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Permanently Closed - Ginger 108

138 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Southern Cuisine with a Touch of Asia

Ginger 108 is an eclectic Southern Grill that infuses flavor from two contrasting cultures, the East and West. This collision of ingredients provide Chef Khymi and her team a palate for innovative dishes that are prepared with a Southern flair while leaving a contemporary choice for global ingredients. The menu is comprehensive and alluring. Dishes are authentic and bold. Ginger 108 delivers an elegant, yet fun, informal dining experience. Its sleek modern décor, large glass windows and bamboo accents provide an unmatched atmosphere that parallels its gourmet cuisine. Specialty drinks accentuate the variation of ingredients used in many of the dishes. Everything is thoughtfully prepared from scratch keeping true to its roots using the most natural, organic and sustainable ingredients available.Ginger 108 is one of Kinston’s newest restaurants and is part of the revitalization of the City center and the Arts and Cultural District.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Southern
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(252) 208-2663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Khymi Harrell
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Cross street
Wall's Alley
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Parking details
There is plenty of parking on the street as well as public parking lot behind Mother Earth Brewing and down on Gordon Street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FoodieBev (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was excellent. This is not an inexpensive restaurant but the quality and value is value is very, very good. We've had a reunion with two of my relatives for the last 3 years and I highly recommend Ginger 108.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and Excellent service!! Atmosphere very Relaxing.

drac (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

The food was very good, but the wait time from ordering drinks or dinner took a very, very long time. Waitress was excellent, just should have visited the table more. Lack of attentiveness. hostess was cold and not very friendly.

The problem I have always found with this restaurant is that the service is either very slow, or untrained. They also need to know what alchol they serve, and I mean the names of the brands.

They also, on a Thursday night, ran out of scallops and coffee. There are grocery stores in the same town and they could have run out for coffee. No excuse for that one.

The food was good. Unusual combinations and a true local crowd. That should be corrected w/ advertising and word of mouth.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was very good, but not outstanding - portions OK. The Miso soup was excellent. We came at an early time on a Saturday night and still felt rushed - several courses at the same time.
Sushi was very good, but again, not outstanding. Also felt prices were too high.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

Ginger 108 never fails in serving fresh, tasty food. The sushi is always fresh and yummy. The shrimp sliders are delish. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Far exceeded expectations. Very comparable to Chef and Farmer regarding quality food and ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Wonderful scallops, curried crabcakes and shrimp slides. Will definitely visit again!

OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

This is not our first time eating at Ginger 108. In the past, the menu has been more varied and extensive. This time, it was limited...specifically the small plates. There were no specials that night and there was a large group (NC Governors) that took up the restaurant side. We were surprised to be seated in the bar area with low upholstered chairs around a coffee table. Very difficult to eat dinner from that position (having a drink there is fine). Sadly, Open Table does not share the seating adjustments being made for a large group.

The service was great! No complaints there. However, we ordered a bottle of wine that was no longer available. Why is it on the drink menu?

OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

We were entertaining a Romanian classical pianist and his Russian wife. Also a younger couple who played classical flute and clarinet. We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was good but over priced. Sushi was no better than other places yet twice the price. The restaurant was too loud and the waiter must have been new. He did not know the ingredients of the dishes, could not describe them, demonstrated an overall lack of understanding of the menu. He also did not know about the bar and over charged us on a drink due to his confusion. The issue was quickly fixed. Overall we would not return because the food was over priced. The tuna tartare was good and priced right.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

This is a go to restaurant for my family and I. We love the music, the food and the staff! Definitely one of the only "chic" places in Kinston. The bill rises sharply with too many bar drinks (like most places) :) Otherwise very reasonable, comparable to places in the "big cities". If you want your meal to go slowly, let the staff know; they are very accommodating. Any problems...just let them know...and they'll make it right :)

Foody1 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

Some parts of our meal were really good. The sushi is way under par. The sushi rice was like mush.

RhondaN (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Loved the sushi specials! Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Tried this restaurant for the first time about a year ago and it was amazing. This was my third time visiting. The food was just ok this time. I got the steak and my wife got the lamb chops. Mine was over cooked. Hers was both over and under cooked. The sushi which was delicious both times previous tasted like the skin had not been removed on a few pieces. Overall just not as good as before.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

From the host and hostess, who greeted us by throwing open the front door of Ginger 108, to the busboy and all of the servers and sushi chefs, the entire Ginger staff treated us like long-lost family--amazed to see southern Californians in their little home town of Kinston, NC. The decor may seem a bit Spartan at first, but the warmth of everyone's friendliness and the generous space afforded each table soon reveal it's really just a nice way to give patrons privacy in a large spacious place. The food was innovative, fresh, and prepared to perfection. Regional classics, like shrimp and grits, were transformed into something special, while a king crab roll revealed attention to detail and concern for presentation of ingredients not normally found here. What began as an ordinary dinner on the road for business, became an experience worthy of a culinary destination to be sought out on its own.