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Ric's Grill - Calgary

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1436 8th Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2R 1R7

(403) 269-7427

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March 20, 2013

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Welcome to popular Ric's Grill near trendy 17th Avenue - where steak is king and steak lovers are treated like royalty in our elegant yet casual dining room, private dining room and lounge.

Ric's serves famous Sterling Silver AAA premium Alberta beef and hand-carves it according to strict house standards for thickness and fat cover, marinates it in a special blend of spices,... more

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4 star rating
Crispe Calgary September 20, 2010
a new addition

this is a new addition to calgary, there are lots of ric's grills in other cities. the food here is really good, the steak is always done properly, so check it out.

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English
4 star rating
August 14, 2014

After many good meals here, we were ready to go back and when my wife tried to make reservations, we discovered they have shut down. In looking at the Ric's family online, a number of their restaurants have closed so not sure what's up. They used to serve a great steak and were as good as The Keg. Too bad.

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4 star rating
Don't expect your money back
July 29, 2014

I had booked the private dinning room back in May. They have a policy where you have to place a $250 deposit down that would be taken off the final bill of the event. Well this did not happen. It is now well over a month from when my event took place on June 27 and I still have not... more

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4 star rating
Good food, fantastic service
July 16, 2014

The breakfast buffet was good, it had a variety of selections, well cooked, nothing overly spectacular. The real standout was my server Julie, she went above and beyond to ensure that my meal was just what I wanted / needed to get my day started. It added a little extra that makes me want to come back.

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4 star rating
June 19, 2014

I had a great time here on my 40th bday. Great service and food. I had the half rack of lamb and it was great. I had some food issues like no milk products and they had no problem with that and changed my dish to help out.

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4 star rating
Okay
May 27, 2014

Expensive enough, we visited here twice as it is right beside our hotel. First night definitely 4 out of 5. I had filet mignon which was excellent. 2nd visit hubby had NY striplion with an extra 25 dollars for king crab with it. Crab was chewey shell wouldn't crack which is unusual. My filet was undercooked so based on both... more

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4 star rating
Nice location and good food
May 16, 2014

We had a lovely evening at Rics. We both had steaks which were excellent along with French onion soup and clam chowder for starters, also very good. Server was very attentive and we didn't feel rushed at all. Prices were a little high but the quality was worth it. We would definitely return again.

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4 star rating
Great Friendly Bar & Grill across from COP YYC
May 08, 2014

I ordered a sandwich for dinner(not very hungry), & had a pint of Ale & several glasses of Ice Water, spent a few hours there people watching, & was treated like Royalty. Most other restaurant/bars are impatient with patrons who linger after their meal, but not this one. I felt very comfortable & relaxed & welcome. I would recommend this... more

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4 star rating
April 23, 2014

If I could give it zero stars, I would. Took my friend here for her birthday and she didn't even get to eat her steak because they had cooked it wrong, TWICE. Once is excusable but twice is not, especially if they are charging a minimum of $30 for it and calling themselves a steakhouse. She had ordered it medium rare - the first was really well done, they took it back and brought out another... more

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4 star rating
April 11, 2014

Waiting 50 minutes for a c@!%!y meal is unacceptable. Especially for a restaurant that caters to the office lunch crowd. I have been here 4 times and never had good service or good food.

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4 star rating
its a bar and grill
April 09, 2014

I went into Ric's because it was close to my hotel and it was cold out.....I was met by a gentleman who showed me to a table with absolutely no emotion.....and walked away without enlightening me to specials or most anything...He was replaced by a very pleasant server, who immediately pointed out the house specials, beer on special and on... more

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4 star rating
Dinner while on business
March 30, 2014

Ric's grill to me has a limited menu and the pricing for the type of food is more than what I would have anticipated.

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4 star rating
As very good as always
February 19, 2014

We came back for dinner with friends to Ric's Grill and we were as happy and pleased, as always.
Great food, service and drinks. We always enjoy this very good restaurant.

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4 star rating
February 18, 2014

Ric's Grill has been one of my favourite chain of restaurants to go to but what I find is that they lack consistency. I generally go to the one in the NE in the 4 Points Sheraton and probably go to the 8St SW location 1 for every 4 visits. The food is not up to the standards that I have come to expect from Ric's. I had the 7oz NY with a lobster tail. The lobster was cooked to perfection but... more

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4 star rating
Great food, good service
February 04, 2014

Very good and you get a %10 discount if you stay at the Best Western Suites on the next block. The Bison burger is fantastic.

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4 star rating
Not what I expected
January 30, 2014

I won 2 gift cards for Ric's Grill in a golf tournament and I had never heard of this restaurant. We went to the 17th Ave location, and I was immediately disappointed in the decor - old and worn. Their website make their restaurant look very upscale. I guess the newer location downtown would have been a better choice. The... more

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4 star rating
Ric's Lunch
January 17, 2014

Had a business lunch and want dot try something different. Had been a Ric's Grill for Appies the week before.
Can't say enough about their Appetizers, YUMMY!!! There Lunch menu seemed good, good variety. I had the ribs well my lunch partners had the steak. The Ribs were good, far from the best I have ever had! (Keg and Laurier... more

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4 star rating
New Year's Treat
January 09, 2014

For the fifth straight year, we welcomed the New Year by sampling from Ric's four-course offerings. Evening starts with a glass of prosecco while we make our choices from a reasonable array of choices. With five of us dining, we get a good sampling of appetizers to share. I followed that with a marvelous lobster bisque. My main course of... more

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4 star rating
Our service and meal
January 06, 2014

We were recommended by the Best Western Hotel that Ric's Grill in Calgary was a good place to eat and they were so right. Our server, Gary. was very polite and friendly and had no problem by allowing us to share the special of the evening, Bison Ribeye and Lobster. My Husband likes steak and I love lobster. The meal... more

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4 star rating
Birthday party dinner
January 03, 2014

Wonderful service: We arrived in advance of the Birthday Girl to make it a surprise, our server Gary made sure he was attentive enough, but not pesky, while we waited. Once the guest of honor arrived, we were able to order and our food arrived in just enough time to have enjoyed our aperitifs, but soon enough so that the... more

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4 star rating
Great experience - food & service were amazing
December 29, 2013

1. Food was great and reasonably priced
2. Service was impeccable. Welcomed with a smile, friendly table conversation, and a waiter that was super attentive and aimed to please (I think his name is Gary?)
3. Despite the steak coming a bit more rare - the restaurant took it back and cooked it to perfection as well as provided us... more

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4 star rating
Gary, our server is the best
December 18, 2013

Had a wonderful family meal with the best server we have ever had(helpful ,knowledgable and friendly

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4 star rating
Good quick restaurant
December 04, 2013

What a great restaurant! Good handy location with great choice of food at a reasonable price. Fast and friendly service with great attitude.
This restaurant, combined , with my stay at the Best Western Hotel , makes everything so pleasant but still very efficient to accomplish work. I would not hesitate to use this restaurant again or recommend it to... more

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4 star rating
Excellent, would definitely go again
November 16, 2013

Service was exceptional, our server was very personable, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Everyone at the table was very impressed with their meal, everything was perfectly cooked and very flavourful. Would definitely return and would recommend Ric's grill to others.

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4 star rating
The Benchmark of Customer Service - Gary
November 13, 2013

Let me start off by saying that good customer service is hard to find/experience in Calgary. Most often what is considered as "good" customer service is basically the norm or standard anywhere else in the world. Calgary seems to have this mentality where poor service is a norm, but every now and then there are people that are truly passionate... more

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4 star rating
Could have been excellent
October 06, 2013

We went there last Saturday to celebrate our Anniversary. The menu is quite varied, we ordered our apps and drinks and they arrived in good order. My wife ordered the daily special and I opted for steak and lobster as entrees. Unfortunately for us there were a couple of larger dinner parties that were more commanding of attention and our... more

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4 star rating
unacceptable
October 05, 2013

My wife and I had dinner here one evening and to say the least we were very disappointed. I had the linguini with prawns and scallop and chose a rossa sauce instead of the cream sauce. Well the linguini was soggy as a result of being in water too long and the rossa sauce was plain tomatoe sauce, no herbs... more

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4 star rating
Serious Sunday Meal
September 23, 2013

This past Sunday evening my two daughters,their partners and children and I had our evening meal at Rics. It was a very nice evening meal for all especially the way our waiter made my two year old granddaughter feel so special. All of our meals were served in a very professional manner and everything from our drink requests to our... more

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4 star rating
Best Steakhouse in Calgary? in Alberta? Canada
September 22, 2013

I have been in Calgary, Canada for almost one week. I am an American living in Denmark where meat is very healthy, very expensive ... and mostly tasteless, so in making a trip to Calgary I resolved to gather recommendations and eat at a different steakhouse each night ... either ribeye or prime rib. Tonight I ate at Ric's Grill... more

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4 star rating
Amazing First Time
September 13, 2013

It was a very nice first time experience for us. Gary gave all the information that we needed and He was so nice. Kudos to the kitchen staff for a well produced meal. I must commend Edward, the manager for empowering his staff to promote the business in this manner. It shows that attention is being paid to detail. Good... more

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4 star rating
Very good dinner with matching wine
September 12, 2013

Very nice restaurant, fancy decoration and good service. Very extensive choice in wines and good advise from the sommelier; a treat for the wine-enthusiast. We had a starter to share and steaks as main course. The steaks were prepared very well and tasty. Value for money was good. This restaurant is more stylish (up-scale) compared to Ric’s Lounge (NE, see... more

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4 star rating
Excellent service
September 10, 2013

A group of us turned up on a pouring wet night and were really welcomed. Our waiter was Gary who took a real interest in each individual and made sure everyone got exactly what they wanted. We were on a tour of the Rockies from Britain and our leader had wisely chosen this venue.

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4 star rating
Amazing
August 28, 2013

I must say I was extremely impressed. I have been to this restaurant before and it was a great experience the other times I have been, but my last visit managed to top the previous ones. I went on a Monday so I was able to get the special to add a lobster tail to my meal for an extra... more

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4 star rating
Celebrating a 30 Wedding Anniversary
August 16, 2013

We have never been to this restaurant but have heard several good things about it. So when choosing the perfect spot to celebrate our Anniversary I checked out Ric's Grill on tripadvisor.ca. After reading glowing reviews this is where we decided to try. Just like most of the other reviews we did meet "Gary" but our server was "KAREN" and... more

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4 star rating
Calgary
August 12, 2013

Gary was our waiter, and he couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. We were visiting from the States, and he took extra time to visit with us, give us pointers on the meal and appetizers we ordered. The food was outstanding, and a perfect way to end our trip in Canada

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4 star rating
Best Restaurant Experience Ever
August 01, 2013

From the time I made the reservation to paying the bill it was an excellant experience. The Manager said hello when we entered, the waiter's name was Gary he was incredible,awsome probally the best service that are group has had in Calgary to date. He recommended some items on the menu which were fabulous. We had the Mediterranean Dip which... more

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4 star rating
Fantastic all around
August 01, 2013

The waiter was fantastic (George?), the food was hot and very tasty. The mojito was one of the best I've had.
If you want a good meal, ambiance and service this is definitely the place to go!

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4 star rating
Incomparable
August 01, 2013

Our group of eight was treated to outstanding service (above and beyond, thanks to Customer Service King Gary!), fabulous menu choices and superb food, from appetizers to desserts. We also had the great honour of meeting the chef, who seems to be performing magic in the kitchen. Everyone in our group raved about the flavourful food, the presentation and portion... more

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4 star rating
Fantastic Service
July 20, 2013

after trying multiple restaurants we finally ended up at Ric's and it was fantastic! Highly recommend the crab stuffed mushrooms. It was a little bit out of our budget but the quality and service was worth every penny. Our waiter Gary was incredible is was great to have someone so friendly looking after us all night.

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4 star rating
Best Service Ever
July 18, 2013

Great place, food was exceptional, especially the oysters but it was Gary, our waiter, who made this night perfect! Best service I have ever had! Thank you Gary!

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4 star rating
Great steaks + Excellent service
July 13, 2013

I had the pleasure of dining with out of town guests at Ric's Grill on 8th Street in Calgary. We really enjoyed our meal (great steaks done perfectly) but were most impressed by the exemplary service we received from our waiter, Gary Colburtem who provided exceptional attention to our requests and dining experience. Truly, he provided the best service that... more

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4 star rating
Good chain
June 16, 2013

A chain that has been in Calgary for a while and have started to expand. Haven't had anything I haven't liked here. The menu has changed recently so am looking forward to trying the new items. Steaks are always consistently cooked according to what you ask and calamari and scallops are among my favourite appetizers.

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4 star rating
Good location but average steak
June 13, 2013

The steakhouse is in a nice location and has a good lounge and patio. The steak is okay but there are lots of other choices on the menu that a person should try like the salmon or pasta.

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4 star rating
Fantastic steak
June 03, 2013

We had some family visiting from Vancouver and wanted to treat them with good Alberta beef so we decided to take them to Ric's Grill and we couldn't choose any better restaurant in Calgary!
We all loved the food, specially their great steaks.

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4 star rating
Great food ok service
May 22, 2013

The food was amazing and thre were plenty of menu options. The server we had was very sweet but commented that she did not get trained properly and apologized that she did not know the menus.

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4 star rating
May 17, 2013

The wine is good.. And the appetizers are good too.. The service is definitely something to improve... I liked it, but I didn't love it... I would go back, if I don't have a better place to go..

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4 star rating
rics grill
May 13, 2013

wow excellent food, friendly staff, quiet atmosphere, many choices, good pricing, knowledgeable staff,

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4 star rating
Good steak house downtown
April 28, 2013

We wanted a quick steak dinner before our flight back home and chose this restaurant because of its TripAdvisor reviews. It had the looks and feels of a classical steak house. Our server Tasha was cheerful and the service was warm. The prime rib featured a thick cut of Alberta beef. The rack of lamb was also nicely done. One... more

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4 star rating
The Big Taste Date Night
March 11, 2013

My husband and I decided on Ric’s as our date night place to go. The Big Taste menu was a plus for us. I made reservations through open table for 6:30 on a Saturday night. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and the manager said follow me and off we went in to the lounge. Now don’t get... more

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4 star rating
Amazing supper
February 19, 2013

The atmosphere is very romantic, the service was perfect and the food was even better. The only thing I can find wrong is I wish the portions were bigger and the Tequila advertised in their menu was available.

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4 star rating
February 01, 2013

I ate here. I didn't know it existed but BAM it does. Am I reviewing it? Yes. Will I do it soon? Yes.

I'm hoping I kept it down and my streaking didn't get witnessed. I wasn't streaking later. Tricked you all hehehehe. The waitress was great, the wine kicked the libido into overdrive and I am the only man in history that turned down sex to go home, watch TV and play video games.

I win. I went... more

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4 star rating
steak
January 29, 2013

cooked perfectly fantastic service. treated like we were the most important people. Love Rics in all location Prince George, Whislter Calgary

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4 star rating
Not much atmosphere
January 24, 2013

Very dark, not many patrons on a Thursday evening. Close to entertainment district with so many options needs to shine to be successful. Food was very good price was average to high but offered a 10% discount with my hotel stay. Service was friendly and adequate considering it was slow. Probably try another restaurant when in the area next time.

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4 star rating
very disappointed
January 09, 2013

The food was cold, greasy and we both felt it was reheated our food didn't look fresh. Took over 10 minutes just to wait for someone to pay for our bill, even other people where waiting for service or to be seated.

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4 star rating
January 07, 2013

Great service! Our waitress was really fun and joked around with us and helped us with any requests we had. The food was fantastic and would definitely go there again!

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4 star rating
Raw Steak
December 26, 2012

My husband and I ate here after enjoying the food at taste of Calgary. He ordered his steak medium rare, and it came out blue rare. He told the server who talked to the cook, then said it was cooked right, and they did nothing to fix it. He wasn't able to eat most of it as it was so... more

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4 star rating
Very Good
December 10, 2012

Went there for a Friday dinner. Service and Food was excellent. Except for desert (chocolate ravioli) that was greasy and not eatable so our server took it off our bill. Other than that everything was just perfect!!!

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4 star rating
Great place to spend with colleagues or friends
December 07, 2012

Ric's Grill is a wonderful place to enjoy a great meal with business colleagues or friends. I like the seating with the booths and that it's fairly private for conversations. The server was great and not overbearing, and knowledgeable about the food specials of the day.
The menu has a variety of seafood, steaks, and dishes to meet most palates.... more

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4 star rating
July 10, 2012

A recent date brought to Ric's Grill and with reservations during Stampede week, it was hard to refuse. The atmosphere certainly is very pleasant and our waitress was absolutely divine. She took the time to explain how the establishment actually grills their steaks so that we would not be unsatisfied with a medium rare that was more well done. A note on that: If you are a medium rare fan for... more

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4 star rating
February 12, 2012

Besides being left a bit awkardly at the front for a while before being seated, Ric's was fantastic. Helpful service, great food and a lovely evening. I highly recommend this place for a nice night out.

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4 star rating
January 26, 2012

We were trying this one out for dinner. The atmosphere was appealing and we got a table on Friday night without any reservation, but with the time it was getting busy. We had a steak and a shrimp/scallop pasta dish. All over we paid a lot for a mediocre steak and pasta. It was definitely not worse the money we paid.

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4 star rating
December 24, 2011

Not bad, but not good.

I see from reading other reviews that this location used to be good at one time, but I see even from David's review that it seemed to an establishment that brings shame to the Ric's Grill name over time.

After being used to the quality at the Edmonton location, I was really disappointed in this rendition of a Ric's Grill location. Everything - the service, the food... more

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4 star rating
December 09, 2011

What a difference a few months make. Service was professional cold. Steaks were smaller and less juicy/tender. Bill is higher. This place gets a downgrade. Based on this I-can't-believe-it experience, Ric's is not recommended. There is better elsewhere in town.

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4 star rating
February 10, 2011

Great steaks, nice atmosphere, perfect for a business lunch!

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4 star rating
December 02, 2010

I am not much of a steak and taters kinda girl, but I must say that when I have a hankering for a nice slab of beefy goodness, this is my absolute go to place.

Sure the Keg has a nice steak too but Ric's is much classier, they take reservations and the staff are all very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I have been to Ric's several times this year and every time I was more than... more

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4 star rating
August 14, 2010

Ric's is my standby steakhouse when I want a consistent delicious steak but don't want to try anything new.

I always opt for the ribeye and stuffed potato. My steak is always cooked perfect to order and somehow they get a lot of flavour in to that potato.

There isn't anything amazing about this place, but there isn't anything bad either. Just good and consistent when you want a predictable... more

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4 star rating
May 13, 2009

The decor is pretty standard for a steakhouse with the dark rich textures abundant all over the restaurant.

What was the best experience was our waitress. During her outlining of the various cuts, she correlated which part of the body they came from by pointing them out on herself. We all thought that was hilarious.

Although food is pricey, in general steakhouses are pricey and by no means is... more

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4 star rating
March 30, 2009

The food at Rics is expensive but for the cost there is great value. All the entrees come with a salad or soup as a starter. They also provide bread, to snack on till the starters arrive.

It's a great place for a nice romantic date.

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4 star rating
November 20, 2008

Ric's offers a first-rate filet mignon and a good atmosphere to enjoy it in. We chose to sit outside, but the inside is nice and not over-the-top steaky....

The filet mignons we all had were cooked to perfection and juicy and tender. The server seemed to leave us alone (not sure if that's good or not, but we never went dry) and enjoyed the whole experience. Even when it started to rain and... more

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4 star rating
Fairly good steakhouse in a upscale setting --...
November 01, 2007

Fairly good steakhouse in a upscale setting good for lunch if youre on a budget but I think Ive had a bit better on a few occasions in other places

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English
September 24, 2014

An upscale steak and seafood chain, started in BC. Hand-carved Sterling Silver beef is the specialty here, plus ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, salads and more, all prepared expertly and presented beautifully. Entrees: $$$

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February 22, 2014

Welcome to popular Ric's Grill near trendy 17th Avenue - where steak is king and steak lovers are treated like royalty in our elegant yet casual dining room, private dining room and lounge.
Ric's serves famous Sterling Silver AAA premium Alberta beef and hand-carves it according to strict house standards for thickness and fat cover, marinates it in a special blend of spices, then grills it at... more

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July 16, 2013

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