Il Ritorno

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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KO
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

CR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my best friends birthday. The atmosphere and the food were top notch! Would definitely come back. Thank you!

AG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably excellent cuisine. We did the chef's 5 course special and it was probably the best meal I've ever had.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! What a great place!!

D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

DQ
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 .

E
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food took too long between purses (30+ min) but it was nonetheless fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

T
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and first class service. I will be back for sure.

A
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent - as always! Nice atmosphere for a romantic meal. Great service.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm environment, service was superb and food excellent! Manager was on his game and we had a great dinner.

M
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, we were very pleased with our experience at Il Ritorno.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

DR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years last minute choice and we were not disappointed! Creative dishes and cocktails, friendly staff, great experience!

JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been three times and every time was fantastic in all ways.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. We destroyed the charcuterie board in minutes. Everything was delicious and huge portions.

CS
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely try the tasting menu. Totally worth it

s
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Noise level too high. Service very slow. Octopus plate skimpy.

Steak was good and so was the pasta.

a
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

g
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

J
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason I gave it four stars for ambience is because if the noise level. Extremely loud, challenging to have conversations

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Last experience wasn’t as good as our previous ones

GR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

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.

JS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabrielle - our waitress was exceptionable!! Food was excellent!

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

One dish was too salty

TL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far and away the best restaurant in St. Petersburg!!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

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.

s
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service!!!

CC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

NS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

HB
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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.

RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JP
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Quality of food is very consistent. At times the restaurant gets noisy due to patrons yelling vs talking.

SB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very creative cuisine, great flavors and presentation.