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Ritual Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ritualworcester.com
  • Phone: (508) 762-9501
  • Hours of Operation: Monday- Closed
    Tuesday- 4pm-10pm
    Wednesday- 4pm-10pm
    Thursday- 11:30-10pm
    Friday- 11:30- 11pm
    Saturday 4pm-11pm
    Sunday- Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Eliana 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: Laurie (508) 762-9501
  • Entertainment: We often have live entertainment or DJ's on the weekends. We post our entertainment on our Facebook page.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Tuesday night is Industry night! If you work in the restaurant industry just show us a pay stub or server book and we will discount your entire food bill 20% (excludes alcohol) We also offer a $5 martini menu

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking lot adjacent to building. Complimentary Valet on Friday and Saturday night
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second time at Ritual. The waitstaff was so nice and the food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I've eaten here 3 times before and all were very good experiences. My wife and I love to introduce people to Ritual. The chocolate bacon alone is incredible. This experience was probably a fluke, but it was a pretty bad one. We made a reservation online for 715pm. It was very busy. It also appeared like they were short staffed. I only saw 2 waiters. We placed out orders and the apps came quickly. Unfortunately our dinner didn't arrive until 9:05. Almost 2 hours after sitting down. The rice was undercooked and the potatoes were cold. So I assume they were short in the kitchen. I appreciated that they took off a round of drinks, but bad food after 1 1/2 hour wait is unacceptable. 1/2 of the meal should have been comped. We might go back"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We've been to once before this visit. The food and ambiance here is great. It wasn't very busy, but our waitress was terrible, forgot our appetizer, and frequently said that our food would be 'right out,' when it took more than an hour to get. I would still recommend Ritual to a friend, but next time we will sit at the bar and hope for better service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "nice place. portions a bit small. food good waitress fabulous,very attentive"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was not our first visit, in fact this is one of our favorite restaurants. We arrived around 6:30 Sat night and the place was empty. Never seen that before. I ordered the salmon satay as an appetizer, which was delicious, but took far too long. I think the kitchen was so slow, which is sometimes worse than too busy. My husband ordered the filet and I the sliced sirloin. By 7 pm a few more people had started to trickle in, very few. Anyways, my husbands meal is delivered and I'm just sitting there with nothing. I have never had that happen before. A couple of minutes later my meal arrives. The meat was good and almost hot. The asparagus was room temp and the potato cake was actually cold in the middle. Very tasty, but how disappointing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is a great spot to bring your friends for a good meal, great service and all around good time. Diverse menu, even for the picky eater! Enjoy yourself, and share the wine."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wednesday was our second time at Ritual. It has been surprisingly quiet both times we have been (the previous time was a Saturday night about 6 months ago), and the restaurant seemingly expected this turnout by the fact that there was only one waiter on staff. The bartender ended up waiting our table. It took a while to give our food order, but afterwards the service was excellent. We ordered the chocolate covered bacon and cheesesteak dip as appetizers. The cheesesteak dip is our favorite (HIGHLY recommend!), and I'm glad we tried the chocolate bacon. For entrees we ordered the buffalo chicken pizza and the broccoli bacon chicken alfredo; we really enjoyed our food. Overall it was a great experience, but a little odd that it is so quiet!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Staff could not have been friendlier- really made for a good time. Lamb was the best- definitely deserved the award it won! Apps were really good! We got the bacon blue cheese dip and the one with hummus. Both were good size and delicious."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our server Mark was fantastic and his recommendations for food choices were spot on. My wife and I each polished off our plates. I had the steak tips and ravioli which were perfect. My wife had the sea bass and enjoyed it as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Walking into this place we had high hopes. The ambiance is fun and the menu was inviting. That being said, there were a few big hiccups that turned me off to going back - having been in the service industry. First, the drinks were subpar. If we were paying Boston prices, I would have had them sent back. As it was, my iced tea was undrinkable - I had to remind our waiter/manager to take it off the bill at the end. We really dont like be a pain to wait on...but this was just bad. I also watched several drinks for our table just SIT in the bar - one sat for 15 mins. Second, our food took OVER an hour to come out. Luckily we were not in a rush. Typically you get a % off your bill for something like that. No such luck. Not even an explanation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "4 people, 6 PM reservation Friday night, seated promptly, almost empty. Everything haphazard. Ordered 2 apps, 4 entrees, 1 salad, 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 soft drink. Too long for drinks (remember restaurant empty), longer for apps. Salad showed up before apps: I'd asked for it with dinner, sent back, told them we were waiting for apps, got an "I don't understand look" from that server. Waited longer, apps finally appeared. We noticed at this time there was a lot of timing confusion at other tables. Salad reappeared before entrees. Ate salad, entrees came 2 at a time apart, all good not notable. 2nd wine and beer ordered. brought different beer, said 1st beer out, was similar, never asked. No "next" time. We're not picky; this was really annoying!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have you ever sat in a restaurant and had the feeling that "Things aren't as they're supposed to be?" This was my experience at Ritual. While the majority of the restaurant was dark and and loud (think nightclub) we were sat in a window facing the setting sun which nearly required sunglasses to endure. We tried to order the "Hot Stone" appetizer only to be told that it (and several other menu items) were no longer offered. We ordered two other apps & drinks in its place and waited... the drinks came but after 15 mins it was obvious that our apps had been overlooked. When the dinners came everything was overcooked ( a big no-no for fish...) Dessert they got 2 out of 3 correct which seemed par for the course. Not worth the hefty price."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food here is amazing. Mark the manager is excellent and always provides great service. The special we had (lobster risoto with Asparagas) was amazing. I wish it was a menu item, it was that good. I would absolutely tell any of my family or friends to check out this gem in Worcester."