Located at the EntertainmentOne Building in the Queen-Spadina area, at the corner of Peter & Richmond, Ricarda's pairs modern Mediterranean-inspired fare with charming hospitality. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tapas in between, the broad offering also includes Saturday a la carte Brunch, Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch Buffet, Take-Out, Office Catering, and Private Events.
Really beautiful looking place but the menu isn’t very creative or inventive compared to other awesome spots in the city.
Had reservations for brunch on a Saturday with my 2 kids and my friend and her daughter. The "kid friendly" menu options were just so-so as they did not have the kids brioche sliders. We settled on chicken fingers and fries, grilled fish with vegetables, and spaghetti with tomato sauce. Spaghetti was way over cooked and server messed up and brought out fish sticks and fries - kids stated eating it as it took so long, that I didn't send it back. I had the portobello mushroom burger, which was nice. My friend had the shrimp salad which unfortunately was too salty and dressing on the salad very tart. She didn't eat it and they didn't charge for the shrimp though our server said they've had complaints all day about the salt content on other dishes and she would speak to the kitchen staff.
I was going to ask for the manager as I shouldn't be paying for food that was obviously not eaten or enjoyed but she also removed the cost of the fish sticks as we didn't order that. So the cost difference almost works out "in the wash".
Won't be going back anytime soon because I'm all about first impressions with dining.
I had made the reservation for 2 ppl, 2 weeks in advance for Jazz and Brunch, and at first the hostess sat us outside the restaurant on the corridor area where you can’t even hear the music.
When we asked to move, they gave us the stink eye, switched the table once more and finally sat down only to have the hostess say “you now have only 1hr to eat as we have other ppl coming” ??!!
Not coming back..
Food was terrific. Maître d’ was excellent
Shelagh we’re so thrilled you enjoyed dining us, we appreciate the review and hope to welcome you back very soon, cheers!
Amazing made to order omellet and eggs Benedict. I will return.
Hi JoAnn, it sounds like you joined us for our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch; it’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday and we’re so glad you did! We look forward to hosting you again very soon, cheers xx
Servers were very knowledgeable about food, and were able to answer questions about allergies - if you're allergic to nuts, for example, the server said that all nuts were added at the end of a dish and could easily be removed. We ordered the octopus appetizer, which featured slightly-crunchy chick peas that ended up better than the octopus itself; a pasta dish that came with scallops that were perfectly cooked (all pasta is made in-house); the cornish hen (moist, but the gnocchi out-does the chicken, and now that I think about it, so too did the cauliflower than absorbed all the chicken juice) and the lamb (which my friend was very happy with). The pavlova was one of the best desserts I've had in a while.
Marshall you sound like quite the foodie! We’re thrilled to have impressed you with our service and food quality. We’ll be sure to send your notes to our chef and pastry chef as it is very valuable feedback for us. We hope you’ll join us again very soon, perhaps for our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch? We think you’d be a fan – cheers!
Birthday dinner! We didn’t realize it was tapas only so that was a bit disappointing initially, but we ended up staying and really enjoying the tapas. Service was great, and there was a surprise birthday desert plus we did not realize there was also a birthday discount. Great time!
Hi there, Happy Birthday! We love birthdays at Ricarda’s and are pleased to offer our Show Of Your Age discount; if you dine with us in your birthday week, we’re thrilled to offer you a discount off your bill equal to that of your new age. Tell your friends! We hope we get to celebrate with you again soon, xo.
The regular menu was not available for dinner, only tapas which was a bit disappointing. However, more disappointing was that me and another friend felt sick after we left the restaurant, and I still feel sick 2 days after. We all had raw fish which I am guessing is what is making me feel ill, however only 2 out of 4 felt ill after. The tapas was also small. Wasn’t impressed at all.
Hi MP, We’re glad you came by for Tapas, but we’re sorry to hear it wasn’t what you expected. The concept of Tapas is many small plates shared we do have cured salmon, but this is of course not raw. Ricarda’s is DineSafe Certified, (review con’t) …
Amazing place for Sunday brunch!!!
Thank you Shamima, our team will be so proud to know you had a wonderful time with us. Please join us again soon!
Ambience was great, however, there was NO bacon left with breakfast. This was before the last call for the breakfast items. Other than, great experience.
Hi SugarNSpice, we see you came for our All You Can Eat Sunday Jazz Brunch, and we’re so thrilled you did! We prepare more than enough food for all the reservations we have booked, and in fact we have two settings so we have time to replenish any items that were overly enjoyed : ) It sounds like when you came in there must have been a bacon lover who had more than the average share, so let us know before you come back next time and we’ll be sure to cook some up fresh just for you ; ) Cheers!
I would recommend Ricarda's to other friends solely for the food and the atmosphere
We’re flattered Reinard, thank you!
It was an amazing experience and I shall return soon for more. Regret not coming here sooner.
Wow, Rehog this review sincerely makes our day. We’re thrilled you had such an amazing time and we hope that you’ll dine with us again many times over in the future!
