About Tre Cugini
Tre Cugini is proud to be the recipient of several dining awards and strives to uphold the everyday standards of a fine dining establishment. Tre Cugini's authentic Italian cuisine is inspired by its Owner, Adriano Moscatelli. Our diverse and talented team of chefs, equipped with a rich culinary history and experience, bring a never ending beauty to every dish prepared. A charming team of service professionals will guide our guests through a unique dining experience, as we strive to make diners feel like friends and family. Tre Cugini has selected a strong cellar of unique and obscure Italian wines for your enjoyment, and has developed a great reputation for very creative martinis. Located in the center of downtown by the new "Art District" (across from the Grand Rapids Art Museum), we have carved out a taste of Italy in the heart of Grand Rapids.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Between Monroe Avenue & Ottawa Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy the musical stylings of accordianist Michael Schaeffer on Friday and Saturday nights
Private Party Facilities:
Tre Cugini offers two banquet spaces that can accommodate groups of 10 to 200 guests. Our small space is completely private and is perfect for business groups of up to 30. The larger "La Scala" atrium is a beautiful open area that feels like a European courtyard, and is perfect for any occasion!
Private Party Contact:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Tre Cugini Ratings and Reviews
The one of bread offerings was hard and ...
The one of bread offerings was hard and stale. Olive tapenade was great, as always. Pasta dish with sausage and butternut squash was good as well as the veal scallopini. Hot & tasty. The caprese salad had tasteless tomatoes and bland dressing.
Server was very young and inexperienced. He tried hard but was uncomfortable opening a wine bottle and clearly had minimal experience. We ordered a bottle of wine and instead he brought us a glass each.
We visited on a Saturday evening and our four people along with another four person group were the only persons in the restaurant. We had better experiences in the past, but clearly something has happened over there. I hope they can get on top of it.
We came in for dinner last night and it ...
We came in for dinner last night and it was absolutely awful! My chicken Marsala had no flavor and to be quite cranky, was disgusting. The only good thing about my $26 plate was the potatoes. For being an "upscale" restaurant, it definitely is lacking. Thanks for making us pay $75 hard earned dollars on gross food 😤
Service was awful. New waitress had too ...
Service was awful. New waitress had too many tables and was having issues. No one helped her. Salad took 45 minutes to show up. Gaps of 10-15 minutes without service. Water server was the highlight as he was always there. But that is a sad highlight.
The food at this once great restaurant h ...
The food at this once great restaurant has gone way downhill. Our expensive bowls of pasta were cafeteria quality at best. They didn't taste or look good. Spaghetti Bolognese was gloppy pasta with tasteless, watery sauce. The linguini with clams was so full of broth, it was like pasta soup. Caprese Salads consisted of two small slices of almost-ripe tomatoes, with two small slices of mozzarella cheese. No basal, garnishment, or balsamic. That's it in the middle of a white plate. Looked very sad. If they can't find a ripe tomato in September, when will they. The table next to us complained as well, so I know it was more than just me.
Very nice dinner for my wife's birthday. ...
Very nice dinner for my wife's birthday. We had great service and the food was awesome. My wife raved about the scallops that she had. The server messed up our bill but management was apologetic and all over it. No problem!
We have been here many times and enjoyed ...
We have been here many times and enjoyed the food and service. This night was a significant disappointment. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. It took 20 minutes to bring our cocktails to the table, and the restaurant was almost empty! My wife ordered veal parmigiana and received veal scaloppini. When we questioned the waiter about it he questioned what she had ordered and then said "well thats how we make it here. We asked the manager about when we left, indicating we were disappointed and he said "We will take care of it next time." There won't be a next time for us.
One of our favorite places to celebrate ...
One of our favorite places to celebrate our anniversary. And the band and dancing in Rosa Park Circle was a real treat. Because of the date, there is always something going on there I think. It was a wonderful evening in their outside dining area.
I was on my own and alone for dinner and ...
I was on my own and alone for dinner and this place was an easy walk from my hotel.
It may not be t be the most romantic venue in town, but the food and the wine list more than make me p for any lack in ambiance.
I had the Osso Bucco with a glass of Amarone - it simply outstanding.
Very cool little place with great food and wine offerings
Their homemade pasta was excellent! The ...
Their homemade pasta was excellent! The spinach ravioli I ordered was delicious. My husband got clams over linguine that was even better. He was disappointed with skimpy number of clams included, but it's tastiness made up for it. Salads were delicious but pricey. Pinot noir wine was overpriced. The restaurant was in a perfect location for us when we were on our way to a show at DeVos Place.
This was the perfect venue for a "pre-De ...
This was the perfect venue for a "pre-DeVos" dinner with friends. And, it's always good to see our friend, Adriano. As with our other visits, the evenings entrées were wonderful. It got a little busy as others going to the show filled up the tables. But, our server, MaryAnn, did a fabulous job keeping everyone's order straight. Parking in the adjacent parking lot saved a lot of time instead of taking up to 20 minutes waiting to exit the packed Monroe & Lyon parking garage after the show. We'll be back!
When you spend over $100/person you exce ...
When you spend over $100/person you except a great experience. Unfortunately, that is not what we receive at Tre Cugini. The food was mediocre at best and service was fair. We used to love this restaurant but we will not be returning.
Great food, but nobody there.
We go to Tre Cugini every year for our anniversary on the Friday of Festival and every year the restaurant is less busy. This year, it was a beautiful night, the streets were busy but the restaurant was empty, which is very sad. It is a great place but it seems they have lost touch with how to bring in the customers. I hope they can turn it around because it's a wonderful place filled with great memories!!
In the past, we have always enjoyed dining at Tre Cugini. However this visit was quiet the let down. Our reservation was for 6pm prior to going to the theater. The service was very slow. We ordered an appetizer that took almost 40 minutes to get to our table. Once we got the appetizer, we had to ask how long our entrée was going to be so that we could make the theater on time. We were not able to have dessert or coffee due to the timing. The appetizer was quite good, we had the mussels. Our entrée was the sea food risotto that was on special. The lobster was cooked nicely and very tasty. The risotto itself was kind of bland. And we found it was odd that the shrimp in the risotto were breaded and fried. All in all it was not a great dining experience, which was very sad for us as this has been a favorite for some time now.
This little place is but a diamond in th ...
This little place is but a diamond in the rough. It is placed where most likely only the locals would have any inkling that it is there. I was lucky to find this diamond shining bright on Open Table. I was able to make reservations and they were honored ( was even given a table earlier than my 7 p.m. reservation time). I had the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli - it was AMAZING! Cooked to perfection. My company's filet was melt in your mouth tender and tasty. I did order a cocktail that I was not that fond of, but that was my own issue (not a huge drinker). I did have a dessert that was over-the-top rich with chocolate; but oh-so-good! The Riesling that the waitress had picked out was a perfect dessert wine to top off the dining experience. With everything that we got and the quality of the meal the bill was a little high, but with all due respect very fair.
So sad to see the deterioration of this ...
So sad to see the deterioration of this place. First, no server was assigned to us so we had a long wait just to get a drink and appetizer order in. Then they were literally out of the first three items I tried to order. Food was ok, but the servers have no personality or enthusiasm for what they are doing. Probably our last visit there.
The food and service were lacking, a lot ...
The food and service were lacking, a lot. Steak was ordered medium/well and was rare. The scallops were small and overcooked. The carrots were almost raw. The waiter was pulled in all directions but you could count on ten minutes to receive whatever you asked for (wine, dessert) and he never came up pick up our check so we ended up leaving cash on the table with a small tip as opposed to the credit card we would have used. Not recommended
This restaurant was nothing special It was very pricey. The wine by the glass was hugely overpriced and nothing spectacular. The food was good but nothing special for the price that you paid . We also didn't appreciate that the tip was added onto our bill . There was only two of
good food at Tre Cugini
It might seem a bit more expensive than other restaurants in Grand Rapids, but the food is worth it. For our appetizers, the mozzarella was soft and supple, the greens actually fresh and not wilted. The entrees were excellent too. I recommend it. When you compare price to value this place comes out on top.