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My wife and I left after five minutes because of the noise level from the music. For us, dining should be a pleasant, relaxing experience. I'm sorry to have left because the menu looked great, but why blast the patrons' ears with Michael Jackson?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love going to Ritual. It's become my favorite restaurant in Worcester. Service (Amy) is always great. Unfortunately, they did run out of a few menu choices, but it was still yummy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have been to Ritual several times and each time it never disappoints!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great place to sit at the bar, Amanda made us feel welcome, appetizers are not typical bar food, delicious, modern , creative. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • " Very hip and trendy atmosphere. The tables are a little bit too close...we had some big men in our party and their chairs were butted up with the people at the table behind us. It was very tight. I recently took some clients to dinner and sadly was disappointed. The food was decent and the presentation was very nice. The service left a lot to be desired. For starters getting a drink at the bar was nearly impossible even though the bar wasn't very busy so we gave up. Once we got to our table and the waiter didn't have much knowledge of what was even available at the bar and had a hard time, answering our menu questions. There were menu items that weren't available at all. I'm not sure we'd go back unless the service improved greatly. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We haven't been to ritual in a year or so and decided last minute to drive to Worcester. In the past we have had very delicious full course meals. This time we shared a yummy, very thin crust veggie pizza and caesar salad with creamy dressing. Both were delicious and with a glass of wine just right. Very attentive staff. Lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Ritual is our "go to" place for special occasions or just a really nice dinner. We've loved it since it opened....particularly the filet mignon. It is honestly the best we've had in the central Massachusetts area - always done just right, with the perfect seasoning, and some of the highest quality meat we've tasted. We also love the Pineapple Cake-tini! But our experiences with Ritual have really stood out as phenomenal mainly because of the extraordinary service. We often have Mark (or Big Mark, as there are apparently two Marks that work there) when we dine there and we cannot say enough about him. His attention to detail and astounding people skills really make for a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The menu was unique and the food was delicious. They have a full bar and interesting drink menu. You need to set aside at least 2 hours for dinner, the food takes a while to come out but worth it if you're willing to wait!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We especially appreciated the friendliness and attentiveness from everyone - valet parking, hostess, wait and bar staff. Appealing menu, reasonable prices, generous portions, beautifully presented."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Tried this restaurant on a Groupon deal- so worth it.. Had the beef short ribs and parmesan polenta. So delicious. Hubby had seared salmon and they had a hard time cooking - had to send it back twice. Waiter - Mark - did a really great job trying to accomodate us! We had the chocolate covered bacon for dessert .. Another yummy !! We loved it and will go back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a tough time deciding on appetizers/main dish - all sounded fantastic! We had: Bacon Blue Cheese Dip with hot bread and pita chips; short ribs with polenta; steak with mushrooms and onions; a salad with a citrus vinaigrette; and a molten lava cake with vanilla gelato. Wow! The Bacon Blue Cheese Dip is to die for. We ate every drop of it. We will be ordering it every time we go back. All of the food was delicious, gourmet, and presented well. No dinner salads, so we ordered a larger salad and split it. Incredible dressing. We loved everything and can't wait to go back. Our waiter, Mark, was professional and very attentive. Great time! A real find! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food took 40 minutes to arrive. The waiter was as helpful as possible I think. The manager finally got the food to appear after we complained at 30 minutes, and gave it to us at no charge. Chefs in training was the reason given. I assume that other diners were getting their food, although service looked slow. It wasn't that full. Anyway, keep an eye on the clock until the kitchen gets working."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is our third trip to Ritual and will probably be the last. The menu is an interesting one but the actual food just doesn't live up to the descriptions. We just feel like everything we've had here is "pretty good", but nothing is something that we'd be excited to order again. Service was fairly slow in the past, but we wrote that off to it being really busy since we had gone on weekend nights. This trip was a Tuesday, it was fairly empty, but service was just as slow. Nothing terrible, or even bad, but nothing great or memorable either."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Consistently good inventive food and great service keep us coming back. Nice to have a place like this downtown."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend on a date here using a Groupon we purchased. Service was great as soon as we walked in, and the menu had an overwhelming amount of great options. Once we ordered, food was out very quickly and the appetizers and entree were fresh and delicious. We were too full for desert which was the only down fall, but I'd gladly come back here again for another date."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Birthday celebration with friends. Apps and dinner fantastic. Favorites were: Tuna Ceveche, lemon shrimp feta pasta, and Crusty crab pizza. Christian, our bar/waiter, was amusing and kept us entertained. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The location is just a few blocks down from the theaters in downtown Worcester so it was convenient for us to grab a bite there right before the show we saw at the Hanover theater. The place was a bit dark but worked with the decor (lots of dark browns and reds). There is a large bar in the center of the restaurant with lots of drink options. The food was good and came out quickly. My husband enjoyed the lamb dish. The duck dish was not quite what I was expecting (as it came with a chocolate molten cake vs what I thought was just going to be a chocolate sauce) and was slightly over cooked but I did enjoy the flavor profiles. We also got the bacon blue cheese dip and it was very heavy (more blue cheese taste than bacon).Service was also good"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food and service are great. It is a title pricey but worth it for a special night out."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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