Very expensive dinner menue.
If you can get out of here for a simple dinner for two for less than $100, you are doing great.
Two simple plates of pasta, a couple glasses of wine, and an appetizer will set you back at least that much.
C'mon. $11 for a glass of wine? $26 for a basic plate of pasta? (and it was greasy).
The service was good, the staff friendly, the food was ok.
What's with these prices? This is Lake O, not Toky O!
(yes, I just rolled my eyes!)
from a servers point of view..
For everyone who has bad things to say about service.... in certain cases, you may very well be right, however, if you're as rude as you're coming across in your reviews, it's no wonder you get crappy service. (Bet it happens in more places than one, right?)
As a long time server, if you treat your servers badly, don't expect to be treated well in return. Look around you, and take into account how busy your server is before you condemn them for being slow. There's a very good chance you aren't the only table they have.
An no, I don't work here.
Always amazing food and a wonderful alternative to Italian food in the Pearl. Some of these reviews surprise me! Our family has dined at Riccardo's for many years and we love to eat at this small neighborhood place where the food is rich and flavorful. The servers are attentive but don't hover and Riccardo and Georgette greet guests warmly. In the summer the outdoor patio is divine! You won't find better Italian in the Pearl let alone LO. We've never had a problem with reservations either and if we don't have them, we wait for a table just like anyone else. A special treat is to buy seats at Riccardo's wine tasting dinners when you get to hear guest vintners from Italy and take your time with a four course meal. There is a reason Riccardo's has been around and busy for decades.
How does this place STILL have 4.5 star rating?.
I guess Citysearch ratings are for sale... I've noticed this place is spending a lot of money on a big push to get itself on the cover of LO dining publications and the like, even though few who live here have ever heard of it and its reviews are dismal. I'd seriously like to know why this stellar Citysearch rating persists after all these bad reviews... this is like an eBay seller with more than 50% negative feedback still sporting a 100 rating.
Anyway, made a reservation, person who answered the phone was absolutely rude and gave the distinct impression that he didn't care one way or another and I was lucky to be speaking with him at all. That should have been the red flag, but noooooo my relatives were in town and someone was dead set on going to the restaurant "with the fountain".
So we get there, 35 minute wait for a table BEYOND our reservation time. Several tables not in use... I guess my reservation isn't important enough to be seated on time but we'll hold these tables until the VIPs show up.
GROSSLY overpriced. Food nothing special at all. Not at all worth the venture out into the sticks. Try a downtown location like Zeppo or Tucci for MUCH better food and MUCH better service.
Ok. Sounds like someone is planting reviews!. A friend asked me to dinner tonight and chose Ricardo's. I came to read the reviews and find it interesting that people "hate it" or "love it". Something seems fishy. Kinda makes me think someone is planting positive review for the sake of business??? I have to say, after reading the negative reviews - I wish I could suggest another place to my friend. At the end of the night, I will either be convinced someone is planting positive reviews - or be awe struck at the coinsidence of the polar views on this restaurant.
Excellent. I've been to Riccardo's many times and the food has always been excellent. The wine list (book) is fun to look at and most of the wines are quite affordable. Their lasagna, pasta bolognese, and penne arrabiata are all wonderful. I'm surprised to read the other reviews where people say they were treated rudely. Maybe only rude people are treated rudely. Riccardo's is awesome.
Disappointment. Although a previous experience, on a week day, was satisfactory, the recent one was not. If you wish to pay over $100 for two person, wait for 3 hours for the service and receive a portion of Saltiboca which had about 2 oz of veal and tasteless cheese and a withered sage leaf and allowed to dry, then this is the place for you.
Sit with your back to the wall. It appears that the greatest drawback about Riccardo's is the possibility that you might be seated next to one of the awfully cranky and sour people who have written reviews here. If you can avoid that, you'll have a lovely experience. The food is delicious, the wine list delightful, and the ambience delovely. Go on a summer evening, relax and smell the garden rosemary in the air. Unless you are a crab, you'll be more than satisfied.
The Best restaurant In Lake Oswego. I absolutely love Riccardo's. Hands down, it is the best restaurant in Lake Oswego, and I have been to all of them, many times. Riccardo's food, wine selection and service has been consistently outstanding over time, which is why we always return. Organic, local, truly authentic Italian and Borello by the glass - what more can you ask for? Dine outside in the sumer time and you'll feel like you're in Italy... THE romantic Italian spot in the metro area, with Italian wines you won't find anywhere else.
I'm going to keep this short because I'd be ranting otherwise. I have always had negative experiences here. Mostly rude service. Don't try to customize anything, don't ask for a different sauce, don't ask for a side of sauce...and whatever you do DONT ASK FOR A SIDE OF BASIL! The rude waiter when asked for a salad up first brought it with the meal and the $90 bottle of wine at lunch time we ordered came after the meal was served. We didn't eat, made a point to pay, corked our wine and left and tried desperately not to make a scene as we left.
The food is ok but need to work on being more accommodating and less conceded. Once again a sad tale of servers ruining a business. Best of luck!
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