Violino Gastronomia Italiana
Violino Gastronomia Italiana

Violino Gastronomia Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://violino125.com/
  • Phone: 7807578701x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday : 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm;Sunday Closed.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Violino Gastronomia Italiana
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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Violino Gastronomia Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)neighborhood gem (64)romantic (63)great for outdoor dining (59)fit for foodies (52)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (31)good for groups (31)great for brunch (13)scenic view (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Awesome Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was excellent server was courteous and friendly Adrian went above and beyond to get flowers for my wife’s 60th birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian meal
    TravelDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my second visit to Violino- the first 2 years ago. The food was still very good with generous portions. The noise level seemed quite high and unfortunately I was seated beside the door to the outdoor patio and was hit frequently by severs and patrons and was very cool as the door was often left open. The only downside to a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had not been to the restaurant in a long time and never for lunch. I wanted a relaxing setting for a leisurely lunch and thus proved to be an excelleny choice. My friend felt the same and we both decided that we would return. The service was excellent and when asked the waiter's recommendations were perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    TranceAddict
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Violino Gastronomia Italiana was fantastic, the food was heavenly. The wait staff were polite, attentive, well informed about the menu items. A huge recommendation from my wife and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at Violinos
    Homecook
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our group enjoyed a great meal here. Lots of seafood on the menu but also selections for carnivores and vegetarians. Beautiful salads for starters. One member of our party, who is a "fettuccine Alfredo snob" declares that Violino's makes the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnniversaryCouple
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had the occassion to celebrate 26th wedding anniversary with my wife & adult children... the food was impeccable and ambiance of the patio spectacular. Our server was James, and from start to finish, he was extremely competent, frliendly and welcoming. After dining (I will say my "short rib" diinner was fantastic) we did not order dessert, however James saw to the delivery of a delicious tiramasu platter decorated with the message "Happy Anniversary" & accompanied by ice-wine to finish. All combined, server to kitchen well deserving and so tipped at 20%. Thank you Violino for wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edmonton's best in my opinion!
    Currly
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The ambiance - feels like you are in Europe or Mexico. It's a mini vacation for me! The short rib panini was excellent and the prices were very good. We have sat on the patio the few times I have been there, but the dining room looks elegant and very inviting too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food enjoyed !!!
    foodiesinedmonton
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    They have a lot of choice in menu. We started with sea scallops topped with a pomegranate absolutely delicious. Our second course was Fettuccine there signature dish with flambe on table side, great flavour & great presentation. Upon the waiter advice we chose another appetizer, meatballs in a tomatoe sauce as an accompaniment rather than ordering a Secondi.Food was perfect for the evening, Excellent choice. We were than treated to a complimentary deserts. And to top it off the wine choice was excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Enr13
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The three course dinner was excellent! Our group had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best patio in town by far.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was very tasty,well priced not expensive ,professional service .Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was an utter disappointment, service was terrible (non-attentive and at the end of service just dropped off the debit machine and walked away), steak was well done when medium rare was ordered (this should not happen on a $40 entre), pasta sauce (red pepper with boar bacon) was so heavy and strong that it as almost inedible and there was no reason for the boars bacon as you could not even taste it due to the base sauce, as well barely blanched, raw chopped asparagus stalks was a very bad choice in this sauce. Will not go back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I found the food to be over price and average. Staff were pleasant and service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have seen Violino eating at other near-by places and was glad that I tried it out. Both me and my guest really enjoyed out lunch and I will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming & Comfortable Fine Dining
    LovinLife
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed the most wonderful summer evening outside on the patio...I enjoyed the Osso Bucco and my guest the Rack of Lamb...the food was incredible, as always....but this time I have to say Server was AWESOME. We were there as a bon voyage, my co-worker was moving on to bigger and better things. Needless to say we had a ton to talk about, the server was attentive but understanding, as it took us quite some time to actually look at the menu. He suggested a lovely Chianti and was the optime of professionalism throughout. If you enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the MOST AMAZING authentic Italian Cuisine....You absolutely must try Violino...an top tier favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yegdiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a very enjoyable outdoor dining experience celebrating an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special -37th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Violino is the place to go for celebrating our special event! Greeted at the entry, shown to a table and seating are all efficiently done with pleasant comments. The Server is exceptional, from the first time a table side, throughout the meal and final delivery of the check, his concern is for the enjoyment and satisfaction of the Diner. The meals were literally a feast for both eyes and stomach, the flvours truly well blended to compliment one another beginning with the small loaf of bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, wine, progressing with Caprese Salad, our main courses and culminating with dessert and coffee. Withiut hesitation, I recommend Violino as a fantastic place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Violino's 125th Street, Edmonton
    Simplymarvalous
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my friend to Violini's for her Birthday luncheon on the veranda. They had a nice variety of dishes for lunch including gourmet pizza which is baked in an outdoor oven located on the veranda. We both enjoyed the Caesar salad and pizza. The service was upscale from start to finish. We were both too full to attempt dessert but the list of choices sounded very exquisite. I certainlly recommend this restaurant especially to couples for a romantic dinner or to empress the boss. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch!
    Momanddaughter
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My cousin and I had a fabulous lunch on the outdoor patio. The service was excellent, pizza was perfect, sangria refreshing and the desserts were absolutely top notch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best patio in Edmonton
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The best patio in Edmonton for sure. The food is phenomenal,we had Summer seafood Platter it was huge and the best. I can't figure out why this patio isn't packed to overflowing on a hot day. Only four tables set up (which were full) on the day we were there. This truly is an exceptional experience, especially in Edmonton, where "patio" usually means a table where you bake in the sun and strain to hear over the traffic noise.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Thomas
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a wonderful evening of dining with friends! The food was great - I had the lamb which was very tasty. This restaurant has an extensive wine list and the Ripasso that we tasted was excellent. Our server James was very attentive; he really looked after us! We all look forward to our next dining experience at Violino.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food service & ambience
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The atmosphere at Violino was superb. Music was classy and entertaining and did not interfere with conversation. Food service was exceptional as was the food. We were encouraged to stay and visit as long as we liked rather than being rushed out the door for a second seating. The wine list was highly varied with lots of selection at modest prices. A must-visit for those wanting a full evening experience with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patti
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have dined all ALone, and with friends and family. Always I am welcomed and made to feel comfortable the food pleased the youngest (9) to eldest (77) and all iages n between. This dining establishment offers c This fine dining establishment offers class and style in service, ambiance, choices of well presented, delicious food.. Dependably exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came to celebrate a birthday. Everything about the lunch was top-notch. The patio was very comfortable.the service and food were outstanding, all delivered at a proper pace. All four of us are still raving about our experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lap of elegance.
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This 100+ year old house converted to a restaurant is elegantly decorated with perfect dinner music. The food was delicious and perfectly done with a wonderful presentation. There was also a wide selection to choose from. Overall we had a wonderful experience and will definitely visit Violino again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delizioso!
    calgar
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wow! Such a beautiful setting with amazing food and terrific drinks list! This has become my new favourite restaurant in Edmonton! Calamari is delicious. The complimentary crusty roll with oil&balsamic is always a lovely touch and here it is especially tasty. My husband had the beef and he was very impressed. Service is excellent and the staff are extremely attentive. The variety of food and drink choices are outstanding with a good range on price. I would highly recommend Violino and we shall certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dinner!
    look4goodfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a pretty restaurant, in an old house located off the main street, with its own parking lot and a large area for patio dining in the summer. We ate inside, which had a really nice ambience, as the area was broken up a bit by the different rooms. It was quiet and elegant, perfect for a couple hours of good conversation over a truly delicious dinner. Our server suggested the special, a halibut topped with lump crabmeat and a touch of watermelon cream sauce. It was excellent. We also chose the rack of lamb, which was perfectly cooked, well seasoned and very tender. Great wine and a yummy (ricotta) cheesecake for dessert. We were not rushed; this was a perfect dining experience, start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night
    PopskiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    excellent meal, excellent service. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super romantic, amazing food & wine
    Mrmrstroesch
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We went to this restaurant for a romantic honeymoon dinner. It was mostly empty which awesome and unusual for this place. We had a 5 course meal and the food was soooo delicious we were impressed. The wine list was half off that night so I think we ended up drinking more than eating but either way the wine was also to die for. They have an amazing wine list. Our server, James, made us feel comfortable didn't rush us at all, he was very attentive and personable. And knowledgeable. Overall we absolutely loved this restaurant! For a expensive night out this is definitely the place to go!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Fantastic evening on the outdoor deck. Excellent service - couldn't ask for anything else!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The patio was just great you did not have the filling that you are in downtown Edmonton.Food was great ,service very attentive.Great Dinner Outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Violino has an ever-changing menus which is always creative, healthy & on arrival free Amuse Boush & Breads infused balsamic oil wow. I love going there for the Fantastic food perfect atmosphere. Great place for a dinner. I would highly recommend trying their mouth watering special and Tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Foleyroberts
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Me and my girlfriend found we were missing the great outdoor feel and food we enjoyed while we were traveling Europe. This place had both. A nice patio in a quiet area, with birds chirping all around (but not loud and annoying). A great menu with options for multiple budgets. And food that was truly Italian (or at least what we had in Italy.) simple ingredients done well combining to make perfect delicious meals that will satisfy anyone. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A High Street Area Treasure
    BaroqueFan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The patio was a wonderful find - Bright and sunny with beautiful shading. Lovely background music, but low enough that our group could hear each other! Lunch was delicious; our group gave the paninis and salads thumbs up. Service was friendly and efficient. Easy on site parking; access to restaurant no problem, even with 102 Avenue bridge closure newly underway.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth it
    Moosie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fettuccini was dry, chicken on it chewy and the whole dish totally bland despite extra fresh Parmesan and ground pepper. Spaghettini and meatballs, disaster. Supposedly one of their signature dishes. Meatballs were tough and dry as dust. Go for a drink and calamari on the deck and then go somewhere yummy for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inept waiter
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Waiter was most inept ever encountered - anywhere in the world! He only named one special; poured wine only once, after which we needed to ask for this service; didn't notice we had no cutlery for main course; ordered mains too early so they sat under heat and were dry and overdone when brought to us. He offered dessert with accompanying wine when We complained of this, and when I asked about other specials as a 'by the way'. Then he brought the Bill before offering coffee. An otherwise memorable evening at a longtime favourite restaurant was spoiled. Will I recommend this restaurant - maybe with another waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Was looking forward to this restaurant. Heard lots of good things about it. Was disappointed. Waiter didn't know red wine glass from white. Waiter came every few minutes to coax us to order. Hardly had time to talk before he was around again. We were a party of 4 and the table could barely hold the 4 plates and cutlery. My wife ordered her lamb well done and I explicitely made sure the waiter understood the order. It came out medium. Magically, it reappeared three minutes later well done. not sure if they put a blow torch to it to get it to the right level. Thought a restaurant of this calibre would understand well done. Rest of the meals were fair. For an average restaurant, this would have been an OK meal. I just expected better .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mickey
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    added new item to the menu one that stands out is the scallops amazing hard to find good scallops. Quiet atmosphere very relaxing and enjoyable. Staff was friendly and attentive. Main course was fabulous blackened salmon and spaghetti with meat balls!! never disappointed when we dine at Violino.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    i've eaten here numerous times and the food is usually excellent. was disappointed in the eggplant parmigiana on focaccia.. toon much bread and very little taste to the eggplant or the sauce. the caesar salad dressing was overwhelmingly mayonaise-y and not a real caesar dressing..very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch on a week day
    Cate
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My colleague and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with great atmosphere, excellent salads and some good wine. While not busy, it was great to have a quiet corner for discussion and great food. We each had salads, which were more than enough food. The bread is to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinealot
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Menu had something for everyone and food was delicious
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.