1903 Ford Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106Neighborhood:
Contemporary ItalianPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.restauranttrentina.com/
- Phone: (216) 421-2900
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Global, International
- Executive Chef: Matt Danko
- Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: Located within walking distance of The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra's Severance Hall, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
A word from Trentina
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Restaurant Trentina explores the rich diversity of culture and joyful voice of cuisine in the regions of northeastern Italy. The restaurant is centered in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, alongside some of the greatest art and cultural institutions in the Midwest. The menu exemplifies the commonalities between the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige and the Cuyahoga Valley, including a strong sense of gastronomic craftsmanship and agricultural heritage. Allow us to take you on a journey as we interpret tradition through an elegant and modern lens.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Trentina reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (46)notable wine list (29)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (19)hot spot (15)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (8)good for groups (3)scenic view (2)Show More
- Tasting MenumhinksonVIPDined on 11/11/2014Tasting menu is fantastic specifically when paired with the recommended beverages.
- High expectationsJustsayinDined on 11/8/2014Based on some reviews, I was anticipating a much better experience. Our server, while as nice and attentive as she could be, was not very knowledgable about food. Website says no jeans. Half the guys were wearing them. Music was too loud per Chef Sawyer's other places. Speaking of Chef Sawyer, how could he not be there running the kitchen. Never saw him once. One of the staff's comments to us was that Trentina was his example/attempt at a Michelin star style restaurant. Don't get me wrong. Some of the food was delicious. Most everything else was under salted and somewhat bland. He should be there overseeing his highest attempt yet at fine dining. I will absolutely go back as should you, reading this review. Just lower your expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Be AdventurousOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 11/7/2014We would recommend the 12 course tasting menu. Although it sounds like a lot: the portions are quite small- sometimes too much so. This will be a chance to have an unique dining experience. The wine pairing for $40 is a great deal. The pours are not full glasses and you will better enjoy each course with a paired wine tasting. We were seated by the door and worried that it would be cold or drafty: not so. Service was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- supurb pastaWestlakeBobDined on 11/7/2014My wife and I had the pasta tasting menu. It was pricey ($60 for six courses) but each dish was interesting and some were outstanding. Some of the next-level cooking techniques were lost on me (tasteless polenta crisp and edible candle wax, undercooked "45-minute" egg). A little meat would be welcomed. I'm sure the meats were represented in these ultra-modern dishes, but an old guy like me would like an actual piece of protein to sink his teeth into. Overall, though, an excellent and entertaining dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FunEllaVIPDined on 11/6/2014The food was unusual and delicious! Service great. Fun place to have lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't go hungryOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/3/2014The food tastes great and service very good. Quircky rules. No bread. Very Small portions. Expensive.Special Features:
- Superb!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/31/2014The entire staff was so knowledgable and passionate! Cocktails were divine. We did the autumn menu and will go back for the tastings. Our entrees were all superb and we were sharing sips of our cocktails and bites of our entrees.Special Features:
- A unique experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/31/2014Don't skimp if you get the chance to eat here. Go for the full 12 course tasting menu with the optional alcohol pairings. The whole experience will last about 2 1/2 hours from beginning to end. What you will get is twelve of the most unique, delicious items you'll find in Cleveland. Each course is presented and described in detail. I went with my wife, and we were each given a slightly different, yet complementary, dish for most of them. The alcohol consists of one cocktail, two whites, two reds, and a desert wine (that was our mix at least). Each are well matched and explained to you when poured. Be warned, if you are going expecting Applebee's sized courses, you will be disappointed. This is not that type of restaurant.Special Features:
- Fun for LunchFrantasticDined on 10/31/2014Easy in and out, great parking and an excellent lunch, service and ambiance. So nice to have a quality place at lunch time.Special Features:
- Unusual fareOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/30/2014We visited Trentina on a Thursday evening when the restaurant was busy but not packed. We sat at the back near the stairs and were able to enjoy a conversation. Four of us tried the pasta tasting menu, and were impressed overall. As the reviews of the a la carte offerings were so uneven (at times very off putting) we elected to try the pasta menu which had garnered more favorable responses. I've never enjoyed pasta more. The courses were small but combined to provide enough food for all. We thought the dessert was good but not great. The wait staff was attentive and very professional, a delight to experience. We'll go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding food and service BUTOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/28/2014Outrageously high priced wines! That's my reason for not giving Trentina 5 stars. (Have a drink elsewhere.)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious ambitious, prepare to payPickyGourmetVIPDined on 10/28/2014Even bread costs $7 at this ambitious, intimate restaurant for Northern Italian food -- I must admit it is good bread, but given the pricing of the rest of the food, you would think bread would come with the meal. Three of us split bread and two primi, then each had our own luncheon size pasta portion. One person had more than enough, one just about enough, but the ravioli are teeny tiny and not really enough for a lunch entree. You must need a microscope to count the ravioli in the appetizer portion. We had the cookie plate for dessert, which contained 6 small but delicious cookies. If you're up for a major dining experience, maybe its better to pay more and come for dinner and really go all out.Special Features:
- PretentiousOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/27/2014Had lunch at Trentina the other day and had to wait 5 minutes at the front desk (even though we had a reservation) with another couple until my sister went behind a curtain and found a woman on a computer. She was the hostess/waitress. The one and only. The water boy was active with the other tables but didn't seem to see us waving our hands for service. We ordered 2 wines but when we wanted a 3rd for my cousin, no one heard us calling out when they bypassed our table. It wasn't crowded; and it's a small venue. The food portions were tiny. The 10 mini ravioli were delicious but miniscule. The dessert cookies were very good. That's it. Not going back.
