Risto's Place

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At Risto’s Place you can enjoy a variety of fresh food, made from scratch with produce and fruits from the local farmers market. Herbs are all home-grown, desserts homemade daily, soups and sauces simmer long hours on the stove and not heated from a can. Risto’s Place serves only fresh fish caught in the wild in American waters and is the only restaurant in town that serves Black Angus Omaha Beef. Sausages, salamis and cheeses are imported from specialty stores in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



It's a delicious dining experience! Come join us!
EAT LOCAL!

Fresh Food.

Delicious Drinks.

Live Music.



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.

What 59 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thaw staff and owner were very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was delightful in an old building in downtown Statesville.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

D
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Great atmosphere and staff. Excellent deserts as well.

D
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

SF
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner ! Loved the music too !

EK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was middle of the road good. It seemed fresh but wasn't very flavorful. Very overpriced.

c
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

JV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner. Service and dinner was a 10+.

HW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Kind of small for dancing, and walking when crowded. You have to come really early when there is entertainment.

LF
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

JD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night with great food and atmosphere, wait staff was pleasant. my girl also enjoyed everything, we will be back.

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

Food was amazing and fresh. We went for my mother's birthday and she loved it!

AM
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!

J
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service... would recommend for entertaining or celebrating special times. Would also recommend for somewhere to have a great meal in Statesville.

RH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

Risto's Place
Responded on December 13, 2018

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!

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WH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Pretty skimpy portions for price. Extra price for any extra bread? Really?

Risto's Place
Responded on December 13, 2018

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.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service and good food.

Risto's Place
Responded on December 13, 2018

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!

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Risto's Place
Responded on December 13, 2018

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!!!

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Risto's Place
Responded on December 13, 2018

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!

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G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

Risto's Place
Responded on November 5, 2018

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!

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FF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

Risto's Place
Responded on November 5, 2018

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!!!

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S
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

BF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

d
Toledo
142 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great flavor in the food and seasonings. Located in an old downtown building but well kept. Great service.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Passing through the area to Florida. Good local farm to table food.

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

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.

NB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place,l order a couple of Martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives but they did not have blue cheese stuffed olives but our waitress Candace made it happen!!!
She was great !!!
Onion soup,tomatoe bisque,bruchetta,chicken parmesan were very good, my scallop/shrimp Linguini in creamy sauce also very good.
Service was great!!!

d
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious. The serve was almost to attentive.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great time with the girls !!

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