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Gypsy Tea Room

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315 Water Street
St. John's, NL  A1C 1B9

(709) 739-4766

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3.5 star rating
thevideoman St. John's May 01, 2010
Great Meal!

We ate here a couple of weeks ago and it was an excellent experience all around. The food was great and the atmosphere was just what we were after!

3.5 star rating
Brian April 24, 2010
WOW! Awesome!!!

Me and my wife went here last night - early reservation for 6pm...they had no record of our reservation which may have been a problem if we hadn't arrived before the place got crowded. That was the only fault with the place.
The restaurant was awesome - looks amazing from the bar right on into the dining rooms. We started off with a few drinks from the bar. I was suprised at no choices on tap but they had anything you wanted in a can or bottle - I went with a Guinness and wife had a couple of Caesars. She likes them extra spicy and she said it was the best she has ever ordered. I had seafood chowder and wife had the butternut squash soup with partridge berry coulis....both were great starters. For her entree, wife had almond-crusted pork tenderloin on a mushroom risotto and I had the 8oz strip (rare) with roasted potatoes and asparagus - and of course a glass of red! This was probably the best steak I have ever ordered in a restaurant - far above the Keg steak I ordered about a week or so ago (and reviewed on Weblocal). Dessert proved to be equally as good with wife ordering the Creme Brulee and myself choosing the warm partridge berry and orange bread pudding with caramel sauce. Total for two of us before tip was $144.

This place is definitely now my new favorite spot. I hope it isn`t too long before going back.

3.5 star rating
Peter Thompson March 23, 2010
Excellent from start to finish!

It was everything we expected. The food was great, service super, and atmosphere fantastic. We would highly recommend to our friends and family. Keep it up..."we'll be back".

3.5 star rating
Blair Agnew January 04, 2010
Makes Top 10 list

Another amazing restaurant transformation in 2009 was the unveiling of the new Gypsy Tea Room in the Murray Premises. It's about five times its original size with space for approximately 200 diners. A good place to begin your evening might be the handsome bar directly off Water Street that stores dozens of bottles of quality wines. Seafood is a sure bet. "Tilapia is a sweet thin white-fleshed fish. Chef Bruce Brookings prepared it with a slightly crispy coating and wrapped around a mix of bread and sausage. I enjoyed it very much. The stuffing wasn't too overpowering, allowing the subtle flavour of the tilapia to come through."

3.5 star rating
DLS September 14, 2009
Fantastic Atmosphere

Pepper Crusted Halibut served hot, fresh and morish. Chicken grilled to perfection. Group of ten had a memorable day out.

3.5 star rating
Marlene Bayers December 14, 2008
Not ready to be open

Second night of business, owner on the premises didn't even come by the table to say sorry.

French
3.5 star rating
HomeShow2010 May 02, 2010
Awesome

Great service - excellent food

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English
3.5 star rating
June 25, 2015

Small group arrived and immediately ordered burgers, fries and fish tacos).
Order took over an hour.
Asked waitress three times why the delay and was informed that the delay was because someone ordered an appetizer.
Food was basic, service ordinary (just refused water no feedback or extra bread etc.) and paid over $100 for essentially sitting down and having fast food delivered VERY VERY... more

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3.5 star rating
May 15, 2015

Stopped in for a beer and snack with my wife while walking downtown St John's. Nice staff, good Quidi Vidi selection in bottles. Had the truffle fries and aioli. The ketchup was house made and supper tasty as well. Highly recommend it.

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3.5 star rating
May 01, 2015

Newfoundland landmark, personally though I don't enjoy it.

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3.5 star rating
December 23, 2014

Came to enjoy a nice business dinner here with some customers while in St John's.
The place has a nice eclectic feel to it and a very diverse tasty menu. There are some meals where to "geek out" and take photos of your meal is inappropriate and this was the occasion with these important clients.

I had selected the dynamite calamari as an appetizer which came out nice and crusty with tentacles... more

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3.5 star rating
December 12, 2014

Placed in the back room, which was a bit on the dark and gloomy side. Good service and the food was well prepared, but a bit plain for the price.

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2014

Went there for diner and it was just ok. Very nice place. That is what got me in there but the food would keep me away. I had the scallop and had to send them back. They were cold. Next time around they were the same but just gave up and eat them. Then I had the steak. That was good but the crab rice was sad. Not a good match for both. Service was soso. They offered us bread and olive oil with... more

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2014

Hard lessons learned at the gypsy tea room: the 'special of the day' doesn't necessarily mean the food will be all *that* special, and don't forget to ask how much it costs before you order.

On vacation in St. Johns, I thought I would walk on the wild side, so to speak, and order the special of the day (I'm a yelper, after all, and I tend to side on the tried, true and reviewed menu items),... more

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3.5 star rating
Pepper Crusted Pork was Pepper Crusted Fat
August 10, 2014

We've just returned from dinner at this restaurant and the meal was terrible. The Pepper-Crusted Pork, at $34.00, was so fatty it was inedible, particularly my wife's serving. The sweet potato sauce was tasty but it was the only thing on the plate that was fit to eat. We complained and they did deduct the cost of our drinks from... more

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3.5 star rating
Fantastic experience all around
August 06, 2014

Wow! My girlfriends and I chose this restaurant on our first night in St. Johns. What a great choice. We were SO, SO pleased with all of our dinner options - the mussels, scallops and salads were all delicious! Wine options were so numerous. Service was great, overall fantastic experience! When in St. John's, everyone should eat here!!!!

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3.5 star rating
Not great
August 05, 2014

We stopped in for lunch (or what we had hoped would be lunch) at about 2pm. We were seated at a nice table on the patio, and settled in. When ready to order, our server told us that on the very short menu, three of the items were not available. We didn't really feel like fish and chips or wings,... more

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3.5 star rating
First Class
August 04, 2014

I have eaten here many times and have always had a good meal. The food is great, service is fantastic and I love the atmosphere. Definitely recommend to anyone who hasn't been here.

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3.5 star rating
Beautiful tranquil place in downtown St.John's
August 01, 2014

We went her on two occasions. First to have a drink prior to dinner at One 11 Chophouse. Secondly, prior to our Iceberg Quest boat tour. Both times we enjoyed the tranquility and found the service and food quite enjoyable. Ran out of time or would tried one the 5 pint beer holders which stand about three feet tall and... more

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3.5 star rating
Not worth the money
July 31, 2014

My first experience at The Gypsy Tea Room was OK. The meal was enjoyable but not great.
My second time was also the last time I will eat ever est there!!
We went for a staff party. A deposit was required and we were limited to a set menu.
One of my friends was recovering from surgery so she told... more

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3.5 star rating
Loved this place!! Would come back tomorrow
July 29, 2014

First of all PAM Rules as a waitress-- the model of efficiency and courtesy and care. Party of four and we all loved the vibe, the food, the drinks, and the service. This place was full but with the excellent staff all had a great evening. We'd all like to go back again tomorrow!! While the weather is nice sit... more

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3.5 star rating
Amazing night out
July 25, 2014

It's the feel of a resort the food is a quick easy menu and I certainly suggest you try the fish and chips. Not a thing I order but our server Pam told us it was the best in the city and it is a winner that's forsure! They serve beer in a tube tower which was great for our... more

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3.5 star rating
July 23, 2014

Good: Nice atmosphere and deck

Bad: Food very basic and just not very good. Owners background is clearly not food. Not sure why every restaurant in the city wants to say they're fine dining. $8 bottled beer.

Had brunch here. The options were very basic and the sides with the meals made no sense. You serve potatoes as a side of french toast? Really? Why not just serve a big bowl of sugar. The... more

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3.5 star rating
Great night out
July 23, 2014

I've been here twice so far, once for a girls night where we sat downstairs in the cellar, which has beautiful ambiance, nice and quiet. The second time was for mothers say with my mom, sister and brother. We sat upstairs in the dining room in this night and still enjoyed ourselves. Love the focaccia with olive oil and balsamic,... more

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3.5 star rating
Flat Iron Steak
July 21, 2014

This item was not juicy as described by the waitstaff, my friend did not want to waste food by returning it, I tasted his and it was more like an overcooked slow cooker pot roast, I suggest changing the name of this dish to accurately reflect the product, or discontinue item, not really good quality. His bill was adjusted for... more

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3.5 star rating
July 20, 2014

Terrible service. We walked in after looking at the menu outside but after we were seated in the dining room, my dining companion was told that he could not have fish and chips in the dining room, but only in the lounge at the front of the restaurant. The food is mediocre compared to other establishments in St John's and definitely does not warrant the pretension. Would not visit again nor... more

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3.5 star rating
Don't order the cod tongues
July 11, 2014

I visited the courtyard of Murray Premises last night and ordered cod tongues from Gypsy's menu--what a disappointment!
They certainly don't know how to cook cod tongues--they were cut up into small pieces, heavily battered, and then deep fried like a rock! The price was $14.

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3.5 star rating
Nice place for date night
July 08, 2014

I can't remember how many times I have enjoyed dinners at this fine restaurant with my wife. It never disappoints and never ceases to surprise and amaze me
We were at this fine establishment with some good friends last Friday, and I will strongly recommend the salmon entree, for all you fish-lovers. All their entrees are excellent and have healthy... more

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3.5 star rating
Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful meal
July 04, 2014

Visited with 2 other couples. Food and service were both amazing. Even though we were a party of 6 and took up a larger table we were not rushed at all. Waiter was very attentive and drinks were never empty. All meals were delicious. Tenderloin was ordered by 4 of the 6 and all were cooked perfectly. Earth and ocean... more

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3.5 star rating
I walked in and didn't want to leave
June 30, 2014

After a cold, wet and windy day of hiking, we stopped into the gypsy tea room and I didn't want to leave. It was an atmosphere that felt like a warm hug! We ate at the bar, which was hopping, had great service and a wonderful meal.

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3.5 star rating
Nice place for a quiet meal
June 30, 2014

We went to the Gypsy Tearooms twice, once in April and the next in June. Don't expect the place to be somewhere that has a lot happening, on both occasions we found the atmosphere very quiet and relaxed. Don't expect The service was excellent on both times.
The quality of the food is also very good. Portions are huge. The... more

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3.5 star rating
Lovely place for a great meal
June 30, 2014

Had dinner there on June 29th. The food was delicious & the service was excellent. Our server was fantastic.

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3.5 star rating
Awesome night with great friends
June 23, 2014

Recently went to dinner here with 16 people to celebrate a retirement. We had a couple drinks upstairs in the bar before our reservations but our table was ready at the requested time. Meal was delicious. I had the argula and pear salad for appetizer, pepper crusted pork (I think that's what it was called) for the entrée and peanut... more

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3.5 star rating
Best restaurant lounge in the world
June 16, 2014

This place is a very good restaurant, however the lounge/bar is a great experience. If it is served in the main dinning room it can be had in the lounge. Sitting at he bar by yourself or at a pub table with your crew this is a must do experience in St. John's. Get the bar manager to make you... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Beef tenderloin
June 11, 2014

While in St John's last week we had the pleasure to dine here. I had the beef tenderloin which was done to perfection. Probably in the top ten I have eaten which coming from an Albertan is a tough list to get on. My wife had the sea bass which was also wonderfully cooked. We will be back again

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3.5 star rating
Flat iron steak! yum
June 09, 2014

I really like the atmosphere in this restaurant. Keep in mind, when you go there in the evening, the dining room has a more expensive menu and then the bar area has pub style food. It is fairly dark in there but there are candles on every table. The tables are not too close together so it feels a little... more

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3.5 star rating
A nice surprise
June 09, 2014

We couldn't get into the first restaurant we chose so it was a last minute decision to eat here. It was very good. Service was excellent and the meals delicious. The vegetable curry had a nice bite to it and was a good-sized portion. My companion said her pannacotta was the best she ever had. The dining room in the... more

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3.5 star rating
Over Priced
June 07, 2014

Lovely decor and location but the food was very over-priced for what we got. We paid a lunch price ($16) for what turned out to be hors d'oeurve sized serving.The chicken in the Chicken Pesto appeared to be some kind of luncheon meat VERY thinly sliced.

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3.5 star rating
Good food, Good Time
June 06, 2014

I enjoyed my dining experience at the Gypsy Tea Room. I had the halibut with quinoa. Very fresh and delicious. My friend had the blackened salmon with mashed potatoes and veggies. She also enjoyed it. We liked the atmosphere and decor. The service was good. Locals recommended the place to us. We weren't disappointed. I would dine there again. The... more

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3.5 star rating
So loud
June 04, 2014

Went there early in the evening. There were only a dozen people there at that hour and the music was so loud. When we asked them to turn it down they said they couldn't because it was the vibe they were going for in the restaurant. I could understand this later at night when it's more of a bar than... more

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3.5 star rating
Consistantly great
May 27, 2014

I have eaten at the GTR on a number of occasions and have always found the food and service to be very good. They have an excellent menu selection and always have tempting lunch features including a seafood my dish which is usually my choice.
Dinner at the Gypsy is never disappointing and they have one of best wine cellars... more

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3.5 star rating
Quaint downtown place to grab good or beverages. Great place during the summer nights. One of my NL favourite
May 27, 2014

Drinks at night open air to the salty outdoor air. One of the best places for evening snacks and drinks. Recommended without question.

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3.5 star rating
Awesome
May 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of this restaurant, and had great conversation about their food and menu. I had visited St. John's a year earlier and stopped in on a whim, then had one of the best and most unique meals ever. Since then the chef and menu has changed, but the quality and taste has remained... more

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3.5 star rating
Great place for a burger
May 14, 2014

We ate in the bar. The service was very good and attentive. They had an extensive menu. We had ate a lot of seafood so opted for a burger. It was large and very good. A lot of fries too many for one person as the burger was plenty. They had an extensive wine list as well as beer list.... more

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3.5 star rating
Terrible Service
May 14, 2014

The place is great looking - very nice de-core, and a great menu. We just went in for a drink and nachos - Which looked amazing when delivered to a nearby table. Our server (a small soft spoken girl, who never mentioned her name) was pleasant upon first interaction and we got our drinks and ordered our nachos. After 20... more

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3.5 star rating
Work on consistency
May 11, 2014

Took mom there for Mother's Day...we were there a month ago and the brunch was amazing...she loved the French toast.....the Mother's Day menu read "thick cut French bread" the same as the menu....what we got was not French toast....it was thin rye like bread filled with nuts....had no place being served as French toast. When we sent it back the... more

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3.5 star rating
Good meal, but not great
May 03, 2014

Stopped in here for dinner while in town one night for work.
Great location; the upstairs seating area was packed but we were able to get a table downstairs which had a better atmosphere anyways.
The menu had quite a variety of options; I started with the mussels (just ok .. least favorite appetizer of the trip) and for dinner... more

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3.5 star rating
A Magical Evening
April 20, 2014

Myself and my partner of 4 years were getting married and thought it would be wonderful to get married where we met; The Gypsy Tea Room. We contacted Grant Fowler, the manager, and we were instantly welcomed with open arms.
Our wedding was to be a surprise ceremony and dinner for our closest family and friends. Grant and his staff... more

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3.5 star rating
Great place
April 15, 2014

Staff is very friendly and food is fabulous , great atomosphere definitely would recommend this for a great meal and ambience

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3.5 star rating
Bring your wallet
April 14, 2014

First time here. The next time I go I'll take out a loan to try more than appetizer. Service fantastic! Wine list nicely explained. For a nice upper end restaurant I would expect better dressed customers. It's the Gypsie Tea Room, don't wear a t-shirt.
I shall return

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3.5 star rating
Great place for a quick lunch
April 08, 2014

In town on business and we went to the Tea Room for lunch. Both of us had the fish tacos and although just a tad spicey they were very good. I would get them again and recommend them as well, just a warning that if you don't like things spicey you may need to ask them to tone it down.... more

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3.5 star rating
Fabulous Fare in a Unique Atmosphere
April 01, 2014

I coordinated a business event for my company that required a cocktail reception, dinner and an awards presentation for @ 35 people. My contact person at the Gypsy was extremely helpful and went out of her way to accommodate my requests regarding menu selections and even arranged to dim the lights for Earth Hour (which occurred during our event).
We... more

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3.5 star rating
A favourite spot on an off night
March 29, 2014

We frequently visit Gypsy for drinks, a hangout and food. It is one of our favourites. This was the first visit for supper with the new menu and our group thought it was only ok this time around. The service was excellent but the menu seemed bland and the meals were all fine. No major problems but nothing spectacular for... more

