very pleased, repeat visit
This was my second visit. The service is outstanding, very attentive. The food is great, I love the spinach salad.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Novatos best kept secret!
Our second trip to Ricky's. discovered via a groupon deal and decided to check it out. Had been driving past for years!
Love the Saturday night jazz. Hostess accommodates out table request via open table and called to confirm selection. Waiter Nelson is friendly and knowledgable bar tender Gal was also friendly and made great suggestions. Portions were great not overkill so you could feel good ordering apps and desserts. Yummy food. Highly recommend :)
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I especially liked the menu
I especially liked the menu that catered to a smaller meal. That was such a great idea, and if other restaurants would follow suit, that would be wonderful.
The only criticism I have was the noise level. The music was so loud that we couldn't hear each other and we were so close to the table next to us, that we all ended up shouting over one another. It was exhausting. I think when the weather permits, we would prefer to dine outdoors.
However, the staff was very cordial and the food was excellent. Overall, a fun evening.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great place. Food and service were wonderful. Jazz was outside and you can't hear it in the main dining room. Otherwise, a good experience.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
YOU MUST GO
Everything was wonderful from the service.the menu had many great items to pick from,the service was great..Our dinners were mouth watering The.dining room had a very warm feeling to it.Our waiter and other service people were great.We will go back to try some of the many choices on the menu.If the weather was warmer we would have sat outside to enjoy the
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rickeys is our go to place for any occasion anytime. Thanx for another great experience.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Who'd expect a motel restaurant within spitting distance of the freeway would be an oasis of calm, with friendly, professional service and imaginative, well-prepared, moderately priced food?
Yet that's been our experience of Rickey's, over and over again. It's not fancy, but it's definitely on the nicer end of the scale, and has everything we like - even a full bar.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had to make a last minute Mother's Day reservation at this place; host was friendly, server was friendly but lacked on checking in on our table and refilling our drinks. Cooks at the omelet station had a bit of an attitude...perhaps because they were working on a holiday weekend. On the other hand, the cooks at the meat carving station were so friendly and courteous.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We hadnt been to Rickey's for many years after a unimpressive meal long ago. Thought we would give it a try and truly enjoyed our meal. The food was good and well prepared and the wait staff were attentive at all times. A good all around experience and a definite several steps up from their past incarnation.
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We drive by Rickeys off of Hwy 101 often. We never really considered stopping. And then we went to a wedding reception at Rickeys last week. We were really surprised when we saw the lovely green lawn area, decorated beautifully for the reception. Great appetizers ( coconut shrimp! yum!) and a delicious dinner served by great staff. Dancing afterward...a lovely setting. The next week we had a family gathering in the bay area with about half the group heading north afterward, so we picked Rickey's for that meal - everyone was happy with the food. In the future I will be using Rickey's as a "halfway point" to meet with family, including grandkids since if you eat at the restaurant the pool is available for swimming.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good local option for dinner
We had another very enjoyable meal at Rickey's. The menu has a good selection and the service is fast and friendly. The music started soon after 6 pm on a Saturday with a singer and small band. The quality of music was good but difficult to hear from our table because of the noise level in the dining area.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Close to home, and consistant
A really wonderful restaurant. We especially like the small plates. They have just the right amount of food. They are typically the same as the regular menu items, except the portions are smaller. The Filet and the Talapia were outstanding.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rickey's IS GREAT!
If it weren't for Open Table, I would have never experienced Rickey's. I drove by it hundreds of times as it is easily seen from 101, and never looked like something that I would enjoy. WRONG! FANTASTIC! Great Hamburger! Great Calimari! Friendly staff! Great, hands on owner! I now go every week!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I HAD NOT BEEN THERE IN QUITE
I HAD NOT BEEN THERE IN QUITE AWHILE AND IT WAS EXCELLENT AS WAS THE SERVICE. IT TRULY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM.....I WILL RETURN!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rickey's is a neighborhood gem and a destination for special occasions. . We have quiet romantic meals for 2 listening to jazz music some weekends and also have graduation and birthday celebrations with larger groups both inside with warm ambiance and poolside with kids as there is a large lawn area, hammock swings to keep them busy as we finish our meal. The menu is high quality and the small plates are a great way to share multiple dinner items with another couple slowly over a good glass of wine. Rickey's Supper Club points makes it even easier to come back again and again. Notably the mgmt is always on site ready to attend any need on a personal basis and Inn Marin has lovely rooms on the property for a quick getaway. 2 Thumbs Up!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Ricky's
Great musical entertainment with dinner, Lady D. Food was excellent, the small size portion dinners is great for a limited appetite or someone who indulges in the appetizers. All around great service. Bar service was just okay however, draft beer was not very cold, and when we mentioned it there was no offer to make it right. But we drank out beers anyway.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
FABULOUS Father's Day
We arrived a bit early and were seated immediately. Drinks came promptly and service was brisk and efficient. The buffet was the absolute best I have ever seen. Selection of Rib eye and Chicken grilled to order, plus BBQ baby back ribs, salads, breakfast items, potatoes three ways and best of all a Macaroni and Cheese Station. I'd never seen anything like it before, but kids and adults were going back for seconds and thirds. They had 2 chef's working the station and there was never a line. They had gourmet items to mix into your mac n' cheese like smoked duck breast, blue cheese and bay shrimp. Kids were in the pool, they had live music as well as games on the lawn. It was a wonderful day for my family.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner by the pool