The staff was very friendly and welcoming. However, after being seated we were told that they were out of some items....one dish being the reason we chose to come to this restaurant. We ordered the next best dish so we thought....the dish was not that great but we made the best of it. The appetizer that we ordered was very tasty although and so we're the cocktails.
Slow and unappealing food.
Had the pre-fixe menu. Prime rib was Luke warm when served and though the portion was generous,it was not a good cut of meat and was grisly. It was accompanied by one half of a baked potato that was undercooked,and a tough,steamed broccoli. No seasoning and no effort at presentation. It took over 2 hours to complete the meal,and between the over cooked shrimp cocktail appetizer to the main course, almost an hour had elapsed. While it was busy and was Valentine's Day, the whole experience was underwhelming.
A great place for a romantic dinner.
My wife and I tried this eatery for Valentines day this year and it did not disappoint. It was a lovely atmosphere and we were very well treated and tended to by the staff. It was the perfect beginning to a lovely valentines day night.
Good but pricey
Tre Cugini has fantastic food and the service was excellent. Only downfall of the restaurant was the price of the food. I think the food was good and there was a very good selection, but for the price to be right the quality or quantity needed to be better
There's parking right next to the buildi ...
There's parking right next to the building - you have to pay for. The building is beautiful. The service was great. Wasn't really that impresses with the food, considering how expensive it is. Overall, it's a good place to visit but not a favorite.
We visited Friday evening of Valentine weekend. The atmosphere was great, as usual as was the service (Alex). My dish was very good, Tenderloin while my wife's Roast Beef was tough. It was a huge cut of RB, but a smaller, more tender choice would have made her happy and thus me happy. Pay attention to the quality, not simply the quantity please.
The wow in the title is for how dissapointing the whole tre cugini experience was. I chose the place after a Google search showed it as a nice restaurant in Grand Rapids. If you check the menu ahead of time you know it's going to be expensive. But $12 for a caesar salad that tastes like its out of the bag is crazy. Same with the drinks. WAY OVERPRICED.
And the worst part was the crazy over priced low quality food. My GF got ravioli and I got spagh and meatballs which were almost $20 a piece. The meatballs, noodles, and ravioli were over cooked and chewy. The sauce tasted like it was out of a jar.
All in all, two martinis a salad and two entrees were $80. You could get more food and higher quality for a lower price basically anywhere, especially Olive Garden. Don't waste your time or money going here.
Have had better dinners
I wasn't very happy with my dinner. When asked for suggestions, the waitress suggested all of the higher priced dinners. She convinced me that the scallops were excellent. Despite the high price, I decided to try them. They were cooked correctly, but soggy. I'm not sure if it was the sauce or whatever was on the sauteed squash, but there were puddles of oil on my plate, and the squash was overcooked and soggy. The bread basket looked wonderful, but the bread was very dry. My husband had the clams and pasta, and enjoyed it very much. I was disappointed, and will probably not return.
Birthday Night Out
We went to Tre Cugini on a Saturday night and tried the 3-course tasting menu for things we might not ordinarily order. It was limited to three entrees, one appetizer and one dessert. The fried polenta appetizer was awesome. I had a beef tenderloin and sage gravy main course and my wife had the salmon and pancetta. Both were good but not fantastic. The third course was a desert of little note. We did the wine pairing and the choices were spot on to the course. Service was great and the atmosphere was good. We had a great time. This deserves an overall 'very good' any day of the week. As I said, we chose the tasting menu to try something different so you have to go into it thinking you may be less than overwhelmed and that was the case with the particular entrees and dessert chosen, but we would go back.
Very long wait for very poor food
We waited 1 1/2 hours to get food that was no better than cheap take out food. Spent way to much money for such poor quality food. We were told they did not have enough people in the kitchen and that that was why the wait was so long. In looking at reviews (which I wish I had before we decided to go!) others had said that they got the same line, not enough people. It seems they are well versed in what their excuses are. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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