Permanently Closed - Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar

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879 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. A message from Chef-Owner Bill Trudnowski: I love pasta! I love garlic! In fact, I love the aromas and flavors that make up the global influence of foods from our Pacific Northwest. Adriatic Grill is the embodiment of my passion for Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Our Award winning, family run Adriatic Grill is steeped in rich European style and tradition, with welcoming family hospitality. Our cuisine is influenced by the many countries surrounding the Adriatic Sea. Our menu is seasonal, using local products, made fresh with the highest quality ingredients: hand made pizza dough…fresh fin fish and shellfish…meatballs made one at a time…hand selected choice quality steaks and chops…sauces, soups and desserts made in our kitchen daily. We are proud to be a part of the South Sound community and look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
DINING ROOM:
Mon - Thu 11:00a - 9:00p
Fri 11:00a - 10:00p
Sat 12:00p - 10:00p
Sun 12:00p - 9:00p

WINE BAR:
Mon - Thu 11:00a - 10:00p
Fri 11:00a - 11:00p
Sat 12:00p - 11:00p
Sun 12:00p - 9:00p

HAPPY HOUR
Mon - Sat 3:00 - 6:00
Sun 12:00p - CLOSE (All Day)

HAPPY HAPPY HOUR
Mon - Sun 8:00p - CLOSE

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Phone number
(253) 475-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Owner Bill Trudnowski
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Private party facilities
Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar is a wonderful place to plan for private events. Family dinners, cocktail parties, business luncheons, and wedding rehearsals, can be accommodated in the Private Dining Area.
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Private party contact
Mackenzie Odell: (253) 475-6000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
38th St.
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Parking details
Abundance of parking in front, on side and in back of restaurant. Handicapped parking located on North side of restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
1/2 Price Bottled wine every Sunday!

Happy Hour all day Sunday in our Wine Bar.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We have loved the Adriatic Grill for 11 years. Their food is fantastic and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately this location closed on 2/15/18 - we went one last time to say goodbye to our favorite Tacoma restaurant. I hope they re-open someplace else soon!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Bittersweet day as our favorite restaurant for the last decade closed its doors. The service was still friendly and welcoming the food was still the quality it has always been. The memories of the place with stay with my wife and I and we wish all our friends the best in their next endeavor.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It was peak dinning time on a Saturday night. We walked up after shopping and were told the wait was 2 hours, I consulted Open Table and got and booked reservations in 45 minutes. We were seated 5 minutes later than our reservation which was good in my mind. The restaurant had sent a text when our table was ready apparently forgetting where they had told us to sit to wait out of the draft of the door. So monitor your cell phone. Server was polite enough but inexperienced in my mind. Menu had been simplified since our last time here. Our party of 4 ordered a pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and peppers and salmon. Drinks came soon enough and we ordered right away as one of our party had to leave for work in an hour which we conveyed to the waiter. After that we were pretty much left to ourselves until the food came. Water glasses went unfiled and it was difficult at best to get the attention of the waiter. We used one of the bus boys to get our waiter and bill when we wanted to leave. Our order of flatbread ordered as an appetizer came at the end of the meal after half our party had left. Quality of the food was average for a venue of this type. It is one of the better venues to eat at when close to the Tacoma Mall and one of the few to use Open Table in the area. In the future we will consider other options.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food is always good service for the first time was a little slow.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great as always but unfortunately they are closing.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Adriatic Grill has been a favorite of my husband’s and mine for a number of years. They’ve made sure we came birthdays and anniversaries by emailing free appys or dessert for special occasions, perks for an already wonderful meal. We’ve taken family and friends there.
We are So sorry they are closing but are hopeful Chef Bill and Monique and their staff will reopen. They’ll need another wood fired oven for their delicious focaccia and pizzas.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I wanted one more meal before they closed. I hope Chef Bill opens another restaurant in the area!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Tacoma. Sorry to see them close after this weekend and hope they are able to find a place to relocate in the area.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I say date but we have been married 27 years. We love Adriatic Grill from past experiences and learned to go early as it can take a long time if it’s too busy. Reservations were for 4:30, arrived early, seated quickly. Almost no one there. And yet it was 5:45 before we had appetizers. Really slow for Adriatic Grill. But excellent food.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Our Valentine's Dinner with my family was really nice at the Adriatic Grill. Everyone's entry was excellent, except my husband's Chicken Parm, which was slightly burnt. The bread was fresh, salads very tasty and my Linguine with Clams was delightful. Our Lemon Drop cocktails were also lovely. Our server was Anna, and she provided excellent and friendly service to our table.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our first time to the Adriatic grill. It is always good to find a locally owned Italian restaurant. The specials sounded good however we chose a couple more traditional dishes. Rigatoni with Bolognese and spaghetti and meatballs. I loves the Bolognese sauce, just the right amount of spices for me. The spaghetti and meatballs was very traditional. Both of these are great litmus tests for my wife and I. We will definitely return to make our way through the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome food, great Hospitality. A perfect Valentine's dinner.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

the food is usually good and we were satisfied. the service was terrible. considering that we were trying to spent time with friends. the server was not skilled at when to interrupt, how to serve, what utensils to bring and mostly when to be around and when not to. If we were not with company, we would have requested a different server.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I ordered the chicken Alfredo. Me being who I am couldn’t eat it all because the taste of the noodles felt very greasy.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Enjoyable experience & delicious food.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is consistently very good. However the service was exceptionally poor. Compelled to dramatically reduce tip in response. Serious enough to question returning.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I really like this place but it was a bad night for my server and the kitchen. They were out of two of the menu items I ordered, and the server brought a different entree from what I ordered as well. She wasn’t apologetic about it, and didn’t seem to know what was available on the menu.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistent dining experience. Pricing is a little high, but the food is good.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We love Adriatic for special occasions.

Watch the candles though. I love having candles but every menu at our table had spots where they had melted from being held over candles.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Our worst experience here. We’ve been patrons for years and have loved it but not tonight. Almost 2 hours and never got dessert to go with our cold coffee. Will try again but we’re very disappointed this time.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

This time I had the polenta for an appetizer and the Chicken Peperonata for my entree. Both were amazing! I highly recommend them! The sauce for the polenta is pretty spicy (which I loved) so a word of caution for those who are sensitive.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

As in the past, our experience at Adriatic Grill was fantastic. The food was creative and flavorful, server was friendly. And the prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food. Because it's a "grill" the noise level was a bit high for quiet conversation, but overall fine. A great meal.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The food and service are consistently great here. The chicken Parmesan is delicious. My husband wasn't feeling well and the waitress took time to help him with a light selection. Our son loves the pizza.

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1.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Long wait for cold and burnt food. $214 meal ticket not worth it. This was our third and last visit. Waitress was awesome. I don't believe in sending back food and eating in shifts. When I take a party of six out to eat it is to all eat at the same time. Two of my guest had salads so don't thinks four meals should be hard to provide eatable food.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Was my very first experience with this restaurant. Went there with my family on 31 Dec 2017, and we had a good time. Good food, good service, and friendly personnel. Also, there is a discount for military members (10% I believe). For that particular occasion however, it seemed like there was less trust between either the manager and restaurant personnel, or the manager and the customer. Although the waitress asked to visually check military id for discount purpose (which seems normal), they would later ask to take the military id card to the manager when paying for the bill. This may be uncomfortable for some people (including myself). I would suggest the manager come to the client and double-check the ID, if possible.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Thank you for such a wonderful visit. You always treat us like family.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We found this wonderful place right after moving back to Washington from Florida, and what a find! Our first visit was after a stressful trip, moving, etc. The service was great, Christine was the best, the food was fabulous. I think we dined 5 nights in a row. We now come back as often as possible. Food is great, service friendly and prompt, and we will keep coming back! Thank you for a wonderful place to eat!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list and accommodating of our family’s dietary preferences. The food was delicious, and tasted very much like quality ingredients were used.
I’d happily go back next time we’re in town!

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Xmas Eve dinner at Adriatic Grill was unfortunate & disappointing. I had been to the bar a few months back & it was nice, so we gave it a try. 8:00 PM was the earliest time left when I booked with Open Table and there was only one other seating in the entire place & a few people in the bar when we got there.

