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Ritual Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ritualworcester.com
  • Phone: (508) 762-9501
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Sean McCabe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for office meetings, events, parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: A new sophisticated and upscale dining experience has just arrived to Central Massachusetts. Be ready as your usual dining Ritual has just been upgraded. We would be happy to assist you with your private party. Please contact us for menus and capacity.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack (508) 762-9501
  • Entertainment: We often have live entertainment or DJ's on the weekends. We post our entertainment on our Facebook page.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking lot adjacent to building. Free valet in the evenings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We both enjoyed our meals immensely. I had the sliced beef tenderloin. I live Gorgonzola, if you don't the potato cake may be too strong for you. My husband had the cocoa crusted duck. It came with a chocolate lava cake side. He loved it but again if you don't love chocolate you may not. For us it is the perfect meal!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our 3rd time and we used a groupon. It was our anniversary. The place is cozy and has a dark reddish hue. Servers and bartenders are very friendly. We started with calamari. Delish! Especially the dipping sauce. I had flat iron steak and hubby had duck. Both cooked perfectly. We will definitely head back there again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The overall experience is really great. Didn't get treated differently because of using groupon coupon. Food is truly amazing. Strongly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great restaurant. The sliced beef tenderloin with gorgonzola potato cake was delicious. Pizza was very good too! First time here, and we'll definitely come back again. Our server did a great job attending to our table."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We loved the atmosphere of Ritual, although it was loud - think One-Eleven bar area. The service was very good without intruding on your dinner conversation (yes, you get used to the volume). The menu is very diverse (Chocolate Bacon? The Duck comes with a small chocolate lava cake?), but the food was well prepared and nicely presented. My - and my 3 companions - only complaint was that all the entrees we only warm, as if they had sat for 5 - 10 minutes before the waiter brought them to the table. It was very busy that Saturday evening, so I assume that's what happened. It was our only complaint, but it really detracted from an otherwise great experience. Maybe next time..."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had reservations for a Sat. night - were sat immediately upon arrival even though there was a show going on in the city and it was very busy. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. All enjoyed incredibly delicious meals, starting with martinis and beer - all good (except please replace some Wormtown with some Wachusett varieties). Had the cheesesteak dip; not exactly what we were expecting (thought it would be more cheesey and more of a stew/broth) but very tasty. Our party got the seared duck breast (loved it), steak tips and mushroom spinach ravioli (outstanding), scallops and potato bacon cheddar ravioli (scallops cooked to perfection) & the sliced beef tenderloin (perfectly rare). Tables a little close and loud but great!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was decent but certainly not worth the price. It was the highest restaurant bill we've had in a long time - we will not be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and service are great. It is a title pricey but worth it for a special night out."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ritual was a decent restaurant. Our service was fantastic. The atmosphere is nice. We ordered a couple appetizers one of which was not good. We were polite about it and it was sent back (stale bread and tasteless dips). They were very apologetic and brought us a fish appetizer which was better. The manager actially came over to our table. My meal was excellent, surf and turf and the bread pudding was very good too. The reason I would not go back is the parking situation. You are almost forced to do valet parking-where they park the cars I don't know, there is no room in the lot. That area is questionable as far as the safety of ones car so we got a ride and took a cab back which was ok but not very convenient."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Worcester! food quality is excellent and deciding which dish to go with is one of the hardest decisions ull ever have to make! although both times ive been I ended up getting the same thing- the seared duck breast- its incredible! the "hot rocks" app is pricey but its some of the best beef ull ever have- ended up getting that both times too and did not regret it one bit! my fiancé got the short ribs which was also very good. love the service here as well- ask for Mark! cool bar scene with red lights under the bottles. LOVE THIS PLACE!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service was outstanding from start to finish. The staff was extremely attentive, friendly and accommodating. The food was great and the ambiance was funky, hip and mysterious. Very cool for a date night. I will go again!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Six of us went to Ritual to celebrate my mother's birthday. We were all very pleased with thew service and the food was also delicious! Some of the members in our party are extremely picky and they thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We will all be returning soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was the first time at Ritual and we were very happy. The service was fast and the food was amazing. I had heard the chocolate covered bacon was good and we tried it although we were hesitant and it was really fun. The rest of the meal was equally great. Really nice find."