive, albeit pricey, menu that can satisfy any beer enthusiast's tastebuds.

Specializing mainly in Belgian and Trappist ales, The Trappe Door features an absolutely killer beer/wine/liquor list, and a multitude of meals as well. It captures perfectly the feel of a 'basement' Belgian/middle European pub, with open casks, tables made from barrels, open faced brick walls, and dim lights.

The price is definitely justified, as the entire staff (even waiters and hosts/hostesses) are extremely knowledgable about the selection of different ales, lagers, wines, and liquors, and provide excellent service. The quality of service you receive from The Trappe Door is unrivaled in the downtown area; there are more than 20-25 bars within a 10-mile radius. Having personally been to them all, The Trappe Door is the one that stands out in making myself and whatever company I've got with me feel comfortable, at home, and taken care of.

If you're here to sight-see and tour the city, I highly recommend you visit other establishments in downtown Greenville first, as you will want to spend the rest of your time here in this cozy little gem, enjoying the finest Belgian and Trappist Ales South Carolina has to offer.

Jan 16, 2014
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scvance from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

As a native and long time resident of Greenville, SC this place is a welcome addition to the growing downtown beer scene. The atmosphere is awesome, located in the basement below Barley's taproom (with whom they are associated with), the bar has a wonderful old world, tavern and inn feel to it, tables made out of barrels, kind of dimly lit, long wood bar, complete with creaky hardwood floors. The service at this place is excellent, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about their entire beer selection, which is extensive. The selection is based mostly around Belgian beers for obvious reasons, but they carry a wide variety of domestic craft bottles, and their taps are always changing with the seasons. The food is excellent, moules frites are excellent in any style, can't go wrong with the fish and chips, and the duck is incredible as well. I love this place, it has become my most frequented bar and restaurant in Greenville along with Barley's Taproom. Definitely drop by and check it out. It is well worth the slightly higher (relative to other bars in Greenville) cost.

Jul 03, 2013
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place was on my "must-stop" list when the family and I were in town for the holiday. Went for a late dinner with some friends. First this I noticed was the crazy amount of noise from this place spilling out into the street. Very boisterous place. Though the friends that we went with said they had never seen it that crazy before. Must have been the holiday crowd like me. I loved the atmosphere otherwise though. Designed like you're in an old cellar. Nice wood beams, lots of brick, and the lighting is dim. I dig it. The menu is excellent with plenty of options. I got the "Belgian" stew and loved it. My wife got a burger and that was great as well. Their extensive list of mayos is one of their trademarks. All sorts of flavors. I especially enjoyed their hot chili mayo. Of course the beer list is nothing short of amazing. My only disappointment was that there were no Quads on draft at the time. Plenty of Tripels, Wits, and BPAs though. I opted for a bottle of St. Bernardus 12. The service was excellent and they really know the beers and menu well. I will definitely be back to this place again and again.

[Note: My friend said they do an awesome lunch special that *includes* a beer for like $7 or $8. Can't beat that!]

Dec 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited May 2012

My wife and I checked this place out this past weekend after reading about it on BA. I must have walked by this place a hundred times and never noticed it.

First impression: You walk downstairs (note: this place is not for people with physical handicaps) to a really cool basement restaurant and bar. Lots of exposed timbers and wooden casks - they really played the basement theme for all its worth here. The lighting was dim and the vibe was really relaxing, except for the music selection - which sounded like eastern european metal, and what was really a distraction from the otherwise superb ambiance. There is a comfortable looking lounge area with sofas and lounge chairs in the corner with a tv for watching the game.

The hostess that greeted us was rather put off that we didn't have a reservation. This didn't make much sense to me as the place was not even a third full and not even half full when we left. Other than the snotty hostess, our waiter was very good. He knew the beer selections quite well and was able to offer advice.

This place's forte is Belgian style craft beers and wines, and they hit a home run. The list is extensive and the quality of the beer is phenomenal. This is a niche beer place that you would never have thought would exist in the po-dunk Greenville area. Prices for most drafts run between $7 and $9 a pop the same for bottles, which is a little pricey for me, but I understand the expense.

The menu is a little limited, with only one chicken dish offered (my wife hates red meat and fish). The food presentation was very good. I had a braised rib that was excellent, and while the side of potatoes and veggies were filling, the portions were pretty small, so I felt that I didn't get much for the money that I spent.

There are better places to eat in town, but the place is worth checking out for the ambiance and the excellent Belgian beer selection.

May 13, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I visited this Belgian style eatery this past weekend while visiting SC and went with my fiance and a fellow BA.

When you walk in you go directly down a flight of stairs into a basment with wood beams across the ceilings and wine barrels (some real and some fake) lining the walls. They even had a lounging area which included couches, chairs, and a big screen TV. GREAT atmosphere! It was very relaxed and inviting. They have a very nice and extensive selection of Belgians. We split a Cantillon 100% Kriek 375ml and it was superb. The food was very, very good as well. I got a steak sandwhich which frites and my fiance got a Chimay burger. The quality was top notch and you could tell the ingredients were fresh. The prices were very reasonable as well. My fiance and I together only cost $22. I'd say that this place is a must stop for beer geeks and a top notch establishment. I'm glad we were able to try it!.

Sep 26, 2011
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scottyshades from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Walked in here on a Sunday evening to find that it was actually pretty crowded

The Atmosphere is really awesome - low ceilings, dim tavern-style lighting, pretty wood bar and tables. The crowd is (from what I could tell) younger, lots of beer drinkers. It really induces conversation

The beer menu is impressive, it is organized by style (Saisons, sours, browns, quads, dubbels, etc.), and includes Cantillon offerings, Rocheforts, some crazy Allagash stuff, and much much more. I really liked how different styles were showcased on their taps, adds some variety

The food menu is ambitious, I have tried the lamburger sliders topped with mint beets and goat cheese (awesome), the mussels, and the steak sandwich. More like a gastropub

The service and bartenders were super friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings - they want you to find a beer that you love which is really awesome. We ended up meeting the Australian owner (also owns Barley's Taproom upstairs), and he is a straight up beer geek and extremely friendly. We ended up talking beer for about 30 minutes before he had to go take care of business

The prices were a little expensive, but you get your money's worth. Definitely recommended for dinner

Jul 06, 2011
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited May 2011

Visited for dinner on a Thursday evening and after visiting many of the places Greenville has to offer, this is the place that you want to stop at if you are in the area.

I will skip the description, as the other reviewers have done a very good job of describing the place. The place had a really nice vibe to it, until about 8:30 pm 9 o'clock, as it seemed that most of patrons were leaving by then. Upon being seated, a waiter comes over and asks a series of questions and lets us know what is on tap. When he left, one of the guys turned to me and said that if there was a line-up and he had to choose the guys that knew the most about beer, he would pick out our waiter every time. Turns out, our waiter was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable waiters that I have ever met. Could describe the beers in such detail that it was almost uncanny. I tried the Ommegang Rare Vos and Foret Saison, both excellent, served in the proper glassware. I also had a bowl of mussels and they were excellent, as were the three appetizers that we had ordered. The establishment seemed to be reasonably priced.

Overall, like I said, this is the place that you want to go. Very good all the way around.

Jun 09, 2011
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msnow34 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Visited here for lunch, on the advice of the guys at the GBX. The name is great, as its a play off trappist, but also it's located in a basement and has a basement type feel, dark, with lots of wood, never been to europe, but its what i would think it would be like.
We sat at the bar, and our server was very attentative, although she wouldn't pour beer. She had a decent knowledge of the belgian beers, although she said they didn't serve any american brewed beers, however they did have ommengang and allagash. The menu was very mussels heavy which i found odd for a bar four hours from the ocean(maybe this is a begian thing)
My only knock on this bar, was the menu was a little sparse, it was lunch, but would've liked a few more options, and it was expensive. Two sandwich's and two beers cost more than what I paid for four drinks and dinner, the previous night.

