Renton >Restaurants > Vino's Ristorante Italiano
212 S Third St, Renton, WA | Directions 9805547.479969 -122.213510
best italian food – wow. soooo good we have tried many Italian restaurants and this was very authentic and the staff was very attentive and nice, made jokes. we left feeling satisfied and not over full, perfect portions. try the tiramisu!
Best Dining Experience in Renton – My wife and I have dined here many times in the last few months, culminating our search for Renton's finest Italian food. Vino's is, bar far, the best, most consistant, best atmosphere and highest quality of food, wine, and experience!
Yes, I have tried them all in this area. There a number of decent restaraunts, but Vino's stands alone in giving the personal touch, creating sensational food, and an authentic wine list to compliment it all. Santiago and his staff are exceptional and bring as much involvement and personality to your table as you desire on a given night- a very fun staff you can relax and fun with. They will also make you look great on more formal occassions too.
They have killer wines. Nuff said. Hard to stop at just one bottle!
Food is outstanding. Love the gorgonzola chicken, the vongole, the duck, and even the pizzas are terriffic.
If you demand the best, demand Vinos Ristorante Italiano!
New Owner is Great – New (2010) owner is great, a significant improvement. We were a group of four and all had one of the daily specials. They were all winners.
The place became quite busy while we were there but the good service didn't suffer at all.
We will definitely return often.
Authentic Italian at it's best!! – The food there is excellent and high quality. There is an amazing wine list, and I find it quite affordable. My friend and I shared a bottle of wine, both had salads and fabulous meals for around $100. Great food, great service!!! Can't wait to go back!!
Quality of Your Grocer's Freezer at a High End Price! – Vino's is the perfect example of "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig". At first appearance this seems to be a high end restaurant, and prices on the menu reflect the same. I gave it one star because there was no ZERO rating!
This place was WAY OVERPRICED, and the food seems like they bought frozen meals and heated them in a microwave. The waiter offered a special of Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms. My mother (who is a gourmet chef) asked where they are able to find Porcini Mushrooms as they are both rare and expensive. The waiter said it was secret... She and I ordered Linguine with clams, it was flavorless. My wife had pizza, which she said was not very good, the crust tasted like unsalted soda crackers. My son ordered a linguine with mixed shell fish, he said it was the worse Italian food he ever had. My daughter ordered duck, which she said was rubbery and flavorless, her boyfriend said that frozen Lasagna from a a supermarket would be more flavorful and better priced than what they served to him..
We also noticed that the "fresh" Parmesan cheese was powdered... Just like the stuff that Kraft puts in those plastic cans in the supermarket. However, I think this was the generic stuff, as it was not as flavorful as the Kraft brand. There is NO WAY this was freshly grated Parmesan as the waiter stated.
For dessert, two people in our party ordered "tangerine sorbet". The BUSBOY came out with one service and said that the freezer had failed, and the rest of the sorbet was ruined. However, he did offer other flavors of ice cream... We wondered why the waiter didn't have the integrity to come out and tell us... We also wondered how only the "tangerine sorbet" was the only frozen dessert that was ruined. My son said the so-called tangerine sorbet tasted like ordinary orange sherbert with vanilla ice cream. After all the other shortcomings, we came to the conclusion that it probably was. We also felt that they only had one serving because nobody from the kitchen staff had time to run next door to Safeway and buy more orange-vanilla sherbert.
The total tab for six people was $175! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY AT THIS PLACE.
Worst Italian Food I've ever had – Let me start out by reiterating that this is the worst Italian food I've ever had. I have actually had frozen dinners that tasted better.
This was a restaurant that was closed when we first moved to Washington, and driving by recently, we had noticed it was open again, and decided to pay it a visit, as we'd never tried this particular place before. The waiter was cordial at first, and I and my mother arrived early, requested a table for 6, and were sat down soon after. He provided us with two menus, and took our orders for drinks. The rest of my party arriving perhaps 8 minutes later. And then the drinks we ordered showed up.
We spent some time deliberating over the menu, and our waiter took another 4 minutes to take orders for the rest of our groups' /drinks/. Throughout the entire meal he took the orders, and they were delivered by the busboy. We ordered salads, mixed green, which consisted of vegetables I could hardly call fresh, and covered in vinegar. Our meals came. The Parmesan that was provided to our table wasn't high quality, but store bought, powdered, cheap, paper-flavored Parmesan cheese product.
I had ordered the Linguini Frutti Di Mare, a pasta with mixed shellfish in a tomato-based sauce. It smelled horrible, and tasted bland at best, and some of the bites tasted the way it smelled, again an indication that the ingredients weren't fresh. I managed to make myself finish a quarter of it before I lost my appetite entirely. I ended up dumping the rest in a dumpster behind the place.
When we ordered the desserts, we went with two tiramisus, shared between four people, and two orders of Tangerine Sorbet. What we got was two tiramisus, one tangerine sorbet, and a bull**** story about a malfunctioning freezer.
So, despite not having any more tangerines for the sorbet, and not having a /working freezer/, I was offered other /frozen/ dishes. If our waiter came back and explained that they were out of tangerines as soon as it was discovered, I would not have been offended. He waited until all our orders were prepared except for one of them, and sent the busboy with the bull**** story he told us. And the one sorbet we /got/ was not a sorbet, but rather orange sherbet.
And then, we got the bill. The waiter was a bit misleading, when we ordered our meal, he asked us what kind of salad we wanted, in a tone that indicated they were included with our meals. Which they weren't. The total bill came to over $170. A total rip off. I've had far better food for far less than that, with just as many people.
To summarize, don't waste your time or money at Vino's. The food is mediocre at best, the service leaves a lot to be desired.
The best of Italian in Renton – We are so happy to see Vino back and under new management. This has always been a favorite of ours. With Santiago (he managed and worked at three Italian restaurants in Bellevue) running the place it is sure to be a success. We were immediately greeted warmly and the soft music and candlelight atmosphere were lovely. The food, we had a dish with shrimp and pasta, was very good. Come back and show your support for the best Italian food in the area and support your locally-owned restaurants!!
SCAM SCAM SCAM – I find it to be quite amusing that I was not the only one who was totally taken advantage of and ripped off by the so-called "owner" of this dump. The guy with the accent who is primarily the server here is NOT the owner, though he likes to pretend he is. I ended up spending $300.00 for four people the other night.... We ordered a bottle of wine and he basically told us "no," and brought us his own selection instead; only to find out later is was twice the price. When we ordered an appetizer, he said he would split it--- No he brought each and every one of us our own and proceeded to charge us for each one. When we asked the soup of the day he said it was a seafood stew. I ordered a bowl of is as my meal- He ended us charging me for the Cioppino (three times the cost) at the end of the night. When he was confronted about his scam artist ways, his accent became deeper and he started yelling and acting confused (mind you, it was all an act, duh). Anyways, DO NOT dine here. I want to report this place to a news station so they can do an undercover investigation--- it should be illegal the way they rip you off. Besides, the food is crappy. The Caesar salad had no croutons (they were out of them), no parmesan (they were out of it--I know, crazy).... it was literally a pile of lettuce with dressing that tasted like plain mayonnaise on it. DONT LET THE CRAZY MAN SCAM YOU. IF YOU WANT TO TRY THIS PLACE OUT, BE READY TO BE STERN AND NOT EASILY SWAYED. CHECK YOUR BILL- ASK PRICES OF EVERYTHING.
Classic Italian restaurant that makes you feel like you're in Italy. – Vino's has great, great service. The staff there, say hello to John, treat you like family. Great pasta, try the specials. We had a fantastic seafood pasta, topped off with a traditional Italian blackberry desert with limoncello.
ITS NOT ITALIAN r – I have eaten at this restaurant and tell the truth to the owner is French. NOT ITALIAN and the cook are Mexican. Pls stop calling Italian restaurant when Italian nothing there .. I absolutely do not recommend.
I am Italian and know our kitchen. If you go there pay attention to the bill the French guys is smart..
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