Violino Gastronomia Italiana

4.8
1544 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
This intimate, family-owned Ristorante is one of the finest Italian eateries in Alberta.
Violino has the reputation as being one of the most respected and influential Italian restaurant in Edmonton.
The welcoming atmosphere and the sophisticated cuisine steeped in the rich tradition of Italian food culture, refined Violino as an authentic Italian restaurant.
Violino specializes in the rich food and wine culture from Italian Peninsula, creating refined but unfussy food served in a lively intimate atmosphere accompanied with a comprehensive wine list.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1544 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KenE
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from beginning to end was fantastic! Service was outstanding and it was a beautiful evening sitting out on the patio.

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SamT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday date

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Tommy
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always welcome by the servers, the food and service is above and beyond. Thanks again and stay strong.

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NormanM
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner option. The server and manager were both very attentive. The food was amazing (got the surf and turf and short rib). Really enjoyed the bread pudding desert as well as the surprise complimentary desert for our anniversary.

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BradW
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. Highly recommend the calamari.

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vipTraveler
Edmonton
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little neighborhood gem. High standard food and service infused in a Tuscan stylish atmosphere and decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is exceptional. Never a disappointment. Food is fresh and always served hot. Always recommend

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KrystalY
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend. Great service, delicious food, beautiful ambiance. It was exactly what we were looking for after a long Covid-stretch of isolation.

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Judebird
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful. Great place for any occasion

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CherylB
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional dining experience! Amazing food and service.

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JamesD
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fish dish, a steak dish, and a featured veal dish. All were excellent, and prepared as requested. All of the meals included a generous portion of perfectly prepared vegetables.

Service was also excellent without being obtrusive.

At a an average price of $70 person without wine and before tax the price seemed a little high. I imagine the seating restrictions as a result of Covid and the costs associated with the greater use of take out delivery services are impacting prices.

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TracyL
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with great food

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traceys
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous experience! Thank you for a memorable evening!

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JLFM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time here for birthday dinner tonight as a party of 3 adults. Tables were socially distanced, service was really good. Portion sizes were larger than expected and reasonable for the price. We started with the seafood platter for two which definitely filled the 3 of us up! For entrees, we had the chicken fettucine, lobster risotto, and short ribs - all were scrumptous! We were so full though that we packed almost the whole risotto home. Would recommend =)

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vipterryt
Edmonton
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best service we have had in a long time . Food was excellent and beautiful setting . Perfect!!

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DelaneyG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Cute, quiet spot. Will definitely be going back.

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ChrisC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the service was top notch. our hostess was very attentive from start to finish.
A nice gentleman let us sample a couple of different wines to accompany our most wonderful meal. The food was outstanding as was the whole dining experience.
We will definitely be returning.

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randyp
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most romantic restaurant in Edmonton. Food is top notch and not overpriced. Ample amount of food

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CatarinaS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food I’ve ever had hands down! Nothing comes as a second close!

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GeetaB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, will definitely come back. My pasta which was their signature dish was by far the best pasta I’ve had. Real Caesar salad dressing was absolutely delicious

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Mario
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food is overpriced and not very good considering they boast authentic Italian food. The oso buco was covered in what seemed to be brown instant gravy mix. The other entre we had was a surf and turf. The tenderloin was also covered in the same brown gravy while the lobster tail was over cooked to the point where it was dried to the shell. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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showboy
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Superb salmon and halibut main dishes, spicy and sweet penne to start, wonderfully sticky bread pudding shared for dessert. Excellent, attentive service, quiet, dated room but no less lovely given the nature of Violino's old-house-as-a-restaurant courtyard setting on 125 st. Had been a long time to visit again and glad we did.

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MaryR
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The appetizers and soup were great. The pasta dishes were wonderful. The fish dish (halibut) was over cooked the first time, the second time it was a less nice piece of f ish but properly cooked with the same vegetables as the previous plate . They were cold.
The bread pudding was really good . The wait staff was attentive .

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RosieV
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time there. It was delicious. Staff was very friendly. We enjoyed everything about this place.

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viprobp
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Valentines Day

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vipBusinessAsUsual
Edmonton
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

It pains me to provide such a low score this time around. We've dined at Violino's many times before this Valentine's and have always left happy. I believe the set menu is the root cause of all our complaints. The menu was a choice of seafood bisque or a selection of salads, followed by a cheese and mushroom ravioli, beef tenderloin for me and chicken stuffed with boursin for my wife and tiramisu to finish. The soup arrived tepid at best with a skin on the top which points to the fact that it has sat waiting to be served. Unnecessary in my mind, when only one soup is on the menu. Leave it in the pot and ladle it out when needed. Garnish and server. Our bowls were removed only to have the ravioli arrive seconds later (no kidding...seconds) and again only warm. Empty bowls bussed to the kitchen - two plates of ravioli picked up and delivered on the return trip. Obviously sitting under a heat lamp waiting to go. Assuming the pace wouldn't change we let the last bit of ravioli linger on my wife's plate. But once bussed, presto steak and chicken within seconds. This time we expressed our concern to the server. We're full and would like some time to allow for some digestion. The steak that did arrive was under cooked and the sides cold. The plates were good and hot so that helped. I didn't send it back because although I ask for medium rare I'm okay with rare and it was rare. We ate about half of our food feeling stuffed and uncomfortable.

I'm a bit perplexed. You'd think that with a limited menu and restaurant capacities limited by COVID that the kitchen would be afforded the time to perfect the dish. Instead it seemed to be a production line approach. Will we go back? Most likely - but only after the bad memory has faded. We can't forget all the great meals we've had there.

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SheilaT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As per usual food and service is outstanding! Always a great place to eat! But especially nice for a date night!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience

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JonathanM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The soup was pretty darn good.
The pasta was the most disappointing, and for an italian place my expectations were higher for it - texture was good but not great, the flavor was underwhelming. The main reason I knocked one star off was underwhelming pasta.
Steak was good - cooked to perfection, but not a lot of extra flavor to it - very traditional. Mashed potatoes were awesome, and the vegetables were cooked perfectly.
Dessert was Tiramasu - it might have been the best I've ever had.

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BraydonH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food cool location definitely an enjoyable experience

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JakubZ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Night For Valentines Day. Amazing food and atmosphere

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KimberleeE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is spot on everytime. The staff is very polite and attentive. It is such a great spot to go for a nice romantic dinner out.

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SteveM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent as usual at Violino. We do like the quaint atmosphere which is usually pretty quiet which it was again. Great food and good value for the money. Wish they had more parking but not their fault.

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ValerieM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed another great meal at Violino's.

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Ella
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice and quiet place,good food...I really recommend it!!!

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vipErinC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite places! We will miss you during the Christmas season but look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Best wishes to whole team.

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HarrisonT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience, and even better food!!!!!!!!

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Ryan
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic place. The space was rich, intimate and comfortable and the service was outstanding. Courteous, inviting and quick. Then comes the food, it was absolutely wonderful. The flavours were lush and well defined. Perfectly cooked pasta served with perfectly prepared shellfish for one and for the other, a perfectly cooked rare steak with perfectly prepared seafood and vegetables. For dessert, please try the Tiramisu. If you've ever seen that TV commercial about the guy tasting peanut butter like it was the first time he'd ever tried it, well, the Tiramisu is like that. This place might put a dent in your wallet but it's worth every penny. Highly recommended if you can afford it and if you can't it's worth saving up for.

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PaulineL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lamb, shrimp, scallops, tiramisu. Everything was perfect! Violino is offering take out service during the shut down. Great option until the doors open again. Thx for everything Adrian! You & your beautiful team do such a great job of taking care of everyone. God bless you all. Merry Christmas. P

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Phil
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my sisters to Violino’s for a birthday celebration and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. The service was excellent and the food was lovely. The ambiance was quiet which allowed us to visit without shouting at each other. I would recommend this venue as first rate.

FAQs

Violino Gastronomia Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (780) 757-8701.

Violino Gastronomia Italiana is rated 4.8 stars by 1544 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.