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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Red Ginger of Traverse City reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (62)hot spot (62)vibrant bar scene (42)neighborhood gem (40)romantic (30)notable wine list (28)good for groups (28)late-night find (15)great for lunch (9)scenic view (8)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband is a chef and this is one resturant that never disappoints. Food is always wonderful, best sushi ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in TC
    Claire
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This is our "go-to" restaurant in TC when friends are visiting or we are just in the mood to splurge on a good meal. Excellent food and service, always interesting and incredibly tasty specials and small plates. Lively atmosphere with attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extraordinary
    umami
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Traverse City's Front Street is a mecca for dining. The scene puts me in mind of Old Town in Chicago back in the day. The menu is Asian including India, Korea, China and Japan. We were celebrating a birthday and the honoree received a card and a yummy tasting dessert. We pigged out on Sushi and Small plates (the best Calamari I ever had). I recommend the Chef's Signature Sushi, a marvel in taste. Our Server was friendly, patient and attentive. The combination of tastes, textures, ambiance and smells achieve Umami filling one's desire for satisfaction at a higher level. I highly recommed the Red Ginger. You do need reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VIETNAMESE CARAMEL CHICKEN!!!!!
    ma23qtz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Thank you Red Ginger for honoring our request to offer this AMAZING dish as a special while we were visiting Traverse City!!!! It was discovered a year ago when we were there and now we have dreams about it!!! This time it was even updated and improved upon (which I didn't even think was possible!) Red Ginger is as much a reason to come to Traverse City as is visiting our daughter at Interlochen! Always perfection from the food to the service, we are constantly impressed and never ever disappointed :).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Stellar Find
    WildBill
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Incredible food & service. Something for everyone from a "true foodie" to someone who simply likes great Asian cuisine. I've been to Red Ginger numerous times, I have never been disappointed by the food or service. The specials almost always offer a new twist. Wine list is good. While the noise level adds to the energy of Red Ginger, it is sometimes simply too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    AlBeFree
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary at Red Ginger and were very pleased with the entire experience. Steven and his staff took excellent care of us, and they all signed a card that was at our waiting table upon arrival. In addition to the perfect service and outstanding food (lobster tempura roll and green thai curry were two of our favorites) and beverage selections, my wife was also very happy with the chocolate anniversary dessert. Any time that we visit the TC area, we will make sure to stop at Red Ginger for a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Find!
    GaryKVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    During Fall color-change, decided to try this newer (8 year-old) restaurant in downtown TC. Couldn't have been happier! First, reservations are a must. The people behind us when we entered didn't have a reservation for this Friday night, and were told it was probably a 90 minute to 2 hour wait. We got in with a very short 10 minute wait, which we enjoyed at the crowded but friendly bar. Once seated, the service was excellent...attentive, but not intruding or overbearing. Appetizers were the kale/quinoa salad and the Dragon Wings, both excellent. Dinners were the Vietnamese Shaking Beef (incredible!). An absolute must-find when in the TC area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food - one of the best!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love this place. Put on your must eat place. Great and friendly staff. Great bar scene also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Sushi
    YumAllTheTime
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Date night brought us here. Great, fresh sushi. Very good drinks. Would return to this place for yummy sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinwiddie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I am from the east coast so I don't normally expect great sushi in what for me is a very small city. However, Red Ginger (is that an oxymoron?) provides a meal that was as good as many that I have had at highly rated sushi restaurants in NYC, SF, and DC. Very fresh, innovative, and well presented. Service was very good and friendly. The pot of tea to end the meal was a treat. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First rate!
    call
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great attention is paid to all details. Fresh & delicious food. Wait staff is also very good. Terrific for lunch & dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable!
    BrunchfanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We always stop in when in TC and this time was no different. The beef Ishiaki was fun and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Ginger is Outstanding
    mmknight
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Red Ginger is consistently a great restaurant. Outstanding food and service. It is a bit expensive but high in value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traverse City Gem!
    BrendaK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I booked a reservation for my husband and I to celebrate my birthday while in Traverse City this past weekend based on Red Ginger's rating of 6th place on Trip Advisor's website. We were not disappointed! First, when we arrived at our table, there was a birthday card for me signed by all of the staff, which was a nice nice touch! The wait staff also knew that it was my birthday and greeted me with birthday wishes. The sushi, appetizers, and entrees were all wonderful! And we enjoyed sitting in a booth right near the kitchen watching the chefs preparing the dishes. I was also surprised to receive a delicious muffin-size brownie with ice cream presented artfully for desert as a complimentary birthday treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for GF/DF selections
    MichiganMartha
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Trying to eat gluten and dairy free is challenging, especially when dining out. This is my go-to restaurant for great food and no worries. Even dessert! Fabulous pomegranate cosmo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DGaud
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    red Ginger is a great spot to enjoy asian fusion food. Service is great, prices are OK and it is always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    tracygoo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Made a reservation for a romantic table weeks prior to visit. We were sat in the middle of the isle, hardly private or romantic. I realize the place isn't known for romantic tables. But there are plenty of tables that would've fit the bill. After sitting there for a short while we asked to be moved and we were moved to another table not directly in Isle but still a busy area. Food was good, but when we moved we changed servers and the 2nd server was just "OK" compared to the 1st server. All in all disappointed that they would reserve you a table in the busiest area when asked for romantic table. It wouldnt take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Management did come over to apologize but that didn't mean much to us at that point.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Asian food - thanks!
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    After being told that northern Michigan doesn't have good places for Asian food, we discovered Red Ginger! The ambiance and decor were great, a fun and vibrant atmosphere. The menu was varied and extensive, too much to take in on one visit ... plus the wine list was impressive. After selecting a great bottle of wine, we decided on our usual Asian experience, sashimi and rolls. A great meal - the sashimi was fresh and tender, the rolls varied and more than just a lot of rice, although we have experienced (both in Japan and the US) rolls that are more flavorful. We will be back to try some of the other offerings on the menu, especially the thai green chicken curry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprising gem in TC
    sharonyb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food, waitstaff ambience ! We'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forbidden rice
    Rountree
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of the specials that night was a Forbidden Rice small plate. So yummy. I would order that again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best dining experiences!
    LForsyth
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I were new to Red Ginger, and will definitely be back the next time in Traverse City. By far, this was a stand out of our best dining experiences. The calamari was excellent, along with the thai curry. We rarely order dessert, but the green tea cheesecake sounded too interesting to pass. It was just enough to have a taste for both of us, and was a great way to end dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    Maegan
    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
    StellabeeVIP
    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.