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Trenchermen
Trenchermen

Trenchermen Details

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

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    (Bar: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 12:00am)

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    (Bar: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - Late)

    Saturday Bar Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm

    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

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

    (Bar: 10:00am - 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
TRENCHERMEN
[def: 1."a person who enjoys food; hearty eater and drinker]
A partnership between award-winning chefs and brothers, Patrick Sheerin and Michael 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. Located at 2039 W. North Ave, the 86-seat main dining room and 52-seat bar area are open for dinner Monday through Sunday as well as brunch on Sunday.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and Trenchermen was perfect for it, loved the food, our server (Graham?) was amazing, gave us great recommendations and was super efficient, the ambiance was chic and fun. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Getting a drink at bar was impossible. Wait staff seemed disinterested . 2 of 3 entrees were lukewarm and at no point did server even come check if we were enjoying our entrees. Appetizers were good- perhaps best to just order appetizers here and skip entree. They did send over 1 free dessert- they must gave known there was a problem, but nobody bothered to check with us. Would not go back, nor recommend"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was interesting and tasteful. Ambience was cool. Did feel a little rushed at dinner - courses came too quickly, felt a bit rushed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It seemed like Sunday branch at Trencherman has been the place to be. Playing jazz band Loom brought exuberance to the place while delighting food worked on tasting palette. Great experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were so thoroughly pleased with our experience at Trenchermen. The décor and ambience is unique. It's noticeable from the moment you enter the front door. While we did not spend any time in the bar it looked like a great place to share a cocktail. The halibut was melt in the mouth, as well as all the other food was delicious. We did not spare ourselves anything, from beet salads, both sides and dessert. Can't wait until I can go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The components in theory are well thought out and unique. The pickled tots were fun, and the dessert is inventive. The s'mores and donuts had savory elements to them which were a nice touch. The wine is nice, albeit pricey by the bottle. The wine by the glass is a better value, especially the rose prosecco. The main courses were just Ok. We had the duck and scallops. The duck did not knock our socks off, and the scallop, which was served rare, was unpleasantly fishy. I had been here one other tie and had the chicken friend steak, which was bland. I thought to give the main dishes another change. I will not be back. For over $100 a person that night, we did not feel that we got what we paid for, really due to the main courses."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I've spent time in just the bar as well as have had dinner and both were great experiences. The staff is kind and attentive, the food is great and the drinks range from classic to contemporary. I've heard brunch is delicious so that's next on my list! You can often find street parking or they have valet. Great place."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Trenchermen made a wonderful choice for a birthday dinner. They welcomed us with personalized menus and Prosecco. They made the dinner very special!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Trenchermen has been on the scene for awhile - I just recently made it there, if only for brunch. It loved the vibe of the place - kinda Longman & Eagle, but with more space. Despite being a busy place, the staff was welcoming and accomodating. We were seated at 1:15 or so for Sunday brunch and three of the menu items were out, including the one we wanted to order. We ordered instead the healthier options that were left, a tofu chilaquile and a leek frittata, which were moderate portions, along with a pastry starter. Not big portions but quality food - the big portion entrees were the ones that were out - I spotted them on nearby, luckier tables. I'd love to check it out for dinner or an earlier brunch."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had the tots and tuna tartare to start. Both were very tasty. We split the heirloom wheat berries and the artic cod for dinner and both were delicious as well. Ended with the s'mores for dessert and left happy. About $110 total with two drinks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had a great girls dinner at Trenchermen on a thursday night. The place wasn't as busy as I had anticipated, but it was great. Nice ambience in the back room, and the bar area is cool as well. We each ordered a small and a large plate per person, and then shared most of the small plates with the table. Liked the wine list. Had a great time, will return."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I've wanted to try Trenchermen for forever and it did not disappoint. Everything was beautifully plated and wonderful-- from the starters to the main course to the dessert. AND they brought out some free bubbly and included candles with dessert!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Came once for my birthday in Aug and again w / my gf and her Mom on Mon, 3 March. As my first visit, the perfect presentation was matched by the taste. We shared brussel sprouts, arctic char, baked chix, scallops, fried potatoes and Smores for dessert. Server was just how I like them--on the spot when needed, otherwise invisible. Upon leaving, I asked the barman about a wine no longer on the list--he said he was relatively new and wasn't familiar, but that that didn't stop him from being very friendly and going above and beyond to find out the information I wanted to know. I will be back again soon, and will keep recommending The Trenchermen. Thank you for an excellent overall dining experience."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Not far from 5 points, Trencherman is a bright white building that you'll almost miss if you're not looking out. I scheduled a brunch for 7 of my friends and I for a Sunday morning, not even a week in advance, and they were more than accommodating. Trencherman was picked mostly because of it's listing on the Eater 38 and the numerous other listings on the top lists of bars and restaurants. It certainly delivered. Great cocktails. Amazing pour-over coffee. Pretzel cinnamon roll? Yes please! Everyone's meals came out after a reasonable amount of time and I didn't hear a single complaint. I ordered the Corned Beef Benedict, which was gone in less than 5 minutes. I will definitely be coming back for dinner and recommending to everyone!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The pretzel cinnamon roll was delicious! It was one of my favorite brunch spots."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The location and ambiance at Trencherman are OUTSTANDING. The service was good but the food was just okay. Overall the food was plated and presented beautifully, the ingredients were obviously high quality but the food lacked flavor and was dry. We asked for salt, pepper and hot sauce. For example, the Tofu Scramble 'Chilaquiles' were bland and did not have any kind of hot sauce in fact I would call it worse than mild which is a surprise because spice is the hallmark of this dish! The Corned Beef Benedict was dry and the sauce was not flavorful. I may go back for dinner but I'd avoid the brunch menu until they get the flavors worked out and the taste matches the lovely plating."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Overall, we had a good experience at Trencherman. There were a few minor things that bothered us though. First, it took about 10 minutes for a server to come to the table and take our drink order. Someone came and filled our glasses but we were not greeted or acknowledged for 10 minutes. There was also a misunderstanding. When I made the reservations, I just wanted to sit at the bar and have a few drinks. However we were seated in the dining room, which we thought would be fine. Then our waiter informed us that we had to eat something otherwise we would have to leave. So, we ordered a couple things. Which was alright with us, we ate it, but the way the waiter said it was pretty rude."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I had a fabulous dinner here before and could not wait to come back. I thought brunch would be just as delicious, but the food was bland, tough, and unsavory. My husband ordered french toast and it was so smally portioned. Maybe we were to order sides, but were not directed to do so. Just terrible."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had been here for dinner and it was delicious. This time we went for brunch and it was just ok. The food was fine, but the hollandaise sauce on my Benedict was too thick. Additionally I ordered a bloody mary and never received my beer back; I could have used it as the bloody mary was somewhat syrupy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "That they don't want to serve anything from the :"bar" menu unless you are actually seated in the bar. So, if you have a group and one of them wants the fantastic burger, everyone has to relocate to the bar for dinner. Weird."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great cocktails, terrific food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere … what more could you want? I head here when I want a low-key evening or brunch that feels like a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "order everything on the menu! There was 5 of us and we all decided it all had to be tried so we did it. Everything was not only wonderful but equally unique. Honorable mentions go to the kale salad, gnocchi, flat iron steak, and the wheatberries. Service was great and the wine list unique. Would go again. So many places - so little time."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Trencherman is a place you can easily walk by and not know about the amazing space, food and people it hides inside. Great Brunch Food-reasonable/appropriate portions, great service!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "A place that, 1. serves brunch on Saturdays, and 2. takes reservations, is always a winner. The entrance is really nondescript, which belies the really warm & rustic interior. Deep leather benches, warm wood, and Restoration Hardware-esque decor. There's a wall-sized wine rack that makes me want to come back for dinner/drinks. We had a starter of nutella-banana bread. It was good, but unexpectedly flavored with anise, which would have been nice to know beforehand. The breakfast potatoes were well-seasoned, and the corned beef eggs Benedict with cabbage was different & delicious. Great coffee too."