Inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, and designed for any time of day, Ricarda’s serves authentic Mediterranean fare with modern day classics. Our genuine service is both intuitive and thoughtful. Knowledgeable staff deliver a hospitality experience using the finest that Spanish, Italian, French, Greek and Canadian cuisine offers in food and drink.
Second meal at Ricarda’s Oakville.
We were informed about price at least 4 times.
Price of Ice cream, price of buffet , price of toronto Ricardas etc and we didnt asked for any of this prices. Play room was improvised, not realky a play room. Food is good, service needs improvement.
This was my 5th or 6th visit since it changed from a long term Oakville restaurant. I’ve been at lunch and dinner. I build my own salad and it’s usually awesome, but this was a bit disappointing. I got about a 1/3 of an avocado, which I think I had to pay $8 for. I wish I’d checked my bill properly but we were a group of 8 and I was distracted as we were leaving as my bill was $26 and I had a salad and water, so I think I was overcharged.
The service was pretty slow, we had to ask for water top ups 3 or 4 times, but there was only one server outside so that’s not her fault.
I will go back but I’ll make sure to complain on site next time and certainly check my bill properly.
But it’s a great spot and a large patio. The others I was with mainly had the lamb burger which they said was lovely, and I had some fries from them and they were gorgeous!
Enjoyed the food and very nice staff music was a little too loud
I came for lunch with friends. This was my first time under new management and new decor. New space looks modern and inviting. The service was excellent. The food was very tasty and visually appealing; however, portion was very small. I ordered Arctic Char Filet that was supposed to come with asparagus, kale/cauliflower salsa. However, I had to look for any vegetables; it was basically just fish with some toppings. I would like to see this to come with some visible veggies/salad and french fries/rice/potatoes to make it a meal. I am petite and don’t eat much but this hardly filled me up. Overall, we enjoyed our lunch at Ricardas.
Hi Dorota, we’re so glad you joined us for lunch and we thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your notes on food and service and have sent them to our team so we can learn all we can! We hope to see you again soon, perhaps for a refreshing glass of sangria on our patio now that the nice weather has turned up!
steak was cooked perfectly. Tasted great. Portion was too small. I could have ordered another steak and still had room for dessert. Even dessert portion was tiny .
Hi William, thanks for the feedback. We’ve sent it along to our operations team for further review, as we do really value our customers opinions! We do hope you’ll be visiting us again soon - perhaps for our Sunday Jazz brunch that entails an all you can eat portion of various food stations - plentiful indeed!
2nd time here (and we’ll try once more), after a first very positive experience - with meh results on our second visit. Service was a little pushy to start, then a little absent (we had to pour our own wine and refill waters occasionally - pet peeve), but the food was the most underwhelming aspect - and along with the self-service - we were overall disappointed... They have a new menu, and perhaps they are just working out the kinks. Lamb not cooked properly and cool to mouth, and pistachio crust had grit so hard, we wondered if they used the shells! Flat Iron Steak was well presented, just lacked the flavourful oomph you’d expected from the description. Grilled Octopus apps were good, but sous-vide’d then ‘grilled’, and the ‘grilling’ component was absent - some colour given, but no external chew, with grilled flavour as was expected. We were a little disappointed overall - but perhaps it was just an off night. Given the first try was excellent (different menu however), we’ll try it again.
With half the price of Toronto Ricarda's all you can eat brunch, I wasn't too surprised with much less selection. The servers were very lovely, however it was unclear who had our table, as 4 people came to ask if I've been told about the buffet and menu. The hostess didn't seem happy to be working there. Food was decent, although staff weren't quick at refilling empty sections (understandable). Also, when I ordered pasta, I was told to come back in a few minutes to get it. After a few minutes when I came back, there wasn't food made for me and I had to reorder. The second time I stayed at the pasta bar.
Hi Jasmin, we are very grateful when guests such as yourself give us honest feedback as it’s how we learn! We’ll be sharing your notes with the management team. We hope you’ll consider visiting us again, perhaps for a fruity sangria on the patio when the sun comes out!
The staff are just wondeful and the dishes are even better!! Great little restuarant in downtown Oakville. My wife and I will certainly return for another tasty meal.
CarlM thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We’re so grateful you did and appreciate the kind words – we’ll make sure our hardworking team hears them! Cheers xx
I always have a positive experience at Ricardas! Everything on the menu is delicious, and the chef takes great care with each meal. I take all my foodie friends here!
We love this review SheGoesDowntown! You and your foodie friends are always welcome at Ricarda’s : ) We’re flattered and can’t wait to host you this summer on the patio! Cheers xx
From start to finish we were impressed, with service, food quality, & ambience. We would definitely recommend & will be visiting again. Thank you.
SteveC we’re so thrilled you enjoyed dining us, we appreciate the review and hope to welcome you back very soon, cheers!
Liked the restaurant for the ambience, the menu, and the service. I was disappointed to find they did not offer tapas anymore, and they were being removed from the menu.
I founds the food a degree off from how it sounded on the menu, and recommended by the server. Would have been so much better if the food tasted as good as the menu invoked thoughts of.
The octopus appetizer....the octopus itself was delicious...the sauce accompanying it was almost too strong and rich for the octopus imo.
The risotto was a disappointment. It was bland, did not contain the calamari I was expecting, and the salmon was just a bland after thought on top of the risotto.
The sourdough bread sandwich was tasty...not sure again that it contained the porchetta that was stated on the menu. The tabouleh salad was a green salad with some couscous included...far removed from what tabouleh is.
The restaurant was very quiet for a Thursday evening in DT Oakville. I’m sure the road closures on Lakeshore in the DT Oakville core will affect business greatly until construction is completed.
Adele we thank you for dining us and appreciate your feedback; we’ll be sending your notes to our kitchen team , as we always love learning from our individual guests’ food tastes. We hope you’ll dine with us again in future, when the construction is done and our patio is open!
Our third time back and the most positive experience. Ambience could be improved by dimming the lights more.
Service was good but our server was a bit low energy sarcastic.
Definitely would recommend.
Debbie, thank you for continually dining with us and being a part of our Oakville community. We’ve sent your note about lighting to management as we know atmosphere is very important to our beloved guests, as it is to us! We hope to see you again soon, perhaps on the patio once it’s just a touch warmer out there cheers!
I wanted to love it here, the place is very nicely set up. I had made a Reservation arrived early & was seated in front corner table. Very nice. When music started it was difficult to hold a conversation. Too loud.
Yes, I was aware of the Jazz music on Sunday.
My friends eggs were runny& cold, she told me later. It was my treat for her recent Retirement. We asked for cream for our coffee, got 2% - had to ask AGAIN, as well No top up of Coffee, we had to ask.
My Bens Eggs were fine, extra charge of $7.00 for small fries seemed steep. They were delicious. Hostess excellent, Natalia nice but large 60th Party must have not helped. The buffet was not at all appealing.
Hi Stephanie, we thank you for coming by and giving us a try! Your feedback is much appreciated as we love to learn all that we can from our reviews. We find the majority of our customers are thrilled by the All You Can Eat portion of our Sunday brunch spread, so we’re curious of there is an email we can reach you at, to discuss what you would have liked to see? Again, we want to learn all that we can, and ensure all our guests feel taken care of at Ricarda’s. Thank you in advance!
Absolutely A++++!! We will be returning. Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, caters to children with a play area AND live jazz!
Thank you Evita, we so appreciate the review and the stars; do dine with us again soon, maybe the whole family would enjoy an afternoon on the patio once the weather warms up just a bit more! Cheers xx
Only if the service was better if I tried going there again
Hi there, we’re so glad you came and spent time with us, but we certainly think our service impresses, it’s what Ricarda’s prides itself on! Might we ask for a few more details of your experience, so our team can learn from your feedback? We hope to see you in the future, perhaps for a nice cold drink on our patio once the weather finally turns around ; ) Cheers.
Dinner for two early on a March Saturday evening. We were welcomed warmly, served promptly. Lovely ambience, yummy food. We’ll be back for sure next time we are in the area! Thank you, Ricardas, highly recommend!
Thank you Ginger, you’re a gem! See you soon, cheers!
Amazing restaurant, great food, and great service. Natasha and Natalia were awesome. Definitely coming back.
Amazing restaurant, great food, and great service. Natasha and Natalia were awesome. Definitely coming back.
Lunch menu had loads of options...Would highly recommend saving room for the sticky toffee pudding...new twist to an old favourite!
This is music to our ears – thank you for the review and kind words! Do visit us again soon PortCreditgirl, cheers xx
This is a great environment for meeting with friends for a drink or colleagues to discuss business. I was very happy with their service and the food was excellent. Will definitely be back.
SamanthaF we love that you feel comfortable in our space both socially and professionally! You being able to use our space as you need to is the kind of experience we strive to share with all of our guests. We’re so grateful to have wonderful people like you in our Oakville Community; look forward to hosting you many times over (especially on the patio this summer!) Cheers xx
The food is so fresh and tasty. Creative and inventive combinations. Staff is fabulous (and I am hard to please). 10/10.
We are very proud to have won you over VivJ : ) Do visit us again soon won’t you?!
The food was absolutely fabulous - it was a creative mediterranean blend - not the typical which was a pleasant surprise. They have fun creative cocktails and the service was warm and welcoming.
We think you’re pretty fabulous as well PJOclair! We’re thrilled you had what sounds like a lovely dining experience with us; do visit us again soon (we’re looking forward to summer cocktails on our patio in just a few months)!
Food portion too small for price. Good the men had an appetizer because their fish for the main course was very small
Hi Cherylm, thank you for dining with us and providing feedback; we’re always here to learn from our guests. We will say that we believe in quality over quantity, and our prices reflect the level of fresh ingredients we source from really standout purveyors. We also make the majority of our items in-house and again everything is fresh, fresh, fresh! Next time consider our couples Sharing Menu – we think you’d be a fan as it’s all about value : ) Cheers xx
Overall enjoyable but the band was too loud. We were sitting at the opposite end of the space and still found it hard to have a conversation. But live music is a nice touch, just a matter of volume
Hi there, it sounds like you joined us for our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch! It thrills us that you enjoyed yourself and we have sent your note about the band’s volume to our management team; thank you for providing feedback! It’s how we learn : ) Cheers.
Ricarda's never disappoints! Love the food, wine selection & the staff!
We’re so proud to get this message LorrieC, and are so grateful you are a part of our Oakville community. We look forward to hosting guests like you for many days to come! See you again soon!
The food was tasteless, really blah. Server was ok but we could not hear her when she talked and look not so alive. Ambiance was boring. Definately will not go back
Hi there, we are so grateful you came and tried us out, but are sorry to hear how you felt about your experience. We are proud of our team and our atmosphere, so we are quite surprised to read your review; can you share your email with us so we can chat further? We’d like to learn all we can from you and your review – thank you!
Great food !!!!
Thank you for the review : ) We so appreciate the stars! Do visit us again soon, perhaps for our Sunday Jazz Brunch! Cheers!
Booked Valentine's with my wife at the last minute at Ricardas with no idea what to expect. Clean and modern and the food was great with very friendly and quick service. Loved it!
Amazing Anthony! Your review brings us such joy. We are thrilled we gave you and your wife a lovely Valentine’s Day experience and we looking forward to hosting you again in the future!
When we first walked in, Megan greated us promptly and asked if she could coat check our coats, very classy. We were than seated and offered options and suggestions. We went with the brunch buffet option and the food was amazing!
Overall 10/10 for food, service and experience. Thank you Megan.
Hi there, this review is music to our ears! We work hard to make sure every guest is welcomed warmly and feels comfortable in our space. Your review lets us know we are getting it right. We look forward to hosting you again, cheers!
Hi SarikaB, if you have a moment could you tell us some details about your experience with us? We'd love to learn from your ratings - thank you!
We went to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday & it was not a pleasant experience. Right from the start our waitress was not impressed that we were there and she did not make it any special for me that it was my birthday. This was mentioned on our reservation & my husband also told her! She did the bare minimum every time she had to come to our table and didn't come to ask how our food was after we were served. This is the worst experience I've had at a restaurant on my birthday even thou it was a weekend lunch. The place had 3 other tables full so not busy at all and she didn't even wish me even when we left. Terrible service. Would never go back.
Hi SarikaB, thank you so much for getting back to us so quickly. We are surprised to learn about how you felt your server hosted you, as it is not the kind of heartfelt experience guests can be used to experiencing at Ricarda’s Oakville. Do you have an email we could reach you at? Our General Manager Michael Dietl would like to contact you and make this right. We hope you’ll consider, thank you.
My email is XXX
We were there for lunch on a weekday - Feb 5, 2019
Thank you, we’ve passed your email onto management expect to hear from them soon!
Posted Today at 2:43 PM
This review was submitted in Feb and it's now May and I'm still to 'hear from them soon!'.
Not that I expected anything different from the management of a restaurant who's staff was miserably inadequate but just reminding you that it shouldn't take over 3 months to try to make up for lousy service received by a customer.
Very generous sized portions and the wild mushroom risotto was incredibly creamy and tasty with hibiscus salt. I didn’t think I would manage to find the space to eat it all, but when something is so delicious, it is hard to resist. There was a little bit of a draft in the restaurant so I just recommend bring some layers during the winter months. Well worth a visit, especially during the taste of oakville!
Karishma thank you! This review sparks joy for us as the mushroom risotto is also one of our favourite dishes on the menu ; ) A hearty dish made with fresh, quality ingredients; what more could you ask for? We have shared your note about the draft with our team, and we hope to see you again soon, perhaps this summer on our patio! Cheers!
The food was amazing. The waitress was outstanding. She knew the menu and made suggestions that made for a great experience. We Will be going back regularly.
Thank you for your review, we will be sharing it with the team as we know it will make them beam with pride! Reviews like this from happy customers such as yourself are what make us love what we do!
Stopped by for a quick lunch on my way out. The porchetta sandwich was so good. Servers are friendly and attentive. My wife and I love this restaurant.
We love hearing this : ) Thank you for leaving us this review and sharing your experience. We look forward to hosting you and your wife many times over, cheers!
The service was excellent,the food delicious and imaginative. The live Jazz really made the experience memorable. I want to pop in every Sunday.
CecileT we would love nothing more than to host you every Sunday! We are thrilled you were a fan of our food, brunch and the beautiful jazz music. Visit us again soon : )
We had a great brunch at Ricardas. I was amazed by the price and loved the Jazz playing in the background. Overall, an excellent experience.
JacquelineK this is music to our ears, bringing Ricarda’s Famous Sunday Jazz Brunch to Oakville was very important to our team, and we’re learning how important it is to the OV community! Guests like you make it all worth and are why we do what we do – come back anytime, cheers!
My family and I went to Ricarda's for NYE dinner. This is my second time eating at this restaurant. While the food is decent, they have a severe "fly" issue. We had flies all over our meal, on us and everywhere else you can think of. It was disgusting. We asked to move away from a window to hopefully avoid this problem. Once moved, we quickly noticed that the flies were a bigger problem that we thought. How could we possibly enjoy our meal when we spent half of it swatting flies out of your face and away from our food? We spoke to the manager, and he said a pipe had burst 4 days ago causing this issue, the first time I went to Ricarda's in June, I recall a fly issue as well. My friend ended up getting our meal for free as she was about to enjoy fly soup. When I brought this up to the manager, he simply said he wasn't here in June? Uh, thanks? No accountability. Obviously this is a huge issue, and not due to a pipe. Is cleanliness the problem here? It's truly too bad. Overall we ended up getting our carbonated water for free, as when we moved tables the waitress mixed up our glasses. Did I mention that we were initially charged for this error? So thank you Ricarda's. Thank you for the clean space, great customer service and the perfect way to bring in the new year...not. Don't waste your time here...there weren't many people there....I don't think this space will last anyways...
Hi Patricia, we have received and responded to your reviews of your experience with us on NYE on both our Yelp & Trip Advisor listings and as mentioned would love nothing more than to make this right with you. If you’re comfortable please reach out to us here with an email that we can reach you to get you in contact with our management team.
We have been to this restaurant twice in the last couple of weeks.
Once for lunch, once for dinner.
I really like that there is a different menu for each.
The menu is varied and unusual, which is excellent because there were many offerings our group liked the sound of, so we will be back to try them in future.
At dinner there was a weird infestation of fruit flies?? They were annoying but didn't spoil our evening.
We were given complimentary dessert.
Hi VickyF, we are so happy to hear you have dined with us on multiple occasions and have plans to return! The building did have an unfortunate pipe issue, due to circumstances beyond our control, that affected us around the new year; we wanted to ensure that this issue has since been resolved, and we look forward to hosting you again and again (and again!) in the future, cheers!
There were too many flies (fruit flies) interrupting our brunch. It was pretty ridiculous. They settled in our coffee, in our food, the kids didn’t want to see them in the bathroom.
The food was sub par. We found the croissants to be quite tasty, but that’s it?
Why would you tell parents after the brunch that if their kids had the all you can eat brunch, it would be free??
This place has potential, but there is a weak link on the team, this person needs feedback!
Hi there, we so appreciate you taking the time to write a review; this doesn't sound like the type of experience we strive to share with our guests. The building did have an unfortunate pipe issue, due to circumstances beyond our control, that affected us around the new year; we wanted to ensure that this issue has since been resolved, but we'd like to get in touch so we can make this right with you. If you have the time, would you share your email with us, so we can connect you with management?
The food and service was amazing, well worth going !!
We had a great dinner, very good food and friendly service.