Tria Cafe - Rittenhouse Square

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95
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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
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 by ithacabaron:
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hey now -- why do people have to hate on the yuppies?

Yeah, this place is a little fancy-pants for its own good, but the concept of the bar is simple and strong. More importantly, that concept is executed to a T.

Tria...the name refers to the" three fermentations": Beer, Wine, and Cheese.

The constantly updated menu contains about 10-15 choices of each, and paring suggestions from one fermentation to another. Very handy for the young beer or wine enthusiast looking to learn more about pairing. I started out with an Ephemere (on tap), and paired it with a delicious aged goat chevre that came with balsamic-preserved strawberries. I found that the strawberries overwhelmed the beer/cheese pairing, however, so even though it was delicious, I ended up passing it off to the young lady dining with me. There are a variety of compotes that occasionally appear with cheeses...the strawberries, a savory mushroom with chunks of black truffle, and others. Seems to be that they make whatever sauce fancies the chef's heart that evening.

Service was friendly and attentive, if a bit unexperienced.

Beer choices are solid and varied, but sort of serve as a "greatest hits" of world brew...Saison Dupont, Rodenbach, Allagash White, Fransizkaner Hefe, Celebrator, Dogfish 90 Minute...it's almost like the owners just bought a copy of Garrett Oliver's Brewmaster's Table, looked at the "classic choice" of each style, and decided to stock them. As a result, you'll never go thirsty, but you won't be unearthing undiscovered gems here either...and at those prices, you might want to wander to the other side of the menu for exploration. As my score says, good, but not inspiring.

...and that's exactly what I did, knowing I could find any of the beer choices outside the bar without too much trouble, I became in fact more interested by the wine list, and switched over to drinking some great funky South African Pinotage by my second round. The rest of the night was dedicated to wine, and I have to say that I was surprised and pleased by all the things I chose to try.

All in all, a place where they do few things, but do them very, very well. And yeah, the bill was a little high, but the constant supply of tealights lining the bar doesn't pay for itself, I guess.

A great date spot.

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Why To Make The Scene: Because you're on a first date, don't want to do anything too imposing or formal, but don't want to look like a rube. One other thing -- this is a beer site, sure...but drink wine here. You'll be very pleased. Bonus: Take your date for a stroll through Rittenhouse Square afterwards.

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