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Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria

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110 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852-2503
978-453-2777
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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This will be.our last visit to an establishment whose glory days are gone. The kitchen and wait staff was overwhelmed by a larger than usual crowd. Except for the portobello mushroom appetizer, which was excellent, all other dishes were very disappointing. This included filet mignon, pork... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
lotsofexperience
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Boston, United Kingdom
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Boston, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

This will be.our last visit to an establishment whose glory days are gone. The kitchen and wait staff was overwhelmed by a larger than usual crowd. Except for the portobello mushroom appetizer, which was excellent, all other dishes were very disappointing. This included filet mignon, pork braciolla, and veal marsala. Even the creme brulee desserts were below average.

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1 Thank lotsofexperience
Lowell, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Ricardo's is definitely a place to go if you want a great meal at a great price. It's not a place to go if you're in a rush as the service is a little slow but that could have been due to the fact our college student waiter had only been a waiter for 3 weeks. My wife and I... More 

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Thank John H
North Chelmsford, Mass
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50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This was our second visit to Ricardo's. It has a very nice atmosphere with a bar (at which you can eat) on one side and a dining room on the other. The menu is not very large, but there are always several specials. The specials are definitely your best bet. I had a mushroom lasagna (which I couldn't finish, so... More 

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Thank Ambassador_Kosh
los angeles
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Fabulous food! North end quality. Wonderful service! Quaint atmosphere. What a wonderful find without having to go all the way into town! Ricardo is always at the door to greet you and the quality of the food never fails to satisfy!

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Thank girlygirlz
USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Was up in the area overnight since my daughter was running a marathon and we decided to eat here since the reviews were all good. We didn't have a reservation but they accommodated us since we were eating early anyway. Nice selection of dinners and reasonably priced. The owner suggested a wine for us that he has "off" the wine... More 

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Thank UsaBusytravel
Billerica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a hidden gem that makes pasta to order and is better than anything I have had in the North End and for under $20 you get the best lobster ravioli with a jumbo shrimp and asparagus added that is to die for. The atmosphere is very nice and wine selection is fabulous. They also have wonderful salads and... More 

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Thank Russ G
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The qualities I use to rate a restaurant are food, service and value. Ricardo's has lost their stellar bartender Dennis so, the service aspect has gone down. We have been back since Dennis has left, but miss his unprompted delivery of rocks with the drinks, the home made potato chips and a glass of water. I feel like we are... More 

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Englewood FL
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Wonderful meals, nice atmosphere, great service and good drinks. It's in an old building walking distance to downtown.

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Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had ravioli with short ribs which were excellent. Loved the homemade potato chips. Music was great. It had a homey, neighborhood feel to it. Service was great.

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great restaurant with an old-style Italian vibe and delicious food. The service was exceptional and each of our meals were delicious and somewhat unique for standard Italian fare. The only issue we had was parking, but fortunately found a spot in a small lot across the street. I would consider this one of the gems of downtown Lowell :).

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 Gorham St, Lowell, MA 01852-2503
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Lowell
  • Phone Number: 978-453-2777

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
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

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