Osteria Cucina Rustica
Osteria Cucina Rustica

Osteria Cucina Rustica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (732) 577-8288
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wed - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service off site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room for up to 70 ppl.
  • Private Party Contact: Angelo Bongiovanni 7325778288

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ryan Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Osteria Cucina Rustica
Osteria translated in Italian literally means "a place where the owner hosts his guests." At Osteria Cucina Rustica we follow in that tradition. Life long friends Steven Botta and Angelo Bongiovanni have collaborated to design and recreate an authentic Osteria. A warm atmosphere along with impeccable service and family recipes make for an unparalleled dining experience.
We begin with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality all prepared to order using family recipes passed down from generation to generation. The astronomic experience begins with the hospitality from the moment you walk through the iron forged doors. Next is the food where the love is present in each dish. The house made pasta to the freshest seafood to the dry aged steaks and our unique deserts made daily by our pastry chef make our uniqueness discernible.
The Bongiovanni and Botta families welcome you to Osteria, where we promise that you will come as a guest and leave as family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Osteria Cucina Rustica reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very nice Restaurant
    KandM
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Osteria, it is a very nice restaurant with great food and exceptional service. The only thing that wasn't to our taste was that it is a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food...Can't Hear Anything..
    YumYum
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I took my fiance out for her birthday and invited some of her friends. (Total of 8 guests). The service was okay, and the food was really good. One thing I did not like about the atmosphere was that I couldn't hear any of my friends. The sound echoed like a German Beer Hall would. Not a good setting if you would like to actually talk to anyone. It also seemed as when the dining hall emptied that they would increase the music. Not that I don't like a good background music but again not to the level that it would tune out any conversation. Overall I enjoyed the experience, and the food was good...They definitely have to do something about the sound though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad sound effect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The service was good. The food was also good. The sound effect was so bad we can hardly hear each other. If it was just the 2 of you and you sit next to each other, it might be ok. I would not go back to this restaurant until I know they have done something to the noise level
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect 50th Birthday Dinner!
    JohnG
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our recent visit was our 6th and perfect way to celebrate my wife's birthday. Same great food as Brando's in Asbury but Osteria has a warmer family feel to the restaurant. We would highly recommend to friends and family. The specials of the day are always a great choice but so are the menu choices. You won't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeatable!
    CathyV
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Came here the first time about a year ago and the quality is still great! A bit on the expensive side but the dinner portions were very large. I would recommend Osteria Cucina Rustica to everyone. Really enjoyed a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • na
    4edibles
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Noise level was too loud, it was difficult to hear each other. The staff were friendly and attentive, however the food was overdone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special occasion dining
    Dave
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our family went here to celebrate my wife's birthday. Our waiter was attentive and helpful without hovering. The food, from wine selection, to appetizers, to pizza, to entrees, to desserts, were all delightful. My wife loved how the sea bass came out in foil and was steaming hot. The pace of the meal was great; we were never rushed nor waiting. While the meal is a bit pricey, the quality is high. The one thing that could be improved is reducing the noise level. The bar group was plain loud, and their were a couple of large parties in our room who were loud enough to make it hard sometimes for us to hear each other. Nevertheless, we'd still go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gets better and better...
    conor
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    my wife and i love this place. we have been here a few times and it just keeps getting better and better.... all the food is amazing especially the steaks. we cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A treasure in your own backyard
    familyof4
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Service was amazing and the food was great. We had the twin lobster tails, the scallops and Eggplant special; the halibut special, the raviolis, and a off the menu dish - chicken Parm for our daughter. The salads and the fig appetizer started us off in the right direction and it only got better from there. We loved the fresh pasta and all the great flavors. Now I know why this place is always crowded. Weekdays are much easier to sit quickly. 5+ stars if the ratings would allow it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food, great service
    pborgen
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Enjoed nice dinner outdoors with a friend. Very professional stuff. Food is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very disappointed. Made a reservation week before. When we got there they couldn't find our reservation for 10 min. Host didn't even know how to look it up reservation made through open table. After finding reservation made us wait at bar for 20 min because kitchen was busy. After getting table waited another 25 min before we could order. Went there for our anniversary. Food was ok, no flavor. Mixed up our order & server only said oh my bad - rude. It was Monday not even a weekend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor gem
    steverVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was outstanding as usual. Ordered everything from specials. Service by Sammy K. was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steph
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent food,service,atmosphere! Sammy was the best server! Treated my family and I like we were royalty! We had gone on a Monday night was busy but not extremely. Definitely a place I want to go back to. A little pricey but you pay for amazing food and service. At that point price didn't even matter! Thank you for an excellent first expierence hope the 2nd time around is just as good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Osteria Cucina Rustica reviews archive.
