Buon Ricordo Restaurant

Average price $91
351 reviews

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Meet the Chef

For David Wright cooking is his passion and vocation. Since he was a boy, learning from his Sicilian nonna after school and fishing off the rocks with his uncle, cooking has been in his blood. David has made Buon Ricordo his home and it’s more than just a job. David who has spent significant time cooking in Italy, creates a place for modern innovation alongside well preserved traditions and family values paying homage to the creation of good memories.

Restaurant menu

Chef David Wright
  • Average price $91 Special request
  • American express Welcome
Gnocchi sorrentina

Potato dumplings with provola, tomato, basil and parmesan


Guanciale sauteed with sage, leek puree and parmesan


Large tubular artisan pasta with braised calamari, cherry tomato, white wine and parsley

Dietary options

, Gluten free,

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 351 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :9.4/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Michael L.
    Michael L.
    • 2 reviews

    Once again an excellent meal, excellent food, excellent service, excellent wine. Been dining there for over 20 years. Always a pleasure. It's like family. I wish everyone well should a lockdown occur. We'll be back as soon as this fine establishment reopens again.

  2. Vanessa G.
    Vanessa G.
    • one review

    This was as good as i remembered when I came years ago. Very authentic Italian sensational cooking. Waiter very welcoming and suggestions were exactly what we needed and loved every dish.

  3. Vivien S.
    Vivien S.
    • 4 reviews

    We come here regularly because it’s consistently superb on every front. Great food. Always. Great service. Always. BR knows what it’s doing because it’s been doing it well for a very long time. A marathon winner not a Johnny come lately sprinter.

  4. Maria C.
    Maria C.
    • one review

    Love this place and my husband and I go every year. Only minor criticism tonight was it was incredibly busy and service slipped from its usual excellent self.

  5. Peter M.
    Peter M.
    • 22 reviews

    Buon Riccordo is so good. If you haven't been go. You need to order the truffle feticinni and pork sausage, yummy. Take 6 people and have a bit of everything.

  6. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    • one review

    Earnestly in a grumpy mood giving rise to all of the difficulties in the bush we just went out to enjoy for one evening only at a place to which every City friend told us was the best restaurant in. Sydney. Well it it is! It must be. Because the staff, food and every unpretentious thing about this place will leave a life long memory for us. Thank you for the beautiful food. Thank you everyone for an a one in a million restaurant

  7. Julian P.
    Julian P.
    • one review

    The food was excellent, and the service was great. The dishes were a little pricey but worth the money. The only issue was the markup on the wines and the mineral water. A small bottle of St Pellegrino cost $7:50. Overall it was a fantastic night out and better than in many other restaurants in Sydney.

  8. Joseph  B.
    Joseph B.
    • one review

    We use to go each year for our anniversary - and its being 8 years! Unfortunately we had no idea Armando sold it and last night we felt/tasted the difference. Service was excellent (as always) but we felt the food was lacking in taste. I have never had to use Salt and Pepper! We were grateful for the complimentary Bruschetta (very tiny) but it was doused in Garlic it seemed. Also - why give 3 tiny slices of bread between 2 people - is two each too many?? The pasta was "too" al dente. My pasta was swimming in white cream sauce and my wife's red sauce was overwhelmed with herbs. Apologies to the chef but its only fair he knows. Not as important - we found the pricing not good value. (may i suggest you place the different pricing on the menu if there is a difference between the menu price and what you are billed for? $32 to $48 is a touch on the ridiculous for pasta. I understand it was a main meal portion but it should be on the menu. We would have ordered differently - and spent more money... and when the specials are mentioned, they should be on the menu or an additional leaflet - explaining what the specials are and how much they cost. Its a common problem with expensive restaurants and I feel they shoot themselves on the foot most of the time. Unfortunately - I have to look for another venue henceforth. Armando where are you!? LOL!

  9. Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth R.
    • 3 reviews

    I adore this restaurant, with the quality of food, service and wine as excellent as ever now that David Wright is continuing the tradition started by Armando Percuoco.

  10. Vince F.
    Vince F.
    • one review

    Absolutely brilliant ! I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and enjoyed some lovely dishes but David is an artist his attention to detail is perfect! The team really look after your every need ! The atmosphere is lovely and tranquil! All dishes were balanced with flavour and being Italian myself we rarely go to a restaurant and feel satisfied with the quality of food, service & atmosphere but Buon Ricordo excel in all aspects ! Very highly recommended !!!!

  11. Fiona Y.
    Fiona Y.
    • 8 reviews

    Everything was lovely, thanks!

  12. Michael S.
    Michael S.
    • one review

    We had a wonderful evening. The food was first class and the service was terrific. Highly recommended. Our waiter was very attentive, but not intrusive. A night to remember!

  13. Gemma D.
    Gemma D.
    • 5 reviews

    Lovely restaurant with great service

  14. Fred A.
    Fred A.
    • 16 reviews

    Best Italian food in Sydney

  15. Michelle M.
    Michelle M.
    • 6 reviews

    Love it. The FETTUCCINE AL TARTUFOVO is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Irlange M.
    Irlange M.
    • 23 reviews

    Buon Riccordo is a must for food lovers. The menu has something for everyone, the servings are very generous, an excellent wine list, and for fine dining the prices are very reasonable. David does a great job in the kitchen, and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The truffle fettuccine is our favourite.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 287 reviews

    Great food and service. Nice, old school italian vibe, but very expensive - even for Sydney!

  18. Paul F.
    Paul F.
    • one review

    Sad to hear Armando left the business but the standard was still excellent, still had a few signature dishes like the truffle egg pasta and will go again!

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Very overpriced for the food served. Expensive wine list.

  20. Wayne M.
    Wayne M.
    • one review

    It’s been on my bucket list for some time and wasn’t disappointed

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How to get to the restaurant

108 Boundary Street, 2021, Paddington (NSW), Australia

About the restaurant

A Sydney Classic

Over the past 21 years, Buon Ricordo has fed everyone from Cate Blanchett to the Packer family, and it’s not hard to see why. Order right at this established restaurant and you’re in for a real treat. Chef and restaurateur Armando Percuoco is all about keeping dishes pared back, and letting flavours speak for themselves. To take full advantage of the food here, stick to the entrees and pastas, and share them to sample as much of Buon Ricordo’s authentic Italian cooking as you can. The parmesan-cream fettuccine, with its truffled fried egg, is a dish that regulars won't let retire from the menu, so you’d be silly not to give it a whirl. From the jacketed wait-staff; dishes finished off tableside; old world wines; ironed tablecloths; upholstered high-back chairs; and a soundtrack, not a playlist playing softly in the background, you can see why diners hold this place so close to their hearts.

Best dish: parmesan-cream fettuccine



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