Gino's

★★★★☆
  • 8051 SE 13th Ave

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-233-4613

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Went for dinner and asked if they could leave the croutons off the Caesar Salad since I have celiac. They said absolutely not-the owners would not let you modify anything. I will not be going back. If Mario Batali can be accommodating and

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★★★★★

Went for dinner and asked if they could leave the croutons off the Caesar Salad since I have celiac. They said absolutely not-the owners would not let you modify anything. I will not be going back. If Mario Batali can be accommodating and

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This italian fare was hard to find and their front sign does not say Gino... it says Tavern. Dinner last Monday night was unbelievable. They do have the best Italian cioppino in Portland, period! The place is a run down facility and could

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★★★★★

This italian fare was hard to find and their front sign does not say Gino... it says Tavern. Dinner last Monday night was unbelievable. They do have the best Italian cioppino in Portland, period! The place is a run down facility and could

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I really liked my service here, so let me clear that up right off the bat. The Caesar salad was great, but pretty garlic-y, so consider that if you're on a date. The atmosphere is pretty old-timey and it feels like a good place to take the

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★★★★★

I really liked my service here, so let me clear that up right off the bat. The Caesar salad was great, but pretty garlic-y, so consider that if you're on a date. The atmosphere is pretty old-timey and it feels like a good place to take the

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We love Gino's. Yes, sometimes it is crowded but we usually go early to avoid a wait. Staff has always been great. I just love the mussels. With the bread, it is a meal for me. Give it a try.

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★★★★★

We love Gino's. Yes, sometimes it is crowded but we usually go early to avoid a wait. Staff has always been great. I just love the mussels. With the bread, it is a meal for me. Give it a try.

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So I've read a number of the reviews for Gino's and I'm pretty surprised that so many people have had such terrible service experiences there. Its certainly not the best service ever but in a town of notoriously horrendous service its not

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★★★★★

So I've read a number of the reviews for Gino's and I'm pretty surprised that so many people have had such terrible service experiences there. Its certainly not the best service ever but in a town of notoriously horrendous service its not

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The menu is limited, but the food and atmosphere used to be the best. They no longer have the chicken on the menu which was a favorite and the waitress had a real attitude. I asked how long the cook had been there and she asked me why I

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★★★★★

The menu is limited, but the food and atmosphere used to be the best. They no longer have the chicken on the menu which was a favorite and the waitress had a real attitude. I asked how long the cook had been there and she asked me why I

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This place is a wonderful Sellwood restaurant. I love the Cioppino and the bar provides a unique experience. If you want to watch a game and have great food, this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

This place is a wonderful Sellwood restaurant. I love the Cioppino and the bar provides a unique experience. If you want to watch a game and have great food, this is the place to go.

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Three of us had heard about Gino's so we gave it a try. Had a little trouble finding it because the entrance is through a bar on the corner, on block north of SE Tacoma on 13th. Worth the hunt, this place is incredible, we started with great wine, then their famous Caesar Salad, which is huge, enough for 2 people. We had Salmon Dijon, Raviolis, and Cioppino. The salad and italian bread were excellent. All the italian dishes were wonderful, will return soon.

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★★★★★

Three of us had heard about Gino's so we gave it a try. Had a little trouble finding it because the entrance is through a bar on the corner, on block north of SE Tacoma on 13th. Worth the hunt, this place is incredible, we started with great wine, then their famous Caesar Salad, which is huge, enough for 2 people. We had Salmon Dijon, Raviolis, and Cioppino. The salad and italian bread were excellent. All the italian dishes were wonderful, will return soon.

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My partner David and I have been patrons of Ginos since the beginning. This is a genuine San Francisco style Italian restaurant. If you know ahead to order literally everything to share, you will have a fabulous experience. Our faves are the mixed shells putanesca from the starter menu (OMG), the overdressed and and oversized not-so-gormet caesar salad (but very yummy), and the porterhouse steak for two with grilled and roasted amazing veggies and slamming mashed potatoes.

You will not find a better wine list in any portland restaurant and the cheese plate makes dessert a European pleasure. Mark, the owner, is a wonderful caring man that will honor any loyal customer with a family style greeting and over-the-top service.

For a funky fabulous meal this is the place!

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★★★★★

My partner David and I have been patrons of Ginos since the beginning. This is a genuine San Francisco style Italian restaurant. If you know ahead to order literally everything to share, you will have a fabulous experience. Our faves are the mixed shells putanesca from the starter menu (OMG), the overdressed and and oversized not-so-gormet caesar salad (but very yummy), and the porterhouse steak for two with grilled and roasted amazing veggies and slamming mashed potatoes.

You will not find a better wine list in any portland restaurant and the cheese plate makes dessert a European pleasure. Mark, the owner, is a wonderful caring man that will honor any loyal customer with a family style greeting and over-the-top service.

For a funky fabulous meal this is the place!

Pros: Ordering to Share, Wine List, Relaxed Warm Embience & Serv.

Cons: Not for advocates of corporate restaurants

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This is a high quality, upscale Italian Restaurant that is hidden in the Sellwood area. You have to enter it via the bar on the corner. I have not had this good of Italian food since I visited San Francisco. All our meals were great, and the Caesar Salad was the best I have ever had, recommend you share one because they are huge. Wine was also good, even the house wine was wonderful. Will go back soon.

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★★★★★

This is a high quality, upscale Italian Restaurant that is hidden in the Sellwood area. You have to enter it via the bar on the corner. I have not had this good of Italian food since I visited San Francisco. All our meals were great, and the Caesar Salad was the best I have ever had, recommend you share one because they are huge. Wine was also good, even the house wine was wonderful. Will go back soon.

Pros: All the Food is Great

Cons: Atmosphere not the best

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My wife and I decided to try Gino's for dinner last night. First a half hour wait for a table turned into one and a half hours. Many people were seated that came after us. We sat at the bar, and had a couple of drinks, and as I said the bartender was a very pleasant young man. When we finally sat down, we were pretty hungry. The server was pretty indifferent, there was no bread basket to go with a salad ( you have to order it), and the food took forever to arrive even though it was almost 9:30, and the place was half empty. The food was so, so, but the service was uninspired. For the cost of the meal, there are plenty of better places. Will not eat there again.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I decided to try Gino's for dinner last night. First a half hour wait for a table turned into one and a half hours. Many people were seated that came after us. We sat at the bar, and had a couple of drinks, and as I said the bartender was a very pleasant young man. When we finally sat down, we were pretty hungry. The server was pretty indifferent, there was no bread basket to go with a salad ( you have to order it), and the food took forever to arrive even though it was almost 9:30, and the place was half empty. The food was so, so, but the service was uninspired. For the cost of the meal, there are plenty of better places. Will not eat there again.

Pros: The bartender was good

Cons: Slow service, high prices

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The only grains of salt needed at Gino's are when you are reading many of the one star reviews here on this site. I suspect many of those people would be much happier eating at the Olive Garden or Stanford's.
My wife and I just had a great dinner with some friends at Gino's. We had been 4 or 5 times before but our friends were new to the place. The wait for table was less than ten minutes and before we new it the waiter was bringing us samples of a couple different red wines for us to pick from. We split a caesar for four that was really meant for eight then we all had different pasta dishes. All four of us were very happy with our choices and bites of each were passed around the table. Our service was very casual. He was friendly and helpful when needed it but he also left us alone to enjoy our meal at our own pace and not feel rushed. All in all it was a really nice evening and we will go again soon.

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★★★★☆

The only grains of salt needed at Gino's are when you are reading many of the one star reviews here on this site. I suspect many of those people would be much happier eating at the Olive Garden or Stanford's.
My wife and I just had a great dinner with some friends at Gino's. We had been 4 or 5 times before but our friends were new to the place. The wait for table was less than ten minutes and before we new it the waiter was bringing us samples of a couple different red wines for us to pick from. We split a caesar for four that was really meant for eight then we all had different pasta dishes. All four of us were very happy with our choices and bites of each were passed around the table. Our service was very casual. He was friendly and helpful when needed it but he also left us alone to enjoy our meal at our own pace and not feel rushed. All in all it was a really nice evening and we will go again soon.

Pros: Good food, relaxed atmosphere, great seasonal specials.

Cons: Mixed drinks are small weak and watery

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This restaurant came very highly recommended by friends we trust, but we were concerned when we saw some negative reviews on City Search. But we tried it anyway and are glad that we did. The service was great and we enjoyed the ambience. The Caeser salad for two was ample for three, and it was excellent. Two of our party had the Grandma Jean's pasta and it couldn't be better. We also tried the vegetarian risotta and it was laden with fresh vegetables. The beer selection included several interesting choices. The servers were very knowledgeable about the beer and food. Overall, we recommend this charming spot in Sellwood. (Oh, by the way, we dine out regularly all over the city and have no connection to this restaurant.)

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★★★★★

This restaurant came very highly recommended by friends we trust, but we were concerned when we saw some negative reviews on City Search. But we tried it anyway and are glad that we did. The service was great and we enjoyed the ambience. The Caeser salad for two was ample for three, and it was excellent. Two of our party had the Grandma Jean's pasta and it couldn't be better. We also tried the vegetarian risotta and it was laden with fresh vegetables. The beer selection included several interesting choices. The servers were very knowledgeable about the beer and food. Overall, we recommend this charming spot in Sellwood. (Oh, by the way, we dine out regularly all over the city and have no connection to this restaurant.)

Pros: Good service, good food, good portions, good beer selection

Cons: seating could be more comfortable

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Fabulous.... recently added to their already delicious menu is late nite specials. Prices from$1.95 to $5.95. Item's including (my fave) caesar salad to grandma jeans and the mighty puttanesca. Enjoy !

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★★★★☆

Fabulous.... recently added to their already delicious menu is late nite specials. Prices from$1.95 to $5.95. Item's including (my fave) caesar salad to grandma jeans and the mighty puttanesca. Enjoy !

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Gino's has a fantastic menu and it's all good. I've been going there for years and have had a really great meal every time. I've been there as a member of a group of 5 or 6 several times and the service is always good.
Don't miss the Ceasar Salad and the seasonal dishes. Oh, and the grilled salmon is perfect every time!

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★★★★★

Gino's has a fantastic menu and it's all good. I've been going there for years and have had a really great meal every time. I've been there as a member of a group of 5 or 6 several times and the service is always good.
Don't miss the Ceasar Salad and the seasonal dishes. Oh, and the grilled salmon is perfect every time!

Pros: Muscle Pasta, Ceasar Salad, Wine, etc.

Cons: Can be a bit of a wait for a table but worth it.

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Big Huge disapointment! In fact, i'm shocked Gino's is still up and running. We joined them on a Monday, celebrating a birthday party, The birthday wasn't awcknowleded at all. The food, to say the least was disgusting. The salmon says on the menu that it's cooked MR, which is exactly how my best friend ordered it, it came well done. The filet the birthday boy ordered was suppose to be Med, it came MW. My pasta had zero flavor and sat at the side of the table because i wouldn't eat it, but nobody came to ask me if there was a problem. Very poor. Probly the worst experience i've had in portland for sometime. I would never go back. I agree with one of the other reviews also, it's dirty. They definitely need to shut down and do a clean on the place. And get a new kitchen crew in there's lots of cooks, and a Chef??? looking for jobs right now.

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★☆☆☆☆

Big Huge disapointment! In fact, i'm shocked Gino's is still up and running. We joined them on a Monday, celebrating a birthday party, The birthday wasn't awcknowleded at all. The food, to say the least was disgusting. The salmon says on the menu that it's cooked MR, which is exactly how my best friend ordered it, it came well done. The filet the birthday boy ordered was suppose to be Med, it came MW. My pasta had zero flavor and sat at the side of the table because i wouldn't eat it, but nobody came to ask me if there was a problem. Very poor. Probly the worst experience i've had in portland for sometime. I would never go back. I agree with one of the other reviews also, it's dirty. They definitely need to shut down and do a clean on the place. And get a new kitchen crew in there's lots of cooks, and a Chef??? looking for jobs right now.

Pros: unfortunetely none!!

Cons: Tons, unfriendly staff, no personality, poor food, cold and drafty, dirty, too pricey

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The worst restaurant in this neighborhood and surrounding cities. First waiting for a table is not far off for waiting for the gas chamber. Secondly, when you actually sit in the filth ridden dining room they offer you nothing except for a water-downed drink or a so-called "great bottle of wine" which is marked up about a 1000%. Then the servers finally appear. They are like kids coming out of the bathroom at a party with a gazed look about them. And then finally the food arrives with a couple of pieces of stale hot bread, which you have to pay extra for, and my steak which was cooked not to my order was overdone being a blessing since cooking out the bacteria inside of it saved me. Then the bill arrives and the only thing that you have to say to yourself who is responsible for this injustice. Lets sum it up: water-downed drink $8.00, Bread $3.00, Steak $19.00. Now times that by 2. The wine which I found at the store for $12.00 was $39.00. The nausea medicine to get the food out of me $8.00. The total to go to gas chamber=$107.00 and missed my work the next day...

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst restaurant in this neighborhood and surrounding cities. First waiting for a table is not far off for waiting for the gas chamber. Secondly, when you actually sit in the filth ridden dining room they offer you nothing except for a water-downed drink or a so-called "great bottle of wine" which is marked up about a 1000%. Then the servers finally appear. They are like kids coming out of the bathroom at a party with a gazed look about them. And then finally the food arrives with a couple of pieces of stale hot bread, which you have to pay extra for, and my steak which was cooked not to my order was overdone being a blessing since cooking out the bacteria inside of it saved me. Then the bill arrives and the only thing that you have to say to yourself who is responsible for this injustice. Lets sum it up: water-downed drink $8.00, Bread $3.00, Steak $19.00. Now times that by 2. The wine which I found at the store for $12.00 was $39.00. The nausea medicine to get the food out of me $8.00. The total to go to gas chamber=$107.00 and missed my work the next day...

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Gino's is in an old building in Sellwood (antiques district). The food and atmosphere are terrific. I went for a romantic dinner with my husband and had a great time!! Highly recommend it.

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★★★★☆

Gino's is in an old building in Sellwood (antiques district). The food and atmosphere are terrific. I went for a romantic dinner with my husband and had a great time!! Highly recommend it.

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$1.95 for bread?? Need I say more? This is in a place where you can spend $25 for an entree alone. How cheap can you get with your customers? The bread that we had to order and pay for then arrived at the same time as the entrees which had 2 slices of bread accompanying it. There were no apologies from the waiter who told us "well, now you have more". Thanks. There was no soup available that night, and no Jack Daniels for a drink at the bar. This place is very overpriced. If I am going to pay this much for pasta, then it should be amazing. I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

$1.95 for bread?? Need I say more? This is in a place where you can spend $25 for an entree alone. How cheap can you get with your customers? The bread that we had to order and pay for then arrived at the same time as the entrees which had 2 slices of bread accompanying it. There were no apologies from the waiter who told us "well, now you have more". Thanks. There was no soup available that night, and no Jack Daniels for a drink at the bar. This place is very overpriced. If I am going to pay this much for pasta, then it should be amazing. I won't be back.

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I am absolutely positive that some of the reviews of this place are either friends of the owners or family. While it is true that the food is very good, I would have given the food and the building 5 stars if it wasnt for the fact I feel so very let down by the lack of personality this place has.
First off, kid friendly?! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! That was a good one!! The joke was on us!! Doesnt kid friendly mean they have some sort of kids menu, maybe a morsel of bread at the table to put in their mouths, crackers, something?? How about a server that responds to your worries of the fact your child may not eat that, can we have it plain, can we work on something? No? So, for all of you parents out there that saw "kid Friendly," disregard it. The staff looked at them like they were lepers.
Bad managemant, bad service, bad manners, understaffed, little insects on the walls, watched hostess pick up "Ick" off of the floor and then serve food without washing. GROSS!!!!! Great food, best Ceasar I have ever had. Salmon, chicken perfect, pasta choices minimal and then they ran out of 3 items. Expensive for the service. Do not spend special occasion here. The response we got when we told the sweaty server it was our anniversary was "Oh." That made the evening very special. I recommend as long as you are looking for a good quickie meal.

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★★☆☆☆

I am absolutely positive that some of the reviews of this place are either friends of the owners or family. While it is true that the food is very good, I would have given the food and the building 5 stars if it wasnt for the fact I feel so very let down by the lack of personality this place has.
First off, kid friendly?! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! That was a good one!! The joke was on us!! Doesnt kid friendly mean they have some sort of kids menu, maybe a morsel of bread at the table to put in their mouths, crackers, something?? How about a server that responds to your worries of the fact your child may not eat that, can we have it plain, can we work on something? No? So, for all of you parents out there that saw "kid Friendly," disregard it. The staff looked at them like they were lepers.
Bad managemant, bad service, bad manners, understaffed, little insects on the walls, watched hostess pick up "Ick" off of the floor and then serve food without washing. GROSS!!!!! Great food, best Ceasar I have ever had. Salmon, chicken perfect, pasta choices minimal and then they ran out of 3 items. Expensive for the service. Do not spend special occasion here. The response we got when we told the sweaty server it was our anniversary was "Oh." That made the evening very special. I recommend as long as you are looking for a good quickie meal.

Pros: Food, Wine List, Building is old and decorated cool

Cons: parking, service, understaffed, feel rushed, overpriced, web site menu $$ misleading

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I live up the street from Gino's and it is one of my favorite neighborhood fine restuarants. Every time I visit (about once every two months) I have a delightful experience. From their large, rustic Italian dishes made from local and seasonal produce to their delicious, garlicky Ceasar salad, I've never once had a poor experience. Their servers are approachable without being overly friendly, and all are knowledgeable on the extensive wine list (although they could use more Oregon wines!) and the food preparation. It is not the largest restaurant in the world, which adds to the charm but sometimes makes it difficult to get a table, but I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes and I highly recommend sitting at the beautiful bar and enjoying a lemon drop while you wait (best in town, as far as I'm concerned).

For a simple and still satisfying meal for two people, I would recommend sharing a small Ceasar salad, getting a cheese plate each, and toasting with a glass or bottle of one of their dry Italian or Alsatian whites. Thanks, Gino's!

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★★★★☆

I live up the street from Gino's and it is one of my favorite neighborhood fine restuarants. Every time I visit (about once every two months) I have a delightful experience. From their large, rustic Italian dishes made from local and seasonal produce to their delicious, garlicky Ceasar salad, I've never once had a poor experience. Their servers are approachable without being overly friendly, and all are knowledgeable on the extensive wine list (although they could use more Oregon wines!) and the food preparation. It is not the largest restaurant in the world, which adds to the charm but sometimes makes it difficult to get a table, but I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes and I highly recommend sitting at the beautiful bar and enjoying a lemon drop while you wait (best in town, as far as I'm concerned).

For a simple and still satisfying meal for two people, I would recommend sharing a small Ceasar salad, getting a cheese plate each, and toasting with a glass or bottle of one of their dry Italian or Alsatian whites. Thanks, Gino's!

Pros: Rustic, local food, great wine list, great neighborhood ambiance

Cons: Small so it's hard to get a table on weekends

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i've been eating at gino's for year's and my friends and i feel decadent going there once or twice a month. We know we are going to eat the most seasonal amazing food available. We don't want no stinkin' summer squash in February! More than standard "italian", Gino's always uses their creativity to bring Portland ethics to timeless favorites. They are known far and wide for the caesar salad, but be brave and get the large house mixed green salad with roasted vegetables and baby greens. It's truly a revolution in salad! I can't live without the mussels -- a must appetizer. Friday I shared 4 courses (3 appetizers, and 1 entree), plus a bottle of white, and shared dessert for $26 per person including tip! We might have had more to eat, but would have been stuffed. For large parties, go with the family style menu,you have to ask for it and remember to ask for to go boxes along the way. The pork chop and salmon are standards on the menu, but the rotating seasonal ravioli, is always exciting to try, and throw down for the steak every so often and you won't be sorry. The wait staff is loyal and so knowledgeable, with enough portland hip, but not a naggy rushed temperance. Once recently the waitress wouldn't let me get my favorite wine because she thought the quality control had gone amiss. I really appreciated that. Going on the weekends is trouble for getting a table, but in summer there isn't a day that it isn't packed. It's hard going there with large crowds because there are no reservations. be patient or come during the week for that kind of affair. or if you are in a rush and can't be bothered with the wait, go to portofino. then you'll know why people wait for gino's. :)

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★★★★☆

i've been eating at gino's for year's and my friends and i feel decadent going there once or twice a month. We know we are going to eat the most seasonal amazing food available. We don't want no stinkin' summer squash in February! More than standard "italian", Gino's always uses their creativity to bring Portland ethics to timeless favorites. They are known far and wide for the caesar salad, but be brave and get the large house mixed green salad with roasted vegetables and baby greens. It's truly a revolution in salad! I can't live without the mussels -- a must appetizer. Friday I shared 4 courses (3 appetizers, and 1 entree), plus a bottle of white, and shared dessert for $26 per person including tip! We might have had more to eat, but would have been stuffed. For large parties, go with the family style menu,you have to ask for it and remember to ask for to go boxes along the way. The pork chop and salmon are standards on the menu, but the rotating seasonal ravioli, is always exciting to try, and throw down for the steak every so often and you won't be sorry. The wait staff is loyal and so knowledgeable, with enough portland hip, but not a naggy rushed temperance. Once recently the waitress wouldn't let me get my favorite wine because she thought the quality control had gone amiss. I really appreciated that. Going on the weekends is trouble for getting a table, but in summer there isn't a day that it isn't packed. It's hard going there with large crowds because there are no reservations. be patient or come during the week for that kind of affair. or if you are in a rush and can't be bothered with the wait, go to portofino. then you'll know why people wait for gino's. :)

Pros: farm to chef collaborative, seasonal entrees and appetizers, fresh garlic, beautiful place, not scary pretentious

Cons: no reservations for large parties, too many winers from california looking to be pampered

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The atmosphere of the restaurant was great. It's a little confusing at first because you have to go to the bar to get to the hostess stand. Once there we were immediately sat at a cozy little table in the non-smoking bar area. The ambience is what you would expect at an italian restaurant, the tables were lit with little candles, and the lights were dim. .

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere of the restaurant was great. It's a little confusing at first because you have to go to the bar to get to the hostess stand. Once there we were immediately sat at a cozy little table in the non-smoking bar area. The ambience is what you would expect at an italian restaurant, the tables were lit with little candles, and the lights were dim. .

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We love this place: Everything from the delicious, often organic and local, food to the generous portions to the cozy atmosphere, cordial waitstaff and reasonable prices. The only downside is that there is sometimes a wait -- but why not? This is a great place to eat! Enjoy!

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★★★★★

We love this place: Everything from the delicious, often organic and local, food to the generous portions to the cozy atmosphere, cordial waitstaff and reasonable prices. The only downside is that there is sometimes a wait -- but why not? This is a great place to eat! Enjoy!

Pros: Food, Staff, Price

Cons: Wait

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There are so many other great italian places to eat in Portland that dining here is really just a waste of time. If you like HUGE helpings of food then this is your place. However their food lacks flavor. It's also VERY loud and I agree with the reviewers about the lack of service. I've tried almost every italian place in Portland and this is not the worst but down at the bottom of the list. If you want amazing Italian food, try Mama Mia's downtown, 3 Doors Down on Hawthorne, or Bastas in NW.

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★☆☆☆☆

There are so many other great italian places to eat in Portland that dining here is really just a waste of time. If you like HUGE helpings of food then this is your place. However their food lacks flavor. It's also VERY loud and I agree with the reviewers about the lack of service. I've tried almost every italian place in Portland and this is not the worst but down at the bottom of the list. If you want amazing Italian food, try Mama Mia's downtown, 3 Doors Down on Hawthorne, or Bastas in NW.

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The most beautiful old wood bar. Gino's has great food, great cocktails. The bathroom however is horrible. Try not to go on a hot summer night no air and so so stuffy.

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★★★★☆

The most beautiful old wood bar. Gino's has great food, great cocktails. The bathroom however is horrible. Try not to go on a hot summer night no air and so so stuffy.

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If you want to enjoy the true Gino's you must not look for mainstream and you really should try to find a way to be "in the know" in order to enjoy the extraordinary underground greatness that the kitchen has to offer. Certain evenings offer specials that will delight, as they are suited for the season and selected for the ingredients that are available. There are often special wines available that are perfectly paired to the dish - if you know to ask for them. Order the large mixed greens for a salad that is simply to-die-for with fresh local grilled veggies on top (although the ceaser is praised by ordinary diners, the mixed greens is the real deal for those in the know). I can't account for the cry-babies on previous posts but I've been eating at Gino's for 8-years and can't find anything to compain about. If you don't like Gino's, go back to Olive Garden or take something out of your freezer and put it in the microwave oven!

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★★★★★

If you want to enjoy the true Gino's you must not look for mainstream and you really should try to find a way to be "in the know" in order to enjoy the extraordinary underground greatness that the kitchen has to offer. Certain evenings offer specials that will delight, as they are suited for the season and selected for the ingredients that are available. There are often special wines available that are perfectly paired to the dish - if you know to ask for them. Order the large mixed greens for a salad that is simply to-die-for with fresh local grilled veggies on top (although the ceaser is praised by ordinary diners, the mixed greens is the real deal for those in the know). I can't account for the cry-babies on previous posts but I've been eating at Gino's for 8-years and can't find anything to compain about. If you don't like Gino's, go back to Olive Garden or take something out of your freezer and put it in the microwave oven!

Pros: Staff, Food, Neighborhood, Salad, Wine Selection, etc.

Cons: If you have to ask you wouldn't understand

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We went to Gino's last night for the first time. We must have gone on a good night, because the service was very fast and polite, which seems to be opposite of other people's experiences that I've read on this site.

The food, however, was not so good. I am still having bowel pains. My husband had the Penne pasta with meat sauce. It includes chunks of sausage, and yes, spare ribs. I mean, with the bones. I've never seen meat sauce where you have to pick out the bones while eating it. Not at all appetizing. I got the pasta with oysters and red sauce (I can't remember the fancy name). Of the 12 oysters on my plate, 3 were unopened. The remaining 9 oysters tasted a bit on the ripe side. I could only eat a couple and the rest went on my discard plate. I normally love oysters, so this was unusual for me. It's a good thing I had a discard plate served with my meal for my shells, my husband needed somewhere to dump the bones from his "meat" sauce. They should call it bone sauce. At any rate, as we continued to eat, the meal just tasted greasier and greasier. Even the fish broth served with my oyster dish was greasy and thick. At least I'll have a shiny coat.

Oh, and the portions were huge! Which is a good thing normally...except when you are eating at Gino's.

We wanted to order caesar salads but they were $10.50 apiece. Since there is no explanation on the menu or offered by the staff as to why they have the most expensive caesar salads in the universe, I decided against ordering them. I wanted to ask, but was afraid I would sound rude . I did see a salad brought to another table that was huge, so I assume the price was because it serves two. Either that or because they put gold dust in with the anchovies.

We also both ordered microbrews. They were served at room temperature. This was a dissappointment, since my husband was choking on a bone.

Overall, I liked the service and ambiance, but won't go back because of the food.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Gino's last night for the first time. We must have gone on a good night, because the service was very fast and polite, which seems to be opposite of other people's experiences that I've read on this site.

The food, however, was not so good. I am still having bowel pains. My husband had the Penne pasta with meat sauce. It includes chunks of sausage, and yes, spare ribs. I mean, with the bones. I've never seen meat sauce where you have to pick out the bones while eating it. Not at all appetizing. I got the pasta with oysters and red sauce (I can't remember the fancy name). Of the 12 oysters on my plate, 3 were unopened. The remaining 9 oysters tasted a bit on the ripe side. I could only eat a couple and the rest went on my discard plate. I normally love oysters, so this was unusual for me. It's a good thing I had a discard plate served with my meal for my shells, my husband needed somewhere to dump the bones from his "meat" sauce. They should call it bone sauce. At any rate, as we continued to eat, the meal just tasted greasier and greasier. Even the fish broth served with my oyster dish was greasy and thick. At least I'll have a shiny coat.

Oh, and the portions were huge! Which is a good thing normally...except when you are eating at Gino's.

We wanted to order caesar salads but they were $10.50 apiece. Since there is no explanation on the menu or offered by the staff as to why they have the most expensive caesar salads in the universe, I decided against ordering them. I wanted to ask, but was afraid I would sound rude . I did see a salad brought to another table that was huge, so I assume the price was because it serves two. Either that or because they put gold dust in with the anchovies.

We also both ordered microbrews. They were served at room temperature. This was a dissappointment, since my husband was choking on a bone.

Overall, I liked the service and ambiance, but won't go back because of the food.

Pros: Location, parking, ambiance, service

Cons: Stomach pump required

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Gino's excuse for crappy service seems to be that they are a "family." Well, if your family is surly, serves cold food and doesn't bother to make sure you have enough water, then this is definitely family style. Personally, I go out to eat because I want good food, not to be bothered too much by the waiter's bad mood, and yes, to get the kind of service we are actually paying for. I went to Gino''s on the basis of a previous review that said "It's like family, grandma might not deliver the food on time or check on you every two minutes, but when the food arrives its a rewarding experience worth the wait. I don't tend to frequent those restaurants where the waiter stops in every five seconds to sell add ons." That sounded great to me. But the reality was that the waiter's never check on you until they want to sell you desert. We didn't bother. I don't mind a leisurely pace, but waiting 40 minutes for the waiter to bring the bread and waiting another 30 minutes to get the main course is pushing it a little. When the main course arrived my husband asked for a refill on his drink. It never came. Neither did additional water. No one ever checked back to see that the kitchen hadn't made a mistake, which they had.

Basically, they will serve you what they want to serve you when they want to serve it.

Gino's seems to have forgotten that we're paying customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

Gino's excuse for crappy service seems to be that they are a "family." Well, if your family is surly, serves cold food and doesn't bother to make sure you have enough water, then this is definitely family style. Personally, I go out to eat because I want good food, not to be bothered too much by the waiter's bad mood, and yes, to get the kind of service we are actually paying for. I went to Gino''s on the basis of a previous review that said "It's like family, grandma might not deliver the food on time or check on you every two minutes, but when the food arrives its a rewarding experience worth the wait. I don't tend to frequent those restaurants where the waiter stops in every five seconds to sell add ons." That sounded great to me. But the reality was that the waiter's never check on you until they want to sell you desert. We didn't bother. I don't mind a leisurely pace, but waiting 40 minutes for the waiter to bring the bread and waiting another 30 minutes to get the main course is pushing it a little. When the main course arrived my husband asked for a refill on his drink. It never came. Neither did additional water. No one ever checked back to see that the kitchen hadn't made a mistake, which they had.

Basically, they will serve you what they want to serve you when they want to serve it.

Gino's seems to have forgotten that we're paying customers.

Pros: I honestly can't think of any

Cons: They'll serve your steak rare if they want to. If you ordered medium-well, who cares?

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sat outside here, the only thing is we were about 4 feet from the dumpster and you could smell it :( - other than that, nice wait staff, good beer, and the salad is good too. We weren't that hungry so we split a salad, but it seems the prices for everything on the menu were kind of high. One thing I noticed is that they print off the menu daily, which means that it is fresh content

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★★★☆☆

sat outside here, the only thing is we were about 4 feet from the dumpster and you could smell it :( - other than that, nice wait staff, good beer, and the salad is good too. We weren't that hungry so we split a salad, but it seems the prices for everything on the menu were kind of high. One thing I noticed is that they print off the menu daily, which means that it is fresh content

Pros: Good Wine and Beer Selection

Cons: Dumpster outside is close to seating

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Comfortable, relaxed place for a good mean with friends or family. The wine list is good for everyone from the moderately priced bottles to the expensive ones.

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★★★☆☆

Comfortable, relaxed place for a good mean with friends or family. The wine list is good for everyone from the moderately priced bottles to the expensive ones.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Parking (on a rainy night!)

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I don't do reviews.... but I simply had to do something as a result of the wonderful experience I had last night at Gino's. My husband and I had never been before but had heard good reviews from our friends. We got there around 7:30 pm and were promptly seated. You enter through the bar which is just around the corner from the main restaurant area. Seating is a casual thing without signing in so don't expect a formal host. You basically catch the eye of someone and they seat you. The ambiance is lovely: relaxed, low lights, cozy with out pretense. We had the mixed shells for an app. which comes with lots of bread for soaking up the delish sauce. The mixed green salad was heavy on the seasonal veggies which was a nice suprise. Our bottle of chianti disappeared quickly and we actually had to box most of our main dish because the servings are all so generous. Everyone was friendly and our waitress was great: prompt, conversational, unrushed and seemed in a genuinely good mood. And here's the thing....when I left my bag on an empty seat, it was there safely stowed behind the bar in the morning with everything in its place and a concerned employee to hand it over......wow. service doesn't get much better than that. Thank you Gino's for not only a lovely evening but taking nice care of your more absent-minded patrons! We'll be back soon....

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★★★★★

I don't do reviews.... but I simply had to do something as a result of the wonderful experience I had last night at Gino's. My husband and I had never been before but had heard good reviews from our friends. We got there around 7:30 pm and were promptly seated. You enter through the bar which is just around the corner from the main restaurant area. Seating is a casual thing without signing in so don't expect a formal host. You basically catch the eye of someone and they seat you. The ambiance is lovely: relaxed, low lights, cozy with out pretense. We had the mixed shells for an app. which comes with lots of bread for soaking up the delish sauce. The mixed green salad was heavy on the seasonal veggies which was a nice suprise. Our bottle of chianti disappeared quickly and we actually had to box most of our main dish because the servings are all so generous. Everyone was friendly and our waitress was great: prompt, conversational, unrushed and seemed in a genuinely good mood. And here's the thing....when I left my bag on an empty seat, it was there safely stowed behind the bar in the morning with everything in its place and a concerned employee to hand it over......wow. service doesn't get much better than that. Thank you Gino's for not only a lovely evening but taking nice care of your more absent-minded patrons! We'll be back soon....

Pros: service, ambience, wine and apps

Cons: a bit steep for a daily habit!

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Ginos is just an incredible addition to sellwood's restraunts. They have just exeptional ittalian food. I like to get the "chicken marsala" witch comes with the best mashed potatos i have ever had. I do not recomend coming with large groups.

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★★★★★

Ginos is just an incredible addition to sellwood's restraunts. They have just exeptional ittalian food. I like to get the "chicken marsala" witch comes with the best mashed potatos i have ever had. I do not recomend coming with large groups.

