About Ginger 108
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.
Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Southern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ginger 108 Ratings and Reviews
I ordered the shrimp and grits (SnG), an ...
I ordered the shrimp and grits (SnG), and I was surprised at the size of the meal in relation to the price and taste. I always order shrimp and grits every time it is available at any restaurant we try for the first time so I'm very particular with SnG. Sadly, I will not order that meal again as I was little disappointed with it. But I digress, besides my gripe about the SnG, my wife and I were pleased with our dining experience.
Looking forward to eating there because ...
Looking forward to eating there because we were told this was a previous chef from the Chef & the Farmer. No complaints with the quality of service we received. But the flavor of the entrees was lacking and the fingerling potatoes in my husband's entrée were actually cold. We live in Raleigh but were raised in Eastern NC, thrilled to have quality restaurants in this area but more work needed on this one.
Ginger 108 is a fantastic blend of Japan ...
Ginger 108 is a fantastic blend of Japanese/American dishes. The service was amazing, as was the food! My husband and I ordered the shrimp sliders & wontons for an appetizer and both were delicious. For dinner we shared a few of their sushi rolls and couldn't have been happier with them. It was the first sushi my husband actually tried and liked. We've been back since then and all the food we've gotten has been amazing! Definitely a hidden gem in Kinston!
Food was great
Seven of us ate and had cocktails. The specialty drink was especially good- got the blueberry marqarita with basil and it was very good. We had a combination of various "small plates" and various "large plates. Every single dish was good from the sushi to the steak skewers and the scallops were the best I've had in a long time. My only complaint would be some of the dishes were not hot when we got them but they were still excellent. This is not a quick in-and-out restaurant but a leisurely dining experience. The new Japanese lounge with the Sushi bar is very unique and restful. I'd recommend it for after work socials, intimate dinners, or group dinners. I will definitely go again.
Overall excellence: menu, ambiance, service
Especially liked the varied menu, seafood including crab cakes, and rack of lamb. Both served tasty and well prepared vegetables and potatoes or rice. Servers were friendly and professional. One of the best places to eat in Kinston.
The food was outstanding. Everyone at ou ...
The food was outstanding. Everyone at our table got a different entree. Each one was beautifully presented with excellent flavor and food parings. Considering they didn't seem busy, we waited a very long time for our food so I wouldn't expect to dash in here and grab a bite. Plan to take your time and enjoy the company of your dining partners. I considered Ginger 108 a "plan b" because we couldn't get in the Chef and Farmer but it was equally as good with larger portions. As a result, Ginger 108 will probably be "plan a" going forward.
Great atmosphere and ambience, a rare find in most small town restaurants. The recent Friday evening visit found the restaurant understaffed, but overall, the experience was notable. The noodles with shrimp dish was excellently prepared. I also enjoyed the side order of macaroni and cheese. Lots of young aduts entered for dinner while I was there.
There is Another Great Restaurant in Kinston, NC!
We came to Kinston, NC from Dallas, TX to visit the very popular PBS "a Chef's Life" restaurant of A Chef and A Farmer, which we have already reviewed! We were staying two nights and our hotel recommended Ginger 108 for the second evening. It was wonderful! I would call it upscale, creative Asian! The Shrimp Sliders was one of the best ever and my entrée was a great Seared Diver Scallops with ginger squash and mushrooms! My husband's pork chop was equally delicious! Their food was a really great blend of wonderful dishes with an Asian twist. The service and ambiance were wonderful and don't forget the dessert! We highly recommended Ginger 108!
Great Restaurant for a small town
Ginger 108 has great food and is a wonderful find for a town as small as Kinston. They have good service and the restaurant has a fantastic ambiance. I would recommend this to anyone that loves good food and a great atmosphere!!!
Excellent and unique
The décor is very striking, peaceful, and enhances the experience. We had some small plates and some large plates. The scallops were perhaps the best, as was the gingered bok choy(greens). The large plate portions were large and we ended up taking half home with us. Service was excellent and attentive.
Love this restaurant!
I have dined at Ginger 108 several times, I had out of state guests and wanted them to experience one of our small town's better restaurants. We totally enjoyed our evening at Ginger 108. The atmosphere was wonderful. Our server was very professional and cordial. The only small criticism we had was that the service was a little slow. However, the food was well worth the wait!
Another bright spot in downtown Kinston
went on a Saturday night. No troubles with the reservation. Yellowfin tartare appetizer was excellent and shared by the 3 of us. The surf and turf sushi roll was so good we ordered another and our other roll with salmon and a small piece of collard leaf was very good also. The crab cakes were very good, not excellent. Service was very good. Attentive but not hovering. finished off with dessert in to-go boxes to take down to Mother Earth and complete the night. This 2-3 block area of Kinston is one of my favorite places to go for a night out. with Mother Earth, Ginger 108, Boiler Room, Chef and the Farmer, and Olvera Street Taqueria you can't go wrong.
one selection was over salted and another was over cooked. one selection (salmon) was fine, and i would order it again. the poorly prepared items were taken off the tab but the experience was disappointing. cannot recommend until quality control in the kitchen is improved.
I was looking a Special place local to take my lovely wife on her Birthday. I was told about Ginger 108 by some friends and then I went on-line. I was impressed by the menu, prices, and pictures of the atmosphere. I made reservations and we arrived to a receptive staff and a Lovely atmosphere. The wait staff, menu, prices, and quality were awesome. We found Ginger 108 to be a very relaxed environment. "Take your time and enjoy." Enjoy we did. So many choices to choose from. I did the appetizers, Sushi, and Entree. My eyes were bigger than my stomach so I got a to go box. In fact, I just finished it and it was Still Excellent. My wife is very particular, but she was very impressed. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. Will I be returning to Ginger 108? Yes. I cannot speak enough about our Ginger 108 dining experience. Ginger 108 will need to get more available parking or start a Valet parking service. Best kept secret in Kinston, N.C.
Ginger 108 dinner
We both started with their beet salad which was outstanding. The entrees were equally delicious. Their wine list was very good indeed and extremely reasonably priced. We settled for a Chatham Vinyard Chard. Which went very well with our entrees. Service was excellent and the food prices were very reasonable. In all, this was an excellent experience an we look forward to returning.
Good food with screaming kids
Booked a reservation, was seated with no problems. Excellent food with spotty service. There was a large table with four or five children who were way too young to be there and made an immense amount of noise. Most restaurants with those prices have some kind of policy about children that age. It detracted greatly from what would have been an otherwise excellent dining experience.
Good and still improving
Ginger 108 seems to be improving with time. It is much better than it was 2 years ago when I went there for the first time. The menu has improved and the service is excellent. The ribeye was excellent and plentiful. The seared scallops were very good but the portion was small for the price ( 4 scallops). The menu also lacked a small plate or side salad offering. I would still score this restaurant 8.5 out of 10 and recommend it to friends.
Customer service is everything
when we first arrived we were very excited to try this place because of the reviews on yelpNo matter how good your food is customer service is everything. I do not want to blame any particular person because as a whole clearly there is an I in team at this establishmet. we received our drinks and went ahead and ordered our sushi after the waitress politely explained our best options. My date dropped his sushi and soy splattered everywhere. We then realized we had no napkins a waitress I assume she was one - walked past saw and they got us napkins now mind you it sat there for a good 15 minutes a puddle of soy. while bringing out the main dish is when the mess was kind of cleaned. She wiped it half way up and said I'll be right back, we then realized we had NO Silverware so we waited on her "coming back" well we sat back in our big green chair drank our beer and waited. Not touching our food u would think all 4 people busy around us would take notice but NOPE nothing. The sushi chefs didn't even make eye contact like clearly something is wrong you don't sit and stare at perfectly looking food. 20 minutes goes by and we lay eyes on our waitress for the FIRST time. (Letting us know why she said she was very busy) She said how is everything with a confused look I said we don't know we have nothing to eat with. She then gets very apologetic she says she will talk to the manager Tyler , comes back and she let's us know that since nothing was wrong with our food there would be no compensation for anything and we can box it up for u to take. DO WHAT! I am spending 100 bucks for 2 ppl and you can't compensate me 1.00 for my 20 minute inconvenience. Now that's just rude and ignorant plus u couldn't come over to kill me with kindness and explain that yourself. I never even mentioned being compensated in any way the waitress did because she felt that was the appropriate thing to do. Very poor management and I hope the owner knows exactly how business is being ran.
The food was small portions but very satisfying based upon presentation and taste. Despite the portions size myself and my date were stuffed and had leftovers. The food was good but the " squash strudel " was a delightful and unexpected choice as a dessert choice.
The dessert was unbelievably delicious and I highly recommend it. I would go here solely for the squash strudel. Besides , the food being delicious the restaurant is located across the street from one of the best breweries in NC called Mother Earth and the restaurant serves their beers. The only negative I can say about this restaurant is we were seated close to the front of the door which was drafty otherwise this restaurant is an excellent choice for couples.
Very good food but a long wait for our meals.
The restaurant is pretty and the food and wine were very good. The portions were also very reasonable; no one left the table hungry. Our server was gracious but we did have a long wait for our meals, i.e., almost an hour, and the restaurant was not busy. Also, two of the entrees were not delivered at the same time so that made it a bit awkward.
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