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Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica

Cafe Rustica Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.caferusticarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (516) 829-6464
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: Private parties only; Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Cafe Rustica Management and Staff
    eagerly await the opportunity to assist in all
    your party planning needs. We offer complete off-premise catering. Please ask our Staff for copies of our Party & Catering
    Menus or any other information concerning
    our facility and services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embassy Court
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Both street parking and public parking lot are available. Entrance to parking lot is on Embassy Court. Elevator and stair case available from parking lot to restaurant.
A word from Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica serves up fresh Italian Cuisine that's both innovative and traditional. Our menu emphasizes the highest quality brands: Colavita Olive Oil, Barilla Pasta, Reggiano Parmigiano, Gaeta Olives, and Imported Balsamic Vinegar. Come dine on thin crust pizzas, delicious seafood, fresh pastas, veal, chicken, salads and sandwich selections while basking in our beautiful atmosphere. And make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our homemade desserts. Our courteous and attentive servers make Cafe Rustica the perfect place for social or business dining.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Make reservations, we went at dinner hour and it was packed. The room is open so the noise level is not bad, we were able to have a conversation. A big platter of hummus and a basket of bread was brought to the table. You can make a meal of just that. They have good menu choices. They have a gluten free menu as well. Everyone in my party agreed, everything was delicious. The desserts we were okay. Our water glasses were filled quickly, our orders were taken at a timely manner and delivered to our table at the perfect time. We did have to wait to get the attention of anyone for the check. Our waiter was great but maybe spread too thin between tables. Maybe they should hire an extra waiter or waitress? An enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great that it has a gluten free food. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the portions were generous."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was quite good, generous portions. The waiters were attentive. The bartender very helpful. Would come back again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They have a fantastic gluten free menu as well as the BEST gluten free pizza we have ever had! Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I went here with my family today for Mother's Day. As always, it was a wonderful experience. I've been coming here for well over 15 years. This place never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great find! We usually have a hard time finding a gluten friendly place that the whole family will love (and we're a large family). But Cafe Rustica was great! Food was excellent all around. A+"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had reservation. Walked in and 2 staff members behind bar were too busy to acknowledge us for quite a few minutes. When finally acknowledged our party, they acted like they were doing us a favor. Unsmiling, unfriendly entrance to what should be a pleasant experience when dining out. Food definitely declined in quality. Even tiny portions for dessert. Server would loudly interrupt our serious conversations repeatedly instead of waiting a moment until we finished out thoughts. Servers reach over in front of you with long arms and elbows to serve and take away food instead of behind you. A not pleasant time at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food at a Cafe Rustica is mediocre at best. What distinguises this restaurant is the all around awful service. It took about 10 minutes following our seating for someone to come over to our table to ask if we wanted drinks. The service was basically downhill from there. Definitely not worth the $225 for 5 people."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service is a little spotty. The last two times i went, the hostess, two different ones, were slow to greet and seat. This time he was on his phone while we waited to be seated. Notice he did that when anyone else came in."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food here is always delicious, no matter what you order. They have the absolute best gluten free pizza I have ever had!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Never disappointed at Cafe Rustica. All salads (you can add protein to any salad) are great. Fish delicious. Pastas also wonderful. Great service."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have been lucky enough to arrive at this lovely restaurant in time to catch their Early-Bird Prix Fixe dinner and it was delicious and reasonable. They are clearly making their profits on their drinks which tend to be priced rather high."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was very good. It has a good glutenfree menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dinner at Cafe Rustica. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is always attentive. We like the salmon and chicken dishes the best. Their home made Hummus with bread is superb. Thank you for many great meals."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Very good food and service. In our weekly rotation. Very dependable."