Pros: great food, service and ambience

Cons: may take a while to be seated

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Gino's has great food and terrfiic low lit ambiance. Gino's is not the place for the nit-picky, trivial minded, or those with sticks in certain orifices. If you've never found yourself in one of those preceding categories continue reading with abandon. It's like family, grandma might not deliver the food on time or check on you every two minutes, but when the food arrives its a rewarding experience worth the wait. I don't tend to frequent those restaurants where the waiter stops in every five seconds to sell add ons and give a trite "how you doin?" Gino's lets you sit back and relax. Enjoy a bottle of wine, there wine list is as big as a novel, dine on one of the best ceasar salads in town, or eat a succulent steak. Once your seated you'll never feel rushed. Bring a friend, friends, or family and you can all sit down for a slow soulful dining event. Over the years my wife and I have introduced many of our closest to Gino's and always had a great time. We've always been treated well and so have our friends as we look forward to coming back each visit. I don't know about the variance in the other reviews here, as long as we were polite it seemed the staff was equally gracious. Go and enjoy! :)

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★★★★★

Gino's has great food and terrfiic low lit ambiance. Gino's is not the place for the nit-picky, trivial minded, or those with sticks in certain orifices. If you've never found yourself in one of those preceding categories continue reading with abandon. It's like family, grandma might not deliver the food on time or check on you every two minutes, but when the food arrives its a rewarding experience worth the wait. I don't tend to frequent those restaurants where the waiter stops in every five seconds to sell add ons and give a trite "how you doin?" Gino's lets you sit back and relax. Enjoy a bottle of wine, there wine list is as big as a novel, dine on one of the best ceasar salads in town, or eat a succulent steak. Once your seated you'll never feel rushed. Bring a friend, friends, or family and you can all sit down for a slow soulful dining event. Over the years my wife and I have introduced many of our closest to Gino's and always had a great time. We've always been treated well and so have our friends as we look forward to coming back each visit. I don't know about the variance in the other reviews here, as long as we were polite it seemed the staff was equally gracious. Go and enjoy! :)

Pros: enough food to share; great mashed potatoes, steaks, seafood and relaxing atmosphere.

Cons: if you're looking for bright colors and a waitstaff like Red Robin, or Olive Garden, then go there. Might be a wait. 6 or more are required to eat family style which is good, but not for everyone.

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I have eaten at Gino's 4 times and although I did have one good meal, the others were either horrible or just okay. The service ranges from passable to exceedingly rude. I live very close to this restaurant and I gave it many chances to show me it was worth going back. Well, I will most likely give it another try but if the waitstaff doesn't become nicer or better trained, I will go elsewhere.
Some dishes are very good. Others should be taken off the menu. Wine is okay but the amount they pour varies. At least it is better than the timble full of wine you get from the restaurant down the street (Assagio's). I think this has the potential to be a good restaurant but without consistancy and good waitstaff, the chances of this being a restaruant of choice is very slim. Too bad. Hopefully the owners/management will read these reviews and do something. Sellwood needs some good/great restaurants. We dine out at least 3-4 times a week and it is always nice to have a restaurant(s) close to home.

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★★☆☆☆

I have eaten at Gino's 4 times and although I did have one good meal, the others were either horrible or just okay. The service ranges from passable to exceedingly rude. I live very close to this restaurant and I gave it many chances to show me it was worth going back. Well, I will most likely give it another try but if the waitstaff doesn't become nicer or better trained, I will go elsewhere.
Some dishes are very good. Others should be taken off the menu. Wine is okay but the amount they pour varies. At least it is better than the timble full of wine you get from the restaurant down the street (Assagio's). I think this has the potential to be a good restaurant but without consistancy and good waitstaff, the chances of this being a restaruant of choice is very slim. Too bad. Hopefully the owners/management will read these reviews and do something. Sellwood needs some good/great restaurants. We dine out at least 3-4 times a week and it is always nice to have a restaurant(s) close to home.

Pros: Close to where I live

Cons: Not consistant food quality, poor waitstaff

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The vongole pasta was gritty, the coconut cream pie was hard as a rock and the servers were just plain rude. When I commented upon the fact that I couldn't break through the crust of the pie with my fork the server actually said "hey, don't blame me, I didn't make it." There was no offer of another dessert. This like it or lump it attitude seems to be the hallmark of Gino's. Dressing on the side? There's a charge for that. Want your Pie warmed up? That's not how it comes. You want a refill on your drink? Not on the waiter's agenda for this evening. You want an order of bread with your dinner? Maybe if you ask three or four times.

When you are paying $50 for a meal for two you shouldn't have to pay extra to get the salad dressing on the side. Yep, that's right, if you want the dressing on the side they charge you extra. Okay, so I can live with an extra 50 cents tacked on to the price of a nice meal, but the way in which the waiter told us about the extra 50 cents was just insulting. The general idea is clearly that they have absolutely no intention of doing anything out of the ordinary for you. All in all the experience was lousy, the service was awful, and the food was sincerely unimpressive.

Portland has a plethora of excellent restaurants with fantasic service. There's no reason to put up with a place like Gino's.

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★☆☆☆☆

The vongole pasta was gritty, the coconut cream pie was hard as a rock and the servers were just plain rude. When I commented upon the fact that I couldn't break through the crust of the pie with my fork the server actually said "hey, don't blame me, I didn't make it." There was no offer of another dessert. This like it or lump it attitude seems to be the hallmark of Gino's. Dressing on the side? There's a charge for that. Want your Pie warmed up? That's not how it comes. You want a refill on your drink? Not on the waiter's agenda for this evening. You want an order of bread with your dinner? Maybe if you ask three or four times.

When you are paying $50 for a meal for two you shouldn't have to pay extra to get the salad dressing on the side. Yep, that's right, if you want the dressing on the side they charge you extra. Okay, so I can live with an extra 50 cents tacked on to the price of a nice meal, but the way in which the waiter told us about the extra 50 cents was just insulting. The general idea is clearly that they have absolutely no intention of doing anything out of the ordinary for you. All in all the experience was lousy, the service was awful, and the food was sincerely unimpressive.

Portland has a plethora of excellent restaurants with fantasic service. There's no reason to put up with a place like Gino's.

Cons: Really poor service and below average food.

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Gino's used to be a good restaurant. My wife, and I would stop there for dinner whenever we were in Sellwood. However, over the past year the service has continued to deteriorate. We took my mother and father in-law to Gino's at about 9:00 PM on a recent Friday evening. Because there were five of us (another friend met us there and another said they might show-up) we were told we would have to wait for the one table that seated six. After 45 minutes, I suggested that I would be willing to sit at the bar and have dinner while the four members of our party could be seated at any of the three empty tables for four. The waitress told me they could not do that, and then she got the manager. He said I could not sit at the bar, and he would not seat anyone in our party. I asked him if I showed up alone, could I sit at the bar? He said, yes, but because I showed up with others that their "policy" would not allow me to sit at the bar. At this point, I realized that Gino's is suffering from the arrogance that comes from being popular for a while. We left without eating, and we will never go back to Gino's. It's sad really. It used to be a good restaurant, but now the prices are high and the service is pathetic.

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★☆☆☆☆

Gino's used to be a good restaurant. My wife, and I would stop there for dinner whenever we were in Sellwood. However, over the past year the service has continued to deteriorate. We took my mother and father in-law to Gino's at about 9:00 PM on a recent Friday evening. Because there were five of us (another friend met us there and another said they might show-up) we were told we would have to wait for the one table that seated six. After 45 minutes, I suggested that I would be willing to sit at the bar and have dinner while the four members of our party could be seated at any of the three empty tables for four. The waitress told me they could not do that, and then she got the manager. He said I could not sit at the bar, and he would not seat anyone in our party. I asked him if I showed up alone, could I sit at the bar? He said, yes, but because I showed up with others that their "policy" would not allow me to sit at the bar. At this point, I realized that Gino's is suffering from the arrogance that comes from being popular for a while. We left without eating, and we will never go back to Gino's. It's sad really. It used to be a good restaurant, but now the prices are high and the service is pathetic.

