Cafe Rustica
Cafe Rustica

Cafe Rustica

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.caferusticarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5168296464x
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Rustica reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)romantic (4)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Cafe Rustica
    EatwellVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This restaurant features excellent food, friendly/helpful service and excellent value for the money. Definitely give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go for the food
    bobsVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    go for the food, classic Italian, then just enjoy the service friendly host and hostess as a bonus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Reliable
    FundguyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There's a reason this place continues to do well -- very good food at reasonable prices. The complimentary hummus plate alone sets it apart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love It Here
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food always so good. Service excellent, on point. Ingredients fresh. Great neighborhood spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian. Great food service and decor. Fresh ingredients, lucky to have in our neighborhood
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not too expensive
    WenchVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This restaurant has decent food for a good price. If you don't mind eating before 6, they have a early 3 course meal with drink that's offers a good choice of entrées. Not great, but good enough where we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EatwellVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food is always good and the specials are a great bargain. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad I was hungry
    Raynbow63
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lex1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great that it has a gluten free food. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    11803VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was quite good, generous portions. The waiters were attentive. The bartender very helpful. Would come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 166 reviews are from the Cafe Rustica reviews archive.
  • Gluten Free
    Madmom914VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    They have a fantastic gluten free menu as well as the BEST gluten free pizza we have ever had! Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliabily great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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+
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly and unwelcoming
    candyland
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The worst service I have ever had
    SJKMc
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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  • Service is a little spotty.
    marie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Susan
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food here is always delicious, no matter what you order. They have the absolute best gluten free pizza I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Never disappointed at Cafe Rustica. All salads (you can add protein to any salad) are great. Fish delicious. Pastas also wonderful. Great service.
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  • consistently delicious
    gingy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rustica
    Lex1VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was very good. It has a good glutenfree menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Love this place!
    luvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Dependable Meal
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Very good food and service. In our weekly rotation. Very dependable.
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  • Bad Valentines Meal
    Ladyjaynee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!!!
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  • Decent
    candyland
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hidden Gem
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Consistently good fresh food. Great service. What more could anyone want??
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  • Ambiamce was great but the
    RonNa
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was OK
    cherluiVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Good Food and Service. Nice salads with any protein you want to add. Good pastas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    AlwaysgoodVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Rustica
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time Well Spent
    Jimmy
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So relaxing
    datenight
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite
    PlefVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's my 1000 points?
    yessir201VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attractive
    Beachlover
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Quiet, great service, reasonable price, nice atmosphere, food good
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrifice evening and value.
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gluten free goodies
    mom2bmb
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night...
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Wonderful value.... everything is delicious and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mushrooms/ Asparagus
    bobpat
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    The mushrooms in the Diver Scallop dinner unchewable and almost uncuttable. The asparagus pieces in the risotto were barely chewable and stringy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had Bronzini grilled and
    AlwaysgoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We had Bronzini grilled and a chicken parm. EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.