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Pane Rustica
Pane Rustica

Pane Rustica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://panerusticabakery.com
  • Phone: (813) 902-8828
  • 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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Can't wait to visit again!"
    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 ."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always enjoy the food. Service is good and the extra touch is the bread they give to take home."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We always have great food and great service every time we go to pane rustica! Great place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Ok food, over priced, nice interior, weird location. The food is ok. The entries are over priced. Ok service. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great food well priced super service. I would go back when In Tampa again"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great crowd ,great food...and actually romantic too ! Service was great ,just a very enjoyable evening "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant, which was our first visit. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. My scallops and fish were cooked to perfection, as was my husband's short ribs. Although the food is a little pricey, I would still go back, as it is difficult to find tasty, well thought out food, which stands out from the rest."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Overall wonderful. Wonderful food! The appke martini was great as well!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Pane rustica is one of my faves in Tampa . This experience was no exception. The cobia special was phenomenal with the sweet potato and salsa complimenting it well. Can't wait to come back!!!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The restaurant was like being at a ball game, L-O-U-D! They would not customize off of the limited menu and with 3 people and a fruity sangria pitcher our bill was nearly $200. Food was average at best, the waitstaff was arrogant and the cost was not worth anything they served. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to dine at. Stay away"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • " We found this based on reviews on opentable. Despite the strip mall location we had a great dinner and even better homemade desserts. A must go to while in Tampa."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "As always, dinner at Pane Rustica was great. One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The seafood with linquini was delicious. However, i would have preferred a lot more linquini and artichokes."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything was presented beautifully and tasted wonderfully; from the hummus dip that comes with your bread to the entree. We went early (5:30) because we were on our way to a show. It was busy but not "crazy". Service was attentive and helpful. Wish we had left room for deserts!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Our dinners were overcooked. The bread and salad were excellent though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As our cab rolled up to a somewhat uninspiring strip mall, that our driver nearly missed, I am thinking, oh no! This must be a mistake! But, like many first impressions, you can be fooled, and were we fooled. The maître d greeted us as we walked up to the door and graciously seated our party of 10 at a large table and quickly got the wait staff ready to make sure our evening was perfect! Over the course of the 2 hour meal the service and food was excellent. Fresh ingredients, inspiring dishes that everyone in our group was raving about during the evening. I would highly recommend Pane Rustica. We even had the opportunity to take home an assortment of their full loafed breads courtesy of the chef!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The experience of this restaurant was somewhat diminished due to its location in a strip mall. however the service was excellent and the food good."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Pane Rustica was great in almost all categories. Food wise, my son and I enjoyed our meals immensely! From the salad (Blue Cheese, arugula, candied pecans, cranberries with a champagne vinaigrette - best I ever had, almost licked the plate it was so good!)' to the entree everything was delicious. The only downside was how noisy it was. The newer, trendier places tend to opt for no carpet or any other noise reducers, but it didn't tKe away from the delicious food and excellent wait service. I would definitely go back again, for another special occasion since it was a bit pricey, but all in all, EXCELLENT!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service was outstanding from both the server and manager. Will def be back Menu is to large and overreaching, Food was just okay."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wanted to try this place for a long time and finally got the opportunity. Thought it would be mostly Italian, but the menu had steak, fish, and some pasta dishes. Fish was awesome, cooked perfectly and uniquely seasoned. The pasta dish was delivered in an iron skillet on a plate and truly had flavor most restaurants usually lack. The dessert (some type of cappuccino-chip cookies that have lava cake-like chocolate in the middle, topped with ice cream) were probably the best dessert we ever had."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Always good although the noise level is a bit high. Good service and food outstanding"
    Dined on 3/27/2014