Il Ritorno is consistently fantastic! With their seasonal menu changes there is always something new,creative and delicious to try. They just get better and better .
We went for my best friends birthday. The atmosphere and the food were top notch! Would definitely come back. Thank you!
Unbelievably excellent cuisine. We did the chef's 5 course special and it was probably the best meal I've ever had.
Excellent!! What a great place!!
Amazing food atmosphere and wait staff. Traveled around the world and definitely one of top 5 restaurants I have ever been to. Will absolutely return many times. Kudos to all
We’ve found most of the restaurants in St Pete are good but nothing really that knock your socks off. We’ve been looking for a restaurant in St Pete that we compare to one of our favorite restaurants where we used to live in Virginia (Clarity). Well we found it! We did the 5 course tasting menu and it was excellent! Every course was delicious and Chef accommodated dietary needs. The food is elegantly prepared and just the right portions and the service was spot on. We have now found our favorite restaurant here and can’t wait to go back.
We have been to Il Ritorno’s several times
The food and the service never disappoint
Great for any occasion and the Menu is always changing .
The food took too long between purses (30+ min) but it was nonetheless fantastic.
Food and service was very good. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu. The food was delicious and the presentation was well done. The dining room is a little noisy because it was packed. I will definitely return.
This is my third time to Il Ritorno in six months and I have to say this place is outstanding. We had the grilled octopus as one appetizer which maybe the best I have ever had and the house tossed salad which was simple but very very good. For dinner three of us had the Branzino which was great and I had the Cinghiale Ragu which as off the charts. Dessert was the vanilla connoli and the donuts which were both great. Maybe the best restaurant in St. Pete.
Amazing food and first class service. I will be back for sure.
Food is excellent - as always! Nice atmosphere for a romantic meal. Great service.
Very warm environment, service was superb and food excellent! Manager was on his game and we had a great dinner.
Overall, we were very pleased with our experience at Il Ritorno.
Again Chef and his team topped themselves. We had an excellent New Year’s Eve dinner. The Viognier Ron recommended paired wonderfully with my pork and my girlfriend’s scallops. Both of which were perfectly tender. Our appetizers- smoked meatballs (crispy panko crust and a small dollop of cheese inside) and the hamachi crudo (perfectly lightly seared on one side) were both amazing.
Service was great even on a busy NYE night.
Remains one of the best culinary experiences in Tampa Bay.
Great food and excellent service
New Years last minute choice and we were not disappointed! Creative dishes and cocktails, friendly staff, great experience!
Been three times and every time was fantastic in all ways.
Anniversary celebration. Excellent food and loved the open kitchen. All in all spectacular meal and cocktails. All thought our complimentary glass of bubbly was a special touch. Thank you!
Excellent all around. We destroyed the charcuterie board in minutes. Everything was delicious and huge portions.
Our son and his girlfriend rave us about this spot and it did not disappoint. Every dish was superb. The crispy squash blossoms were the best I've ever had -- and ever could have imagined.
Definitely try the tasting menu. Totally worth it
Noise level too high. Service very slow. Octopus plate skimpy.
Steak was good and so was the pasta.
Outstanding. Bravo! Wonderful beautiful Christmas Eve. Some of the best Italian we have had out of the north east. Your variation on 7 fishes was spectacular.
Absolutely amazing food skillfully plated. The venue is unimpressive from the outside and a bit crowded inside (we did dine just before Christmas) but everything else is amazing, easily one of best we have tried (out of 1043). My wife's mussels - in red sauce with lamb - were spectacular and my sort rib mezzaluna was unbelievable. Our server and all of the personnel were pleasant and helpful.
The only reason I gave it four stars for ambience is because if the noise level. Extremely loud, challenging to have conversations
Last experience wasn’t as good as our previous ones
The front half of the restaurant is very loud. My wife, who was sitting across the table from me, could not hear me. Ask to be seated in the rear half of the restaurant. Even better, sit further back, where you cannot see (or hear) the open kitchen.
The shrimp risotto is spicy hot. It might be okay for some pallets, but not mine. Certainly this is not an Italian dish. The other food that we ate was mediocre.
Gabrielle - our waitress was exceptionable!! Food was excellent!
One dish was too salty
This is by far and away the best restaurant in St. Petersburg!!
Three of us at the table, everyone ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings at $130 per person. Two explained and requested vegetarian tasting, the other person explained and requested red meat and seafood. All tastings were served as vegetarian and all courses were exactly the same for everyone. Timing was off between wine pairings and courses; wine would be served and up to 15 minutes later for the corresponding course to be served. One course was particularly poorly timed so I asked for a bit more wine at the time our corresponding courses were served, well that ended up being served after the course was finished and we were charged $22 for another glass of wine. Service was off, this was a Tuesday evening at 6:15pm and the restaurant was not full, definitely not a busy Saturday 8pm reservation. The non-vegetarian at the table was ignored. The cuisine was not inventive as what you would expect from a tasting experience. Lackluster at best.
Wonderful food and attentive service!!!
Food is always well-prepared and service is well orchestrated. Manager came over and made an excellent wine recommendation when our first choice was out of stock. However, I always walk out of this place hungry. Portions leave much to be desired...literally.
Have read great reviews about Il Ritorno and we finally dined here this evening. All of our food was delicious... we had the smoked meatballs for an app, absolutely delicious... crispy on the outside coupled with the cheesy meaty inside, and a fantastic tomato sauce. For meals, my wife had the short rib mezzaluna and I had the diver scallops - both outstanding. We finished with the Apple and white chocolate cannoli with maple cinnamon gelato. Looking forward to our next visit.
The four of us were seated at our reservation time and then we waited 10 minutes before we stopped a passing server and asked that someone visit our table. Our server came to the table with an attitude and it was downhill from there. The food was outstanding and we all really enjoyed dinner. We were not asked if we wanted a second drink and at the end, our server put the bill on the table. Never asked if we wanted desert or coffee. We watched her and could see she didn’t seem happy to be at anyone’s table. It is a true shame that our dining experience, a lovely restaurant with such delicious food, was ruined by a server doing us a favor by waiting on us.
This is my favorite celebration spot with my husband, but it was my first visit while gluten free. I was able to get a great dish right off the menu made with in-house gluten free pasta! We enjoyed our complimentary glass of prosecco for our anniversary and wine with our meal. I recommend Il Ritorno to everyone!
Met with 3 others for a business dinner. I, along with others in the party were delighted to enjoy the wild boar tasting menu. Waitress was very knowledgeable on food preparation and ingredients. Presentation and food quality is world class. The only reason I didn’t rate 5 stars on ambiance was no tablecloth. That’s very subjective. Overall a terrific meal and hats off to the talented chef.
Excellent food and service. Quality of food is very consistent. At times the restaurant gets noisy due to patrons yelling vs talking.
Very creative cuisine, great flavors and presentation.