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Risto's Place Food & Spirits

123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
+1 704-872-5557
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Overview
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
Italian, American, Brew Pub, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
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1 - 10 of 232 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our business draws people from outside of the area to town and the owner of Ristos has been terrific about taking care of them after they play at our place. Very accommodating to our groups and they report food is great, staff friendly and they...More

2  Thank KeyToEscapeNC K
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wow! We really appreciate the support of another Statesville downtown small business. It makes us very proud that your customers became ours Thus the greatness of the ability to share in each success has begun.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again, I took another guest to Risto's. The food and service was totally a home run. The steak was perfectly cooked as well as everything we ordered. This fine restaurant has never let me down. Thank you Risto's!

Thank DAISY H
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you, Daisy for your comments and review. We love having you as one of our regular customers and appreciate you taking the time to review us. Come see us again soon and have a great day!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat outside on the front patio and it was beautiful outside. We had great service and our waitress Candace was amazing!!!! The food was amazing and the service was outstanding!!!

Thank Diana W
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad you enjoyed our patio area, the service and food! Our team will be happy to hear your comments. Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my mom to dinner & she says that this is the best place she's been to since moving here from Jersey...3 years ago. Delicioso! Oh and Mary is great!!

Thank Chastity R
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a nice thing to say! Tell your mom, thank you! We pride ourselves on great food and wonderful service and enjoy being able to brag to our team. Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for dinner while traveling... WOW! Everything was so tasty! Will stop here on the way back home!

Thank Swatkick
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love our travelers at Risto's Place and hope you will get to see us on your way back home. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Have a great day!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Barbara and the group made our anniversary a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic. What a treasure we have in Risto’s. Highly recommend.

Thank statesvilleresident
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Happy anniversary again and thanks for your review! It makes us very proud to know we helped you have a great experience. Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are back at our favorate restaurant. Ristos Place. Pork chop tonight and drink. Everyone missed us and we got our hugs when we walked in. Just love everyone here. And we recommend Ristos Place very highly. This is a must even If you are...More

Thank Donna H
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love being your favorite restaurant and really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We do love our customers here and pride ourselves on great food and superb service. Thank you for giving our staff feedback... we look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent customer service from Mary and a great dinner! No complaints at all on either of these points. My husband and I are disappointed however in that the owner came into the restaurant after we’d begun eating dinner and made a point of speaking to...More

Thank kimratt
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

First, thank you for your review and candor. We are certainly happy that your food and service met your expectations, and will share your feedback with our staff. Mary does an excellent job and we are very proud of her, and our kitchen works diligently...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner at Risto's Place last night. What a delightful evening from start to finish. The food was delicious and the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more accommodating. Mary, our waitress was great. We will definitely be back and will bring friends.

1  Thank bdi101
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It is so nice to read such a good review. We are so happy that you had a good experience while here, and that your food & service were good. We hope you will come see us again soon! Have a great day!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone was extremely friendly courteous especially our waitress Mary.Great atmosphere n location,It seemed to be a little pricey but we would definitely stop again due to the total experience being outstanding..Check it out!!

1  Thank gld00798
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy you had such a great experience at Risto's Place. Mary does a wonderful job for us and we'll be sure to share your feedback with her. Have a super week and come see us again soon!

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Hi! We are excited you are considering stopping in to see us again this year. Are you referring to Friday, February 9, 2018?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$4 - $32
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Statesville
  • Phone Number: +1 704-872-5557
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Description
Risto's Place has the feel of fine dining in the neighborhood. Sheryl and Risto Toukola purchased the restaurant in 1999 and operated it as Mayo's Ristorante. In 2007, Risto accidentally lost his life and Sheryl recently renamed the restaurant "Risto's Place" in his honor. Risto left his mark on Sheryl's life and he continues to be with her in the form of a yellow butterfly. Sounds crazy? It's not. On a warm winter day in January 2008, Sheryl was having lunch at an outside café when a yellow butterfly landed on the railing beside her. It just sat there while she ate. Who's ever heard of a butterfly in January? Since then, the yellow butterfly continued to appear to her many times in many places. When Sheryl's granddaughter sees a yellow butterfly, she shouts with joy, There's Papa Risto!" This phenomenon is the impetus that led to the creation of the butterfly in Risto's Place logo, and the reason Sheryl wears a butterfly necklace every day. Corny, maybe, but true. It is said that every restaurant must have a specialty. Sheryl's specialty is fresh food, made from scratch with produce and fruits from the local farmers' market. Herbs are home-grown, desserts homemade daily, soups and sauces simmer long hours on the stove, not heated from a can. Sheryl serves only fresh fish caught in the wild in American waters. Sausages, salamis and cheeses are still sent to Sheryl from specialty stores in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Go Steelers!) Coffee, however, is shipped in from her favorite roastery in Seattle, Washington. She is all about "Buy American". Her dishes are from an American manufacturer as is her silverware and glassware. She gets canned tomatoes from a California grower and cannery. She purchases every item she can American- made. Prosciutto, however, would not be the same unless it was aged in Italy. Many of Risto's Place customers are travelers on their way to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta and Florida. They seek refuge from the fast-food and chain options available just off interstates 40 and 77. Risto's is just one mile from either of these exits. It is amazing that most of those who dine at Risto's going, also time their drive to dine at Risto's when returning. Risto's Place also offers a complete lounge menu for those seeking a less than a full meal, although full meals may be ordered in the lounge. Complete bar and wine services are available and live entertainment can be enjoyed on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays. Open Mic is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Solo acts perform on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Bands play on Fridays at 8:00pm. The lounge atmosphere is akin to the television bar affectionately known as "Cheers". Risto's Place lounge and dining room are located at 123 North Center Street, Statesville, North Carolina and are open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 pm. Dress code is casual. Lunch is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Reservations are not required, but are recommended so that staffing is adequate for the crowd. 704-872-5557.
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