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Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria

110 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852-2503
978-453-2777
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Ranked #80 of 239 Restaurants in Lowell
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Billerica, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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101 reviews 101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Massachusetts
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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
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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We used to eat here frequently, but had discontinued because the service had deteriorated. We decided to give it another try. What a mistake! Not only had the service not improved , it was worse than ever. We arrived ten minutes before our reservation and were greeted rudely by the owner. After being seated, we waited at fifteen minutes before... More

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Bedford, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS REVIEW: My wife and I work 60+ hour weeks, both waited tables for years, and have eaten out about 4-6 times per week for the last 15+ years. I have gotten takeout here once, but this was my first dining experience in the restaurant. I was greeted by an older gentleman wearing a sweater and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I took my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. Neither of us had ever been there before. Big mistake! We had reservations for 7:30, were seated at 8:15, ordered drinks at 8:30...we ask for bread. Even the bread is cheap. My boyfriend ordered the sausage minestrone soup, I ordered iceberg salad and the antipasto. While the portions are large, the food... 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
Cuisine: Italian

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