Established in 1972 and just recieved a restaurant makeover. Daily specials, open for and dinner. Brand new LCD TVs to watch gameday sports. Outdoor patio.
Came here on Sunday night with a fried of mine. Upon entering I was greeted right away, and was asked politely to take a seat (I could tell, that they were happy to see me) the restaurant was busy being Rememberance Day long weekend.
We looked at the menu and were amazed with the prices. I was trying to decide between the lasagne and the Fettucini Alfredo, but my friend suggested, that being a restaurant owned by Greeks, that lasagne would be a better idea, as Greeks don't really make a good fettucini Alfredo. I have ordered that dish at several restaurants that are run by Greeks and all but once was disappointed every time, SO I opted to get lasagne instead with extra cheese, and chicken strips for an appetizer. My friend ordered potato skins and cesear salad and for drinks, We both had a Coke.
My order of Chicken Strips first arrived, they were a little pricy but delicious, but I have seen that appetizers at restaurants have become pricy lately, but was glad that the chicken strips were delicious.
Then came my lasagne and my friend potato skins and salad. I couldn't believe how good that lasagne was.....I am still in awe how delicious it was, it was THE BEST that I had EVER had. The portion was rightly priced too.....I was really happy how delicious it was, and I still can not believe it. My friend also reported that the potato skins and cesear salad was good too.
Service could had been a little better. Didn't see our waitress too much, but being the long weekend and having a table with a bunch of people I guess I could understand, especially if that was her section. It was almost a full house in there.
I definetly have to come back, it was so great.....Thanks for great food and a great time
We enjoyed a very nice lunch on the sidewalk patio at Gino's. The roast lamb was excellent. My friend had the wrap special which was very good, but a little messy to eat. Service was friendly and attentive. A relaxing lunch for two with a glass of wine came to $38 including tip.
If you prefer to eat inside, it is quite a large restaurant with many attractive booths.
We went to Gino's last night. Being Thursday all Greek dishes were on for 10.95. An excellent value! Our waitress let us know how to order our wine to save a few dollars as well and this was appreciated.
We started with Mozza sticks and Houmous. The Mozza sticks were pretty run of the mill but the Houmous was excellent with lots of lemon, garlic and parsley flavour through out.
We each had the roast lamb and this was quite tender. I am not sure about the gravy served on it as it was a bit salty. I was very thirsty after this. This is the only time I have seen a gravy on top of the roast lamb in a Greek restaurant.
All in all Gino's proved to be a solid reliable place to dine. Nothing ground breaking here but it is a dependable place to dine.
This past hot Summer Saturday evening, my husband & I decided to dine out at "Gino's". Our previous visits to the restaurant were before the current owners took over and renovated, and we feared changes might have happened for the worse. We stepped inside, and the first thing I thought about was a server that my husband & I really liked and who had served us here for years. Pessimistically I thought, "they probably renovated her too". Wrong! Right away she saw us and we happily greeted each other.
After we took our seats, I looked around. I think the decor has been elegantly modernized. The worn seatings have been replaced, and the new overall dark brown tones give the dining area a sophisticated feel.
I had pizza with ham & pineapple, and my husband had an "extra-cut" of prime rib. I thought the pizza was as it always was: great. My husband was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meat & how it was prepared. He thinks the $21.50 asking price for his meal is excellent value. Also, we both noticed a huge improvement to the quality of the garlic bread. It now actually contains bits of garlic!
The one negative aspect to our dining experience was that it really was a warm evening and the restaurant's interior was not air-conditioned. However, there is no doubt in our minds that we will return.
Didn't feel like cooking tonight so we tried a place in nearby Sapperton (east New West).
This restaurant is near the Royal Columbian Hospital in an area with not many other restaurants around. With less competition, you never know what you'll get but we were pleasantly surprised by Gino's.
They have a diverse menu - Greek, Tex Mex, pizza and pastas, spring rolls and edamame (again not always a great sign of a good restaurant).
I had the BBQ platter and the missus had their special of the day, Greek roast lamb dinner.
My platter was huge: two large beef ribs, two side ribs, and a quarter chicken all slathered in a very tasty, tangy bbq sauce. Accompanied by brussels, carrots and roast potates... a side of coleslaw, a slice of garlic bread and a very fresh green salad to start. All for $15 bucks!
My wife's lamb dinner was tasty (a bit bland on the seasoning for the lamb but a good cut well prepared). Also accompanied by brussels, carrots and roast potatoes. Because Gino goes greek on Thursdays ;) all greek platters were $11.
We had a calamari appetizer which was a bit on the salty side.
Good and decent. Our waitress moved a bit slower than the two others we were watching but nothing to compliment or complain about.
With the size of portion, quality of food, at their prices, great value especially if you order their daily specials.
Previous reviewers state that the restaurant was renovated Feb or March 2008. Decor was nice, clean and comfortable. They have 5 large LCD panels they have showing various sports channels and on Game nights, they have Pub grub. They didnt completely renovate their washrooms so you get a sense of what the restaurant might have looked like before.
I guess they try to accomodate as many tastes and preferences as possible but all-in-all worthy of return visits.
We have been dining at this local restaurant for 10 years. The food was always good but was sorely in need of renovations.
The new owners as of February have done a wonderful job of giving this little gem a facelift. It still has the warmth of a family run restaurant and the food has not changed, it is just a lot nicer for an evening out. It would be nice to see some changes in the menu but I'm sure in time the owners will add some of their favorites.
Went for Mother's Day late lunch, 7 of us in total. Restaurant was busy, but not full. Everyone got their food except for me, waiting about 15 mins before mine finally arrived and everyone else was either finished or almost finished. Mother-in-law's pizza was half cooked. Daughter wasn't given the kid's size pizza that we obviously ordered since she is 6. Server didn't seem to care nor was there any offer to try and makes things right by either not charging for the pizza or something. Been a few times, will now never go back.
The 4 of us decided to try someplace north of the river and opted for BC's first capital.
Gino's blew us away, although it appears like a nice small place, the greeting we got and the food that we ordered guaranteed our return for future visits.
we ordered the roast lamb, a pizza and the fish and chips. you know it's good food when there was no talking for 15 minutes during our meal. The waiter was very pleasant and knowledgable and helped answer all of our questions and make substitutions.
the fish and chips were some of the best that i've had in the lower mainland. not a fan of the heavy batter/greasy ones from pajos, i was pleasantly surprised by what they offered here.
and the fries! oh the fries, nice and crisp and seemed to have some sort of garlic seasoning to them.
all in all the pizza looked great, and the lamb was more than enough, that we ended up taking more than half home for lunches the next day.
it's been around for a few years, and clearly demonstrates quality over quantity.
Went here after work with some co-workers and was pleasantly surprised.
Upon our trek up the street we were greeted with the amazing aroma of garlic; always a great sign.
I ordered their house red as I was in the mood for pasta. Their house wasn't overly amazing but not bad. I've had worse. Both friends chose the souvlaki - one lamp, one chicken. Both thought were pretty solid dishes. I, however, chose the meat canneloni. O.M.G.! Soooo good. This dish came with 3 hugely stuffed logs and I could only make it through about 3/4 of ONE piece. The other 2.25 of my dish made a lovely, huge, lunch the next day.
Not just quantity, but quality too.
Next time, we're thinking of ordering appies (because of the quantities) and gorging on desserts.
The desserts looked fantastic.
They have been around forever, they must be doing something right. We enjoy coming here because the choices in food are outstanding. You can have Souvlaki, Pasta, Pizza, Steak and more. Our meal was excellent, served hot and quickly. The quality was very good. A nice locally owned place that really cares about what they are serving.
A nicely decorated, clean restaurant. The staff are attentitive and knowledgeable. It was not a busy night by any means but there were 5 or 6 other tables going while we were there and they all appeared to be well served. The food was good in taste and portion and at fair prices. A welcome addition/renovation to Sapperton.
This restaurant does not know how to treat their clients. I went there for dinner with 4 of my friends (girls) for a quick bite and a drink. We entered the place at just before 9pm. It was closing at10pm. The food was ok but we did not get a last call announcement for the food. When we tried ordering another item off the menu at 9:30pm, the waitress advised that the kitchen is already being cleaned but after going to the back, said that we can place an order. However, we decided not to bother with it. At 9:50pm we were reminded that the restaurant is closing in 10 minutes and at 10:05pm we were told that it is time for us to leave. At that time we were not done with the food yet.
We felt really rushed. This is not a convenience store where you can just go in, purchase your item and leave.
We have never felt so unwelcomed. We definitely will not be going back there again.
Gino's has been around a long time and their food has always been consistently good tasting with good value. Their Gino's House Special Pizza is something you just can't get anywhere else... I like their escargot and their Greek Dishes - their garlic bread could still use some work i.e. actual real garlic would be a treat...
The new decor is nice, makes for a pleasant meal out.
I live just up the road from this restaurant so my family has been a regular visitor for many years. The new owners have certain spruced up the interior decoration but left the menu mainly untouched.
The staff is always friendly and the service is fairly speedy.
Their pizza is fantastic but a bit on the expensive side. As for the rest of the menu, the greek items are good, the lasagna watered-down and generally uninspired. They do offer nightly specials but they are kind of run of the mill.
As Sapperton residents, Ginos is a great convenient restaurant for us to go to. Since the new owners have renovated the inside of the restaurant, the atmosphere is far better than it was in the past.
For everything else, this isn't the easiest place to review because it is so hit and miss. The food and the service are both usually decent, but we've experienced a lot less on both fronts. I think if the food were less expensive, the lesser quality compared to similarly priced restaurants wouldn't be so apparent.
One thing they have either changed or I had never had it before that is a definite MISS is the tomato/basil pasta sauce. It tastes like really bland jar tomato sauce with about 3 cups of sugar added to it. Even my neice said it was too sweet for her! I couldn't eat the pasta I ordered because it was so sickly.
On the other hand, the chicken strips and salad and the Greek food all seem to be pretty consistent in being decent.
As for drinks, fountain drinks are "bottomless" so that's great for value, but they only have their one beer on tap and not a great selection of bottles.