Permanently Closed - Trentina

4.5
674 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Restaurant Trentina explores the rich diversity of culture and joyful voice of cuisine in the regions of northeastern Italy. 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, German
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(216) 421-2900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonathon Sawyer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ford and Euclid
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Parking details
We share parking with the Glidden House hotel and additional metered street parking is available as well.
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Public transit
RTA Cedar-University Rapid Station
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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.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cleveland
46 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in cleveland. Sad to see it close but excited to see chef sawyers next place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Cleveland I’ve been to.

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A staple for when we needed a place to celebrate so sad to see it go. Had a wonderful last experience and wish Chef Sawyer the best with his next endeavor.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad that it is closed now but really glad we were able to be there one last time

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very fortunate to get a table at Trentina on its final weekend. As always the food was exceptional. And the staff was wonderful, very knowledgeable and helpful. It's sad to see this gem close but I will still be a Chef Sawyer fan and continue to patronize his other restaurants.

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Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad to see an anchor in the CLE go! Our final visit was an amazing culinary experience. Thanks to Johnathan and the entire Trentina crew!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. I am really going to miss it

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J
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After going there weekly for about a year, we are terribly sad to hear that it is closing. We will miss the food, the staff, and the atmosphere.

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L
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trentina is always top notch & I am terribly sad to see it close. Get there before they close if you can. It will be worth it.

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sorry to see you go. There aren’t enough grown up restayrants in university circle.

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

The New Years tasting menu was excellent. Creative well generated flavors with pairings that complemented the food. Staff was excited for the occasion and toasted with their guests as the ball dropped. Can’t wait for next years dinner at Trentina.

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Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The courses were good, but not as many were as unique or memorable as platings we've experienced in the past with the Menu Bianco tasting menu. Really wish they'd served the chitarra pasta with botarga we'd enjoyed previously, instead of the butternut ravioli, which incidentally was the second course featuring butternut.

I don't eat fish, so was pleased to be offered seared pork belly, which was excellent until the final bite, which must have been placed with the same utensils as the anchovies touching the fish course my fellow diners were enjoying, so I was left with an unpleasant taste after all that deliciousness.

Unfortunately, I have 2 complaints. My husband and I did the wine pairings also, and despite having a female waitperson, and knowing we weren't probably going to purchase an entire bottle, she spoke almost entirely directly to him, including displaying the label far more prominently toward his side of the table. After a few times of this treatment, it became apparent to her that yes, the female at the table also knows her wine, so I did get to see the label and receive more replies about our questions.

Finally, when I made the reservations, I was asked, "Are you celebrating anything special?" to which I replied, "Yes, it's my 59th birthday". Again, when I was called two days prior to our reservation to confirm that all 4 of us would be having the Menu Bianco, I was asked the same question, to which I replied the same. Well, the wait didn't mention it, there wasn't a small card on the table, or even a tiny candle to blow out in the final brownie bite...

Makes me kinda sad that for this special occasion, I didn't choose a different restaurant to celebrate.

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TO
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Very enjoyable. Server Mia was great!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, portions were smaller which we liked, but the options were limited. Service was OK, limited wine selection. Convenient location at University Circle.

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VC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I ordered Tagliatelle with seafood. There were ONLY FOUR small pieces of seafood.

The pasta was Ok, but not special.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening we had tasting menu food was excellent and Russell did a great job, the steak was one the best we ever had

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely, quiet spot for those who like very good food at a less-than-exorbitant price. If nothing else, their signature bread with a beef suet candle is a must for carnivores.

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Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Dining room look more like the school cafeteria. The portions were small. The staff was attentive but not very knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Cozy space. Timing of dinner was a little off, but staff was attentive to our requests, and created a nice experience!

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Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience.Small spaced, slightly crowded but could talk and not overhear neighbors. Accross the board the food was great. Chef visited tables, young, engaging. Wait staff helped one another, efgicient not pushy. Would go back next time we are in Cleveland.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, kind service, friendly and attentive, especially considering that we went there with our 15 month old son. Pasta, gnocco fritto, beef and duck were tasty and not overly engineered. We didnt have time for dessert but they looked spectacular!

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don’t leave without ordering the bread ... A delightful surprise!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The music did not fit the decor/ambiance and the volume was too loud for this intimate Italian restaurant.
I was underwhelmed by the size of my pasta entree (Cavatelli) for the price and the dessert (Rittman Apple) was more about presentation that flavor, disappointing first experience at Trentina.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We went to Trentina to celebrate our anniversary which I made clear when I made the reservation. The restaurant is a very cool venue, used to be a carriage house. The service was fair at best, I reminded them that we were celebrating her anniversary and they did absolutely nothing to acknowledge it though I heard them acknowledging other anniversaries at other tables. The food is good, however, the portions are very small and it’s very expensive

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p
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening and meal. The space is intimate and elegant, the food delcious! Impeccable service!

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Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Trentina once was incredible. Sadly the quality of food has deteriorated. The pizza tasted like it was on a store bought crust. The pastas had none of the incredible flavor they used to have. The salad used to be incredible but was way too salty. Very disappointing meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Very close seating, we were a foot away from tables on both sides, it’s like we were dining with total strangers, not the right place for a date night

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables way too close together. I felt like I was having dinner with people next to us

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

For a former james beard winner the service should have been much better. Especially since the restaurant was half empty. We did the tasting menu. Wasn’t blown away

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DD
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing. Original and thoroughly good. The only sad thing is the espresso. Unbelievable that with so many authentic touches in the food that the expected finishing touch ( a good espresso at the end of dinner) was so bad. Russell, our terrific server, tried to make it work, but to no avail. I know, Sorry to dwell on such a small detail, but sometimes the details make a difference. It was just a sad ending to great food. Chef Sawyer should really check that out.

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NK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant hands down! Service was so friendly and helpful. It’s such a nice place to go for any type of occasion. The food is so unique and flavorful, I can’t wait to go back!

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AK
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Trentina continues to impress with every visit. I have never had a disappointing meal and this was no exception. The table bread will always be a favorite and I enjoyed trying the spaghetti. The freshness of the dood really comes through and continues to draw me back to this gem.

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PG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an enjoyable experience. Service was friendly and efficient. Server was pleasant. The menu was interesting, and everything we ordered was delicious. Great place.

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Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had only been to Trentina for brunch (which has always been great) and have always sat outside on the patio. This is our first time for dinner and sitting inside the restaurant. I have to say that I had one of the best meals of my life here. Everything was delicious, fresh and unique and from what I can tell, the menu changes frequently. The menu prices were reasonable, though the cocktail menu seemed a tad over priced (though the drinks were really good). We went for our anniversary on a Tuesday night and small dining room was only half full, though I would expect that on the weekends it fills up fast. I would definitely go back again!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Someone forgot to pay for heating the night we came. We notice that often the folks in the kitchen must be so hot that they forget to check on the comfort of their diners. Large exhaust fans in the kitchen can also draft an enormous amount of cold air into the dining rooms. A good chef will check things like this or suffer a distraction from his/her culinary magic.

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JI
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious...The parking was miserable

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MP
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Cleveland. The food preparation is outstanding. Highly recommend it. They also offer a tasting menu that you would need to order in advance with your reservation.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner in a great location close to Secerance Hall and the levels and Orchestra. Eclectic menu- order all the appetizers -small and very tasty!
Ice cream options for desert are really good Excellent service and a very good wine list catering to Northern Italian style of the resto
Small so book ahead.

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The first tasting menu experience I’ve had. I must say the tasting menu was one of the most fun dinning experiences I’ve ever had and was truly an event. It also changes with the seasons so I recommend trying it a few times a year. The food was excellent, creative and surprising, I will most certainly go back. Trentina is a lovely start or finish to a museum experience as well, being only minutes from several.

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal service, great food, wonderful wine and no pressure to finish dinner on the restaurant’s schedule. Extraordinary l!

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