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Ricardo's Restaurant

Ricardo's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ChefRicardo.com
  • Email: Freshpasta@comcast.net
  • Phone: (360) 413-9995
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Every Night: 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
    closed sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Rick Nelsen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mobile Wood Fired Oven
  • Special Events & Promotions: You can book the Building

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Intercity Transit
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind the Building. Pavement & Gravel
A word from Ricardo's Restaurant
Ricardo's Restaurant offers Dry Aged "Prime Steaks" Handmade Pasta, Fresh Seafood & Homemade Desserts. We have an Extensive Wine List & Full Bar.
Winner of "Best in Show" 2005~2010 Capitol Food & Wine Festival.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were looking for something new and tried this place based on the great reviews, and we're not disappointed! Everyone was friendly and helpful, diners were clearly enjoying themselves: loved the attention to detail in the decor. And oh yes, the food was wonderful; we even ate all the bread and we never do that! Topped off by wonderful "mini" desserts and a great wine list. Can't wait to try more of the menu!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in we were impressed with the service. Our server, I believe his name was Adam, was excellent. Our food came out so quickly (we were just finishing our salads!). Would like to have seen a turf &surf option as I love steak and shrimp but settled for the Ricardo Filet with crab bearnais which was delicious. Overall a great dining experience. This was our first visit but we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We choose Ricardo's at the last minute to go out for our anniversary and we are so glad we did. We started with Clams Ricardo and a bottle of Chardonnay. The clams were to die for, I could have made a whole meal of them but I'm glad I didn't because it continued to get better. It is difficult to find a good steak and Ricardo's didn't let us down, both were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was very good. The cook on this particular night cooks on rare side. I had requested medium and the steak was medium rare. They had nice speciality drinks and the Malbec by the glass was great. Service was outstanding. Ambience was great easy to have a conversation. They had an outdoor fire pit that would have been nice to visit. Deserts options could be more extensive, very limited."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Best steaks in Olypmia area. Terrific happy hour food samplings of main menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere here is very relaxing and laid back. The waitstaff on the two occasions we've dined are very friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and professional. Both times we ordered the Chateubriand for 2. This steak melts in your mouth! We couldn't believe how good this meal was!! Every bite was delicious. I do recommend ordering it medium-rare. We tried it medium the first time and was a little too cooked at the outer portions for our preference, although the center was perfect. I highly recommend this place and I tell everyone about it. In fact, we already have reservations set and are bringing our friends."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall we we're impressed as usual but with that being said it wasn't an A+ as it's been in the past. Minor mixup with my order, the by the glass wine had something to be desired and very unimpressed with the "new" main dish accouterments I.e. risotto and roasted potatoes."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Very friendly and comfortable place to dine good interaction with chef and staff along with very good quality food. Best steak I ever had well worth the visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The steak was like none I've ever tasted! Amazing, mouthwatering. Chocolate soufflé is to die for! Wonderful experience"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've eaten at Ricardo's on three occasions in the past seven years. This past weekend we celebrated Valentine's Day at the restaurant. I'd made reservations, and we arrived early for our 5:30 table (we are early to bed, early to rise). We were immediately seated, and introduced to their limited menu for the occasion. Due to the expected volume, they limited the options to those quicker to prepare than their usual offerings. After devouring their bread loaf dipped in seasoned oil, our dinner arrived. We were "ahead of the crowd" on this "holiday". My steak with crab topping was delightful, and my partner's chicken was equally perfect. Drinks were delicious, service was fantastic, and the experience matched our tone for the night!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I had the 6oz. filet mignon with roasted potatoes. The steak was very tender but also extremely salty. I don't know if that was due to the aging process they use (salt based?), but my tongue felt raw by the time I finished. The roasted potatoes were quite dark and most of them were hard, I presume due to over roasting. My husband said his steak was salty too. We sat near the speaker and the music was pretty loud. My husband, who has hearing loss, couldn't hear me over the music so we asked them to turn it down. It didn't seem like they did but as the place filled with people and the noise level grew, I talked louder so didn't notice it so much. We probably won't go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I am not a steak fan but my husband is. This was one of the reasons we went to Ricardos. I ordered the filet mignon that came with a crab topping and my husband ordered the Rib Eye. They were both spectacular. The waitress was attentive and pleasant even though they were very busy. We were never rushed. Wonderful night out"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "From the start, we had a great experience. We were not told in advance of the (limited) Valentine's Day menu, but there were more than enough selections to keep us happy. Service was well timed, not rushed. Steaks were prepared perfectly, and the one seafood pasta dish ordered was stellar. Our server was friendly and genuine, the recommended malbec a perfect compliment to the (mostly) rich dishes we ordered. Coffee is outstanding. The only "meh" moment? When my wife was told her selection of bubbly wasn't cold. Really? On Valentine's weekend? Our server brought it in an ice bucket, which was fine, but still, one would think anything with a champagne type cork would be icy. We WILL recommend this place. A real nice experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have been to Ricardo's about a half dozen times. Each time has been a fine experience. Attended Saturday night of Valentine's weekend and the 7:45 reservation was available on our arrival at 7:45. The east dining room was cozy, warm and inviting. Noise level was very low - conversation was not strained in any manner. Food was well prepared and fresh and tasted delicious. Our waitress was perfect - good attention but not overbearing. Would recommend to anyone seeking an upscale dinner in Olympia/Lacey."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have had many steaks in the past years and this was by far one of the best. It melts in your mouth. The service was awesome because we actually had 7:45 reservation and I called to see if we could get in early. Even though they were busy the accommodated our request."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was decent. The setting was crowded;as far as The layout goes."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had reservations for Valentine's Day. We got to the restaurant a little early, and there was a line almost out the door. The hostess didn't acknowledge us for ten minutes, and we had to keep moving out of the way for diners to have room to go out the door. When we were finally next in line, since my husband was saying something to me and not paying attention to the hostess, a very rude woman that came in after us blurted out, "We have an 8:00 reservation!", then fussed about getting a bottle of wine until she was seated. Once we actually got seated, everything was great- it was the lack of customer service when we were waiting. I understand this is a busy night- hence the reservation! They overbooked, and the customers paid for it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I surprised my boyfriend with dinner here. I had the Crab Divine and he had a lamb dish which he loved....I, on the other hand, didn't. The pasta wasunder cooked. I would come back again as the service was friendly, we got seated immediately with our reservations. The server also gave my boyfriend a birthday sorbet which was delicious."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Ricardo's is the best restaurant in Lacey!!! No other can compare!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Simply stated, Ricardo's was a very good restaurant and I would highly recommend it. It's not quite a five star restaurant, but if I could, I would give it 4.5 stars. If you're interested in a steakhouse / Italian restaurant, this is a great choice."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This was the perfect spot for our romantic dinner date! The food was excellent !"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We use Ricardo's for special occasions and for the different menu choices. Has the ambiance of a nicely run family restaurant."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I've dined at Ricardo's a few times, for both business and personal events. I highly recommend them for both."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Ricardo's is a great place to dine in the Olympia (Lacey) area. A bit off the beaten path, but worth every minute it takes to get there!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "It was a great experience from the time we entered to the time we left. Service was oustanding and the food even better. Menu has a nice variety of unique and traditional choices."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great food, Great wine, and Great Service. Nikko was amazing and the shrimp scampi was so good!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Filet was truly wonderful, roasted potatoes were just OK (server suggested baked, my bad), salad good but dressing had a touch too much vinegar imo, bread great, dessert excellent. My wife had duck breast which wasshe enjoyed very much, and wonderful mushroom ravioli. Close to five stars, 4.5 would be about right. The decanting of the wine could have gone more smoothly, but excellent choices. The dining room could have been improved by some more noise absorbing materials, maybe a table cloth considering the price of entrees."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I checked the reviews before going, so I had high expectations, which weren't met. My husband and I both ordered steak, and both were undercooked. My medium was rare, pink and somewhat cool. My mashed potatoes were unappetizing, lumpy and cool. I'd say Ricardo's had an off night, or is highly overrated. I might try on eve more, just to give a second chance."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Support your local business! This restaurant incorporates it all - menu offering a variety of choices, well-priced; an extensive wine list of local, national and international wines; a dessert menu to tantalize; ambiance that is quiet and perfect for all occasions and all types of conversation; superb service; easy parking. Whether you are celebrating a particular occasion or just a drink after work, Ricardo's is the special place for you. Each trip to Ricardo's has been memorable in food, wine and service. Thank you."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "If you want a good place to go that's local, quiet and no screaming kids..this is the place to go. Great for a nice dinner with your significant other...great food and great wine..."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed the service and the food very much. The restaurant is smaller and called to let us know they were running a bit behind schedule. We appreciated this very much! Thanks - we will be back!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant is a great place to go for an adult night out. It's a bit on the spendy side for children. The food is well worth the price. The service we had was excellent. I love going here for a special night out."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We enjoyed a special evening with great champagne, nice wine and fine food. The steaks were ranked excellent and the duck and lamb dishes were a treat. We will return soon. no special occasion needed next time."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This was a nice place to have a Christmas Eve dinner. Altho there is a limited menue there seems to be something for most diets. This is a pricey restaurant where if you wish anything more that the entre you will pay separately for each item."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We always enjoy our meals there. Very nice and friendly staff, the food is always excellent. Very lucky to have this restaurant in our area."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "It was fantastic food with fabulous service. Timely and courteous staff. The only thing I would change is the music volume, it was otherwise a perfect evening!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Excellent food and service. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The food was awesome. I want to lick my plate clean."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. Otherwise, I don't think we would have ever run across it on our own since it looks like someone's home. The menu was simple, the service was good and the food was delicious. So glad we made a reservation. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We had chateaubriand and it was delicious! Cooked perfectly!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013