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Trenchermen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trenchermen.com
  • Phone: (773) 661-1540
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    (Bar Menu: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm)

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    (Bar Menu: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am)

    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm

    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Michael and Pat Sheerin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North/Damen/Milwaukee
  • Public Transit: Rail: CTA Blue Line, Damen stop
    Bus: CTA North Ave (#72), Damen (#50), Milwaukee (#56)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Thursday-Saturday evenings

    Abundant street parking available along North Avenue
A word from Trenchermen
[def: 1."a person who enjoys food; hearty eater and drinker]
A partnership between award-winning chef Patrick Sheerin with local restaurateur Matt Eisler and designer Kevin Heisner, Trenchermen is located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Creatively retooling the ubiquitous chef-driven concept by serving thought-provoking food in a fun, boisterous environment, the restaurant integrates the best of both casual and fine dining experiences. Inspired by the sense of community created by early 20th century beer halls, Trenchermen adopts a Midwestern farm-focused approach to craft its progressive new American cuisine, presenting familiar flavors in an unexpected manner. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I had heard very positive things about Trenchermen but found the food fair at best, the service lackadaisical, the music too loud for a conversational group, and the overall feel definitely not customer forward."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The food was amazing - best fried green tomatoes I have EVER had!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Outstanding food and great service. We even got to meet Rebecca LaMalfa!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "the food at trencherman was spot on! so delicious. we had a party of five and all opted for the pre fix menu. everyone had a blast and thought the food was perfect. service was attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This was an excellent food experience. The flavors are complex and the pairings innovative. I was with a group we shared the pork flight that included bacon wrapped bacon! The peach fritter with jasmine glaze was delicious. I also had the biscuits with pepperoni gravy which was amazing. My husband chose a simple side with an interesting twist of mustard cream cheese which was truly a genius combo of cream cheese with mustard seed. We all shared plates and I can honestly say that every bite was truly amazing."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Trenchermen never fails to impress. Loved the apps, especially pickle tots and fried green tomatoes."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Brunch at Trenchermen with friends was fun. The ambience makes it worth the time. Cozy and personable but not cramped. The brick walls and beautiful lighting makes a beautiful setting. The food seemed a little overpriced for what was described on the menu. Flavorful and a nice presentation, but I wouldn't pay that much on a normal basis. Our waitress was very busy and did her job as far as making sure our drinks and food arrived but no more than that. We do want to come back for the bar scene. The bar is beautifully massive and the cocktail menu looks good."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was my second time to Trenchermen - again the food is amazing, the service terrific. The menu is creative and seasonal I believe which adds to the charm. Looking forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food and service are both excellent. The host and hostess that evening were delightful and told me about the history of the building."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "A group of 5 of us dined at Trenchermen for dinner a couple of days ago. Working for a food company, we have experienced many restaurants, from fine dining to quick service, Trenchermen was a great find- with a knowlegable staff, innovative preparation styles and unique flavor combinations, we had a truly enjoyable experience. The pickle tots with the red onion yogurt and deconstructed s'mores topped with popcorn were awesome... We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was nothing special, and the service was fair, but the space was pretty cool. I see no reason to go running back there any time soon."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I love that they change menu every night - but with that increase odds of not providing same quality food combination. Corn nuts on steroids tasted a little stale. Scallops lacked a good sear. Gnocchi a tad dense. Pea purree missing some seasoning."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fine dining is easy to come by in Chicago, but this place really wowed me on a recent trip. I was with 3 others and we all did the $50 4-course prix fixe which comes with 2 starters or small plates, an entree, and dessert. We all ordered different items and shared the whole night. Brilliant! Of particular note in the small plates category were the tortellini (perfectly cooked, broth was flavorful) and the fried green tomatoes with devilled egg crema. We all could have licked the plate! I ordered the arctic char with borscht aioli and it was one of the best fish dishes I've ever had. The crisp vegetables really complimented the tender fish perfectly. EVERY dish were ordered was plated beautifully, and the vibrant colors were so enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Loved the food. Loved our server. Loved loved loved the décor. Great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We are here the evening we got engaged. We loved the atmosphere and once the food finally arrived it was delicious. The key word here is finally. It took about 40 minutes for our appetizer to come out. We had no expectation of them doing anything special for our engagement but that certainly would have been a nice touch to end our special day."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by the meal served up at Trenchermen. Prior to dining, I had enjoyed cocktails but hadn't really sampled the dining room menu. I'm glad I finally did! We had the tasting menu and were blown away by the complexity of flavors without becoming to muddled. The fried green tomatoes and the tortellini en brodo were phenomenal. Our cocktails were also really lovely, and the server did a great job recommending solid wines to compliment our mains (porchetta and scallops) and dessert (smores and cheese course). Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was amazing, great portions, and tasty drinks. Interior design is really interesting, staff is super friendly, and crowd is mixed, which is great! They even brought out a small birthday treat for my husband without me asking them (it was written on a my reservation note). Big points!