Pros: interesting interior

Cons: very rude staff

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I read the negative reviews of this place and was a little tenative about going, but we had a great time! We waited about an hour for a table (on a Saturday night) but our food came really quickly once we ordered. I stayed away from the pasta due to the reviews on here but my friends loved it! Grandma Jeans pasta got rave reviews (it's full of meat) and the portions are ridiculously huge. The goat cheese ravioli was great and the cioppino was interesting with saffron. You can easily share one entree with two hungry adults. The whole place is fun and smells great. I thought the prices were fair for the large portions and quality of food (about $20 per person). It's not the most elegant Italian cuisine, but it's great for down-home comfort food.

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★★★★☆

I read the negative reviews of this place and was a little tenative about going, but we had a great time! We waited about an hour for a table (on a Saturday night) but our food came really quickly once we ordered. I stayed away from the pasta due to the reviews on here but my friends loved it! Grandma Jeans pasta got rave reviews (it's full of meat) and the portions are ridiculously huge. The goat cheese ravioli was great and the cioppino was interesting with saffron. You can easily share one entree with two hungry adults. The whole place is fun and smells great. I thought the prices were fair for the large portions and quality of food (about $20 per person). It's not the most elegant Italian cuisine, but it's great for down-home comfort food.

Pros: fun vibe, huge portions, hearty comfort food

Cons: long wait, squished seating

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If you're expecting either the Olive Garden (unlimited salads and bread, cheap frozen/canned ingredients) or Genoa (intimate seating, wine cellar the size of the entire dining room, truly professional waitstaff) you'll be disappointed -- Gino's is a family-style, mid-range Italian joint, with all the compromises and pleasures that entails.

Reading many of the negative reviews here, I think people simply expect the impossible: a well-known, popular restaurant which has only a few tables, seats you in under 30 minutes, and offers absolutely perfect cooking and ambiance on every visit.

Of course, if you walk in with a large party and an attitude, the already-overworked staff are not likely to respond well -- there are most likely dozens of us committed regulars waiting outside for a table who won't give them a hard time.

My recommendations: steer towards seafood and the daily-special ravioli but away from anything based on tomato sauce or pork, both of which I've done better at home...though admittedly I'm obsessive about my sauces and swine.

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★★★★★

If you're expecting either the Olive Garden (unlimited salads and bread, cheap frozen/canned ingredients) or Genoa (intimate seating, wine cellar the size of the entire dining room, truly professional waitstaff) you'll be disappointed -- Gino's is a family-style, mid-range Italian joint, with all the compromises and pleasures that entails.

Reading many of the negative reviews here, I think people simply expect the impossible: a well-known, popular restaurant which has only a few tables, seats you in under 30 minutes, and offers absolutely perfect cooking and ambiance on every visit.

Of course, if you walk in with a large party and an attitude, the already-overworked staff are not likely to respond well -- there are most likely dozens of us committed regulars waiting outside for a table who won't give them a hard time.

My recommendations: steer towards seafood and the daily-special ravioli but away from anything based on tomato sauce or pork, both of which I've done better at home...though admittedly I'm obsessive about my sauces and swine.

Pros: seafood, casual atmosphere, consistency

Cons: unexciting tomato sauces, occasional long wait

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First off they took forever, I mean FOREVER to actually get our entrees ready, then they turned off the lights so then we couldn't see the person sitting in front of us, providing us a candle that was in a cup. The food was cold, the waiter was slow, and the drinks were diluted. I would NOT recommend this restaurant for anyone, I for one would never go there again. If you're looking for a fun place to hang out and enjoy some Italian foods, Gino's restaurant isn't the place to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

First off they took forever, I mean FOREVER to actually get our entrees ready, then they turned off the lights so then we couldn't see the person sitting in front of us, providing us a candle that was in a cup. The food was cold, the waiter was slow, and the drinks were diluted. I would NOT recommend this restaurant for anyone, I for one would never go there again. If you're looking for a fun place to hang out and enjoy some Italian foods, Gino's restaurant isn't the place to go.

Pros: dessert

Cons: lighting, parking, service

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Where do restaurants get off pouring two inches of wine into a huge glass and charging over $7.50 for it ??? It's just disappointing to go to one of the Oregonian's top 100 from their recent Diner's Guide and have lackluster food.
The Caesar Salad consisted of overdressed Romaine, Croutons in huge portions.
The Pork with Al Dente Pasta was flavorless. Ragu, straight out of the jar, would have been tastier......And the Skate was served on a tasteless Fried Polenta.
And what about bread ??? There was none served at all...........
Did I mention we waited almost 45 minutes for the salad, and then another 35 for the entrees ?
The six of us have much better places to spend $180 for dinner.....Never Gino's again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where do restaurants get off pouring two inches of wine into a huge glass and charging over $7.50 for it ??? It's just disappointing to go to one of the Oregonian's top 100 from their recent Diner's Guide and have lackluster food.
The Caesar Salad consisted of overdressed Romaine, Croutons in huge portions.
The Pork with Al Dente Pasta was flavorless. Ragu, straight out of the jar, would have been tastier......And the Skate was served on a tasteless Fried Polenta.
And what about bread ??? There was none served at all...........
Did I mention we waited almost 45 minutes for the salad, and then another 35 for the entrees ?
The six of us have much better places to spend $180 for dinner.....Never Gino's again.

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One of our favorite restaurants in PDX. A relaxed, low-key italian spot, that you walk through a tavern to get to. Ginos is locally owned and you often see the owners serving tables, making menu suggestions and visiting with guests. The food is always good -- One of the best ceaser salads bursting with garlic and served family style.

For the main course Grandma Jean's is the house standard -- a slow-cooked red sauce with beef ribs, pepperoni, garlic and amazing fresh flavor overflowing on a plate with penne pasta. The menu changes seasonally, but mostly a variety of house-made pastas, always ravioli, ciopinno, a meat dish and sometimes a pork or fish dish.

Cool art work on the walls, great service while letting you enjoy your meal in piece. Prices are moderate, but you really do get a great meal for the price. Fun fact, the wait staff hangs out at the service bar peeling garlic . . .

PROS: Amazing food, great atmosphere and service -- always a favorite!
CONS: They don't take reservations for parties smaller than 6 and Fri/Sat is busy

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★★★★★

One of our favorite restaurants in PDX. A relaxed, low-key italian spot, that you walk through a tavern to get to. Ginos is locally owned and you often see the owners serving tables, making menu suggestions and visiting with guests. The food is always good -- One of the best ceaser salads bursting with garlic and served family style.

For the main course Grandma Jean's is the house standard -- a slow-cooked red sauce with beef ribs, pepperoni, garlic and amazing fresh flavor overflowing on a plate with penne pasta. The menu changes seasonally, but mostly a variety of house-made pastas, always ravioli, ciopinno, a meat dish and sometimes a pork or fish dish.

Cool art work on the walls, great service while letting you enjoy your meal in piece. Prices are moderate, but you really do get a great meal for the price. Fun fact, the wait staff hangs out at the service bar peeling garlic . . .

