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Riccardo's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riccardosnorthend.com
  • Phone: (617) 720-3994
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private dinning room for party of all sizes overlooking Paul Revere House in historic North Square. * several meal plans available * meal plans created to accomodate all budgets * for more information call Richie Jr. 617-593-0777

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Haymarket T Station (Green and Orange lines) and Government Center T Station (Green and Blue lines)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking at Parcels Seven parking garage is available, located on Congress Street by Fanueil Hall.
A word from Riccardo's
Riccardo's Ristorante is located in the North End neighborhood of Boston and is a family run business which has been recognized by local and national known food critiques as one of the best authentic Italian Restaurants in Boston. Now being run by Richie Jr., Riccardo's has the same fine standards and quality of food as always. The staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about every item on the menu. Unlike other Italian restaurants in the neighborhood Ricardo's never skimps on portions. Come and visit. Renew your love for Riccardo's.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "There are so many great places to eat on the North end. Riccardos was good but not a standout compared to other places there. The atmosphere was really just ok pretty dull actually unless you have a window table. The food was good, prices moderate. Loved the egg plant parmesan, the Lasagna was very good as well. Would we return- probably not."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I brought a group of eight to lunch at Riccardo's during the week. It was quiet, but the kitchen put out good food that met our expectations and the waitress was fantastic. She really went above and beyond. When asked a question regarding the possibility of finding a nearby place to find a specific good, she gave an answer off the top of her head. She then came back after searching the internet on the computer and came back with other recommendations. She was extremely helpful and cared about her customers. And it is always nice when the owner stops by to check on the table. The food is good. The service can't be beat."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Had 13 in our party. Handled very comfortably. Service was attentive. Food excellent. Would visit again gladly"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The competition in the North End is fierce, but I'm from RI and I never hesitate to choose Riccardo's. Service is outstanding, food always great, & the location terrific If you goggle it & don't get the address just right, you'll end up at some cheap site. I wonder if that discourages some people. Go to the correct site; better yet, visit when you're in the NE-you won't be disappointed. We last visited on a Friday night (with reservations). I had Risotto frutti de mare. Both the risotto & the seafood were great. My date (not yet a seafood lover) had the chicken piccata. It's a favorite, so she knows good when she tastes it. She enjoyed it very much. We both left some on our plates as portions were more than enough. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took a friend from out of town to Riccardo's and it was the perfect place to take someone who'd never been to the North End. Across the street from Paul Revere's house, we were able to hear each other throughout dinner and the service was excellent! Our server was very professional and knowledgeable. We both had the stuffed meatballs and for entrees the fradiavolo. Absolutely delicious and perfectly spicy. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My friend and her mum were in from Long Island and so of course I wanted to take them to the North End. We had a wonderful time! A table right at the window and the breeze was just perfect! We could see Paul Revere's house from our table. The strolling musicians came in and played and it was great. As the wine poured we kept on chatting, and being from NY, my friend's voice can carry. We definitely had the best time out of anyone there. Not all the tables will filled, so I think on a non-Monday night, we wouldn't have been the only ones with loud voices. The food was very good, although we were surprised that the pollo did not come with pasta. Would definitely return!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Do not fear coming here for dinner/lunch; the food was great, and in the summer with the windows opened, the atmosphere is nice. Also: GREAT to be on Open Table, makes seating larger parties much, much easier."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had friends from out of town visiting and wanted to give them a sense of the North End. It was very good food, reasonably priced with tremendous service. Had the plus of being essentially across from Paul Revere's house, a short walk to the Peace garden and Mikes."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was a bit of a let down. The waiter was robotic & not personable. After our dishes were cleared away, he came back asking if we wanted coffee instead of offering the dessert menu and it felt like we were being rushed out. As for the food, I've never seen Sea Bass swim in so much tomato sauce. That kind of fish is usually very flavorful by itself but drown it in tomato sauce and it's flavor is awash. My husband did like his eggplant dish. And the dessert? Not even a hint of presentation. My husband ordered a cannoli and that's exactly what showed up, a cannoli plopped in the middle of a plate. I ordered tiramisu and had the same unappealing look. They tasted good but half the fun of dining out is presentation and feeding your senses."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service and the owner and the staff were all very attentive and welcoming. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The menu choices were great, and the restaurant was lovely. We sat by the windows that gave us an open-air feeling. Compared to Hanover street, the foot traffic is lighter and the street itself is quieter, but we could still people-watch if we wanted too. Service was excellent overall - our server (Ali?) was great, both with personality and efficiency. Cocktails were delicious. I had the veal bracciole, quite tender and the light sauce was delicious. Loved the homemade pasta sauce. My husband had the veal chop, a little tougher than he hoped but very tasty. The only disappointment was when we asked to wrap the veal chop bone for our dog. A female server seemed put out by our request and was unfriendly. We would consider going back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We dined at Riccardo's with a very large group and I have to say I was very impressed at how patient and accommodating they were when the majority of our group showed up 30 minutes late. They did not have to be so accommodating and they had every right to not hold our reservation but they did which we were so thankful for. One of the few places that still believes in costumer service."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We needed a restaurant that took reservations because we had older parents coming with us and a group of six. We lived in Italy so we are very picky as we tend to cook better than most restaurants. They has zucchini flowers done just the way they used to be in Florence. Overall we were all pleased with our entrées including the gnocchi with Veal. The noise level was a little high for us to be able to hear but overall experience was a very pleasant authentic one."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had to organize a dinner for 20 people for a college reunion. Most of the restaurants I contacted would not accommodate parties that large or they wouldn't seat us until after 9pm. I had no problem securing a reservation at Riccardo's earlier in the evening. The food was really good and the wait staff were very accommodating and helpful. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Surly waitress. Undercooked scallops - had to be sent back twice. Finally gave up & got chicken. Owner did give party of 4 a free liqueur after dinner because of scallops, but should have been a free entree since problem resulted in that person getting meal way after other 3 at table. Typical North End tourist trap, counting on never seing same customer twice. What's the story with a bar that has wine, beer and flavored liqueurs only and no hard liquor? And how can you have bad Italian bread in the North End."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Went with a large group of people. Had our table ready well before our reservation. They were able to put us near the windows. Staff was overly welcoming from the minute we walked through the door. Every meal that was ordered by my party was delicious and most people finished a larger majority of their meals. This place was chosen on a whim because it was of the only ones who could fit our party but I would highly recommend it and will definitely be going back. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Although other venues may boast a more haute cuisine menu, Riccardo's serves good food with very attentive service. Their wine list is extensive and well-priced. I can't wait to return when the weather will allow the large windows to be opened!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I came here after making a reservation on Open Table. We arrived and the owner was at the front door to greet us. I said we had a reservation and he knew exactly who we were! There was a nice big table ready to go for is, and notably all the other tables were full! The meatball special appetizer was amazing- you could tell it was all homemade. I had the fusilli with shrimp and my friends all had to sample it because I kept saying how good it was! For a cream base sauce it was light and tasty! We had a wonderful time. My only complaint would be it was a little noisy, but then again, it was a full house!! They're definitely doing something right over there!! Highly recommend!! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love Riccardo's. The food is perfect. A great choice in the North End."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We couldn't of been happier with both our experience using open table and our dinner at Riccardo's. It was our daughters graduation so a special event for us. The entire staff made it the perfect evening. The food was wonderful, the service first rate, we felt like family with how well we were treated by Riccardo and his staff. Also the experience with open table was great. We got our confirmation no problems with the reservations at all."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went to Riccardo's for my son's graduation. It is a cute little neighborhood restaurant but big enough to not feel cramped. Our table was ready for us when we got there and the server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. The owners even came by and gave some recommendations. I had the Veal special which was very tender. The others in the party had a variety of pasta, chicken and seafood dishes which were all wonderful. I definitely recommend this restaurant as a must when you visit or if you live in Boston!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Riccardos is great because they have all the staples that you need in an Italian restaurant - for a good price. They could improve their veal parmigiana recipe a little -- but the Fradiavolo, Gnocchi, Lasagna, Calamari and Bruschetta were all incredible. Great wine and great window front as they can open their restaurant front on a nice day. Really accommodating for large groups as well! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Friendly place with great food at a great value. Our favorite place in the North End was booked and unfortunately for them we now have a new favorite place!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Not sure what to expect but pleasantly surprised. Food presentation excellent albeit small portion size. Superb flavor. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This restaraunt was excellent. Our table was ready and waiting and the service was amazing. They went over and above to accomodate and even though they did not have a specified children's menu they allowed us to custom order kids meals! It was great. We were there to celebrate Mother's Day and they truly made our day! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were looking for an Italian restaurant to celebrate my birthday with friends. Since it was Mother's Day weekend a lot of places were booked and we weren't sure about looking off Hanover because we didn't know the area well. However we were all so glad we did! Riccardo's food was outstanding for all, there were 12 of us, and the service was great! Thanks again for a wonderful birthday dinner!! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Dinner before the Bruins game 5. Ordered a medium rare veal chop. Chop came well done,sent it back. Second chop came about the same well done with a ton of fat. Wife ate dinner while I waited for the second chop. Owner said he was sorry for the problem and took $ 15.00 dollars off the bill. NOT the dinner I was hopping for. Will still return again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been to several North End restaurants and although they have all been very good, they tended to be overly crowded, noisy and the food itself has not been the main attraction. Riccardo's was slightly off the main drag, which might explain why it was less crowded on a Saturday night. First surprise was the food quality was superb, truly gourmet level without being fancy or showy. Second surprise was that the wait staff were not merely cordial and friendly, but allowed their personalities to come through with informality, again a step up from the usual. We'll be back for sure. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated my mom's 80th birthday; at first I thought there would be 25 of us, and Richie of Riccardo's was so helpful in planning a menu; it turned out we were only 15, but we kept our private table upstairs and ordered off the menu...everything was delicious! And our waitstaff were great; I had put a deposit down earlier that week to reserve the space, and they had all the details. It was a wonderful, delicious evening!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a group of 15 people who wanted to be able to chat and laugh and reconnect. We only had a few days to plan this get together, so finding a Saturday night opening for a group, the night before Mother's Day, was challenging. But Riccardo's was the perfect spot. Food was good and prompt. Service was good, but not hurrying. We were in a room upstairs reserved for larger groups. It was a wonderful night. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Service was very good and the host was very nice. Food is great. Their marinara sauce is one of the best I have had. Crabcakes, eggplant rollatini, gnocchi all really good. Got a little loud towards the end (~10 pm ish)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I made a reservation and needed to change it last minute due to traffic. They were so accommodating. The wine we chose could have been better. The gnocchi was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Riccardos was a welcome change to the overhyped north end restaurant. Service was great and so was the food. Very authentic. "
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "We were reluctant when we arrived to an empty restaurant while all the places around were packed. This is usually a bad sign. But we came in nevertheless, we had booked a table and the place looked very appealing despite of its emptiness. The service was VERY good. Pleasant, attentive and corteous. The food was actually OK, better the starters than the main courses which were standard quality for a North End Italian restaurant. Two or three more tables arrived while we were there, giving it a warmer feeling. The dining room is nicely decorated and appointed. The only "but" to this review is to a private event taking place on the upper level with what sounded like a stand-up comedian, and the noise coming from above was a bit too loud. "
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first time there. The food was marvelous and the service was great."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Riccardo's. My veal dish was tender and flavorful, and my husband's orrechiette was very good Mike, our waiter, was excellent- very attentive. We wanted a quiet dinner for a reasonable price and we got it. We would return."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "found an OK place in Ricardo's. If you want a quiet place to have a business meeting or a special date, go to Ricardo's. since it's off the beaten path on the North End it doesn't seem to get very busy. Service was a little slow, but then again, we weren't in a hurry."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We went last Thursday night and had reservations for 8:30 pm. The service was great. We did order a bottle of wine and they did not have the one we ordered but were quick to make another suggestion. I had one of the veal specials and the temperature was warm and had to send it back to reheat. The flavor was good once it was reheated. Both my friends had seafood dishes and they were excellent. All and all a good meal. I would return and recommend to others. "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The restaurant had a very nice atmosphere with friendly service. The restaurant was somewhat small and pretty filled which caused it to be a bit noisy but, not too bad. We also went on a Saturday night so, that was expected. The prices were extremely reasonable and not expensive at all for the North end. The food was just allright though but good for the prices. Overall, it was a good restaurant to try in the North end and I would recommend it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was wonderful. Everyone at my table was happy with their food and we all dine out alot around the country for work. Very low key and good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014