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We went here last week to celebrate a milestone in our friend's life. The six of us chose the prefix option and were able to order the whole menu among all of us. It was really fun and the staff was great about it all. Everything was delicious. Trenchermen is a go-to for me. Not nearly as popular as it should be."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We saw the trenchermen featured on unique eats and wanted to try it. We found it unique indeed in a very good way. The food was very good and wonderful bar. We went for brunch and are anxious to try it for dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Amazing drinks - Super interesting dishes. Staff is unique and professional. Had a drink called "say it loud" with malort in it. Sweet lord, avoid that drink!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Trenchermen was fabulous with great food, great service and super fun ambience"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was delicious, the tasting menu only 50 USD, with 2 starters, 1 entree and delicious dessert! Portions were small enough to be able to enjoy all the courses!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Trenchermen has put much thought into the small, carefully curated menu at this Wicker Park foodie find. The tortellini en brodo is rich, spicy, sweet and soul satisfying. The short rib is anything but run of the mill. And the sprouted lentils in the artic char dish deserved a starring role in a menu-missing vegetarian plate. The matcha themed dessert with its cool semifreddo and crunchly bits of bee pollen and not-too-sweet strawberry sorbet won us over, even though we normally dislike dessert. Suggestion for the bar: make better use of the wide selections of gin and your kitchen's creativity to concoct an interesting starter."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The prix fixe menu left all three of us hungry. While the food is very good, there was nothing that set this restaurant above others. The scallops and walleye were executed very well, everyone enjoyed those dishes. The ribs, gnocchi, and tortellini en brodo were also excellent. Octopus was the dish that no one enjoyed, and we normally love Octopus. Great space and ambiance. The bar looked like a fantastic place to hang out. Overall a good experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I was looking forward to Trencherman. However, from the moment I stepped in I was disappointed. The ambiance of "Spring" was much more inviting and "cool." Seems like they dumbed-down the look and feel. As to food: My Number One complaint: DON'T TELL ME that the chef requires that I order everything at once. When I spend close to $300 for two people, I don't want to feel rushed. It's about me, not the chef. And $30 for two medium sized scallops (one of which was cut in half) is a little over-priced."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I set up a special brunch date for a friend and myself. I wanted to take her somewhere special and my roommates boyfriends never stops raving about this place. When I got there I was highly impressed with the staffs customer service and the ambiance was incredible. But the food was not impressive. For a $14 brunch it tasted more like a $9. Bottom line is its a hip and trendy restaurant in a hip and trendy neighborhood but its nothing special."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went to Trenchermen for the cocktails and food and both were outstanding. I had a drink called arose AllDay and it was the perfect summer cocktail. Danny was our bartender, but he and everyone behind the bar worked as a team to make sure we had a fantastic evening out. I had a great time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great spot for everyone! Including people with cow's milk dairy restrictions. So many great flavors on all the small plates and entrees we tried. will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Trencherman. The service was great and the atmosphere is really cool. We had the pork ribs as an appetizer and it was by far my favorite thing we had. We also had the Wagyu Beef Tartare, and I wasn't really a fan of the crunchy texture. I got the scallops and they were good, but nothing to rave about. My boyfriend on the other hand got the Sheboygan Porchetta and it was delicious, I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "the service can be almost weirdly attentive but that is much better than the alternative. the bar is one of my favorite spots in the whole city and the food is amazing and consistent. great craft drinks too."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We dined early on a Friday evening and were the first people in for service. Staff were very friendly and prompt. The entire meal was wonderful and even received 2 free desserts. Jackie our server couldn't have been better! Definitely a must eat when back in Chicago!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food, great service. We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Delicious food, right-sized portions (not too small or large), reasonable prices. Would go back again!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal, table of four. Our server-- whose name we neglected to ask for-- was extremely knowledgeable and enhanced the meal. Sandy blonde hair, medium height, cardigan sweater. The spinach, and oat dishes-=perfection. wine paired perfectly."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We started in the bar and were served by great staff with great drinks. We moved into the restaurant and had a beautiful meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our server was named Erin. She was really knowledgable about the food, but failed in the below examples: 1. Both me and my guest had to order second drinks from the expeditor because our server never came by to check on us after taking our order 2. My guest asked a question about her meal after we were finished, and our server said she would check with the chef. She never retuned with an answer. 3. After dessert and our plates were cleared, our server dropped off the check without asking if we wanted coffee or anything else. 4. There was a $18 overcharge on our check"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "No wait. ....great room....awesome brunch...recommend breakfast sandwich"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I didn't know you could make asparagus flavorless. It was almost like iceberg lettuce. The whipped marrow on the charcuterie plate was good. That's about it. Our meal for 2 took over 2 hours. Very long waits between appetizers, entrée, and dessert. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I understand that foodies enjoy melded flavors in small bites. I favor more simple dishes. There are so many combinations of spice and ingredients that the food was dazzling, but not to my taste. We ordered nine plates; 3 of them "entrees." The $400 tab for four left me mildly annoyed since we were all not satisfied - we walked out still hungry. The service was fantastic. Overall the experience was good. Another type of eater may enjoy it more than I. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We celebrated a special occasion dinner with friends and Trenchermens was perfect! Excellent food, drinks & atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014