Great ambience, helpful and friendly servers, and fantastic flavours. I did send my fries back because of a kitchen hygiene error, and our server gave me a complimentary scone. I didn't ask for a refund on the dish but an offer would have been appreciated. But that won't deter me from visiting again!
Hi Jon, we’re so glad you came and spent time with us at Ricarda’s. We’re surprised by the issue you have mentioned, we appreciate your feedback, and would like to look into your experience further as we love to learn all that we can from our reviews. Is there an email we can reach you at?
Service was friendly and perfectly timed, sound level was perfect for a date night, and food was exactly what we expected - qualitative and in the right quantity.
Music to our ears Elodie! Thank you for the kind words and we hope to host you again soon!
Brunch was presented beautifully. Wonderful selection. We so enjoyed it.
This review is music to our ears : ) Our team will be thrilled to hear you enjoyed your brunch experience and we hope you’ll visit us again very soon!
Had an amazing time. Thank you for everything. I would recommend to a friend.
Lauren, thank you! A recommendation to a friend is the sincerest form of gratitude in our books; we are so grateful, cheers!
Great service despite it being full, staff really were excellent. Food was terrific, the whole party had a wonderful time!
This is fabulous to hear MatthewKUT! We love hosting celebratory groups of happy people; do visit us again soon.
Most enjoyable. Dining staff was helpful in selecting our tapas to make several courses. Very knowledgeable. The food was delicious. We shared the long tapas which was a lot of fun to experience a range of tastes. The ambience was lovely with the nice tall windows and ceiling height which made the room light and airy. The noise level was great; we could enjoy our conversation. We found the chairs uncomfortable so we were moved to one of the booths which were very comfortable. Definitely looking forward to dining here again.
Catharine, you are our dream guest! One who knows how to dine and enjoy themselves but also lets us know when there is something we can do to improve their experience! Our team is always ready to accommodate our delightful guests so we thank you for speaking up : ) We are looking forward to your next visit, cheers.
Absolutely poor customer service from management perspective. Restaurant calls me one day prior to basically reschedule my reservation due to unforseen circumstances, i.e. cooperate event (they only found out 1 day prior?). Upon rescheduling, my party was 1 person short (7 instead of 8 people) and manager was insisting to charge $25 for the 'missing' person..... For sure the last time I did them the favour of reserving a table/rescheduling a reservation.
Hi Sebastian, we’ve heard about your experience and we’ve received all of your reviews; we are sorry you felt upset during your time with us and we wish you the best.
We went to the Sunday jazz brunch for my two years olds birthday. I found this the perfect place to eat really good food and have your kids be able to play. The play area and staff in the play area are really nice. They brought her a little cake and everything. Both my kids had a great time and ate a lot.
Mari we’ll be sharing this review with our team, as it’s sure to bring them such joy! Our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch truly is such fun for the whole family isn’t it?! Stay tuned for our special Mother’s Day brunch, cheers!
The food was great! But portions were much smaller than we expected so we had to order charcuterie after our meals. It doesnt normally come wth cheese however the waiter went above and beyond to get us some great cheeses. Service was on point!
We’re thrilled our team got it right for you, ElyssaL! We’ve sent your note about portion sizing to the kitchen and we thank you for the feedback; we will say that we believe in quality over quantity, and we source all our fresh ingredients from outstanding purveyors in addition to making almost everything we serve from scratch. We think you would enjoy our prix fixe made for sharing; one appetizer, one pasta, one main and one dessert all to share! Some food for thought ; ) cheers!
I chose Ricardas because I was looking for a wheelchair accessible restaurant and they came up in a Google search of the top ten accessible restaurants. The accessibility is excellent, but the food is even better! Will definitely be going again. There are so many layers of flavours to their dishes! Every dish we ordered was superb. Service was excellent. No complaints whatsoever!
CathyA this review will make our team very proud. At Ricarda’s we strive to make each and every guest comfortable and feel right at home; we’re so glad you found us! We hope to be hosting you again very soon.
Great experience. Had brunch. Lots of great options to satisfy any dietary restrictions. Highly recommend. Looking forward to my next visit.
We’re thrilled you joined us for brunch and were left delighted by the Ricarda’s experience boutiqueliving; we look forward to hosting you again in the future, cheers! : )
Food was as delicious, portion was good and wide variety of selections
Thank you HaythamR, we are thrilled our menu makes you happy. Join us again soon!
Shared the four course dinner for two. It was delicious and good value.
We’re thrilled you think so Deb5050! We’re very proud of our prix-fixe, four-course dinner to share; we think it’s the best kept secret in Toronto ; ) See you again soon!
Fabulous food and service!
You’re a star Rebecca! Thank you for the praise, do visit us again soon : )
First time visit pre theatre dinner! We started with the octopus! delicious! a little small, but cooked well! Main was the halibut! Again delicious! Home made bread was sooo good! we finished it all! Definitely recommend! Their flatbreads looks too good! next time!
GeorgiaP we so look forward to hosting you the next time! Our team will really enjoy learning from, and being flattered by, your lovely review. Consider trying our Sharing Menu for two; we think you’d be a fan, cheers : )
Had a fantastic Sunday brunch with delicious food. Will definitely be back.
