Outdoor Dining Recommended!
We had dinner here for the first time last Saturday. Initially we were seated inside, but it was just too loud for us to hear each other or comfortably enjoy the evening. We asked to be seated outside and were lucky enough to be able to do so. Once outside, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Our service was impreccable. The food and drinks were great. Each of had a different entree and each of us loved our choices. We will definitely return.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small, Very Good, Limited Menu
The food was very good, menu was very limited and they were actually out of an item making the menu even more limited. Pricey for a casual place. Entrees in mid to high 20s. We had Sea Bass, NY Steak, Pork Chop, Pasta with seafood. This place has gotten rave reviews for their burger. But it was not on the menu and it was not mentioned as a special, so we were disappointed when we saw the waiter walk out and serve a table of 4 several dishes of great looking burgers and fries.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly staff. Rather limited
Friendly staff. Rather limited menu but good comfort food. Nice wine and bar selections. Somewhat pricey. Noisy indoors.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent addition to Lafayette'
An excellent addition to Lafayette's Restaurant Row, serving modern takes on steak, burgers, fish and pasta. Excellent execution brings life and taste to dishes such as a creamy fettucine, a formidable burger, and even typically bland chicken breast. Service is comfortable and the ambience appropriately rustic.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The decor and ambiance were
The decor and ambiance were all very nice. The staff were prompt and courteous. Their drink menu showed some decent imagination . Their wine list had good examples of the varietals and surprisingly reasonable price points. The Ceaser salad had a very balanced dressing with both good citrus and garlic flavors.
The cobb salad had crisp flavors and a nice resonant blue cheese dressing.
The chef's take on fettucini carbonara was also very flavorful and satisfying, but the "pork belly" was clearly bacon. Do us all a favor and switch to a thicker cut of pancetta and settle this issue once and for all.
Lastly the bistro steak came out perfectly prepared and the jus, potatoes, and mushrooms accompanying it were very, very tasty.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tell a Friend!
I went with a group of three during lunch. Rustic Tavern was amazing from beginning to end! The service was outstanding and the food was top notch. The menu is just the right size with all fresh ingredients. My complements to the Owners and Chefs for putting together a great menu. By the way, gluten free options were great as well! The rustic look of the restaurant is a modern touch on an old saloon style and was perfect! Great outside seating area with a downtown view. I would highly recommend giving Rustic Tavern a try and tell your friends.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
overall, pleased with our meal
Nice meal except our entrees were slow in coming. Everything delicious, fresh and well prepared except my daughter's vegetarian pasta was sitting in a pool of liquid and I'm not sure the mint flavors really worked with it. Drinks are tasty and a good value. We did not have dessert as we were headed off to a family birthday gathering.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Fresh Cuisine
We really enjoyed the delicious, fresh food served at Rustic Tavern. The juicy pork chop and fresh salmon were excellent. They feature unusual salads, such as the one we tried with kale, oranges and feta. All of the vegetables tasted like local produce. It has a neighborhood atmosphere with pleasant street-side dining. Inside it is very noisy, so outdoors is preferable. The service was excellent.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Over the Top"
We asked for something not on the lunch menu and the "hostess" who turned out to be one of the partners went to the chef (her husband) and it was done. Her only concern was she didn't know if the evenings delivery was in! This means fresh, fresh, fresh! It was and it was done. It was a nice experience and our food was fabulous!