Jun 08, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Just what Greenville needed!!! I stopped in here Friday night for their grand opening to the public. I was impressed enough that I went back Saturday night too by the way... Located just below Barley's the entrance is two large wooden doors with The Trappe Door logo above them. Upon walking in you will walk down a wooden staircase that leads you directly to the hostess station. Along this wall there are all sorts of Belgian beer schwag in a display cabinet. When you get to the bottom of the stairs everything is on your right. Place is quite dark, but it is in a basement afterall, but is lighted enough to see other people there and see where you are going. I took a seat at the bar both times that I went. The bartender that I had both nights was really good at remembering people's names as she knew mine the second time I came in (and actually pronounced it correctly!). The selection of CONSTANTLY rotating 10 taps are poured from the ceiling over larger wooden barrels with copper funnels to hold spillover. There is plenty of seating for dining patrons, with numerous tables, boothes, and table/bench combos all throughout. There is also a small 'lounge' with a large television and leather seats to watch a sporting event or two. Masters highlights were on Friday and NCAA Hockey was on Saturday. If you are familiar with Barley's you will recognize A LOT of the wait staff at this location. The highlight for me... The beer AND the food! The beer selection was excellent with quite a few sours on and all brews were of Belgian origin or style. As Dan said in his review, the food is the standout though. I had the Grilled Chicken Breast with Flemish Sour sauce. Blew me away on flavor... This is a definite must stop for any BA in the area or that is passing through. With Barley's directly above and GBX just around the corner, this one is a no-brainer.

Apr 12, 2011
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goindownsouth from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited on Sunday, 04/10/11 - what is believed to be their opening weekend.

I was nearly shocked to the point of disbelief when I heard that The Trappe Door was [finally] open. This place was about to take on the thing of legend with the years of discussion about the theme and the space below Barley's Taproom, not to mention when it would actually open. Well, it's open...

A gorgeous space awaits you as you walk down a winding wooden staircase. You know you are somewhere different. We were quickly greeted by the hostess and seated. The bar, just to your right upon entering, shows off ten (10) beer taps, all fed from the kegs held upstairs. Behind the bar is the Mother load of all Belgian beer fridges.

Wooden and antique in feel and sense, but in no way in a faux manner, this place just screams cozy. I started off with the Terrapin Black Saison and was rather impressed. The beers were fresh and poured with care. My only knock - if you can call it that - is that with how frequently they kick their kegs, the online beer menu may not be indicative of what is currently on hand. Worth bearing in mind.

The food menu, despite the delicious Belgian beer offerings, is the star of the show. I was a part of a table of three and we shared everything we had. For starters, the blackened crab and blue cheese fondue... stellar. While I did not get any, the Moules Frites (mussels) are available several ways - all of which sounded sublime. One at our table went with the Steak Frites, a grilled ribeye, cooked to perfection with well-crafted Belgian frites that are accompanied by three - THREE flavors of mayonnaise - your choice. Another person has the braised short ribs served over leek mashed potatoes and snappy green beans. I had the Angus Burger and Frites with my three mayos being roasted garlic, sweet chili and truffle. Outstanding. Dessert ended the evening with Belgian waffles, simple and yet so damn well made.

Service was solid, understanding full well that there are still some kinks that need to get worked out of the systems.

The entire experience was, without a doubt, one of the best since having moved to Greenville. The food menu when combined with the Belgian beer arsenal will make The Trappe Door difficult to beat in terms of culinary star power, in my eyes, for some time. Even removing the Belgian beer from the equation, the menus is such that it would satisfy even the most staunch critics of what has slowly but surely turned in to mundane Greenville fare.

Not cheap, by any stretch, but still not unreasonable for a damn righteous meal.

Apr 11, 2011
The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC
Place rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 31 ratings