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“What an experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe
73501 29 Palms Hwy, Suite a, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 (Formerly Gino's Cafe)
+1 760-865-0737
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Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
GRAND RAPIDS
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“What an experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We followed the lead of our hotel desk clerk and gave Gino's a try. Called ahead, and they suggested we come a little later for better service.
When we arrived, restaurant was not real busy, and we were greeted by Gino himself. Ends up Gino was greeter, hostess, server and chef.
We ordered Bruschetta, served on rolls, rather than crispy bread. Tasty!
Gino wanted us to go with special of the day, but we had Eggplant Parmagen, and Lasagna. House salad. Tiramisu. All were delicious.
But what we really had was an experience. Because Gino was doing all the tasks, he didn't see a large party come in. They looked and 'reserved' was on the large tables. I suggested one of them go back and find Gino, and BJ walked back to say "Gino! Can we sit at the big table?" That worked. Another couple came and stood waiting, eventually to leave. Don't leave. Just get Gino's attention.
Notice I said BJ went back. Because we got to know her and her party as we spent the evening together. We actually had great fun talking to that party and another couple coming in. Became a big party. And the big group took the special of the day, ordering family style so Gino could bring out a big bowl of salad, entree, etc.
If you want everyday Italian and service, go to Olive Garden. But if you can bring an open mind to what you expect, go to Gino's. As my husband said - "Just like Italy - a slow evening of dining." And sometimes, that's just what you need.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Port Orchard, Washington
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Gino's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

My, what a wonderful discovery!! After a fine drive through the Joshua Tree National Park we sought a place for lunch in 29 Palms, CA. We always prefer either Ma and Pa Cafes for potentially wonderful lunches and pies made locally; or small, hometown cafes with local flavor instead of chain style restaurants. Driving down the highway through town we spotted a small homey looking place with a Gino's Cafe sign. Much to our big surprise we discovered the cafe was exceptionally elegant inside and were warmly greeted by Gino, who, along with his brother, the chef, had only 16 months ago moved from Genoa, Italy, where they had several restaurants.

The tables were set with a formal feel to them, matching the elegance of the dining room. Gino waited on our table himself and we quickly engaged in a long, pleasant and informative conversation. The food was served with a flair; we had our own water bottle, outstanding lunch faire (Nancy's was spaghetti and mine a chicken sandwich), and a delectable cheesecake which we shared for lunch. Gino goes to L.A. weekly to pick up his own supplies. His brother is a fine chef who demands perfection as he prepares the food. Diners come from as far away as Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs for the food served by Gino. We were sorry not to be able to stay for dinner, as it surely would also be just as wonderful as the lunch!! This cafe is a gem in the desert, one to be relished and savored as a great discovery and real Italian treat for the palate!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mesa, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Exquisite Italian Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Mouth watering food prepared by Italian immigrants and served by attentive hosts in an exquisite atmosphere. Great place to take the family or to have a romantic night out with your partner. Many wines from which to choose and authentic Italian food make this one restaurant you won't forget!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
1 review
“Delicious Italian Cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We recently visited Gino's Café and had a wonderful experience. We were served by the owner, Gino, and his brother Fouady, the chef. They treated us like family. I've never been to Italy, but this is how I imagine a true Italian café to be, and true Italian food to taste. We enjoyed the lasagna and fettuccini alfredo immensely. The sauces were to die for! If you have the chance and a craving for true Italian cuisine, you must try Gino's Café. Delicious!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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yucca valley, ca
1 review
“Wonderful!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Ah yes I do like cheese! Wonderful cheeses, alfredo, so good!
Wonderful ravioli, and penne, top shelf!
Wonderful dressing on the special baby green salad, tantalizing!
Wonderful tomato sauce for the freshly made bread, um good!
We SPLIT a meal, and order the cheesecake to go for another time!
AND DON'T FORGET THE REAL GENOANS, FOUADY AND GINO, WHO TAKE US TO THE MOUNTAINS OF ITALY WHILE PREPARING AND SERVING!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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