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Pane Rustica
Pane Rustica

Pane Rustica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://panerusticabakery.com
  • Email: pane@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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "As always, dinner at Pane Rustica was great. One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, great food, great drinks, great location. Lunch has great salads, burgers are huge."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Our dinners were overcooked. The bread and salad were excellent though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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
  • "Always good although the noise level is a bit high. Good service and food outstanding"
    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
  • "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
  • "I have never been disappointed here. Pane Rustica is one of the Tampa Bay area's best restaurants. Great food, great wine at a reasonable price. I always get excited when the end to end experience is so good. We took the advice of one of their server's a couple of years ago and always order from the daily special menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Local gem, don't let the outside apparance fool you!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first time at Pane Rustica, and we would definitely return. The food was outstanding and the menu had a range of items so that you could have a lot or just a nibble depending on your appetite. Do not go if bread isn't on your diet, it is hard to pass up the fresh bread with hummus and olive oil that they bring to your table. The flatbreads are scrumptious too and well worth the carbs."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pane rustica never disappoints! The pace, service and food were perfect! Highly recommend for any occasion!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had a tremendous dinner at Pane Rustica. Service was excellent. Food was amazing! Looking forward to my next trip back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night -- had a reservation. You will want a reservation -- place was full. The food was amazingly good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have heard about Pane Rustica for a long time but had never been so we finally decided to try it. We enjoyed the food but found that it did not live up to all the hype. I think there are better restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We've been going here since it first opened as a bakery north of current location. You know this place has to be good when Ming Tsai brings his family for dinner. Sophisticated seasonal offerings in a bistro setting. Great baked goods!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "great food, but the service this time around was awful."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Loved the food but the restaurant is very noisy..hard to have a conversation!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was very tasty, but everything from Apps to Entrees was luke warm."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Loved this place. Terrific waiter was wonderful and the selection of food was outstanding --- as was the quality. We'll definitely be returning with friends!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was very good. A little pricy but OK for a special occasion. Our server was also good but busy with other tables. We even got to take home a free loaf of bread! Will definitely return and recommend to others."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Have been there 2 years in a row for Valentine's day. My girlfriend and I have had a wonderful experience from start to finish both times. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for delicious food in an upscale, romantic environment."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "the noise level is intolerable. My kids even complained."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Six of us dined at Pane Rustica for Sat. night dinner. We were first seated at a table near the kitchen but the sound of clanging dishes prompted us to ask to be relocated. We absolutely loved the food and cocktails. We ordered the Baked Rigatoni, Saffron Linguini, Scallops, the Chicken Flatbread, Penne Rustica and a kids pasta. Everyone loved the food - very fresh, great combination of ingredients and excellent taste. The only thing we didn't like was the fact that it got soooooooooo noisy as the night went on, so much so, we could not carry on a conversation. I hope the restaurant can change this some way by putting in dividers or something to absorb the noise. Otherwise, this would definitely be a favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Although the food was good we decided that we would not return to this restaurant because of the high noise level. We like to talk to each other it was not possible as we could not hear each other. Too many women screaming at each other all the time. The menu was very creative and the food was not as good as the menu description."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Pane Rustica is an outstanding lunch place but dinner is off the scale great! Unbelievable find! The food was 5-star, the wait staff was on top of everything and made fantastic recommendations, including one of the best desserts ever! I would recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner to absolutely anyone who is looking for a top-notch dining experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to Pane Rustica for over 7yrs and have yet to have a bad or even mediocre experience! The food is always consistently delicious for both lunch and dinner, and the staff are all great. It's our go-to spot when we have guests from out of town too (not one has disliked it yet!). In fact, my husband still kicks himself every time we go to Pane Rustica for choosing another restaurant to propose to me. I agree, but don't want to kick him while he's already down, poor guy!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Decided to beat the crowds and eat out on Thursday night for our Valentine's Day dinner. The meal was wonderful and well worth the price. Our server and the kitchen were very accommodating and I was able to swap out the black grouper for the sea bass on one of the daily specials. From our excellent crab cake start to our wonderful chocolate dessert finish, it was one of the best local meals we have experienced in a long time. Very glad we chose Pane Rustica to celebrate our 30+ years together!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Valentine's Day at Penne Rustica. Nice atmosphere and the food truly a delight."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was mediocre at best. My only visit was for dinner and it wasn't anything special for the price you pay. Apparently it's a great place to go for lunch."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have heard about this place for a long time, but am probably not going to go back, except maybe for lunch. I took my wife for her birthday, and the food was just OK. It wasn't bad, but for the hype and price, it was a letdown. The server was good, the presentation of food was nice, but I think they forgot to season the food. The taste just wasn't that great. Overall, it was fair. I think lunch might be a better choice..."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It is one of the very best that Tampa has to offer!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "celebrated my sisters birthday party with 11 people. Restaurant was packed. food was great as was the service. everyone was very nice. We will be coming back often"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I have always found the food here to be outstanding with great variety. My only complaints are the noise level which makes dinner conversation difficult. Also their ability to handle parties over 6 people is limited."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "An imaginative and ever-changing menu keeps me coming back weekly to Pane Rustica. Try the amazing thin-layer pizza. The baker really understands dough! Pasta? Ya gotta try Kevin's Baked Rigatoni. The Italian sausage is amazing and the smoked mozzarella adds just the right flavor to this lovely dish. The short ribs are fork-tender and nestled in a bed of vegetable puree. And don't leave without getting a chocolate espresso cookie. The best ever!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Pane R. has never disappointed us. We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation. They seated us immediately. As usual, the food was excellent, as was the service. We always recommend Pane to our friends."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service. A great place to go before a show or movie."
    Dined on 1/18/2014