They put our party of 4 into a 4 top booth - it was a little cramped with all the winter coats, etc, (which no one offered to take) so I asked to be moved to a round table that sat 5 so we would have more room & were told no.

So I went up to speak to the hostess who said they could move us a table, but not the round one, to a square one for 4, in case a party of 5 came in (?!) again the place was almost empty. Upon taking our order we were informed they were trying to close to go home for xmas eve so if we thought we wanted a 2nd drink we would need to order them at the same time so the bar could close - (?!!) so there are all 4 of us at a square table each w/ water & 2 cocktails - so 12 glasses! We ordered dinner and were told if we wanted dessert we needed to order it now - at the SAME time we ordered dinner (?!!) when our food came, my chicken parm & my daughter's Fettucine were lukewarm, though my two son's meals were hot and they liked them. SO clearly ours had been kept under a warmer. we had ordered 2 choc molten cakes for dessert that were brought out immediately after our meals, served also lukewarm with whipped cream instead of ice cream, which was melted already - inedible - we each had 2 bites. The bill was brought immediately after that - nothing subtle about wanting us out of there - our res was for 8 PM & we were back in our car heading home by 8:45.

I understand wanting to go home, but it was our holiday too, we paid the same price as the 1st guest that night and it would have taken so little effort to make it a lovely meal for us , prevent this review and the lost patronage from us in future & we go out several times a month.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

An all together delightful experience on Christmas Eve as the light was fading and the snow was falling. Very festive without being overboard.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and service for a good price.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2017

I loved the open table option.

However, we had asked for a booth and they apologized that they "missed" that request... also the reason we were there was to celebrate my son's 12th bday. I had to remind them so they would tell our server. From that perpsective, I was disappointed. The food as always (we have been coming to Adriatic for years) was delish as always and our server did his best & was friendly, but we had to ask for water and bread was scarce (he said they'd been busy earlier.. our reservation was 6p) although the table next to us did not seem to be lacking...

Overall, it was ok. I will say the last few times we have been in, and seated in the restaurant section, its not been that impressive; its definitely not the experience it used to be. Although bar service is usually always on point...

One last thing, just because I have kids (17/12) doesn't mean I want to sit by other (much younger) kids. My kids are basically adult patrons... please ask my preference, or recognize they aren't "littles".

Thank you.
We love Adriatic... and will always reccommend and visit. There just needs to be some attn to details I feel in our opinion.

Happy Holidays!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The wait staff was terrific! Food was delicious! We were late arriving, but they were still accommodating in helping us to make our next destination in time. Again, a terrific wait staff!

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Ambience and service was up to par. Too bad the food was not. My steak salad was dripping wet and completely tasteless. The steak looked like it was just thrown on the plate and have buried in the wet lettuce. Very unappetizing. My husband had a pizza which he said was good, but nothing special. I like coming to AG. Please step it up as this is the 2nd time I have been disappointed. Thank you.

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I love to sit in the bar for dinner. However, this time I had some out of town relatives visiting and decided to sit in the dining room. The service was very slow. One of our party asked for a small caesar salad before dinner, and they came with a field green salad and seemed very confused that is was wrong (plus the server was going to set the plate down to the person on my left by reaching over me, we were at a table not a booth). I had ordered mozzarela marinera for an appetizer, it never arrived. The dining room was not that busy, so I am not sure of the reason for the slow service. Additionally, they were out of bread! What Italian/Mediterranean runs out of bread???

I really do love this restaurant and was very disappointed. It'll be a while before I go back to the dining room.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Always delicious. Attentive service, great ambiance. Bread baked fresh throughout the day in the pizza oven. We enjoy having the kitchen in full view. Particularly recommend the Bolognese.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Received excellent service it was quiet it was comfortable it was relaxing. It was our sister's birthday and it was a perfect place to celebrate. The food was excellent and a good variety. We will be coming back again.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently excellent food. Always my first choice!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was delicious and the wine...oh the wine was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing food!!! And an Overall great time will be back

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