Violino Gastronomia Italiana

4.5
1203 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday : 11:00am - 3.30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3.30pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(780) 757-8701
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Neighbourhood
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Elegant restaurant located in downtown, perfect for intimate gatherings and business meetings to spectacular events, you will enjoy the incredible service and food in a welcoming and sophisticated Italian oasis.Ideally located steps away from shopping,hotels.

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating establishment, especially for those with food sensitivities and mobility limitations. Very tasty meals and attentive service. The creme brulee was excellent and the birthday treat was lovely.

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JH
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for our anniversary. Service, food, ambiance... all fantastic.

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KL
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The tiger prawns with black and white linguini with fennel in a cream sauce was delicious. My spouse didn't like that the chicken breast was diced up and tomato sauce with penne pasta wasn't that tasty. Pricey meals, but a nice atmosphere and the server was polite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

If you don’t eat steaks at Italian restaurants, this is not the place to start. Steak was definitely cooked in a way that I’m not too big on. Recommend sticking to their pasta - it was delicious!

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Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

What a delicious meal we sat outside on a beautiful summer evening . The food was just perfect and the setting in an old house made the evening most enjoyable. The staff were just the right amount of attentive. We will go back.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant! It was a great place to have our anniversary supper. The food was so good and the service was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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CP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

The service was very good; our server was personable and professional. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. I ordered pasta with pancetta and chicken breast in a tomato pepper sauce. It was served hot, but the chicken had been cubed and the morsels were dry, chewy, flavourless things. The sauce was similarly bland. My companion had the seafood special, sea bass. She reported that the fish was firm, but again without much flavour. Her meal was served on a decorative plastic tray, which certainly detracted from the mostly high-end decor of the place. Hoping to produce one positive memory from the meal, I ordered the bread pudding dessert. It was unremarkable. All in all, there are better Italian restaurants in town. I will not return to Violino and I would not recommend it.

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M
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great. Thx again and look forward to our next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was better when I was there last, my fish was a bit over cook and I the service a little too fast for me. I enjoy dining slowly and not feel pushed,

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e
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Some restaurants write insanely good sounding menus but cannot live up to these descriptions. Violino lives up to their menus! The restaurant has an upstairs area, a main floor (where we were seated) and a great outdoor patio. We want to take advantage of that this summer! We started our evening with two antipasto: Asparagi Fritti (delightfully crunchy) and Arancini (delightfully creamy) – great contrast in textures. I had the Salmone Organico, which was done perfectly with two sides of Potato Pave and Asparagus. One friend had Filetto di Manzo – beef tenderloin that was very juicy and came with amazing “Italian cheese enriched potatoes.” My other friend chose the daily special, Lobster Ravioli. It was very rich and had a great cream sauce. There was a reduction or sauce with both the salmon and beef that we forgot to ask about – it was so tasty, we could have eaten a bowl of it. Dessert was Tiramisu (classic recipe with fresh berries) and Budino (described as butterscotch pudding with salted caramel sauce). The Budino was nice, but next time I’ll go for Crème Brulee! And there will be a next time. Well done, Violino. Your recipes and your staff are excellent!

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I love this place! Been a couple of times. It's a very nice place for a special occasion. My favorite dish is their chicken alfredo pasta. It's their specialty. They flambe it in a giant cheese wheel. They only do it indoors tho, we went this past weekend and didn't know we couldn't see it out on the patio so that was a bit disappointing but it is really a great place! Great food and atmosphere!

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CF
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was very good- only service was extremely "rushed" which was rather disappointing given the restaurant was not busy at all... Would've enjoyed a leisurely dinner experience on the patio, but servers were packing up tables and chairs as we ate so felt we were holding them up from wanting to close up for the night...
While service was great, "rush" was also evident in how fast our food came between servings, with the main course being only luke warm,....

This restaurant could have a lot going for it- re: friendly servers, nice location/setting & patio, but really need to work on creating a relaxed dining experience- customers look forward to being pampered when dining out... and with everything else going for this restaurant, should be easy to achieve... hopefully they take note of this and work to enhance the overall experience...

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Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Violino is exceptional in every way. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Our guests always enjoy their dinners, no matter what they tidier from the menu. The staff is very pleasant and have a knack for good timing. No rush, no wait. The venue is charming. Overall, number one!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I went here for a date and I’m sad to say we were very disappointed. For the amount of money the bill came to, the food/experience was very underwhelming. Now I will say that the steak I ordered was probably the most tinder steak I’ve ever had, however it was smothered in a FAKE gravy that you could probably buy from Safeway... completely destroyed the steak. For the service it was okay but I was hoping he would have explained the menu a bit better. Overall I will not be going back. And from one foodie to another I would not recommend.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service, atmosphere and of course food! Very romantic setting indoors and a beautiful patio in the summertime. Highly recommend!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and atmosphere as always.

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CD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I took my boyfriend to Violino for his birthday. I knew it was going to be a fancier dining experience than we normally do. The fact that they turned an old house into a restaurant made this place have lots of character but also gave a very romantic feel. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. It is definitely a place I would recommend for anyone looking for the perfect date night or to celebrate a special occasion such as an Anniversary. I was very happy with the food, staff and atmosphere.

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IB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was perfect for our group and our occasion. Thank you.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The service was too good, the food came out too quickly. Felt a little bit rushed.

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KM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Thanks to Adrian and Ann for their excellent service. Complements to the chef!

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Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What can I tell you is one of Edmonton best kept secret ,from the waiter to the manager all give top quality service in a very professional way… We felt at home the low deemed the Jazz playing all night he makes you feel very relaxed and ready to enjoy your meal… But what I like the most about this restaurant is that the manager bent over to please autistic son and that to me says a lot How about this restaurant and the people they hire… A true gourmet experience highly recommend it.

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N
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was attentive and ambiance was great. The food was alright, but didn't wow, particularly for the price point. I prefer Corso 32 or Cibo Bistro to ensure a balanced and adequately flavoured (or at least just adequately salted) dish! The waiter didn't note it was half price wine night until after the bottle had been selected, which was odd.
I totally expect to pay more at nicer establishments, such as this one, but would appreciate it if they were more communicative when adding ~$7 per person for water.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

May 30, 2018

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service was friendly, they were prompt serving us our courses. The ambiance is very, very desirable. Both my wife and I remarked that we didn’t feel like we were in Edmonton. A very enjoyable evening.

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time at violino and I really enjoyed it with my wife for our anniversary. The dessert plate with happy anniversary written on it in red icing was a very nice touch.

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VS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We booked this restaurant for a 60th anniversary dinner with our family. The food was fabulous and the atmosphere elegant. It was well worth it! Highly recommend!

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PK
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Again Viloino delivered an exceptional dining experience for our special occasion. The meals were delicious and plentiful in portion size. This restaurant remains one of our favourite places to attend for its ambiance, friendly attentive staff and wonderful menu.

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RE
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my mom’s favourite restaurants, so we went there to celebrate Mother’s Day and our dad’s 90th birthday! The food was very good and they decorated a plate with ‘Happy Birthday’ for our dad. It is a great restaurant for visiting with each other. We especially like the old house that it is in.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Not worth writing about

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely excellent. The service was amazing. A little pricey but certainly worth it.

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M
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Mothers day

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c
Edmonton
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for Mother's Day brunch. The 5 course meal was phenomenal. Everyone in my family loved every single course - including my one year old who couldn't get enough of the creamy lobster bisque! We've been to this restaurant several times and have always loved the food, as well as the personal and attentive (without being too intrusive) service. Mother's Day was no exception. It was one of our favourite meals there thus far. Amazing food and amazing service made this special occasion over the top.

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Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for lunch and we stayed for dinner too.Great patio,nice and cozy .Probably the best patio in Edmonton.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only negative comment I would make was their tacky plastic plates/dinnerware on which our entree was served . Due to the plastic, the plate was not hot and thus the meal cooled off quickly.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service was awesome. They were also very good with my partner's dietary restrictions. The starter and soup were delicious, as well as the dessert. My partner had the short ribs which they were able to make gluten and dairy free. I had the fish dish of the day, which was okay. The sides and the prawns & scallops were wonderful but I wasn't too fond of the fish itself. Not exactly an issue, just personal tastes. Would definitely recommend and likely go again for a special occasion as the price isn't exactly low.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best Patio experience ever,pizzas and pastas are the best.Manager Adrian gave us a great service and very friendly.Overall a great experience.

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Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with my wife and our young daughter. Easily one of the best dining experiences we’ve had as a family in years. Beautiful restaurant, spectacular food, great staff,romantic atmosphere. We will be back soon.

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MH
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service and wonderful food! Friendly, quiet and lovely place for a relaxing dinner. One of my all time favorites!

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BL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is always very attentive but not overbearing. Ambience and décor are perfect for a romantic date. Owner, Adrian, is always very accommodating and attentive. Great food and presentation. Love this restaurant. We worth it

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TD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit here for a special occasion and I was not disappointed. Staff were friendly and informative, food was fantastic and atmosphere was welcoming. Great spot for a special date where good food, drink and conversation all go together. A little pricey but worth it if you take your time and enjoy.

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