Red Ginger of Traverse City
Red Ginger of Traverse City

Red Ginger of Traverse City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eatatginger.com/
  • Phone: 2319441733
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in our lounge, Sushi bar and main bar.
    Dinner: Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Dan Marsh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For more information on making your next special occasion a Red Ginger affair, please contact our Private Events coordinator Ashley Coats at (231) 883-7337 or email ashley@eatatginger.com.
  • Special Events: Let us extend our party-planning expertise to make your event one that people will remember forever. We offer customized packages built around your individual taste and personal touches. Our goal is to relieve you of the many details that go along with hosting a successful party so that you can enjoy the experience as much as each of your guests.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Red Ginger of Traverse City
Red Ginger is more than just a place to eat. It is an elevated entertainment experience! There is energy in Red Ginger’s dining room unlike any other location in Northern Michigan. The lively design and metropolitan atmosphere will transport you. Our exceptionally talented and welcoming staff will remind you that you are as close to home as you will ever be.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Red Ginger of Traverse City reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (37)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (15)notable wine list (13)late-night find (8)great for lunch (6)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Red Ginger TC
    LBMJEM
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The restaurant was highly touted by locals and guide books. Were it in a major city it wouldn't survive. Maybe it was an "off" night for the chef. The noise level was unbearable , even the wait staff was having trouble hearing. Nothing really stood out. I suppose for a resort town, it was the best they have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and service is absolutely amazing. I cannot stop craving the Thai Curry. I highly recommend this place to anyone, for special occasions or even just as a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Celebratory Dinner!
    MadisonFoodie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    You can't go wrong with this restaurant. Service is excellent and fast, even on a busy night. Sushi was some of the best I've ever had. The atmosphere is cool - swanky, the place to be. The staff made it a special birthday evening, topped off with an incredible dessert with a candle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night-great food-great date
    tkmk
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I described to our waitress the wine and food we liked she in turn recommended a great red wine, and two excellent entrees.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank You Red Ginger
    AmyandChuck
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Red Ginger last Saturday night (9/6/14) - it was our wedding anniversary! There are many reasons Red Ginger is our favorite restaurant here in Traverse City; the food, service, ambiance, and location! They are by far, our go-to place when celebrating special occasions! We were so sad to hear of the structural issues that closed Red Ginger back in May - but ecstatic that they were able to reopen so quickly. We would highly recommend Red Ginger to all locals and visitors - you will NEVER get a bad meal there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    TCdiner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Choices were somewhat limited and no soups available, prices very high, maybe too high for the value of food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Stellabee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been told by a few people this is a great restaurant and was excited to eat here with friends. Unfortunately we were all very disappointed. The sushi, especially, Chef Dan's roll, was not at all as described and not in a good way (my friend described it as tasting like bologna). Overall our feeling was the price to value ratio just didn't exist. This restaurant with its prices and quality of food would not stay in business in a bigger city with more than a few "fine dining" options. The Kung Pao shrimp is not even remotely authentic and mostly consisted of undercooked carrots. The Indian curry was too sweet to eat. If you are familiar with authentic Asian cooking and have a discerning palette do not waste your time and money.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique experience
    Patty
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We live in the Traverse City area, but we always send our guests to The Red Ginger or tell people about it when they want recommendations. It is sophisticated, fun, and although it has an Asian influence, has a unique menu. The noise level is very high, but there is also high energy abound. The small plates are super, except for the chicken thing that tasted like bad Buffalo Wings. Everything else was wonderful. My favorite thing to do here is to come for Happy Hour, order one of the wonderful Martinis--the lemongrass and the cucumber being my favorites, and ordering either some sushi or small plates, sitting in the bar area, shouting at my companions, and having fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Mikeaa
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Nice menu choices. Food well prepared and presented; however, each dish was quite bland tasting. This was surprising for an Asian fusion restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SFE
    SFE9
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always fabulous and never gets old. It's our first stop when we get to town before going to the cottage
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, creative Asian Fusion
    dinedevotee
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My daughter and I had an excellent dinner here while visiting Traverse City. The ingredients were of extremely high quality, the entree of many complex yet harmonious flavors, presented beautifully. The ambience with subdued lighting and high ceilings was very warm. However, the tables lie in quite close proximity, which resulted in the need to protect our beverage glasses from being knocked off the table by waitstaff several times during the dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've been there a few times now, and have to say the waitstaff is really pleasant and helpful. The kungpao chicken, Chinese ribs, Thai Caesar salad and chocolate mousse dessert were all delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annarborite
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Beautifully prepared and delicious food served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. We enjoyed everything we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    Rattlesnake
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food good, atmosphere loud and busy. Good for groups, but not for intimate affairs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome, as usual
    Bhawks13VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner with 4 friends. Terrific service and food as always. It's why we keep coming back. Glad they reopened and accommodated all 6 of us on an otherwise booked solid Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, great service
    upnorthdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took 2 friends with me and we had a great time. The food was very tasty and enough to take home for yummy leftovers. I had been here for restaurant week and enjoyed it, and I was not let down this time. It was expensive, but we all enjoyed our dinner and my guests said they couldn't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    4Mifoodies
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food and service was excellent! Enjoyed the sushi...very unique combinations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ENSS
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always excellent food every time! Did a fantastic job making us feel special without going over the top and making us uncomfortable as we celebrated our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were treated very well for our anniversary dinner. The food, wine and service were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was great and service was exceptional. A must place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST FOOD IN TOWN
    Spartangirl2020
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Red Ginger's staff is incredible. They bend over backwards to make oders just right and pay diligent attention to deals in order to make your experience one for the record books. The food is outstanding and the environment the perfect mixture of warm and edgy. If you go to Traverse City, you simply MUST go to Red Ginger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a wonderful time celebrating my husband's birthday. We had reservations and we're seated promptly. Our servers were friendly and efficient. The food is consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatsyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love it, one of our favorites!! Best cocktails and food, well trained staff .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    MrzRamsey
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was awesome and so was the service. We had the Beef Shaking and Sea Bass both were tremendous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Asian Fusion
    Vail
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food is great Asian fusion- fresh, interesting spices, varied menu. The dual server approach for each table makes for very good service. The only negative is the closeness of the tables and the sound level. It is more than energetic (your rating comment) -- it's just very loud. The wait staff is super, but the front maitre d' station is always disorganized and when we were at the restaurant this time, there were 4 people stationed there all looking at the computer seating chart with no one even saying hello when we entered. Despite that, we keep going back. The restaurant really ought to address the maitre d' station.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal and service
    Michigander
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We try to eat at Red Ginger whenever we're in Traverse City for the annual film festival, and we enjoyed a lovely dinner there between films last Saturday evening. We shared a couple of sushi rolls and an appetizer (among many tempting options). The food was excellent, the service was friendly and efficient, and as always we enjoyed the whole experience very much. It feels lively and fun, yet (happily) the acoustics allowed us to converse in a normal tone of voice without straining to hear each other. It was also a convenient location near our movies at the State and Bijou Theatres, Red Ginger has been a consistently excellent restaurant during our annual vacations in TC and we look forward to more meals there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Verry Good Food.
    JayM
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I had a great time, the food was great, the service matched, and the drinks just as good. I will return in the future with my wife and friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DHofGlenArbor
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good service and fine Asian fusion food beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Martini selection is awesome!
    SpartanGirl11
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Red Ginger is the place to be- very busy bar scene with good people watching on Front Street. Food is great - tad pricey for the amount but great if you are looking for small plates or an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 Restaurant in TraverseCity
    lucy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Best restaurant in TC! Dine there at least 2x a month. Staff is very professional and accommodating. Outside dining is great and beautiful view of lake. Extraordinary chef and we've never been disappointed with a meal! Small plates are a great way to experience different entrees and if you're a female, they won't over fill you as an entrée sometimes will. If I get the small plates, I always combine with a great salad or unbelievably extraordinary soup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The staff was so knowledgeable on everything. Food was well presented and spactacular. Every feature and fixture of the meal was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They're back!
    TCNonie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Red Ginger has reopened and they're as good as ever! Halibut special was delicious. Great to see the 'regular' servers and meet a new server in training. See you later this week for dinner before a movie during the 10th annual TCFF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, crummy engineers
    rutt88
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Everything was great about the place except the engineering team that oversees the building. A structural beam came down in the middle of our 10 year anniversary dinner, sending everyone out of the building. I still miss my half-eaten steak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, as always!
    Kmac
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is one of our favorites, for sure; and that says a lot since TC is more and more known as a "foodie" town. This visit was no exception, although, sadly less than an hour after our leaving, was the collapse of the support column! So glad no one was injured! The staff is to be commended for their handling of the evacuation. Our thoughts and prayers are with RG owners and employees, and we will be anxiously awaiting it's return! Best to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy, Fun & High Energy
    anniehum
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Hands down Red Ginger is our favorite Traverse City sushi restaurant. Food and service is unbeatable. However, if you are looking for a quiet or romantic place to have a meal this is not the place. If you're looking for a trendy, fun and high energy evening Red Ginger will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 514 reviews are from the Red Ginger of Traverse City reviews archive.
  • Sushi was excellent
    Scubachick
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great food and service. We made Open Table reservations and were seated as soon as we walked in. We had 2 servers and they were friendly and efficient. It is a bit noisy, so not a particularly romantic dinner but a beautiful dining room. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 Timer
    Canucks
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This was our 2nd time to Red Ginger and we have really enjoyed both experiences. The food & service is excellent. We have read reviews regarding smaller portion sizes but thought our portions were plenty. We were very satisfied and would plan on going back next time in T.C. It might be pricey to take the whole family but probably worth the experience. We are very experienced diners and would rank Red Ginger up there with some of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our 2nd anniversary at Red Ginger, the food was amazing and the service was off the charts. Thank you for making all the great food suggestions as well as making our special day amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite
    Wka1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Red Ginger is our favorite Traverse City Restaurant. The food is consistently great as is the service. We have a lakefront rental property in the Beulah area and Red Ginger is high on or list of recommended restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    AndreaLeigh6
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Hands down one of my favorite restaurants to go to whenever I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.