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About Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar

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.

4201 S. Steele St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
38th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 475-6000

Website:
http://www.adriaticgrill.com/

Parking Details:
Abundance of parking in front, on side and in back of restaurant. Handicapped parking located on North side of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Owner Bill Trudnowski

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

Special Events & Promotions:
1/2 Price Bottled wine every Sunday!

Happy Hour all day Sunday in our Wine Bar.

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Private Dining

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.

Adriatic Grill - Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Authentic (7)
Casual (7)
Romantic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on February 10, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Enjoyable experience & delicious food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 3, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and service for a good price.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently excellent food. Always my first choice!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was our 4th time and it is always wonderful! The smoked salmon penne was delicious! Best pasta I've had. We always share a salad and an entree and they split it onto two different dishes without us evening asking. Highly recommend!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding food , very very impressed with the quality . We will be back . Peninsula propane loves it :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is a decent Italian restaurant in a convenient location. This was a get-acquainted business meeting and we found the noise level easy to talk over.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great setting for an employee's 30 years of service lunch party. Great variety of wonderful food. Very attentive staff and no errors on ordering! Separate wine and desert list. Awesome appetizers. I've, on other occasions, sat in the bar and truly enjoyed its atmosphere. Perfect for any occasion.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I love coming to the Adriatic Grill. The service is great, huge selection of wines, and the food is phenomenal! Perfect place for a dinner date, dinner and drinks with friends, or on special occasions. We recommend this as a go to place for delicious Italian food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very disappointed for the price I paid. Got a single glass of wine instead of a carafe. Crumbs all over the seat in the booth. This was far from the standard that we are used to from the Adriatic.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I have met with friends for lunch several times and always have had a great experience. The food is great and the service is awesome. Our waiter was attentive and did an excellent job!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We always enjoy the occasional visit to Adriatic Grill. It's over 30 miles away from home, and we typically encounter terrible traffic driving between Olympia and Tacoma. The trip is worth it to experience what I would call sophisticated Italian comfort food. Their menu is tilted towards seafood, but I don't care for seafood. But from what I've seen, the seafood dishes are attractive, plentiful, and are a hit with customers. I had a small Caesar salad and chicken fettuccine alfredo. My partner had a small Caesar and the lasagna along with a glass of merlot. Both entrees were hearty and flavorful. The respective sauces (cream, tomato) were freshly made that day and slow cooked. My alfredo dish was a bit heavy on the butter, as I emptied my pasta bowl save for about 1/2 cup of butter and oil. I soaked some up with bread, but it felt a bit like overindulging. We skipped dessert since we were quite full of rich food, and it was a Sunday anyway.

I rated 4 stars for the service, not because it was bad. We had an excellent and competent server. But she would mumble a bit and then take off, causing us to think a couple minutes before realizing what she said. One time she said "I'll bring your drinks." Then added as she whisked away: "And bread." The bread part wasn't terribly audible. At another instance, a different server picked up our empty plates. Then our serve walked over and said "People are always getting ahead of me" and took off. We didn't understand the context right away and she wasn't around to clarify. But she was still friendly and I would just perk my ears up more if she is my server again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This place has been great each time I've gone. I have to mention the only reason the noise level was so high was because there were children at the next table over. Nothing terrible though. Great place.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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