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3.5 star rating
Always Great
March 27, 2014

We have experienced this restaurant multiple times both at lunch and evening seatings. The food is fantastic. Well prepared, gourmet meals but very reasonable prices. Some menu choices are more standard fare as well, and those never disappoint. Servers are attentive but respectful of diners and know their knowledge base well. Great wine and drink list. To touch it all... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent Value for Your Money
March 14, 2014

The food is excellent and prepared with a local flair for eye appeal
You will be most pleased with the menu.
I am a fish person and the cod was about the best I have ever had
Their is also a bar section aside from the restraint with counter service for the drop in crowd or sit down dining

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3.5 star rating
Good food and times
March 06, 2014

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere here! The seafood chowder is great and so is the crab Benny is a definite must try. I highly recommend stopping here to eat.... more

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3.5 star rating
So So
March 05, 2014

The food was average to good. The prices are too high. Service was far from adequate. Our server treated us like he was doing us a favor by serving us to the point of actually rolling his eyes mocking us. Liked the décor. Won't go back or recommend.

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3.5 star rating
Too Loud
March 04, 2014

the noise here is way to much it is way to loud, no where near enough seating, and i never once had a sever offer to refill my drink so often had to go to the bar and wait 10 mins for a drink. did not enjoy my experience here.

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3.5 star rating
Great Service, excellent food
February 25, 2014

While visiting St. John's we stopped in at the Gypsy Tea Room for lunch. The back room was cozy and we were seated at a comfortable booth.
Earlier in our visit we had tried to get reservations here for dinner but they were completely booked. Suggest calling ahead if you wish to come here for a Friday or Saturday evening.... more

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3.5 star rating
Great decor, good dining and wining
February 24, 2014

Thought a bit pricey and the plates a bit denuded the Food and wine are good, pretty good. The decor is worth the detour. We had an exçellent meals and evening. It's very well suited for business or couples.

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3.5 star rating
My favourite spot in St. John's
February 09, 2014

Where do I start, I love the décor, there are 3 different dinning areas, amazing wine selection, food is awesome! Music playlists are great, the staff are superb, extremely friendly, oh, and the female staff are very easy on the eye! (:

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3.5 star rating
Disappointing meal
February 05, 2014

This restaurant used to be my favourite. Three of us had the blackened salmon a few days ago and we were very disappointed. They removed the sun dried tomato sauce and rice and replaced it with a salad. It changed the meal completely. I asked to replace the salad with rice. They served a few tablespoons of cold dry rice... more

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3.5 star rating
Overall good experience
January 19, 2014

Food, service, wine list, it was all good.
One of these go to and return places.
I had fish, soups, salads, chowder, meat, all in all it was all respectable, pleasant and quality was present in all aspects.

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3.5 star rating
Great restaurant for a New Years Eve meal
January 06, 2014

We ate here with our nephew and his friend for New Years eve- what a treat!!! The appetizers were delicious- I had the scallops and nephew's friend has a seafood chowder that looked great. The boys had the tenderloin and I had the salmon and lobster- all were excellent and the dessert plate really blew us away!!! We had low... more

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3.5 star rating
Very nice little place
December 15, 2013

I ate here with my business colleagues and it was very nice.
The food options were good, everything we ordered seemed to have a little extra care to make it above the normal fare you order out.
Nice dining room setting, services was pleasant and informative.
One of the best on the main drag for St. Johns

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3.5 star rating
December 11, 2013

Just came in for dessert, $9 per dessert but they were all made in house. I had a chocolate ganache cheesecake and my colleague had the carrot cake (served with homemade ice cream), both were AMAZING and well worth every penny! Combined with friendly and quick service I will most likely be returning!

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3.5 star rating
Awesome Food
December 09, 2013

Had a meal there on Friday night and it was on of the best meals ever!!! I loved the combination of foods. I had Atlantic Cod wrapped in prosciutto served with pease pudding puree, salt meat and potatoes sticks. Not you typical cod meal but by far the best! Dessert was also amazing...gingerbread cheesecake...Yummy

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3.5 star rating
September 17, 2013

The lounge is a contemporary looking establishment that seemed way too nice for me to wander into with my grungy street clothes. Dark wood and steel and red paint... oh fancy. I will say that the music absolutely sucked... but I hate jazz.
Our waitress was polite, but not genuinely nice. Something behind her eyes tells me she would have been a mean-girl in high school.
Cajun chicken fettuccine... more

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3.5 star rating
August 16, 2013

Beautiful restaurant. But the service that day sucked!

