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Review of Gina's Bistro

Gina's Bistro
Ranked #1,647 of 4,932 Restaurants in Las Vegas
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed May 4, 2013

… a hidden gem and more are back at GINA's BISTRO …
… italian food the way it should be …

New owner and host Ricardo is so passionate in your
dining experience, he's open 7 days a week …

Ricardo also talks daily with his 80 year old grandmother in Genoa Italy …
… her recipes are delicious, homemade and well priced ...

charming and small …
make a reservation …

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4  Thank cosmiced
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

After driving by this place a thousand times we finally ate here! They had a Groupon deal so that helped get us there us faster. It was a a great find. I read on the website and learned of the powerhouse team that is running the restaurant so I wasn't surprised it was really nice. We loved the small intimate feel of the place. The host had a thick Italian accent which I really enjoyed. Especially being in an Italian restaurant.

PROS:
*Caesar's Salad - looks plain in the pictures but the dressing they make from scratch is on point.

*Eggplant alla Parmigiana- HUGE portion. The eggplant was thin and breaded stacked on top of each other (3 or 4 layers) then home-made mozzarella melted with sauce on top. If I could change one thing I would ask for a little more sauce on the eggplant.

*Chicken Sorrento- Chicken breast with eggplant and mozzarella with sauce. Tender chicken, large portion.

*Pasta comes with the entrees

*Italian host - his accent

*Pasta is hand made on the premises. Desserts are all home made too. All Italian desserts!

CONS:
*Only open for dinner

There was a tv set in the upper corner of the room but muted. A cooking show was on at 7:30pm Friday night. I didn't understand why that was there or even turned on. But I wasn't facing the tv and it didn't bother me. It just seemed out of place for the atmosphere the restaurant aired. Make reservations on the weekend. It was crowded around 7:30 Friday night.

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4  Thank Bakesie
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a nice place to eat at the last minute on a Saturday evening, so as we drove past Gina's Bistro we thought we'd go there again. We'd been there before and it was pretty good. This time it must have been an off day for the chef tho because both dishes that my husband and I had were quite bad. He ordered the Chicken Cacciatore. Not only did it not taste like typical cacciatore, the chicken was all dried out. There was a framed article from the Review Journal that talked about how good another dish was, the Strozzapreti, so I thought I would try that. It was very flavorless. There was a salt shaker on the table so I salted it but that didn't help. There wan't any black or red pepper on the table, either of which might have helped a little. Sorry to say we probably won't be back.

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3  Thank lvziggy
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

Owner run, family help, very good Italian food. When I travel to Las Vegas, I try to make it a stop each time. It's way off the strip, which is another plus. The restaurant is small yet comfy, very friendly & has a decent wine selection. I recommend Gina's to all my friends living in Vegas and to those traveling there.

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2  Thank H K
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

The place is not what it used to be....

We went to Gina's two years ago and it was charming and popular BYOB restaurant that was packed. The food was solid and substantial. We were excited to find a good restaurant that is off the strip and not catering to tourists. That was two years ago.

We dined here tonight (a Saturday) and there were several changes. There were only two other tables seated from seven to nine. Not a good sign. The menu was still priced as a BYOB should be. Unfortunately, they now have a liquor licence and sell wine at marked up prices but Gina has not lowered their food prices. When I called to make the reservation, I asked the woman (who does not speak English very well) if they are still BYOB. She said "yes". Upon arrival, we discovered they were not. She did however, offer a corkage fee of $15 a bottle!!!

We ordered wine from the limited list and our food. The portions were small for the price. The overall quality was good, but the eggplant was clearly made in a giant tray and 3x3 piece was cut out and heated up. It was not made to order like so many other restaurants.

The waiter was unfamiliar with the specials. He offered a "Salmon Burbank". I wondered it that meant that it was surrounded by nectarines! He could not tell us what the sauce contained, but I am certain he meant "Beurre Blanc". At least we had a good laugh about that.

We wanted a special night out for a visiting relative and ultimately were disappointed with our choice.

On top of everything, the restaurant does not have its own bathroom. There is one that is outside of the main room that you need a key attached to a giant spatula to use. It felt a bit like using the restroom at a gas station.

Finally, the interior ambience is lacking. Ther are some "Italian" touches (a tacky photograph of the Rialto Bridge) and there is a television that was set to the Food Network. While I do enjoy watching Cupcake Wars and Iron Chef at home, I do not want to see those programs when dining out at a "nice" restaurant. The mirrors on the wall made it impossible not to watch.

If the place is still in business in two years, perhaps I'll return again to see if it has recaptured any of its original charm. Then again, I think I will just try to remember my first good impression and never go back.

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1  Thank blazerg
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