PROS: Amazing food, great atmosphere and service -- always a favorite!
CONS: They don't take reservations for parties smaller than 6 and Fri/Sat is busy

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Got together with good friends (3 couples) and headed down to Gino's one Saturday evening recently. We waited for an hour for a table, and spent the time at the bar having a great time and a few laughs. The caesar salad was absolutely delicious - we asked for a little extra anchovy in the dressing - it was tangy, cold and great. They brought us a huge basket of bread on the house (maybe because we didn't cop an attitude when told we'd have to wait 1 or 1-1/2 hours.) We all ordered different entrees and appetizers and no one complained - the servings are large, so we all took food home. We had the best time hanging out. Wouldn't recommend Gino's for an intimate, romantic dinner - but if you're out for an evening with good friends, it's a great place to go.

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★★★★☆

Got together with good friends (3 couples) and headed down to Gino's one Saturday evening recently. We waited for an hour for a table, and spent the time at the bar having a great time and a few laughs. The caesar salad was absolutely delicious - we asked for a little extra anchovy in the dressing - it was tangy, cold and great. They brought us a huge basket of bread on the house (maybe because we didn't cop an attitude when told we'd have to wait 1 or 1-1/2 hours.) We all ordered different entrees and appetizers and no one complained - the servings are large, so we all took food home. We had the best time hanging out. Wouldn't recommend Gino's for an intimate, romantic dinner - but if you're out for an evening with good friends, it's a great place to go.

Pros: fun atmosphere, good food, good value

Cons: parking (sometimes), desserts

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Gino's is is made all the more irritating because it has so much potential that it fails to live up to. Everything is a mixed bag. The service was friendly and personable, yet slow and very absent-minded. The environment is unique and happily funky -- but so LOUD that you have to practically scream to be heard over the din. (I eventually stopped talking and lapsed into acoustic engineering fantasies.) And finally, the food: our salad was quite good; the raviolini was merely generic, and the penne putenesca was excellent. But all of it was overpriced by about 40%. And what kind of Italian restaurant charges you extra for bread -- and then doesn't even provide olive oil and balsamic to dip it in!?!

If I ever hear that they've had a change of management but kept the same cooks, I'll give Gino's another try. But not otherwise.

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★★☆☆☆

Gino's is is made all the more irritating because it has so much potential that it fails to live up to. Everything is a mixed bag. The service was friendly and personable, yet slow and very absent-minded. The environment is unique and happily funky -- but so LOUD that you have to practically scream to be heard over the din. (I eventually stopped talking and lapsed into acoustic engineering fantasies.) And finally, the food: our salad was quite good; the raviolini was merely generic, and the penne putenesca was excellent. But all of it was overpriced by about 40%. And what kind of Italian restaurant charges you extra for bread -- and then doesn't even provide olive oil and balsamic to dip it in!?!

If I ever hear that they've had a change of management but kept the same cooks, I'll give Gino's another try. But not otherwise.

Pros: Most of the food

Cons: Unbearably noisy, Out-of-it service, The rest of the food

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this place was terrible. spare yourself the time and money. I just got home and am $60 poorer and 4 hours older, and am bitter.

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★☆☆☆☆

this place was terrible. spare yourself the time and money. I just got home and am $60 poorer and 4 hours older, and am bitter.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

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We have been twice and both times we had a great dinner and fun service. We took our 2 year old and the first time we ran into another couple with a 2-year old (early dining on a weeknight) and it was great! The past time we took some folks from out of town and they really enjoyed the place.

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★★★★★

We have been twice and both times we had a great dinner and fun service. We took our 2 year old and the first time we ran into another couple with a 2-year old (early dining on a weeknight) and it was great! The past time we took some folks from out of town and they really enjoyed the place.

Pros: kid friendly, good amount of food

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My wine-tasting group went to Gino's for dinner. When we arrived, the two young men who were running the restaurant side of Gino's were unbelievably rude. They refused to seat us until all of our party arrived. They asked why we didn't make reservations and we said because their web site says they don't take them, and he responded with "that's not my problem, I didn't make the website". They then said that because there were so many of us, we had to use the "family style" menu (minimum of $20 per person) and "you can't eat off each other's plates". We asked to speak to the manager and were told "no". We turned to speak to the other young man and he simply walked away when we were in mid-sentence. In the bar we had the opposite experience. The bar waitress was warm and helpful.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wine-tasting group went to Gino's for dinner. When we arrived, the two young men who were running the restaurant side of Gino's were unbelievably rude. They refused to seat us until all of our party arrived. They asked why we didn't make reservations and we said because their web site says they don't take them, and he responded with "that's not my problem, I didn't make the website". They then said that because there were so many of us, we had to use the "family style" menu (minimum of $20 per person) and "you can't eat off each other's plates". We asked to speak to the manager and were told "no". We turned to speak to the other young man and he simply walked away when we were in mid-sentence. In the bar we had the opposite experience. The bar waitress was warm and helpful.

Pros: good food, one helpful server

Cons: Rude, INCREDIBLY RUDE

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Wow! Gino's is such a great restaurant. Kinda pricey, but super ambiance and service and HUGE portions! We are so used to getting tiny portions when paying this price for food, but here, I couldn't even finish!
Highly recommended for an Italian style dinner

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★★★★★

Wow! Gino's is such a great restaurant. Kinda pricey, but super ambiance and service and HUGE portions! We are so used to getting tiny portions when paying this price for food, but here, I couldn't even finish!
Highly recommended for an Italian style dinner

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I had read about Gino's online and had tried to eat there two times prior to our intial experience. While the wine list is extensive, the service was very slow, the food subpar, and the prices were through the roof! We do not plan to return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had read about Gino's online and had tried to eat there two times prior to our intial experience. While the wine list is extensive, the service was very slow, the food subpar, and the prices were through the roof! We do not plan to return.

Cons: over priced, slow service

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Gino's does a variety of dishes: pasta, risotto, steak, and salmon. While not "bad," the pastas tend to lack flavor and substance. Their meat and seafood selections, however, are superlative. The filet is exceptional, served perfectly along side creamy (and very buttery) mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables. The salmon is also a treat. Always fresh and cooked to perfection, this dish is also served with potatoes and vegetables. Skip the overdressed caesar salad and go for the shrimp or clam appetizer instead. Served with delicious garlic bread, you cannot help but devour the entire dish and soak up the broth with the remaining bread. Overall, my experience is that the service at Gino's has never been stellar. But, the staff is nice enough, and if you can tolerate a short wait (no reservations) and a leisurely dinner, Gino's is a great little neighborhood restaurant with a fabulous atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

Gino's does a variety of dishes: pasta, risotto, steak, and salmon. While not "bad," the pastas tend to lack flavor and substance. Their meat and seafood selections, however, are superlative. The filet is exceptional, served perfectly along side creamy (and very buttery) mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables. The salmon is also a treat. Always fresh and cooked to perfection, this dish is also served with potatoes and vegetables. Skip the overdressed caesar salad and go for the shrimp or clam appetizer instead. Served with delicious garlic bread, you cannot help but devour the entire dish and soak up the broth with the remaining bread. Overall, my experience is that the service at Gino's has never been stellar. But, the staff is nice enough, and if you can tolerate a short wait (no reservations) and a leisurely dinner, Gino's is a great little neighborhood restaurant with a fabulous atmosphere.

Pros: fantastic steak, romantic atmosphere, great bar

Cons: no reservations, slow service

 

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