7/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch was my first experience
Lunch was my first experience at Rustic Tavern. Everyone was pleasant, friendly and helpful. The bussing crew was especially attentive. We ate outside and still got the same good service one would expect inside. Food was wonderful. Good luck to this new addition to the Lafayette dining scene. Only problem is a lack of parking but that's the city's fault.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT FIND FOR NEW RESTAURANT
GREAT FIND FOR NEW RESTAURANT IN THE LAFAYETTE AREA. VERY FRIENDLY STAFF, FAST SERVICE AND EXCELLENT FOOD.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Rustic. Fridays are fish and chips day and was as good as we've had in Hawaii. Service from hostess, to server to bartender was great. Prices reasonable. Place was a good find. We will be back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, the service and food
Overall, the service and food at Rustic Tavern was good to very good; however, it stopped a bit short of being truly outstanding. The Nieman pork chop was a bit dry and over cooked and the halibut was good, but lacked in final punch and flavor presentation. However, the wait staff was friendly and attentive, and the maitre'd greeted us warmly and seemed genuinely grateful for our business. The restaurant has a warm, rustic feel to it and was fairly packed for a Sunday evening....which is a nice testament for a newer restaurant. We will be back!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
service and fresh fish dish
service and fresh fish dish (mahi mahi) were great. Wines by the glass were a little pricey.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative & Fresh Dishes
This was my second visit to Rustic Tavern and I was not disappointed. The menu reflects their desire to use fresh market produce in their dishes. We ate outside on our first meal which was quite pleasant, but we at inside on the second and found it to be very, very loud.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome service. Ltd menu but I found lots of great choices for both appetizer,. Had arugula salad - excellent EVOO, toasted almonds, delicous ripe melon pieces, some cheese. Friend had casear just"OK". Had to ask for s+p. Entree delicious wild salmon with corn side relish. Friend had steak, rare, "best steak east of Caldecott Tunnel". Side was delicous mushroom and pototoe. Visited my the owner during entree to see if they were to our liking. With exception of the S+P they anticipated our needs. Not excited about desserts - but too full anyway. Wait staff seemed to enjoy their job - a good vibe. Positively will return recommend it to anyone. Limited off street parking available beside the restaurant. Easy on/off from the freeway.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent start for new owners
Excellent start for new owners with whom we were able to chat. Friendly service, but the waitress continued to refer to us throughout the meal as "you guyse" , we were two females. She was over anxious to take our order.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and friendly service
The Rustic Tavern is a great addition to Lafayette's restaurant scene. From the blackened prawn and melon appetizer to the halibut to the cheesecake in a jar, the meal was remarkable. Make reservations though because it's usually packed.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was fresh and prepared to perfection. For anyone with hearing problems, request an outside table.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Would recommend the outdoor seating as the interior noise level is high. Food was very good and prices fair.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Lafayette Hot Spot!
Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, great service, fantastic evening... Finally, Lafayette has an everyday dining restaurant.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic and flavorful!!
This was a real treat - the food was simply amazing!! A great restaurant with excellent service and a nice, relaxed setting. We will definitely be back again!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We reserved on open table and asked for nice outdoor table. We were seated in a great spot against windows furthest from Mt Diablo Blvd - it was very comfortable and quiet and nearby heaters kept us warm as the evening cooled. Our server was helpful with gluten free options and the fig appetizer special was wonderful as was the halibut special - very hearty portion. We shared the mason jar cheesecake - delicious! Also server was knowledgeable about the wine list and there is a full bar. Definitely will be back.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A party of 8...everyone enjoyed their meal. The fish was wonderful. It was a little on the loud side, so I wouldn't recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a romantic spot. Everyone was very helpful and friendly We will definitely go back!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it, but.......
The food is fabulous as was the service. Everything is so fresh and presented just beautifully. They even let me taste the wine before ordering a glass. Don't skip the heirloom tomato salad or the eggplant appetizer, both were amazing! It's a shame that the noise level is so high. Sound bounces off the floor, ceiling, walls and mirrors. When the restaurant is half full or more, don't even try to have a conversation. The owners are aware of the problem and actually mentioned it on our first visit about 3 months ago but haven't done anything to address it. Carpeting? Ceiling insulation? I don't know, but do SOMETHING! We love the food, the owners and the wait staff. Would love to see Rustic Tavern be a huge success.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good but menu limited
We really enjoyed our Wild Coho Salmon entrees and both our Arugula and Kale salads. Everything was cooked nicely. Our only wish is that there were more entrée choices on the menu.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu variety and pricing was just right, not too much, not too little. Pretty much something for everyone.
Even though we're Lafayette residents this was our first visit. It will not be our last.
We had a friend visiting from Paris who knows a bit about dining and he was equally happy with Rustic..
The blackened shrimp with melon salad was perfect for me, although my date thought it was a bit spicy...blackened, hello. Lol
The petrale sole and salmon were cooked perfectly.