15 minutes before having a server coming out and ask if we wanted to have a table. There was only six consumer in restaurant, servers keep looking at you but nobody came.

Very disappointing look promising but very disappointing... more

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3.5 star rating
June 27, 2013

St. John's restaurant scene is filled with great gems. This restaurant definitely counts as one of those gems. The atmosphere is a mixture of gastropub food with a very large wine, champagne, scotch... pretty much any bottled alcohol library. The exposed bricks and cool atmosphere makes this a great relaxing upscale place to hang out after work.

I ate lunch here and our large group tried... more

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3.5 star rating
March 25, 2013

My favourite restaurant!!!! Delicious food and excellent service! The indonesian chicken satay was AMAZING! Going back very soon.

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3.5 star rating
September 04, 2012

What a great place to eat at! The courtyard is a fun place to just chill at. The menu was kind of poor, with only a few standout dishes that strayed away from the normal burgers, fish and chips, etc. Great wings, and the tandoori chicken were good. Very refreshing to see the cooks outside preparing the food for you. The staff are really nice and cheery. Found a lot of wasps floating around near... more

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3.5 star rating
September 03, 2012

My wife and I were at the Gypsy Tea Room for her birthday, the night was indeed a good one.

The appetizers we tried were; Seared Scallops, Duck Confit and Tomato Beet Soup. (They were out of mussels)

The Scallops were perfectly seared and were artfully presented on a beautiful, creamy, parsnip and vanilla puree. The rhubarb chutney that came along with it got a 50/50 out of each of us. This... more

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3.5 star rating
August 22, 2012

Had the burger for lunch at Gypsy and it was really tasty. My friend's chicken breast sandwich was perhaps a bit bland. Looks like a fun place to go in the evening for a drink and a bite.

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3.5 star rating
June 13, 2012

Very disappointing food. The seafood medley was cold and truthfully the fish could not have been fresh. Very unfortunate. Perhaps seafood is just to their specialty.

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3.5 star rating
May 25, 2012

Gypsy tea room is a bit like having a $100 saddle on a $10 horse. The atmosphere and prices would lead one to believe that they are going to get fresh, homemade, delicious food, but that is not the case. Although our server was lovely, our glasses and dishes were dirty and food was greasy and seemed as though it had been cooked from frozen. We’ve been twice, and have been disappointed twice.... more

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3.5 star rating
May 11, 2012

A very hip / trendy / chic spot to dine on Water Street in downtown St. John's.

1. Comparable in price and quality to other downtown fine dining establishments such as The Pepper Mill, Olivers, etc -

Although the owners REALLY need to update their website menus. Some meals were listed online as being $4-$8 cheaper ONLINE than they were in the actual menu. Of course you are charged the menu... more

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3.5 star rating
January 06, 2012

Great place. I’ve been here numerous times these past few months and each visit has been great. The food and service has been consistently fabulous each time. My only complaint is the chicken satay was rather bland (sauce was amazing but I think they should have thought things through before paring it with basmati rice) They even have lots of cute male waiters. What more is there to love?

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3.5 star rating
December 06, 2011

Great place for a nice dinner or just drinks and pub food. You can get a really good meal here or if you just want simple, at the bar they have the best nachos in the City!

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3.5 star rating
December 05, 2011

By far one of the best places in the city. I have been a number of times over the past few years and have never been disappointed. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and the food is always delicious. I constantly recommend this place to people new to the city and have never heard a bad comment. My two favourite items on the menu are the beet salad and the cod with risotto. On my last... more

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3.5 star rating
December 04, 2011

The food's pretty good here but not so good as to leave me gushing over it. It's probably in the top 5 of upscale joints in the city.

The decor is nice (downstairs is cozier) but there are a few things that can be problematic
- the front has a bar and tables. This can get quite noisy if you're seated upstairs
- there's always a lineup for the upstairs bathroom

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3.5 star rating
November 10, 2011

I agree. Some of the waitresses/bartenders/whatevertheyares are highly pretentious. No need for the snobbery, girls!

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3.5 star rating
October 31, 2011

I think they have great food, great service and a great atmosphere. I had the best Pasta ever at the Gypsy Tea Room. Ideal place to check out for lunch especially.

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3.5 star rating
September 03, 2011

First world problems..

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3.5 star rating
September 02, 2011

I phoned to make a reservation at the Gypsy Tea Room and was put on hold for 2 or 3 minutes.Then another person answered and put me on hold for another minute or two.Finally the phone was answered again and I was put on hold a third time.That’s when I finally hung up and made a reservation at another restaurant.

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2011

You can expect typical fine dining menu here at typical fine dining prices.

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3.5 star rating
May 26, 2011

I’ve had two experiences with this restaurant. Both times the food was great, but not so for the service. The first time, I went for dinner and had a wonderful waiter. The second time was during brunch, when the restaurant was much busier. The guy serving us was cranky, forgot to come back for requested top ups on coffee, and left us waiting almost a half an hour for us to ask for either desert... more

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3.5 star rating
April 29, 2011

I just moved here in January and my mom came from the mainland in early April for a visit. I had heard some good things about The Gypsy Tearoom so I figured I would take her there for dinner.
She ordered the caesar salad and seafood alfredo and I ordered the potato-leek soup and the striploin steak. We had a carafe of wine and mom also had an apple martini.

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3.5 star rating
March 22, 2011

The Gypsy is great if you want to be social (be seen) but it ends there. Their new menu is somewhat comparable to Raymond’s (in content and price only). Our meal at Gypsy for two people cost $280 with tip/tax, I had a recent meal at Raymond’s that cost $300 BUT we had one extra appetizer,coffees and were given an amuse bouche and truffles for free. While prices were comparable,Raymond’s blew... more

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3.5 star rating
March 07, 2011

I went here on a first date, the food was good the servers where top notch and the wine flowed. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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3.5 star rating
January 24, 2011

OK - if you have ever thought about a Gypsy Tea Room - this is nothing like that! This is ultra modern deco - excellent paitings on darkened walls, exposed beams - and a kind of neon lighting - but I am not sure how/where.

The setting is modern and chic - very nice mix with the exposed brick fireplaces. We chose the dinning room at the back. Great feel - lots of room to share a four way... more

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3.5 star rating
December 12, 2010

I had another fantastic lunch here again. Arctic Char and shrimp, potato parsnip purée and wilted spinach. Really, really good and the servers are excellent.

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3.5 star rating
November 30, 2010

One of the best places to eat in all of St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Drinks are great, Strawberry Rubarb Martini is fantastic..Also LOVE the mojitos.
Service is VERY attentive and friendly.
Consider thi place for a Lunch..or dinner out , you wont be disappointed.
:-)

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3.5 star rating
November 04, 2010

Wow, the people who left most of the reviews before me must have eaten at a different restaurant. Or do we only feel inspired to write something when we have something bad to say ?

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3.5 star rating
October 29, 2010

If I could give this place zero stars I would. I ate at the Gypsy Tea Room recently and had a completely terrible experience. The waiter brought me the wrong entree, and made no apologies, and furthermore told me that I didn’t order what I thought I ordered, and he was right. He never asked me how my meal was and it was actually really disgusting. Other people at my table got what they ordered... more

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3.5 star rating
September 25, 2010

Great brunch. The fish cakes are awesome, the red pepper soup is amazing. Great experience.

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3.5 star rating
August 23, 2010

A good restaurant should be well rounded on both sides, the bar menu and the full menu. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality of food and miss out on what a restaurant can offer just because you are sitting on their bar side and “enjoying” a smaller menu. Appetizers can be one of the best parts of some restaurants, and unfortunately Gypsy is definitely lacking in this area.

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2010

The spring rolls are from Costco, don’t get too excited. I would suggest ordering from the full (not the bar) menu.

