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Risto’s Place also offers complete bar and wine services and live entertainment can be enjoyed Tuesday, Thursday & Friday beginning at 8:00 pm. Full-service catering services are also available including local delivery.
Came to Risto's on the recommendation of a friend who'd been there for lunch once. We received a warm welcome from the staff, who were attentive throughout our dinner. When I made the reservation for my birthday, the reservation form asked if this was a special occasion and I was wished Happy Birthday often by the server. But why ask if it's a special occasion if you don't do something to make it special? A brownie or a small cup of ice cream would have made it special and the others in our group probably would have ordered one of your larger desserts. I had the chicken sandwich, which was terribly unremarkable and came with just a few steak fries. My husband had the steak sandwich and he said the same thing about his meal. The menu is limited so check it out online first.
The atmosphere when we first arrived was quiet so we were able to talk and catch up, but at the end of our meal, a band had started to play way too loud for the small space. Time for us to go.
Food and service was great. We were greeted and seated as soon as we walked in. Our server knew all the specials and made wonderful recommendations. From the bruschetta appetizer to the amazing carrot cake - it was a truly wonderful experience.
I loved the place and the food was amazing. The only thong I didn’t like was Barb the server telling us that we were going to like each thing because it was delicious...I’d rather make that decision myself.
Thaw staff and owner were very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was delightful in an old building in downtown Statesville.
Food was excellent. Great atmosphere and staff. Excellent deserts as well.
Worst service ever
Our party of four arrived early for our 6:00 reservation. The restaurant was not crowded. When 7:00 hit and we had not gotten our food, I asked the waitress about it as we needed to leave by 7:30 at the latest. She said it was coming right up. Five minutes later, the owner came and apologized that the order had not been turned in--the waitress had lost the ticket--, but that our food would be right out in a few minutes. (How that was possible if the order had been "lost" was a bit confusing, but we were starving, so we did not question). When at 7:20 I reminded her we needed to leave in 10 minutes, she said it was coming right up. We ended up leaving after 7:30 very hungry and more than a little angry. The waitress did run out the door to hand us a bag with some food in it...I had ordered dairy-free food, and the 2 items in the bag that were supposed to help feed all four of us both had cheese on them (we could not figure out what one food item was, actually--not at all what we had ordered). At one point the owner had asked if we wanted a second basket of bread while we were waiting--YES WE WERE READY TO EAT THE NAPKINS--but no bread was even brought to the table during this whole debacle. Needless to say, despite the offer of a free dinner for our next visit, we will never again darken the door of Risto’s place.
We stopped into Statesville on our way back from Florida to New York. We Googled, best restaurants in Statesville, and risto's was number one. It absolutely did not disappoint. Our server Jessica J. Was awesome. The food was very good and there was a fantastic band playing. The overall experience was great and we will stop there again the next time we go through.
Our dinner and service was excellent. We unexpectedly found ourselves in Statesville. Beautiful little city. Will look for an opportunity to return and have dinner at Risto’s Place.
Great dinner ! Loved the music too !
The food was middle of the road good. It seemed fresh but wasn't very flavorful. Very overpriced.
My chicken wing appetizer was delicious. Didn’t care too much for the entree. The chicken wasn’t cooked thoroughly and the vegetables were cold. Service was anazing
The food took a long time to come to the table, in fact the couple next to us left because no one came to take their order. The calamari was good but it was a very small portion. Ordered a steak sandwich, but couldn't get it medium rare, it had already been cooked. It tasted good, but was a small portion. The scallop and shrimp dinner was $24, but only 2 scallop and 3 shrimp. The people there were very nice, but it took 3 hours total which is too long. The portions need to be bigger
After being seated, the owner came over to our table and chatted with us for a few minutes. The dining room is very cozy and the staff was very friendly. The food was delicious and well presented. I highly recommend Risto’s Place when you are in the Statesville area.
A true hidden gem! We only had soup and appetizers, as it was late evening, but all aspects of the stop were great. Cheryl, the owner stopped by our table (and others) and talked about the history of the building. Our only regret was we couldn’t have a full meal, but certainly will try the next time we travel through Statesville.
We went for dinner on Valentine’s Day, so the busyness was expected. Our young waitress was a bit forgetful for all her customers- maybe she was new? We never got the wonderful bread, but everything else was great!
Wonderful dinner. Service and dinner was a 10+.
Kind of small for dancing, and walking when crowded. You have to come really early when there is entertainment.
What a wonderful surprise in an unexpected place. Nice people in a quaint setting with good food. A win all the way around. Can’t wait to go back!
Great hidden gem in Statesville... Staff, Owner, and the Chef all very nice . Food is awesome! Great atmosphere.... try it and you will go back!
Looking for a place in Statesville. Went to trip advisor ,saw that Risto's 90+%Very good or excellent rating. They were right on. Don't be shocked by the bar as you walk in. Doesn't seem to fit the theme of the dining room
It was a great night with great food and atmosphere, wait staff was pleasant. my girl also enjoyed everything, we will be back.
Food was amazing and fresh. We went for my mother's birthday and she loved it!
Food was amazing and everyone that worked there seemed to be having a great time working! We were just passing through Statesville for this visit, but we will be back. Go Steelers!!
Great food, great service... would recommend for entertaining or celebrating special times. Would also recommend for somewhere to have a great meal in Statesville.
There were 2 couples for dinner after the Christmas Carol guided tour play in Statesville, NC. We chose Risto's Place based on reviews on Trip Advisor and so glad we did!! We will definitely return in the future!
We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit at Risto's Place. We take a lot of pride in our food ans service, and it means a lot that you noticed. Come see us again soon and often!
Pretty skimpy portions for price. Extra price for any extra bread? Really?
We apologize you found our portion size to be small for our prices. Each menu item is specifically weighed or counted, and price depends on what we pay the vendors or markets. Pride is taken to assure freshness, flavor and delivered with great service. We hope you will give us another try in the future.
Very attentive service and good food.
Our staff will be so proud of themselves! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate your comments and hope you will come again soon!
We don't get there often enough, but Risto's Place is never a disappointment with consistently good food and friendly service. We especially like the effort to use fresh, natural ingredients and loved the live music and the welcoming atmosphere.
We are so happy that you had a great experience at Risto's Place. That is exactly what we strive for here each day. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to our team. Please come see us again soon!!!
If you live in Statesville you know what a gem Risto's is. Owner/chef Sheryl is a jewell and goes out of her way to ensure tht your dining experience is a memorable one. Wonderful food; spectacular service. Treat yourself!
Thank you for such a positive review and nice comments! Our staff will be so proud of themselves. It means a lot to us that you took the time to share feedback. Come see us again soon!
We visited this restaurant, mainly because when passing through last year, we were unable to get in to eat here. I had ordered the scallops as an appetizer and on asking if I could have it as main meal, yes, it was still bought to me as an appetizer, so didn't bother complaining, even though it was not enough for a meal. My husband had veal piccata, which was not piccata, the veal not cooked very well.
Thank you for providing us feedback on your experience. We do wish you had had a better one. The scallops are an appetizer and we can see why it was not enough for a meal. Most customers find our veal to be tender and delicious as you can see in other reviews, so we are sorry that you did not find it appealing. At Risto's Place Food & Spirits we pride ourselves on having the freshest food and best service around. We hope you will consider returning again while traveling. Have a nice day!
This was our first visit so I can’t really give 5 stars...yet; but we were pleasantly surprised. We are new to the area and received a gift certificate from the Welcome Wagon so we decided to go on a Saturday night. No trouble getting a reservation. Service was excellent from being greeted right through leaving. The food was excellent. They profess to have only fresh, wild-caught fish so I ordered the salmon special. It was cooked to perfection and very fresh. My husband ordered off the menu, veal piccata, and it too was excellent. We had fried calamari to start and it was lightly battered and just right. The portions are perfect. Not so large you get turned off but not so small you leave hungry. The owner, Sheryl, who is lovely, made a point of stopping by each table to say hello and make sure diners were happy with their meals. Very nice touch. We will definitely be back!
Thank you for your feedback and comments for our staff, and welcome to the Statesville area! We are glad that you have had a good first experience at Risto's Place and hope you will come again and often! We appreciate you sharing your experience! Have a great day!!!
Went for lunch. Extensive menu...too much? Ford quality was ok, but nothing special. Really, not much to say....but in Statesville options are limited.
I will not recommend this place to anyone nor will I give them my business again.
We had seen this place via internet and me and my wife would there for our anniversary. We ordered the steak medium well it had blood still.
The potatos and veggies had no flavor.
We did not receive all of our appetizers, the waitress did not bring them all.
Then we received the bill which was 81.00 before tip.
I have always been been delighted with the quality of food at Risto's Place. From the appetizers, to the entree, to the dessert and coffee. Go and enjoy the warm friendly owner and her server staff.
Great flavor in the food and seasonings. Located in an old downtown building but well kept. Great service.
We had a wonderful experience here. Our waitress was such a sweetheart and fun. The food was very good, highly recommended. My entire party was quite satisfied.
Passing through the area to Florida. Good local farm to table food.
The service was over the top—so friendly, helpful and responsive. The food was excellent—the French Onion Soup and the Sausage Penne were delicious.
Stopped for dinner on way to Hilton Head. Saw it online. Liked the story. Near highway. Food was excellent. People were so nice. Very enjoyable!
Permanently Closed - Risto's Place offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 872-5557.
Permanently Closed - Risto's Place is rated 4.3 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.