Cafe Trio Cottonwood

4.3
482 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cafe Trio is a spacious, casual but elegant restaurant serving fine contemporary Italian cuisine. With its accessible menus & popular Trio dishes, it's a favorite destination for the many local residents & business personnel in the area. Menu favorites are their signature flatbreads, delicious thin crust pizzas, Lemon Chicken Salad & Trio Meatball Pasta.
The unique decor & layout of Trio perfectly accommodates parties as small as two or as large as 150.
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently delicious

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and excellent service

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L
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Friday night date with husband. The Salmon dish I had was excellent.

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1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy going to Trio for a relaxing meal. The staff is attentive and even recognizes us and makes us feel at home.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I wasn’t aware that dogs were allowed inside of a restaurant. When we arrive we noticed that a nearby table had 2 chihuahuas in a stroller. Obviously not service animals because they actually barked a few times. I love animals but don’t believe they should be allowed in a restaurant. The server was also petting the dogs which was concerning considering food safety standards. Shame on Trio for allowing a health code violation.

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w
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice & convenient. Get reservations, it can get busy! They recently changed their menu again-generally for the better.

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ZR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. The new menu had plenty of tasty options. Our service was quite great (even though it was extremely busy!!). Our reservation was perfect, thanks Trio. We will be back.

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was average and service a little slow. Food was not very hot just warm.

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Y
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good food and service. I was happy with it.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 8 for a friend’s birthday. We were seated in one of the back dining rooms all by ourselves. We had outstanding service and a wonderful evening. Thank you so much for taking care of us. We’ll be back.

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BL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was decent - cauliflower dish was quite good. The waitress asked us if we wanted dessert and gave us our check while we were still eating, which was odd. We felt rushed. The restaurant wasn't even completely full.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing. We were there to celebrate my mother’s 86th birthday and they made her feel like a Queen. She said it was the best birthday she had ever had. The food was, as always, wonderful!! No one had “buyers regret”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not worth the price for what we paid for. Food was OK but not sure that I’ll be going back there anytime soon.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible night and our party grew by 3 without much warning, but Trio worked with us. That made the night absolutely fabulous. Their customer service, food, and ambiance were impeccable. I can't wait to go again. However, I'll remember to ask how much food comes on the plate for my next entree. My husband's entree came and it was so tiny! He was starving when we left. A little warno would have been nice when he was ordering. It was an incredibly delicious entree though:)

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J
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation and were seated within about 15 minutes after our time upstairs in a nice soft corner booth. It was a snowy night. Upstairs seating was chilly as we were under two of the system fans which felt like the AC was on . The staff did turn off the fan at our request but there wasn’t much or any heat. They ran out of the special we ordered but the substitute was great. All the food was delicious and because of the inconveniences we were cooked a couple of apps. We went home happy and will definitely return but hopefully they will get a handle on the heating system before we do.

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BT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

It was freaking cold and both me and my partner had to wear our jackets. I spoke with the person the recommended the place and from their experience it was cold as well which makes it for an uncomfortable dinner. Will not recommend.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The second level dining was great. I feel really bad for the servers who have to traverse the stairs. Lucky there are only 7 tables.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was excellent. Server was friendly. They were pretty busy because it was Valentine’s Day but food came out prompt and hot. Highly recommend the Mary’s chicken. It was amazing. Husband loved the mushroom and ravioli dish. They even packed up dessert for us. Love this place!

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We paid $39 for the lobster special with tenderloin. We were surprised to see how little lobster was on the plate and most of it was covered in a Bearnaise type sauce that was way to strong in vinegar, or mustard, or whatever it was, it did not complement the dish. The tenderloin didn't have much flavor. We also paid $26 for the salmon. It was dry and super crusty on the edges. It was pretty disappointing, we left unsatisfied. On our way out we saw someone with a pizza that looked pretty good. It made us wish we had ordered that instead, it looked like a much better value for the money.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There is just nothing special about Trio. The food was marginal at best. The location was the reason we chose it as we were at a hotel nearby, but we won't go back.

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DD
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, only one over worked waitress. Food was bland & restaurant was sterile.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordered the house flatbread ($4.00) and they brought us the Trio flatbread ($11.00). We didn't say anything. Our server was friendly, but didn't get back to us when we asked him what the 3 sauces were that accompanied the flatbread we didn't order. Two of the three people ordered the salmon which was very delicious, but the broccoli that came with it smelled so terribly burnt. It didn't look all charred, but for some reason there was such a stench of burnt to it. Upon closer inspection it was dark underneath. When waiter came back to ask how things were, I had to have him take it back. The carbonara was okay, according to the third person, but she remembers it being much better 4-5 years ago. Lastly, if you are expecting a large number of choices off the menu, there really aren't that many.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place never disappoints! My husband and I dine here often for dinner. He had the salmon and I had the beef stroganoff special and it was delicious! For dessert he had the apple crisp which he enjoyed and I got the chocolate pudding which is my "go to" dessert. I enjoyed it, but it seemed a little saltier than usual.
The flat bread and salads are also yummy. I think the prices are very reasonable. If you've never been to Cafe Trio, you should go!

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, kind and attentive staff, our server was amazing!! Will definitely return soon!

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DJ
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to add an extra person to our reservation at the last minute. No issues with that. Our food was delivered with a smile and pleasant voice. The rosemary flat bread with carmelized onions, roasted red peppers and warm fluffy cheese was made even better with the balsamic glaze. This is a must order. My polenta and chicken was very good and the pizza ordered was a perfect size for two.

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RB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been to Cafe Trio a few times and always had a great experience, but when visiting their Cottonwood location on New Years Eve it was a dramatically different experience. I had some out of town guests visiting and despite the place not being packed at 9 pm the service was not even close to what I'm used to. Had 6 people at the table and not one of us finished even 1/2 our meal. Pasta wasn't cooked fully in some cases and in other cases it was overdone and crispy. Fries with burger were less than fast food quality. Overall taste was blah and Chef's pasta dish of the day was ugh. Kind of embarrassed as I wanted to impress my out of town guests. We actually left to hit In N Out later to make up for this meal. Quite disappointing and probably our last trip there.

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RP
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience this New Years Eve. Trio has consistently great food and service. Their unique cocktails and desserts are always a delight as well.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, appropriate portions. Service was the best I have experienced in a restaurant in years. Nice ambience. Can’t wait to go back.

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J
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love both locations of the trio? We love this place so much! We are there a lot! Love the food, the staff and the atmosphere!

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CW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our long-time favorites for date nights and celebrations, alike.

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BL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I had heard such great things from my GF about this place and was excited to take my adult children for Christmas Eve dinner. I got the Lamb Shank Osso Bucco and it tasted like a bland pot roast, very uninteresting for >$30 entree. Dining room is very attractive but the open nature makes it quite loud. I will try it again since I realize we all have off nights.

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F
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Host and service was warm and friendly, food was great. The only misstep: “When a server clears a plate before everyone is finished, he or she leaves the table with a mess of subtle but important signals. Those who are still eating are made to feel as though they are holding others up; those who are not are made to feel as though they have rushed the meal. What was originally a group dining experience becomes a group exercise in guilt.”

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JH
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was exceptionally slow.....waited an hour + for our meals.

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S
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Christmas Eve dinner. Fortunate enough to get a booth upstairs. The ambiance and view was amazing.

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LF
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience with friends. Making reservations online was a breeze. The only complaint would be the chopped beet salad didn't have the citrus flavor that I was looking for. My friend ordered the same thing and mentioned the same thing.

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j
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is good place for a lunch small groups. There are 8 top round tables set back so good for a business lunch and discussion. Was rather hectic the day we were there so the service was a bit splintered with the lunch entrees coming out at different times. Server was apologetic for the delays on some of the entrees.

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AF
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It has been several years since we visited Cafe Trio-Cottonwood. The menu is new, lighter and less expensive for the most part. We ordered two apps, the brussel sprouts and the clams on toast. I would not order either one again, though the clams on toast was far and away the least palatable.
Two diners ordered the Farm44 burgers which were done as requested and reported to be enjoyable. I ordered the spaghetti carbonara with extra sauce and though not a large portion, it was quite good. Our server was attentive and responsive to our needs and also very pleasant.

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner tonight at Trio!! It was so nice and festive for the holidays! We ordered a bunch of small plates and they were to die for! It was so busy inside but the service was still perfect our server Tallan was great and two managers stopped by our table to see how things were! The Brussel sprouts and cauliflower are to die for! This is great spot for a nice holiday dinner! And be sure to get the tiramisu!

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D
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I was with 4 other friends and was so glad that they sat us at a round table. We could hear everyone talk and could even hear and talk across the table. Food was excellent. They were busy so the service was a little slow.

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G
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentative and helpful with recommendations. Food was served promptly; presentation and taste were excellent.

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