Just went there for dinner asked for outside dining. Kids were swimming in the pool, but it was not out o control. I go here as it feels like your out on vacation with the outdoor scene if even for a moment. We have gone several times.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Poolside Family Dinner
We booked two tables poolside for a family dinner to celebrate a birthday and a deployment overseas. Two of our guests were late arriving but the wait staff was patient and professional. We had three small kids with us that were served first. The kids then enjoyed the country club like setting, swinging from the magnolia tree, playing on the lawn and eyeing with envy the other guests in the pool. We were able to enjoy an adult meal including a bottle of "1/2 off Sunday wine" . There was live music with a singer who enchanted my young grandson asking her for her autograph which she obliged. I want to personally thank John Marshall and his family and staff for making this a memorable dinner and can not wait to book our next meal.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been there many time and have always enjoyed ourselves. The service is outstanding (perhaps because they recognize us) and the menu, while somewhat limited, is good. A nice place to have dinner!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back to Civilization
The experience is very worthy of a special night out and the food and service combine to make the visit very rewarding. The waiter, Nelson made the visit even better. He is a gem and a true professional.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best place to have a quiet celb
This is a real gem and a wonderful way to take a break from driving into the City to dine in the trendy places and far away places. Relax, travel less and have a wonderful, satisfying dining experience. We took friends from the Central Valley to Ricky's and we had table service by Nelson, who is superior in his craft. Ricky's is a true suprise for our region and a true reward for making the effort at finding this restaurant. It is a little tricky to find, but it is visible from southbound 101 in Novato where 37 merges into the freeway.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as Usual
Our party of six returned to Ricky's for another great evening. Great jazz, very attentive wait staff and very good food. We all had a selection of Small Plates. The wedge Salad, Risotto, Duck, Crab Cakes and the Dessert Sampler were all excellent. We brought several bottles of wine and then ordered by the glass. We danced a little and I was struck by how happy all of the other patrons seemed. We will definitely return.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
CONTINUED GREAT EXPERIENCE
I am a regular now at Rickey's. I live in Monterey and when I come to the North Bay Area, I can eat anywhere I want, but I always end up at Ricky's My opinion is they must make the best salmon in the world. I love salmon, but I've had none better anywhere on the globe. I recommend it although everything I've ever eaten from the menu is superb.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The summertime Dine & Dive
The summertime Dine & Dive is fantastic. Love the live music both Friday and Saturday nights by the pool. Food is always great. Nelson our server was lovely. Can't wait to go back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rickey's Rates High
The menu is very complete and the service is excellent - attentive without hovering. It is a marvelous dining experience.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only quibble I have it that we had to ask for coffee three times and were finally told that it was being brewed. Otherwise this is a great place and the live music doesn't hurt either.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate here for the second time and liked it as much as the first! The food is very good and our server was very attentive. Actually, all the staff were very engaging and professional. We will be back!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was excellent.
The food and service was excellent. Portion size was fair but quality was excellent. Out waiter Jorge was the best and very attentive. The GM came over several times to make sure the four of us were enjoying our dinner. We ate outside under the gas lamps and it was nice and quiet. I debated between 4-5 stars but they tried hard, all the food was great and the service was just right...so 5 stars it is!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special place for celebrating
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Rickey's and had an absolutely wonderful time. We were welcomed with such warmth and given very special treatment for our special day. The food was excellent, the service was top-notch, and we enjoyed everything about our dinner there. Two big thumbs up from both of us.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rickey's....better than you expect!
Nice live jazz, good service, and far better food than one would expect from a restaurant that is part of a "motel" (or, Inn, as Inn Marin is called).
My wife and I, senior citizens, were on an anniversary jaunt, and stayed at inn Marin, and ate Sunday dinner at Rickey's. Quite pleased!
Certainly will come back when in the area.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebration at Rickey's
I asked to have a table served by Nelson and to have a bottle of Malbec waiting on the table. They took us right to out table where Nelson greeted us and opened our wine. It just got better from there. They do a great service at Rickey's and we love our meals there.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have passed the restaurant on the freeway so many times and finally had the opportunity to dine there on sunday evening. Wow the place is wonderful and even has a pool with outside dinning. My wife and I were impressed and intend to come back soon. The food was good. I enjoyed my smoked rib eye steak and while my wife found the filet a little gamey, it was probably grass fed. Sunday is half-off on select wines and we had an excellent bottle, thank you Nelson our waiter for the recommendation and the excellent service. The ambience is casual and this evening there was great live music. We met a couple who were celebrating their anniversary, they had been to Rickey's 50 years ago when first married! I highly recommend Rickey's.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ambiance was fabulous and it was cozy. The wait staff was attentive and not disruptive. The manager is hands on. The food we had was delicious and it appeared that others around us were also having the same experience. We went on a Saturday night and they had a cool 3 person jazz band. The singer was great to listen to and I would definitely go again to see this as well as to enjoy the food. The drinks were nice and even though we did not have wine, the pours looked healthy.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Birthday Celebration
My wife's birthday ended our period of celebrations: Anniversary, Birthday, Birthday and these were all met with great service and an excellent menu. It is difficult to not want to celebrate here and then we are always looking for ways to treat our friends to this great spot. The staff is generously attentive, but not conspicuous or hovering.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite neighborhood
Our favorite neighborhood place AND friends from SF and the East Bay love meeting us there, too!
RE: Noise Level – energetic indoors, especially on live music nights, which are fun. But if you want a quieter space for conversation, ask for a table in the lobby or even better, out by the pool. Same great service!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining in Marin
This is a marvelous place for rewarding yourself with great food and excellent service . We had no reason to celebrate, but we wanted a top notch experience and found it in Novato. Our waiter was Nelson and he is a delight to have helping us and adding to our enjoyment. We will be back many more times.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Poolside is sooooooo nice!
Okay, so I chose Rickeys for a birthday dinner. I took 3 friends that have lived here for decades, passed it on 101 thousands of times and had never been. It was only my second visit, and again I found it a really comfortable place to hang out and have some really decent food, good drinks/wine, the service has been excellent and if you eat there, you're invited to swim. (huge pool). There is a whole world behind the Rickey's sign you see on 101. 70 guest rooms, lots of greenery/trees/grass. Look forward to staying there for a local getaway! Worth the trip, we had a fun night under our heater!
We had the ribs, the scallops, the burger, the salmon, tried sides of risotto and parmesan polenta-all good!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food
We have been to Rickey's several times and always enjoy our meals. We were celebrating my Mom's 85th birthday and they were especially nice to her and even gave her a complimentary dessert. We started with crab cakes which were small but quite good. We had salads that were good but really too big, will split next time. I had the jumbo shrimp and polenta entree, my Mom had the salmon and my husband had the rack of lamb. They were all good but the favorite appeared to be the salmon. I think the nicest part of the evening was that we weren't rushed and my Mom had such a good time and there was a nice jazz group playing in the background. We will definitely go back. By the way, their cocktails were really good!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rickey's never disappoints. Extraordinary service (thank you, Nelson!), dependably great food, and being treated like one of the family makes the entire evening filled with warm fuzzies. We both had simple (this does not mean ordinary, by any means...try the wedge with terrific blue cheese dressing!) salads which we enhanced with sides of delicious salmon, and chose to close
with desserts of Hot Lava Cake and Warm Apple Crisp, both topped with yummy ice cream, the perfect ending of a lovely meal.
As always, a tremendous experience. Thank you!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable local restaurant
First class service and food. Enjoyable experience that we will repeat. Convenient to the freeway and Novato Theater. Quick service.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of Town Company
We had visitors from out of State and wanted to treat them to a first class meal without the pretentiousness of some of the famous places in our region. This was an excellent choice. They loved the menu, the ambiance and the service. It was a busy night for the staff, but the Team performed like they didn't notice the rest of the crowd.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Dinner at Rickey's
This place is great. Good comfort food. Good service. A great manager who really watches everything and seems to genuinely care how everything is going. The prices are good. We went on a Friday night this time. If you go Sun-Thurs. they have a great 3 course menu for around $25 including a glass of wine.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxing after a weekend of travel
When we decided to dine out, we wanted a place that has great food and top notch service - and easily chose Rickey's. We took a wonderful Zinfandel and had a slow aced relaxing dinner and left very happy with our decision. While we missed Nelson, it was a busy night and our servers tok great care of us.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eating to End Homelessness
My friends and I took part in Homeward Bound's night of eating to end homelessness. We chose Ricky's. What a great decision! The restaurant was full, but not too noisy. Our server was attentive and was always there when we needed him. We all ordered different menu items (duck, salmon, scallops, steak). We were all very happy with our food...I did not hear one single complaint, but I heard a lot of mmmmm and yum and good!!!!
We've decided to visit Ricky's again, regularly.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary at Rickey's and had a fabulous dinner. Service was great and we were treated to a free desert that they had even gone to the trouble of decorating the plate with happy anniversary on it in chocolate. Additionally the music was wonderful. We are going there for Thanksgiving dinner.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice night out at Rickey's
Good service, good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere, nice music. Nuff said.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great evening!
We had another wonderful evening this past Saturday night. Our waitress was FABULOUS. The music was great and the volume level was perfect. You could enjoy the singing yet carry on a conversation. We love getting together with friends at Rickey's. It's become our go-to restaurant!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Management is very caring regarding any negative experience you might have at their facility.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything I expected and more! I had a great night out. Would definitely come back to this place. Beautiful for bringing a date.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM