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£12 - £19
CUISINES
Italian, Healthy, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit and definitely won’t be our last! Greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. Our food was very tasty; garlic bread, stuffed peppers, steak, Mar E Monte, lemon cheesecake. Absolutely fantastic! Service was impeccable. Cannot praise this restaurant enough.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024

I had a delightful late-night meal at Riccardo's Cucina Rustica! The pizzas were mouthwatering, boasting a perfect crust that was crispy and tender. The toppings were fantastic, and each bite was an explosion of flavor. I couldn't get enough of the deliciousness!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

Can't recommend this place enough - stumbled upon it about five years ago with a friend that was looking for somewhere that catered for those with Celiac disease....was fantastic for her and we've been back several times each year - always fabulous food, and a...lovely warm welcome.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

Ricardo's Kitchen Cucina Rustica in Westcliff-on-Sea is a standout Italian restaurant, renowned for its authentic Sicilian and Southern-Italian dishes. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the food is exceptional. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

We always receive a warm and friendly sicilian welcome at Ricardo's and love eating here. The food is always delicious with great specials available every time. Very much recommended 👌

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

From the moment you enter Ricardo’s you are overwhelmed with a sense of the true meaning of the word rustic: the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen; the warm greeting when you enter; the range of ages gathered around tables all hint at a...trip to your cousin’s house in the country. There is an authenticity to a trip to Ricardo’s-you can’t fake what they have. I dined there recently with five friends on a Wednesday night before Christmas. We were greeted like old friends but then, that’s the way everyone is greeted at Ricardo’s. Although the restaurant was busy that night with families celebrating with relatives and a scattering of couples enjoying some pre-christmas quiet, we were quickly welcomed with drinks, smiles and menus. I went for Calamari which tempted my tastebuds before Tagliatelle Arabiatta continued my Sicilian journey. A simple meal but that’s what Ricardo does well: simple, honest food, cooked with care and well sourced ingredients and a nod to his homeland in most every dish. I don’t want to tell you about the dessert because I promised myself I wouldn’t have one but it was Sicilian and delightful just like our whole evening at Ricardo’s-we’ll be back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Had the most enjoyable evening. Great food and atmosphere. Enjoyed the carbonara and wine very much.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

What an amazing spread of food. It was so relaxing and the food is mouth watering. So delicious , we left more than satisfied!! I would recommend this place for anyone. Staff are so friendly and you enjoy their company as well Thanks

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

This restaurant that me and my wife went to was the best experience for us. Excellent service and food, Will definitely come again.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023

We were here for my husband's birthday during a weekend away from home and were very disappointed. Despite saying that they use fresh ingredients, they do not. I had a caprese where there was no fresh basil, only dried parsley. The olive oil wasn't great...either. My husband had a Funghi alla pizzeria which was nothing as described... instead of stuffed mushrooms, he got a mix of vegetables in the oven. Very disappointing. My main was the Pasta al 4 formaggi but it didn't taste of cheese at all and, again, there was dried parsley all over it. My husband the the Pizza 4 formaggi and it was very average. After dinner I had an Irish coffee and my husband had a coffee with baileys. They were not good, both came with solid bits of cream. Staff we friendly but the service was slow, perhaps because there was only one person serving. What was supposed to be a special celebration ended up being a big disappointment instead. We wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Lovely meal , food and service was really great. Feels authentic , you forget you are in Westcliff, We had garlic bread and 2 pasta dishes and everything was delicious

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023 via mobile

I am very angry that I write a really detailed review on my visit to this restaurant and it never got out on. The visit was amazing Ricardo made us feel very welcome and it felt almost like a personal tasting session with him waiting...serving and cooking. The steaks he cooked were simply amazing! We worked out we haven’t ordered steaks for years in a restaurant as they were all poor each time but this experience was on another level. Succulent juicy and so tasty. Overall the best restaurant visit of the year can’t wait to go back again loved it! Top class worthy of awards.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here and we were very impressed. Lovely authentic food and great service. Can’t wait to come back!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Fabulous experience , our evening was spent in Ricardo’s hands our hake from specials board was a solidly delicious, coupled with a lovely Sicilian wine . Great hosts , Already looking to put next visit . Don’t pass this by best Italian in town !

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

This restaurant has became a firm favourite for my partner and I. The restaurant itself is cosy in size, it always lively and the ambience is perfect! The food here is amazing, I would describe it as rustic Italian cuisine (though I’m far from a...food expert). We have never had a bad meal here, all ingredients are fresh and flavourful and the chef/owner adds his personal flair to every dish he makes. The door to the kitchen is always open and you can see Ricardo (the owner and chef) cooking away which I personally love! One of the things that always stands out for me is the moment Ricardo has a spare minute, he always personally comes into the restaurant to ask guests about the food and has a chat with each! This speaks volumes to the passion he has not only for his food but his customers too! I remember the first time we ever went, it was getting on later in the evening and by the time my partner and I were on to desert, we were the only customers left. Then I see Ricardo and the waitress (who I believe was his daughter) quietly sit down in the corner of the restaurant to enjoy some well earned food, honestly it was this made me want to keep coming back! So lovely to see a father and daughter enjoying a meal at work together, I even got up and pretended to be the waiter 🤣 asking them if I could get them anything! The reason I tell this story is to give you an idea of the kind of place this is, it’s family run and nothing speaks better to the food than when the staff will sit down and eat one of the dishes! Honestly if you’re on the fence, or looking for a new restaurant to try, you won’t be disappointed! The prices I must say are incredible for the quality of the food! I don’t know how they have managed to stay so reasonably priced in todays economy! Oh and finally the service, if you visit when the doors are just opening it is usually Ricardo in his own, so you will be greeted by him and he will take the order and also cook, around 18:00 his better half arrives to manage front of house, his wife is lovely, very knowledgeable, friendly and professional! Sorry Ricardo, your food is amazing but your wife wins in the service category because she’s the pretty one haha! Apologies for the long review, I hope the amount of my own time spent writing this goes to show how much I enjoy this restaurant! This restaurant has a special place in mine and my partners heart, in fact we shall be back there tonight!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Management response:Responded 9 October 2023

Hahahahaha. Hi Adam I just read your wonderful review 😊 thank you it made me smile

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There’s plenty of free parking on the road at the front of the restaurant
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Yes they do serve alcohol, best garlic bread as well ;)
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Riccardo's steaks at the Pizzeria are AMAZING - so thick and juicy and cooked to perfection. You can have them with a bit of spaghetti bolognesse, or you can choose to have a steak with sliced fried potatoes. You can... More
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RICARDO'S KITCHEN CUCINA RUSTICA, Westcliff-on-Sea - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Ricardo's Kitchen Cucina Rustica is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5