The service staff own it! Not literally, they're just right. Not in your face, but very inviting and know the menu inside out . Which you'd expect for your dining dollar. They didn't disappoint. This place is in the rotation!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tried the Rustic Tavern
I tried the Rustic Tavern for the first time. There was a very nice patio with a great atmosphere. We ate inside, and there was a great atmosphere there as well. Wooden tables, nice lighting and large screen TVs in the bar area. The food was wonderful. I had fettucini, which was delicious, and my husband had salmon. My daughter enjoyed the kid-friendly menu. Service was excellent. I am holding off giving five stars until I try more menu items. Very nice experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great casual restaurant
Wow, wish we had Rustic Tavern near us in Oakland! Comfortable to 'hang out' with friends; or just drop in for a quick bite between running errands. Coho salmon special was lovely, with the last local corn in a succotash underneath and part of a chopped relish on top. Petrale fish'n'chips was modest serving but executed nicely. Burger was excellent: ground beef mix salted before cooking, bun held together but wasn't a carb overload as so many are. I'm fussy about my burgers and this had an almost perfect balance of flavors; great beefy taste, tender bun, not too much bacon, tasty caramelized onions and cheddar cheese. Not quite as good as Vault 164/San Mateo or Tribune Tavern/Oakland, but reeeaaaallllly close. Rustic goes on our "A" list!
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ate outside at lunchtime. Excellent. Will definitely give it a go inside in the evening...ambience would be so different. Expect it would still be very good.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
First times enjoyed Rustic Tavern
Took the family out and really enjoyed the restaurant. The kids loved the menu and the food. Wife and I really enjoyed all the food but the homemade pasta was the best. We'll be back
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gimme gimme gimme steak!!
Easy to get the reservation, great service and very fast on delivery of meal after order. Loved the wine list and bar options. Totally reasonable pricing and our waitress was great.
My NY Steak was very good! The place is a bit noisy on the inside, lots of hard surfaces.
A neighborhood gem in a town starting to get some restaurant legs.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The special crusted petrale
The special crusted petrale sole was very flavorful. The waiter seemed not interested in serving or making recommendations and prices are a tad high for lunch.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot
Never post a review after one visit, never expect the same experience every time you visit, always be fair. The rustic is one of my favorite spots. I'm bias in one respect, we can walk to the restaurant which plays in their favor.
That being said, the staff makes the difference in every visit. Lively bartender, friendly and not to talkative waitstaff and a huge gem, access to the kitchen staff and chefs for short fun conversations about the food. Best of all, we regularly enjoy eating at the bar.
The Rustic serves a nice variety of diverse dishes, but in particular creative fish recipes, which is what I look forward to.
Simple math, added up, go, enjoy!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent high quality, fresh food, presented well. Excellent service. Pricey. Noisy.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at the RT
Simply had lunch at the RT last week. Enjoyed one of their lunch specials that day which was Fish and Chips. Perfectly done with a light batter on a type of cod fish. Well executed with sides of fries and cold slaw ... A bit noisy for amount of people there and can imagine that dinners would be lively and hard to hear.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were
The food and service were fine, but the noise level was horrendous!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noiser Than Seahawks Stadium!
Good food; stellar service; but soo noisy that you won't be able to talk to your dinner companion (s)!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clean, clear, fresh flavors......
The menu makes your mouth water.....the chef has artfully put together fresh ingredients to create very tasty dishes that are alive with flavor from the first bite to the last.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been here a few times and tried several different dishes and each meal was fabulous. Service was great!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a return with/out guests
Limited menu makes for solid cooking. Good, friendly service. Seating was a bit tight for conversation. Parking is a challenge even with a small off street lot in very busy Lafayette. If you don't know the area, you will miss it and it is very difficult to get back to enter it.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
overall food quality very
overall food quality very high. Kale salad was favorful but portion was too large as a salad to go with main course.
Grass fed steak with mushrooms and yukon gold potatoes was excellent, tender beef.
icecream with pecans was very smooth and creamy, better had too many nuts.
Excellent service, offering alternative cookie ice cream sandwich (not on menu) for my son
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Rustic Tavern for our first time and had an enjoyable meal. We had read reviews about poor service so were somewhat apprehensive. Our server, Naomi, was just great. She had just the right amount of information and interaction with us. The front desk was friendly when we were late and the bus service was timely. Our food was tasty and the portions were enormous. We will definitely recommend to friends and go back again.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM