Tre Cugini
Tre Cugini

Tre Cugini

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trecugini.com/
  • Phone: 6162359339
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Tre Cugini offers two banquet spaces that can accommodate groups of 10 to 200 guests. Our small space is completely private and is perfect for business groups of up to 30. The larger "La Scala" atrium is a beautiful open area that feels like a European courtyard, and is perfect for any occasion!
  • Private Party Contact: Adriano 616-235-9339
  • Entertainment: Enjoy the musical stylings of accordianist Michael Schaeffer on Friday and Saturday nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Monroe Avenue & Ottawa Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tre Cugini
Tre Cugini is proud to be the recipient of several dining awards and strives to uphold the everyday standards of a fine dining establishment. Tre Cugini's authentic Italian cuisine is inspired by its Owner, Adriano Moscatelli. Our diverse and talented team of chefs, equipped with a rich culinary history and experience, bring a never ending beauty to every dish prepared. A charming team of service professionals will guide our guests through a unique dining experience, as we strive to make diners feel like friends and family. Tre Cugini has selected a strong cellar of unique and obscure Italian wines for your enjoyment, and has developed a great reputation for very creative martinis. Located in the center of downtown by the new "Art District" (across from the Grand Rapids Art Museum), we have carved out a taste of Italy in the heart of Grand Rapids.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Tre Cugini reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)romantic (27)notable wine list (23)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (8)scenic view (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very pleasant!
    Mary
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Gracious hostess, thoughtful and helpful service staff, good wine list and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italy
    Irene
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Every time we visit Grand Rapids we go to Tre Cugini because we love their ambiance and food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ArtLover
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    After four wonderful meals here (during four annual ArtPrize trips) We were really looking forward to dinner. Unfortunately the best part of dinner was the drinks. I had a Blood Orange Cosmo that was very good and the waiter suggested a wine that took us back to Italy. I had the crab cake appetizer as my entree, it was served with a coleslaw that was so overdressed it saturated the cakes and I couldn't tell what I was eating. My husbands had linguine with clams that wasn't any better than average. We will definitely be trying new restaurants in future trips. Prices aren't over the top expensive but certainly too high for the quality of the food we had this evening.
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  • Understaffed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Service was very slow. Painfully slow. Server was working hard, but had too many tables
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food okay
    bitsbites
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was really looking forward to some great food but would have to say service was great buy food just okay-good. Caprese salad had very tough tomatoes without much taste. My pasta was okay but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Italian
    Frank
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoy Italian food all over the country. Tre Cugini was a great find in Grand Rapids. We also enjoy Italian food at home and Tre Cugini reminded us of home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    Foodie2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have dined at Tre Cugini when in the GR area half dozen times in the past few years. Have always been very positive in recommending this restaurant to family and friends. We were so very disappointed in the service and quality of food. Our waitress for some reason did not feel she needed to write anything down when taking our orders. Four people in our party. Beginner salad was incorrect and she tried to tell us pancetta was in the dressing?? It wasn't. When she brought the pancetta she made us feel it was our fault we asked for it. When our meals arrived, one was a totally wrong order, the Osso Buco was tough, and the Branzino fish was cold and did not taste right. Overall not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GMMP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    What Happen to Tre Cugini? The ambiance was very good, our server was fine but the food was terrible. My pasta dish was very chewy and not very tasty. My wife's seafood stew was terrible. Parts not even edible. A dramatic change from 2 years when we had an excellent meal. We found out from friends that they had a similar experience a few months back. Wish we knew that on Monday. It is off our list.
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  • Amazing food, so-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The atmosphere is great, dimly lit but enough light where you're not squinting to read the menu. Being in our mid twenties we were the youngest there. I think our age may have been why the service may have suffered, seeing as it is a bit pricier of a menu. Our host seemed very annoyed that we requested a window table, even though the place was relatively empty. Then our waitress just did not impress us one bit. She wouldn't let us finish some sentences and seemed a bit annoyed at us as well. Either way once we ordered the food came out promptly and was fantastic. Not sure if we came on the wrong night or the wrong time but the only thing that made the experience less than stellar was the wait staff in general.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Annie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We visited during restaurant week and found the menu to be very diverse with something for everyone. Even while quite busy our service was very good and the waitstaff was very helpful with questions on items from the menu or wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lavender
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent dining experience during Restaurant week. Great menu, many choices. The food was delicious and the portions generous. The service was attentive and the waiter's wine recommendation a perfect pairing with the food. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alaina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was great and food came out quickly. Good place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    Stellabee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my second visit to Tre Cugini. The first visit I wasn't very impressed. I thought my pasta was under seasoned. This time I went for restaurant week with a friend and loved each course of my meal. I had the beef carpaccio appetizer, eggplant terrine and lemon cake for dessert. Everything was delicious. My friend had the fish of the day and it was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over-priced for mid-grade cuisine
    drapes
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wine was good, service was great. End of positive experience. Food was bland. It looks pretty, and in many cases it would be acceptable... but it is definitely not worth the gourmet price. Would go out of my way to recommend that friends go elsewhere for high-end Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    JY888
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food, service and overall atmosphere. Must try the veal chop Milanese!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    BobY
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    In every way - Noise level was high due to concert on the mall which made it even a better night!! Jonell knew the menu backwards and forwards and had excellent suggestions. She was a joy to talk with and Jim the manager came and spoke with EVERY table to make sure the dining experience was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Our experience was mostly good but those of us who had the veal piccata found the veal to be tough. One of us had the perch special and it was very good...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but not for kids
    Hadam
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food was delicious and it was a beautiful place. Definitely would go again with my husband. Even though my son behaved, it's not a place I would take him to again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around excellet
    Bodaswo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    From sitting down, till we left, the service was outstanding, knowledgeable and very prompt and the food did not disappoint. Outstanding evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    kdricks
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was our second time at Tre Cuigini! The food has always been great and we've always left happy. I'm not sure the food is worth it though for the cost, even though it is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • pleasantly pleased
    cjote
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very pleased to find an Italian restaurant comparable to any in Chicago. Would take my Italian friends anytime and I know they would be impressed . Planning to return soon. We live in Lansing and we have nothing close to the finery we found in Grand Rapids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Among GR's very best
    aLocal
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tre Cugini is the place to experience truly fine Italian cuisine that matches that of much larger cities plus the best wait staff in our area. White table-cloth service on the patio overlooking Rosa Parks Circle is a summer evening pleasure. They also incorporate fresh, local produce. If you love Italy, this is the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant in Downtown
    FamiliaB
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We took our son out for his 21st birthday and wanted to go somewhere nice. This was recd. by a gal that works downtown. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Our appetizers were pretty good, with the calamari being just a bit overdone making it a little tough, but tasted great. The entrees were served hot and we all liked our meals. Portion size was ample and prices were reasonable for the food we received. The highlight of the meal was the lemon pudding cake. This dessert is fantastic...very flavorful but not heavy. Coffee was served in individual pots, which is very nice, so you can warm up your own cup and drink it at your own pace. We would come back to this restaurant and recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location is great!
    PickieVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We stumbled in on a dark and rainy night - restaurant was almost empty although we were seated next to another group. Food was quite good - not foodie omg good but better than standard Italian - service was friendly and attentive. The place was vast - I imagine they get a lot of convention goer traffic. I'd eat there again if I was downtown Grand Rapids but I wouldn't go to Grand Rapids to eat there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 420 reviews are from the Tre Cugini reviews archive.
  • Simply excellent!
    Mary
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Charming, welcoming, delicious, innovative! If you want a wonderful experience in mid-town Grand Rapids, this is the place to go. In addition to the wonderful food and service, an accordian player roamed quietly through the tables playing gently and expertly on our visit 5-16-14. Smiles all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big bill, unexciting, small plates
    dinnerout
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The ambiance was nice in a fun location, but the food was very pricey and not altogether very tasty. The portions were also very small. We had 6 in our party with different entrées and no one was enthused about their meal.
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  • Not bad
    Roach
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I would say good food not bad service just no life dead atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MFern
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The restaurant was disappointing. No one busing tables, only waiters, therefore dishes do not get moved quickly. I paid NYC, Chicago, LA prices for food in Grand Rapids. Quality of food was mediocre ie: cold food, burnt bread (which I requested and pointed out) which was cold. Manager did not come by once to ask about food, or overall visit though it was stated in reservation that it was our first visit. Four cold scallops =$38.00 (crazy) Will not recommend to anyone we know.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Evening
    Ojai
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The hostess was very accommodating. We decided to order one course at a time. This was not a problem as each course arrived properly prepared without a lot of wait time. Crab cake antipasto was excellent. The pasta dishes can be ordered in smaller portions so that there is still room for the meat dishes.Veal scaloppine and the daily special of braised short ribs were outstanding, as was the apple tart. Of course, our waitress Christina was special. The live music was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice surprise!
    dbuddah
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    There is nothing pricey about this restaurant. All prices were in line with a mid-line Italian restaurant and yet... Tre Cugini is much better than a mid-line Italian restaurant. Much better! If you want to woof down large amounts of pasta full of garlic and spices that smack you like a hammer--go to an all-you-can-eat buffet. The dishes here are artistic, subtly spiced, and the portions are perfect. Add to that decent wine list and a wandering, talented accordionist who was never obnoxious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always exceeds!
    TiamariaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Tre Cugini remains my favorite place to dine in Grand Rapids. Love the downtown location ~ patio space (weather permitting) is so nice. Michael, the accordionist, adds to the experience when he is there. Be sure to ask him to play some of his own music, and ask him about his collection of accordions and his art! The food is always outstanding. We usually opt for at least some of the specials. This time it was Argentinean prawns and halibut cheeks, both outstanding. We also ask for wine recommendations based on what we are ordering, and we have always been impressed with the depth of knowledge of our servers. We had a delicious Barbaresco which we liked so much that we stopped at Martha's to get another on the way home.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive, but worth it, sort of
    grendelVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Our good friends had recommended this restaurant and since Open Table agreed that this restaurant is excellent, we did dine there last week. Our server (Erin??) was one of the best we have ever had. When I inquired about a special cocktail combining Hendrick's gin with elderflower liqueur, she had the bartender whip up a great drink for me. My husband's scallops were excellent as was my salad with pancetta. Unfortunately, my main dish, Roman chicken, tasted like it should be spaghetti in meat sauce. The robust red sauce totally overwhelmed the poor chicken breast. I could have been eating anything. Overall, our meal was fine, but not exceptional. And it was very, very expensive. We spent $200 without dessert (and for just two people)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    Diner64
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We booked our reservation online for a special birthday dinner. Everything was wonderful and can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular for Business dinner
    jondw
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We entertained three guests from out of town. Our waitress selected three specially created appetizers that were out of this world. For the main course we each selected a different dish. All of us were equally amazed. The wine selection is like no other and the waitress selected the perfect match. A must dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find.....
    Tony
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I couldn't have been happier trying this restaurant. We walked by it early in the afternoon and decided we'd try it for dinner so I made a reservation. What a delight. The food was fabulous, wait staff friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I will definitely eat hear again when I'm in Grand Rapids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    RunningGr
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My fiancé and I went there to celebrate two years living in Grand Rapids together. Great wine list, and food options. One of our meals was outstanding, the other was mediocre. It was sent back, and "spiced up". It turned out to be another great meal. I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a great pasta dish, and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food ok, service/dessert/wine great
    Judas
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Very high expectations going into the restaurant. The menu online looked awesome. We ordered the calamari deep fried with zucchini and apples. The dish came, no zucchini or apples. The 'spicy' marinara had zero kick. This coming from a girl who can't handle medium spice. I also ordered the arugula salad with lemon truffle oil and NY Strip steak. I make more flavorful steak and salad at home. Very disappointing. My date ordered the entree menu scallops, which he said were delicious. For dessert, the panacotta, TO DIE FOR!. Would go just for that. Server was fantastic! She was well educated on the wines. Overall, nice, but with so many other GR restaurants to choose from I won't go back.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Meal
    GRVisitor
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We dined at Tre Cugini on a Saturday night and were very impressed from start to finish. Our waiter, Brendan, was perfect, and the service was excellent. My wife had skatewing while I had wild boar pasta. We'll be back again and we'll be bringing friends!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner, but so expensive
    TrueVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We got 3 scallops for $34. Seriously, 3. I've been to many big cities, and have never been served 3 scallops for an entre. They tasted great, I'll give them that, but at $11.33 per, they are just obnoxiously over priced.
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  • We arrived early and we had
    WormVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We arrived early and we had part of our party arriving later. Very accommodating. Food specials were both creative and prepared well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic