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Cucina Rustica
Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinarusticala.com
  • Phone: (213) 988-8880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Hamlet
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cucina Rustica offers catering in the Los Angeles area.
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday in the dining room from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Figueroa
  • Public Transit: Subway: 7th Street / Metro Center Station Purple Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking with standard city parking laws and $7 valet
A word from Cucina Rustica
We offer quality authentic Italian food in relaxed 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I took my wife here for dinner before a show at the Ahmanson. We were seated at 6 so we could enjoy dinner and be on time to the theater. Good choice since we were almost alone in the restaurant so the service was great. Our server took good care of us without being pushy. The food was excellent. I had the sea bass and my wife had the spinach and tomato cream gnocchi. Good cocktails and wine followed by a nice tiramisu made for a great start to a fun evening."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Pleassant and well lighted place for a comfortable business lunch. Party of five celebrated the brthday and 15 year work anniversary of a colleague. Server was great, food quality good, promptly served getting us back to the office in one hour, and competititvely priced for downtown LA restaurant. They provided a complimentary tiramisu with a birthday candle for our honored colleague."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Tastefull food and a very nice service on a slow evening in the weekend. Live music in the background created nevertheless a pleasant atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I had lunch here and think it is a great choice for lunch--very good food reasonably priced, good energy, not too loud. Just had dinner here--seemed too quiet, food was good (pasta and seafood on marinara sauce excellent, seabass with cream sauce was too creamy), chocolate tart dessert superb. People very nice. Overall, a decent place, but not special."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Avocado Al Forno- what a great idea! Totally unique and absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Wonderful Food and Great Service! I take clients to Lunch every week and Cucina Rustica is My Favorite Restaurant By Fat! My Clients Love it Every Time and I look forward to taking them b/c I know it will be a Hit~ The Service is Always Great they make sure we are Happy and Served Quickly as to get Back to Work! It is a Must Try if you haven't already."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Coming from Montreal I am not used to the rapid service. We enjoyed talking and eating at a much slower pace. The wait staff was attentive but I needed to ask them to slow down. Wine list was fair to good. The plates were big and it was a good price overall. Even though the Resturant was only 25% full the rapid service almost made us feel like we should get out. However our server was impeccable. Polite and plesent. Overall great experience. But tell them if you want to have a slow service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was not able to eat my meal. I requested it to be made spicy but it was so spicy hot that I could not eat it! I'm Mexican and love spicy food but this went beyond spicy. My three friends (also Mexican) tasted my pasted and they couldn't eat it either--next time I'll just add for crushed pepper on the side. We had the calamari as an appetizer and that was very tasty, the second batch of bread was delish since it had just come out of the oven. I will say that the waitress was sweet and apologized for my dish being overly spicy and offered to have the manager come over but I declined since he had come by and offered to have more vodka sauce made for my left overs. All in all, we enjoyed the lunch and would go back again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Cucina Rustica offers diners moderately-priced, delicious Italian offerings with a wide-range of options to choose from. While the menu is predominantly pastas, the Beef Salad, Chicken Parm and Lamb Shank were all delicious. The dining room was very noisy on our Saturday night visit with live music, which was so loud it was impossible to carry on a conversation. Restrooms were immaculately clean. We would happily return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good food and good service ate what greet you at Cucina Rustica. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The service was great. The food less so. My pasta was about 5 min past al dente, and was absolutely smothered in watery sauce. Overall, this is a very americanized Italian restaurant. There's nothing really wrong with this place, but with all the Italian restaurants in dtla, they need to be better for me to want to come back. Colori is better, Macaroni Republic is better, Drago is better, Casa Nostra is better. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and service and very reasonably priced"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Came here on a Friday night and was surprised at how empty it was. Our server was new but she was great. Very attentive, friendly, charming. There was live music, playing a variety of newer and older music. It wasn't too loud or overbearing. The food was good. Nice full portions, but we managed to finish almost everything. Great menu, we couldn't decide what to order!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and in the downtown LA . We wanted Italian food and truly enjoyed our dinner at Cucina Rustica. The food was delicious, the service exceptional and the latte that I had with dessert was wonderful. We enjoyed a pizza, the chicken parmigiana, a grilled chicken Greek salad and a seafood pasta dish."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We took a couple clients to Cucina Rustica while we were in town, and it was really great--the food was quite good (I'm writing this review a couple months later, so I don't remember specifics, but it was good), and our waitress was excellent. The ambiance is nice--a big, open, low-lit space, somewhat standard (but not in a bad way) of upper-end big city Italian spots. The only downside was some live music (I debated about throwing some quotation marks around the word) the night we were there, which was over-loud and not terrifically good, making it difficult to carry on conversation across our 6-person table. But other than that, we were entirely pleased!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I had to work at a conference in the L.A. Convention Center and made a reservation the first night at Cucina Rustica. The experience was so good we ate there the next night too. The food is well prepared. Pastas are cooked just right and sauces full of flavor, the fish is cooked medium rare and not dried out. Wine list is very good, and fairly priced and only a $15 corkage fee. Miranda is just a great waitress. Helpful descriptions of how the food is prepared and she demonstrated a caring attitude. The Manager came by not just to ask the obligatory "how was everything" but showed a true desire to hear about what you liked and any suggestions. They have live music that is very tasteful and a nice textured look in the room. thanks"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was good. Service was mediocre. Our bill preparer could not follow a simple request to split the bill between 2 cards. And were unable or unwilling to correct their billing error for us."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had a great lunch at Cucina Rustica. Good as always."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I usually love the food there. However, this time my lunch partner and I had the special where talapia was mixed with shrimp, olives and pasta in an olive sauce. It was aweful and we both agreed. We let half of the food go back. The buratta appetizer was great. Also, I did not like that we were seated in the very back of the restaurant although there were open tables in the open space in the front. The back of the room takes away from the open feel you get when you eat in the main dining room."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This is a nice place in DTLA. Food is average. The wait staff will tell you their warm avacado in marinara is a house specialty. If it is, I certainly don't get it. The pasta carbonara was very good except for all of the oil from too much pancetta. I would have that dish again but with 1/3 of the pancetta and ask them to drain the pan before adding the pasta. House salad dressing is actually excellent and the warm house made bread is fantastic."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Cucina Rustica is a nice, affordable Italian restaurant within walking distance to Staples Center and LA Live. It's basic Italian fare done very well with good service and live entertainment. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "To say the least. Portions were huge but not especially hot or tasty. The food could have been prepared in a micro. Very very ordinary."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Nice downtown LA restaurant for an excellent quiet dinner with colleagues at the end of a busy work day. Great Service. Thanks open table for making it so easy to reserve."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Outstanding service, taster food, and big time fun!!!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "beautiful ambiance...delicious food...lovely music"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "All was going good but me and my date felt like we were being rushed to leave. Our waitress incessantly asked if everything was okay. No sooner than we each expressed that feeling, she came back to tell us we had a one hour limit to the table we had reserved. But since it was Valentine's Day they would give us an extra half an hour."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the live music. It was never too loud, but selection of music made for fun listening."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My family enjoyed this restaurant for a number of reasons. We always love to have a booth for privacy and not all restaurants have them. At Cucina Rustica there are only a few but they are very comfortable. The menu is full of numerous pasta dishes. I had the Margarita Pizza - it was fabulous. My husband and son had spaghetti and meat balls and pasta bolaganase (sp). I love the Laurier chardonnay with it's hint of vanilla. On Friday night there was entertainment - guitar player and piano. a little noisy but nice to have something different. On MLK day at 6pm we were the only ones in the restaurant! Also, a think there is a bar scene on the lower floor."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We've come here several times prior to attending concerts at Disney Hall, and have always enjoyed ourselves. Service and food are excellent, prices are right, and at least in the evenings, it's not crowded. So a nice quiet dinner, which is always a welcome treat!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner here in downtown LA. They do have valet parking on figeroua, because otherwise forget parking. Good wine list. We had Classic Italian dinners a Marsala and bolognese both excellent pasts cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Went in on a Tuesday at 6:30 as we were going to a show at 8...left at 7:30pm and honestly we were one of 3 other tables in this large space. Was hoping we had found a new Italian restaurant gem downtown...reviews on yelp were skewed both ways...needless to say...we were disappointed. Great shell of a space...wait staff had a great attitude..hostess was accommodating Food was literally what one would expect of an olive garden or an italian restaurant in a shopping mall...bleh..bleh..bleh Note to chef...never ever ever put cheddar on a parmesan of any kind..ever..you may need to do some research of your own with good Italian food so that you can tell the difference with what you are doing there."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "I took my husband and three kids Rustica for his birthday dinner before going to the Kings game. The kids ordered from the regular menu (no need for kids menu), they loved the pizzas and pasta, my husband enjoyed his Risotto, and I really like my seabass. It's a convenience and delicious restaurant before going to games at the STAPLES Center."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We went for a small family dinner. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced. The valet (not owned by the restaurant) was a joke. Nobody at the stand. Left my car at the curb with the keys on the valet stand. The service was weak. Our waitress tried to act gourmet, but was not natural. The busboys brought the food and would call out " who had the gnocci? who had the filet?" We had a nice night as it was relatively quiet and we could talk. Again, the food wasn't bad, but the overall experience was marginal."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We have gone here for bday celebrations on a number of ocassions. The food, seating, atmosphere is wonderful for an intimate group. We can actually hear each other speak. The food is amazing. Everyone enjoyed their dish and the location is a perfect distance from our office."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We arrived early - 5:15 p.m. - so we could enjoy a relaxing dinner prior to the theater. Our waitress was warm, friendly and willing to share her thoughts about the wine list. There were three of us and all ordered a different entrée so we could "taste-test" the offerings. No one was disappointed. Our two starters arrived promptly along with bread for dipping. The wine was excellent as was the service. The only exception was the busser wanting to clear the starters before we were ready. I know he was being efficient, but we wanted relaxing and not rushing. That was easily taken care of when we thanked him and told him we were content to graze. Definitely plan on repeat visits."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "We ate here last week after reading the reviews and looking for a place within walking distance to the Sheraton. I walked by earlier in the day around lunch time and the place was packed. But, we dined on a rainy Monday night 10/28 and it was pretty empty upstairs. The fresh hot bread and oils to start were great. The waiter (Nabeth) helped me select a nice bottle of red wine that was not too expensive and super. We also took his recommendation for an app and glad we did. It was the avocado dish, which was unique and really good. I had the lasagna and my husband a seafood linguine I think. Overall, we enjoyed the dinning experience and it was nice to see a place with real candles on the tables for dinner."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "We recently attended a USC football game and were looking for an after game dinner spot. We made reservations at cucina rustica. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, we were greated warmly and seated immediately. The service wast fast and efficient, the food was great and the desserts were absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back.................................................... Fight On"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Thank you Cucina Rustica for never disappointing! :) Definately one of my favorite places to eat at."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Pasta was way undercooked, calamari was dry though the sauce was decent. I'm still not sure about the avocado appetizer. It's a sliced avocado with marinara sauce topped with cheese, searved warm."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Meatballs too dense, too highly peppered; salad ok, chicken cooked dry; house wine bitter; avocado-cheese appetizer gooey, stringy, tasteless; gluten-free penne pasta overcooked."
    Dined on 9/28/2013