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

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by GnomeKing:
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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