Ricarda's

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Mediterranean
Ricarda’s is a modern Mediterranean restaurant that produces all of its pasta, sauces, stocks, and pastries in-house and with the best quality ingredients, just as they do in treasured dining spots along the Mediterranean Coast.

Located at the EntertainmentOne Building in the Queen-Spadina area, at the corner of Peter & Richmond, Ricarda's pairs modern Mediterranean-inspired fare with charming hospitality. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tapas in between, the broad offering also includes Saturday a la carte Brunch, Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch Buffet, Take-Out, Office Catering, and Private Events.

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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

FATHER'S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH! Join us for our Sunday Jazz Brunch in honour of Dad! Live tunes, countless food options, a play zone for the kids, what more could you ask for?! Make your reservations now and prepare to celebrate in style with the whole family.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food experience, will definitely go again.

Shout out to the Host on the day we went, Sunday June 9th at 1130 seating.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our friend’s birthday and the cake slice presentation was lovely. It was also very kind to be given a complimentary appetizer because one of our main dishes was slightly delayed. Thank you for a wonderful evening! We will definitely be returning!

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My new favourite place to meet with friends, family or clients

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so happy for the best brunch experience we just had! The host manager went out of his way to make sure we had an excellent time! My guests were all very pleased and awed by the wonderful service! Hats off to Jerry(?) the host and his crew

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CP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday - the staff know us and immediately greeted us at the door.

I highly recommend Ricarda’s the food is amazing plus it is an experience not just Brunch!

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G
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

We ordered steaks (medium doneness) but we got rare. I had personally recommended Ricarda's for our team lunch but the food was really disappointing and to my shock, the server did not even check with the person who hardly ate anything off that plate/dish!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hi there, we are thrilled you thought of us but surprised to learn of your experience. We have shared your note and the date you dined with our operations team so they can get to the bottom of this and speak to the team who was working, ensuring we use your experience as a learning experience. We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback. As mentioned, it’s how we learn and improve, so thank you!

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TD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The vision behind this experience is inspiring. Thank you for providing 4 generations of my family around a dining table and I, a wonderful afternoon. We delighted in your delectable cuisine that is serendipitously perfect in menu choice, quality and portion. The 3-piece jazz ensemble was intoxicating. Once again, thank you.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Teressa you are a dream : ) Thank you for your reviews we so appreciate you! Come dine with us again soon, any time xx Ricarda’s.

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EL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved our Sunday Jazz Brunch at Ricardas. A truly beautiful ambience with great food. The guy who welcomed us in at the front was so kind and kept checking in to see how we were enjoying everything — 10/10 service from him and most of the staff. For the price you are paying, the food quality is good, although it would be nice if they added a bit more to the buffet, like avocado, bread (the croissants were awesome though), ice cream, cookies, etc. All in all, definitely recommend and will be back!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hi EatLuxury, you are a delight and this review is music to our ears! We are so proud of our team and the service they provide we’ll make sure your kind words reach their ears ; ) We love when our guests provide feedback after their experience and as such we’ve shared your notes with the chef; we’re curious if when you joined us you ventured to the bakery area where there are many sweet treats to end your meal as well as a DIY s’more station!

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TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved being able to brunch while the children played (supervised) on the bouncy castle. What a lovely idea! And we adored our booth as well. Thank you!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Tracy, thank you! We’re thrilled you joined us for our All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch, what better way to spend a Sunday with the kiddos?! We hope this becomes a regular occurrence for your family as we’d love to host you and yours again and again, cheers!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is nice, the food is good but pricey for those small portions.You do need an appetizer to go with it.The service was fantastic and the atmosphere great.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Mira, thank you for your review! We so appreciate you taking the time to leave it. We think every dining experience should be about delicious food, excellent service and a beautiful atmosphere; it sounds like we fit the bill with you : ) When it comes to portion size we are a quality over quantity type of place; we source all the ingredients we can in a 100km radius and proudly make everything we can in-house from scratch - we think you can taste the difference!

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food every single time! Been coming here regularly for the past year and it never fail to exceed our expectation. Kudos to the excellent team of Ricardas!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you Mariah, you are a dream! We’ll make sure your lovely words make it our team who are truly so deserving of the praise. We welcome you back any time, cheers! xx

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N
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Menu is diverse and not your usual boring bay street fare. The service took a bit longer than I would like and the portions a tad small but otherwise this place is great. I have no hesitation recommending it and always get thumbs up when I do.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Nakis we’re thrilled you joined us and are a fan of our fare! We appreciate the feedback and love when our guests’ take the time to share it with us. We’ll be sending your notes to the team as speedy, thoughtful service is the name of our game : ) Cheers.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Soon to become our regular date night spot

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Trevor, we love this! We look forward to hosting your next date night, a lovely reason to dine out - maybe a drink on our patio (it just opened!) is in order, xx cheers!

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z
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The decor was gorgeous and the food was delicious despite it’s ridiculously small portion. I would recommend this if it wasn’t for the service, at first they wouldn’t seat us at the booth eventhough there were only a couple people there and the booths were empty. we were waiting for a friend and told the waitress that we would order once they got there. However, the waitress insisted on telling the specials and recommended two drinks, but we said we were going to wait. Then, I saw that she brought a cocktail eventhough I had not ordered and when we told her she just said okay.!! The cocktail was beautiful but it tasted so bad... my friend described it as bleach. We mentioned it to the waitress who again just said okay and that she would tell the manager, which she did not. Overall, I would love to come there again maybe for the breakfast menu but because of the service we will not come again.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Hi Zara, we're thrilled you dined with us and are so happy you liked our vibe and your dish but we are surprised to learn of your experienced. We pride ourselves on excellent service so we have shared your notes and the date you dined with our operations team so they can speak with the team working and use your notes as a learning experience. We so appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback, and we do hope you’ll consider giving us another try - we’d love the opportunity to...

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Brought my family and my aunts family for Mother’s Day Brunch which was communicated to me as a $75 pp brunch buffet with a 3 piece band. Upon arrival, we were seated OUTSIDE of the restaurant in their atrium (basically the lobby) which was made up of long tables with rental chairs and white linen for all the overflow. Couldn’t hear the band and we did not have the ambience of the restaurant. Would not have brought my family had I known they would be seating us in a lobby. Poor communication on the restaurants part and the experience was not worth the money.

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JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing, along with food. Will definitely return.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

JoAnnJ what a lovely review to receive; we look forward to your next visit! Cheers xx

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f
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my family here for Mother’s Day Sunday Jazz brunch buffet. Food and overall service was great as usual. Our table was a bit wobbly when we sat down and our server took the time and patience to set it right for us.

The only issue I have with our visit this time was that I had made my reservation through OpenTable and the hostess gave me a call to confirm the RSVP. She notified me that the price will be at $75 an adult instead of the regular $55 because there will be premium seafood selection. I enquired what that would be and she said either crab, or lobster and it’s not currently decided. I later on received a credit card authorization form for the charge though email in case of a no show. When we showed up that day, there was no premium seafood, and nothing that wasn’t there on a regular Sunday brunch. I asked our server and she had no idea. She said she’ll ask the manager and of course we didn’t get a response. I didn’t press the issue as everyone was having a good time. I wrote them afterwards to ask where the miscommunication was and also got no response. Way to ghost your customer and spur the experience. It would’ve been a five star for everything otherwise.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Made a reservation for 5 given table for 4 in the atrium in the corner. Slow service. Took 29 plus minutes to get the tab.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing Mother’s Day brunch today. Thrilled with the food, experience and ambiance. The staff move around carefully and there was a lot of staff due to the big crowd for the holiday brunch. I never had to look around for more than 10 seconds before someone attended to our needs. Food, coffee and water were all replenished with great frequenters but not at an annoying level. Can’t think of a single thing to criticize in any way.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

Hi there, your review is music to our ears! Thank you kindly for taking the time to share it with us. We so appreciate it and we hope we will be able to host you and yours again : )

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DU
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with 8 friends on my birthday. The place is good for up to 9-10 people, it's quite and elegant. The menu is not big but has everything you'd like to order in a modern Italian restaurant. Prices are the same as in other places in the area.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

Daulet we’re thrilled you celebrated with us, Ricarda’s loves celebrating birthdays! It sounds like you had yourselves a lovely evening and we’re so glad to be the ones to host you on your special day. Come by for brunch sometime! xo, Ricarda.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and service are impeccable. Food is very good, but be prepared for small fancy portions. I would go back!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you for review Amy : ) We have shared your opinions with our team so they can learn from them, and we look forward to having you back, cheers!

