Trenchermen
Trenchermen

Trenchermen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trenchermen.com/
  • Phone: 7736611540x
  • 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: Organic, American
  • Executive Chef: 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
  • Entertainment: Bluegrass Brunch with the Spit Creek Paddlers, first Sunday of the Month from 11am-2pm

    Uncanned Music Vinyl Listening in the Trenchermen bar every Wednesday from 7:30pm to Midnight

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 Wednesday-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 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.
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Trenchermen reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)neighborhood gem (81)special occasion (67)romantic (51)vibrant bar scene (47)good for groups (46)hot spot (43)great for brunch (38)notable wine list (29)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding!
    FoodventurousVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We met some friends here and all did the prix fixe 4-course menu - it was nice to be able to choose anything off the menu - the only thing "prix fixe" was the price - a bargain at $50. Sunday night, so quieter than a typical going out night - but the tables were still pretty busy. Food was FANTASTIC! Everyone was so happy with our choice of restaurant. Some really unique combinations of ingredients and flavors - absolutely loved it. Very original. The last time I was here, I brought my high school aged son on a mother/son "date." He has raved about it every since!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This past weekend we tried the Trencherman brunch after reading reviews that it was a top 10 must do. Having been to dinner several times here and enjoying both the food and atmosphere, we were not too impressed with the brunch experience. I cannot complain about the food (very foodie presentations and combinations) or the drinks, but the service was slow considering at 11AM on a Saturday the restaurant was fairly empty. Overall I left feeling like there wasn't anything that was down right bad, but nothing stood out either...just okay. However I will be back for dinner and drinks as I really love this restaurant in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ordered nearly the entire menu and didn't have one dish that we thought wasn't a success. The fishes we fresh and perfectly cooked, the scallops were seared and there wasn't one speck of grit in them. The pork was rich and delicious. I would highly recommend Trenchermen to anyone looking to eat in Bucktown or Chicago as a whole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch dining and service
    omckenna
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Trenchermen did not disappoint! The service was amazing and the atmosphere was very inviting and friendly. Each dish we tried was better than the next. You have to try the pickle tots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My first time at Trenchermen certainly won't be my last! My group of 6 agreed to get the prix fixe brunch menu and it was way too much food for only $20! The breakfast pastries were delicious, nice strong coffee, and a yummy brunch salad. I tried the everything bagel, the ham and gruyere croissant and the bacon stuffed bacon that my fellow diners ordered and enjoyed those as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch!
    JellyBean
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Both of us loved the food, service was quick and drinks were delicious. I would come back if the menu changes since there isn't a large selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • celebratory atmosphere
    divinediner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Trenchermen's attention to details, from the menu to plating to drinks, makes it s great place to celebrate a special occasion. Save room for the bacon flight for brunch. Shared pates for dinner makes the meal that more intimate. Don't skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Foodie Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date or a group get together. Lighting is just low enough and the finishes from the tables to the light fixtures are all high end. Our table of 6 opted for the pre-fixed menu, which ended up allowing the entire table to order everything on the menu. We shared every dish, from each appetizer/starter to the dessert. It is almost impossible to choose a favorite because every menu item was crafted to perfection! The pickled tots, potato gnocchi, and tuna tartar were app stand outs. As far as entrees, the arctic char, scallops, and beer braised pork were outstanding. Be sure to save room for the matcha semifreddo for dessert! Fantastic culinary experience all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very much enjoyed Trenchermen
    AspecVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went to celebrate my wife's birthday. Drinks, dinner and dessert were all fabulous. They even had menus wishing my wife a Happy Birthday - what a nice touch. A superb evening- we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From the moment we walked into the restaurant it just felt like we would be going to have a great night together. It was just 8pm and the bar was already buzzing, the light just right and the "view" from the top of the entrance steps caught the feel of the place beautifully. We sat in a roomy booth for 4 and sampled a few of the unique cocktails - the "Diane" being the favorite on this hot summer night. We chose the "$50/4 course" menu option and spent the next couple of hours sharing the wonderful offerings from the kitchen amongst the 4 of us. Lots of reasons to return. Thanks for a wonderful night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bacon in bacon!!!
    YumHunter
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent and unique flavor combinations, great atmosphere! The pastries are a must-try. I would have given 5 stars for service (because the rest of the staff were fantastic) but our server had two large groups and seemed more attentive to them and I would have ordered another drink but she brought the bill instead without asking if we were done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MsMe
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    EmilyKVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was amazing - best fried green tomatoes I have EVER had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Raemey
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Outstanding food and great service. We even got to meet Rebecca LaMalfa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, No Pretention
    LaniVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool decor with an interesting menu
    TabletalkerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    LOVE this space: Given that this was once a Russian bath house in the day...the large wrap-around bar is even finished with radiators! Clever design elements but still warm and inviting. Huge bar in one room, cozy spacious booths in the other room...and a really interesting brunch menu (brunch can be so boring at most places...) Husband tried the bacon-stuffed bacon: what a concept! We really enjoyed our Sunday brunch...look forward to returning to try the equally interesting dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative food
    FinkelBosco
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite!
    ErikaBVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Trenchermen never fails to impress. Loved the apps, especially pickle tots and fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social Hub with Great Ambience
    EatBigVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    Lala
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FishVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food and service are both excellent. The host and hostess that evening were delightful and told me about the history of the building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Kated435
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just o.k.
    FredVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good - but I've had better menus
    misszee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    hoove7
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What's Not to Love
    RxGirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Loved the food. Loved our server. Loved loved loved the décor. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not the best service
    AME6
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Executed Spins on Classics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and ambience!
    omet
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hillary
    Hillary
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bentley
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place - avoid malort!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wicker Park newbie a winner
    wesjennisonVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Trenchermen was fabulous with great food, great service and super fun ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    cecchicagoVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative foodie find
    Msp8
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid the Prix Fixe
    sparkhouse
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many other good places to go
    promoguyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    n1a1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    Kchav
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, flavor, service
    2DineorNot
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.