Rino's Italian Ristorante

★★★★☆
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801-484-0901

2302 Parleys Way

Salt Lake City, UT

84109

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Mon. - Sat. 6pm - 9pm;Sun. 5pm - 8:30pm

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Rino's is a decent little haunt on the east bench but for me, has been hit or miss. Some plates are quite memorable--like the ravioli and gnocchi specials--but other main entrees (lasagne, pasta dishes) are somewhat bland and uneventful. Nothing really shouts out to be eaten with vigor. Which is in total contrast to Rino, the owner, who is quite the ladies man with his robust Italian flair. Dudes best keep an eye on their ladies when Rino comes in the room because if they aren't nailed down to their seat he is libel to flirt through dinner. Wine list is sparse (unless they've overhauled in the last 6 months) and the desserts so so.

PROS: prices are reasonable, parking easy
CONS: much of the menu items lack flair

3
★★★☆☆

Rino's is a decent little haunt on the east bench but for me, has been hit or miss. Some plates are quite memorable--like the ravioli and gnocchi specials--but other main entrees (lasagne, pasta dishes) are somewhat bland and uneventful. Nothing really shouts out to be eaten with vigor. Which is in total contrast to Rino, the owner, who is quite the ladies man with his robust Italian flair. Dudes best keep an eye on their ladies when Rino comes in the room because if they aren't nailed down to their seat he is libel to flirt through dinner. Wine list is sparse (unless they've overhauled in the last 6 months) and the desserts so so.

PROS: prices are reasonable, parking easy
CONS: much of the menu items lack flair

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We really liked the patio in the evening. We like that they grow their own herbs. And the service was good. everything was presented and offered at just the right times. We didn't have to wait on the waiter:)
The wine list was easy to read but offered little variety; lacking especially in Italian selections.
The food was not impressive, The scallops were small and there was no distinct flavor to the dish (it all tasted the same). Food is overpriced with dishes from $20 - $33. We kept our experience positive, but will not be returning to Rino's.

2
★★☆☆☆

We really liked the patio in the evening. We like that they grow their own herbs. And the service was good. everything was presented and offered at just the right times. We didn't have to wait on the waiter:)
The wine list was easy to read but offered little variety; lacking especially in Italian selections.
The food was not impressive, The scallops were small and there was no distinct flavor to the dish (it all tasted the same). Food is overpriced with dishes from $20 - $33. We kept our experience positive, but will not be returning to Rino's.

Pros: Good Service,

Cons: Food Quality

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I love Rino's. From the moment you step inside you are greeted by caring staff and on many occasions Rino himself. Immediately cold water is poured and hot fresh bread is brought out (YUM!!!). then you can follow up with one of five types of salads and three to five types of soups (there are sometimes specials). follow that with a wonderful main course, great wine and dessert and that isn't all. while enjoying your Chocolate Mousse, Tirimissu, Cheesecake, or bread Pudding you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a hot expresso. add the great food, authentic atmosphere, wonderful service, and fresh ingredients and your in for a great night. Bon appitit!

5
★★★★★

I love Rino's. From the moment you step inside you are greeted by caring staff and on many occasions Rino himself. Immediately cold water is poured and hot fresh bread is brought out (YUM!!!). then you can follow up with one of five types of salads and three to five types of soups (there are sometimes specials). follow that with a wonderful main course, great wine and dessert and that isn't all. while enjoying your Chocolate Mousse, Tirimissu, Cheesecake, or bread Pudding you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a hot expresso. add the great food, authentic atmosphere, wonderful service, and fresh ingredients and your in for a great night. Bon appitit!

Pros: Great Service, Fresh Vegetables, Wonderful Food

Cons: none

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Who LOOOOVVVES this place? Older people who don't try anything new and who think Chuckarama is a gourmet restaurant. Skip it. Or microwave some spaghetti-Os and eat them in your grandma's living room. Same effect.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Who LOOOOVVVES this place? Older people who don't try anything new and who think Chuckarama is a gourmet restaurant. Skip it. Or microwave some spaghetti-Os and eat them in your grandma's living room. Same effect.

Pros: Consistent

Cons: Food preparation and originality

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From the various reviews on this site and a hankering one night for some really tasty Italiian we ventured out to Rino's. From the moment we walked through the door the signs were ominous. A lot of people say the decor is rustic and homely. Maybe these people are realtors with a particular aptitude for distorting facts. I'd personally call the place ramshackle, kitsch (unintentionally) and in need of renovation. On this particular visit we were crammed into a tiny back room with barely room to swing a small kitten. At the outset I made clear to our server that I didn't like cheese and could she steer me clear of anything I may pick that contained it. She duly noted this and indeed recommend I avoided the first dish I picked. I opted for the spaghetti in simple marinara (how will they handle the basics I thought). When my salad arrived covered in cheese I wasn't overly impressed. I know the salads are made up en masse and hurried out of the kitchen asap, BUT for the prices charged at Rino's you would expect a little more care and attention to detail. My entree featured undercooked spaghetti. My wife suggested it may be al dente, if only so. It was simply undercooked. Maybe the sauce could rescue the dish? I was bowled over by the sheer lack of taste to the sauce. I tried my best to detect anything other than tomatoes. Very one dimensional with little to no trace of herbs. I sincerely hope that the tomatoes were indeed fresh. Much is made of the fact that the owners grow their own vegetables, this is to be lauded. However, based on this dish I would not be surprised if canned tomatoes were used. The sheer levels of salt in the dish alone suggested this may be the case.
At these prices one woold certainly expect a LOT more. Whilst the service was fast and friendly, it would certainly not be classed high end. The menu featured steak and lamb topping out at $32! At this price level I would take my money to Spencers, Bambara, Takashi et al.

1
★☆☆☆☆

From the various reviews on this site and a hankering one night for some really tasty Italiian we ventured out to Rino's. From the moment we walked through the door the signs were ominous. A lot of people say the decor is rustic and homely. Maybe these people are realtors with a particular aptitude for distorting facts. I'd personally call the place ramshackle, kitsch (unintentionally) and in need of renovation. On this particular visit we were crammed into a tiny back room with barely room to swing a small kitten. At the outset I made clear to our server that I didn't like cheese and could she steer me clear of anything I may pick that contained it. She duly noted this and indeed recommend I avoided the first dish I picked. I opted for the spaghetti in simple marinara (how will they handle the basics I thought). When my salad arrived covered in cheese I wasn't overly impressed. I know the salads are made up en masse and hurried out of the kitchen asap, BUT for the prices charged at Rino's you would expect a little more care and attention to detail. My entree featured undercooked spaghetti. My wife suggested it may be al dente, if only so. It was simply undercooked. Maybe the sauce could rescue the dish? I was bowled over by the sheer lack of taste to the sauce. I tried my best to detect anything other than tomatoes. Very one dimensional with little to no trace of herbs. I sincerely hope that the tomatoes were indeed fresh. Much is made of the fact that the owners grow their own vegetables, this is to be lauded. However, based on this dish I would not be surprised if canned tomatoes were used. The sheer levels of salt in the dish alone suggested this may be the case.
At these prices one woold certainly expect a LOT more. Whilst the service was fast and friendly, it would certainly not be classed high end. The menu featured steak and lamb topping out at $32! At this price level I would take my money to Spencers, Bambara, Takashi et al.

Pros: Decent free bread

Cons: Poor food quality, overpriced

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My friend frequents this restaurant and guaranteed us that we would like it. He was wrong we LOVED it. The service was great, we were promptly seated and our waitress was very accommodating and very patient with us. The escargot was wonderful!!! We all sampled each other's meals and we were ooooohhhhiiinggg and aaaaaahhhhing. Dessert was superb!! The owner came over and spoke to us to make sure we were enjoying our meal because he could hear us critique everything - but all in a very good way. My gnocchi dish was full of color and flavor - beautiful! I will definitely be a repeat diner.

5
★★★★★

My friend frequents this restaurant and guaranteed us that we would like it. He was wrong we LOVED it. The service was great, we were promptly seated and our waitress was very accommodating and very patient with us. The escargot was wonderful!!! We all sampled each other's meals and we were ooooohhhhiiinggg and aaaaaahhhhing. Dessert was superb!! The owner came over and spoke to us to make sure we were enjoying our meal because he could hear us critique everything - but all in a very good way. My gnocchi dish was full of color and flavor - beautiful! I will definitely be a repeat diner.

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I was not particularly impressed. I'd expected Rino's to be expensive, but at $180 for 4 people, I'd at least expect the place to have a wine list! The ambience also leaves much to be desired. Instead of finding it cozy, I found it to be dingy and depressing. Although the food was good, I wouldn't say it $30/plate good. The service, on the otherhand, was exemplary. However, I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon. I can't recommend this restaurant.

3
★★★☆☆

I was not particularly impressed. I'd expected Rino's to be expensive, but at $180 for 4 people, I'd at least expect the place to have a wine list! The ambience also leaves much to be desired. Instead of finding it cozy, I found it to be dingy and depressing. Although the food was good, I wouldn't say it $30/plate good. The service, on the otherhand, was exemplary. However, I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon. I can't recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Service, good food.

Cons: Expensive, poor ambience, and no wine list

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Everything is good at Rino's! From the moment you're seated and served warm bread with creamery butter the world just seems a little nicer. Excellent service is always found at Rino's, and Rino will check with every diner to make sure the experience is wonderful.
Escargot, french onion soup, caprese salad, and chicken with artichoke are just some of the special dishes that you must try. The bread pudding and Black Forest cake are also fabulous. I find the wine list very good, and outdoor dining is also fun.
Make sure you try some of Rino's fresh vegetable dishes. He grows them at home in a huge greenhouse. Everything tastes fresh, and I can't wait to go back.

5
★★★★★

Everything is good at Rino's! From the moment you're seated and served warm bread with creamery butter the world just seems a little nicer. Excellent service is always found at Rino's, and Rino will check with every diner to make sure the experience is wonderful.
Escargot, french onion soup, caprese salad, and chicken with artichoke are just some of the special dishes that you must try. The bread pudding and Black Forest cake are also fabulous. I find the wine list very good, and outdoor dining is also fun.
Make sure you try some of Rino's fresh vegetable dishes. He grows them at home in a huge greenhouse. Everything tastes fresh, and I can't wait to go back.

Pros: Fresh home-made food, friendly atmosphere.

Cons: Small parking lot, uncomfortable seating in back room.

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This is about the food, not the setting. Go in the late spring and on into early fall. Rino's is best when he's got access to the garden for zuchinni blossoms, fresh tomatoes, herbs and the other fresh local produce. Look at the specials as they'll highlight the fresh foods of the day.

The setting is offputting so go to focus on the food.

4
★★★★☆

This is about the food, not the setting. Go in the late spring and on into early fall. Rino's is best when he's got access to the garden for zuchinni blossoms, fresh tomatoes, herbs and the other fresh local produce. Look at the specials as they'll highlight the fresh foods of the day.

The setting is offputting so go to focus on the food.

Pros: seasonal produce

Cons: dark, cramped, out of the way a bit in location

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I went with high expectations. The moment we walked in the door, we were assailed by a sickening smell of Old-Folks-Home mixed with Mothballs and some kind of sausage. The effect was nauseating. The food was okay, not great, and the tables were cramped and uncomfortable. Mozzarella antipasti was the highlight, with great tomatoes. Customer service was very good.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went with high expectations. The moment we walked in the door, we were assailed by a sickening smell of Old-Folks-Home mixed with Mothballs and some kind of sausage. The effect was nauseating. The food was okay, not great, and the tables were cramped and uncomfortable. Mozzarella antipasti was the highlight, with great tomatoes. Customer service was very good.

Pros: Mozzarella

Cons: Old Smelly House, Cramped Tables, Ugly building

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This is hands down the best Italian restuarant! I love to cozy romantic atmosphere, the food is amazing, and the owners/staff are warm and welcoming. We recommend this restaurant to everyone we know and eat there ourselves as often as possible. Don't miss out on the caprese appetizer and the incredible bread pudding (although all of the food is wonderful).

5
★★★★★

This is hands down the best Italian restuarant! I love to cozy romantic atmosphere, the food is amazing, and the owners/staff are warm and welcoming. We recommend this restaurant to everyone we know and eat there ourselves as often as possible. Don't miss out on the caprese appetizer and the incredible bread pudding (although all of the food is wonderful).

Pros: ambiance, food, service

Cons: NONE

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Rino's is the type of place that is often overlooked with all the new and glitzy restaurants popping up, in particular Italian. Don't neglect this place just because the papers don't review the older established restaurants. Longevity means that they must know something about doing things right. Rino has great waiter and waitresses and is always around to great and chat with his "guests". A very reliable and gracious place.
It is likely that press is not necessary, the place still fills up.

4
★★★★☆

Rino's is the type of place that is often overlooked with all the new and glitzy restaurants popping up, in particular Italian. Don't neglect this place just because the papers don't review the older established restaurants. Longevity means that they must know something about doing things right. Rino has great waiter and waitresses and is always around to great and chat with his "guests". A very reliable and gracious place.
It is likely that press is not necessary, the place still fills up.

Pros: Good Solid Food, Nice and homey, Great service

Cons: none

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I would say that thou this place is small you are promptly served and much attention is given to the look of the food and your comfort.

5
★★★★★

I would say that thou this place is small you are promptly served and much attention is given to the look of the food and your comfort.

Pros: good food, good service, prompt seating

Cons: hard to find, poor parking, slightly forgetful

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Without question, Rino's is our favorite Italian restaurant. Just don't fear the exterior (it looks very dated). The interior is charming and the patio is covered with beautiful grape vines on a trellis. When it comes to impressing friends from out of town who think that Utah-food universally tastes like and has the presentation of "food" found at Chuck-A-Whatever, this is a great place to show them what Utah can offer.

5
★★★★★

Without question, Rino's is our favorite Italian restaurant. Just don't fear the exterior (it looks very dated). The interior is charming and the patio is covered with beautiful grape vines on a trellis. When it comes to impressing friends from out of town who think that Utah-food universally tastes like and has the presentation of "food" found at Chuck-A-Whatever, this is a great place to show them what Utah can offer.

Pros: Food, Patio, Rino's garden

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This is one of the best places to eat in the state of Utah. It is both mine and my husband's favorite. We love the food, the ambience- everything! Rino always comes out to make sure that we are doing well. Make sure not to leave without tasting the bread pudding!! It is the best I have ever had!

5
★★★★★

This is one of the best places to eat in the state of Utah. It is both mine and my husband's favorite. We love the food, the ambience- everything! Rino always comes out to make sure that we are doing well. Make sure not to leave without tasting the bread pudding!! It is the best I have ever had!

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My family and I have been going to Rino's for over 20 years. The food is always fresh and extremely tasty. Rino and his staff always remember us and offer the best service in town. Don't miss out on the fabulous wine list and yummy desserts as well.

5
★★★★★

My family and I have been going to Rino's for over 20 years. The food is always fresh and extremely tasty. Rino and his staff always remember us and offer the best service in town. Don't miss out on the fabulous wine list and yummy desserts as well.

Pros: great service, friendly staff, awesome pasta

Cons: authentic

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Rino's has good service and excellent food. The chicken Parmigiana was excellent, and the portion size was perfect for a hardy appetite. Although I am not a huge fan of gnocchi, the sauce was exceptional.....I would love to have the recipe. The ambience was relaxed, and I would highly recommend taking a date.

5
★★★★★

Rino's has good service and excellent food. The chicken Parmigiana was excellent, and the portion size was perfect for a hardy appetite. Although I am not a huge fan of gnocchi, the sauce was exceptional.....I would love to have the recipe. The ambience was relaxed, and I would highly recommend taking a date.

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I strongly recommend this restaurant. My favorite dish Veal Parmingana.

5
★★★★★

I strongly recommend this restaurant. My favorite dish Veal Parmingana.

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Just a quiet little place that has a lot of romantism built in at a very resonable price. A small converted home to a cozy restaurant with a nice outside patio. Food is quite tasty and service is more than adequate. Definately worth another visit.

5
★★★★★

Just a quiet little place that has a lot of romantism built in at a very resonable price. A small converted home to a cozy restaurant with a nice outside patio. Food is quite tasty and service is more than adequate. Definately worth another visit.

Pros: Quiet, Very resonable prices, outside dining

Cons: small tables/booths, paking lot needs work

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We have been going to Rino's for some 15 years. The last couple of years we have visited more and more often. The food and service are always very good. We visit the North Beach district in San Francisco quite regularly and Rino's food is equal and in some cases better then the best that we can find there.

5
★★★★★

We have been going to Rino's for some 15 years. The last couple of years we have visited more and more often. The food and service are always very good. We visit the North Beach district in San Francisco quite regularly and Rino's food is equal and in some cases better then the best that we can find there.

Pros: Food, Service, value

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The food, service, everything is excellent. The price is reasonable for what you get. The food is so good and you have to try the beef marsala and their minestrone soup is to die for.

5
★★★★★

The food, service, everything is excellent. The price is reasonable for what you get. The food is so good and you have to try the beef marsala and their minestrone soup is to die for.

Pros: Food, Price, Service

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