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Russo, Worcester, MA

Russo

4.5
4.5
331 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Russo Italian Restaurant features traditional Italian dishes made from recipes handed down from generation to generation.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (774) 243-1377

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tim Russo

  • Neighborhood

    Worcester

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 331 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central MA

    Best Ambiance

  • Central MA

    Notable Wine List

  • Central MA

    Romantic

  • Central MA

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice meal ..great service …all around nice experience

  2. JS

    JamesS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a family dinner out and everyone enjoyed their food and had a very good experience. Delicious

  3. V

    Vacayinitaly

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent menu and the food was Great !!! Atmosphere was family friendly and I will definitely go there again..

  4. C

    Christiano

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Place looks good, music a little bit loud, very slow service, and waitress not very knowledgeable about drinks and wine. Forgot twice to bring drinks to the table.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I will definitely be returning! This was my first time as Russo, and I took my Mom here for Mother's Day. It is set up as if you were outside an Italian storefront, so cute! The music was at a perfect level and matched the theme and ambiance. Our waitress, Kirsten, was lovely and knew all the answers to our questions. I had the Aglio E Olio & it was perfect! Thank you all for making Mother's Day special!

  6. VF

    VasisFam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Russo's is a MUST for authentic Italian dining. Chef puts so much thought into his menu and cooks with care. It is obvious that everything on the plate was fresh and thoughtfully arranged. This was one of the few times I finished everything on my plate and didn't have any leftovers to take home! We will definitely be return customers.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a quick stay in the area and tried Russo’s. Food was great and huge portions.

  8. SL

    SusanL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food and service! I recommend Russo's to everyone!

  9. ED

    EasterDinnerDowner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Chicken taste like Turkey and the marinara sauce was very bland. Would not go back and wouldn’t recommend to my friends and family. Sorry.

  10. 3

    3cats

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous Easter Brunch. We hope to make this an annual event.

  11. C

    Cher

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We love the atmosphere at Russo. Our server was attentive, professional and efficient. You could tell she was extremely busy and spread too thin. The food was good but looked like it may have sat under a heat lamp too long. Our first visit to Russo was better but we understand staffing seems to be an issue everywhere. We will definitely give it another try.

  12. RP

    RP66

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Chicken parm, linguine clams all with homemade pasta.

  13. TS

    TonyS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service and ambiance

  14. c

    cheffromoxford

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wonderful here! The food was great, the service attentive, the timing perfect. We'll be back!

  15. AL

    AliceL

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was excellent (4 had pasta; one had pasta with chicken and broccoli. The service was not nearly as good as the food. I was wanting more bread for half of the meal. However, it is difficult to get waitstaff so it’s a fact of our times, not necessarily Russo’s fault.

  16. K

    Krissy

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very cute little Italian place you will feel like you are eating in Italy

  17. ES

    EricS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Cozy restaurant with a rustic feel. Drink menu was limited but the Negroni was perfect. Wine selection by the glass was pretty extensive and reasonably priced. Homemade gnocchi and roasted branzino were absolutely amazing. The only thing we didn’t like were the fried artichokes. Service was also excellent.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food great setting professional staff

  19. KD

    KarenD

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian Restaurant I have been to in a long time….food and service were spectacular! Our waitress was funny and informative- will return!

  20. E

    Elway

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    First visit to this restaurant which we've been dying to try. Great vibe inside - felt like we were in the North End. Our waitress was great and very attentive. Ordered 2 cosmos to start - not sure if there was a new bartender, but they got sent back - not even close - very bitter. Played it safe & ordered 2 other cocktails which were fine. Saw other tables returning their cocktails as well. Hmmm..... Was very hopeful for the food, we heard the portions were very large - which they were. My lasagna was pretty good, however the bolognese was disappointing. Got a tiramisu for dessert to share which was just OK - flavor was good but the "cake" part of it was very very dry - we actually left some on the plate (and that is NOT usual for us!) Ha ha! Maybe it was just a bad night when we visited as people were coming in by the droves.

  21. HD

    HenryD

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    A group of friends and I had a 630PM reservation. We showed up at 630PM on the dot for our reservation. We were not seated until 730PM. :-( We were told multiple times that the people at the table (reserved for us) were "just talking". We would think that they would have offered them a cocktail to move to the bar or something like that? They did not. We also did not see a manager ever the entire evening. Waiter was awesome! Drinks and wine were great. The food was ok. My entree was very over salted - but by that time - I just needed to eat something (anything). So overall not a great first try. BUT - I will try one more time. Hopefully it was just a weird night for them.

  22. JS

    JenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit but not our last. A coworker enthusiastically recommended Russo's and she couldn't be more right! We didn't have time for an appetizer but we shared the house salad. It was more than big enough for the two of us. My husband ordered the lasagna and I had the most amazing gnocchi ever! I wish I had ordered one to go. Our server was lovely, the dining room was quiet when we arrived, still quiet when we left but full. On street parking was easy to find on a Wednesday evening. Will will be back!

  23. EA

    ElaineA

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food excellent,was disappointed though that wine room where we requested table is not open weekdays, only weekend, should have been informed of that when reservation made-we sat there before and really wanted to again.

  24. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent friendly staff. Delicious well prepared food. Fun happy atmosphere

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Limited menu, could use more seafood choices, and chicken menu options use thighs instead of breast was a turn-off

  26. ML

    MaryL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was wonderful! Food amazing! Cozy atmosphere.

  27. JA

    JoAnneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious. Atmosphere is great. Server was cute and courteous. He reminded us of our grandson. He returned several times to check on us.

  28. S

    Susan

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Cute, cozy place. Good service. Food was a little salty.

  29. JO

    JulO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great restaurant! We enjoyed the food and the staff was great! We will be back!

  30. E

    Emma

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Great service very nice. However, they were not good with but allergies. I told them to check my food and my dessert had pistachios in it. Luckily I could see it.

  31. L

    Leeny

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Waitress was excellent. Ambiance very nice except for the shrill noises coming from small children at next table. Food excellent.

  32. WS

    WSFT

    New England

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great service- wine choices were excellent Antipasto starter was delicious along with calamari appetizer Everyone’s entrees looked amazing - from the grilled salmon to the veal francase and the stuffed pork chop, fish and chips and a couple other entrees. Desserts were outstanding, the best tiramisu I’ve ever had! You won’t be disappointed! I would recommend giving them a try.

  33. AM

    AnitaM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Russo's delivered again! Even though we were running late, they honored our reservation and even allowed us to change tables for a quieter section of the restaurant. Having had a long hectic day, we needed to decompress in a subdued atmosphere, and that's just what we enjoyed. The staff were amazing, from the hostess to the waitress, bartender, and chef, we were graciously granted every request, and we left very satisfied and renewed. :)

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Russo has a wonderful atmosphere and lovely staff. Our food was unfortunately not as good as I was expecting it to be. I ordered Veal Saltimboca and it was very much over cooked. I politely told our waitress and it was taken off the bill - a very kind gesture. I probably will be back, but it may take some time.

  35. BL

    BobL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very nice place, affordable and a good value. Most of all the food is really good!

  36. TV

    TammiV

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was excellent - great gem in Worcester. Bonus was Lenny singing Frank Sinatra! Hope he is brought back on a regular basis!

  37. PL

    PinkLady

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    The food and the service by the bartender were very good. However, we were treated as second-class citizens by the hostess. We were told we had to sit at the bar despite the fact that we had made a reservation more than 24 hours earlier and there were tables available. Totally unacceptable treatment. Unless there is some good explanation for being thus treated, we won't be coming back.

  38. C

    C132022

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    We had heard good things so we made a reservation! When we came for our reservation for an 8:30pm dinner time, assuming it would be a little later than most people would eat, we ended up having to wait for people to be done eating, fine. Hostess walked by us without greeting us initially. We waited at the bar, but bartender was the only one there. We never ended up being able to order a drink even though we stood there for a good 20 minutes. Ambiance is nice, loved the mood lighting and Italian street feel. We’re finally seated but by a table with a family that was ridiculously loud. I get it, Italian family but there is a certain noise level that can be tolerated at what is supposed to be a fine establishment. Nothing was said to them. When they finally left, the noise in the restaurant seemed to fully disappear. In terms of the food, it was excellent. But the service was an absolute shocker- we didn’t get water until we asked. We never got bread or were even offered. Our drinks finally came halfway through dinner. Our food was rushed out to us even though we said to take their time- we were only a few bites into our appetizers before our main courses came out. We barely got to our dessert when the server brought the check out. Each time they came, it was to apologize for one thing or another but interrupting our conversation each time, not smooth. Our water never got filled while we were there. Just overall felt really rushed for no reason. We’ll give it another shot at some point but the food would be a 3.5-4/5 which doesn’t help the poor service.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    The food and ambience were wonderful! Unfortunately we had terrible, terrible service. Our brief interactions with other staff seemingly indicated it was just bad luck, the other staff seemed very nice and helpful. Despite the awful service, we had a great time and will be back.

  40. DD

    DavidD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Very nice quaint setting! It give’s an old time marketplace vibe! Antipasto was delicious and presented perfect. Bread like my Italian Nana made! Eggplant parmigiana delicious and plentiful! Seafood fruit de’mare with linguine was excellent! I try that everywhere and Russo was exceptionally good ! We didn’t finish our meals so desserts weren’t ordered but looked delicious. All in all a perfect dining experience!!

FAQs

Russo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (774) 243-1377.

Russo is rated 4.5 stars by 331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Russo

65 Water St Worcester, MA 01604

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Worcester

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tim Russo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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