Riccardo's

4.3
639 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Riccardo's Ristorante is located in the North End neighborhood of Boston and is a family run business which has been recognized by local and national known food critiques as one of the best authentic Italian Restaurants in Boston. Now being run by Richie Jr., Riccardo's has the same fine standards and quality of food as always. The staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about every item on the menu. Unlike other Italian restaurants in the neighborhood Ricardo's never skimps on portions. Come and visit. Renew your love for Riccardo's.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday 12:00 pm- 9:30 pm
Monday & Tuesdat 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 720-3994
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Validated parking at Parcels Seven parking garage is available, located on Congress Street by Fanueil Hall.
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Haymarket T Station (Green and Orange lines) and Government Center T Station (Green and Blue lines)
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Private dinning room for party of all sizes overlooking Paul Revere House in historic North Square.
* several meal plans available
* meal plans created to accomodate all budgets
* for more information call Richard Jr 617-593-0777

Private Dining

Adjacent to Paul Revere's House in Boston's Historic North End, Riccardo's offers a perfect location to hold your upcoming event. Ideal for birthdays, graduations, and rehearsals, we will accommodate parties of all sizes or occasions and customize menus to satisfy the needs of each and every guest.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience . Orlando was great , food was great . We had a party of 7 , made a reservation and sat right down when we arrived . We enjoyed all apps and dinners we had . Thank you !!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

What a messy restaurant. We had a reservation for 7:45. Were able to sit at 8:30. The restaurant simply doesn’t know how to operate the Open Table bookings. The house was full, the waiting line huge and you could still book any table size for an immediate spot.
We didn’t leave because where else would we be able to find a table for 5 at the peak time!?
At least the food was fine.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good service, although a little slow.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. The location was also good, in the Italy neighborhood.

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time. Food was excellent and service was attentive and friendly. Will come back again!

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband proposed to me at Riccardo's.....special place with outstanding menu! We absolutely love the food and ambiance and highly recommend Riccardo's!

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L
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We disliked the Italian antipasto, which had odd mozzarella and was rather hot. Everything else was excellrnt: fish, wine, dessert, decor, and pasta. A beautiful north end restaurant.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Our reservation was at 7:30 and we weren’t seated until 8:15. That’s hard when you have your young kids with you! When we were seated there were people who had 7:00 reservations who still weren’t seated by 8:15. Food was great and our waiter was a doll but not honoring reservation times is a deal breaker for me. I wouldn’t go back because of this.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The service here is abysmal. Riccardo is rude to his staff and to customers. The service is incredibly slow both at the bar and at the table. The food came out relatively quickly and was delicious.
For some reason the restaurant takes way more reservations than they can actually seat and turnover is slow. Made a reservation on open table and still waited 30 minutes for a table.

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CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great we did wait 25 minutes after our reservation to be seated

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Oh boy! We called ahead to add a person to our reservation and confirm our reservation. Despite that, when we arrived at 7, our table wasn’t ready until 7:35. 2 of our party didn’t arrive till 7:15, but still, we didn’t sit with our two small children for another 20 minutes.

We sat upstairs, which was nice, quiet and open so the kids could move around. Which was fortuitous because despite ordering as we sat down, we didn’t get bread for 30 minutes, or appetizers for another 20 after that. Then we settled in and waited for another 35 minutes after that to get our entrees.

We made a reservation for 7 so we could eat promptly, and didn’t get our entrees until close to 8:45. They blamed the delay on a rack of lamb, which would be fine if we didn’t watch another table sit, order, and eat the same dish between our apps and entrees.

They do not have a full bar, which was another disappointment for my girlfriends family I was trying to impress.

The food was alright, nothing special, but nowhere near the quality of portions you would expect from the north end, having been to many of the restaurants in the area before, I would strongly suggest staying away.

And if you want to sit upstairs, it’s definitely quieter, but the bathrooms are atrocious.

Would of been a lot better if there was a ‘sorry’ or ‘apologies for the delay’. But it was almost like, because they were guaranteed 18% for our party size, they didn’t care about us at all.

Stay away, there are many better places in the north end.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We booked in advance for 7pm. So did lots of others. We were seated at 8.15. Everyone was waiting for more than an hour. It was miserable. No apologies plus no hope of walking to another restaurant as the area is so busy. They need to stop taking reservations, small kids crying everywhere and the elderly with no where to sit - it was unsafe in the summer heat.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 7 and weren’t sat a table until 8:15. The place had overbooked and was incredibly overpriced for the quality of food and service we received. Will not be returning...

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our friends birthday there was 12 college students and the restaurant was super accommodating! Great service and food was well priced. Wine was a bit expensive but would definitely go back!

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San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We decided at the last minute to go to the North End for dinner and choose Riccardo's. We got seated right in the window. The service was excellent. The meatball special was amazing, amazing, amazing. I also got the pasta special. The homemade pasta was delicious. It just had way too much oil on it.

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My husband & I both ordered veal. It was very fatty and tough. Very poor quality. They did nothing when we complained. Also they assured us that my daughter's appetizer was vegan & it was not. They did not do anything. We will never go back.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Waitress was wonderful and very accommodating. There wasn’t a child’s menu but the waitress told us to order whatever my children wanted and she gave smaller portions. The adults and the children loved the food!

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. It is the second time I have been there and it was excellent.

Will be back and recommend it highly

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S
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Riccardo's is a family-type of place. It has big portions and the staff is friendly. I had the Seafood Fra Diavolo, which was good, but not good enough to justify the $32 price. Most of the seafood in it was fresh, but the mussels were kind of funky. My son had the Lasagna Fatti in Casa Di Mamma and was very happy with it. At $17 it was priced more in line with what we got. The wait staff was very good. My one major complaint was that people kept coming and trying to remove plates and glasses when we were not yet done. I had to request a fresh glass because mine was removed before I finished the bottle of wine I had ordered. This is a good place if you are in the neighborhood, but I would not travel across the city to go to it.

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RR
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All entres were very good but the appetizer samplers prepared for table of 12 people were exceptional. Eggplant and meatballs best of all. On top of that, the service was perfect. Highly recommended.

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AM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Disappointed as Riccardo’s came highly recommended. Before we sat down, hostess should have let us know they were expecting a large party that was going to take over much of restaurant and tax kitchen. Waiter tried to steer us to most expensive wines rather than give wine descriptions so we could make informed choice; servers rushed our meal, took bread before were done w/first course, brought main dish before done w/salads. Thoughtfully they could have seated us in area away from large party so we could enjoy conversation. Meal was delicious, but experience negative.

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DB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group was assembled from 1 local, 1 CHicago, 1 Florida, and 1 Phoenix. It was worth the trip and worth a repeat.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! I went there with 20 people for my 30th birthday and the food, service, and atmosphere was great. Our waiter handled a large group wonderfully - very attentive and kind.
Our food was amazing - we had two vegans (myself included) and they were very accommodating to our diet.
I will absolutely go back!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Our table was not ready on time. They put us on the sexo d floor were there were barely any servers. We order appetizers and 25 min later they told us one of the plates wasn’t available. Took forever to server water. Plate flavors were just OK. Very bad experience overall.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricardo's never disappoints!! Delicious authentic Italian food.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

For a 7:00 reservation we waited a half hour to be seated. The waiter/ bartender was taking on too much and it resulted in terrible service. Riccarrdo"s made a bad impression on our guests of the North End

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner and service was great!!

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RV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great restaurant! The service we received was so friendly and they accommodated our large party so well and made our celebration so special.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and well-prepared dishes. Would definitely recommend and will return in the future.

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G
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son's graduation at Ricardo's. Our party of ten enjoyed the food, the service was very good and we would return.

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SG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not impressed. Host had an unpleasant attitude and the food was only so-so. Wait staff was excellent. Tomatoes in the caprese were flavorless, and the pork dish was tough. On the plus side, the salmon was very good and the bread was excellent. But in a neighborhood filled with rest, this one wasn’t good enough to make me return.

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MC
New England
25 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was a bit abrupt. Seemed in a rush even though it was on later side and not busy.

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DD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Riccardo's was very crowded, being the night before the Boston Marathon -- all places in the North End were packed! We made a reservation for 8 well ahead of time. However, we waited nearly an hour after our scheduled reservation before we were seated. The food was great, having to wait was not.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was by far the worst dining experience of my entire life. Had a reservation at 6:15, waited till nearly 7 for a table. Waited for another 15 to order and had tables and chairs getting lifted over our heads.

After being told my food was coming 3 times, it came out ice cold so I picked it up and walked it to the kitchen to get it done right. After finally getting my food, it was nearly 2.5 hours after our reservation time.

No apologies, nothing. I wasn’t expecting anything other than acknowledgement of how bad it was.

Upon leaving another family got up after having raw chicken served to them twice. Do not go here!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited over 35 mins with a reservation, was finally offer bar seating, and took it. Food was served fast after we ordered.
Food was good.
Bread was Cold (refrigerator cold), so that was disappointing.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was yummy; service was horrible. The waiter was friendly and upbeat until we indicated we didn’t need the wine glasses when asked. It was like a light switch flipped to how abrupt and rude he became. It became our dinner conversation watching how friendly he was to the tables around us then watching his mood change when he would occasionally check on us. Very disappointing that because we didn’t purchase alcohol, we were treated differently.

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AA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

It has been a very long time since I received such poor service. The meal would have been *fine* on its own, but we were rushed, yelled at by the waiter and had to basically beg for our water glasses refilled and the most basic level of service. Would stay away given so many other better options in the North End.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

No good drinks

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Y
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok but service was very poor. I know it was a busy Marathon Weekend but they should have been better prepared for that. We had asked for separate/group bills up front but when the bill came they said they could not do it.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a list minute reservation on a Saturday night with 9 people. We had a great table and the food was great.

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