Pane Rustica
Pane Rustica

Pane Rustica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://panerusticabakery.com/
  • Phone: 8139028828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday:11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 500pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, International
  • Executive Chef: Chris Cresanta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Pane Rustica offers an extensive menu to guarantee your satisfaction for any party or event - lunch or dinner.
  • Private Party Facilities: Pane Rustica is the ideal destination for parties and events. We offer detailed planning along with unique food and beverage options that will make your experience truly memorable. Our private rooms can accommodate up to 50 guests for a seated event and approximately 85 guests for a cocktail reception. For those that are adventurous, try our "Shut Up and Eat" catering; tell us the parameters of your function and we will take care of everything else.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South of MacDill and Bay to Bay
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Pane Rustica
Pane Rustica is a Zagat-rated restaurant and artisan bakery featuring handcrafted baked goods, savory lunch items and enticing dinners. Lunch customers can choose from hearth-baked pizza, sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere. In the evening, the menu and service style elevate to fine dining, serving unique wood-fired entrees, appetizers and small plates. Our wine and drink menu offer delicious choices to pair with our menu items.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Pane Rustica reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (27)great for lunch (26)special occasion (23)vibrant bar scene (23)romantic (21)hot spot (18)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a Mom's night there and it was an overall GREAT experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Great, Service and Amb??
    Bigcat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was excellent, Danish Blue Cheese Field Greens and Rustica Field Greens salads were very good, Meyer's Short Rib and Fresh Saffron Pappardelle were superb. The wait staff needs more training. After being told we wanted time to enjoy our cocktails, we ordered and salads came immediately, sent them back. Long wait for entrees. Didn't seem to understand that typically wine is served with dinner, not along with the cocktails. Room in which we were seated was fine (in back of the bar) but occupied by 2 of the most spoiled children we've had the misfortune to encounter. Wish management would have said something. Rather surprised this restaurant has a Golden Spoon award, great food but wait staff is not at a high level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Heythere4
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been to Pane Rustica many times, but not in the past year or so. Was delighted that it's as fabulous as ever. Introduced my good friend to it and we thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diane
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious and the service was spot on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tampaeats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed it. The special snapper/scallops and quinoa salad were exceptional! Fresh, flavorful - really delicious. Service was great - attentive and helpful but not overbearing. Acoustics make it really loud and sometimes hard to hear conversations, but a great vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beats the chains, hands down!
    4foodies
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We like good neighborhood restaurants. This one fits the bill perfectly! Excellent Italian food that is creative but not too odd, beautifully presented, and with generous portions. Service is excellent, too, with a great sense of humor. We are from out of town, but head there frequently when we are in South Tampa. As an added bonus, there is a very good wine store next door, as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ANNIVERSARY TREAT
    Ginap
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    LOVE THESE SPECIAL PLACE. ONE FORGETS HOW GREAT IT IS WHEN NOT FREQUENTED OFTEN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites!
    Robert7677VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a great experience! The food is consistently fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great but...
    Jax25
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been coming to Pane Rustica for the past few years on special occasions - birthdays, anniversaries. Every time has been a wonderful experience. The food was great, our waiter was attentive throughout the night, making recommendations and timing everything perfectly. The one negative happened right at the end - it was very clear to us that our dinner was over and they wanted us out, despite the fact that it was only 10pm on a Saturday night and our reservation was at 9. We were halfway through a shared dessert when the staff was fully breaking down the restaurant, sweeping on both sides of our table and around other guests who were still there. Make your reservation for early in the night, the food is great and worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rich
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the short rib, and my husband a penne pasta dish. We always trade bites. Both were delicious! Had the summer cake for dessert - WOW!! All the reviews I read were right about the summer cake. It is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch or Dinner
    nbrunner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Pane Rustica has great food! The salmon was amazing and the wine list was sufficient to find something to complement your meal. The restaurant does not have much curb appeal and you would miss it if you did not know it was there, but it is definitely a hidden gem. Great for a work lunch or romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been wanting to try, disappointed
    AliceInWonderland
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had been hearing amazing reviews about Pane, and very very underwhelmed with what we got. Our table was very small and about six inches from the tables on either side of us. We never received our ordered appetizer, and the food was terrible. The chicken was chewy and their bolognese sauce was more of a brown beef stew, like no bolognese sauce I've ever had, or ever wanted to. They overcharged on my husbands dinner as well. Will never be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian done right!
