Cucina Rustica - Montrose
Cucina Rustica - Montrose

Cucina Rustica - Montrose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinarusticala.com/
  • Phone: 8182481881
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Cucina Rustica offers catering in the Lacrescenta, La Canada, Glendale, Burbank areas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ocean View Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large public parking lot in the back of the restaurant
A word from Cucina Rustica - Montrose
We offer quality Italian authentic food in relaxing surroundings. we use only the freshest ingredients and take real pride in preparing quality food for you, your family, friends or business colleagues
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Cucina Rustica - Montrose reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (5)romantic (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great place!
    ValerieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Very enjoyable! Delicious food, lovely service. Beautiful decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We love dining at Cucina Rustica. The food is consistently good and there is always a dish that blows our mind. This most recent visit it was the mussels. They were amazing and so big! The bread wasn't as good as I remember and I missed the variety of gelato cakes, but that's okay, we still love the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 126 reviews are from the Cucina Rustica - Montrose reviews archive.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This place is terrific. We are regulars, at least twice a month for lunch. This time around we have a new waitress. They messed up on my order and the waitress removed it form my bill. It was not necessary, but I'm glad they take great care of their customers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but service could improve
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Tasty food here but our last 2 visits were disappointing from a service perspective. Just not on the ball. The wait staff are all nice but can't seem to get things going one seated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovetogooutVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Such a great restaurant! Food is super fresh. For a change we started out with an appetizer. We had bruchetta. Their version has cheese on it and it was excellent!! As usual their mista salad (garden salad) crisp & crunchy! Kids got pizza and pasta -- didn't hear a peep out of them :) We tried something off their special menu. Both we're great. It was a Sunday afternoon so it wasn't crowded. Service was excellent and just a great time overall. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low key dining excellent service
    LadybergVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had the shrimp/scallop primavera pasta special. The scallops were over cooked, but the rest was delicious. Just enough of a nice light white wine sauce and tasty veggies. I would order again without the scallops.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you are in Monrtose
    rangodogVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Stop at Cucina Rustica for a meal. The food is good, not great, with a nice selection. The staff is terrific and are most willing to make substitutions so you can follow your own food plan. Had ceaser salad and mussels. Mussels were small and not tender enough to my liking. Salad was good but not great. Portions are large...good for sharing.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    KCsMomVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great Food, friendly and attentive staff. Always check out the specials... they are very special! HIGHLY recommended... Gary was fantastic
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is consistently good.
    Goddess
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food is consistently good. Service is outstanding. Jessie is a gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pizza and Ceasar
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    A late night snack of pizza and Ceasar hit the spot. The salad was perfect and the Margarita Pizza simple with a crunchy crust, just the way I like it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience, friendly staff,
    David
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Nice ambience, friendly staff, in a very nice neighborhood, and definitely some very fresh bread that came with our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We have been to the restaurant many times and have enjoyed the food and ambiance every time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive - Average Food
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We spent $79 for the two of us and the food was just ok. I am fine with spending money on dinner but it has to be worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Limited menu for Valentine
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Limited menu for Valentine Day, not previously announced. Very limited. Confused staff. Mess hall quality food. Begnin neglect from the servers. No future visits in my future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner and Great Service
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Always such an inviting atmosphere, great people, great service and great food. Love the bruchetta, the best anywhere! They are always willing to accommodate special requests and will make you what you want if they have it on hand. My favorite Italian restaurant!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian Delight
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Tried something new this time...the Linguine Shrimp Pesto...loved it!! So tasty. My husband also tried something new, the baked ziti with eggplant, he ate almost all of it which means he loved it. Can't wait to heat it up for leftovers today!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice, upscale restaurant
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    A nice, upscale restaurant in Montrose. Reminds me of the many good Italian restaurant gems in Manhattan. Wines are reasonably priced and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Nice Meal!
    Saffi2050VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I had a really nice meal here. When the entree had an unexpected ingredient, they remade it for me at my request quite graciously. Loved the ambience, good food & wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Montrose Magic
    SLTA
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Cucina Rustica is a welcome addition to Montrose. The ambiance is great as well as the food and service. I would recommend this little gem of a place to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Years of Great Meals
    XxxxxxVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    I have been going to Cucina Rustica since it first opened. Dining with a friend, we thought we'd give it a try. We were delighted by the quality of the food and the ambiance (which has improved dramatically since those early days). Recently, I had long-lost relatives in town and I knew we wanted to enjoy great food in an atmosphere where we could talk and be heard. This restaurant at lunchtime is the perfect place. My guests loved their meal, the surroundings, and the dessert! Their regular menu, always exquisitely prepared, is enhanced by their excellent daily specials. Their wait staff has greatly improved over the years, which I am really thrilled to see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat
    Maven
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    I frequent Cucina Rustica often and I am always amazed to see that the food is always well-prepared, the staff is attentive, but not overly so. There ;is a lovely wine list. It is wonderful to see the return customers---a sign that this place is quite a find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Consistently good. You cant go wrong with this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    Greenteadrinker
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Always love Italian cuisine and this place will never disappoint you. Went there with 3 of my girlfriends. The waiters never got who ordered what straight when they delivered the dishes. One of the waiters offended my friend when he tried to remove the plate when she finished eating but the others still working on theirs. Other than that, the experience was good! I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely excellent!! This
    lovetogooutVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Absolutely excellent!! This place is consistently great! I recommend that you try something off their special menu, too. The salad mista is my favorite starter. Really fresh. I had a pasta with artichoke hearts and marinara and my husband had ravioli stuffed with mushroom in a creamy sauce that was too die for (that was on the special list). I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Comfort Food
    LongBeachFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Went on a Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Restaurant had other patrons but was quiet. Service was attentive and warm. Food was good. I ordered gnocchi which were thankfully light and well made; not like the leaden dumplings I have been offered at some establishments. My brother ordered lasagna which he enjoyed. We both agreed it was not haute cuisine but well executed comfort food. If that is what you are in the mood for this is a good place to go.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Food was excellent and the service from the staff was exceptional
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodations with a Smile
    late4adate
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    I ended up an hour late meeting my friend for a six pm dinner reservation (leaving them sitting at the bar for that long), and yet the wait staff worked diligently to accommodate us as if I'd been on time, and we actually ended up with what I consider the best table in the place. But then, every employee I encountered in the restaurant--bartender, hostess, waiters--all had a smile and exuded a willingness to serve. Our meals came out of the kitchen in a timely fashion and were tasty. This was my first time here, but I would definitely come back and recommend it to others. Some of the high-profile restaurants in Los Angeles could learn something from the warm, welcoming Cucina Rustica.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried the bruchetta for this
    lovetogooutVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Tried the bruchetta for this time. Wow!! excellent!!! it was different than the ones we had before then added a little something to it! Everything in this restaurant is very fresh and tastes great. My only suggestion to them is that they consider a kids' menu. Even though there are things to choose from the menu, it would be nice. I would definitely come back. Cucina Rustica NEVER disappoints!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!! It is always
    lovetogooutVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Love this place!! It is always good. I love that in addition to their regular menu, they always have a chef's special menu as well. It's nice to go and try new things. This time I had the chicken picatta. It was excellent! Another special was the beef wagu ravioli. My husband thought that was excellent too!! This time we brought our twins. They were nice enough to split a pasta for them -- they do not have a children's menu. We had a great dinner. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Mike is great as always. He takes great care of us every time. We don't even need to remind him as to what we like, he already knows!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Vanams
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    A bit loud for a romantic dinner but the food was delicious and the ambiance perfect for our family dinner! I think we discovered a new place to frequent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone is happy!
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    It is a great find when you can take your teenage children to one of your favorite spots and they love it too. The pasta is excellent, we all have our preference on sauces, and each is our own favorite!! So many choices and all so good :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place! Excellent
    ValerieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Love this place! Excellent service, food and ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually excellent, but not this tim
    DholmesVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    While normally excellent, this time the food was somewhat of a disappointment. Two of us ordered the special pork shank rissotto, and it was rather ordinary. There was no complexity to the flavor, and just generally lacked pzazz!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I tried a new dish tonight,
    LoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    I tried a new dish tonight, The eggplant/baked ziti, it was the best. I will order this again!! So good to see Alan back, we are thankful he is recovering as his presence adds even more joy to such a wonderful place :)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You can't go wrong...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Delicious food, every time! Don't bother going anywhere else in Montrose / LaCrescenta / LaCanada for Italian food. I've eaten here about 5 times now, and I'll drive over from South Pasadena - it's that good. The wait staff is great. Even though my favorite appetizer gnocchi has disappeared from the menu, they whipped it up for me anyway - which I think is really above and beyond. Great bread, fresh salads, pizza is divine, every entree is carefully prepared & delicious. There was a group of about 20 people celebrating a birthday, and a lively bunch of about 8 at a table next to us. This is not a quiet, candle-lit spot and definitely might be a challenge for the hard-of hearing, but it's really beautiful and comfortable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As usual our server Mike was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    As usual our server Mike was outstanding, remembering what we prefer. Thank you
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    lovetogooutVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    This place is always a winner!! I love that they have specials that change weekly so you can always try something new or stick to your old favorite!! And as usual their salad mista is always fresh and crisp. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a very nice local
    Foodlover
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    This is a very nice local restaurant. The ambiance is clean, simple, uncluttered with an air of sophistication. Prices are moderate and the food choices ample. There is something for everyone from pastas, individual small pizzas, bruschetta, nice salads (the burrata al pomodoro was wonderful). Service was attentive, although a little slow (we were there on a Tuesday -- what would Saturday be like). At least we knew the time was being taken to prepare our food well. I would definitely return to this restaurant the next time I am in the Montrose area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was pleased with our service
    KimberK19VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    I was pleased with our service and the food. I own a business in Montros and friends came from the westside and I was hoping they would like your place and they did!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate