Delicious!We had a fantastic meal at Trenchermen. Creative and delicious!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat placeThe restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. Great food, great service and great decor.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat MealWe had dinner reservations at 8:15 and we were seated at 8:45. This gave us a chance to have one of their speciality cocktails at the bar. The cocktail were very good. We ordered 4 appetizers and 4 entrees. The salmon tartare was great. The kale salad was good but I think they should have chopped the kale. The filet mignon was the best of the entrees with the striped bass fried chicken and salmon coming in a close second. Great attentive service and a well thought out wine list. We all would go back.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was great - layers offood was great - layers of flavor - high quality ingredients - interesting combinations - really nice.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about the restaurantEverything about the restaurant and service was perfect. The food wasn't that great for me because although they are vegetarian friendly, their veggie options didn't make for enough variety. I felt like I just ate different courses of mushrooms and asparagus. It wasn't very flavorful.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMthe real dealthe real deal in every way. knowledgeable, delicious, chill.
was that dj using a vinyl?5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat. Expensive, but Great.dinner for two is going to be a $100 meal, if you're drinking. I will say that the salmon dish was outstanding. absolutely amazingly good, best dish i've had out in a long time.
the "signature dish", their pickled tots, were second best for me. they are very good, and better than one would expect if you thought as i did "am i really only ordering tater tots?" no. you aren't.
The fried chicken was good, but i've had so many variants of fried chicken this was not standout. still, my first bite of this dish was phenomenal.
the beets were good, and i like beets, but given the other choices on the menu, i was remorseful i did not try something else instead.
cocktails were expensive (as anywhere), and were hit-or-miss.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMeverything Old is New again...We love this old bath house, loved it when it was spring and really enjoyed it now as Trencherman. Our server M, was great... not over the top but lovely. My salmon was wonderful the kale salad very tasty and my asparagus soup was a treat since it was GF. my husband ordered the pork shoulder but it was not what he expected but still very good.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat flavor combinationsFood was excellent though not your usual menu! We shared scallops and the lamb and both were terrific. Highly recommend!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a delicious dinnerEnjoyed a delicious dinner at Trencherman. The space is lovely, well decorated and comfortable. Had great drinks to start and enjoyed the salmon appetizer and beets very much. Hands down the braised pork was the best. Melted in your mouth. Saved room for the coffee cake with melted marshmallows and fried chocolate, but was left a bit disappointed. The cake part was bland and the fried chocolate tasted burnt. Beside that it was a great meal with great staff and service.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth a PilgrimageWe loved this place-chosen on Food & Wine rec. The ambience was perfect. Started the evening with two delicious cocktails and selected a glass of wine and beer to match our shared four plates: pickled tots, beets, white anchovies and Berkshire pork shoulder. The anchovies were tasty but a little to "vinegary" for my wife but the other three dishes were delicious - fresh and flavorable ingredients creatively prepared. We ended the meal by sharing the "chocolate cremeux" - a combo of chocolate, coconut sorbet, mango and chilis that was exquisite. Even though the plates were on the small side, our appetites were satisfied. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly & made excellent rec's. $110 bill was totally reasonable for this A+ nite.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFood & drinks were delicious,Food & drinks were delicious, portions were a little small but would definitely go back.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find! Loved the cocktailsGreat find! Loved the cocktails and the food. Service was great, from the bartender, to the hostess, to the really sweet waitress. Going back very soon and bringing friends who love a great meal with drinks.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was outstanding.The service was outstanding. Food was creative,interesting, and delicious. Ambience and noise level was loud and close. Drinks were outstanding. Overall a great experience. Will definitely be back.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible experience! WeIncredible experience! We flew in from Jacksonville, Florida for business but had also done our homework on restaurants. Food and Wine said that Trensherman's was a Top 100 to Pilgrimage to and BOY WAS IT WORTH IT! The service was perfect, the food was just indulgent and beautiful! From great Malbec to crusty, light and fluffy foccocia bread and topanods, to asparagus soup to fried chicken, rack of lamb and scottish salmon, to donuts in carmel drizzle! Really fantastic and the decor of the restaurant is minimal, comfortable chique! The buiding is stunning, an old Russian bath house. Well Done!!!!!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI have not been disappointedI have not been disappointed yet. Dinner and brunch have been awesome here.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFun, sophisticated dining BucktownFour of us needed a relaxing meal in Bucktown neighborhood following a book event. Bingo. The bar area is lively and cool. The dining room is broken up in a way that makes each table feel intimate. Food was outstanding, esp. pickle tater tots, farro-stuffed pasta in broth, hake in something I don't recall...every dish thoughtfully composed. Careful service. My one gripe? The wine list is limited and pricey. We chose a crisp, dense white from northern Italy. $45 per bottle. That was the low end of the list. Other than that, this place is a gem.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the kale salad and theLoved the kale salad and the salmon. Great wine, fun place, great service. Don't miss it!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMI would have given an outstandingI would have given an outstanding for service if all three of our brunch entrees (the grits, the hash and the yogurt) came out at the same time but two of the three meals came together and then there was a longer than acceptable wait for the third which left two of us just sitting with food in front of us waiting on our friend's meal in order to start.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service; Good energyGreat service; Good energy without being too noisy; Knowledgeable staff on drinks/wine.
Desserts much better than average.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a treat. EverythingWhat a treat. Everything was wonderful. Young and energetic crowd...but even us boomers were appreciative of the creative menu. Changing menu will tempt us to keep coming back. Wait staff were very knowledgeable.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGo. To. Trenchermen.Just don't go to too many restaurants that "look" like Trenchermen. Very unique and the customized menu was a nice touch for the night. While portions aren't huge, the flavor and time spent on the dishes made for the best kind of full. Cocktails surprise you at first until you realize they are small because of their complexity.
Great addition to Wicker Park/Bucktown area and will return to spend time at what looks like a fun place to just grab a drink as well.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was outstanding. A terrificFood was outstanding. A terrific looking place with a wonderful and creative menu. But noise levels were awful. It was almost full and there is nothing to absorb the sound what with the lack of fabric, which causes people to get louder and louder to be heard by one another. A young woman just two tables away was absolutely screaming at her date to be heard over the din.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience. I'm notGreat experience. I'm not exactly sure if I'd rate the burger as one of Chicago's top 5. I can think of many others that are much better, especially the bun, which was a little dry. But it was overall very good. The salmon tartar was excellent, as was the kale salad. And our server (Jenny) was fantastic! The bar area is really a great space, too.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Trenchermen and theirLove Trenchermen and their Sunday brunch is one of the best in the city!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food. Great brunchExcellent food. Great brunch items. The popcorn grits are amazing. The eggs benedict and pound cake were okay. The hollondaise needed a tad more seasoning,but the eggs were poached perfectly. Overall great food.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe came in around 6:30 onWe came in around 6:30 on a Monday so the place was pretty empty. Our server was great. He made honest recommendations and his timing was spot-on.
The pickle tots were our favorite dish. Hake came in a close second. We thought the chicken thighs were a bit bland, but still pretty good.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMTrencherman delivers on all frontsOne of the best spots to dine in the city. 2 absurdly talented chefs making inventive, thoughtful, and TASTY dishes. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and setting. Our server was kind, knowledgeable, and a professional. Same for the host team. Run, don't walk to Trencherman.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBrilliant. Gorgeous buildingBrilliant. Gorgeous building (an old bank perhaps?) and really quirky décor in the reception area. Delicious food - will definintely be going back as have heard people rave about the burger (I had their version of Eggs Benedict - a mousse-like hollandaise, brisket, toast as thick as your arm and the most perfect eggs I've ever seen).3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chef's week menu was fabulous,The chef's week menu was fabulous, wine pairings were delicious (especially the dessert pairing), and the service was outstanding. This is a beautiful space with wonderful food. I would definitely go back, and I don't often say that because there are so many fantastic restaurants to try in Chicago.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food! Loved the salmon.Great food! Loved the salmon. My husband had the fried chicken thighs. Not exactly what he expected (cut up), but very tasty. A little heavy on the mushrooms. Kale salad was tasty, but would've preferred it served chopped vs. Whole leaf. Nice wine selection. Very cool bar. Would definitely go back.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat old building with redesignHostess and greeter very friendly ad took all our gear. Love the design and layout with bar and dining area. Bar had super cocktails and very
Comfortable for a Single person or a group3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe visited for Chef's Week.We visited for Chef's Week. I don't understand why the Chef's Week menu will cost the same (assuming the started bread is $3), but I will definitely visit again. My boyfriend was underwhelmed by his braised beef (a little dry, as impossible as it sounds), but I loved my skate wing and both desserts were great. I would go again for dinner or to just hang out at the enormous bar. They were also very flexible with my obscure food allergies.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptionalThe appetizers are all so toothsome we ended up ordering four of those and splitting an entree. The server was most accommodating and everything was spot on. The service was not invasive but timely and the server knowledgeable and helpful with the wine list. Return trip definitely required!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great dining experience.We had a great dining experience. I am going back. The menu is creative and there are so many items that I would love to try. Totally recommend!!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat vibesMade dinner reservations once and just walked up to the bar on a weeknight a couple times. Awesome cocktail program. Inventive but accessible dishes. Definitely try the pickle tots, sure. The burger at the bar is simple and great. Really liked the coffee cake dessert with fried chocolate too.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat to try, won't be back soonIt was a cool new place and the atmosphere was awesome. They had a creative drink list and I loved the bar as well as the small details such as the glassware and utensils.
While the feel of the place was very cool, it was rather loud inside (even without it being jam packed) and it was really hard to hear our server or have a conversation. Also, while my dish (the pollock) was insanely deliciously, my boyfriend ordered the beef dish and it was not cooked well and sad to say was subpar.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMNice touch with my wife'sNice touch with my wife's name on the printed menu for birthday.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMfantasticoutstanding unique food with gourmet preparations at a reasonable price, especially for such amazing dishes. unique wine selections, unique interior design, great service . . . this place rocked!2/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing brunchI had the best brunch I've had in ages today. The space is incredible, love the decor. Service was amazing, and we had a cozy booth seat on blue velvet. I had the kale salad with edamame, escabeche and carrot quinoa bread along with the Greek yogurt panna cotta with salted cashew granola, persimmons, grapefruit and navel oranges. Both were delicious, an amazing combination of flavors and I ordered two pretty healthy items, which is rare for brunch. I tried a couple bites of my friend's French toast and it was also reeeeallly good. I think I would like to try everything on the menu here. Our waitress was fantastic and even made an impromptu chocolate milk for my friend's kid even though they don't have chocolate milk on the menu.2/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great spot! The lookWhat a great spot! The look and feel of the place is amazing and the food is there to back it up with great and inventive food!2/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe'll be back. Often.This place blew me away. I had heard plenty of rave reviews but none of them prepared me for how amazing each dish really was. Everything was balanced and hit just the right notes. The cocktails were great to boot. Any bar that serves Art in the Age liquor, like Root, is doing things right. I don't know why I can't get Root at all the bars in Chicago yet.
The only downside was service was a bit slow. Everyone was extremely pleasant, but things were a little slow. My steak was a little on the cold side when it came to me and it took a while to get the bill. Maybe they were just short staffed that night.
We'll be back. Often.1/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience with great food anI don't know the last time I gave service or food five stars, but this was great!12/1/2012 12:00:00 AMThe cocktails were very uniqueThe cocktails were very unique and delicious...the pioneer being a favorite. We ended up trying them all. The food was great, especially the salmon tartar and this is coming from someone who does not love salmon. The service was exceptional. She was friendly and helpful and extremely knowlegable. Excited to go back and hang out at the bar.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM