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Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen
530 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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$30 and under
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Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen Details
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
American, French, Italian
A word from Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen
We have great atmosphere, a full bar, amazing food and can’t wait to see you!
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Someone on another blog wrote that
this place was better than Cucina Urbana, so we had to check it out. Unfortunately, as a couple in our late 40s, we were hopelessly out of place in a sea of hipsters. When we arrived on time for our reservation, the sullen hostess made us wait at the bar for 10 minutes while she continued to seat other people, telling us that our table would be ready soon. Eventually she sat us at a table that had been ready all along, and we were then served by a waiter who talked to us as though we were infants. We ordered zucchini sticks, pappardelle with lamb sausage, the diver scallops, and roast chicken. All of the food was heavy, oily, and underseasoned. We couldn't we couldn't finish any of it. Won't return."
Dined on 4/4/2014
Great environment and food defies
the exterior that doesn't match the surprise inside---highly suggest you give this Hillcrest rest a try. Servers are quite friendly and very service oriented"
Dined on 3/22/2014
Delightful addition to Hillcrest's
dining scene. The Ceasar salad was wonderful (enough to share), and the butterscotch pudding is not to be missed"
Dined on 3/22/2014
Exciting diverse menu, everything
so tasty. Short ribs yummy. Linguini w clams & bacon rich -- so oily & greasy we couldn't finish it."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Got to the resaurant early enough
for Happy Hour Specials (which were plentiful). It was Mardi Gras evening so the crowd was smallish. Food was great. A for sure "return to" spot."
Dined on 3/4/2014
The food is lovely, but there is a
disconnect between the details provided on the menu and what appears on your plate. For example, the zucchini fries are breaded, which is not part of the menu description. The salmon entree includes potatoes and tomatoes, also not listed on the menu. As someone seeking to avoid all grains and nightshade vegetables (including potatoes and tomatoes), this was an unfortunate surprise. Learn from my mistakes and ask for further details prior to ordering if you also have dietary restrictions."
Dined on 2/28/2014
I have endless raves about the
food. The farm fresh taste is the one to beat/ I cannot begin to tell you about the delicious homemade pasta. AMAZING! The only thing keeping this restaurant from perfection was the service. For most of the mean our waiter was missing in action and we had to literally go find someone to take out next course order or get our bill. For a restaurant as tiny as this one, you think the service would be much better. You can see every table when standing in the corer of the room so there is no excuse for not having spectacular service."
Dined on 2/26/2014
Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen is a
great spot to enjoy a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. The food is outstanding."
Dined on 2/23/2014
The food was decent and
beautifully presented, but definitely overpriced. The atmosphere is very chic, but the layout makes it hard to have a conversation due to noise from other tables even at half capacity."
Dined on 2/19/2014
This was a great neighborhood
find! Loved the wine selection, food and ambiance. Also, it was refreshing to discover a fantastic late night happy hour menu. The only negative was the service. Our server was nice, but BEYOND OVERLY ATTENTIVE. I used to be a server/bartender and even then I felt like our server was more of the "helicopter server" type. He kept asking us how we were doing and if we needed anything, which is fine, but he did so like every 5 minutes! No exaggeration. I enjoyed my dinner nonetheless, but it would have been more ideal if we were able to enjoy our night out in relative peace. I don't think all servers at this place operate in the same manner that he does though."
Dined on 2/15/2014
My Husband and I went early (5pm)
for Valentines day and it was just wonderful. Cute place, friendly and engaging staff and the food was wonderful. Try the Albacore appetizer and scallops you won't be disappointed."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The food was good, a tad salty,
but good. Service was fantastic and it is a place I can't wait to return to."
Dined on 2/4/2014
The food was fantastic. The only
down side was that we had a reservation for 7:45, we were not seated until almost 8:30! Other than that, a little pricey, $9.50 for a cocktail, but happy hour is spectacular."
Dined on 1/31/2014
We had exceptional service from
Anthony from the get go. Creative and delicious craft cocktails. Perfectly balanced options for restaurant week menu, and exceptionally done. Only negative was the cigarette smoke occasionally wafting in from large open windows street front."
Dined on 1/24/2014
First time dining with Rustic
cafe. Would recommend to friends and family."
Dined on 1/26/2014
We picked Blue Ribbon as a place
to reconnect with a couple of friends after some time apart. Unfortunately, one of them fell ill but we decided to keep the reservation. They've made great use of a not too large space in Hillcrest and offer a great selection of food. We tried the Diver Scallops and the Loch Duart Salmon and are still discussing which was best. I know I'll be craving the scallops for a long time and will be looking forward to a return trip to dig into some of the other offerings. And DON'T miss the butterscotch pudding. Our waiter offered to fetch a spatula so we could get the last bits out of the jar and we seriously pondered the idea! Nice craft beer and wine selection and the staff was superb."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Outstanding from start (cocktails
and apps) to finish (famous butterscotch pudding). One of the most satisfying dining experiences we have had in the last year, and we know good."
Dined on 1/24/2014
I was excited about trying out
Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, as their sister restaurant Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza is one of my all time favorite. I arrived at the restaurant 15 mins before my reservation time, and the hostess made an abrupt comment about me being early (the restaurant was empty!!). She seated us near the open door and asked if we could move down as the draft from the door was quite chilly. She said they would be closing the door soon (door did not close for almost an hour). It took at least 15 mins for a waiter to acknowledge we were there. It went downhill from there. Server was not attentive, was less than enthusiastic in answering questions about the menu. Food not so good and neither of us felt well the next day."
Dined on 1/23/2014
The vibe was amazing. The beer was
very smooth. The food... Outstanding! We checked this spot out for San Diego Restaurant Week as well as my birthday and we were not disappointed. The short ribs with kale served over the polenta cake was ridiculous. (I mean that in a good way). For dessert, I normally go for anything chocolate and peanut butter, but decided to change it up and try the butterscotch pudding with salted caramel. Ummm... I could have eaten a vat of that stuff... man oh man... I wanted to go home and immediately try to replicate that dessert. Soooo good. So yes, I enjoyed eating here. need to go again to make sure I just wasn't really hungry and anything would do... but I am certain, that isn't the case. I'm picky. :)"
Dined on 1/23/2014
The noise level was very high, and
the background music was fast tempo with a relentless beat. After half an hour, I just wanted to finish and leave. The food was very good. Service-wise, our waiter was fine, but we were annoyed when we were asked to keep our knives and forks when the appetizer plates were removed. Not enough silverware on hand, or an untrained worker? It made a bad impression, at any rate."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Asked by server to move to smaller
table as they wanted table for larger party. Service perfunctory. Food pedestrian. Will not be back."
Dined on 1/21/2014
We were selecting from the
Restaurant Week menu, but I think we did pretty darn well. For apps we had the Albacore crudo with grapefruit and avocado (this would be even better in the summer on a hot day, but still great) and the DiStefano burrata (made in house and just amazing). For entrees we had the diver scallops which were done perfectly and I had the pasta which was good but slightly too salty for me. Glad we saved room for dessert. The butterscotch pudding is the kind your mom used to make, full fat and amazingly tasty. We'll definitely be back. There were some items on the regular menu I'm just waiting to try out!"
Dined on 1/19/2014
Somehow my reservation was lost,
and we were seated at a tall table by the front window The waitperson was overwhelmed, and service was spotty Food was ok, shirt ribs were meaty, but scallops were only two (but cooked perfectly). Fried Brussels sprouts were a popular item. And the Caesar salad was more than ample Butterscotch pudding was delicious as was the chocolate tart. More caramel and pretzel bits please"
Dined on 1/19/2014
Went for restaurant week since
girlfriend wanted to try it. Had reservations for 6:00 but restaurant didn't have any available tables for another 15 min. Sat at the bar and saw they have a happy hour during the week ti'll 6:30 that was listed on the menu provided. We were sat at a table soon after and ordered our food. Appetizers were pretty good, entree's were mediocre and my girlfriend actually couldn't finish half of her dish since one of the items apparently tasted like baking powder. Waiter just blew it off and kind of laughed. My short rib was whatever, nothing I would ever seek out again, Desserts were decent. Surprise was at the end, we got the bill and apparently no happy hour was honored during restaurant week, even when listed."
Dined on 1/20/2014
BRRK is an easy walk from Landmark
Hillcrest and has a nice rustic atmosphere. Pasta's all made in house. Had the Bucatini Amaratriciana and it was rich and heavy, but, good. Also had the gnudi (great), crudo, and scallops. Wine list is lacking with only one Italian red and white on the list considering the pasta focused/Italian style menu. We avoided it for a while thinking that parking would be a problem, but, it's quite easy with a validation at the Union Bank lot around the corner. Will go back"
Dined on 1/18/2014
This location failed multiple
times for previous unfortunate restaurants. When I saw a new sucker putting money into the space I feared for them. I probably would not have tired it out until our neighbor insisted we go. We've now dined there over a dozen times and it remains my first choice of neighborhood spots. Each time I leave I plan on a menu item to order the next time. There are too many great choices for one dining experience so plan on several. Anthony is our favorite waiter but they are all very good and we have not noticed any turnover of staff since they opened. It can be loud at times because of one large center table. If that table has a large party it will be loud so avoid restaurant week."
Dined on 1/11/2014
Well presented delicious food.
Quick service but not always in sync."
Dined on 1/11/2014
We eat out a lot, and this meal is
hands down the best we have it in awhile. We started with the ahi, and the octopus with oxtail ragu, insanely good. Then for dinner we had the branzino over a shrimp pearled pasta, and the short ribs over garlic polenta, OUTSTANDING. For dessert we had the chocolate peanut butter tart with pretzel crumbles. Our server took great care of us, and the food came out timed perfectly. We will be back. AND.. they validate parking, restaurants downtown could learn a lot from this team."
Dined on 1/4/2014
We went for a late night dinner on
New Years Eve and could not have had a better time! Everything we ordered was delicious, and the presentation was beautiful. The albacore appetizer is a must! I'll be back for sure!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
love the atmosphere and the
Appetizers we really good. we could have just ordered more of them and been content"
Dined on 12/27/2013
Absolutely amazing. The zucchini
fries are delicious. I tried the Branzino this time. Flavors were spot on. The service was good. Attentive and prompt....Thank you..."
Dined on 12/18/2013
Sorry to say that our experience
was very good food and service. We were unable to chat because the room is extremely loud. We we literally shouting to hear ourselves in a conversation."
Dined on 12/11/2013
unusually good selection for happy
hour-- food choices very good. gnocchi especially well prepared. wine also good, better than most offerings at happy hour. would go back again!"
Dined on 12/6/2013
Highly recommended, however the
place is on the small side so expect a bit of noise. High-end comfortable atmosphere: smart table placement to make the most of the space without overcrowding, exposed (clean) brick walls and wrought iron details. Great menu and well-priced for the range and quality. The CRISPY GOAT CHEESE GNOCCHI was excellent. The service is friendly and attentive even with a full dining room. Hillcrest-hip, welcoming, no attitude. I already have plans to go back next week."
Dined on 11/30/2013
Went here with a few friends, some
dishes worked (pork shank, short rib), while others not so much (scallops, chicken). Overall it was pretty good (the name of the restaurant threw some people off)."
Dined on 11/27/2013
The entrees were a little
overpriced, and not really worth it. Best part of dinner was the amazing popcorn. It's very dark inside, it was even difficult to read the menus."
Dined on 11/17/2013
Although the restaurant can get
abit loud and the seating cozy, the atmosphere is fun, light and perfect for a saturday night dinner. The food is a bit pricey, but well worth it and the service work as a team to provide the best for all customers. Definitely recommend this place for this looking to try fun, innovative food in a rustic, homey setting."
Dined on 11/9/2013
A great new restaurant in
Hillcrest and another big win for Christie and Wade!"
Dined on 11/9/2013
We found yet ANOTHER great Blue
Ribbon restaurant.....our first find was in Encinitas with the Pizza.....now, meeting up with friends from the Point Loma area, we decided on Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen in Hillcrest. Parking in the structure off 163 was easy! Food was wonderful, creative and tasty. Our waiter was able to describe the dishes accurately for taste and texture differences that really helped us make choices! As noted on other comments, brussel sprouts are top notch, scallops so fresh and perfectly prepared, great pear/arugula salad......a memorable dinner....just a bit noisy for easy conversation! We will be back, AND, we will recommend this! We were there early on a Friday nite- glad we made reservations!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
When we drove past it the first
time I was seriously considering canceling my reservations. I had spent a long time that afternoon looking for a new fun restaurant for my birthday dinner. I found this restaurant and thought it would be a good fit, modern, urban, great food reviews. But the outside it looks like the one bar you see in a small town. It did not match the decor of the inside which I saw online. But that being said the food was amazing. I would recommend this place to any of my friends."
Dined on 11/1/2013
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