We are so thrilled you enjoyed yourself Mackenzie, it is a fun way to spend a Sunday isn’t it?! We look forward to welcoming you back!
Ambiance is fantastic. Favourites - oysters and crab claws. Happy they had seared fois gras (although a little over done as they cook a bunch and leave it sitting there which I guess is what happens at a buffet)
ElisaH it sounds like you joined us for our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch, it’s truly a wonderful experience wouldn’t you say?! Our team is happy to make anything from the hot stations to order; next time just ask : ) cheers
Friendly every step of the way.
Great service and having an ECE on site to monitor our children in the bouncy castle play area was a godsend.
The food was devine and I couldn’t get enough of the crepes, pastries, and desserts!
Great ambiance. Highly recommended
ChrisH we’re thrilled you joined us for our Sunday Jazz Brunch; and we hope you will many times over in the future! Stay tuned for our Mothers Day Jazz Brunch this year! Cheers xx
service was excellent. The food was delish! I especially loved the octopus. Great ambiance. Table was a tad uncomfortable. We were seated at a high table and the chairs weren't high enough for the table.
Tba2 we’re delighted our food, service & vibe wowed you! It sounds like you were seated in our bar area, and for next time don’t hesitate to ask for a change of scenery. If you are feeling even a tad uncomfortable our team is ready and able to accommodate any kind of guest request! We hope you’ll join us again very soon, cheers!
Service was very poor at Ricarda’s, our server seemed too harried and we had to ask for the drink menu, the croissants, had to clarify our order, ask for butter, all the attentiveness that a restaurant of this caliber and price point should have. Also, the bread was stale. Shame.
Smita, thank you for leaving us a review on OpenTable as well on Google; we know that you visited us on the 9th and we will look into the service you received, as we want to learn all that we can from our reviews, to ensure all our guests can have an ultimate experience. We very much appreciate you sharing your notes on your experience, and we do hope you’ll join us again, as we know we can impress you : ) Cheers.
Overall, nice brunch with some tasty selections and friendly staff.
However, I personally didn’t see the value for the money. But since Collette’s closed I would say this would be the next best thing.
Ricarda’s is just missing that je ne sais quoi that I’ve enjoyed elsewhere.
Neshia we’re so pleased you’ve been by to dine with us and that our staff welcomed you well. We are surprised to hear you’re feelings about the value of what we presume was our Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Jazz Brunch; might we ask when you came by? We’d love to look into your experience to learn all we can. We hope you’ll give us a chance in the future as we know we can impress, and if value is what you’re after, perhaps join us for our prix-fixe menu modelled for sharing. Cheers!
Great experience. Food was great and server was awesome !
Music to our ears – thank you for the review and kind words! Do visit us again soon, cheers xx
Great birthday lunch. Beautiful restaurant. Cute gimic on your birthday of the discount of your age. My mom was 82 so it was a great deal for her meal! We will definitely be back.
BronnaG this review is music to our ears! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. We truly love birthdays at Ricarda’s!
Outstanding food, music and service
Thank you kindly for the review, it made our day! Do visit us again soon, cheers xx
Worst birthday dinner experience ever.
Food was bad and the service was terrible.
The waiter was the rudest waiter I ever had.
Never going back.
Hi there, while we are grateful you chose us to celebrate your birthday with, though we are very surprised by your review. We’d love to know more and make this right if we can. Can you share with us an email to contact you at, so we can reach out to discuss details of your recent experience and make this right? Thank you.
I went for brunch with a friend and the food was amazing! We were torn on what to get and decided to share 3 plates (Eggs Benny, Croque Madame and the amazing Lemon Ricotta Pancakes). We were seated at a high table by the window. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely. I would definitely go back!
My only complaint was that it took some time to wave down our waitress to get our bill, but we weren't in a hurry so it's not that big a deal.
MelanieL thank you for the stars and sharing your order with us and the OpenTable community. We love when guests do this as it gives other diners a window into the experience Ricarda’s has to offer. We’ve made a note about your bill wait time and sent it to our team, as we try to learn all that we can from our reviews : ) Do visit us again soon, cheers!
It was my Mom's birthday, and we took her out for brunch. Not only did the staff make her feel extra special, but they also gave us a discount on her meal, a free dessert, and a free umbrella! We had an excellent time, and the food was delicious, especially their freshly baked goods. I'd very much like to try their lunch and/or dinner service, next time! Thank you for making my Mom's birthday celebration a memorable occasion :)
Hi there! This review made our day! We will be sharing it with the team as it showcases what Ricarda’s is all about. Genuine hospitality from the heart, not to mention our love for birthdays : ) You and your mom are welcome back any time; celebrate often, xx cheers!
The food was mediocre. Nothing worth remembering. The baked goods were decent enough. Service took forever.
Hi AnitaT, we’re so grateful you gave us a try and we’re sorry to hear about your experience! Can we ask what you ordered? We’d love to learn all we can from your review. Thank in advance!