The Velvet Glove - The Fairmont Winnipeg

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Enjoy seasonal flavors showcasing Manitoban flare in Winnipeg's only Four Diamond CAA-AAA restaurant. The VG restaurant at the Fairmont Winnipeg offers a warm welcoming experience for all guests through our engaging service.

Executive Chef Tim Palmer has created menus that you will remember for a life time, with locally sourced ingredients, seasonally inspired dishes, and a passion that can't be beat. The Velvet Glove also features one of Winnipeg's most sexy wine lists, with wines that you will not see in just any restaurant!
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DD
Manitoba
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is not to be missed! The prices are totally affordable, there's something for everyone on the menu and the Caesar Cart is such a fun treat. I can't say enough good things about it.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had communicated with Daniel a couple weeks before our arrival regarding dietary restrictions and found him to me most accommodating. I looked forward to thanking him personally but he was not on shift that night. There will be more opportunities. Our celebratory dinner was fantastic! After being seated, our server, Joanna, gave me a couple options and I chose the lamb Sirloin with capers and roasted tomatoes, which Gee in the kitchen cooked to perfection and I thoroughly enjoyed! My husband said his salmon on creamed spinach was also delicious and cooked to his liking. Dessert, complimentary for the occasion, was shared Crème brûlée and finished the meal off nicely. Our package included breakfast the next morning and our server - Rob or Roy (sorry can’t recall), said we could have anything from the menu, including orange juice and coffee. The Healthy Start (poached eggs on avocado naan bread with roasted tomato and basil salad) was my choice. The bowl it was served in was a bit awkward to eat out of but that didn’t stop me from enjoying every last bite. My husband’s choice was the the Side by Each, which he said also hit the spot.

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Hi
My wife and my first time to the restaurant. I always wanted to try it because we heard it had a great history for interesting food. We tried the salmon tartar for an appetizer and we both thought is was a bit bland and skimpy. Interesting wafer at the bottom that overpowered the salmon and felt it was not worth the $17.
My wife had the Salmon and thought it was just OK . Not offensive but not Wow. I had the Bouillabaisse(my first time, I like to try new things). Tasted like three pieces of fish with small potatoes in salty water. It didn't look particularly tough to prepare but who knows. Personally, I would take it off the menu and replace with a vegan or vegetarian dish as my wife would likely have chosed that instead.
Bread was super good and so was the hummus that came with it.
Service was great. I gave a 20% tip that I hope mostly went to the server, she was very nice.
Would like to come back because your space is great and close to the theatres, but not with the menu you have.
Sorry :(

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a table in a private area. It was very romantic. Our server was great, food was amazing, and the place is beautiful! Would definitely recommend!

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EK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!
I would highly recommend The Velvet Glove restaurant for your next discreet, quiet, comfortable, fine dining experience. We asked for a quiet area for 6 and they were able to accommodate us, no problem.
It will continue to be our 'go to' place for power breakfasts. Give it a try, you will be happy you did.

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S
Manitoba
41 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had brunch at the velvet glove. The food was excellent. Each brunch dish was well presented and tasted excellent. The Caesar brunch cart is an added benefit! Our waiter was friendly, but he had too many tables to oversee and thus, service was slow. Overall it was great and we will definitely return for brunch.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I wanted so much so like VG for their brunch as their menu looked great online. We went the weekend of festival and the fairmount was organizing a bus tour so I imagine our timing wan't great for our reservation although the restaurant wasn't terribly busy by the time we arrived but it took 40 minutes for our breakfast to arrive. Our server was very nice, but was taking care of too many tables so wasn't checking in on us and what was most frustrating was that they has another server go around with the caesar cart to try and upsell patrons instead of having him just help out with taking care of customers who requested a few times for refills.
I had the omelette with the salad and the salad was served in teeny soup bowl, omelette was fine but not worth the price of the meal. My husband and I ended up having to go for lunch a two hours later as we were still so hungry from brunch. Sorry guys, I don't typically leave negative reviews but I was really unimpressed yesterday.

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JG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely fine dining experience, from the moment we were seated until the moment we left.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent
Food is fantastic
Top notch fine dining experience

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J
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Usually I would say yes. But $300 for 2 people to enjoy a dinner that took almost 3 hours to complete with wine pairings not coming with the meal (one wine pairing was missed completely) and served cold beef Wellington after 2+ hours waiting for the entree is unacceptable. If this wasn’t a CAA-AAA diamond rated restaurant I wouldn’t be so let down but unfortunately that isn’t the case. The staff must not be used to dealing with the amount of people who came in for a good bite to eat. From the tables around us complianing about service and cold food to our own experience being subpar. I wouldn’t rate this place any higher then joeys or earls any more. The Velvet Glove was once my go to restaurant for special occasions. However I wouldn’t step foot in there again if it was even half full. After tip and parking we spent $360 for cold food, poor timed and sometimes missing wine pairings and we got to come home to an unimpressed babysitter for us promising we would be home before 10pm and not getting out of the restaurant until 10:30pm. Be better Velvet Glove, your future depends on it.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

For the money we paid I was extremely disappointed. For a three hundred dollar plus meal (for two) every course should be spotted on, and they were not. For instance, we were told that the chef was preparing the beef wellington medium rare (our preference) but I received medium well, my wife well done. Furthermore, the meat was seemingly unseasoned, very flat overall.

Such a huge disappointment as this has been our favorite restaurant for twenty five years. Can't imagine we will return.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was good, but not worth the money for the four course set menu.

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch! Eggs Benedict and Mushrooms on Toast. Ceasear/Bloody Mary cart is great. Service is very fast and friendly!

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N
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at VG was impeccable. Very friendly and helpful staff.
We had dinner and breakfast and enjoyed both meals. The food and drinks were delicious. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. Will definitely go back.

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RF
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing food experience for dinner with the Chef's Tasting Open Food Table. Every dish was perfect. The BBQ scallop Hot Dog was unbelievable. It played on all your senses smell, texture, taste, visual. The wine pairings with the meal were also so perfect, thank you Carly Durston. If you want a special dinner that you will never forget, I would recommend having the Chef's Daniel Davyduke and Tim Palmer plan a meal for you! Best dinner ever.

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CM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, but for Groupon I would have preferred the regular menu

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j
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were amazing. The only negative was the wine pairing was a little too generous with portions and that combined with the room temperature made for some dizziness by desert.
It’s a unusual thing to critique but that combination left me a little off by the end of the evening. . . Live and learn :-). I will know for next time to only drink half of what is offered.
That small issue aside it was one of the best meal I’ve had at the Velvet Glove. A perfect way to bring in the new year.

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H
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent, starting from the courteous hostess to the friendly waitress. We enjoyed the ambience, and the attention to details of the décor, the table settings and the service. We were offered complimentary champagne and desert when the waitress asked us whether it was for a special occasion and we told her it was for our anniversary. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We ordered lamb saddle and Rib Eye steak for our main course. The lamb saddle was perfectly done. The steak was cooked to the correct doneness as well although the cut could be a bit thicker. Overall, it was a very enjoyable dinner from start to finish. I certainly would recommend it to my friends.

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R
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service by Jasmine was exceptional. The entire Christmas supper was delicious.

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C
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very nice and friendly. The chef was very accommodating for the dietary restrictions that our table had. We went to celebrate a birthday with friends and family.

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RD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Zero Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve in the restaurant. Poor ambience. Server was pleasant but not attentive. If restaurant tries to imply it is fine dining it doesn't have servers who can serve fine dining. Would not recommend to anyone for service. By the way the restaurant was perhaps one third full so service cannot be blamed on high capacity.

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an awesome evening, food was excellent, service exceptional, Chef Daniel amazing! Thank you for the wonderful evening.

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F
Manitoba
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, mushroom toast was excellent. Bison Tartar presentation was interesting served in a bone....but be prepared for a leisurely dinner, this is not a place for a quick bite.! Will go back in the near future, a forgotten gem!

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EL
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful table, excellent and attentive service that wasn't rushed and delicious food! The brunch is based on locally-source ingredients and had enough choice for everyone's taste.