    LePej
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I never order from the menus when I dine out and always ask the servers to surprise me; I have never been disappointed at Pane Rustica. The wine selection is fine, but I wish to see an extended list soon. Keep up the good work of fulfilling my tastebuds desire for delicious meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food but.....................
    divingann
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food is wonderful but probably won't go back - not on a weekend anyway. The noise level is ridiculous in the main dining area and the bar area. They have opened another dining area in back which is less noisy but there is absolutely no atmosphere in this room. In fact on the four walls there is not ONE thing - no artwork - nothing I want to enjoy my food without yelling and without feeling that I am sitting in an empty box.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Alexsoro
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    You won't regret eating here! Great food, great atmosphere, great service, very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but staff the kitchen
    TimothyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I felt like walking past first class on an airline and seated in economy when we went through restaurant and were seated in the back room, a featureless windowless prison cell. Despite it being only half full back there, it seemed like our server was over worked and rarely seen. The worst part--the waiting for food. Granted it was p Saturday night, but here's an idea--plan to be busy. The cheese plate was nothing special and very overpriced at $18. Those are the cons, the pros are enough to make me give it another try in the future. Exceptional food--we had the watermelon salad which was refreshing, though a little bland. The grilled calamari, crab cakes, pork cheeks, scallops, and all the desserts and drinks were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Save room for dessert!
    Lynda33629
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pane Rustica is my go-to spot when we have visitors in town. Food is always excellent, ample parking, good wine, great service. I usually get the scallops (which are to die for) but finally tried the short ribs and they were equally delicious. Great price point and always assured of a terrific dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    simplytps
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Can't wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was lacking
    BeautifulVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had Two servers but they went missing towards middle of the meal. A couple mess ups on order,food and check . As well long wait times on entrees. Food was good but inconsistent .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have been here several times for lnch and feel it is a better lunch spot than dinner. Very loud and dark at night. We were with a group and had difficulty hearing one another. The food was not good enough to make up for the environment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food again
    JAN1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Always enjoy the food. Service is good and the extra touch is the bread they give to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite meals in Tampa!
    Tpafoodlvr
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I can honestly say this is one of the best meals I've had in Tampa. We had the corn ravioli, mussels and scallops and all were unique, perfectly prepared and absolutely decadent. And the dessert! The espresso cookie sundae was absolutely amazing! Our server, Pate made excellent recommendations and provided superb service throughout the meal. I strongly recommend Pane Rustica and can't wait to go back and try everything else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and bakery
    AshleyH329
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I am especially a fan of Pane Rustica for lunch, when you can order off their standard menu or an extensive menu of daily specials. The huge counter of pastries, cupcakes, sweets, and pizza is also a huge draw. I have never had anything I didn't love at Pane Rustica. In the evenings, I love the toned down romantic ambiance. Definitely one of my favorite dining experiences in South Tampa!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Great!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service at Pane Rustica are always outstanding. We've never had a meal we didn't love. The restaurant is dimly lit and very noisy so it's not ideal for a quiet, romantic evening. Great for almost any other occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    TampafoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We always have great food and great service every time we go to pane rustica! Great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    Superchief1944
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a very solid, good restaurant. The main room can be deafening so ask for one of the back rooms unless you really like a "buzz". Menu is extensive and great choices. They do a great job with any involving fish or seafood. Pastas are solid. Ravioli is usually bland but their version with corn, pork belly, black-eyed peas and almost no sauce is WONDERFUL. It is one of our favorite restaurants. Of course the bakery is reason enough for a trip of its own: we always take bread home. My rye Manhattan was perfect, large beer selection for my wife.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over priced
    Hydeparkguy12
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Ok food, over priced, nice interior, weird location. The food is ok. The entries are over priced. Ok service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This place is dope.. Great waiters, great food, great atmosphere. I come here often and this is my fave restaurant. Dear open table.. STOP MESSAGING ME FOR MY OPINION AT 12AM!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Pane Rustica
    TampaFancy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Their food is always fantastic, so is the service. Best place to eat in South Tampa, pasta dishes are amazing. So are the flatbreads. Have never had anything there that wasn't spectacular.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 286 reviews are from the Pane Rustica reviews archive.
  • Nice but a bit noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Outstanding food, service, and wine list. So noisy that I could not talk to someone sitting next to me at a table for four. Everyone had to shout or repeat everything. Techno decor and bare walls, ceilings, and floors made the reverberation awful. The techno dance music did not help. But the clatter from everywhere, with nothing to absorb it, made it tiresome.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Treasure
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were looking for a new spot to eat that wasn't the same old steak house that seems to be everywhere in Tampa. We stumbled across pane Rustica and were so excited to find them. Their food is outstanding and the menu selection has a great selection. We didn't know what to order because everything looked so good. If you are bored of the same restaurants you must try pane Rustica! We wanted to go back the next night but they are closed on Sundays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Shayway
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    My husband and I went with friends. The food was excellent with generous portions. I encourage couples to split entees. Service was above and beyond and we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great food well priced super service. I would go back when In Tampa again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    foodfan91
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our third time eating at Pane Rustica and we will definitely be going again. I can't say enough about the Baked Rigatoni. Baked Rigatoni? you might say. I know right! But it is outstanding. Their Chicken Flatbread is great too. And we love the salad with apples and cranberries and the crab cakes as an appetizer. The only thing we've had that we didn't like was the Pork Chop - just too gigantic and not flavorful enough. I would definitely recommend trying Pane Rustica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Night Visit
    Daph
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were looking for a new spot to go have a great cocktail and some tapas. We loved our Sangria, Fresh crusty bread with Humus, cheese plate (This was a beautiful and delicious plate - loved the honeycomb and cheese together- yum!) and spicy sausage flat bread pizza. We finished the night off with a shared dessert called Summer Cake - It was just the right amount of food and I really enjoyed the music in the background. I would have rather had a booth, so we could have snuggled together, instead of the chairs and shared bench. I'll just make sure I ask for it next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Supper was great.
    MrBill
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Loved the small plates...gives you the opportunity to enjoy different entrées. Our server was helpful and attentive in spite of the outrageously noisy crowd. Enjoyed the evening and would return on our next visit to Tampa.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My spouse was disappointed in the cleanliness of the female restroom. Also, one facility each seems too little to accommodate the size of the restaurant. The noise level in the area closest to the bakery...and away from the bar area... was incredibly noisy. We could hardly carry-on a conversation. The food was outstanding. With a little attention to the noise and restrooms, this place could get an outstanding rating.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once a fave but now I'm not sure
    spfnycVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Ratings are for this particular visit only. I live out of town but this is my favorite restaurant in Tampa and eat here whenever I can. My last visit was definitely not up to the usual standards. Service wasn't spot on like normal, the flat breads were soggy and greasy instead of the usual crispiness, wasn't asked how we wanted steak prepared, the freezer was broken so no gelato was available, a normally un-spicy dish was very spicy and couldn't be eaten. Disappointing as it was a birthday dinner. Wrote to management about off experience and didn't hear back either. I love this place too much to write it off completely, but I'm not rushing back like I normally would.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodated my special request
    SoTpaEater
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Pane Rustica has fabulous food, but what I appreciated on my recent visit was how they accommodated my party. When I made my reservation I told them I'd be dining w/two elderly women and therefore would prefer a quiet table in the back. When we arrived at the restaurant they whisked us to the back room without any fuss. We had a great and attentive waiter (Carlos) and the usual wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food - Very Loud
    RobC
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food and service were GREAT! The acoustics and number of tables in close proximity make it hard to hear the person sitting across from you and easy to hear the conversation at another table. However, it is worth the volume annoyance to eat the food and experience the service. The only odd thing is the placement of the towels in the men's room, directly over the toilet, which means your hands drip onto the seat when you reach for towels.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic