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103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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143 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to impress your client (or your loved one) with an authentic Italian dining experience, this is the restaurant to visit! We booked a table in the wine room. The owner made meal and wine recommendations. We had the Italian Feast, a very tasty selection of Italian dishes, each course accomanied by the matching wine. The service is... More 

Thank Erwin M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and awesome food! A bit pricy but totally worth it! Hubby and I will definitely be going there again! Keep it up guys!

Thank Prudence H
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words and your kindness in supporting us. We look forward to your next visit. More 

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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were invited to a 60 year birthday celebration on 11th of July 2016. What a party! Friendly staff attended to every need,without being "in your face" Relaxed atmosphere. The food was superb! Great! We even had our private opera singer! That was fantastic and a lovely surprise! Can recommend it to anyone looking for something special. Congratulations! A Michellin... More 

Thank neliakuys
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Nelia Thank you for your very kind words and your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to review us and I am delighted you had a great experience. It means the team are doing their job as they should. Thank you also for your congratulations. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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115 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Located in a small shopping center in a residential area, Ritrovo was an Italian oasis. With a comprehensive menu, seasonal specials, and an excellent wine list it felt like being back in Tuscany. The service was fantastic and we were fortunate to hear the Chef, an amazing tenor, serenade a guest for a special occasion. This is fine dining with... More 

Thank KTSB
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. My ego is having a great boost today with your comments about my singing :) Thank you so much for the kind, positive and encouraging words and please come and support us again soon. More 

Midrand, South Africa
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

We visited Ritrovo on my wife's birthday. Service was excellent. The views from this restaurant of Waterkloof at night is breathtaking. The food is artistically prepared and delights the taste buds. Very romantic setting and we enjoyed from starters up to delicious tiramisu. Excellent wine menu.

Thank jacques45917
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi There. Thank you for your very kind views and observations. The romantic aspect of Ritrovo is something we emphasise and for this reason we dont allow children in the main dining room to ensure that lovely romantic atmosphere is not spoiled. I am glad you both had a good time and thank you for the review. Kind regards Forti More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I have been waiting for ages to have dinner at Ritrovo. it has excellent reviews and frequently features as one of the best restaurants in Pretoria. My experience is as follows. Bookings over the phone was difficult, could hardly hear the individual making the reservation. I was not informed about the two different dining areas nor the entertainment for the... More 

Thank Anarchy330
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Anarchy. I have to take issue with some of your complaints. The phone line being bad is hardly something you can blame Ritrovo for, as hundreds of our other clients seem to be able to get their bookings right. You booked on one of our 4 times per year Charity Opera Gala nights which are always fully booked and... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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259 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We held our annual group lunch here and they gave us a lovely table with a view of the Waterkloof heights. Our lunch was very tasty, they offer a huge variety of dishes on specials as well as on their set menu. Our Veal Lumaconi was very tasty with its rich cheesy sauce.

Thank KillineyBay
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for your lovely and positive comments which certainly inspires the staff to greater heights. Kind regards Forti More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We celebrated my husband's 70th in the private dining room at Ritrovo. Fortunato and his staff went out of their way to ensure all dietary requirements were met, and with 30 people these were complicated. The food was out of this world, as it always is at Ritrovo. Every one of the 30 people there had only good comments ranging... More 

Thank Monica S
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Wow. Thank you for these amazing and soulful comments. We take what we do very passionately and seriously and it is so wondeful when customers get this sense from us. We look forward to hosting the 71st!!! Best regards Forti More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We had a black tie 70 birthday dinner in one of the function rooms with an arranged menu. The meal choices were stunning and all tasted wonderful. We were serenaded by the owner who is a wonderful singer. A memorable evening.

Thank chillier455
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for your kind comments. Much appreciated. More 

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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I really loved our meal at ritrovo, really such a romantic spot, a little pricey but definitely worth it. I had the homemade lasagna, it was incredible and the Chocolate fondant was out of this world. Also love the fact that the chef takes the time to come and great us and ask our opinions.

Thank Spretorius
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi There. Thank you for spending your time with us and chosing us over the cheaper options. We truly value our clients that make the financial sacrifice to have the very best and see the value in our service and in the way we care for our clients. This means a great deal to me personally and that is why... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Seafood, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: 27124604367
Ritrovo was established in 1995 as South Africa's first fully authentic Italian fine dining venue. Over the last 20 years Ritrovo has won more than 50 local and international awards and has become SA's most award winning Italian restaurant. At Ritrovo fresh seasonal ingredients and very traditional Italian regional specialities fuse with old school European restaurant service and a magnificent 10,000+ bottle wine cellar with two internationally qualified sommeliers to guide you through its treasures. With the owners always on hand Ritrovo is an experience to be savoured and enjoyed in comfort.

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