Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar

Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.adriaticgrill.com/
  • Phone: (253) 475-6000
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Mon - Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm DINNER: Sun - Thurs: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Dining Room, 11:00 pm Bar Fri - Sat: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Dining Room, 12:00 am Bar HAPPY HOUR: Everyday 3:00pm - 6:00pm & 9:00pm - close Sunday All Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Owner Bill Trudnowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: 1/2 Price Bottled wine every Sunday! Happy Hour all day Sunday in our Wine Bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundance of parking in front, on side and in back of restaurant. Handicapped parking located on North side of restaurant.
A word from Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar is brought to you by a team of owner/operators with passion for food, wine and hospitality that exceed every Guest's expectations. Chef Bill Trudnowski has been a chef in the Seattle-Tacoma area for over 20 years. With his wife, Monique, they have partnered with longtime friend and restaurant owner, John Howie, and award winning Sommelier Erik Liedholm to bring you a restaurant that has a rich environment with European style and family run restaurant hospitality. Adriatic Grill features a lunch and dinner menu influenced by the many countries surrounding the Adriatic Sea. Th menu uses local products when in season and menu items are made fresh daily using the highest quality ingredients from hand made pizza dough to desserts. Award winning Master Sommelier Erik Liedholm brings a balance to all food selections with his hand picked wine list, featuring a variety of wines from both Washington state and Italy being offered.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (29)fit for foodies (24)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (19)romantic (17)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (15)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • been going to AG for years. Never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Love AG for small or large parties. Had anniversary party for parents, 50+ ppl 2 years ago, amazing food, great service. Had my son's 11th bday there, its his favorite place. One of mine too. Just spent my bday there yesterday. A local gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Anniversary Date
    guitarkathy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Adriatic Grill never disappoints. We have been coming here since we moved to the area three years ago and always look forward to it. It is Italian food with a contemporary twist. The décor is clean and comfortable, the service is wonderful and the overall experience is terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    thirdanniversary
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I received a coupon from the Adriatic Grill for my anniversary - toast and truffles on us - come celebrate. So we scheduled an 8:15 dinner and it was so nice, quiet and it was as if we had the place to ourselves...Food was great and we had leftovers for dinner the next night too! We will definitely be back for more DATE NIGHTS.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have never had a bad meal here.
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We always enjoy our food here. Waitress was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss It !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Easy to get there. So there is no excuse to drive by. First place to start is the short but great wine list. Drink Italian! And the menu has something for everyone. Well prepared and everything was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a amazing evening our two year anniversary was for special thanks to ADRIATIC GRILL :)!!!! I believe our waiter Bradley was the nicest person ever. Would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caprese skewers to die for
    pickypalate
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch celebrating a birthday with friends. Second time at restaurant and the food is consistently amazing. The bread with olive oil and balsamic starts off meal on the right note and we all enjoyed our entrees--something for all of us including the vegan diner. The absolute standout out was the caprese skewer salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite for Me
    kitelover
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I live a one hours drive away from Adriatic Grill, yet I have recommended this restaurant several times as a place to meet friends for a delicious meal. It is fancy without being pretentious, friendly without being snobby, with delicious food beautifully plated. The wait staff is excellent with just the right amount of attention.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Marc
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We've had 3 consistently disappointing experiences at Adriatic. On our most recent visit, the restaurant was hot and uncomfortable. Service was disjointed - multiple people showing up at the table & we weren't sure who was taking care of us. (We've noticed this pattern on other visits.) It took quite awhile before anyone offered water - no drink/appetizer order until two servers (?) came back, and we had to prompt them! We waited forever for drinks and by the time they arrived, our food was ready so everything pretty much came all at once. Throughout the evening we had to hail servers for refills on water. The food quality is OK - but just OK, nothing special, esp. not for the price. I think we're done with Adriatic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fourth year returning
    FamilyFavorite
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Still good and changing menu. Always fun to come back and seen new options with old favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Synonyms for Excellent!
    MelishusB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been to your establishment twice, and have had an outstanding experience each time. I will continue to come by, and inform others to do the same!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adriatic Grill is Awesome
    franknsue0927
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Probably one of our favorite restaurants in Tacoma. Great food choices, affordable prices and excellent wine selection. Service always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    franknsue0927
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Large menu selection, prices very affordable. Great wine list. Food and service were top notch. Used a Groupon, so even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dianna L Plano
    ladydi25348
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We really enjoy going going to the Adriatic Grill for special occasions or just as an 'unwind' meal. The service is always pleasant, the food great and we can feel alone even tho' we aren't. It is a bit higher in price than some restaurants but worth it. We had dinner there for our anniversary and were brought Champagne and Truffles for dessert. Made us feel very special. Thank you to the owners and staff at Adriatic Grill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is consistently great and lunch was no exception but the server did not match the quality of the food. She finally turned on the "nice server" when it was time to pay the bill and add a tip. A smile during the meal would have gone a long way. By the way, since when does a request for pepper merit a scowl? Very weird... Otherwise, enjoyed it very much. Food was well worth the lukewarm service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu change
    Brymer
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I've entertained and have gone to the Adriatic Grill many times for special occasions however on my last visit I was disappointed to find that the menu had changed and Cioppino was no longer offered. A bummer to say the least. Thanks to Google I managed to find several high quality restaurants that have this item on their menu which I will try in the near future. I do have to give our waiter Griffin five stars for his service.
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  • Perfect date night!
    Justinesod
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had the shrimp with spaghetti squash; my boyfriend had the salmon with pasta. Both of us were equally impressed. Everything was cooked to perfection. Slightly spendy but well worth the price. Romantic ambience and perfect for people in love.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was settle as I expected great service and the attention was great my gf enjoy her dinner bday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere
    William
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a nice treat if you are looking for something Italian and kind of hip at the same time. The fresh fish is notable and I recommend it. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Adriatic Grill has never let me down. When I visit Tacoma, I try to see that I eat there. Great lasagna and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cjord
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always the food was very good. THe only issue was that my entree did not originally come as ordered, thus my wife was nearly done dining by the time I started.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    2Foodeez
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant comes with high recommendations from my family. Although our server was gracious and apologetic, the food service was slow. We waited 30+ for our entrees to arrive, after we had ordered. Chicken fettuccine was OK. Chicken parmigiana was less impressive. For $100+ including beverages and tip...this was disappointing, especially on our 16th Wedding Anniversary. We strive to support local business, but this makes it challenging. We may give it another try sometime, on the recommendations of others, but will need to be impressed to add to our rotation of local spots.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is fantastic!
    Tubes
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is the place to go to enjoy great food and service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Favoriterestaraunts
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My reservation was ready, our server was attentive and prompt, the environment was lovely and the food was scrumptious! I will recommend Adriatic Grill and Open Table enthusiastically!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a fan!
    thescold40
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    There are four reasons I love this place. First: the pizza oven, and the crisp, chewy, perfect crusts it creates. Second: the Bellini inspired cocktails. Third: it is a big place, and you can almost always get a seat, and with an early phone call, you can get a section set aside for large family parties. Four: my husband, first generation Italian, says Chef Bill makes the only decent Bolognese sauce in the northwest.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 533 reviews are from the Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Dude0317
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The place is an excellent find, food was excellent. A nice touch was the freshly baked focaccia bread. Portions were a good size and very filling. Waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspiring and fresh
    AnthonyJC
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The main entree was very delicious. The bread was also very good as well. My only gripe was that the cheesecake I ordered was less than desirable. With that being said the service was prompt and we always had water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    AceandLiz
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    As usual the chiappino (sp) was excellent. Everyone else enjoyed what they ordered. Our server, I never remember names, was top-notch. All five of us, three from CA, had a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was Great
    Jewells
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    i recently moved to WA from CA and i had gone to many Gourmet Restaurants, including many Gordon Ramsey Restaurants and i was looking for something out here and someone told me about Adriatic Grill and i am so happy to find someplace this good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunate Incedent
    G1949
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This has happened now on two occasions. My wife will order an Entre Salad and I will order Pasta and the meals will not arrive at the table at the same time. On the latest visit the pasta arrived a full 5 min. or more before the salad. The waiter bristled when we weren't happy, but to Adriatic Grill's credit they did comp the salad. Food was great as usual. We will continue to dine there, as the food is some of the best around. Just hope they fix the glitch in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our dinner was nice. The food was good. The service could of been a little better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for all Occasions
    Junior
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have been to this restaurant at least 6 times during the past year(2014) for lunch and dinner. The food, service and atmosphere are all Great. The service is Outstanding and the price is "right". Try it, You will like the Adriatic Grill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • supper
    robbi
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our supper was very good. I was annoyed that water was not offered, AND I had to ask for it twice before our server brought any to the table!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Went for wedding anniversary, had a memorable experience. Food was amazing, our waitress was extremely helpful and friendly, and the wine selection was nice. Was able to take advantage of great weather and sit outside. Will definitley be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for good food
    braverex
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Been here several times and after trying many different menu options I have always left enjoying the food and experience had. The service has always been great as well. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great lunch spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place
    Onekind1mind
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I always have a great experience here. This is, in my opinion, the best resturant in Tacoma!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations don't seem to help
    JJknows
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made 6:15 reservations. Now granted, it was Mother's Day but a reservation is a reservation. Someone off the street waited less time than we did. We waited approximately 45 minutes. Then we ended up where all the traffic is in the kitchen. If you like to watch the kitchen work, then you would have liked this table. The owners did buy us a round of drinks for the inconvenience. Very nice of them. If you are not on a time crunch, this has good food and nice staff. If you have plans after dinner, you best rethink.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not this time
    Opps
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Adriatic is normally one of our must go to places. The food is always well prepared and very tasty. We went there last year on Mothers day and had a wonderful experience. I even remember our waiters name, Captain. This year was the exact opposite. Everything was fine until after our drinks and appetizers came then eveything went downhill. 20 minutes into our dinner the waitress told us that they were out of one of the items on the Mother Days special menu and we would have to reorder. She left and came back 5 minutes later and took our order for a different menu item and a glass of beer. She returned 10 minutes later with the beer. 25 minutes later the food came, overcooked. It must have sat while the second order was prepared. Out of space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    MustangLover74
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was fantastic! Due to it being Mother's Day it was very busy. Considering the load the service was prompt. The waiter was excellent, knew the menu, quick, courteous, and even was aware of the ingredients in case of food allergies. I will certainly go again. The prices are high, but then you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timers
    cherclar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We'd heard about Adriatic Grill, so booked a table for Mother's Day brunch. Our son is a chef, so he's always hard to please...we ALL (5 of us) were very impressed with the menu & food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic