Cafe Trio Downtown

4.8
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Café Trio is an Italian neighborhood restaurant nestled in the East Bench of downtown Salt Lake City.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 4pm-10:00pm Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(801) 533-8746
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer West
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
700 South
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Parking details
Parking to the North, East and South.
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Public transit
Trax train stops 4 blocks north. UTA bus stop on the corner of 900 E and 700 S.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 80 People Are Saying
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T
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place, I wish they would expand their wine menu, and get some sweet wines.

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d
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The cauliflower dish was brilliant, perfectly cooked, beautifully presented, creative, and delicious. The corn and mushroom agnolotti was disappointing. The idea was creative and seasonal but the execution was flawed because a large number of the mushrooms were dried out, like old mushrooms left in the refrigerator too long and allowed to irrecoverably desiccate. It was a great idea ruined by faulty ingredients. A little bread offering at the table would be nice. Perhaps, with a nice olive oil to dip into. It could be a good use for the oven on display as you walk in.
The wine list is limited but offers a good selection of wines that are nicely chosen to complement the menu and reasonable in price.
The ambience is casual but urbane. The patio is delightful except for the flies.

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P
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Cafe Trio. It was a little slow service, but food was great!

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F
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to get together, either for fun or business.

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BP
Salt Lake City
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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BP
Salt Lake City
36 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and service

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CD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Trio is always delicious. The staff is friendly and gives recommendations when asked. One of my favorite spots to eat!

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DR
Salt Lake City
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in SLC, every season, year in and out. Menu always changing around some standards, and always too many great choices from Italian inspired entrees to pizza to salads and now small plates. Flavors are spot on, and it's not all red sauce. Inventive cocktails and a solid wine list. Comfortable ambiance with a neighborhood feel, and very reasonably priced (with a loyalty plan to boot). A little loud tonight, but packed with people enjoying the food and each other. Indoor outdoor seating and great staff. This is the place I want to go. And now Open Table reservations before 6pm--Cheers!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a birthday dinner and had a wonderful time! We had a party of 17 and they were so helpful to accommodate us and all :) The service, food, and atmosphere is great. Thanks Trio!

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D
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great patio for evening dining. Carbonara was fantastic!

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MW
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love sitting on the downtown Trio’s patio!!! It is so perfect! I love the flowers in the boxes and it isn’t noisy with cars, it’s just perfect! The food is always good, and usually the service is always great too! A great place to sit in a calm and relaxing atmosphere and enjoy being outside without being in the sun!

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OT
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and service is great. Menu changes with the season so there are new items to try along with standard favorites. Pizza is thin crust, cooked a wood burning oven that you see when you first walk in. Splitting a pizza with a salad and a glass of wine is always a winner. If you are there when short ribs are the special, that is the one to get.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job all! I loved the food, the servers were nice, and it was a fun experience for our group. It was very accomadating for our group, and a nice date! Thank you!!

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DK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am a quasi-regular at Trio, visiting with friends and business acquaintances. So far, the restaurant has been impressively consistent in terms of food quality and service. And in warmer weather you can sit outside.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat! I will use any excuse to go to Cafe Trio. Brunch, dinner, dessert, anything. The downtown location is the best! Servers are always polite and on top of it.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Just poor food.

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JA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here every Valentine's Day, the food is amazing and so are the beverages. It is a little pricey, but so worth it. That's why we only go once a year. The seating is also close in proximity, so you hear the people's conversations around you. But everything we have ever tried here is seriously so good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lasagna special was delicious! Everyone enjoyed their meal. The server was attentive, but not overly so. We had a nice, cozy booth in the corner where it was easy to have a conversation.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Christmas with a special grandson and his parents. We sat at a round table. Perfect! Everyone could be involved in the conversation. Loved the lobster lasagna.and chicken. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful date night spot !

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BP
Salt Lake City
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our team's Holiday dinner and none of them had been there before. All were delighted and commented they would certainly come back with spouses/friends. Our waiter (Jeff) was excellent; attentive, friendly and accommodating. He was everything you would want from a server. In regards to the food, the penne pasta and the carbonara were memorably good.

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MC
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Trio has become stale. Same old , same old. Needs to have some revitalization. Portions are small vis a vis the price.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food at our table was quite mediocre. Beet salad: low on quantity, with a virtually tasteless dressing. Meatballs & spaghetti: sauce tasted like ketchup. And why so few noodles?

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JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Used to love Cafe Trio, but the menu is not that great. Love the location still.

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BP
Salt Lake City
36 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There is a major fly issue that needs pest control to work on. It's not nice when flies are landing on you and your food all during dinner

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The flies buzzing around (inside, mind you) were a little frustrating, but overall--still has some great food and the service is attentive.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Nice ambience

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RC
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, love coming here anytime I'm in Salt Lake.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food is just so so, nothing special. Good service. Nice neighborhood setting. Prices much to high for quality of food.

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LS
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cocktails were not very good but waitress was accommodating and provided us wine as a replacement. We had appetizers and they were very good. It was a nice gathering spot for our group. We will go there again.

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CV
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ate at Café Trio with friends. It was our first visit there. I thought that the food was consistently good, not spectacular, but it's not that kind of restaurant. Two of us had the polenta and shrimp nightly special and it was excellent. One friend's steak was ok, but just that. The gelato was a treat. The service was really quite nice and the ambiance enjoyable.

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BP
Salt Lake City
36 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great we love it at Cafe Trio, staff and food is the best.

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L
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We go 3 or 4 times per year, we just wish they would change the menu once in a while and when we make reservations for groups give us a table that actually fits the number of people we have. We had 10 people the last time we went and it was really a table for eight. This is a normal way of seating.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great reccomendations for appetizers for our group. Entrees cooked perfectly. My chicken lemon salad dressing with caper berries was perfect.

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FA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They did not honor the reservation. I showed them the confirmation on my phone but they said they did not have a record of my reservation.

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L
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming, with freshly made food. Service was great. Prices were reasonable. Parking can be a problem when they're busy.

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OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at downtown trio! Will
Be back soon!

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SL
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Weather was bad but look forward to eating outside on the patio. Our group all had salads & were very happy with them. Beet salad is good but wish there was a bit more beets.

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L
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We selected Cafe Trio to celebrate 3 family birthdays. We had been to the Cottonwood location and the experience was a memorable one with amazing food and excellent service. This location was so different. The 2 salads we ordered were so overdressed they were soggy. The flat bread, salmon, and the snap peas were the only dishes I would eat again out of everything we ordered. When we told our waitress the salad was over dressed she just agreed with us and didn't replace the lettuce. She offered free dessert which when you order a salad that's probably not what you desire. Hmmm. We live in Park City and have heard they are building a location there. Not sure if I would try it after this experience.

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