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a
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food quality and service. Highly recommend.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 31, 2019

Thank you for the recommendation! We hope you’ll join us again and again as we truly enjoy hosting lovely guests such as yourself. Cheers xx

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M
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really cute spot for lunch. It was fairly quiet and we were seated immediately. Staff are friendly and make you feel comfortable. Food is phenomenal. Prices are reasonable for the area.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

Marie it sounds like you had yourself a lovely lunch! We’re so glad you left feeling taken care of by our team, it makes our day to hear this , and our team will be proud – come back soon!

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LL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

We have been to Ricarda's at least a dozen times and to be very honest, if my last visit was my first i would not recommend it. The food was terrible, not to mention that one of the parties was missing two of the items that he ordered on the "create your own salad".

Ricarda's
Responded on May 22, 2019

Hi LoriL, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback online with us – We greatly appreciate and respect our regulars, so your notes mean a lot to us. Can we ask if you shared your feedback with your server during your meal? We ask as we’d like to know how our team handled it. If you care to let us know what you didn’t like about the food, we would be more than open to hearing your thoughts. Again, learning from a regular guest like yourself is very valuable to us!

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for Tapas Tuesday. Super small portion sizes. Ended up leaving after the meal and going to another pub down the street.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hi there, we’re so glad you came and gave us a try. We wanted to clarify that tapas are traditionally small plates of foods, snacked on and shared amongst friends! We encourage our guests to order multiple dishes, and go on a culinary adventure over the course of those many small plates. If larger or more standard sized portions are what you’re after, we’d be pleased to suggest joining us for dinner Wednesday through Saturday night. Cheers!

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch to celebrate

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hey Donnav, we love celebrations at Ricarda’s!

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R
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is spectacular, huge selection on the brunch buffet, more than you could ever try. Beautiful atmosphere, great service. All around excellent, including family friendly with a separate monitored play area with a bouncy castle. Seriously, a bouncy castle, no joke.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Roger it sounds like you joined us for our famous Sunday All-you-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch! It really is such fun isn’t it?! We’re grateful to you for sharing your experience and we hope you’ll be dining with us again very soon, cheers xx

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BC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my girlfriend for an early Mother’s Day brunch and it was a really great experience. Our server Shar was awesome and very professional. The food was really good too. Will come back for sure

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Aww Brandan this review makes our day! We’re thrilled you celebrated with us, we think it’s so lovely that you found a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day, and we’ll make sure your kind words reach Shar’s ears : )

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here and will definitely return! The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding (prices are reasonable to). We got top notch service from our server and the manager (i really wish i remembered their names). The food was amazing, so much flavour and uniqueness in ever dish! I have to say this is one of Toronto’s best restaurants!!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! Reviews like this from guests such as yourself is what we strive for every day at Ricarda’s : ) We’re grateful you shared your experience with the OpenTable community and we’d love to have you back, on us! Would you be interested in having us host you for Tapas Tuesday? Our treat! If you wouldn’t mind sharing your email we can get our manager in touch directly. Hope to hear from you, cheers xx

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L
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Made a dinner reservation for Tuesday but did not know that they only served Tapas then. Scallops were cooked and presented beautifully, but the dips and bread dishes were very disappointing. Bread had been deep fried earlier during the day and it was cold and breezy. Menu was very limited due to it being tapas only, and it left a few choices for people who have dietary restrictions. The dips such as baba ghanouj weren’t as tasty as expected; we had been in the Middle East a week previously so unfortunately if you did not compare

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hi Lynnc, we’re so happy you dined with us and we appreciate your feedback. We will certainly share it with our team, as it’s from reviews like yours that we learn the most. Just so you know, we proudly serve “regular” dinner Wednesday - Saturday night, and we would love to host you. Let us know if you come back, we’ll make sure you are shown a good time!

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, as always, was outstanding. the service was pleasant as expected.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

We’re so happy you’re a Ricarda’s regular Jack! We are so grateful for guests such as yourself. We look forward to your next visit xx

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GC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch with kids! Love the kids area. Great service. Foods are great.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you for the review GreeenCupcake; at our Sunday Jazz Brunch we strive to make sure it’s fun for the whole family! We’re proud you felt we succeeded. We’re so happy you enjoyed, do visit us again soon xx

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JF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal. Went on a Saturday night date with my wife and we both had a nice time. A bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for!

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

We’re so happy to have hosted you and yours Jamie! We love a good date night at Ricarda’s - every day is a reason to celebrate! We look forward to the next time we get you host you : )

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. They were able to accommodate a member of our party in a wheelchair. We ordered drinks, dinner and desserts and it was perfect. This place is in walking distance to royale Alexandera theatre. Perfect preshow dinner.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Music to our ears! At Ricarda’s we strive to make every guest feel welcome and comfortable; we’re so happy we were able to accommodate your group and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. Cheers!

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B
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great at the Easter jazz brunch. Food was just average with nothing standing out as particularly delicious. Pretty good value I guess given the very good raw bar choices but the salad bar was average and the 2 roasts either overdone (pork) or extremely underdone (beef). Would return for their regular menu to give it another chance.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hi! We’re so happy you joined us for our Easter version of our All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch and we appreciate your feedback! We’ll be sharing your notes with our team so they can learn. We will mention that if you want your meat cooked to a certain temperature, our chefs are more than willing to accommodate – just ask! We do our best to accommodate any and all buffet requests at Jazz Brunch and during our regular service, which we certainly do hope you will join us for! Perhaps Tapas Tuesday?

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F
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Really beautiful looking place but the menu isn’t very creative or inventive compared to other awesome spots in the city.

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Fingerlickingood we’re flattered you were inspired by our space, but are surprised to hear your feedback! We feel our menu is fresh, inspired, delicious and regularly excites foodie folks. Can we ask what you’d like to see on our menu? We’d love to learn! Cheers xx

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AJ
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had reservations for brunch on a Saturday with my 2 kids and my friend and her daughter. The "kid friendly" menu options were just so-so as they did not have the kids brioche sliders. We settled on chicken fingers and fries, grilled fish with vegetables, and spaghetti with tomato sauce. Spaghetti was way over cooked and server messed up and brought out fish sticks and fries - kids stated eating it as it took so long, that I didn't send it back. I had the portobello mushroom burger, which was nice. My friend had the shrimp salad which unfortunately was too salty and dressing on the salad very tart. She didn't eat it and they didn't charge for the shrimp though our server said they've had complaints all day about the salt content on other dishes and she would speak to the kitchen staff.
I was going to ask for the manager as I shouldn't be paying for food that was obviously not eaten or enjoyed but she also removed the cost of the fish sticks as we didn't order that. So the cost difference almost works out "in the wash".
Won't be going back anytime soon because I'm all about first impressions with dining.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I had made the reservation for 2 ppl, 2 weeks in advance for Jazz and Brunch, and at first the hostess sat us outside the restaurant on the corridor area where you can’t even hear the music.
When we asked to move, they gave us the stink eye, switched the table once more and finally sat down only to have the hostess say “you now have only 1hr to eat as we have other ppl coming” ??!!
Not coming back..

Ricarda's
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hi there, we are thrilled you joined and we truly appreciate the honest feedback. We’ll be sharing your notes with our team so they can learn and improve. While we do let guests know upon reservation that there is seating in our atrium as well as in the restaurant, we want to ensure our guests felt cared for at each moment of their visit with us. Again, we will make sure the team hears about your experience and treats it as one to learn from!

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SC
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific. Maître d’ was excellent

Ricarda's
Responded on April 15, 2019

Shelagh we’re so thrilled you enjoyed dining us, we appreciate the review and hope to welcome you back very soon, cheers!

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JA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing made to order omellet and eggs Benedict. I will return.

Ricarda's
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi JoAnn, it sounds like you joined us for our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch; it’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday and we’re so glad you did! We look forward to hosting you again very soon, cheers xx

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