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“Great food, but where is the service?”
Review of Gitanos

Gitanos
Ranked #9 of 76 Restaurants in Corner Brook
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Canada
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125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great food, but where is the service?”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

My husband and I decided to go to Gitanos for our anniversary lunch this week. We were the only patrons in the restaurant for lunch, and the server placed us in a dark corner.

The server did not once ask us if we wanted to order anything to drink, but filled the water glasses and left it at that. We ordered our appetizers and entres and we were then left on our own. Usually a tray of bread with oil dips is placed on the table to eat while waiting for food. This did not happen. We finished our water and the server did not come to refill - instead she settled in at the bar with a cup of coffee and read the menu...


Our food was very good, but slow in coming - more noticeably so because the restaurant was empty other than the two of us. There was supposed to be bread with my meal for dipping with the sausage, but she did not come out with it until my meal was half eaten - I was close to getting up and going to look for it as she had said that she would be right back wth the bread after bringing out the entre.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank sbstitcher
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English first
Toronto
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“We returned the next night”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great food,service and ambience

We spent three nights in Corner Brook last week.

My only regret was we never ate here the first night.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank shark75
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Corner Brook, Canada
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Very spotty quality! Beware!”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Over the past few years we have tried Gitanos a number of times. More often than not, we have been disappointed. Our most recent experience was just before Christmas when a group of friends dined there as our Holiday treat. The place was busy admittedly, but they should have expected that level of demand close to Christmas. We waited hours for our meal, arrived there for a 7pm reservation and were served our food at 9:30pm! And when it arrived, much of it was terribly overcooked. The halibut 'special' was cooked to death and was made with frozen halibut. How is that special?

To be fair, we have had a few better meals there in the past, but none have been outstanding. It seems that attention to the detail necessary to make fine dining is not evident.

The weekend evening live music is quite nice, the ambience is good and it would make for a lovely evening's activity IF the food was better. Hopefully, management will address this deficiency.

Sorry, I wish I could report better results, but they just are not there on any consistent basis.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank John_CornerBrook
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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing...”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went to Gitanos for supper because the restaurant in our accommodation was closed, and we were told that this was the best place to eat in corner brook.

First impressions of the restaurant was that it was both open and had a number of other patrons on a Monday night, so must be pretty good. The music was a little loud but we got a table close to the kitchen and farther from the sound system.

We ordered wine and starters and both came quickly. The sausage in the first tapas dish was supposed to be chorizo, which it wasn't, but the tomato sauce was fine, and the sausage okay, despite not being chorizo.

The second starter was an interesting pulled pork pastry, which was very tasty. This was the highlight of the meal.

The lamb with berry reduction was very nice, the lamb was perfectly medium and quite tender.

However, the seafood pasta was a definite disappointment. The mussels had particles in them and seemed to need a bit more soaking before cooking to be perfectly clean. They were also fishy. The other seafood was fresh, but overlooked and therefore tough. And the sauce was skimpy and a bit bland.

They were also missing several dessert on the menu including the flour less chocolate cake, which was disappointing.

The service was great, the lass serving us was attentive and friendly and all the food came quickly. But....the food was only average. Maybe Monday nights are not the best day for fresh ingredients and full menu?

I'd come here again if there were no other options for fine dining, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank NewfieGirl13
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Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Service, food, ambience”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

If you're looking for great food, good service, wonderful ambience, this restaurant has it all. Tucked away in a cozy corner of The Millbrook Mall, this place should be a must on your next visit to Corner Brook.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Emma W
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