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Red Ginger

Lower view of the entrance signage on Red Ginger in Michigan.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s sure to impress on any special occasion, look no further than Red Ginger in Traverse City, Michigan. My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary here and were blown away by the service and attention to detail.


From the moment we walked in, the staff at Red Ginger made us feel welcome and appreciated. Our server, Maureen, was knowledgeable about the menu and recommended the perfect drink to start off the night: the Espresso Martini. It was a delicious blend of coffee and liquor that really woke up our taste buds.  We chatted with Maureen about how she landed in Traverse City and the local atmosphere.

Close up shot of espresso martini from Red Ginger in Michigan.
Close up shot of beef ishiyaki from Red Ginger in Michigan.

For our appetizer, we went with the beef ishiyaki, which was a great choice. It wasn’t specifically on the menu, but it was an unforgettable special item. The beef was brought uncooked and we cooked it at the table on a stone slab that was heated on the fire. We also appreciated the portion size – it was just enough to whet our appetites without leaving us feeling too full for our entrees.


Speaking of entrees, there were so many great options on the menu that it was hard to choose. Ultimately, I went with the Cognac marinated Faroe Island salmon, miso brown rice, wok-tossed brussels sprouts, carrots, red onion, and scallions, while my husband ordered the mandarin orange chicken. Both dishes were fantastic – the flavors were bold and well-balanced, and the portions were generous without being overwhelming.

Happy Anniversary card, glasses, cutlery, and menu on a dining table from Red Ginger in Michigan.

But what really made our night special was the surprise anniversary card we were greeted with and the chocolate truffles that the staff brought out for us at the end of our meal. It was a small gesture, but it really showed that they cared about making our night memorable.


Overall, we had a fantastic experience at Red Ginger and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic night out in Traverse City. The service, food, and ambiance are all top-notch, and the little touches like the anniversary surprise really set it apart from other restaurants in the area.

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Casey Kolp

Cheers! I’m Casey! Get ready for a blog full of wanderlust, culinary adventures, and unfiltered opinions – where I spill the tea (and the wine) on all things food, lifestyle, and travel!

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