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Risto's Place Food & Spirits

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Italian, American,
123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
+1 704-872-5557
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, American, Brew Pub, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
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1 - 10 of 263 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are never disappointed at Ristos! This restaurant goes out of their way to always use fresh, local ingredients in their delicious food and you can taste the difference! It is also well appointed and located. The live music on certain nights is also fun!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Amye B
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback on our food. We do take a lot of pride in serving it fresh, made to order and with superb service. Your comments will be shared with our team. We hope you come see us again soon and often!

Reviewed 1 week ago

There were 4 of us for dinner this evening. We had not dined here before and decided to try it after a attending a Christmas play in Statesville. We are so glad we did!! Just outstanding food! The best Eggplant Parmesan I have ever had!...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RHmom349
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and share comments on how we did. Our team takes a great amount of pride in providing the freshest food and best service around. They will be excited to hear your feedback. Please come...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made an unplanned stop in Statesville, and after reading the story of the restaurant and the reviews, we had to go there. Risto’s is in a Landmark building, and it was a bonus for us that the owner is from Pittsburgh and a Steeler...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank nancyullerich
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow! What nice things to share with our team! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback and leave comments to let us know how we are doing. We take a great deal of pride in what we do so it's nice...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While driving from PA to FL we stopped in Statesville. We got a last minute recommendation from our hotel manager to try a family eatery on North Center Street. Risto's Cafe and Eatery was simply outstanding. Sheryl the owner works hard to maintain the highest...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jodie H
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and provide feedback to our team. It makes us proud to read comments like yours. We hope you'll make Risto's Place Food & Spirits part of your regular travels when coming through the 'crossroads'...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment I called for directions, off 77, I knew this was a place for us. Traveling to Disney from Pittsburgh...an accident on the highway, made us look for a place for lunch. Wow....fabulous!!! The owner, Sheryl,was so wonderful. From the ‘burgh’!!! Wish we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tonypeggy77
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your great review of Risto's Place Food & Spirits. We take great pride in serving delicious, great food in a warm, inviting environment. Our team will love hearing your feedback. Have a great day and please, stop and see us...More

Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Risto's ia a beautiful place with terrific staff! The Chicken Carbonara was a bit watery and the flavor was lacking. Would suggest avoiding the dish unless that's what your searching for. The Ala Vodka dish was deliciously flavorful and definitely recommended unless you have a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rmvanhoy
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your special day. It makes us proud that you enjoyed one of our entrees and we wish we could have resolved the issue that evening. We strive to make all our customers satisfied. We appreciate your feedback and...More

Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Every time I visit, it’s like going home! Truly love the Bar Staff & Servers. Always feel appreciated and all the fun is contagious!! Come join the Party👍🖖

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank C5769OMbillh
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments and 5 bubble rating. We take a lot of pride in what we do and appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. Have a great day!

Reviewed 2 November 2018

We love dining here and have never once been disappointed. Risto’s is locally owned and operated, and the servers are very attentive. The food is so fresh and flavorful, and the salmon is the best I have ever tasted. Be sure to save room for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Journey65899302410
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Thank you for your amazing comments and feedback. We do take a lot of pride in our service and food, and are glad you noticed. We hope we will never disappoint you and you will return often. Again, we appreciate the 5 rating. Have a...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent food and service! Everything is locally sourced and the owner is wonderful. She always makes you feel welcome and the chef visits your table to make sure everything is as you expected. The desserts are phenomenal! You MUST save/make room for their homemade dessert!!...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jessicamartin982007
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us feedback. We appreciate your notation of our locally sourced food. We pride ourselves on the freshest food and most superb service around. We hope we will continue to provide you with a great place...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner since the tables were set in such a charming manner with white cloths and red napkins. Turned out pierogies imported from Pittsburgh were on the menu and they were completely yummy. They then got very busy and I believe forgot...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank travelingmom1998
Lorie R, General Manager at Risto's Place Food & Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with comments to know how well we served you. It appears that we were having an 'off' moment while you were here and we deeply apologize. Your experience should have been better and we will work...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 32
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 N Center St, Statesville, NC 28677-5255
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Statesville
  • Phone Number: +1 704-872-5557
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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.
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