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A
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was very poor. One in our party arrived early and sat 15 min. before being approached for a drink order. She had to flag serving personnel down.
Then when we joined the table we also waited a ling time before anyone asking if we wanted a drink. We also had to flag someone down to send our server over.
Once the server came along she was helpful with taking our food orders.
Two of us had the double pork chop. It was excellent! The meat was tender and succulent and the polenta was delicious. The other two guests had the lamb. One was disappointed in the dish and ghe other guest ranked it as being “okay”.
The server never once came by after receiving our entrees to ask if everything was alright.
The restaurant waz staffed by young serving personnel none of whom seemed very seasoned or professional like you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre.
The best service was the free valet parking.

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s
Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very hot in the restaurant. Almost uncomfortably so. Service was good. Food was good.

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H
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I went for brunch on a Sunday morning with my boyfriend. We shared the Eggs Benedict and Chicken + Waffles, food was amazing; very rich, developed flavours. As for the service, the host walked to the front station multiple times while we were waiting without acknowledging us or saying a simple hello. The actual service during our meal was great, although the Caesar cart should have held off on greeting us before our server. The Caesar cart had super tasty, fun options, I definitely recommend adding the bacon garnish to your Caesar. There was no music playing in the restaurant, light music would have been preferred as we could hear everyone's conversation and they could probably hear ours.

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k
Manitoba
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another outstanding evening! Impeccable service and quality!

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd time here and the food and service was just as great as the first time

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OT
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good, creative food for the price. Parking authorized. Good service. Lots of privacy. Fixed menu is great. Only available Fridays and Saturdays.

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s
Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The food menu for the groupon was not the best we have had at VG. Will go again when they change it next. Excellent service!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

They should have breakfast back in the Velvet Glove restaurant an d not in the lounge. Poor decision.

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b
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

+The food was not only outstanding it obviously is prepared by people who love what they're doing and take great pride in it. Jasmine, our server, was a treat in herself---engaging and helpful. I would expect to pay more for this level of creativity and attention. I have no reservation in saying that, all things considered, you are the very best restaurant in winnipeg. Congratulations.

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RM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent visit to the velvet glove had us feeling over the moon. We received the kindest, most attentive service from the moment we walked through the door. Beyond being so warmly welcome and tended to, we were seated in a lovely corner booth in the beautiful dining area.

Every course within itself exceeded expectations (which were high to begin with), and we were audibly enjoying every bite with sighs and big eyes. The manitoba pike was quite possibly the best entree I've tasted in my entire life, and my partner's striploin just melted in my mouth, leaving it coated in that savoury, dry-aged flavour.

All in all the only disappointing aspect for this restaurant is that it's a whole province away from us.

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AW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The staff is extraordinary.

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JD
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VG exceeded all expectations. The attention to detail was unparalleled. The food was wonderful and the service attentive - just right. Highly recommended.

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g
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What an amazing night. My wife and I went out for our anniversary to the Velvet Glove at the Fairmont. We, as many first time parents, struggled to get out, so we were so excited when this opportunity came and were able to use a groupon for a 4 course prix fixed meal for 2. First of all, the staff of velvet glove were so wonderful. They were always available, courteous and willing to meet each of our requests. The service was outstanding, we felt like kings and queens for the evening.. We were very honoured that Chef Tim took time out of his busy dinner to meet and greet us and also describe the food which was presented before us. He was genuine, knowledgable, and down to earth. Without requesting, Tim took it upon himself to treat us to an additional course ( 1 for myself and 1 for my wife) , along with desserts laid out so we could try each one. With all this being said,words could not express our gratitude nor the quality of service we received that night.
The food did not disappoint either. From the chef's amuse to the final course, it was a wonderful and definitely a full complement of flavours for our tastebuds to enjoy. We enjoyed the fresh bread, the succulent double smoked rack, flavourful pear salad, and finally a dessert platter that was almost too pleasing to look at to eat.
We are so grateful for the entirety of the evening spent at VG restaurant. Thank you Tim and staff for making everything so special for us. We definitely hope to return soon.The memories created that evening will not be forgotten.
Many thanks,
Gerry and Genine

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S
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was wonderful . Food was delicious. Good value . Went home full

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R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at the Velvet Glove - a perfect meal with perfect service. We couldn't have asked for more. We even met the Chef! The meals were exquisite and memorable. We travelled a long distance for this meal and it was absolutely worth it. Thank you to staff of the Velvet Glove!

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AD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening spent recalling our Wedding Recption we had 21 years ago.

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