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and presentation were really amazing. Wine menu has lot of good options. The only problem is the noise... you have to scream in order to have a normal conversation with other person."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had been to Trenchermen for dinner a few months ago and wanted to come back to try the burger which is only served in the bar area or for brunch. It was much easier to get a reservation for brunch and was a lot less crowded at 10:30 am! The service was just as good the 2nd time as it had been the first. Our waiter answered all of my questions about bacon stuffed bacon (it was delicious). My husband got the burger and it must have been delicious because he did not offer me a bite. I got OJ to start and it was really fresh. The breakfast sandwich with the bacon stuffed bacon was good, but the bread to egg/bacon/cheese ratio was a little heavy on the bread. We would definitely go back but probably only for brunch."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was friendly, helpful, and knew when to chat and when not to. The food was excellent, with standout dishes being the brussel sprouts, pickle tots, and pork belly. Went for a birthday and can't wait for another celebration to return. One of the top meals and dining experiences I've had in Chicago."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had a fantastic time, my only complaint was they will not serve food from the bar to people who have made a reservation. I saw the burgers they had on offer for bar patrons and asked my server for one. I will just have to go back and make sure I sit at the bar."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I expected better. Food ok though four course fixed dinner was a good deal"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The only thing I didn't like about this place is that the tables were far too close together. For two people dining together, it wasn't very intimate."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Have been wanting to try this place for a long time.....would say that space was beautiful, service was amazing, drinks were excellent......food was.....pretty good, but not great. We had a couple great appetizers (tuna tartar and pickle tots), but our entrees were overspiced and salty.....not bad, but not great. I think they did too much, and the dishes would have been better if they kept it more simple. But everything else was great-- and the servers were on it! Our waitress was so nice, and even folded my napkin when I went to the bathroom I would go back, but probably to sit at or near the amazing bar, have some great cocktails, and maybe some apps"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I had been once before for dinner, but came for restaurant week because the menu had a lot of options for a great price. The food was wonderful, other than my first course had a hair in it :( They promptly replaced it and everything else was good."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We really liked the cocktails and the design of the place but the food was very underwhelming, would not recommend for brunch."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We (two) went Friday night at 6pm for the Restaurant Week menu. Inside it's a warm welcoming ambience and the whole restaurant is actually set down a level from the street. So you're really free to focus on the food and get away from the outside noise a bit. We started off tasting a few wines - they have a solid menu and we ended up going with their most expensive sauvignon blanc (it was worth it). We got four courses with the RW menu. All of them focused on seasonal produce and played into those flavors - I would recommend the Arctic char as a hearty winter meal as well as the kale salad and sweet potato. The carrot cake is to die for. The staff was awesome and very open to answering any questions you have about ingredients or the menu."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our captain recommended the prix fixe over the a la carte menu, even on the last day of restaurant week! Curry kettle corn at the bar, wheat berries with spicy ma-po tofu, and that deconstructed smoky marshmallow s'more: deep non-verbal immersion with eyes closed :)"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere, tables are really close together though. I felt like we were on the dates that were next to us on either side. Food was really good though, service was great. I would go back."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "This is a fun neighborhood spot but not much else. It is a far cry from Spring, the predecessor."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "4 of us (2 couples) went to Ditka's for restaurant week on a Saturday night. We were seated in the lounge (right next to the bar), so there was definitely a lot of background noise, and we were often crowded by the guests overflowing from the bar area. However, none of that bothered us much as the service was great, and the food was fantastic. Their restaurant week includes full portions and a great selection. We also had the oyster shooters, which are a must at Ditka's!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I loved the ambience most of all. It was roomy, the Decore was antiques repurposed to have a modern hip look. The food was delicious but don't look to fill up your belly in this place. You'll leave feeling satisfied but don't come famished. We went for restaurant week, the s'mores were the highlight!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Found some plastic in my salad but still a really good meal!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014