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Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria

110 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852-2503
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Ranked #64 of 242 Restaurants in Lowell
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
North of Boston, MA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I haven't eaten here recently but when I have gone the dishes on the menu are fantastic. They are individually prepared and you can tell - nothing here is pre-made but honestly if it was it would be fantastic. Ricardo's is also where I met my now husband for our first date. Can't wait to go back soon.

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Went to an early dinner with a friend. The front door leads us into the bar area. The atmosphere was very homey. Lighting just right. Warm yellow painted walls which were adorned with paintings and scenes of Italy and Italian wines and food. We ordered fried calamari which was served with a pomodoro tomato sauce. The calamari was cooked perfectly... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Whenever my wife and I have a special occasion, we have dinner at Ricardo's. The food is excellent, Dennis, the bartender has an amazing ability to remember what his customers like and he makes excellent, generous drinks, the dining side is romantic, and the bar is packed on Friday and Saturday nights, and they have live jazz on Fridays. If... More 

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My husband and I will go to Ricardo's every few months. There is live music weekend nights. We like to sit at the bar. Dennis the bartender is amazing. He remembers the new wine I tried and liked a few months back. We don't even bother with the menu and just get the specials. The meals are really big. We... More 

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Ricardos offers some good basic Italian dishes at good value and usually appealing daily specials (typically non Italian and a little pricy). The red suace is a little sweet for my liking but the lighter sauces are good. The atmosphere is rustic without TV's and they have live music on weekends. I believe this place would do better if the... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Went here last night. We had a 5 P.M. reservation prior to going to a concert. We don't understand the bad reviews. The food was very good, the service excellent and the atmosphere charming. Either others were there on a bad night (as sometime happens), or we were there on a very good night. We will return.

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New York City, New York
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113 reviews 113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You can see the theme that (someone) was trying to create with the posters on the walls. But that's where it ends. Grossly understaffed: 1 1/2 hours to eat. Run down. Bad food: half-cooked pasta, half-cooked broccoli rate, half-warm linguica. The waiter offered an excuse for the wait: he'd "placed the wrong order." Other tables suffered the same fate. Avoid.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

"Authentic Italian Cuisine". I Don't Think So! Chef Boyardee is more authentic. The owner may have travelled extensively through Italy, but the chef sure didn't. Save your money.

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Acton, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We enjoyed our experience at Ricardo's yesterday. The decor, ambiance and live Jazz band created an unique atmosphere. We had their specials this evening,-strawberry/veg salad and Haddock baked in a blanket- both excellent. The service was very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasion.

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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Waited 30 mins for drinks which only 2 of the 4 received. We ordered apps after waiting 1 hour the rude waiter came to out table and annouced I don't know what to tell you. We left after 1 hour 30 mins. in which time we had 2 drinks and a couple slices of bread. I don't care how good... More 

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Additional Information about Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria

Address: 110 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852-2503
Phone Number: 978-453-2777
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Lowell
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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