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“Small intimate setting, good value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gini's Restaurant

Gini's Restaurant
10706 142 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(780) 451-1169
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Ranked #195 of 1,979 Restaurants in Edmonton
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Edmonton, Alberta
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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“Small intimate setting, good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

We've visited this restaurant a few times now and haven't had a bad experience. Only seats approx 50 people staff is very friendly and always refilling water wine etc. We always go for the 5 course meal that is just over fifty dollars: salad or soup, tapa, sorbet, entre, and dessert. All are very tasty and a good value for the experince. A good bottle of wine is the Riesling which is just slightly sweet and very easy to drink but the waiters ESP. Todd are very good at pairing which wine with food. Our favorite place in Edmonton to eat.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
St. John's, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Always a Good Visit...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Just a quick note to say that the service and food here is consistently good - the decor is simply, perhaps a little dated, but it is cozy and quiet, the staff are always sensitive to their visitors and never intrude, they are polite and professional. The food is always quality French cuisine (traditional) and prepared nicely. We do not hesitate to come here for lunch, we bring staff, customers and others along. A tip - try the fish - always perfectly prepared.

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Edmonton, Canada
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“Gini's restaurant is a hidden gem in an unassuming location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012 via mobile

Ginis is a top notch restaurant. If you like excellent service with white tablecloths and napkins this is your place. The food prepared by the owner and chef has never disappointed us. Tasty sauces, fresh ingredients and great menu items to select from. The prices are on the higher end but after eating here, you'll understand why.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kingston
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“Don't judge a book by it's cover!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

My fiance planned a fancy birthday dinner for me and found Gini's online, being touted as "one of the best French restaurants in Edmonton". Imagine his surprise when we pulled up and found it on the corner of a strip mall next to a gym, with a big red canopy that said "restaurant & pub"! The poor guy was so disappointed that he had picked a pub/restaurant that he didn't even want to go in! However, I could see inside the restaurant a bit and it looked nice enough, so I convinced him to go in anyways and just have a meal out, and boy are we ever glad we did! As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted by a very professional looking server who quickly escorted us to a table, introduced himself and left us to look over the wine list. The decor is quite simple, with beige being the predominant colour, and no sign of a "pub" anywhere in sight!

The menu may seem small compared to most restaurants (it's only one page), but that's actually a good thing, as it means the chef can focus on doing a few dishes extremely well, as opposed to doing 50 dishes poorly. The menu is classically French, with most entrees ranging from $30-$35. We both chose the 5 course table d'hote for $55 along with a recommendation for a medium priced wine that would pair well with all 5 courses. The server chose a lovely Chilean merlot that did indeed pair well with the courses and he was also very mindful of keeping our glasses topped up throughout the night.

We were promptly given a basket of warm rolls that were light, fluffy and delicious, as well as an amuse bouche of paté on toast. The paté was deliciously thick, with a very deep flavour and richness. For my first course, I had a cream of wild mushroom soup, which was thick, hearty and packed FULL of mushrooms. J chose the steamed mussels and was awarded with a giant bowl of some of the most delicious mussels I've ever tasted, garlicky and briny and just to die for! The mussels themselves were a bit on the small side but more than made up for their size in flavour, and were served with just enough broth to dip a few rolls in.

Second course was a mixed green salad with smoked salmon and a balsamic vinaigrette. The greens were a delicious mix of sweet and bitter greens, and the smoked salmon was a very generous portion. I chose a bison steak with a peppercorn reduction as my entree while J chose a salmon fillet with some kind of tomato sauce. The bison was served medium and sliced, with just the right amount of charring on the outside, and a wonderfully tender and juicy inside. The peppercorn sauce was rich, creamy and not too overpowering. J's salmon was juicy and slightly smoky, with just the right amount of acid from the tomato sauce to compliment. Both our entrees were served with sliced roasted potatoes, asparagus and carrots. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, not too soft and not too hard, and the roasted potatoes were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a light dill flavour.

Course #4 was a palette-cleansing sorbet, with a creamy texture and just the right amount of sweetness and tartness to balance and cleanse. #5 was dessert. J got a slice of pecan tart served with some fresh whipped cream, while I got a warm strawberry pepper ice cream sundae type thing. While my dessert was tasty and the pepper was interesting, I didn't care for the texture of the strawberries since they were warm, and the ice cream melted too fast for my liking. J's pecan tart was good, with a very strong nut flavour and richness. During the whole meal, the service was prompt, attentive, and not once did we feel rushed or pressured to eat faster. In fact, our server even asked us several times throughout the night whether we wanted a break between courses to digest and chat, which was very appreciated as the portions were quite generous.

All in all, dinner was quite expensive (martini, bottle of wine, 2 5-course meals, tax + tip), but if you think about it, $55 for a 5 course meal is an excellent value! The outside definitely NEEDS a reno, the inside could benefit from one, but the service, value and FOOD more than makes up for the decor. We will definitely be back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gini's to anyone!

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“French and fabulous.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2008

French and fabulous.

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