Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square
Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square
Bar, Eatery

123 S 18th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103-5126
United States

(215) 972-8742 | map
triacafe.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.3
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
93
pDev:
8.84%
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Reviews by GeoffFromSJ:
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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Tria is a bold and thoughtful experiment. Truly unique. Giving equal footing to wine, beer and cheese.

I must concur with nomad that the atmosphere reminds me a lot of New York City atmospheres. Nice and comfortable with a modern feel. The service was extremely good. Not overbearing, friendly and prompt.

The selection is not the most extensive you'll ever find, but it is indeed exceptional. I could find no flaw. Keep in mind, my aim was to match my beer with my food. This is not the type of place where I would come just for beer.

Speaking of food, it is quite good. I gave it the top rating because of the selection of cheese. Again, not completely exhaustive but they have all major types. I had a nice, 5-year gouda from Holland with a bottle of Ommegang. A very nice match!

They could greatly assist the gourmets by suggesting beer-food pairings. They had enough styles on the list to make thoughtful pairings, so that shouldn't be a problem. Currently, they do not organize their beers but by categories such as "profound."

The price is both high and reasonable at the same time. Being in Rittenhouse Square, prices tend to be a tad high. But the quality of food and beer when you factor in the area, it is indeed reasonable.

This very must should be considered a staple of the Philly beer scene. And I hope it remains so for many years to come.

One last thought: as nomad said, Tria is founded on the art of matching beer and food (or wine). If you are even remotely a fan of Garrett Oliver's work in this field, you will be pleased with Tria.

Update: Sundays have a half-price beer, wine and cheese. One per person. Can make for a cheap evening and you get to try some new beers. Selections rotates a bit. They also came out with a membership card which will help you earn free stuff. Tria keeps getting better. Service is wonderful.

May not be your thing if you can't get past the atmosphere. But if you are flexible like good beer and cheese. Man o man, is this your place.

Update: I would recommend asking your server to help you match your beer and/or cheese together.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zbelair
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The Tria empire is now getting mighty sizable, but go back a bunch of years and it was only this little cafe, located in a busy stretch of 18th street a block away from Rittenhouse Square.

There is not much room inside, so it is nice to seat outside when the weather is nice. Service is very good, as you'd expect from the Tria group, and the beverage selection is good but not as great as in the nearby Taproom (although I shouldn't compare, I know, but I'm spoiled by the Taproom's awesomeness).

They divide their menu in "Invigorating", "Profound", "Friendly" and other pretty words. My only complaint is that they throw everything together, so it can be hard to distinguish the drafts from the bottles from the cans.

You'll find easy stuff from Lagunitas, Troegs or Sierra on tap here, with a couple of interesting bottles. But nothing too rare or super interesting.

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Photo of bgold86
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.61/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 93 ratings