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.
Terrible restaurant don’t bother going here it’s nothing like the downtown location. Very slow to receive a glass of water and twenty minutes after arriving, we had to order the food and drinks together as no one had bothered to visit our table, despite there being about 10 others in the restaurant. The manager sat on a table talking to friends/customers? for fifteen minutes in plain sight and wasn’t paying any attention to what was happening. After waiting almost an hour for our food to arrive, we left - apparently it was nearly ready twice. The kitchen is open and we could see three chefs one of which was on his phone and eating for ten minutes. The manager wasn’t planning on even coming over until we asked the waitress if we could speak to her, she arrived with an attitude and left with one, awful customer service and no one here cares about your experience, it’s an inconvenience for you to be there. Also it’s very draughty and cold. Too much hassle and a hundred better options for 3 burgers!
We booked a reservation here in order to recreate our recent experience in Spain. We started with the beet and burrata salad and the octopus appetizers both which were very good. The short ribs were a B+ and while the scallops were flavourful, I thought only 2 small scallops was not really a an entree size dish. One of the things we had hoped to have was a white Rioja that was listed on the online menu as this is a wine that is rarely seen in local restaurants. We were disappointed that it was not available although a Viognier that was recommended was a good substitute. I would go back as it's a restaurant with a unique menu though the choices will not appeal to everyone.
Very disappointed with service and food quality. Previous visits had been good but this was awful.
Food was sloppy, below temperature and extremely slow despite being only one of two tables at lunch.
Risotto dish was a practical joke
We went for a birthday brunch. Three of four meals were cold and overdone for eggs. Waited a long time for food as they were setting up buffet. We ordered off menu. Won’t be going back. Staff were accommodating with issue but we will not be returning.
The service at Ricarda's Oakville was really great. We had a nice time sitting out on the patio for brunch, and the servers were all attentive and friendly. 4/5 stars only because the out of the 5 entrees we ordered, 2 were overcooked. Though nothing was physically burnt, and technically still edible, the eggs benedict was over done, with the yolks dry and crumbly. The lamb burger was also cooked a little too long, so the burger itself was dry and fell apart. Our friends ordered the croissant sandwich and Ricarda's breakfast, which were both great. Our little one had french toast, which was mediocre, not bad by any means, but not restaurant quality, and definitely not an item we would order again. We were a bit disappointed as we heard great things about Ricarda's, but had what we would consider, a very average food experience.
The salads did not seem fresh and we ordered a few but they all seemed the same
Our family was celebrating an anniversary and birthday and it was the perfect place! Great time and great food! Really enjoyed our experience at Ricarda’s Oakville!
I liked the patio but felt it should be softened a bit. Plants go a long way to do this. Our waitress that served us was great but there was an argument going on with her and the girl that should have been covering us. She was not very good. Food good but not memorable. Even though we sat on patio I checked out the dining room. Beautiful, lots of ambiance there. I may return for Sunday jazz.
Fabulous restaurant. Great ambiance. Fantastic food with great options for all diets.
Cheers Marcia! You are a dream, come back soon xx
Second meal at Ricarda’s Oakville.
Hi Famof4, mind sharing what you ordered? What could have made your experience better? We’d love to learn all we can from your review – thank you in advance!
The food and service were great at Ricarda's. All my experiences at Ricarda's have been very good. The only issue we had this time was the noisy family beside us, it was father's day and this family was celebrating a birthday and fathers day at the same time...kids and adults were noisy. Ricarda's should not have seated anyone near this group.
Carol we are thrilled you joined us to celebrate such a joyous occasion. We are sorry your table neighbours were a bother, and next time please do let your server know so they can address the table directly or find you a spot better suited to your group. Thank you for the feedback and we hope you will dine with us again soon! xx
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.
Hi MarcelOC it sounds like you joined us for our Sunday Jazz Brunch! We’re so glad you enjoyed your meals and overall experience. We’ve sent your notes to management for further review, and we thank you for sharing them with us!
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!
Hi Gilly, we’re so thrilled you joined us for lunch recently and took the time to leave us this review. We love that you think we’re great and we are excited to host you on our patio all summer long! As you’ve mentioned, we do encourage guests to speak up at the time so our team can take care of any issues right then and there; making sure everyone is as happy as they can be is what we aim to do! We greatly appreciate the feedback and you taking the time to leave us this review.
Enjoyed the food and very nice staff music was a little too loud
Hi Walkingfriends2, we’re thrilled you joined us for our Sunday Jazz Brunch! What better way to spend a Sunday than with delicious food, excellent service and an inviting atmosphere. We’ve sent your note about the music volume to management, good to know! Thank you xx
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 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.