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.
Contemporary Italian, Italian, German
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Brunch Saturday & Sundays 10:00am-2:00pm
Ford and Euclid
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We share parking with the Glidden House hotel and additional metered street parking is available as well
RTA Cedar-University Rapid Station
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Trentina Ratings and Reviews
We had been wanting to try this restaura ...
We had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while, but it is small so reservations are a must and require a credit card. We had the grilled cauliflower and a mushroom pizza. I thought both were outstanding, and would try everything on the menu! My husband is a meat and potatoes guy, so he didn't like the food as much. Nice patio in one of the prettiest locations in Cleve, University Circle.
Shockingly bad, especially for what is s ...
Shockingly bad, especially for what is supposedly one of Cleveland's best restaurants. First of all, if you're going to specialize in the cuisine of a particular region, train your staff to pronounce it properly. Alto Adige is *not* pronounced ah-DEEJ. But the food was unbelievably awful, starting with the charcuterie plate, which featured an oddly textured, underflavored mortadella, some pallid slices of pork, two hunks of cheese that were too cold and mostly rind, and pickled broccoli stems that were nasty-tasting and so fibrous that I literally gagged on one piece. The house-"extruded" pasta was gummy and oversauced with some sort of flavorless goo. My halibut had a burned crust and was horribly overcooked. My brother's pizza, a house specialty, had a soggy crust, a weird-colored and texured tomato sauce and no flavor. Avoid this disaster or you'll regret it.
$12 for a gimlet? $12 for a glass of whi ...
$12 for a gimlet? $12 for a glass of white wine? Well, I guess. We were looking forward to Trentina, having heard a lot about it, but the menu was...what is the word...overreaching. Trying too hard. Bread for $8? Grilled cauliflower for $15? The oysters were fresh, but the menu said they were served "with a Prosecco mignionette, fresh horseradish and citrus" but what that means is the oysters were served with all that atop, not on the side to be doled out according to taste. The osso bucco was terrific, and the smaller serving sizes are much appreciated. My Rigatoni Bolognese Blanco was very good. But then came the check. Again, $12 for a gimlet? I guess I have got to get used to restaurants trying to recoup all their investment quickly. Yes, we will go back. Nobody judges a restaurant on one visit.
Pleasant experience overall. Great servi ...
Pleasant experience overall. Great service. Wide choice in all menu categories. Loved the (shared) table bread with beef tallow candle for starters...original and delicious. Charcuterie platter also unique and tasty.
Quite frankly, after having an outstandi ...
Quite frankly, after having an outstanding meal at their sister restaurant (The Greenhouse Tavern), we were severely disappointed. We were so excited to go to Johathon's new Trentina, after GHT and were so, so unimpressed and uninspired. We decided to go with the 12 course, all in signature specially prepared dinner by the chef. Honestly, the ala carte menu would have been a far better decision. How can one suggest the seafood feature of that 12 course menu be a dish of anchovies as the only seafood? Come on now. Also, the service was unpolished (as was the service at GHT). Jonathon should take some lessons from Michael Symon's restaurants which have incredibly polished service and outstanding food. If you haven't tried it yet, go to Lola--far greater experience, food and service than Trenstina. Perhaps I should stop now. But having spent close to $500 for this meal was just short of ridiculous.
The waitress seemed very friendly at fir ...
The waitress seemed very friendly at first and then ignored us. The food wasn't seasoned- grilled broccoli appetizer, grilled cauliflower and halibut lacked flavor. Vegetables tasted more steamed then grilled and had little flavor. Smores dessert was the highlight of the meal. Overall, we were very disappointed.
Amazing bread and pasta. Good pizza. D ...
Amazing bread and pasta. Good pizza. Didn't care for the broccoli. Wine was fantastic but pricey. Highly recommend this place for pasta and bread lovers! Only big downside was a bunch of flies that wouldn't leave our table alone and we were seated inside. Kinda ruins a fine dining experience. Definitely will be back for the bread and pasta! Hopefully the flies will be gone.
Nice evening celebrating best friends 38 ...
Nice evening celebrating best friends 38th anniversary and our first time at this restaurant. Foodies at work had said good things about it and we were not disappointed. Our waiter let us move at our own pace which worked out well. We sat inside but the outside seating area looked great also. Upstairs restrooms would be a problem for older folks as it is a steep climb. Overall, a pleasant experience. Good food and great friends; a great combination!
Owner/ maitre di is very enthusiastic ab ...
Owner/ maitre di is very enthusiastic about his restaurant. Cuisine was creative and well presented, but not outstanding. Decor is clean, fresh and modern. Wish he would have granted our request to move to another table for two, away from the kitchen door, that only filled as we were leaving!!!
The server we had was fine, but he seeme ...
The server we had was fine, but he seemed to be stretched awfully thin. Thus, it took too long for his return trips, as he had too many table to attend to by himself. Otherwise, everything about this experience was top-notch. This is easily one of Cleveland's best restaurants.
We had a wonderful time dining at Trenti ...
We had a wonderful time dining at Trentina while visiting Cleveland. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, and the wine was some of the best that we ever had. We got to try wines that we never experienced before, and they were quite nice. Highly recommend this place.
This was one of those truly perfect dini ...
This was one of those truly perfect dining experiences. The entire staff worked so well together to offer us a memorable night. Everyone in the kitchen was clearly cooking their hearts out because the food was positively unrivaled. I also fully appreciated not only our server's extensive knowledge of the wine list and dinner menu, but also her willingness to admit that she wasn't the foremost authority on desserts wines, and so grabbing another server for suggestions. I always consider it the mark of an amazing server to not only be excellent at his or her job, but also to lean on others in instances where they may be stronger. It made for the best night out I've had in my three visits to Cleveland.
This is our second time dining at Trenti ...
This is our second time dining at Trentina. When we received the confirmation call for our reservation, I was asked whether we would be having the tasting menu or ordering from the a la carte menu. I asked whether we would both have to do the tasting menu or if one of us could dine from the a la carte menu and the other have the tasting menu. The person on the phone assured me that if I selected the tasting menu for both of us, it would allow the restaurant to prepare for that, but once there, one of us could easily order from the a la carte menu. When we arrived our server immediately took away the a la carte menus and explained that we both needed to do the tasting menu contrary to what I was told. We have dined at many restaurants that offer a tasting menu. Most other tasting menus that we have experienced give some choices with regard to items in each course. I realize that Trentina asks for likes/dislikes/allergies before meal preparation to accommodate tastes, but offering at least two choices per course or at least for some courses would be preferable. It is a very noisy and stark environment. Since our first visit, some fabric art has been added to the walls to try to tamp down the noise, but they are ineffective, and add no color. For a long dining experience, as the tasting menu should be, the chairs are not comfortable. The mirrored tables get dirty immediately. We had to ask our server to slow down the food delivery, as it was coming rapid fire, one course after the other. We did the wine pairings, and were trying to enjoy the experience, not have fast food. On the positive side, the food is carefully and tastefully prepared and our server was attentive to our preference for red wine and was able to produce some very nice pairings with our food. The fish course was surprising in that had a lot of fish bones and it would have been nice for some advance warning of that.
Have been to Trentina many times over th ...
Have been to Trentina many times over the last two years and believe it is one of the top restaurants in Cleveland. Always some new gems on the menu, a unique wine list, and excellent service with attention to detail without being overwhelming. Always look forward to brunch or dinner here and have never been disappointed!
Trentina is a disaster. Went with wife, ...
Trentina is a disaster. Went with wife, ordered from a la carte menu. Two orders of oysters on the half shell- asked for mignonette on the side. Got them with mignonette on the oysters. Oysters past their prime. Ordered "Case Western" pizza, so named because of mushrooms from Squier Valley Farm. Oyster mushrooms used, but pizza also topped with large amount of kale, which restaurant obviously had an excess of (included in multiple dishes), and finished with a blue cheese sauce that was much too salty and pungent to the extent that the rather delicate flavor of the mushrooms was overwhelmed. My entree strip steak and potato galette. Ordered steak rare, received medium rare. Steak sauced with glace de viande. Inedible- acrid with salt. Checked with wife- inedible. Galette greasy and burnt- charred beyond edibility. Checked with wife- inedible. Wife's entree duck "two ways": slices of breast and confit. At least edible, but absolutely nothing of interest happening on the plate- profoundly mediocre. Because of scheduled Severance concert, no time to send dishes back or otherwise hassle. Will never go back. Just because we are in Cleveland and not a legitimate foodie city (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.) doesn't mean we have to put up with this garbage. HIGHEST DISPARITY BETWEEN PRETENSE AND QUALITY THAT I CAN REMEMBER ENCOUNTERING IN A LONG LIFE OF RESTAURANT-GOING.
Second visit to Trentina for lunch, have ...
Second visit to Trentina for lunch, have also been here for dinner. Love the quality of the food and the fact that they have small pasta plates so you can enjoy a lite meal at lunchtime. Feel always like a special place. Will pop in again.
Everything about our dining experience w ...
Everything about our dining experience was top notch. I went with two friends (we meet for dinner quarterly) and this was a dining adventure with amazing results! Service was great- attentive without hovering, friendly without being "too chummy" :) The food was exceptional, from house made pastas to a ridulously good beet salad and then the "table bread" (brushed with olive oil and flaked with sea salt, served with a beef tallow candle to dip the bread in as it melted - other-worldly). Incredible value, too, for the many courses we got from the a la carte menu, plus a glass of wine each; I can't wait to come back (with my husband next time)!
Jonathan Sawyer has an extraordinary gem ...
Jonathan Sawyer has an extraordinary gem in Trentina. It never disappoints. The wines are perfectly paired with dishes and we love the restaurant more each time we visit.
The waiters and staff are very attentive and offer excellent guidance on beverages to pair with dishes. It is an outstanding experience.
Since we were traveling through the Clev ...
Since we were traveling through the Cleveland area at dinner-time, we chose this Jonathan Sawyer restaurant because of the chef's reputation. We loved the creativity and beautiful presentation of our shared appetizer, golden beet salad, and shared plum dessert. My husband's entree of duck two ways was excellent, though a few bites of the duck were too tough. My entree of grouper with squid ink pasta and bitter greens was very good though not quite as exciting and interesting as I had hoped. Service was excellent, and the high-tech restroom was an added bonus. We'd love to return if we're in the area again.
I can see the potential, but would be ha ...
I can see the potential, but would be hard pressed to want to return. Had the tasting Bianca menu and it was pretty uninspiring. Nothing stood out, but could see some originality in a few dishes. The fired polenta with the charcuterie was nice, but too much butter and the pickles were too salty. The salt came back in force with the mushroom course. The best course we're the pastas: gnocchi and rigatoni. The meats (duck and sardine) were good but nothing more than ordinary. The biggest disappointment was the service. Three bottles of wine and I think we had our glasses filled twice. OK at The Olive Garden, not so much when you get a bill for $427 for two. Also the waitress never considered an accommodation on adjusting the beverage pairing or the "revisiting" course to our taste. As for the pairing, a simple adjustment to tilt to white from red would have been appreciated. Not necessary, but a reasonable expectation based on the price. My recommendation would be to drop the tasting menu. Focus on what you do well, pasta and a few key items, and train up st staff a bit more for this calibre of the restaurant. The young man who brought the courses was very well informed and excellent. The young lady who seated us and offered a the 'revisit' was less so. The revisit being the same course you already had and liked, you can have it again (as long as it's not the gnocchi or sardines). But they won't exchange it for a drink if you didn't enjoy the previous courses.
We tried four pasta dishes and each one ...
We tried four pasta dishes and each one was better than the next. Definitely the best pasta dishes in town. The vegetable appetizers were equally good. The only negative for this restaurant is that the seats both inside and outside are not very comfortable.
One of the best meals I have had. Ever. ...
One of the best meals I have had. Ever. We are from Denver and we flew in to find this gem. Truly spectacular.
We shared four pastas, four "starters", and two of the most amazing breads of my life. It was an experience that we will think back often about, and it makes me want to come into Cleveland just for the food.
The service was outstanding. We arrived ...
The service was outstanding. We arrived close to closing for the afternoon and the service was gracious and efficient. The food was excellent. Unique items on menu. Definitely will go again. Looking forward to one of their dinner dining menus.
Been to the restaurant twice and each of ...
Been to the restaurant twice and each of my experiences have been fantastic. Mauve is wonderful front of the house specialist and server! She made both our experiences memorable and we just happened to come in to "check it out".
We have been looking forward to eating h ...
We have been looking forward to eating here since it opened (had to cancel reservations more than once). We were rewarded for the wait. We decided to pass on the tasting menu and make our own - great idea. The menu is VERY reasonably priced and the pastas come in two sizes so it was easy to try several. All were excellent. I was particularly happy with the wine list since it contained several off the beaten path choices from NE Italy - a very under appreciated region. Although the restaurant was out of my first selection, the White Tokai blend from Capriva de Friuli was outstanding.
We had a wonderful dining experience at ...
We had a wonderful dining experience at Trentina. The outdoor setting was wonderful and service was very good. The food delectable. The only drawback was the mixed drinks. Trentina does not have a bartender and relies on the servers to make the drinks. All of our drinks were subpar and not worthy of such a fine restaurant.
Interesting looking menu, but the food w ...
Interesting looking menu, but the food was odd to say the least. Charred broccoli was recommended as an appetizer. It should just be called burnt. When I asked what the gray, muddy-looking liquid was on the plate I was told "eggplant puree with edible charcoal." My pasta was more than al dente, nearly crunchy. There were black flecks in the pasta and thinking it was more edible charcoal, I removed them to another plate. The waitress asked if I didn't like the olives. Seems that the black specks were dehydrated olives. Who knew? And when I asked for sweetener for my coffee, I was told they don't serve anything artificial. Interesting that they would serve me edible charcoal but not zero-calorie sweetener. We are not going back.
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