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Been to Cafe Rustica many times, This time was terrible!! First, my husbands drink came out with 75% ice, next drink after mentioning that they gave him 75% of a glassful and said that was the right combo for the drink (?) Next, I asked if the shrimp were fresh, and if the crab meat real, yes to both, so I ordered stuffed shrimp. The crabmeat was infinitesimal, if even an ingredient at all - instead it was all breadding - so I pushed it around my plate and didn't eat the entree. The salad was boring and the dessert was not worth the calories. The Manager walked around asking how everything was, but he didn't pay attention to anyone's plate or he would have gotten a big response from us! We won't return to this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Except for the very nervous and overbearing, unfriendly manager who took our reservation, I would say the food improved. When I come out for dinner I expect a nice welcoming smile, like they are glad for your business. Not so with this new manager."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Consistently good fresh food. Great service. What more could anyone want??"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Ambiamce was great but the service could use a little bit of improvement. Menu was great for choices but when our order arrived looked good but lacked taste. My husband orderes the Chilian Sea Bass which needed salt and the veggies had no flavor what so ever."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was OK for a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Service was good. Complimentary hummus was good with the bread. Parpadelle Bolognese was good but a bit salty."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Good Food and Service. Nice salads with any protein you want to add. Good pastas."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We had fish and pasta dishes and the food was great. Nice portions. Nice menu selection, fairly priced. Service was excellent. Would definitely come again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Celebrated my daughter's birthday with dinner at Cafe Rustica and loved it! She has celiac disease and was able to eat gluten-free pizza that tasted good. The staff was wonderful and the atmosphere relaxed. We have been coming here on Christmas eve for years and plan to continue that tradition as well as other celebrations."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "My experience in this establishment was very enjoyable. In particular, the variety as well as the food itself was prime. The noise level was appropriate, the service was attentive and ambience was relaxing. Four stars all the way through."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Enjoyed a delicious early evening dinner after a local movie. Prix Fixed dinner options were numerous; service warm and friendly and even quiet enough to enjoy conversation. Looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "we've eaten here several times. always good. took friends last night and it was eh! we hit traffic and had to have an early reservation in order to catch a show. we arrived at 8 minutes to 6 and wanted to order the early bird special. we could not order drinks because the order had to be in by 6. the food came out very quickly. i felt like i was throwing it down my throat. the server was pleasant. the food was only ok this time. not sure i'll go back so quickly."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Great Restaurant. Booked for 7pm thinking I was getting a thousand points but turns out that was only available for 6:45. I only got a 100. Feel like I was cheated."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Quiet, great service, reasonable price, nice atmosphere, food good"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Terrifice evening and value. We wemt with my mo for the price fixe before six. We had dine rhere previously with her. she likes prixe fixe special. Fod was fesh and of excellent quality, too."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "If you are gluten free...this restaurant is amazing! they are accomodating, helpful, and the food is out of this world! Ask if you want something gluten free..if they can make it they will!"
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Wonderful value.... everything is delicious and friendly."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "The mushrooms in the Diver Scallop dinner unchewable and almost uncuttable. The asparagus pieces in the risotto were barely chewable and stringy."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "We had Bronzini grilled and a chicken parm. EXCELLENT."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "My husband is gluten free and with so few options to choose from on Long Island, we decided to go to Cafe Rustica. Wow! Were we impressed. Good choices, including gluten free beer and cocktails. Our server was very knowledgeable about the prepartion of GF food and went out of his way to assist us. Will definitely go back as it is a cut above other places on LI that claim to be GF."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "GOOD FOOD, MODERATE NOISE, EXCELLENT SERVICE FOR AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "By far one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. I could easily eat here multiple times a week. I recommend this restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Really Enjoyed our Evening at Cafe Rustia. Food was great as was the service. Only downfall was they did not have there famous mushroom soup. I was really looking forward to trying it !!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We had a great meal with terrific and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "had Salmon stuffed with crab meat -- Salmon was very good --stuffing was bready and hard to taste the crabmeat."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "Met a friend here for lunch. Didn't know the area well so I found this place on opentable. So glad I did. The staff was attentive to us and the food was amazing. I'll be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2013