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Cin C.

20 August 2019

We had an early dinner at Ricarda's on a weekday. In fact, we were so early that the kitchen was still having their pre-dinner huddle when we walked in. There were only a handful of patrons at the low sofas chatting quietly when we got there.The staff seated us promptly and we had a lovely relaxed dinner. It also helped that they were celebrating their anniversary and giving out a free glass of prosecco to each person!  We started off with some great bread with a tomato olive spread. Just from the bread alone, you could tell they know what they are doing in the kitchen!!  I had the dinner special, which as a Cornish hen with gnocci and vegetables. The presentation of the dish was absolutely beautiful, without skimping on the portion size to be a full meal. Each mouthful was delicious. I've had plenty of chicken in my time, but they do a lovely roast hen here. So moist and flavorful! Would recommend!! More...

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Michelle Amato

5 August 2019

Best experience for our entire family!

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Carlo F.

20 July 2019

Came here for dinner during Summerlicious and was very impressed. The beautiful decor and moderate number of diners on a Tuesday night created a very pleasant ambiance. We opted for the patio which was nice as it was a small space that felt cozy yet still intimate. The food was delicious and the service was great. Would definitely recommend lunch or dinner during the weekday. More...

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Mike M.

16 July 2019

Great spot for brunch.  Drinks and food were on point.  Beautiful decor too.  We will be back if we are in the area.

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Ethel Hansen Davey

14 June 2019

An events venue with a great selection of canapés and food stations for your events. Attentive bar staff and servers.

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Jamie F.

30 May 2019

*brunch review*My friends and I showed up on a Saturday, and to my horror, my name was *not* on the list because I accidentally booked Sunday brunch by mistake. I was ready to wear the cone of shame, but the hostesses saved the day: they worked their magic to get us a table, waiving the last-minute cancellation fee too! Note: Sundays are for jazz buffet brunch at a premium, hence the fee.The space was absolutely GORGEOUS. Glossy marble tables, dark hardwood floors, sleek bar, modern pendant lighting, plus lots of natural lighting, etc. It's like we walked into an interior designer magazine.Since we were celebrating a bachelorette, obviously we had to start with some mimosas ;) Choose between orange, peach, or white grape - yum! Food was good, not mind-blowing. Loved that all the brunch dishes included side salad and toast - it's all about balance, am I right? Definitely order the BANANA BREAD FRENCH TOAST - I don't care if you order it as your main, side, dessert, whatever - just try it and thank me later.Pricey meal but would return again for the vibe. Next time I'm in Toronto, I'll definitely book Sunday jazz brunch *intentionally*. More...

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Andrzej P.

25 May 2019

Fabulous light breakfast with salmon, avocado, eggs and salad. The service is also amazing.

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Kyla F.

22 May 2019

Loved our Sunday Jazz Brunch at Ricardas. A  truly beautiful ambience with great food. The guy who welcomed us in at the front was so kind and kept checking in to see how we were enjoying everything -- 10/10 service from him and most of the staff. For the price you are paying, the food quality is good, although it would be nice if they added a bit more to the buffet, like avocado, bread (the croissants were awesome though), ice cream, cookies, etc. All in all, definitely recommend and will be back! More...

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T W.

18 May 2019

I loved this place. I had the pork belly and octopus carbonara. It was one of the best pasta dishes I've had in a long time. Pasta was fresh made in house and cooked perfectly. Wife loved her sumac chicken salad. Ambiance was nice. Service was friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend. More...

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Bonnie Black

11 May 2019

Great place for a corporate party!

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Irv Handler

11 May 2019

Food and service were excellent.

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G D.

9 May 2019

Had the opportunity to stop by Ricarda's this morning for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised. Upon entering we were greeted immediately by courteous staff and were welcomed in to a room of great ambiance and sophistication. To my surprise the menu offered many options with reasonable price points. We chose the steak and eggs and eggs Benedict with salmon.The steak and eggs were incredible! Perfectly cooked steak to medium rare deliciousness and accompanied by tasty spices to boot. This dish came with seasoned fries and salad - both executed wonderfully. In fact, my wife immediately thought I ordered the best dish. That brings me to the eggs Benedict with salmon. While certainly not the best Benedict I have experienced, it also wasn't the worst. It was a bit oversaturated with butter, which overpowered the flavour - but all in all, remained serviceable.Overall, I would still strongly recommend Ricarda's. It offers excellent service, ambiance, and a great location in the downtown core. I'd recommend giving the steak and eggs a try and if you absolutely need to order a Benedict, please lower your bar slightly. More...

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Susan W.

29 April 2019

Beyond expectations! One in our party was in a wheelchair that didn't bat an eye and seated us without discussion. Our server was so knowledgeable about the menu (even though it was new!). We each ordered a different entree. They were perfect. Loved the decor, cleanliness, presentation, food and professionalism! More...

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Al L.

28 April 2019

I came here for brunch and had a good time. Here is the breakdown:FoodI ordered the croissant croque madame and it was a nice touch to break the standard bread carrier that other restaurants would use for this dish. It came with salad as well and it help balance the meal.Also ordered the banana bread French toast-- divine. It was very light and it did not give that super sweet taste that I normally I have when I eat French toast. ServiceThe waiter was very friendly. Decor/ ambianceVery nice modern/ contemporary chic look to it. Great for a nice meal with friends and family. I enjoyed the contemporary chairs and the high ceiling details. OverallI had a good time. If you are looking for a casual chic spot to eat, I would recommend it. More...

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Jessica W.

28 April 2019

Came here for Saturday brunch and loved it! Really delicious food with lots of flavour. I got the basic Ricardas breakfast and loved the sides. Our server was so personable and attentive and the vibe of the place was great! Looking forward to returning soon! More...

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Gabe de Puyjalon

20 April 2019

Great euro vibe - speaks to a fine German owner and diverse staff with awesome décor - would love to come back when they have live Jazz - while they prefer reservations, we walked in and felt very welcome Excellent food and great service!

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Kim J.

9 April 2019

What a gem. An absolute gem within the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. The ambiance is perfect for a nice date night, a small gathering of friends or meeting your favourite aunt for lunch. Tasteful decor, spacious with gorgeous earth tones. Service was impeccable. The staff are attentive to your every need and very friendly. The food - the one dish I had was 10/10. Steak was perfectly grilled to a medium rare finish as requested. Peppercorn crusted on a bed of mashed potatoes and onions. There's a patisserie inside the restaurant. The desserts looked absolutely delectable. I did not indulge - but next time, absolutely. Will definitely be back. More...

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Vannesa A.

6 April 2019

We went to this restaurant for my friends birthday. I called the restaurant before and the person who answered the call said that you will get discount of the total bill equivalent to your age. That is misleading. The discount is only for the person who is celebrating the birthday. The food was delicious and well worth the price. We ordered the shareable for two for $82. Slow cooked veal tenderloin and seared yellowfin tuna for a start. It's like teasing you with 1 quail egg slice into half, 2 potato chips and pinch of green fields. Squid ink mafalde pasta  was delicious, the design of the pasta looks like a worm and the tenderness is the the same as the squid. That's how my friend describe it. The rack of lamb was delicious, medium rare with fermented garlic paste . The pistachio cheesecake was great. We went home full. More...

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Ginger R.

3 April 2019

We enjoyed absolutely everything about our visit to Ricarda's last weekend.  We were seated promptly, our reservation was waiting when we arrived.  The service was commendable, the food oh so good, all staff friendly and welcoming.  I cannot wait to return on our next trip to Oakville! More...

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T S.

23 March 2019

Went to Ricarda's for dinner with some friends. The decor and ambience are very nice and the service was great. Overall the place was very classy, but comfortable. We were seated at a small round table in these big plush chairs. It was really comfortable for a drink and appetizers, but made eating on the low table a little difficult. The food was great! We had the grilled octopus to share for appetizer. Very tasty, although the portion was quite small for the price. I tried the parpadelle for the main, very good! Not a great beer selection, but lots of interesting cocktails. I'd definitely come back! More...

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Darien W.

11 March 2019

Review based solely on cafe.Summary: altogether I really enjoy their coffee, espresso beverages, and the amount of seating available, I like working on my computer here. *See below for pros & cons list. Pros: seating options, lots of space, great espresso, lattes are great, tasty treats, vegetarian friendly treats, polite staff, computer friendly, pop ups sometimes in lobby space beside the cafe, vegan milks available (soy milk, etc.), lactose free milk, great dessertsCons: unclear café hours, staff are not approachable to ask questions - though still nice, cost is average - not cheap or expensive, I'm intimidated by the restaurant half of the cafe, no one staff member has taken the time to encourage me to try the restaurant. More...

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Jasmine K.

9 March 2019

I came here for my anniversary dinner and loved my experience! We ordered the octopus to start which was cooked perfectly. For mains we had the lobster ravioli and rack of lamb. The lobster ravioli was super tasty but I wish there was more. The lamb was our favourite out of the two mains. It was cooked to a medium rare which was nice. The dessert was what surprised me the most. I never knew I was sucha fan of bread pudding until I had some at Ricarda's! OMG, I need to come back to have the warm brioche pudding complimented with the cold rum ice cream - absolute heaven. To summarize, service here was amazing, great ambiance and delicious food. All the food was also plated very aesthetically and I can't wait to come back again to try brunch or lunch instead. More...

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Renee Ward

4 March 2019

The Food was amazing and the staff was beyond Amazing

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Christie L.

17 February 2019

Here today for Sunday Brunch! So worth the price tag. The buffet offerings are amazing and the flavors are so good. My faves: the raw seafood bar, carving station and of course dessert and S'mores! They even have a bouncing castle and supervised kids area so the kids can play after they eat! Would definitely come back especially for special occasions! More...

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Mary B

14 February 2019

The interior is modern and hip. You can choose to grab a coffee to go or sit in. The staffs there are accommodating and welcoming. I had a very good experience, definitely would recommend this place for coffee with a friend, client, and co-worker. Also coffee is great! More...

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Frédéric Mtl

13 February 2019

Very good meal and the portions are really generous :)
Also excellent service : wOw !
I would definitely recommend and come back !

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Leo Slocombe

13 February 2019

Brunch birthday party for over 20 people was fantastic. $55 for a buffet fit for Royalty. Wonderful service Amazing food. Looking forward to our next brunch. Can't wait.

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Illa Pradeep

13 February 2019

Haven't tried any meals but the pastries are to die for. Must try the raspberry chocolate truffle cake and the baklava!!!!

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Brando Nguyen

13 February 2019

The food is ��. Everything from the kitchen was definitely high quality, and you can tell every dish was made by experienced chefs. Will be back to visit for more food, I hope the quality will be the same! More...

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Karina Rymko

13 February 2019

The service was great. Our waitress was very attentive and took excellent care of us. There were 8 of us and we each had something different. Everyone's food was delicious, with the exception of the lamb burger, which was a tad dry. Other than that, everyone left pleased. More...

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Jonathan Tsz Him

13 February 2019

This was amazing food, amazing presentation, amazing ambience, amazing service, and I think you get the point. Only problem is I'm poor and they're fancy so I'll have to save up to come back.

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Katherine Kan

13 February 2019

Wonderful Easter brunch. Wide variety to choose from. Attentive service and wonderful atmosphere - jazz trio was the perfect touch for a Sunday brunch. Desserts selection is mouth drooling worthy. Great for families as well as couples. More...

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Amber Ellis

13 February 2019

I love Ricarda's! Amazing (and affordable) food, excellent service and a beautiful space. Fresh bread baked in-house and a diverse menu that offers something for everyone - from omnivores to vegetarians (and there are some vegan options too!) - you can't go wrong here.

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Sandra Boulay

13 February 2019

Amazing experience!! Food is absolutely delicious way beyond words. Make sure to try their homemade pasta. Grilled octopus salad is out of this world yummy. Lamb shank is a must try. Service was exceptional from beginning to end. Would highly recommend this gem of a restaurant. More...

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Noel Houtteman

13 February 2019

Wonderfully surprised by the quality and freshness of the offerings, absolutely delectable seasonings, extremely courteous, friendly and professional service. Portions are larger than we are used to and the price point is excellent. Dinner for 2 with 2 cocktails, 2 desserts and cappuccino's was far less than we would pay a block or so down on King St. Am definitely going back. Highly recommend. More...

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Emily Wong

13 February 2019

It was an amazing experience, loved the options from the buffet (raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, foie, all different kinds of ways to eat eggs, desserts, etc.) and our kids loved the big open atrium to play in. They loved the bouncy castle and didn't want to leave. More...

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Karen Carter

13 February 2019

I am usually not a fan of such large open dining spaces, but I love this space! It is warm and there are always great vantage points for people watching. The seats are comfortable and the food is exceptionally. I live the attention to detail.
Best bakery in Toronto!
The service is not were it should be yet but the staff are kind and working at it. Food and physical space are 5 star. Service is 3.5
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Kassandra Santos Millen

13 February 2019

Everything was exceptional. Just one complaint...we ordered 2 different glasses of wine. One was perfect but the other tasted spoiled. The server took it away for the Sommelier to investigate. Turns out, it was. They had absolutely no problem getting a new glass which was nice. We decided to share another glass of wine, this time, yet another different wine. It too was spoiled. We didn't want to say anything this time because we didn't want to be a bother. But my sentiment is that if a place has a Sommelier on staff, they should be checking all wine. 2 out 3 glasses of wine that are spoiled is not good. Hopefully just a bad coincidence.
That aside, the food was incredible! The atmosphere was great and the staff were so kind and attentive. We'll definitely go back again!!
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Linda Ruth Ciglen

13 February 2019

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. One of our party has numerous food sensitivities and the chef took a personal interest and created something amazing for him to eat. The jazzy-blues duo playing added to the enjoyable evening. More...

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Fou Fou

13 February 2019

We had a brunch with live music we were 24 people for a birthday party it was spectacular the food was exquise as usual we had a wonderful service everything was beyond expected
All the guest left with an impressive experience
We love this once and we are going to have 2 more birthday parties next week
They have the best brunch in the city $55 per person and if you had $30 alcohol unlimited
The only other place who has it is the ritz Carlton
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Pam Marshall

13 February 2019

Have been meaning to try this place for a while. Beautiful space, though the acoustics are bit problematic. It gets very noisy as the night goes on. The food is a wonderful mediterranean mix. Our group of 4 loved all their dishes. We recommend the fabulous octopus salad, the tuna and salmon crudo is outstanding. For mains we loved the prawn saffron risotto, lemon saffron linguine and we all agreed we would go back for the uniquely deconstructed and excellent bouillabaisse. Desserts are a hit too; check out the dark chocolate lemon mousse, the tiramisu and the milk chocolate pavlova. Service was a bit slow at times, but it was a busy Saturday night. Good wine list and some interesting specialty cocktails. Highly recommend you try this place. More...

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V S

7 February 2019

Visited for jazz brunch on Sunday and tapas on Wednesday. Love this place. The food is amazing and atmosphere is great. The jazz is super too

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Wil Turrin

6 February 2019

We went to Ricardo's for their brunch buffet and were rewarded with such a tasty treat. Prime rib was superb, the roasted potatoes are perfection. Custom omelettes and bennies, savoury pancakes and a seafood bar were just some of the highlights. Too full to even contemplate the pasta bar. I want to go back and hit all the stations I couldn't fit in. More...

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Aki K.

3 February 2019

My friend and I enjoyed there for Winterlicious.  It was my first time, but it was awesome!  Great food and service!

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Irina Jovanovic

1 February 2019

Great cappuccino. Finally. Also, really nice interior and friendly staff. Don't hesitate to try any of their salads. Love them.

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Chris C.

26 January 2019

Came across this place while seaeching for breakfast. The place is quite large and can seat a lot of people which is good. We reserved a table ahead of time just im case. We ordered the salmon benedict and the ham croquet. The food time quite a while to recieve maybe around 20 to 25 minutes which was a bit odd. When the food came it was loaded with a lot of of arugula on the plate. The eggs on the benedict were cooked perfectly and the hollidsiase had a lot of flavor. The croquet was a bit small but was pretty good. Overall the food was pretty good with small portions and a lot of veggies but still worth a try! More...

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Ed I.

25 January 2019

Excellent food. Everything on the menu is delightful. The tiramisu dessert is from the upper reaches from heaven. This is a classy and excellent location. About as good as it gets in Toronto. Come down and have yourself a ball! More...

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Nelson C.

20 January 2019

Sunday jazz and brunch was excellent. Great variety that includes a cold seafood bar, made to order pasta and omelette stations, s'mores station, pastries, pancake and crepe section and the beef/pork/fish. Pancakes were made differently and were amazingly good. More...

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Patsy Ip

23 December 2018

Excellent service, good food & very considerate for guests bringing kids along coz they provide a kid corner & children enjoy playing there.

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Jody Lengyell

9 December 2018

great food.very tasty.The building and decor are very nice.Loved the icebar

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Joe Abaquin Bing Aquino

2 December 2018

Work’s Christmas Party. Amazing food and before they took the order, the person asked everyone for any food allergies. The vegetarian chocolate cake was amazing. Service is awesome too. More...

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Dora Rodriguez

26 November 2018

[Sunday brunch in the 6ix ] Maybe it was the jazz playing in the background when I walked in, escaping a cold November day in Toronto . Maybe it was a warm feeling of nostalgia, reminding me of one of my favourite spots to eat in Madrid, El Mercado de San Miguel, but all I know is that @ricardas.to is now highly recommended on my list of places to visit for Sunday brunch in my cosmopolitan city. It’s not only an all you can eat buffet, it’s a culinary experience that will easily transport you all the way to Southern Europe, while your palate indulges in a healthy Mediterranean diet, like the one I grew up on in Spain . I suggest you make a reservation, this place fills up quickly. Thankfully my good friend Rhea and I, made one today #LifeOfSapere More...

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Dean Garrard

26 November 2018

Did a gig at the venue and had a chance to taste some of their food. Highly recommend their seafood and pasta.

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John S.

21 November 2018

Fantastic bouillabaisse.  My server, Penny, made a great recommendation of Calvados with the sublime bread pudding dessert.  Heavenly!John Sawyer,Langley, BC

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Saar Saleem

20 November 2018

Great place. I've been a regular visitor of this place and I am a big fan of pretty much all the menu items. Their customer service is top level. The pastas are out of this world. Their Breakfast menu is also really good.

I've also met the owner when he was setting up the place. He was quite nice and introduced us to his family and also gave us a free meal as being one of the first customers.

Although charging for butter during breakfast is the only odd thing I've come across. I highly recommend this place.
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Brian Siegal

18 November 2018

Everything was absolutely fabulous. I have never had a better brunch!

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Yasso Y.

18 November 2018

Flatbread is just another word for awesome pizza here. This is fine dinning at a budget.  We had appetizers and main dish and desert average $50 per person.  Immaculate presentation and Devine tasting dishes.  The fish was excellent and the beef was so tasty and soft while the truffle risotto is a must.  The place is both stylish and cozy with great friendly service. Our server Megan was so helpful and friendly.  I hope I got here name right because she really deserves a mention here.  The portions could get some boost and I only say that because every thing tastes sooooo good. More...

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Michèle Ballestin

16 November 2018

The finest of the food, the generous Sunday brunch and the friendly staff!

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Maryrose Tait

4 November 2018

Have walked by your venue many times and thought it was a patisserie...wow was I wrong after the scrumptious dinner last evening. From the starter to the dessert proving your culinary Mediterranean skills bar none. Highly recommend that all food lovers enjoy the faire at Ricarda's. The wait staff also added that special touch. More...

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Wyatt A.

24 October 2018

Came here for dinner on a Saturday evening. The food was delicious, we ordered the Char grilled octopus, the whole hen plate, can't remember the whole name and also the halibut plate. Service was excellent. Loved the atmosphere, not too noisy to be able to carry a conversation, the place had high ceilings and you can see the kitchen staff working so they are not making the food out in the back somewhere. Super clean washrooms. Will visit again! More...

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Vivian D.

11 October 2018

We came here on a Sunday for their jazz brunch. What a sweet space with eclectic decor and high ceilings to dine at. The buffet selection is unique compared to other buffets in the city but definitely matches the price you pay for it ($65/pp). Raw oysters, shrimp, customizable pasta, stews, cheese and charcuterie in addition to all your typical breakfast offerings were very delicious.  However the service was a bit spotty as it took some time for us to wave down a waiter. More...

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Claire X.

6 October 2018

I ordered Cornish hen which comes with huge portion and tastes great. It was juicy, tender and flavourful. The cocktail (the one I had is called can't go wrong), flatbread and mushroom risotto were also pretty good. The menu seems to have a lot of seafood options and I would def try those in the menu next time. The restaurant is spacious with open kitchen. Good place for conversations. More...

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Neha S.

30 September 2018

Loved the ambience and the food. Would definitely come back! Ordered eggs florentine and fries which had a smokey flavour.

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Mortaric M.

29 September 2018

Ricarda's gelatoIf you just want gelato, there's no need to sit in the restaurant. Walk in, turn right at the hostess. There you'll find the dessert prep area AND the gelato section. The selection is not big, but the gelato is rich and flavourful. The classic chocolate is a strong flavoured dark chocolate and is smooth. The vanilla is the best I've had anywhere. Sample the sangria, it's a great option too. We had just a small cup and it was the perfect size. There is an open area just beyond the gelato section with some plush chairs and some stools to sit and enjoy at your leisure. A hidden treasure.  Come on Sunday and you'll get to enjoy the live jazz being played for the brunch crowd. More...

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Natasha Kikos

27 September 2018

For your special events. The perfect choice..

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Sum P.

8 September 2018

This is for the overall Sunday jazz brunch experience. The bouncing castle and the foie gras alone worth 5 stars. The rest of the food is ok nothing too memorable and kind of mediocre. I will say 3 stars.But worth going if you are eating out with kids! Super fun for kids and you know how relief you are when your kids are playing independently while you can actually enjoy what you are eating! I think they watch you kids in that play area if you sign a waiver? Not sure about that though. And they have cute cupcakes in the kids play area. Lovely! More...

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Paula S.

1 September 2018

Visited for breakfast. It was wonderful. I had the marinated salmon and avocado toast with beets, quail eggs and sliced green apple. It was light, balanced and super satisfying. So lovely. The coffee was really good as well. More...

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Tiffany W.

27 August 2018

Very accommodating. Dining as a vegan during brunch hour. Chef made a special vegan dish for me and the taste was just right!

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J.b. Bucky

20 August 2018

Great venue and amazing service!!!

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Mabel L.

18 August 2018

This restaurant is very very good. I have been here for Breakfast and Supper. Their Benny's is now one of my favorites in Toronto. I was hesitant to order it because it was on an English muffin and since they were also a bakery I was hoping for the Benny to be on top of something that was made in house. To my surprise, it was! Their English muffin was the best I ever had and it was made at the bakery. Their side salad was perfectly season and delicious. I also ordered a side scone. It was good but wish it came warm and with butter. Their dinners were good too. The only reason why I gave them 4 stars was their duck was extremely rare even though the flavours were there. I should have sent it back but I did not have the courage to do it. Their dessert was amazing. I am still craving their special dessert of the day which I don't remember the name of. Will be back for sure!! More...

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Nora B.

13 August 2018

Had an incredible Jazz Brunch Sunday. Really beautiful restaurant excellent for our large group and the food was faultless. The house made pasta in particular was amazing. Special mention to the great service we had and to Rebecca who was so responsive and accommodating over emails. More...

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Cherry L.

11 August 2018

Came here for my friend's birthday dinner and was pleasantly surprised by their sharing menu option. Perfect for sharing between two people, for $80, you can choose from the menu a starter, a pasta, a main and a dessert. We had a big group so we tried a lot of different things from the menu. Note that although we had 9 people we were not required to do any prix fix menus which was great. The service was a little slow so it might not be ideal if you are in a rush.For starter I recommend the charcuterie board because that alone is already $28 so you definitely get your value for money if you do the sharing menu. Or I would recommend the Provimi Veal Carpaccio, which is raw veal with truffle honey drizzle, very tasty and generous portions. For pasta, the group seemed to have enjoyed the shrimp and oyster mushroom ravioli more than the black truffle risotto. For main, my friends really enjoyed the rack of lamb with Pistachio Crust (I don't eat lamb so I skipped out on that). To wrap up the meal, the tiramisu was average but very nicely plated.Overall the food was decent and the sharing menu was really good value for money. I would return to this restaurant. More...

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Alice L.

5 August 2018

I have been to Ricarda's on two separate occasions, once for dinner and the other time for their brunch.We came here on a week day for dinner, and it was quite peaceful. They dimmed the lights and made it a perfect date night place. I ordered the Grilled Free-Range Cornish Hen. Cornish hen is one of my favourite dishes and Ricarda's did not disappoint. The flavour seeped through the skin and spices really tasted satisfying for every bite. Our server respected the time during our dinner, while checking up on us once in a while. My more memorable experience was coming back for their Jazz Brunch, after experiencing a nice meal the previous time. I took my entire family here to celebrate my brother's birthday. The change of the interior shocked me when I walked in. I was amazed at how they were able to transform it from a "romantic, upscale western restaurant" to a "fun, jazzy brunch place". The awesome live music was definitely a bonus factor. We were seated immediately with a reservation, and drink orders were taken. Our server patiently explained exactly how the brunch worked as it was the first time for both of my parents to experience a buffet styled brunch. We spent about 2 hours here eating away, chatting, enjoying the desserts, meat, greens, and seafood. Our server was keen on refilling our coffees, and bringing my brother more orange juice every half an hour or so! The quality of the service really stood out during this meal. At no point did we feel like we were rushed to pay and leave. The food was amazing, and the freshness of the foods did not disappoint despite the buffet style. The guys behind the meat bars were chatty and friendly, always wanted to strike a witty conversation. I am definitely looking forward to coming back again for the brunch. There is a parking lot behind the restaurant. More...

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Sarah S.

24 July 2018

I really like Ricarda's! I came in here for a quick bite and was pleasantly surprised that the sandwiches here are quite fresh despite them being in the display glass all morning. Great selection of speciality teas as well! The place itself is super chic and is located in a really good location.  I would love to come back here again for brunch or for after hours. More...

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Steve J.

18 July 2018

Absolutely phenomenal! The waitress was extremely pleasant and my cappuccino was especially tasty. The croque madame with a croissant they made fresh in-house ranks as one of the the best I've had to date.

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Skylar Q.

18 July 2018

Me and my friend went there for summerlicious. This is a really nice restaurant. The deco is really mordern and really clean and organized. The service was good, the servers were really friendly. My friend and him even had a small chat. The food quality was nice, the flavors were there and the presentation was amazing. However, I just wish the portion was a bit bigger. More...

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Faye A.

17 July 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants, I used to live nearby but even after I moved I still visit often! Went to brunch the other day and fell in love with Ricarda's all over again.The lamb confit with hash is excellent and hearty. The smoothie bowl will be my new go-to, so delicious and refreshing, great choice if you want something light.The service has been exceptionally every single time and the decor is beautiful!I plan on going back for their jazz brunch on Sunday's. More...

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14 July 2018

I may never come here if not because of my friend's party! Thanks to that, I got to experience great food and service!Place is nice. Theres's dinner section, lounge section, bar-stool section. I ordered 3meal dinner course (scallop and pork belly, baked snapper, cheesecake) and each of them is really delish!  Very impressed! Small serving though, but I already expect it since the place have that high-class or fancy 'feel' to it. Yet surprisingly, the price is not as 'fancy' as i thought, which is a bonus! The free bread and some reddish dipping sauce is yummy. If only we are not big group, i may finish  them all by myself (the dipping is the best!!).lol. They also gave us extra bread and sauce knowing some people still hungry afterward. Overall, this place is not to be missed! More...

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Brandon C.

30 June 2018

Excellent service during our visit. Greeted with a smile by all staff. The menu has a diverse and delicious spread and excellent flavors. The flatbreads were quite tasty and unique! More...

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Cécile Moutte

27 June 2018

Cadre superbe, j'ai testé le smoothie bowl au petit déjeuner, un régal, pour les yeux d'abord et les papilles ensuite! Le service est impeccable. J'y suis retournée aujourd'hui pour déjeuner, du coup, et j'ai été ravie. La salade niçoise, le healthy bowl et la crème brûlée étaient délicieux, et la carte des vins est top. Service toujours aussi agréable. Bravo! More...

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Sharon T.

27 June 2018

4.5/5 for my experience planning a major event and for bakery food!After getting feedback from past formal events, one organizer recommended that we look into Ricarda's. The people my team worked with were experienced and made our jobs a lot easier. One of the biggest concern was quantity of food. The event planning team at Ricarda's gave us plenty of (quality) food. We had stations serving pasta, mediterranean food, antipasti, and of course, a dessert station. It was also for a very reasonable price, in comparison to hosting events at Oliver and Bonacini spaces.Venue - Ricarda's is situated inside a larger building with security. We gained access to the "upper deck", which consisted of several couches and a perfect place for people to stay when they want to step away from the heart of the dance floor/party. Overall, very spacious and accessible by transit. Food - The food I at at my event was spectacular. During one of my pre-event visits, I picked up a lemon raspberry croissant. The lemon filling was oozing out of the flakey, buttery pastry. I love how the pastry had pink highlights, differentiating it from other croissants. I would definitely come back to try their sit down menu and of course, host another event here. More...

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Vixen K.

24 June 2018

So I came here yesterday morning for breakfast/brunch.. and I was feeling brave.. so instead of ordering breakfast or lunch, I got something off the main menu instead. My friend had the eggs with toast and I tasted it and it had cream, salsa and spices like cumin and other stuff.. it tasted like nacho eggs, I liked it. I got the lamb shank / chop and it came with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and gravy. I enjoyed my lamb.. I was looking for a knife to cut into it and I had to use a butter knife (since no one was around to ask for a knife).. anyways, I ended up using my butter knife and it was so tender, it just flaked apart and it was Delicious..  I just wish more came with it? I would gladly order it again but it is filling and I didn't end up eating the whole thing. I had a strawberry margarita, that the guy at the bar made from scratch for me (since it wasn't on the menu) and I also got a strawberry and raspberry cocktail and I enjoyed both drinks but they are more on the bitter side, not sweet. The customer service.. I can't explain it, they all seemed in there own world but when I asked questions, they are very personal and straight forward. They do bring you bread and a tomato sauce at the beginning of your meal, which is nice. The atmosphere/ ambiance I find is more for business lunch / dinner get togethers.. I don't find it romantic, because of the way the seating is but it is a nice lofty looking restaurant but I do recommend it for business lunch meet up or for a drink. I think it is a new restaurant? They gave me a cute Key, keychain to take home after, but perhaps that's only for a limited time? Come here and try it out for yourself. More...

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Cara C.

12 June 2018

[LOCATION] - 5/5This place is located at Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street West. Plenty of cool shops in the to explore before/after your meal here, especially if you venture off to Queen Street West. [SERVICE] - 5/5Hands down the best service ever. Our server even gave us a tour of the brunch buffet! She always checked on our table, was professional, yet also super personable. [DÉCOR] - 5/5 So elegant and beautiful. The placement of every single piece of decor was well thought-out and extremely aesthetically-pleasing. [QUALITY] - 5/5Mind-blowingly high-quality and fresh ingredients for a brunch buffet. [ORDER] - 5/5- Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet - $59.00: the highlight of this brunch buffet was definitely the seafood station with cocktail shrimps, fresh oysters, and scallops. The meats were also cooked to perfection, and there were ample varieties of salads and other greens. There's also a station where the chef prepares a fresh omelettes and foie grois. [OVERALL] - 5/5My visit to Ricarda's was hands down one of my favourite dining experiences. From the top-quality service and live Jazz music to the value of the food, I would definitely recommend this place for special occasions, or if you just want to enjoy a phenomenal Sunday brunch buffet More...

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Samantha N.

5 June 2018

4.5 Stars!Likes:- Service was efficient and pleasant, and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes.- Food was delicious. The chefs were thoughtful and deliberate with small touches that elevated each dish.- Lovely open concept kitchen with high ceilings in the dining room.Not as impressed:- Can't really think of anyI came here with 2 of my girlfriends and we all enjoyed this dinner. We ordered the following dishes:Char-Grilled Octopus ($19) - The octopus tentacles were tender and I enjoyed the Mediterranean influence in the dish. I love both black olives and plum tomatoes, so it was a perfect combination for me. The fresh piquiollo gremolata was bright and had a mild sweetness to it. The israeli couscous was fried and added a nice crispy element to the dish.Carnaroli Risotto ($22) - The presentation of this dish was not particularly appetizing, but the whiff of truffle oil immediately caught my attention. The risotto was rich, creamy and just delicious! The parsley and hibuscus sea salt added brightness to this otherwise heavy dish. And the unexpected hint of floral flavour somehow worked. This was definitely one of my favourites for the night.Milano Flatbreads ($17) - The melted cheese and artichokes were my favourite toppings. I also liked the earthy mushrooms which of course paired perfectly with truffle oil. Overall, I enjoyed the flatbread, although this isn't a must order in my view since there were so many other delicious choices.Aged Balsamic Glazed Brome Lake Duck Breast ($27) - The risotto had some stiff competition as I couldn't quite decide which dish I enjoyed more. The duck breast was rich and flavourful and the parsnip puree and figs added a nice sweetness to the dish. The creamer potatoes and mushrooms complimented the dish well and we almost licked the plate clean!Ricarda's Signature Tiramisu ($10) - The tiramisu was a nice finish, although I was more impressed with the savoury dishes here. The tiramisu was wrapped in a thin piece of dark chocolate, which although tasty, I prefer the traditional version a lot more. Overall, I really enjoyed the meal and I have every intention to return! More...

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Romain Joachin

4 June 2018

Pour y avoir travaillé , restaurant de grande qualité , avec des produits frais et une équipe passionnée avec un très grand respect pour le client

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Aastha S.

2 June 2018

Amazing decor and ambience, and pretty good customer service. Tried out with 3 girlfriends and was happy to see that they were not too busy for a Friday night! We ordered mains and dessert to follow. I got the black and yellow fettuccini and it was good but it felt a bit under-seasoned so I asked for extra black pepper. For dessert we got the chocolate pavlova and that was literally a piece of art! So pretty -  it is almost hard to want to eat it! But it was yummy! Next time I'm getting the tiramisu! Place is a bit pricey, but good if you're dining for a special occasion or as a nice little treat for yourself once in a while! More...

