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Russo, Worcester, MA

Russo

4.6
4.6
347 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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

What 347 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central MA

    Best Ambiance

  • Central MA

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central MA

    Notable Wine List

  • Central MA

    Romantic

  • Central MA

    Special Occasion

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  1. FG

    FGarvin

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic service, this was our first visit but definitely not our last! My favorite Italian restaurant in the arae
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was such a cute restaurant, loved the ambiance . The food was amazing and the service was good z
  4. P

    Powers

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant! Linda was wonderful! Food delicious!
  5. JC

    JeanneC

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The setting is really nice, although a bit loud. You think you're in a European wine cellar almost. Our server was attentive and responsive. The calamari appetizer was very good. Drinks were good...the entrees were a mixed bag. The gnocchi was good, the shrimp francese was ok. Unfortunately, the bolognese was a complete bust. My husband and son both ordered it and could not get past the "burnt taste". I could smell the "burnt" smell from across the table. They both have large appetites and did not eat but a few bites. They were very disappointed. The desserts were great though and the bolognese meals were comped. We probably won't go back as there are so many other places that are tried and true.
  6. MA

    MaryAnnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This will be my new favorite restaurant when I’m in the Worcester area. Quaint dining area, quick and responsive service and excellent food. Such a pleasure to find a great restaurant that really knows how to make authentic Italian food!
  7. CM

    ChristopherM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick was a great server. Product knowledge, attentive and great service. This was our third time dining there and we will be back. We brought some friends there and they loved it
  8. CA

    CliffA

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time there. Food was very good and prices reasonable. Very convenient parking. Our waitress, Linda, was a delight.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The pasta was great but my veal was over cooked and not flavorful. I think some dried herbs were used and it didn’t mesh with the meal. Dessert was tasty.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long time. Will definitely be back
  11. LS

    LindaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not my first time here nor the last. Food is outstanding ner any complaints and waiters are always professional and courteous. I got linguine and 2 meatballs. Salads are always cold and fresh.
  12. BM

    BrianM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. We will be sure to return!
  13. LL

    LindaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food delicious. Took a long time to get it but worth the wait. Will definitely come again. Did buy gift card for friends
  14. CB

    CathyB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience - topnotch food and service! Highly recommend
  15. TH

    ToddH

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family had a great meal with excellent service. The place is a hidden gem.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice meal ..great service …all around nice experience
  17. TC

    TimC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was romantic as it seemed bellow ground level. Our server was awesome and explained how the meals were prepared. Portions were perfect and we will be back.
  18. JS

    JamesS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a family dinner out and everyone enjoyed their food and had a very good experience. Delicious
  19. V

    Vacayinitaly

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu and the food was Great !!! Atmosphere was family friendly and I will definitely go there again..
  20. C

    Christiano

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. C

    Cher

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 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.
  28. 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.
  29. TS

    TonyS

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance
  30. 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!
  31. AL

    AliceL

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 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.
  32. K

    Krissy

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute little Italian place you will feel like you are eating in Italy
  33. 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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food great setting professional staff
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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.
  40. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent friendly staff. Delicious well prepared food. Fun happy atmosphere

FAQs

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

Russo is rated 4.6 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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