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great menu with options ranging from heavy appetizers, unique pizzas and fish/meat plates. Food is great. Been twice. First time had the crab pizza which wasgreat. Second time had the sea bass which was very tasty. Bar staff very friendly."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious! The decor is interesting, although not to my taste. It consists of dark wood tones, a kind of budda influence, and accented with stong reds. Waitstaff were very courteous, knowledgable and attentive but we waited a long time for service given how many tables they were trying to cover at once. Supplementing with more help on nights with area concerts/shows should be a priority for this new establishment. Also, I suggest offering bread or something between ordering and receiving the meal."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "First time there. A little noisy, but otherwise a very pleasant experience. I usually don't get pasta, but the fettuccine with mushrooms was replete with a variety of mushrooms in every bite. My wife's steak was done perfectly with excellent accompaniment."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Interesting, creative menu with nice sized portions. Busy wait staff on a show night, so the service was a bit slow."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This place always seems to step up to the plate with great offerings for those who enjoy a great meal. The staff is always helpful and the presentation never let's you down. At some point, I need to save some room for dessert, which is difficult to do, since the apps, mains courses, salads and drinks are flavorful. Keep up the good work."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I made a reservation over a week in advance, but our table was in the very back next to the kitchen, so all we heard was crashing silverware and dishes. The drinks were syrup-y, and our waiter, although very friendly, was very negligent. It took at least half an hour before our drink orders were even taken, and then at least another 15 minutes before we got them. The only thing that made this review 2 stars instead of 1 was our entrees, they were very good. Not worth the disappointing overall experience though."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ritual was participating in restaurant week in Worcester, therefore the place was packed and very loud. I love going to Ritual but there were people standing all around the bar and thus it was so loud. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First of all want to comment that the service was excellent; however, the food was a mix bag. We stared with the beet salad hich was lovely, and the French onion soup which was good. The stake was ordered medium rare, closer to rare and it came medium/well, lots of fat on it and overall a poor cut. The mashed potatoes were silky and lovely and the vegetale medley was delicious. My husband had the duck breast which tasted good, but, again overcooked which seems like a sin for the signature dish. Dessert was very good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Awesome selection of food and great atmosphere. This quaint spot had a unique selection of foods to choose from. Me and my wife ordered several appetizers and enjoyed eating our way through their menu. The chocolate covered bacon is a must! We were in town for a show at the DCU center and decided to eat here. Even though we are almost an hour away from this place, we would most likely go back at some point so that we can sample more of the menu. The waitstaff was very attentive and our waiters personality made the experience even better."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere and food, but they need to check the ventilation in the kitchen! Was so smokey. My eyes were killing me by the time I left."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food options at ritual were very impressive. Very fresh and definitely a place your pallet can explore. I think they may be a little understaffed so couple things got mixed up in the kitchen but our server was so funny and added to our dining experience so the mistakes that were made were overlooked because we were having such a good time and they comped us one free drink and a dessert to make up for it. Really glad I found this, and I found it through OpenTable. I have already told a few people about it and plan on going back sometime soon. It's prices sit with other restaurants of it's kind but you probably won't leave their spending less than $100 as a couple especially if you have any alcohol."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Never experienced worse customer service. I made reservations for my wife and I to dine at Ritual before seeing Jerry Seinfeld perform stand up. Reservations were 2 hours before the show to allow plenty of time to eat and enjoy ourselves. Upon arriving, the hostess acknowledged our reservations, but told us that they did not have any seats available. She said everyone was still eating and they could not promise a seat. She suggested to try to find a seat at the bar since they have a full menu. No appology. Once getting to the bar, not only were we ignored, but never even greeted by the bartenders. So, we walked out and will never return. "Anyone can just take reservations, it's keeping them that's the important part" Jerry Seinfeld"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We arrived on-time for a 7:30 reservation and were told, "you should probably get a seat at the bar and TRY to eat there...we booked 200 reservations tonight, so it will be AT LEAST 45 minutes until a table is free..." After 15 minutes of roaming the bar, we eventually found two seats and waited another 15 minutes for the bartender to take a drink order. Since we had theatre tickets, we had to order dinner and since the bar was uncomfortably over-crowded and the service was horrible we ordered a pizza and decided not to waste money on a real meal (menu looked good and if our Open Table reservation had been honored, we probably would have enjoyed a nice dinner), Overall, Ritual was a huge disappointment."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was delicious but portions were small. The kitchen seemed a little slow as well. Our server was very helpful and attentive. I enjoyed dining here, but won't hurry back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food at Ritual was good. The prices are very high, so I guess I expected a bit more... but overall it was good."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Unique dishes. Love the chocolate covered bacon appetizer. Everything was scrumptious. One course was not better than another. They were all amazing. A little drafty by the door. This is our new fav. restaurant with such an interesting menu and friendly service. Love the red accent lights and the medieval look on the walls."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "In short - excellent food, well presented, perfectly cooked, interesting, reasonable price, service excellent, cool decor and bar, will be back soon!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food and food choices were absolutely fabulous. No complaints. Wait staff was friendly. I did feels that they were a bit uneducated in regards to the menu. I also felt rushed at times. Overall it was a pleasurable experience. If I were to return I would enjoy sitting at the bar enjoying a drink and sampling the many delicious appetizers they have to offer over sitting at a table."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The major knock on the restaurant was they were understaffed. Once we were assigned a waiter he was attentive, efficient and engaging. This is a pub with both upscale and downscale choices for dinner. The food was well above average. It was fresh, perfectly cooked and plated, and served in a timely fashion. It appears the kitchen has got its act together, not so sure about the front end of the restaurant. Seeing this was Valentine's day they should of had enough help on to service the dining room. I will try this restaurant again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were greeted warmly and shown to a table immediately. Service was prompt and attentive. Our seafood chowder was very good with chunks of various seafood but only lukewarm. The presentation of the meals was excellent but again they were lukewarm.. We looked over the dessert menu but it was limited and very rich so we passed. The check for $90 with a glass of wine and a bottle of beer included was a bit more than we usually pay for a similar meal. On a Wednesday it was rather quiet-diners, but no bar activity. Décor was dim lighting with classical Greek/Roman style."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I purchased a Groupon to celebrate my father's birthday with my family and none of us have ever dined at Ritual before. After purchasing the Groupon, I read the mixed reviews online and I was not sure what to expect. Luckily, we found on street parking right in front of the restaurant. We were greeted right as we walked through the door by our waiter. Our waiter was exceptional throughout the night. He made excellent recommendations for drinks, appetizers, and entrees. The food was delicious and we all agreed that we would gladly return to the restaurant again."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Ritual was fanatastic. We had a tough time deciding on what to order as so many things looked appealing. For appetizers, the Carpaccio was moist and tasty and the Salmon Satay was also delicious with a delicate smokey flavor. The main courses were exceptional. She had the Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops which came with lobster filled ravioli and truffle sauce. The scallops were tender and the fresh pasta ravioli was outstanding. I ordered the Stuffed Salmon Fillet which was filled with a nice combination of crab, peppers and asparagus. The couple next to us raved about their duck and pasta dishes. All the while our waitstaff Melissa was appropriately attentive. We left wishing Worcester was not so far from where we live (NW CT) but we'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Our party of four had three different meals and all were wonderful. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices are on the high end but definitely worth the cost."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My first experience with Rituals was a Christmas Party with my company. We really loved the restaurant the owner was great very attentive as well as the wait staff. When I found a Groupon it gave me another definite reason to go back. The kitchen timing was off a bit. The server brought our dinner in the middle of our salad. She brought the dishes back to the kitchen. Our waitress came over and let us know that they were making our dinners over because she didn't want us to have to eat food that had been sitting on the warmer. Well worth the wait - great dinner! Try the Chocolate Bacon."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I'm thankful I used a Groupon for the meal -- and even with the discount, it wasn't worth the visit. Service was awful... very slow even with warning that we had somewhere to be. I read the reviews here about the bad service so we gave ourselves two hours for our meal -- and that wasn't enough time! We still had to package our entrees to go! The food was incredibly salty and overpriced for the quality. The look of the interior is nice but the ambience is just okay. A cold breeze every time the door opened ruined any comfort during the meal. I had hoped for a better meal and another restaurant to add to my rotation -- but Ritual is definitely not going to be on my list again!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Been a couple times before, once for baby shower brunch, twice for dinner. Delicious!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was great! Service was poor. Our waiter was extremely attentive---when we flagged him down or when he wasn't taking a smoke break. We waited 25 min with empty beverages that we moved to the end of the table for some sort of acknowledgement. Meals were finished when he came to check in us and take a 2nd drink order. The girl the delivers the meals from the kitchen was asked to take our check twice because the first time, our waiter swooped in and told her he would be back to take care of it. We waited another 20 min before we finally asked her to take care of it for us since we were done waiting and couldn't find our waiter anywhere. Too bad bc or meals were great. Won't go back. Plenty of other places that have far better service."
    Dined on 2/7/2014