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Alla B.

26 May 2018

the atmosphere set here is amazing . it manages to be chill and cozy while also giving off that amazing Italian meditterenia vibe . great service and a very kind helpful waitress. we ordered on the more expensive side ,the lamb shank , octopus and black and white pasta were all amazing and are a recommendation to anyone visiting . all in all ,a true 5 star experience in the heart of Oakville More...

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Alla B.

26 May 2018

atmosphere set here is amazing . it manages to be chill and cozy while also giving off that amazing Italian meditterenia vibe . great service and a very kind helpful waitress. we ordered on the more expensive side ,the lamb shank , octopus and black and white pasta were all amazing and are a recommendation to anyone visiting . all in all ,a true 5 star experience in the heart of Oakville More...

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Tanvier P.

13 May 2018

I'm still coming off cloud nine as my husband and I spent over two glorious hours here for Ricarda's Mother's Day brunch. I'm so thankful they were able to squeeze us in as I inquired the day before since we were going to be in the area.The service, from the hostess seating us, to our server -- and everyone commandeering their buffet stations-- was spectacular. The ambiance is quaint with rustic and inviting modern vibes.This buffet -- that was split by cuisine  across countertops-- was better than yummy. I loaded up on salad assortment after salad assortment (yes, I am the one who likely used up all the white balsamic dressing) that was simple yet so delicious with all the toppings. There was steak,  salmon, a breakfast area, oysters for the bougie, antipasto, and a dessert area with the most delicious treats -- including personalized créme brulee and a fudge type concoction in an edible chocolate cup.Everything hit the spot and was so perfect, including the live jazz and kids club option that allowed me and my husband to enjoy adult beverages and adult conversation without  our rugrats interrupting. I'm so thankful we got to  experience the brunch and wish we lived nearby! More...

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Jennifer S.

19 April 2018

I enjoyed dinner at Ricarda's last night with 3 coworkers.  We started with a lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio and then shared the spicy duck sausage flatbread with potatoes and 2 eggs and the grilled octopus.  For my entree, I enjoyed the yogurt mustard cornish hens with a side salad and green beans.  Lively atmosphere with nice live music, but the service was extremely slow considering the restaurant was packed - however, our server was professional and engaging. More...

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Victor Y.

23 March 2018

Very clean and modern environment. I came here for lunch and ordered the soup of the day, the lobster linguine, and the creme brulee. The food was presented very nicely and was quite good, but it took a long time for the food to arrive. More...

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George K.

19 March 2018

Very good restaurant.....excellent ambiance ( open concept and you can see the kitchen at work) and all of our food orders were delicious. The service on a Saturday night was wonderful....we had  a friendly and knowledgeable waiter. Our octopus appetizer was tasty and prepared to perfection. The bouillibaise main was superb and the broth was perfect. Our dinner companions share the rack of lamb and it looked great.....and they said it was perfectly done.   So why just 4 stars......the place is great but pricey.....and the portions could be a little  bigger. If you have a larger appetite... Expect to pay $100 per couple without drinks.Overall......I'd go back again for special occasions. Apparently, they do a great brunch...  Which we will need to try. More...

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Lauretta ..

12 March 2018

I celebrated my 22nd birthday here with my friend and I really enjoyed it. We reserved a table on a Saturday night and it was a correct decision because they are very busy that night. The food is so tasty. The black & yellow linguine is interesting and delicious! I also got a birthday message on my dessert plate!! And the service is a perfection. Definitely worths the price. The servers are very careful and warm-hearted. The supervisor came around and asked us how we were doing during the dinner for more than three times. I feel their carefulness. It made me so happy that night. It was just perfect. More...

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Lauretta Wen

5 March 2018

Everything makes it a perfection. The food, the service, the atmosphere.

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Linda K.

3 March 2018

Easily a top restaurant in Toronto. After a warm welcome, we were seated a table near the open kitchen. It was a treat to watch the action. The food was exceptional - mushroom risotto, ravioli, and lamb shank. Let's not forget the desserts! We shared blue moon cheesecake and pavlova. Ricarda's is a hidden gem. Thank you for the extraordinary food, and impeccable service. We will definitely be back! More...

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Selina P.

24 February 2018

We came to Ricarda's in a party of 4 for dinner on an early Saturday night. It was fairly easy to get reservations, and got busier towards 8pm. We ordered: - black and yellow fettuccine- marinated salmon - grilled octopus- toula flatbread with spicy sausage and 2 sunny side up eggs - pork belly - yogurt cornish hen with a side salad of spring mix, dried figs, and dried apricots and a ratatouille. Highlights were the flatbread, cornish hen, and pork belly. The flavours and execution worked together very well - I love apple and pork, and the apple and bacon bits on the pork belly were delicious. The cornish hen was very moist, but the salad seemed to be an afterthought of greens thrown on the plate. The ratatouille was tasty, but slightly underwhelming- it was similar to chopped vegetables in a curry base. The bread was also a bit underwhelming for a place that makes their own bread (they have a bakery attached to the main restaurant for quick grab and go goods). Dessert was the rum baba, a cake with a flambé banana, rum ice cream, and rum soaked raisins. The cake was a bit of a bread like consistency, but the rum flavours were very strong. Overall it worked out to be roughly $160 without drinks, which was pretty reasonable! Overall, the flavours and execution was well done, but the dishes could be more interesting and creative. Would definitely come again to try their brunch and other menu items. More...

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Leela Vanstone

19 February 2018

Great place! Food was excellent and great service!

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Cory W.

11 February 2018

Came to a party at the Queen Richardson Centre where the food was catered by Ricardas. The party we attended had about a dozen different food stations all supplied by them. I tried more food than I can even remember but some of the highlights included a prime rib sandwich station (with sautéed onions in au jus), their flat bread pizza station, and the smoked egg plant ravioli station. At the end of the night they even brought out a "make your own smores" station as well.Everything here was top quality and top class. I'd be interested to get a look at their actual menu, but if the food we had at the party was any indicator I bet it's great. More...

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Paul Marconi

9 February 2018

A venue to definitely check out ! Vibe atmosphere, delicious dishes , cozy warm welcoming staff !

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Soleil S.

29 January 2018

I realize that my older Jazz brunch review is going to give some serious moments of disappointment if you're expecting crab legs, a la minute menu, or abundance of different dishes all stacked pretty on the counter tops.  Don't get me wrong... they still do a great brunch buffet but as things go in business, they cut back and offering a lower ingredient value.  That being said, I still think Ricarda's brunch is still worthy of a special event.Sitting at $55 per person, this would normally raise eyebrows for a Sunday Brunch.  A decent time out can be hitting $30 per person after tip and tax... with $55 with tax and tip, you're easily looking at $70+ and that's without any alcohol.  It ... is ... pricey BUT I will have to say the service is sincere and attentive, its a true buffet with no limitations (though it is a 2 hour seating) with 4 star restaurant quality sit down dishes, AND its in a great space.  I actually love the space.I know I've written lots about this place but the short answer is that it's geared towards an upscale experience while still being warm and approachable.  Folded napkins on your chair while you get up... check.  Cool atmosphere with a live jazz trio ... check.  Helpful kitchen staff to tempt you with interesting dishes ... check.  There's nothing casual about this place and the restaurant shows it.  Though with exposed concrete walls & pipes veers towards the casual, the large grand windows, soft olive cloth for seats, and dark gleaming walnut woods keep it in the refined luxury.  The other crazy but great thing is that they open a kids play area (moderately monitored) with a full blown jumping castle... yes, I said it right, a jumping castle!!  For the 3 times I've been here, the place still looks shiny, new, and pristine.As mentioned with the kitchen staff, they're very helpful and same with the dining room staff.  We had a great time ensured by our waitress... dishes cleared quickly, napkins folded nicely, and our coffee kept up to the brim.About the food... the quality is there.  It exceeds most regular brunch places... let alone a brunch buffet where you expect the quality to dip.  If Ricarda's had to cut back, I do appreciate that decided to go with quality than maintain quantity.  Though I had to admit that I was genuinely disappointed when I first walked among the dishes, my first times here had me deciding how to pace myself because there were TOO many great dishes to choose.  This time around, I found myself just browsing to make up a balanced plate not filled with dessert.I wont go into all the items available but I will highlight some great things.  In general, there are always at least 2 or 3 flat bread pizza with interesting toppings like proscuitto, a charcuterie and cheese area with a good offering of 3 each, a decent salad offering with vegetables beyond the typical romaine, unseasonal tomato, and maybe some carrots... I appreciate the grilled mushrooms, peppers, baby kale, and other interesting varieties, large freshly sliced meat (I think we had a pork and roast beef that day), a small but curated seafood area of mostly oyster, small scallops salad, chilled shrimp, and chilled mussels (No more crab legs ... oh well), breakfast baked treats like croissants, regular bread like focaccia, fresh sliced fruits, made to order omelette bar and you can get foie gras, made to order pasta bar, waffles, crepes, bacon... ok, I think you get the general idea.Favourite itemsChilled shrimp - though they were as giant a year ago, these are still bigger than your average place and they were plump without being water logged or soggyEgg Benedict - you can order this fresh and my picture is not photoshopped ... the sauce does glisten nicely and with the most oozy molten yolk.  I wouldnt say this is my favourite in the city but it was very good especially for a buffetMediterrean Calamari in a stew - there's a small section with 3 large cast iron pots filled with 'stew's.  I know they dont necessarily look appetizing at first but grab one.  I dunno how they kept the calamari so tender in there but wow, this was one of my favourite things to eat.  Vibrant spices that just perks you up... pour this on top of coucous or rice and you got a perfect winter meal.Dessert section... like all of it - Cool thing, the head pastry chef is there behind the table so anything you want to know  or looking for something, she's all for it and ready to share her passion.  I like the fact they do have a gluten free option too.  The panna cotta, caramel banana cake, pavlova (I love my a pavlova and these bite size versions were perfect), and cannoli were just bomb.  I would say that Ricarda still excels for Toronto buffet brunch offering but if you're from Asia or a big city like New York or Dubai, please temper your expectations.  I would say a year ago that Ricarda's did well and could potentially keep up with the food offerings but sadly not quite now. More...

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Derek Feltz

21 January 2018

Really great, had a wonderful date the service and food were excellent.

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Sylvie Koger Boulay

15 January 2018

Atmosphere, music, wait staff, and the food was amazing. Totally recommend Ricarda’s.

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Erika C.

7 January 2018

Really enjoyed brunch at Ricarda's! I'm from nyc so I feel like I know brunch (nyc is the capitalOf brunch!) and this place definitely scored high on my brunch scale. No bottomless but that's cool because their mimosas are made with freshly squeezed oj and their brunch menu is really good. I had their spinach quinoa burger and my husband had the lamb burger. Both super tasty! Our waitress Hillary was super sweet! Every Sunday they have a live jazz brunch. I would definitely go back next time I visit Toronto! More...

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Kiki C.

5 January 2018

Came here for jazz brunch. The restaurant was busy and it was fully booked. The food tasted great but not many selections, at least less than many other brunch buffet. I like the pan seared foie gras and the freshly made egg benny. The sweets were the best part! The live jazz band was a great addition to the brunch experience. More...

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May C.

18 December 2017

What a gorgeous space. I came here for dinner on a Friday night for a date. There was a live pianist and jazz singer, who did an amazing job. I love the ambience of the space. High ceilings, open kitchen, lots of seatings. Definitely a place I would like to come back to. Our server was super friendly and made some great recommendations. We started off with a octopus salad which we a greater starter piece. It was light with the right amount of acidity and flavour. The octopus was sliced very thinly so it very easy fish to share. I ordered the duck for my main. It's cooked to your liking. I had mine medium and it was perfect for me. My date ordered a lamb shank... it is definitely a big meal. We ordered a bottle suggested by the sommelier, who I have to say did a fantastic job! He picked a wine that was within our price range that was suiting for the dishes we ordered. It was delicious! More...

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Sam R.

16 December 2017

Excellent from all sides. Great service, wonderful atmosphere and food without fault.

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Paul M.

10 December 2017

In prime location in the entertainment district of Toronto near Spidina not far from Scotia bank movie theater. This place is hoping during Sundays for great brunches buffet ($55) while listening to jazz. We went on Saturday since it just announced that the restaurant will extend brunches into Saturday too. Our group got Isreali Couscous Salad with chicken, lamb burgers, marinated salmon on avocado toast, almond croissants, and steak shears. Drank red vino ( my partner and crime drinks this everywhere), Capuccino and hot chocolate served in bowl cups. The Good: wow the decor is nice bright and spacious. Large banquette tables accommodate 6-8 people like where we were seated. Our waiter super friendly who spoke Parisian French.The Bad: when fully booked you may need to sit at a table surrounding a coffee table. Bad for your back when eating! Luckily for us, we got moved to a bigger seating arrangement with a real table. Tip: great for private gatherings or parties and 5 à 7 cocktail & drinks which explains some of the seating arrangements. The Ugly: Not much. Easily in top tier in Toronto for brunch. Large following on Facebook...it is pricey $$$-$$$$ More...

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Martin W.

2 December 2017

I really liked my meal and food experience here. Everything from the staff, to the tables, decor, staff, and especially food were top notch. I don't remember what was here before, but I feel like the building and renovations really made this a beautiful space. My only complaint is the acoustics are bad, and so sound travels easily making the restaurant quite loud. More...

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A L.

2 December 2017

the seafood are really fresh and service is good too and I can make sure to return for eat it again in the near future

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Marcel Kaiser

1 December 2017

Best restaurant in town! Thank you for this amazing dinner:)

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Precilla C.

30 November 2017

I've been to Ricarda's three times- once for dinner, once for breakfast and once for brunch. This review will focus on my brunch experience. I went on a Saturday and so did not take advantage of their famous Sunday buffet brunch (though I'd very much like to try one day). They had recently just launched the Saturday brunch menu so I was excited to see a lot of cool options with an Italian twist.I got a saffron pasta while my fiancé opted for steak and eggs. Both were really delicious! The steak and eggs in particularly really wowed me, and it came with a side of fries - perfectly seasoned and crisp! The pasta that I got was not as brunch-like but was very tasty nevertheless. Although between the two, I would definitely say that the steak and eggs was the winner!Overall, really loved my brunch experience especially with their new menu, and would love to come back to try their jazz brunch on Sundays! More...

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Neda I.

26 November 2017

We had a great time today at their Jazzy Brunch!We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. I highly recommend this place and don't understand how I haven't discovered this gem earlier.One downside - the first people of our party arrived 5 minutes before Ricarda's opened and weren't allowed in. More...

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R B.

13 November 2017

What a find! Creative and cutting edge cuisine at a great price. We've enjoyed both breakfast and dinner here.Ricarda's is not your boring, run-of-the-mill bacon and egg place. They have some unique offerings. For breakfast, the berry muffins with the yummy jam? Wow. The fresh pressed juice  - try the strawberry-tangerine if they have it. I wondered about the side salad with tabouleh, which accompanied my breakfast croissant, but it was perfection.Tonight was dinner. It began with bread. No butter? No worries. The red pepper spread was so tasty. The waiter informed us that the heirloom caprese salad with burrata wasn't made with burrata cheese. It was made with burette gelato. Wait. What? Gelato? It was incredible. We tried the pappardelle with duck confit and the saffron risotto with shrimp. Both were creatively presented and delicious. Unfortunately, we were too full for one of their specialty desserts. I guess we'll have to come back. More...

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Helen B.

13 November 2017

We were actually looking for a different restaurants when we stumbled upon this one. We popped in to look at the menu and was welcomed so warmly we decided to stay.With a variety of high tables, low tables, both and sofa chairs there is a social setting for everyone. Our server was Keiran and she was fabulous. Knowledgable and timely.We ordered the Lemon Saffron Linguine, the asparagus and garlic shrimp tapas. All were extremely tasty and the fresh pasta was perfectly cooked. The house Sauvignon blanc was a perfect pairing to the dishes but the piece de resistance was the Brioche pudding! Holy was a buttery delight. The manager, host, owner, who knows because everyone worked so well as a team, brought us a complimentary local ice wine to enjoy with our dessert to top it all off. I would highly recommend this place for the ambience, food and the service.Deserves the 5 stars for sure. Will visit next time we are back. More...

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G L.

11 November 2017

Passed by this restaurant many times & finally got to try this place for a weekday lunch.  Was there from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. As I had made an online reservation, my guest & I were offered a window seat.  The restaurant is quite big, however the tables in the area where we sat were set-up quite close to each other.  Luckily Ricarda's wasn't very busy that day, otherwise it may have felt somewhat cramped up.Our waiter & the restaurant manager were both very friendly.We ordered the Toulon Flatbread (spicy duck sausage, sliced potato, red onion, egg, rosemary, stracciatella, $14) & Rigatoni (lamb ragout, grilled black kale and broccoli, rapini spread, aged parmesan, $18). Presentations looked as good as their tastes.  Love the fried eggs on the flatbread, and the spicy kick was perfect. The rigatoni was cooked al dente and was very flavourful.The restaurant also has a casual take-out outlet with freshly prepared sandwiches & baked goods.Look forward to my next visit to Ricarda's! More...

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Diana D.

8 November 2017

This past summer, I tried Ricarda's for the first time for Summerlicious. The lunch menu was $23 plus taxes for their three-course meal. I had the Ricarda's Quiche, Pan-Seared Red Snapper, and Tiramisu. I enjoyed my Summerlicious meal thoroughly, and after looking at Ricarda's regular menu, this was quite a steal! The three course meal was not overly filling and hit that sweet spot of contentment. The restaurant's atmosphere is lovely, perfect for a weekend brunch or an evening dinner date. I definitely recommend checking out Ricarda's if you are looking for a slightly higher-end restaurant downtown for a date or other special occasion. If you find that it's out of your budget, definitely try it for Winterlicious or Summerlicious! More...

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Patricia M.

6 November 2017

Came here for Sunday Jazz Brunch.Lots of selection on food choices:shrimp cocktailsRaw oystersPasta barFoie gras & omletteWaffles/ crepesand many other options !!My favorite part of my meal must be the foie gras & omlette !!Brunch is $55 per person (includes drip coffees)Service is excellent, Ambience is nice - they have musicians playing instruments live !!!Overall, would definitely come back again :) More...

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Q R.

4 November 2017

Been passing by this place for a while. Their large windows and the decor behind it got my attention every time I passed, and finally decided to try their dinner the other day.Inside the restaurant is even nicer than what it looks like from outside; the tables are not too close from each other, which I really appreciate and all the other parts of the restaurant are nicely finished with high ceiling that makes the place even more spacious and impressive. Two of us were there, and we ordered their Lemon Saffron Linguine and Bouillabaisse. From the first bite, it was easy to tell that we made the right choice; both of them had unforgettable flavor. Only minor down side of their dishes that we tried were that it was a bit too salty, but it didn't bother us too much. As a dessert, we ordered their cheese cake to share. We weren't too hungry when we came into this restaurant, and was debating whether to try their dessert or not initially. I am glad that we changed our mind, as their beet goat cheese was very different than the cheese cake you usually get from other restaurants. You can actually taste beet and goat cheese, which makes great combination together. The service was very good, too. Our server was very attentive and helpful from the beginning until the end, answering all of our questions very patiently.  I would love to try their brunch next time. More...

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Leah S.

1 October 2017

The decor of this place alone was enough to get it 5 stars. It instantly makes you feel as though you've entered some idyllic outdoor space with the openness and decor. The food and service take it over the top. Our waiter was patient and gave great recos. Everything from the cocktail menu to the entrees was great. The Nevermind will have you ready to forget it all! Light and refreshing but packs a punch. Lobster sliders were my favorite appetizer and really could have been a meal with the fries as a side. My dinner entree was the only mild letdown, branzino, because it was a bit under-seasoned. Wish I would have gotten the bouillabaisse or snapper as both looked delicious around the table. Or listened to the waiter who didn't list it amongst his faves.I was too full for dessert, but they had a mousse and chocolate box that have my name on them if I return. More...

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Regina M.

30 September 2017

Loved the desserts.  I am diabetic and it wasn't too sweet.  It was spectacular. And I even bought another to share at home.

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Cynthia M.

30 September 2017

My husband and I went to Ricarda's for the first time today.  The restaurant was fairly quiet, so we expected service to be good.  However, it wasn't the case.  First of all, my husband ordered a flat white with non-dairy milk.  Rather than asking him what his preference was, the server automatically gave him soy, citing that he wasn't sure if my husband would be allergic to almond (ummm, people can have soy allergies too).  Mistake number one.  Mistake two was in two parts.  First, they brought our orders to the wrong table, and then, it turned out my husband's order was incorrect.  Rather than eggs Benedict with a side of fruit salad, they gave him Ricarda's Classic Breakfast (eggs, chorizo and chickpea-saffron stew) with poached eggs.  My order, however, was correct - Ricarda's Classic with scrambled eggs, no chorizo (and chickpeas subbed with green beans because the chickpea stew also has chorizo).  Our sides came a little late as well.  And another issue regarding timing - we ordered another round of flat white, but the coffees took FOREVER to come.  There were machine issues, apparently, but the server should have notified us earlier rather than make us wait some 20 minutes.  Honestly, I would have given Ricarda's fewer stars had the food not been good. More...

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Rosey L.

25 September 2017

Grabbed an Apple Crumble Danish from the bakery section. They have a lot of other sweets like oatmeal cookies, macaroons, various croissants, loaves of sweet bread, pretzels, and mini cakes. The danish wasn't too sweet, which I prefer. The cashier was also very nice! This place has a very $$$$ brunch, but they have $2 coffee and they always run various promotions like 50% off baked goods after 4PM. More...

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Kristin L.

14 September 2017

While visiting the city, I found this place right here on Yelp for a good quality, early breakfast. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the smell of freshly baked pastries and breads was delightfully tantalizing. It was about 9 am on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet and we were seated immediately. The waiter was busy preparing for the upcoming day, but was still very attentive and helpful. I can't eat wheat, so the waiter kindly offered me options, such as making the crepe into an omelet. So I ended up getting the omelet, which came with a small bowl of super fresh fruit. My husband ordered Ricarda's classic breakfast and he loved it. The vibe of this place is great and it feels like stepping into a glamorous, old movie. Even the bathrooms felt classy (this is important, let's be honest)! The only reason that I am not giving 5 stars is because of the somewhat limited menu, but the food that I ordered was great so I can't complain too much.  I would love to return for dinner and drinks the next time I visit. More...

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Ross Hughes

4 September 2017

Incredible food and service! Can't wait to come back!!!

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Beach L.

29 August 2017

We got there with the twins and it turned out to be a kid friendly restaurant :) the food was original and very delicate. They brought us home made bread with 'muhamara' Not butter. The service was excellent the staff was cheerful  and so happy to see the babies. The waitress chatted with us and held the babies so that made us feel so welcomed. We sat on the outside terrace which was nice and quiet. My only regret is that I'm visiting Toronto; won't be able to go there more often! More...

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Alex Lee

27 August 2017

Delicious and decadent brunch buffet. Nice variety and loved the kids area. Will be back again.

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Brandon B.

27 August 2017

This is easily my favourite resteraunt, period. The food is absoloutley fantastic, and quite honestly a meal you will never forget. Everything from the menu is simply Devine and the environment is business casual. I simply can't go a single visit to Toronto and not stop in at this place. Highly recommended. More...

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Hailey C.

21 August 2017

Ricarda's is a classy establishment for a girl's night out, a dressy date or a business meeting. (I think they film Suits here sometimes?) The decor is tastefully curated, in a non-pretentious way. Even the lobby is upscale. They served us bread with a red pepper hummus which I'm glad I didn't fill up on, because I had the lobster roll (3) with skinny fries and loved every bite. My table also ordered off the tapas menu to sample the meatballs and caprese salad, which was a whole lot of hype for not very much food. The service was fantastic and our waitress was one of the most attentive people I've ever met. We totally overstayed our welcome but she was gracious and let us chat long after we had finished our meals. For that, I might be back to try their bakery. More...

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Ellen Evered

13 August 2017

Delicious food and a gorgeous venue. Will definitely return!

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Angel L.

13 August 2017

Very bright and relaxed mediterranean restaurant. Came here with some girlfriends for summerlicious.We got the truffle fries to start. I like that they use skinny fries. It smelled strongly of truffles, but we couldn't taste it, which was a bit disappointing. I ordered the pork terrine as my starter. It was a decent dish. Wish there was another piece of crostini, as there was lots of terrine left over that I ate on its own. Had the vegetable risotto as my main. Very lovely and creamy, slightly on the salty side. Could use a bit of pepper.We ordered all three desserts between the three of us. Vanilla Cheesecake Lemon Crumble was rich and delicious. Served with baked strawberries and rhubarb, and a cucumber mint sauce. The strawberries and rhubarb paired well with the cheesecake. The acidity helped cut through the richness. Cucumber mint sauce tasted out of place. Not a fan of it. Coconut Lime Dacquoise was good. The dacquiose was light and tasted strongly of coconut and lime. Served with pineapple sauce and pomegranate seeds, giving the dessert a nice tropical feel. Final dessert was a mint chocolate tart served with mangoes. Mint chocolate is always a winning combo in my book. Mangoes were nice, but didn't go with the rest of the dessert in my opinion.We were sat right next to the open kitchen which was very entertaining. The kitchen staff were super nice and very funny. Joked around with us a bit whenever they had a spare moment. Service was a little slow for my liking though. More...

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J K.

29 July 2017

Gorgeous interior.  Service was great!  Food was even better.  I ordered the cinnamon French toast and it was absolutely delicious. My hubby ordered the smoked salmon crepe. A good combo of sweet and savoury.  We also ordered a dresset- it was alright- not my fave type of dessert, but pretty to look at.  You must try their freshly squeezed juices/drinks. We had watermelon/blueberry and raspberry lemonade. More...

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Mark T.

29 July 2017

This place had an amazing brunch atmosphere. I ordered the delicious French toast and my wife had the eggs Benedict. I would highly recommend this place

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Justina C.

29 July 2017

I've been here a few times in the past few months for team lunches, it's one of my favourite spots in the area. The interior is beautifully designed with lots of light. There is a separate bakery area that sells baked goods, salads, and sandwiches for those who are on the go. Note: I've only come for the lunch service and have yet to come for dinner. From experience I've had very friendly servers. They're able to accommodate and serve large groups. They serve different daily specials so be sure to check them out! The food has always been great, I haven't been let down yet. The table bread is very delicious and it comes with what seems like a tomato based spread. If you're really hungry you could ask for refills. My favourite appetizer is the halloumi (cheese that has been lightly grilled). Sous vide salmon is really lovely, the salmon isn't overcooked and the skin is light and crispy. The octopus in that dish was also done really nicely. The only thing I will say is the risotto was a bit too watery for my liking but the flavours were good. I've had another salmon special and it seems like they're very consistent in how they cook their fish. I've gotten the power blend salad from the bakery and the staff was very nice when I asked if i could add protein to it. They really went out of their way to make it for me even though I was just inquiring about it. It's a great place with great food! More...

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Ellie H.

21 July 2017

This restaurant has been on my radar for a while and I finally got the chance to try it during the SUmmerlicious event! I ordered the quinoa salad with almonds,mint lemon vinaigrette and  orange segments, the vegetarian risotto, the dark chocolate croquant, and finally, the  cheesecake lemon crumble. First, we got tiny slides of bread served cold, with some kind of tomato garlic spread. The restaurant also served a Mediterranean gazpacho with olive oil, crispy basil. I would NOT recommend it at all! It's basically Clamato juice with a couple basil leaves, served cold in a cocktail glass. My friend ordered that as an appetizer (as did a lot of people in the dining room) and couldn't even take more than a few sips.The quinoa salad was great, perfect for the summer heat. The vegetarian risotto is very heart, but the waiter did warn me that it would be missing some of the veggies because the restaurant didn't receive their order that morning... The dessert was good too. I didn't like that mint creme (or mousse?) on the dark chocolate croquant. It was served with a mango salsa on the side, which was kind of random. The cheesecake crumble was just dusts of graham crackers, not the kind of baked crumble that you see on a pie. More...

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Dobrina Encheva

15 July 2017

Amazing food, sexy interior and great service!! Loved it ���

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Jill D.

15 July 2017

Went last night for food and drinks with my husband and another couple. We were table #91 ....whoot!  Service was ahhhmazing, thank you Andrew. The food was prepared and presented perfectly, thank you Damian. We had the rack of lamb, Angus steak and lobster linguine. The linguine was melt in your mouth delicious with the most perfect flavour. Wine was chilled beautifully and crisp. Great good, great atmosphere and wonderful company. Thank you to all who made my Friday night one to remember More...

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Fernando D.

9 July 2017

New discovery and a very pleasant discovery. Landed at Billy Bishop, checked at our hotel and looked at open places in Toronto at 2:30 on a Sunday. Closest and best reviewed was "Ricarda's". What a surprise! Got there at 2:45, brunch buffet closes at 3:00pm. No matter! They kept buffet open 20 extra minutes. What a great selection in the buffet! From the simplest to the most sophisticated you will be satisfied. The staff is friendly, corteous and helpful. Great experience overall. I seldom give 5 stars but this is a great concept executed perfectly. Dont let your guard down and keep innovating. It is well worth it. Visitng Ricarda's is a must if you are in Toronto. More...

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Avi Z.

23 June 2017

A ridiculously yummy find. While seemingly a busy fancy dinner spot, we had the place to ourselves on a Friday morning and enjoyed watching the staff prepare for the rest of the day! The food was outstanding and service extremely personal. Reasonably priced with good vibes, we can't wait to come back for dinner. Can't ask for anything better!! Torontos best kept secret breakfast spot. More...

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Deborah Ens Grantham

22 June 2017

Amazing food, lovely decor and fabulous service. Enjoyed our experience immensely.

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Scott A.

21 June 2017

After walking for hours around the city we settled into this lovely restaurant for dinner.  No, we didn't have a reservation, but fortunately got a table instantly.  And it was a pretty busy Saturday night.  I guess they recognized our famousness ;)But seriously, the service was impeccable.  The food was virtually perfectly prepared, and the drinks were made just right, with a nice wine list was well.  I also would highly recommend the Brioche bread pudding for dessert, amazing.  We got lucky finding this place after looking at many menus and other restaurants along the way. More...

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Winston Zheng

16 June 2017

Pretty chill place, the bartender was really cool, would definitely go again

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Sasha H.

13 June 2017

Ricarda's is a great dinner option. Something in between fancy and casual. The decor is lovely. They have a separate lounge area + just dinner table area.On Sundays they have Jazz brunch - which is $55/person for a buffet and no a la carte option. So if you're aiming here for brunch and don't want to do the buffet, probably best to come on a Saturday instead. The staff are all quiet on point. The food came out fairly quick as well. Lots of interesting plates to pick from! More...

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Ruth D.

7 June 2017

In Toronto for a longer visit than usual, which means time to meet up with old friends and enjoy a meal. Ricarda's is down the street from our hotel(in the heart of the Theatre district).  We were hooked standing outside the restaurant reading the menu so naturally we had to give it a try.  So glad we did!  The atmosphere is very cool,  the wait staff knowledgeable and friendly and the menu was innovative and yet not over the top.  My friend chose one of the daily specials- a mixed green salad with tons of tiny baby scallops.  I had spaghetti al vongole with white wine and chorizo sauce that I'm still dreaming about.    I could go on and on but you really should try it for yourselves. More...

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Rinat Grenader

4 June 2017

Had an amazing service! The food was incredible! Definetly coming back.

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Shivanie M.

2 June 2017

When I stepped into Ricarda's I immediately thought "business lunch'. The television series "Suits" is usually filmed here which sorta makes it a cool place. The restaurant is so large and airy and spacious. For me it screams business lunch and why not since the entertainment district is a few blocks away. It's a little on the fancier end with a wide selection of wines and different menus for lunch and dinner. The kitchen is quite visible to diners. We were served three selection of breads with a dried roasted tomato dip on the house. As I was walking out I later saw one of the cooks dipping it out from a packaged container with no label. Not sure what was happening with that. I ordered the lunch special for $16. It was worth the price. A baked flatbread laid out in on a wooden platter and cut into pizza-like slices. It was the right temperature when it was served to me. It was baked with oozy gooey cheeze, red peppers, tuna, shrimp-all drizzled on a pesto sauce. A fresh handful of baby arugula as garnish made this baby so delicious. Lunch was satisfying to say the least. The postcards served with the bill is a nice way to end time spent here. It is quite unique to this place. What I didn't like about dining here was the fact that the restaurant was empty yet our food took more than 45minutes to come out. More...

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Andrea L.

31 May 2017

I came here for breakfast on a Saturday morning and was surprised how quiet it was. I guess we were a little early (~10:30am).I ordered the eggs benedict and it was SO delicious. I'm not much of a breakfast/brunch kind of gal but this place was really good! Served with fresh fruits.. it was the perfect portion.The décor inside is very instagram worthy. Open kitchen, marble countertops, modern décor.. love it!I will definitely be back if I am ever downtown! More...

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Geoff R.

30 May 2017

I don't know why this place is not busier.  Lovely bright new restaurant.  We sat at a high table I the bar for a cocktail and some apps.  Great veal carpaccio and a really tasty and different take on caprese salad.They also have an adjoining atrium and separate bar for events and private parties.We will be back for dinner. More...

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Dale Q.

27 May 2017

The lamb burger was fantastic. Service was excellent. Terri had the vegan burger and really enjoyed it. We'll be back for dinner tonight.

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Tuan Nguyen

26 May 2017

Sunday brunch has a live band. By far the best brunch in the city!

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Kyle M.

19 May 2017

Incredibly friendly staff. Incredible design. Incredible kitchen. Quietly fantastic.

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Sam G.

14 May 2017

Came here for an early Mother's Day lunch and was really impressed. The food is very reasonably priced, good sized portions and tastes delicious. For the starter I had the crab bisque which had chunks of real crab meat and for my main I ordered the seafood risotto which was creamy and had three huge shrimp! My dad got the lamb burger which was cooked to perfection and my mom ordered the lobster linguine which had lovely hand made noodles. For dessert we had the tiramisu which was wrapped in a perfect dark chocolate shell. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and spacious and the service was attentive. More...

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Rebecca A.

7 May 2017

Came here for brunch on a Saturday morning. The ambiance is awesome-the space is stunning and bright. There was no line, which was a huge plus. Service was great. One of my friends has a ton of food intolerances and they were extremely accommodating to her needs, essentially creating a custom dish for her. I ordered the cinnamon roll french toast. It wasn't exactly what I expected (not an actual cinammon roll, but bread with a ribbon of delicious cinnamon threaded throughout) but tasty. I also would have appreciated if they put the syrup on the side so that I could add the amount I wanted, rather than drizzling it across the plate, but not a big deal, I'm sure I could ask for syrup on the side next time. My only qualm was that the side of bacon we ordered was swimming in grease. I know, bacon is greasy, but usually it doesn't arrive in a literal pool of bacon fat. Anyway, in spite of the minor issues, we really enjoyed our meal! Looking forward to trying out the Sunday jazz brunch buffet one day. More...

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Esther S.

7 May 2017

Good food and service. It's been beautifully renovated. I went at 1pm for a late brunch at the end of the live Jazz performance. There was jazz music playing over the speaks, but if you want a live performance come earlier. My main waitress was not very attentive but her colleague jumped in and was great along with everyone else I met. More...

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Reg S.

6 May 2017

Located in the new landmark, QRC West building, Ricarda's is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Always friendly and efficient service, the capps are good and the bread and pastries are a nice way to round out your visit in the high tops by the cafe or in the open building atrium while taking in the stunning architecture of Sweeney, Sterling, Finlayson & Co., reminiscent of Santiago Calatrava's ground breaking work at BCE Place. Full sit-down meals are good as well and decently priced. I prefer the lighter dishes to their heavier offerings. More...

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Christian Maze

2 May 2017

Très bel établissement

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Victoria Bevin

25 April 2017

Amazing! I've been coming since it opened and it is by far my favourite place in T.O.

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Maggie Y.

16 April 2017

Fabulous Easter birthday brunch with family! An array of wonderful food, great service! Only complaint was we went for Sunday Easter brunch today, and due to the fact that they wanna squeeze in 2 seating a, felt slightly bit rushed! 11-1pm, 1-3pm (second seating) Made reservations for 12pm, they called w days prior to reconfirm & had informed us of their two time frame, so was encouraged to move it to 11am! At about 12:30, the hostess came by to inform us the brunch will be ending shortly in 15 mins and the waiter will come by with the check in preparation for the 1pm crew. It was niceOf them to inform us so politely, 2 hrs for brunch seems enough time but for slow eaters it may feel a bit rushed. According to our waiter, it's only two season due to the Easter brunch being so full. Hence they tried to do 2 seating, usually is more relaxed! Wonderful atmosphere, Sundays they even have a live Jazz band playing which put it in a very relaxed Sunday vibe. Sunday brunch is $55 pp with the option of adding bottomless Cava, Caesars and other boozy drinks.Love the made to order pan seared foie gras which was hidden in with the omelette station! Delicious anti pasta station! I completely missed the pizza waffle station at the entrance on the right! Very tender roast beef, even tho I had the ends it was nice and tender and very flavourful, however no Au jus?!? Nice selection of seafood; freshly shucked oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, mussels all on a bed of ice spread. There's also a made to order pasta station, I thought the order would be small and tiny but it was a full size portion! They take ur order and give u a pager for when the food is ready for pickup! Their dessert was heavenly. Nice petit size so u can try them all! Would be nice to have some macarons thrown into the mix! There was also a supervised kids station with bouncy castle and decorate your own cupcakes for kids at the back of the restaurant which is connected to the building lobby! Very considerate so it's definitely a kids friendly place! Not sure if it's only during Easter though! Definitely a great birthday treat! More...

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Carrie Hignett

10 April 2017

Amazing food and service! A "must go" for Sunday brunch!

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Boris Pan

10 April 2017

Food was amazing. Service was impeccable. What more needs to be said? Great brunch buffet in great atmosphere.

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Clarence Chant

10 April 2017

Amazing service and space. While food quality is not quite Michelin star , but it's solid. Great wine selection as well

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Emily X.

7 April 2017

Summary: a fancy, classy place with pretty good foodPrice: $40 / personFood: 4/5Environment: 4/5Service: 4/5We went to here for team lunch. I heard how expensive this place is for brunch. Apparently it is around $80 / person for weekend brunch. However, it also got a 3-course-prefix menu which is about $35 / person.I really like this place because the service is good, food is good, environment is good, just a bit expensive.I choose the tuna salad starter. Surprisingly, it got big chunks of tuna, the tuna is pretty fresh and tasty.I was deciding between mushroom linguine and lamb burger for main course. Some of teammates choose lamb burger, the portion was really good and I heard it was very juicy. I chose mushroom linguine. The portion was good as well, and the linguine was nicely cooked, both tender and chewy at same.The dessert was an art piece.This is a definitely nice restaurant to have a fancy meal. More...

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Anthony S.

3 April 2017

I am surprised Ricarda's is not more popular. The decor here is modern and swanky. There is a nice bar area, a bakery section that bakes bread fresh every day and a very nice dining area.The prices here range anywhere from mid-range to pricey (just under $20 for pasta dishes, high 20's for mains, and anywhere from around $40-90's for big sharing dishes). You can definitely get a great meal here at a reasonable price.Me and my friend ordered:- Bouillabaisse ($26): This is a different type of bouillabaisse where the soup is separated from the seafood. I got a good sized portion of fish, mussles, clams, prawn and scallop. The soup itself was very delicious (intense lobster bisque flavour, not overly salty). The crostinis provided were a perfect complement to the soup. Yum!- Honey braised lamb shank ($28): Also a very good dish. Lamb shank was braised well (tender) and was very flavourful. A good portion of tabbouleh and jeweled pomergranate rice were given as sides and they were both very delicious. I have heard mixed things about their seafood brunch but given my experience here for dinner, I am definitely looking to come back again and would be more than willing to try their brunch at some point.Definitely recommended! More...

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Eric A.

25 March 2017

Went to Ricarda's for romantic dinner with my wife. We started with a couple of tapas. (Mussels & Mezzo platter) both were excellent. For our main we got the whore rack of Ontario lamb, cook medium, with the asparagus and rosemary potatoes as sides. The lamb was perfectly cooked, as were both sides. The lamb melted in your mouth!For dessert my wife had the Milk Chocolate Pravola and I had the Beet Goat Cheesecake. Both desserts were incredible.Service was very attentive the whole evening.Overall we loved our dinner and will definitely return again! More...

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Adrienne Graham

21 March 2017

Food is quality and service is impeccable. Give it a go. Brunch is a must.

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Mich Maguire

18 March 2017

Great ambiance, food, and people. Our server "Armando" was lovely and charmed us with his knowledge of wine.

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Madeline D.

18 March 2017

They've done everything right here. Such a beautiful ambiance and perfect for a midday work lunch or classy dinner. Nothing's too uptight but the food and service is held to an impressive standard. I was brought the wrong dish, a seafood pasta instead of saffron shrimp risotto, and they brought the correct dish in only a few minutes with much apology. I would have enjoyed either! I'd recommend Ricarda's to anyone looking for spot on Italian/Mediterranean dishes in a classy modern space. More...

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Edane Tobias

16 March 2017

Great food, service and ambiance. Over all... great feel!

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Amanda T.

6 March 2017

I've walked by this place so many times and finally decided to go in to try their bakery. It was late in the evening when I went, but luckily they have a 50% off selected baked goods if you go in the evening!! They bake their breads and select pasties fresh daily with no preservatives so they try to get rid of everything at the end of the day. My first time, I got a danish, and my second time I got a chocolate raspberry truffle cake. Both were eaten the day they were purchased and they definitely satisfied my evening sweet tooth.  Well worth the 50% off price! They also have some unique breads included in this promotion -- potato bread, cinnamon bread, apricot bread, to name a few. They don't slice the bread there in order to keep the bread as fresh as possible after purchase. My friend got the cinnamon loaf and it was just okay. I would still come back to try some other breads and other baked goods! More...

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Joyce Tsang

5 March 2017

Amazing food. Amazing wine. Exceptional service. Will definitely return and recommend to others!

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Dorsa G.

26 February 2017

Made reservations for my friends and I for dinner, and mentioned that it was a celebratory dinner for our newly engaged friends. They were kind enough to decorate our table in red rose petals which made the experience extra special for them! The food was really delicious, I shared a Caprese salad which was extra flavorful and one of the best I've had, along with crostini bites (burrata, crab & shrimp). I ordered the grilled octopus salad for my entree - it was really tasty and the squid ink was a delicious touch (was looking to eat on the lighter side). The ambiance is really beautiful, white marble tables, large windows and candles. Our server was really friendly and constantly checking in on us. I definitely want to try it out for Brunch :) More...

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Injy F.

23 February 2017

I found this place on instagram and decided to visit with my friends. The food was great, I ordered the ravioli which was excellent, the customer service was amazing, the waiters were very nice and helpful. My friend had the tuna crudo and the pumpkin risotto. He found the tuna crudo to be very good and it tasted very nice but he critiques the amount of sea salt on the dish the watermelon went very nicely with the salmon and the tuna and he understands that the sea salt was there to balance the sweetness of the watermelon, he found that the dish was oversalted. Onto his pumpkin risotto, he wishes there was more on the plate, it tasted AMAZING, he really enjoyed it but unfortunately he found that the portion was too small ( and so did I with my ravioli) finally he would like to add that the bread and the dip was phenomenal and exceptional (which came as a free appetizer). The rest of my friends plates were great and they were given a good portion. More...

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Dorian Young See Kador.com

20 February 2017

Fantastic Sunday JAZZ Brunch. Great jazz band playing live! Super food with plenty of choice and in abundance, Highly recommend this outstanding Sunday brunch. Best in Toronto.

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YX Y.

4 February 2017

I have been wanting to try this place because it's in my neighborhood and I always see the fresh bakery! My friend and I finally decided to try it out. I ordered the blueberry Danish from the bakery shop, and the crispy Duck salad, I LOVE both of them! The duck salad has dried cranberries and mandarins in it which makes this dish very refreshing and unique!  However, my friend ordered the homemade pasta and almond croissant, she didn't like the paste because the noddles were very soft and overall it was too salty. I will definitely go back and check out more items on their menu. More...

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Rob A.

2 February 2017

I live close by to Ricarda's and since it was being constructed I've always been curious to check it out. I actually came this time as I was invited to join two friends for lunch.The menu seems to be a mix of mediterranean foods with American touches. There's great variety on the menu and the 'build your own salad' option is definitely a crowd pleaser. My friends started off with an amazing flatbread with a cracked egg or two on top, and i began with the most heavenly roasted tomato soup that had great depth and flavour. For my main I had a 'spider steak' which to me seemed more like a piece of filet mignon. It was great. It wasn't cooked exactly as I had ordered, but that's ok (and this is why the review was not 5 stars). My friends had the burgers and pasta with clams.Service was exceptional. Our server Youri was both polite and very attentive. Decor is great. It's chic, it's elegant, and I will definitely be back. More...

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Nimixh X.

27 January 2017

I saw this place at Richmond St a few times and decided to try it out! The restaurant is owned by a French Couple and was relaunched in January this year! The decor designed is fantastic and you can see the effort taken to maintain good quality of food and service.We tried the Southern French Vegetable Soup, which was very nicely cooked. I could never imagine pesto sauce and pine nuts in a soup but the chef did a great job.While the Vegetarian Burger was very messy to eat, it was worth the effort! It was stuffed with corn patty and came with in house sauce. It also came with hand cut fries, which were not cooked properly...I tried almond cake for desserts. It was good for the first time but probably too sweet for my platter. More...

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Adam W.

22 January 2017

WOW... Maybe the best dinner I've ever had.My girlfriend had a bad experience ordering a takeout salad a few months ago. She complained and they invited us back for a dinner.For starters there is new management in place Jan 2017. And this place has completely transformed, I'd focus on reviews written after the takeover.We had the Lamb Shank, Souflet, pumpkin rissoto and a desert and every dish had wonderful flavours. Our waitress was amazing and the atmosphere was wonderful.The best part for me was the waitress asked how everything was and I could see how much she cared and how much the chefs and bartenders cared about what we thought and the quality of all the menu items and cocktails.If your a local or from out of town you have to try this place and believe me you will not be disappointed. More...

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Guy Roger Lariviere

12 January 2017

Great place, relaxed atmosphere, excellent food. The Beet goat cheesecake is amazing!

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Gardi W.

10 January 2017

I'd been looking forward to trying this place since it opened this summer-- and finally got the chance to try it this past Sunday. Overall, I was very happy with my experience! Being a brunch food fanatic, I decided to check out their new Jazz Bruch offering. From French toast, to beautiful seafood and charcuterie selections, you will definitely leave feeling satisfied. I also fell in love with the vast cocktail selection-- I personally tried the peach Bellini and the Pineapple Espresso Martini. Both clearly included top-of-the-line fresh ingredients, and were beautifully balanced. I sipped my drinks and indulged to the sounds of the seriously talented Jazz band. Talk about a great way to finish off the weekend. I will definitely be back! More...

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Diana S.

10 January 2017

Not sure why previously this place got so much hate, but my partner and I came here in the fall and we both loved the food, venue, and service.Food-The cuisine here is Mediterranean/Italian - think pastas, flatbreads, fresh seafood, duck, quail, olives, capers, figs, etc. Healthy and vegetarian options are available, i.e. zucchini noodles to start, veggie burger main, lots of plant-based menu options in addition to fresh meats and many seafood dishes yayyy. The mains are not drenched in grease and you can really appreciate the wholesomeness and freshness of the ingredients. I ordered the salmon lunch main (large piece of salmon on a slab of grains with greens), which looked small, but was actually quite hearty thanks to the amount of protein. For dinner they have even more menu options and a small sharing menu.The dessert menu here also sounded soooo good (tiramisu, chocolate ricotta tart, etc), but we were trying to cut back so didn't order.Value-$$$, definitely a fancier dining option, not for everyday.Venue- Located in downtown core, very convenient for lunch during weekdays (if you can afford it lol) or fancier sit-down dinner. BIG inside! So much seating available and when we showed up for lunch we were one of very few customer groups present. The interior design is simple, clean, and classy. Bar seating is also available. Service-Pretty sure we were greeted by the manager himself that day. Friendly staff, not intrusive. More...

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Andrew Beveridge

10 January 2017

I took my girlfriend to the Jazz Brunch this past Sunday. AMAZING! Really incredible experience with so much selection. The live Jazz band helped create the atmosphere.

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Joanne C.

12 December 2016

Five star service and dinning experience! I have a really easy rating system, 2 stars for taste, 1 star for value/price, 1 star for ambience and 1 star for service. If the resto delivers on all the criteria, they get 5 stars. Let's start with the food, the DIY pasta was the winner of the night. Everyone who made their own pasta loved it. My sister thought her pasta was a bit too Al dente and told our server, he offered to remake it without any questions asked and actually came back to tell us the chief agreed it was a bit on the Al dente side. I have never encounter a chief that owns up to their mistake!  I thought that was quite honourable. As for value, the DIY pasta cost $17 while most of the main entree hover around $20-$25 with very Generous portions. The restaurant looked very sophisticated and chic with very inviting spaces like their lounge area and booths. Last but not least, the service!! It was top notch.  Our main server Britney was super friendly and was also supported by a team of other servers that genuinely looked like they care about you.  We bought a cake for my sister's bday, not only they plate it for us, they even decorated with fresh fruits!    A really nice gesture that earned them the 5 star rating. I will definitely come back and you should give Ricarda's a shot. More...

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Karen Ralph Pankratz

12 December 2016

Enjoyed the meal, the space and the wait staff. Sat in banquet seat and was hard. Some pillows for your back would be nice

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Barbara D.

7 December 2016

So I've (grudgingly) decided to finally share my little secret with you because I love this place and it deserves the recognition and to do well. I had gotten rather tired by my (limited) selection of quick, early morning breakfast-y foods near work so thought I'd check this place out. I'd seen the construction of this place happening all summer long and could see the snazzy decor (white marble counters everywhere, high leather stools, lovely banquettes, cloth napkins etc). When I finally wandered in here, I was expecting snootiness, an overpriced menu and disappointment. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The staff are all SO friendly and welcoming. The price of one of the lovely eggy, cheesy, herbal goodness in a bun (unglamorously named the Breakfast Roll) costs less than a mediocre, pre-packaged, overpriced breakfast sandwich at Starbucks or fast food breakfast joint. They also have this great German Breakfast Sandwich (that I love because I usually need protein for breakfast vs. pastries). Everything is baked in-house and guess what? You know when you see beautiful baked goods that taste like crap? Not these! Everything I've eaten here has been wonderful. They've also just come out with a bunch of gorgeous new pastries (am itching to try the fruity custard danish beauties, not to mention every kind of beautiful bread they make there and every other item on their menu). I've also had the cinnamon bread (the best you'll find anywhere) and some other pastries. Every single one was excellent! The kind, friendly and thoughtful service that I receive from Vanessa, Maria, Ruth and Nathaniel every morning makes me feel like royalty. It keeps me coming back over and over again. I love the heavy cutlery here! They also sell their own Ricarda's brand of coffee beans and lots of hot (and cold) drink options. They also offer Mighty Leaf teas (which are fantastic). And this is just the breakfasts. They also have take out lunches (gorgeous looking salads, sandwiches etc)! Having my breakfast here starts off my day in a perfect way. I have yet to make it there for lunch or dinner, but I look forward to when I can because this place doesn't disappoint! Oh, and be sure to check out the beautifully appointed washrooms as well! They open at 7 a.m. and it's a satisfying way to start my day in the quiet elegance of this beautiful restaurant. Honestly, I feel like one of these gorgeous loaves of bread or some of the stunning pastries would make an excellent hostess gift! You can also see the bakers and chefs all prepping for the day, starting everything from scratch - now that's dedication. Can't wait to try lunch and dinner here! More...

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Carissa Tran

22 October 2016

First time at Ricarda's yesterday and definitely going back soon!! Great food and the price is awesome!!!

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Daphne L.

21 October 2016

I had been looking forward to visiting Ricarda's since they had opened. But, a co-worker had eaten there a few weeks back and he was not impressed by his meal. This made me lower my expectations so when I had a lunch with some friends I was pleasantly surprised.It's pretty obvious that the space is beautifully designed. There is a separate To Go area where you can grab lunch, breads or desserts. They all looked really good from the outside and I will come back to try their offerings. My friends and I sat at the dining area for our meal. The service was polite and quick, but they seem to keep dropping things. Quirky feature was the sandwich board they place at the side of each table to display the specials of the day. There were a lot of choices in the specials as well as the menu. It was nice to see that you can customize salads and flat breads but this seemed to be really extensive.My friends decided to get their custom salads and I opted for one of the specials, Shrimp and Octopus with Harissa ($18). I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. It had a good amount of spice and there was an abundance of large shrimp and diced octopus with pearl couscous. I would definitely come back for this meal.Overall, Ricarda's is a nice addition to the area. It's a 3.5 stars for me but I'm bumping to 4. More...

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Dwayne S.

22 September 2016

Loved the Campagna pasta that Robert (our server) recommended and the greeter was so welcoming! We will be back.

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Mamie Josée

8 September 2016

Décor un peu froid mais vraiment au goût du jour voire avant-gardiste. C’est tout de même un beau décor, nous nous y sentons bien dès notre arrivée. De plus, il est agréable de voir les chefs monter les plats. Menu original nous permettant de composer les plats. Nous avons choisi des linguinis…. Campana qui était trop acide à mon gout mais le Linguini Aegean était vraiment excellent. Notre serveur nous a recommandé un excellent Pinot Grigio. Belle attention, mon mari a reçu son dessert, un gâteau à la pistache et le chef lui avait inscrit Happy 65e anniversary. Nous étions très touchés par cette belle attention. Nous avons été servis par Jack Daniel Russell, un serveur exceptionnel, attentif, attentionné, présent, très friendly sans être envahissant… nous y retournerions juste pour lui !!! Et qu’il est agréable de pouvoir parler français. Longue vie à ce restaurant exceptionnel et unique en son genre !!! More...

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Brad M.

4 September 2016

Ok , bit of a early review , in that Ive only  been here twice for salad . But that said , really love this place . Great service , reasonable prices ( especially wine and cocktails ) . And the food has been excellent . The room is bright , inviting with a perfect music level . I'm definitely wanting to try a complete meal as the menu has some really unique and innovative options for ordering your meal . More...

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Evelina P.

29 August 2016

Beautifully designed space- anything with black, gold and marble accents you've got my attention. Popped in to take a look grabbed dessert to go.Probably the best cannoli I've tried in the city to date! Crispy outer shell with a velvety smooth ricotta filling and the ends rimmed with chocolate pistachio combo. Delish! Service was fast and attentive. Menu specializes in Mediterranean offerings. Will have to come back for a sit down lunch/dinner. More...

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Maggie L.

13 August 2016

Ricarda's 134 is a newly opened restaurant with Mediterranean style dishes. I love the interior of the restaurant. It's very clean and sleek looking. The service was amazing. All the servers and the manager were really nice. We tried the charred monteforte halloumi, smoked octopus,the Aegean seafood pasta, the prosciutto wrapped chicken, and the cardamom honey glazed duck breast. Of the dishes, the seafood linguine and the prosciutto wrapped chicken were my favourite dishes. The chicken was nice and moist. As for desserts, we ordered the panna cotta, pistachio cake and the chocolate ganache torte. My favourite dessert would have to be the panna cotta hands down. It has the right amount of flavour and it wasn't too sweet. I found the pistachio cake to be a bit disappointing as it was a bit too dry. The chocolate ganache torte is good for those who love their sweets and chocolate. Overall, I enjoyed my experience here. More...

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Rebecca D.

13 August 2016

New place in town... Wait staff was really friendly and gave great service.  We went with one of the pizzas that was on the menu next time will build my own...... Just the mix was not great../ pasta was fantastic...  Gorgonzola mushroom and artichoke.... Random but was really impressed with the box to go... Really nice packaging... Will be back. For sure... More...

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Catherine Bischoff

10 August 2016

Stunning place, quality food and competent staff. It has a special flare that is not easily found in Toronto.

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Tim G.

7 August 2016

Ricarda's opened a few days ago, and it's a must go! The waiters are lovely, attentive and knowledgable. The food is great; well-prepared and good value for money. The stuffed chicken is the best, and the grilled chicken skewers were perfect. More...

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Kat Antonopoulos

7 August 2016

Food was great but no change tables which was not great for our baby. Would definitely come back without the kids.

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Kevin Bracken

31 July 2016

Had the most amazing meal here tonight. Can't wait to see it become a popping King West hotspot

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