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3.5 star rating
August 12, 2010

I usually get on the Scope once a week or so to see what everyone is saying about the restaurants around town but have never left a review myself. I am such a foodie I must say I’ve been to most of the restaurants in town, but have also have the opportunity to live in Montreal and Vancouver and eat at most of their restaurants as well.
Surprisingly This was only the second time I went to gypsy... more

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3.5 star rating
July 11, 2010

Gypsy Tea Room, Water Street, St Johns Nfld

Interesting decor
Interesting menu
Chicken sandwich for lunch with the daily salad both were very good
Service was good but time for the meal to arrive, was close to 45 minutes from time of order. Not some place to go for lunch if time is an issue.

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3.5 star rating
March 18, 2010

Food is not nearly as good as many other downtown restaurants within the same price range. My pasta was okay, I found it bland, waited forever to be served and for our meals, my husbands fish was undercooked, our bread was actually frozen, and had to be taken away to be heated, waited for cutlery and water much longer than was necessary, encountered quite a bit of snobbery on the part of the... more

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February 11, 2010

Awful. Absolutely Awful. I made a reservation a week in advance and they stuck us, a table of two, in between two large tables of 12 and 15 in the middle of the dining room. They then ignored us for a good fifteen minutes. The server eventually decided we were worth waiting on. The food took almost an hour,and it wasn’t good. The pork was over cooked, the chicken tasted like it was out of a... more

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3.5 star rating
January 25, 2010

Best meal ever last Friday night. The appetizers were perfect, scallops for me and lamb chops for my partner. The presentation was worth a picture - which I didn't take!

Since we like dinner to last a while, we have learned to order the main course after the appetizer. In this instance the main course was well worth waiting for. We switched it up. I had the lamb chops, she had the fish... more

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3.5 star rating
January 23, 2010

Very nice place, stone and brick mixed on the walls. Nice wine room and blue lighting. We had amazing meals - and both were off the pub menu! We had a 1/2 pound angus burger which was one of the tastiest I've ever had. The other meal was fish and chip - again, amazingly fresh. We will be back!

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3.5 star rating
October 19, 2009

Gypsy is awesome, never a bad meal there and I’ve had it at least 10 times. Try the brunch too!!!

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3.5 star rating
September 24, 2009

Great spot. Emir, the owner, is a very personable guy. He warmly welcomes one and all.

Brenna K. is spot-on about the toilet problem. If nature calls, you may find yourself in a queue. I wonder if that can be sorted out somehow? Toilets downstairs, perhaps?

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September 22, 2009

Went there for lunch with my two daughters. The interior is lovely, but the lunch menu pretty well sucked. Never go back.

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3.5 star rating
September 04, 2009

Will never darken their door again. My salmon arrived cold so they microwaved it. Some of the girls that work their seem to think they are doing you a favour by seating you. I have given this place five chances and only had one good experience. Not worth it.

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August 13, 2009

I agree, I was there once and it was enough, poor food, our white wine was warm, and we did not get what we ordered and when we tried to see the owner he was too busy in the bar moving from table to table with a beer bottle in his hand.
They have a lot to learn if they want to be a good restaurant
Tony

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3.5 star rating
January 26, 2009

Went here for our birthday celebration on the recommendation of a friend. Then went out and bought that friend a bottle of wine.

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3.5 star rating
December 31, 2008

We went here for New Year’s 2008. The food was decent — the scallops I had were nicely roasted just right, and the duck leg confit was very tasty, with a perfect mix of crunchiness and flavourful fig gravy. Our desserts were just barely acceptable, with a mostly granola crumble and a much too rich Bailey’s chocolate torte which tasted not a bit like Bailey’s.

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Business Description from the Web
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August 12, 2014

Located in the historic Murray Premises building in the heart of downtown St. John's The Gypsy Tea Room can accommodate large groups or the most intimate of diners. Our menu includes local favourites, European cuisine and unique daily features. We are open for lunch and dinner as well as a delicious brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Our private dining room is available for wine tastings and dinner... more

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September 06, 2011

A combination bar and restaurant, this culinary haven and local dance favorite is an eclectic spot that's ideal for a late dinner and enjoyable entertainment. A generous bar provides room for multiple patrons to gather around well-mixed cocktails. Daily specials accent a regular menu that includes seafood, pork, beef, lamb, vegetable and pasta creations. Homemade desserts and a well-selected... more

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