  • Pretty Good Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Once you get past the NJ Housewife's and the Wanna-be's at the bar, it's a descent Italian restaurant in a parking lot. Nice décor, attentive service and above average prices for Marlboro. Our party of 4 enjoyed our meal and wine, although the grilled octopus App w only 2 legs and lump of mashed potatoes in the center of the plate was not worth it. The sound levels in the dining area, where everyone needs to be heard by shouting, is deafening !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place for a quiet dinner.
    pborgen
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very nice place... very nice service and food. Highly recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were well attended to by few waiters who kept our waters/drinks filled, new plates, utensils, and plates. Food was delicious! The Summer pasta dish was very good. We order steak for two and it was excellent as they grilled it to medium well done with pink color in the middle and tender to chew them. The steak sauce added to the flavor. The appetizers that we ordered were good also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tommVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food is very good. Noise level is deafening! Restaurant/bar filled with fifty somethings with a little money in their pocket who still wish they were twenty somethings! Won't go back. The good food isn't worth the cartoon show at the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    R3Rose
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Appetizers, Entrees and Dessert.....all were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Sean
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    First time, excellent experience, excellent food, excellent wait staff. Definately make a reservation
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The waiter had to lean in to 1 foot to tell the specials twice. My shrimp were bland
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great food as always, friendly service. I went with a group from work for my birthday and everyone is coming back for another dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Very loud food was ok overpriced calamari tasted bland chicken dish and pasta was good stay away from grilled shrimp and risotto shrimp was tough and tasteless and risotto was heavy and needed salt
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced and nothing special
    wineanddine
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our expectations were high as we had heard some favorable comments about this place and decided to have our special dinner there. The food was just ok, nothing special and we have had the same kinds of entrees at other places and they were much better. My bronzini was dry and the lentils along with it cooked have been cooked a little longer. My friends pasta with clams was also dry. We were 4 people but our table setting had only one bread plate and we had to ask for more as the waiter didn't even notice my friend and I were sharing a plate. Bus boys delivered our appetizers and not one of us got the right one, same thing happened with the entrees. I would suggest the waiter oversee his staff when setting down the plates.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    DoctorJ
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had our daughter's college graduation dinner here with a group of 12 people, and it was a wonderful dining experience. All of the appitizer we ordered were delicious, and the main courses were beautifully prepared. The wait staff was very attentive, without being over-bearing, and were very friendly.They even took pictures of our group after dinner. The Italian cheese cake was out of this world. The only complaint for dessert was the chocolate cake, which was rather spongy and dry. The prices are not for the faint of heart, but you don't mind paying the price for food this well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    PjmooreVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    fOOD & SERVICE - WERE GREAT ! WE HAD A LOVELY EVENING.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • little room for slight improvement!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    the fish that my wife had was very good BUT it had too much oil in the sauce for her! I enjoyed the pollo saparello but not enough sausage for a half of chicken! dish was great! the Papadelle with mushrooms and black truffel should have shaved truffel on it,not truffel oil! The fussili in aluminium was excellent. and the monkfish special was great. We will be back many times. Thank you for a wonderful eating experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a NYC level restaurant in Marlboro
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Osteria! We are "foodies", admittedly, and a were not at all disappointed, for a change! From the special oysters a la "Michael" and the parma prosciutto wood fired pizza we devoured as appetizers, to the incredible aged tomahawk steak, cooked to perfection and the lamb stuffed veal chop, all food was excellent and prepared perfectly. This restaurant is not for the wallet shy! For the area, it's beyond the casual night out expense! If you are willing to spend on good food, the experience is worth the price. We plan on returning for those "special occasions". Our advice: if you can afford it, do try it..... And request to be seated with Sergio, who's professionalism and humor made good even better!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef is outstanding
    fuzzy
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We recently visited this fine establishment, after hearing rave reviews about the food. As expected the food was outstanding, as well, as the service. One of the owners, stopped by our table, and welcomed us. Very pricey for a local eatery, but worth it for a special occasion. Overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the Mark
    RichBVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Took two of my business associates to Osteria and have to say they were not impressed. Chris our waiter missed the mark on catering to our needs and seemed more interested in his agenda and timeframe ( this was a monday night dinner, not busy at all ). Several times I said to Chris we weren't ready to order and that we were not in a hurry. The final time when he approached he told us, "I'm ready". So, as i said, he missed the mark. Meatball salad was enjoyed by all, the main dishes were more than satisfactory but when my guests made negative comments to me on the way out about the service, afraid I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In a word delicious!
    foodie
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    An Italian gem of a restaurant with a menu of many choices plus daily specials. The food is excellent, service well appointed and noise level is high. For prime dinner time reservations in advance is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true rustic Italy experiance
    MillstoneGary
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Our experience was GREAT!. Food was awesome. Ambiance completed to perfection. Come ready to eat and prepared to be rolled out to your car. Thank You Angelo and Co
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very expensive. Too noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Very expensive. Too noisy. Tables too close together. Food is good but over priced, the service was great. Overall, too noisy and expensive. For the money we like to actually hear our own conversation. Couldn't even hear the waiter.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the moment you walk in....
    ccoco555
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    From the moment you walk in.... Very inviting - Angelo (owner/host) and our pretty girl hotess welcomed us at the door. Once we sat to review menus - we were greeted with warm soft centered bread with a cripy flacky crust along with 3 wonderful bread spreads including roasted GARLIC in olive oil, zuccini marinated, and a fabulous riccota spread.... Excellent and delicious - I had the homemade pasta!!!! Steven (owner/chef) also made sure to greet all of his tables! Welcoming, Fresh, homemade, and I was very impressed to see authentic dishes that my mom made regularly (that normally you hardly ever see outside of mom's kitchen!). Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So glad we gave it a try...
    amadeus303
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Initial reviews all said Osteria had good food, but the service left a lot to be desired. I'm happy to report that I can definitely confirm the food is excellent - but what stood out even more was the exceptional server (Sergio) and wait staff. We never had to ask for a single thing: wine glasses/water were refilled regularly, plates/utensils were turned over quickly and efficiently, and we were constantly checked on throughout the meal. Sergio was extremely knowledgeable of the menu, and was able to offer recommendations without hesitation based on our preferences. The wife had Filet Mignon; I had Grilled Shrimp over Risotto (Gamberoni). Both were top notch. For a Wed night, the place was filled and energetic. We'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good but a little pricey
    JD896
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Rustic Italian feel. Very romantic. variety choice of wines from napa to sienna to Tuscany. Good was well prepared and service was very accommodating to our requests. A lil pricey but food is of good quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    micki
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. Decor is great. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Portion sizes were generous. Prices are pretty high, but it didn't seem to stop people from dining there because the place was full both times we went and neither time was a Friday or Saturday night. Their special steak offerings sound good, but are so enormous (36 oz. for a "single") and ridiculously expensive, so we didn't give them a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • liked it a lot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Visited this restaurant with my family , late snowy Saturday night. Despite the late hour and bad weather it was packed. We enjoyed our meal and the wine. The service was very good as well. The only downfall was the noise level. Otherwise very lovely place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced limited menu
    LoveChocalateHateNoise
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Very noisy. Menu is very limited. Prices are too high. This isn't NYC.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service - really good food
    BikerDude
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    This was our first time visiting this restaurant. We knew it was pricey (think NYC prices), and it felt like we were dining in Manhattan. The place was busy and very noisy (you had to really listen hard to have a conversation with others at the table). There was a big focus on service. Lots of staff attending to guests. The food was also top notch. One person had the huge bone-in rib eye and it was served slightly over-cooked. They took it back without hesitation and prepared another one to our liking. We had a birthday in our group, and at the end of the meal they served ice cream with a candle and all sang Happy Bday. I definitely recommend this place, but make sure you go prepared to spend more than any other the place in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We had reservations for 4:45 pm. Ordered our drinks immediately and placed our order. We knew that we wanted the Sunday Sauce. This was our 3rd time there since December. The waiter asked if we wanted our salads 1st and we said yes. Out came the salads @ 4:50 pm. That was fine. We were hungry. After 2 bites of salad...dinner was served @ 4:55 PM. We were shocked! I looked at my watch and knew we were only seated 10 min. Pushed our salad aside. I would never send back my meal :-) Now I know that the dinner was just sitting on the side waiting to be warmed up for someone.inexcusable at any price, especially at $29.00 per person for a pasta dish! One of the other waiters notice...he came over and apologized. It was too late. Our evening meal
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic