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Gene's Ristorante

(425) 271-7042 seattle.citysearch.com...

212 S 3rd StRenton, WA 98055 map it »

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Business overview

Atmosphere

  • Casual
  • Fun

Features

  • Parking
  • Private Parties

Cuisines

  • Italian
  • Pizza

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • TUE
  • 11:00am
  • 9:00pm
  • WED
  • 11:00am
  • 9:00pm
  • THU
  • 11:00am
  • 9:00pm
  • FRI
  • 11:00am
  • 9:00pm
  • SAT
  • 5:00pm
  • 9:00pm
  • SUN

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best italian food, 10/25/2010

wow. soooo good we have tried many Italian restaurants and this was very authentic and the staff was very attentive and nice, made jokes. we left feeling satisfied and not over full, perfect... portions. try the tiramisu!

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Best Dining Experience in Renton, 7/14/2010

My wife and I have dined here many times in the last few months, culminating our search for Renton's finest Italian food. Vino's is, bar far, the best, most consistant, best atmosphere and highest... quality of food, wine, and experience!\r\rYes, I have tried them all in this area. There a number of decent restaraunts, but Vino's stands alone in giving the personal touch, creating sensational food, and an authentic wine list to compliment it all. Santiago and his staff are exceptional and bring as much involvement and personality to your table as you desire on a given night- a very fun staff you can relax and fun with. They will also make you look great on more formal occassions too.\r\rThey have killer wines. Nuff said. Hard to stop at just one bottle!\r\rFood is outstanding. Love the gorgonzola chicken, the vongole, the duck, and even the pizzas are terriffic.\r\rIf you demand the best, demand Vinos Ristorante Italiano!

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by madey22 at Citysearch

best italian food

wow. soooo good we have tried many Italian restaurants and this was very authentic and the staff was very attentive and nice, made jokes. we left feeling satisfied and not over full, perfect portions. try the tiramisu!

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by JuiceMan at Citysearch

Best Dining Experience in Renton

My wife and I have dined here many times in the last few months, culminating our search for Renton's finest Italian food. Vino's is, bar far, the best, most consistant, best atmosphere and highest quality of food, wine, and experience!\r\rYes, I have tried them all in this area. There a number of decent restaraunts, but Vino's stands alone in giving the personal touch, creating sensational food, and an authentic wine list to compliment it all. Santiago and his staff are exceptional and bring as much involvement and personality to your table as you desire on a given night- a very fun staff you can relax and fun with. They will also make you look great on more formal occassions too.\r\rThey have killer wines. Nuff said. Hard to stop at just one bottle!\r\rFood is outstanding. Love the gorgonzola chicken, the vongole, the duck, and even the pizzas are terriffic.\r\rIf you demand the best, demand Vinos Ristorante Italiano!

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by Coug at Citysearch

New Owner is Great

New (2010) owner is great, a significant improvement. We were a group of four and all had one of the daily specials. They were all winners. \r\rThe place became quite busy while we were there but the good service didn't suffer at all. \r\rWe will definitely return often.

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by Grogers at Citysearch

Authentic Italian at it's best!!

The food there is excellent and high quality. There is an amazing wine list, and I find it quite affordable. My friend and I shared a bottle of wine, both had salads and fabulous meals for around $100. Great food, great service!!! Can't wait to go back!!

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by Neil Foster at Citysearch

Quality of Your Grocer's Freezer at a High End Price!

Vino's is the perfect example of ""You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig"". At first appearance this seems to be a high end restaurant, and prices on the menu reflect the same. I gave it one star because there was no ZERO rating!This place was WAY OVERPRICED, and the food seems like they bought frozen meals and heated them in a microwave. The waiter offered a special of Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms. My mother (who is a gourmet chef) asked where they are able to find Porcini Mushrooms as they are both rare and expensive. The waiter said it was secret... She and I ordered Linguine with clams, it was flavorless. My wife had pizza, which she said was not very good, the crust tasted like unsalted soda crackers. My son ordered a linguine with mixed shell fish, he said it was the worse Italian food he ever had. My daughter ordered duck, which she said was rubbery and flavorless, her boyfriend said that frozen Lasagna from a a supermarket would be more flavorful and better priced than what they served to him..We also noticed that the ""fresh"" Parmesan cheese was powdered... Just like the stuff that Kraft puts in those plastic cans in the supermarket. However, I think this was the generic stuff, as it was not as flavorful as the Kraft brand. There is NO WAY this was freshly grated Parmesan as the waiter stated. For dessert, two people in our party ordered ""tangerine sorbet"". The BUSBOY came out with one service and said that the freezer had failed, and the rest of the sorbet was ruined. However, he did offer other flavors of ice cream... We wondered why the waiter didn't have the integrity to come out and tell us... We also wondered how only the ""tangerine sorbet"" was the only frozen dessert that was ruined. My son said the so-called tangerine sorbet tasted like ordinary orange sherbert with vanilla ice cream. After all the other shortcomings, we came to the conclusion that it probably was. We also felt that they only had one serving because nobo

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by Vercalos at Citysearch

Worst Italian Food I've ever had

Let me start out by reiterating that this is the worst Italian food I've ever had. I have actually had frozen dinners that tasted better.This was a restaurant that was closed when we first moved to Washington, and driving by recently, we had noticed it was open again, and decided to pay it a visit, as we'd never tried this particular place before. The waiter was cordial at first, and I and my mother arrived early, requested a table for 6, and were sat down soon after. He provided us with two menus, and took our orders for drinks. The rest of my party arriving perhaps 8 minutes later. And then the drinks we ordered showed up.We spent some time deliberating over the menu, and our waiter took another 4 minutes to take orders for the rest of our groups' /drinks/. Throughout the entire meal he took the orders, and they were delivered by the busboy. We ordered salads, mixed green, which consisted of vegetables I could hardly call fresh, and covered in vinegar. Our meals came. The Parmesan that was provided to our table wasn't high quality, but store bought, powdered, cheap, paper-flavored Parmesan cheese product.I had ordered the Linguini Frutti Di Mare, a pasta with mixed shellfish in a tomato-based sauce. It smelled horrible, and tasted bland at best, and some of the bites tasted the way it smelled, again an indication that the ingredients weren't fresh. I managed to make myself finish a quarter of it before I lost my appetite entirely. I ended up dumping the rest in a dumpster behind the place.When we ordered the desserts, we went with two tiramisus, shared between four people, and two orders of Tangerine Sorbet. What we got was two tiramisus, one tangerine sorbet, and a bull**** story about a malfunctioning freezer.So, despite not having any more tangerines for the sorbet, and not having a /working freezer/, I was offered other /frozen/ dishes. If our waiter came back and explained that they were out of tangerines as soon as it was discovered, I would n

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by Kornos at Citysearch

The best of Italian in Renton

We are so happy to see Vino back and under new management. This has always been a favorite of ours. With Santiago (he managed and worked at three Italian restaurants in Bellevue) running the place it is sure to be a success. We were immediately greeted warmly and the soft music and candlelight atmosphere were lovely. The food, we had a dish with shrimp and pasta, was very good. Come back and show your support for the best Italian food in the area and support your locally-owned restaurants!!

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by dinerrenton25 at Citysearch

SCAM SCAM SCAM

I find it to be quite amusing that I was not the only one who was totally taken advantage of and ripped off by the so-called ""owner"" of this dump. The guy with the accent who is primarily the server here is NOT the owner, though he likes to pretend he is. I ended up spending $300.00 for four people the other night.... We ordered a bottle of wine and he basically told us ""no,"" and brought us his own selection instead; only to find out later is was twice the price. When we ordered an appetizer, he said he would split it--- No he brought each and every one of us our own and proceeded to charge us for each one. When we asked the soup of the day he said it was a seafood stew. I ordered a bowl of is as my meal- He ended us charging me for the Cioppino (three times the cost) at the end of the night. When he was confronted about his scam artist ways, his accent became deeper and he started yelling and acting confused (mind you, it was all an act, duh). Anyways, DO NOT dine here. I want to report this place to a news station so they can do an undercover investigation--- it should be illegal the way they rip you off. Besides, the food is crappy. The Caesar salad had no croutons (they were out of them), no parmesan (they were out of it--I know, crazy).... it was literally a pile of lettuce with dressing that tasted like plain mayonnaise on it. DONT LET THE CRAZY MAN SCAM YOU. IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS PLACE OUT, BE READY TO BE STERN AND NOT EASILY SWAYED. CHECK YOUR BILL- ASK PRICES OF EVERYTHING.

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by jorgehayes at Citysearch

Classic Italian restaurant that makes you feel like you're in Italy.

Vino's has great, great service. The staff there, say hello to John, treat you like family. Great pasta, try the specials. We had a fantastic seafood pasta, topped off with a traditional Italian blackberry desert with limoncello.

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by rimini at Citysearch

ITS NOT ITALIAN r

I have eaten at this restaurant and tell the truth to the owner is French. NOT ITALIAN and the cook are Mexican. Pls stop calling Italian restaurant when Italian nothing there .. I absolutely do not recommend.\rI am Italian and know our kitchen. If you go there pay attention to the bill the French guys is smart..

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by dissarono at Citysearch

Reality Check

I've been to Vino recently and I had a great experience. Owner welcomed us with open arms and smile on his face. We requested a nice table by the window and we were promptly sited on Saturday night, Usually busy time for restaurants. We requested some tasty appetizer to start with and Amy(our server)suggested some platter with prosciutto,salame and some great vegetable mix of eggplant,capia and olives. It was wonderful. We order Luce wine, it complimented appetizer wonderfully. We took our time, and Amy came back many times to check if we are doing ok or need anything. For dinner we order Veal Piccata and my husband ordered Grilled sausage, quail and steak, served with vegetables. Nettles to say, we were happy with our choices. Zabaglione was a great suggestion from Amy as a desert and my husband had their new pumpkin gelato. Owner as a token of a appreciation, gave us a great port wine on the house. That was a great experience for us. We are from Europe and Vino remind us a little bit of our home, and that made us impressed and certainly welcome back anytime. I would recommend Vino to anyone who like to experience some great taste of Italy.\r

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by nperson at Citysearch

Food is good but service is bad

I have eaten at Vino's many times over the past few years. I had my husbands 30th birthday and the manager Keith treated us GREAT. However the other waiter (NOT Owner) Joel was quite annoying and acted rather inappropriate. He sang songs all night over and over as though he was drunk. Each time we go in to dine at Vino's he is always asking us to hook him up with pretty ladies and never really leaves you alone to enjoy your meal. I made the same mistake when I first ate at Vino's and thought Joel was the owner but come to find out he's not, he's just a waiter. He appears rude but I believe it is just his personality. He can be entertaining but mostly rather annoying. There are certain things that are very good but you cannot seem to stray away from those because that's when the quality gets dicey. If you can get passed the annoying waiter you might have a good experience.

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by bweb212 at Citysearch

Rip Off!!!!!

They charged us for a $45 bottle of wine we did not drink. They told us to order ""family style"" because it would be ""cheaper."" It cost us the price of their THREE specials each to order a ""family style dinner."" That is not how my family eats!! We had small portions of their specials, but basically paid full price for them. We talked to the owner, who was the one who ripped us off. He knew we were right, but just told us to go away and was very rude to us when we tried to talk about the bill. I will never go here again and would never recommend it to anyone! If you do decide to go here, just order strictly off the menu and don't be fooled into ordering ""family style"". Of course they also thought they deserved a 20% tip as well. What selfish people! Resturant service should be about the customer, not the resturant owner's pocketbook. This is a horrible way to represent Italians. I have been to Italy and would never have been treated this way. I would not recommend going to eat here!

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by seesawmcgraw at Citysearch

First time customers and we really enjoyed ourselves...

After reading the reviews, I was afraid to go to try this place but I'm glad I did. We were expecting some \r""soup-nazi"" type situation a la Seinfeld, so we stepped through the front door with a fair amount of trepidation. I don't know, maybe that was a good thing. \r\rAll in all, we found the owner to be rather charming and the food was delicious. Now don't get me wrong, this is not a place to go if you're trying to eat for 20/bucks a head (that's why some genius invented the olive garden). This is a place to go if you want to experience a true italian meal. And trust me, italian servers do not bend over backwards to cater to their customers. And italian diners more than likely enter a person's restaurant with the same respect and deference with which they would enter a person's home. \r\rI can't believe people are complaining because the owner makes a food recommendation and then they are surprised when they get the bill. One should never expect that another person knows how much money you intend to spend. If you are a cost-conscious diner, you might want to ask the server how much the item they recommended costs. Sure, it would be nice if they told you the price without you having to ask, but if they don't, big deal- just ask! As for the folks whining about not getting oil and herbs, they are available for the asking but just realize that you will be charged for them, which seems reasonable to me, given the quality and freshness of the preparation. I think it cost like 2.50 and was worth every penny. \r\rI could go on and on, but don't be afraid to judge for yourself.

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by dineouttonite at Citysearch

Don't Do It !!!!

Yes, as the website states, your dining experience at Vino's will definitely be ""unforgettable"". Unforgettable in that you'll ask yourself why you chose to spend your money at this restaurant. What is touted to be a ""cozy and romantic dining experience"" was hardly that. The ""part-owner"" who took our order was impatient and brusque. The first clue of his demanding demeanor came through when one hesitated to ponder the entree selections. You were made to feel uncomfortable as he shifted his feet and furrowed his eyebrows waiting for your decision. He purposely dismissed asking if others at our table wanted wine; perhaps because someone dared to chose to drink by the glass rather than get suckered into ordering a bottle of their ""high quality or more expensive rarity"" wine. Upon completion of the meal, you were expected to pay the bill and get out. There was no offer to box your leftovers (you had to ask) nor did you dare to ask for coffee or an after dinner drink. The gruff old ""part-owner"" made sure that his wait staff were lurking right next to our table while barking orders for the table to be re-set as soon as we stood up. Yes, a Vino's dining experience will be unforgettable. It's guaranteed that you won't soon forget spending so much money on such an unpleasurable fine dining experience. If you've read the most recent reviews, you'll definitely recognize a pattern of first-time customer's being treated like dirt. Perhaps Vino's ""regulars"" can keep the restaurant in business as surely new customers won't. I join the other recent reviewers in saying ARRIVERDERCI Vino's, we won't be back. If I could rate your restaurant less than one star, I would, and even that would be a stretch from what you really deserve.

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