Il Ritorno

4.8
1002 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Italian for the discerning palate. Il Ritorno brings a new taste of fresh Italian cuisine to the community—introducing new, interesting flavors and combinations that add elegance to a traditionally rustic genre. We want our food to be enjoyed and memorable to all those dining at Il Ritorno. Therefore, we are well prepared to handle special requests and dietary restrictions. Speak with your server for options or questions.
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Noname
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was wonderful, very knowledgeable. Great setting. Delicious food and wine. Would love to come back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!

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TeresaE
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional and the service was wonderful- attentive without hovering. We had a wonderful evening.

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vipJasonB
Tampa
66 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Atmosphere, food, service. Everything was spot on.

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CTRACEYRUN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was exceptional! The risotto melted in my mouth, was rich and decedenct, everything you would want in that type of dish. The shaved black truffles enhanced the aroma of the dish and elevated the flavor profile to the next level.

My friend, a 72 Italian lady from Rome who is VERY particular about her pasta, was enchanted with the bucatini pomodoro. Commenting about the homemade freshness and perfect balance of tomatoes and heavy cream.

We were too stuffed for any sweet treats, but next time I'll try to restrain myself with the earlier courses so I can conclude my meal properly!

Bravo on a job well done, I will certainly be back with friends and clients in the future.

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BenR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten in many of the finest restaurants throughout Italy, and like to think I have a discerning palate. With that, I can say that il Ritorno’s Bucatini Pomodoro w/ Fresh Basil, Ligurian Olive Oil and Burrata is the best tomato-based pasta dish that I’ve had in the entire Tampa Bay Area! Well done Chef!

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KalleenM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! The atmosphere was perfect. The service was attentive and personable. I felt like our server truly wanted us to have a fantastic experience and we did. Everything we ate was delicious. The cocktails were balanced. It was fun to watch the going-ons in the kitchen. We will definitely be back. This is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in St. Pete. Kudos to their entire staff for a memorable experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress was a delight! Food was okay for the price point and has had some misses in recent visits. Still a solid place and the industry is going through some tough spots, so be flexible.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Ritorno was recommended by a local while we were here. Everything was excellent! The service, atmosphere, ambiance, etc. What was incredible was the food. This is not your average Italian restaurant. The food was imaginative, beautiful, and incredibly delicious. Highly recommend!

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vipHnlDiner
Hawaii
76 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We wanted to do the six course tasting menu. One of my guests has limitations of what he will eat. By example, no seafood or tomatoes. The server said it was a blind taste menu and she could not offer any insight. I asked instead of all five ordering taste menu, could we do 4 and he order off menu. She said tasting menu required all at table order it. Frankly this seemed unresponsive to food preferences or likes. We ordered five tasting menus. Caviar, Sashimi and tomatoes galore. The beef dish work but all other course he could not eat. Our total spend that night was $1,000 for five. Most disappointed at the lack of flexibility for one diner out of five. Food was very good. Wish we had Joe as our server, maybe he would have been able to assist more in this situation.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing. My favorite restaurant by far. Food is creative and delicious. The service is excellent as well. Our server was Gabrielle and she took great care of us including serving my birthday gelato!

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Chuckpitbull1
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service
Experienced the tasting menu with wine pairing WOW

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vipJackie
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys do an awesome job front to back. Most everything on the menu is unique and it changes with the seasons. You can't go wrong here for any type of occasion. I think this our fourth time here and it will stay in our rotation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server, Dana, was awesome. The food was exceptional. Quite loud in the front part of the restaurant. They could benefit from some sound dampening materials.

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daleonardo
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the more sophisticated meals I have eaten in Florida. The chef has imagination, verve and achieves powerful flavors. Outside of Miami it is rare to eat outside the limited range of taste (at Table) midwesterners in particular and retirees in general will tolerate.Even many Floridan chefs who are supposed to be creative are aware of this and cook down in observance of its economic impact. This is the real deal for those ready to expand their food boundary. Oh, the service is professional and the crowd is eclectic.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful, unique dining

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vipMojo
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a restaurant for all occasions. The cuisine is the best in Tampa Bay. It’s our most favorite restaurant. The service is impeccable. The wine & drink selections are excellent & the ambiance is fantastic but none of this can upstage the cuisine. David Benstock, Executive Chef and Owner of Il Ritorno is so active in every aspect of the cuisine and your dining experience. Whether you are choosing from the ever changing menu (though he manages to leave some favorites on) or you do the tasting menu… you will be “wowed.” We’ve traveled & love to eat out…and this experience ranks amongst the very best each time we dine here.

I would compare their risotto to my most favorite in Italy & equally compare their Wagyu beef to that of level of culinary level of some top rate restaurants in Tokyo. As for their desserts, they are unique as all the rest. Finally & most importantly we always feel most welcomed here. So congratulations to Chef Benstock on your continued success & ultimately outdoing Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network, on his show “Beat Bobby Flay.” That truly was “Mission Impastable.”

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vipLesca
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Short rib Mezzaluna was liked by the two people who had it for dinner. My summer octopus puttanesca was too salty. Our fourth guest has the cast iron Manhattan steak which was tougher than he expected.

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vipKathy
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special pasta and tuna dish was amazing. Our server, Joe, provided exceptional service. This is one of St. Pete's best.

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EthanC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and did the six course with wine pairing. A bit on the pricier side but worth it for a celebration type outing

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vipDowntown
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I am a vegetarian and have dinner here about every 10 days. Meals and wine pairings can be truly excellent. Vegetarian tasting menu is often outstanding — well beyond anything else I’ve found in St Pete. Unfortunately kitchen will not serve some a vegetarian and others a non vegetarian tasting menu in one party — a silly inflexible policy. Reserve two tables next to one another.

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FLjhb
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to get a reservation at this well-reviewed restaurant and what a deliciously, delightful experience. Waitperson Dayna was very on top of everything. Hubby enjoyed having a seat where he could readily watch the kitchen staff work headed by Chef-Owner David Benstock. Benstock in May had been on the "Beat Bobby Flay" TV show. We started with a Hendrick's gimlet for him and the house's gin cocktail for me, both perfect for each of us. The focaccia bread was served with an herb oil and a tallow butter. Our appetizer was a lacy looking tomato burrata, such a great combination of crunch & tomato & herbs: Beautiful presentation as the dressing was poured around it. Both of us had wine, a Super Tuscan for me and Toscana Rosso for him to go with the melt-in-your-mouth short rib mezzaluna pasta. Our last course was the pork saltimbocca, also so tasty. For dessert we had a simple affogato made with their house gelato. So looking forward to returning and one day sampling the chef's tasting.

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JeffS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Wonderful service. Our favorite fine dining in St. Pete.

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vipKristen
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chefs tasting menu to celebrate my husbands new job. AMAZING food. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly with a great combination of flavors

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KathleenR
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very knowledgeable, everyone is friendly and polite. The kitchen is open so you can get a feel for the incredible passion that goes into every plate. The menu is small, but that is intentional because they do it so incredibly well. The Short Rib Mezzaluna is a favorite for many. I had the Lamb Bolognese and it is my new favorite. Everything we had was a flavor explosion. We started with the Charcuterie board and it was the best we have had. This is a must if you are a foodie! Definitely go!

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ChrisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except the noise level—would be nice if something could be done about that.

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SusanW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food in a wonderful atmosphere with impeccable service. I can’t wait to go back.

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vipHnlDiner
Hawaii
76 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mew residents. Read great reviews. Excellent and creative food. Mussels, meatballs, house salad and smoked octopus. Servings were easy for sharing. First visit we wanted to try as many plates as possible. We will return. Incredible value for excel that food. Chef/Owner we walked up to tell how much we enjoy our dinner and server (Joe).

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool atmosphere, excellent service and phenomenal cuisine!

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SilviaH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Fair dining experience disappointed in food. Nothing special

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Scuttlebutt1
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the six course chefs tasting menu which was fabulous. Our waiter, Harry explained every course.
It was a celebration dinner for us. 45 year anniversary. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciated fine food.

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TynaP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing for our anniversary. They surprised us with a glass of prosecco when we were seated. They were able to meet our dietary restrictions. The wine pairings were perfect and each course was outstanding. Couldn't believe how full we were when we left! Very much worth the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - six course tasting menu with caviar and wine pairing. Well paced, excellent service, wine nicely balanced with each course.

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vipDianne
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef David is amazing . We did the chefs choice instead of ordering off the menu. It is wa superb. 6 course meal of things we would have never been Beale to experience.
Worth every penny. What a wonderful wonderful Erin evening .
Thank you Chef David Bernstock and Fay a.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional

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Janie
Key West
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was good. Noise level is horrible. Would give it another try

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vipElizabethH
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!! Short rib moon pasta delicious

Great wine selection

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Karaurbaniak
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, service was really great. Food was top notch. The bucatini pomodoro, was wonderful! Would definitely recommend and go again.

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semajm
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! Came a few minutes early for the reservation and was still seated immediately. A great night out!

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Il Ritorno is rated 4.8 stars by 1002 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.