- WARNING ! Eat before you goHungryDined on 10/22/2014Came in for dinner with my wife & another couple. We flagged down a bus boy and requested a cocktail, since no waiter appeared for 15 minutes( place was 25% full). I requested the charcuterie appetizer. That showed up, after a second request, 30 minutes later. Ordered the oysters and they were inedible .The food is definitely uninspiring, very small portions, lack depth of flavor ; all around a waste of time & money. Service & kitchen execution is POOR. On the home webpage it states "encouraged" dress code for the restaurant. I'd like to encourage the ownership to rethink what they have done with the space and start serving real Northern Italian food. I predict a short life for this place
- COUNTRYMOUSEDined on 10/17/2014THE FOOD, WHAT LITTLE THERE WAS OF IT IN EACH SERVING, EMPHASIS ON LITTLE, WAS DELICIOUS. EXCEPTION: MY HUSBAND'S SALAD WAS AMPLE AND DELICIOUS. I HAD ROASTED ARTICHOKE HEARTS FOR A SALAD/APPETIZER AND WATCHED, SADLY, AS I WAS PRESENTED WITH THREE TINY TREASURES, EACH ABOUT THE SIZE OF A RED GRAPE. MY ENTREE OF FLUKE WAS VERY TASTY, SITTING ATOP SOME CHICKPEA PREPARATION, AND IT WAS A REASONABLE PORTION. PASTA CHOSEN IN THE SMALL SIZE, BUT VERY, VERY SMALL INDEED! OUR WAITER WAS FRED AND HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE MENU, AND REACTED NORMALLY, AS IF HE WERE SERVING US FOOD, AND NOT A SACRAMENT.Special Features:
- French Laundry - Cleveland StyleWorkoutToEatoutDined on 10/17/2014I don't believe there is anything like this restaurant in Cleveland. We ordered the 12-course tasting with the wine pairing and were not disappointed. While some may say the price for 12 courses is extremely high ($115), I would say the wine pairing at $40 was a bargain. Service is top notch from the time you enter the building until the time you pickup your car. The food is about quality and flavors and not about quantity. You leave feeling satiated in the belly and delighted on the tongue. Bravo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Pasta/Be More FlexibleTeacherdanVIPDined on 10/17/2014We started with several appetizers. We had the wood fired artichokes, the ash roasted Ohio onion, and shell on Carolina shrimp. There are three baby artichokes to an order. They were fine, but miniscule and cost nine dollars. The onion was also fine, but nothing incredible. Finally, the shrimp were bland. I would not order any of these dishes next time. We then ordered three pastas and one entrée. The gluten free garlic pasta was fine, but nothing special. The other two pastas, the heirloom tomato & basil bucatini and the cavatappi & cheese were incredible. The wild Ohio game birds were good. We would have ordered other dishes on the other menus but we didn't have the time or interest in the entire tasting menus.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lofty goals, food unevenOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/15/2014For us, a one time experience, not worth repeating which is a poor business model for this over priced, ambitious chefs adventure. We like the goal of matching the tastes of Cuyahoga Valley to the Tretino terroir of Italy, but execution lacking. First course polenta crisp was chewy, like jerky-cannot imagine that this was the chefs intention-perhaps made ahead of time. Other offerings from tasting menu presented atop a ten inch 6x6 wood block or with burning embers on the plate were lovely. The wine pairings were all spot on. Highlight of the meal was service by Liz, who was down to earth: she served the food up unapologetically, but wasn't caught up in its theatrics. We wish Tretina good luck, but likely won't return for a repeat show.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First timestm2013Dined on 10/11/2014It was our first time at the restaurant and we both appreciated the small portions which left you satisfied but not hungry. Will try the pasta tasting menu next time. Really enjoyed the delicious Italian wines.Special Features:
- Lovely dinnerKathyJDined on 10/11/2014The food flavors and presentation were outstanding. I ordered from the ala carte menu and highly recommend the ash roasted Ohio onion salad as well as the lamb shoulder. Both were divine! The tartar of market fish was a miniscule portion with very mild flavor, despite a description of "spicy olio", and therefore left me disappointed. Staff are young, helpful and pleasant and the space is airy, despite being a small room. Would definitely go again and try the tasting menu!Special Features:
- WWFoodVIPDined on 10/11/2014We had the halibut which they.....grilled. Grilling fish leaves a predominant flavor of...the grill. With no sauce to carry the flavor. It was also dry and unnotable. The pasta was good. Our salad was called the Red Basket (something impressive) - translated to a basic caesar salad. Again, unnotable. we expected much more from Jonathan Sawyer.Special Features:
- Tuscany in ClevelandRaymondDined on 10/7/2014Wonderful experience! Authentic Italian specialties, house cured meats, house made pastas, and entree's not often available outside of Italy. We opted for the Autumn Menu but we'll probably do the prix fixe dinner next visit. Very attentive and professional staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FoodOlympicsDined on 10/4/2014The chef uses locally grown ingredients, this seems to limit the ability to link the cuisine to the Trentino region. We had the pasta tasting menu but at the end of the evening only 2 of the dishes were standout. Wait staff & wine staff extremely knowledgable about ingredients, technique & wines of the region.Special Features:
- Hopeful for moreFoodforThoughtDined on 10/4/2014Chef Sawyer is shooting for fine table dining with flair & the characteristics are there but it just comes up a little short. Having done the tasting menu, the food was solid at times, candidly bland others, with very few memorable moments overall especially when considering the price. We enjoyed the revisit concept & the wine pairing selections too but having participated in such endeavors on many of an occasion, found the pours to be a little light at times especially if needing a glass to carry two courses. The space is intimate & well appointed absent the need for it to be warmer inside when we visited. The restaurant has potential and meets an underserved market locally, it just needs a little more in every aspect.Special Features:
- Not all that...ProudClevelanderDined on 10/3/2014Ambiance terrible - too bright and no discernible music. Trying too hard to be too pretentious. One "course" was a bite no bigger than a dime that was accompanied by a description that included over a dozen ingredients. Toward the end we were alternately being hurried then ignored. Then the thrill of the check which was over $600 for a party of 4 - which normally we would have been fine with - it really was all that! This was not.
- AD578VIPDined on 10/3/2014Very limited menu, but open minded foodies will enjoy. Staff very pleasant and willing to spend time pairing food, wine with expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014Tables so close you hear every word of neighbors conversation. Not relaxing to me. After 13 course chefs menu my hubbie so hungry in way home he wanted to stop for a burgerSpecial Features:
- Great location.TimWDined on 10/2/2014University Circle is a cultural treasure and right in the heart of it all is Trentina! My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience. The wine was superb, the food unique and delicious and the service impeccable. Though the portions are small, they allow you to sample several dishes and still have room for dessert. The name of the establishment may be Italian but be prepared for a touch of French pretension.Special Features:
- Take the Time to LingerFrantasticDined on 9/30/2014Great food and drink experience.We did the 12 course tasting. Nate the wine steward did the most fabulous pairing for our dishes and carefully explained the libation we were going to have with our next course. Some of the morsels were tidbits of heaven in your mouth. We had a delightful evening and can't wait to do it again.Special Features:
- pattygardenerpattygardenerVIPDined on 9/18/2014This restaurant is truly a gem. We've eaten at acclaimed restaurants all over the world, and Trentina stacks up with the best of them. We had the 12 course tasting menu plus the paired wines and as we were the last time we ate her, we were astounded with the quality of all dishes as well as the wines which they were paired with. We love this place. The only downside when we were last there is that Chef Jonathan Sawyer, who brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the dining room, wasn't there: he was attending his son's soccer game.Special Features:
- Fabulous tasting menu2catDined on 9/13/2014We enjoyed the 12 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Wonderful attention to detail and every dish and wine was explained. It was quite an experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect eveningFoodhoDined on 9/10/2014Trentina is wonderful. The food is excellent and the service is exemplary. The setting is tasteful and intimate. The food sets a new standard for Cleveland chefs innovative and delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fab LunchkakatyDined on 9/5/2014We went for the launch of lunch service and it was fantastic. A perfect spot for a mid-day date, a business lunch or a leisurely lunch with friends. Lunch at Trentina is decidedly more relaxed than their dinner service, yet it is still refined and elegant. The a la carte lunch menu showcases the creativity of the kitchen with local ingredients. They have an attentive yet not overbearing waitstaff who take seriously any dietary restrictions you may have, including requests for vegetarian and vegan menus. They also work with you so your experience is paced on your lunch timetable. Prices for lunch are reasonable given the qualitySpecial Features:
- Truly, truly extraordinary!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 8/16/2014Cleveland has never had this culinary level of a restaurant .... I could have sworn I was in Chicago or San Francisco.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stephen QuaSteveVIPDined on 8/15/2014A wonderful experience but not as good as I had hoped. The chef is obviously VERY talented and committed to his farm/forage to table ethos but I learned why I had not eaten Milkweed pods (and the like) in the past. I expected every bite to be an explosion of flavor but got an explosion of dining strategy.Special Features:
- First Try of New RestaurantGeorgioDined on 8/15/2014Loved the prior restaurant on this site, Sergio's. Trentina is going for a different very high end foodie experience. They put on an elegant show of a 15 course small portion tasting feast. Exotic far flung ingredients creatively prepared and varied. Presentation and service was personal and earnest, formal and capable without pretense. Nice pairing of wines available. Pricey Pricey. But unique in our experience. Environment ultamodern mirror tables in an old building is a slight clash to the Etruscan culinary theme, and a bit too cold for my taste. A richer art environment on the walls could warm it up without clutter.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/13/2014The concept, food & service were outstanding. The staff were extremely helpful & knowledgeable. A great dining experience.Special Features:
- FOOD IS AWESOME BUT A FEW KINKSmnfrrVIPDined on 8/12/2014We dined here in August 2014 and had the 13 course tasting menu with wine pairings (don't think the wine pairings were worth the cost). Food was unusual and sumptuous. Even foods that are not generally our favorites (oysters, for example) were so delicious and prepared with such beautiful flavors that we both loved everything we ate. Service is friendly and efficient. The restaurant decor, however, is in a word, sparse. It's a white box. The person facing the back of the room is looking at a non-lighted blank wall. Acoustics are also problematic. It is very loud and difficult to have a quiet conversation. It is pricey, and the restaurant needs to decide whether it wants to enforce its dress code. We complied--but others did not.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- an amazing culinary experienceohiorosieDined on 8/5/2014Every course is really amazing; the entire evening is an experience. Tried menu Bianco with the wine pairings. Everything was superb, high quality; so many surprises or unexpected ingredients we really enjoyed trying everything. The information shared about each item, ingredient, wine, is what makes the whole meal an experience. It is paced very nicely. I loved the wine and food pairings, but for me, the ratio of food to wine was too low; of course it is a tasting menu (very small portions), but I could have used a little more starch (bread or pasta or potato) in a few courses to balance out the volume of all of the wonderful wine selections. Share your plates with the table- every plate is different yet compliments each other so well.Special Features:
- Super ExperienceTJN1Dined on 8/2/2014Really great overall experience (not just dinner). I had high expectations after reading about Trentina and the food and service actually exceeded my expectations. Service was spectacular with great pacing to the meal as well as just the right amount of explanation of each dish. A little less, i wouldn't have gotten enough out of it; too much would have been pretentious and time-wasting. Quality and variety of the tasting was impressive. Dined with my wife and many times throughout the 12-course tasting we got different items -- super variety. Recently dined at Chez Pannisse (Berkley) and River Cafe (London) and Trentina really blew them both out of the water. Highly suggest you get the drink paring -- reasonably priced and exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.