Almost worth the priceThe food is good, but for the price it should be great. Tre Cugini has one of the best regional Italian menus in town, but also one of the most expensive; so diners should expect and value complex, fresh cuisine and excellent service. Rookie mistakes with preparation ruined what should have been a culmination of great, fresh ingredients into memorable plates on the table. On this occasion fish was seasoned and cooked improperly, the Bolognese tasted more like marinara, the tapenade tasted like canned black olives, and the lemon curd profiteroles were very, very stale and mealy. The kitchen was very slow despite ours being one of the first tables of the day.
The chocolate pudding was delicious, and service at the table was spot on.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy Birthday to me!!I cannot recall when I have enjoyed a dining experience more than the evening my friend and I spent at Tre Cugini on Saturday. From the hostess, to our server Erin and the rest of the staff, we were treated as both old friends and honored guests. We were never made to feel rushed, attention was paid at the exact moment it was needed and from start to finish the evening was a complete delight.
Our meals were outstanding! My scallops were cooked perfectly and my friend said her chicken was moist and delicious..our shared antipasto was the perfect size to whet our appetites for the meal ahead.
The only blemish on the otherwise perfect evening was the level of noise at the bar, but the very glamorously dressed crowd soon moved on their way.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMa gem!Celebrated my son's graduation. Attentive, professional service. Delicious meals, well-crafted in the traditional manner. My husband, a food snob, who HATES most restaurants, says he would be happy to return!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great business dinnerHad a great business dinner with a group of customers, food was wonderful and the service was superb!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMTre Cugini VisitTre Cugini had great food and wonderful service. We were looking for a place to go for a dressy, romantic dinner; although Tre Cugini didn't disappoint, I felt like we were overdressed as I watched other patrons enter in jeans. We did receive adaquate attention from the Tre Cugini team and even had an accordian player visit our table. It was a nice night.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was exceptional.Our server was exceptional. Her knowledge and attentiveness truly set her apart from many of our other dining experiences. We appreciated and enjoyed the Monday evening promotions offered by the restaurant as well as the attention given to our birthday girl.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMImpressiveI had a great entree- a special that was running. It was a salmon filet perfectly seared and set on top of a buttery cuscus and shaved cucumbers, and then drizzled with a dill champagne vinaigrette- delicious! I sat at the bar and the service was exceptional. The wine list was extensive and featured a lot of obscure Italian labels as well as some impressive domestic options. The accordionist strolling through the dining room was a nice touch also. I was happy to see a ton of great seafood and meat entree options, as well as a nice selection of house made pastas and risottos before deciding on a chef's special. This place would be on an hour wait every night in any major city! Very well done!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA perfect night thank you! AndA perfect night thank you!
And thank you for the live music and constant refills on refreshments.
And thanks to the manager speaking to the family with the unsettled child.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe chose Tre Cugini to celebrateWe chose Tre Cugini to celebrate our 37th Wedding Anniversary. We were looking for a cozy upscale restaurant with outstanding Italian fare. Tre Cugini did not disappoint! The service friendly and efficient. The ambience was warm and inviting. The food was outstanding! Our first, but not last, experience with Tre Cugini was totally satisfying. We will definitely be back.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Birthday DinnerWe had a great dinner. It was my birthday and they decorated the desert especially for me. The waitress was helpful and recommended a great bottle of chianti, was very knowledgeable of the menu items and had great timing. The food was wonderful and hot. We ate here last year for my birthday and will come back again.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrated wife's birthdayCelebrated wife's birthday with another couple. Waitress was good, ambience was very nice, and the food was outstanding. We each tried a bite of all the entrees ordered and no one was disappointed. Chilean Sea Bass was the overall winner though. Will go back in the summertime to sit outside. Menu is fantastic, a lot of variety.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall, I was very impressedOverall, I was very impressed by Tre Cugini. The atmosphere was beautiful, and I felt that it was very cozy and easy to relax. The entirety of the staff was very kind and prompt, I don't think my water was ever even half full! There were no weak links in my visit, and I will gladly attend dinner here again.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been going to Tre CuginiWe've been going to Tre Cugini about once a year since it opened, and consider it to be reliable place to get a serious meal. The food ranges from good to excellent. This time, the sea scallops (special entree) were excellent, and the osso bucco properly cooked, if too bland for my taste. The calamari appetizer was fine, and the marinated green bean salad both interesting and good. The lemon profiteroles for dessert were a pleasant surprise. Service was excellent, and the server's timing unusually good, as was the timing of the arrival of the courses. Yes, the risotto is a little on the al dente side, but I've never had a bad meal there.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice dinner before goingVery nice dinner before going to a play at the Civic Theater. The food was very good (and the drinks too), especially my ricotto and spinach stuffed ravioli. Although, the portions were good for my daughter and wife, I was a little dissappointed in the portion for the ravioli. Very good though, maybe even the best I have ever had. We all enjoyed the creme-brule for dessert too, very good. I would recommend it to others.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMy out of town guests, notMy out of town guests, not familiar with Grand Rapids, really enjoyed the tastes, ambiance, and central downtown vibe/location. Service was spot on, and very much appreciated the strolling accordion musician.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe house salad had a greatThe house salad had a great dressing. One of us ordered the cheese ravioli, it could have used more flavor. The food was lukewarm. I believe the food was too overpriced. The ambience was nice, and they have a good wine selection. The server was very attentive, and was always smiling.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM