Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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95
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68 Reviews
Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse SquareTria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(215) 972-8742 | map
www.triacafe.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
92
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.14%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
19
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by PopeDX:
Photo of PopeDX
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Tria is located right off Rittenhouse Square, very close to the other Center City hotspots. It has the best little beer list in the world. There are about 8 or so taps and 15 or so bottles. But each of those is a world-class beer from a different style. 90 Minute, Saison Dupont, Kasteel Tripel, Rosé de Gambrinus, etc. The wine and cheese list are also equally amazing. I had a Rioja whose name I forget that absolutely knocked my socks off. The cheese is really good, cut as you order it, paired with a certain food that accentuates the taste perfectly (walnuts in syurp, some weird berries, etc.). They also have finger sandwiches and small snacks I haven't yet gotten to.

Everything is a bit expensive, but it's pretty reasonable at the same time, due to the high quality...plus the neighborhood it's in. The service is friendly and quick, and was smart enough to warn us before popping open a bottle of Rosé de Gambrinus, saying they couldn't take it back if we didn't like it and that it was pretty sour. The place has sort of a modern euro feel and the crowd is the younger jetset type.

As I mentioned before, it's right off of Rittenhouse Square with its fancy shopping. This also puts it right near Monk's, Nodding Head and Ludwig's. Might be hard to plan to stop in if you're spending a limited amount of time in town, but if you're in town a lot it makes a nice shift from the same old same old.

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More User Reviews:
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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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.
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