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“Awesome place to eat”

Risto's Place Food & Spirits
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Ranked #1 of 188 Restaurants in Statesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $35
Cuisines: American
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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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place, the staff is great and food is better. its awesome knowing that you are helping a local business which means supporting our neighbor

Date of visit: September 2019
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L0rieR, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We really appreciate that you recognize that by supporting us versus a regular chain restaurant you are helping a small business owner and putting money right back in your neighborhood. Thank you for your rating, recommendation and review! Come see us again soon!

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Reviewed September 14, 2019

Let me begin by saying this was our very FIRST time visiting and we will be back WEEKLY! We have heard mixed reviews from friends about food and service, but we had the best of BOTH! We were greeted by Darin, who was tending the bar area as well as the outside dinning area. Darin MADE OUR VISIT EPIC!!! He welcomed us as though he’d known us for twenty years!!! He overheard my husband say my name and he remembered it IMMEDIATELY!! He called us by name the whole dinning experience! WOW!!!! I can’t begin to tell you how impressed we both were with the freshness of the food, the accuracy and timeliness of our appetizer/dinner, and especially THE SERVICE!! Darin, you ROCK! Absolutely delicious and PERFECTION ON SERVICE!!! We would definitely suggest the calamari, blackened shrimp Cobb Salad, and filet sandwich!! Dessert... a HUGE piece of coconut cake and chocolate decadence.. Ok, Darin was persuasive but SPOT ON!! Darin suggested the PERFECT red blend wine that somehow paired PERFECTLY with dinner AND dessert!!!! Darin, WE WILL BACK NEXT WEEKEND TO SEE YOU!!!

Date of visit: September 2019
1  Thank Angel M
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L0rieR, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! What an awesome review. We shared this with Darin and the Risto’s Place Team. How proud they all were, especially Darin. Thank you for taking the time to see his diligence in providing you the best service and experience possible. We love serving the freshest and best food around! Come see us again soon and feel free to call ahead and request for Darin. He’s a man in demand! Have a wonderful week!

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Reviewed September 4, 2019

The food is always fresh, and so full of flavor. Everything is made from scratch and you can taste the time and love put into making it. The staff is always kind and helpful, which just adds to the cozy atmosphere. I highly recommend trying their weekly soup special, it never disappoints. The owner makes it all from start to finish, stock and all. Definitely a must try!

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Indyca M
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L0rieR, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your recommendation, review and rating. We love having you as a VIP customer! We really appreciate your comments. Have a super day!!!

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Reviewed August 26, 2019

My cousin and I met family at Risto’s.We live in Asheville NC.The food was absolutely delicious.Italian food is my favorite.I had the meatballs in sauce and it was yummy.I also had the French Onion Soup which was best I ever had.I also brought home Taramusi which was also delicious.Sat at the bar and had the pleasure of meeting Darin who was the bartender.He was great and made us feel so welcomed.You definitely need to check this restaurant out.

Date of visit: August 2019
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L0rieR, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review, rating and recommendation. Darin is one of our customer favorites and we are proud to have him on our team. We appreciate your comments. Have a great day and come see us again soon!

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Reviewed August 25, 2019

The food here is excellent and fresh. Great atmosphere and live music! Open Mic night on Tuesday night's has great local musicians!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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L0rieR, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Open Mic nights are one of our most popular evenings. We are so glad you can join us and decided to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We hope you come again soon!

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