Dined at 8:15p on a Monday
Dined at 8:15p on a Monday evening so the restaurant was nearly empty. But don't be fooled by the few patrons inside. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals, from Lasagna Al Forno and Spaghetti Bolognese to Baked Ziti and Gnocchi Napolitana. Also, recommend the Avocado Al Forno as a a starter along with Insalata Caprese. Narbeh was our server - experienced, knowledgeable, helpful & very pleasant. Prices were reasonable and a good value overall. We'll be back when we return to LA. If parking is a challenge, and it can be, you can park at the garage for the Fig and 7th Shopping Center (where Target is located and they will validate your ticket).
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Great food at good price.
Great food at good price. Took too long to take order and food took a longtime to come out.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I, not being
My husband and I, not being familiar with Los Angeles, made a reservation at Cucina Rustica via Open Table. It was great being able to see the menu and feedbacks . We were not disappointed with our choice. The food was excellent and our server very attentive and pleasant. Definitely a restaurant to come back to when we again visit LA!
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went before the theatre. We were seated promptly. The menu is quiet extensive, and the food was delicious. We started with a pizza & the antipasto salad, both delicious. The fish special, & the pasta carbonara were excellent, and the portions are large. We totally enjoyed our dinner, and will definitely return. It's a gem, & very reasonably priced.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Trout salad was very food
Trout salad was very food except that the trout was a bit bland and a bit over cooked.
My daughter loved her steak salad.
The calamari ap. was good and a reasonable size.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had an excellent anniversary
I had an excellent anniversary dinner with my gf. Every expectation was met. I will definitely come here again. Thank you, to our waiter Kousha and general manager on Saturday, April 27th 2013.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Picked this restaurant based on a rating from "trip-adviser" and it's close proximity to our hotel in downtown Los Angeles. What a find. The ambience and staff were both warm and welcoming, the service was attentive, but no "hovering" around the table. The menu was just what we were looking for with great selection and reasonable pricing. The servings were ample, verging on generous and everything was delicious. Our table enjoyed a sea-bass over angelhair, a pesto pasta and veal parm. Started with bruchetta and tri-coloure salad and accompanied everything with a nice Chianti that we hope to be able to find retail when we get home. All in all, it was counted as a raving succcess on every level.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good and not expensive which was nice, but still felt like an upscale elegant restaurant.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like Olive Garden?
I read on a Yelp review someone compared the food to Olive Garden, which for what appears to be an upscale client or special occasion lunch spot was not promising. The restaurant has the right ambience, attentive servers, appropriately priced menu. I do admit I have been unimpressed so far with the dishes I tried - taste, pasta texture, and lack of notable or memorable seasonings- at the last three times I visited. I can understand the comparison now.
There are high points on some menu items so it remains a go-to place for special occasion lunches.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fare, fresh ingredients
Great fare, fresh ingredients and seasoned food perfectly. Love the view of the big windows.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had one gluten-free and
We had one gluten-free and one vegetarian in our group and there was plenty of choice for all. We especially loved the baked avocado appetizer.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was there for Dinner and the food was great. Dessert was just as good. I will definitely come here again.
6/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Hostess was very friendly and helpful (I left my phone on the seat and she retrieved it for me!). Server was attentive but not intrusive. Gave great menu selection opinions. And food was great!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for gathering!
I went to this place with my fiance & closed friends for dinner. Staffs were nice & friendly and food quality/price were good & reasonable.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food / Hidden Gem Bar
Food and service were excellent. Huge bar downstairs with happy hour.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently good food and very friendly staff who seem to enjoy working there
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never disappointed with the service, food and experience at Cucina Rustica.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pasta was way undercooked, calamari was dry though the sauce was decent. I'm still not sure about the avocado appetizer. It's a sliced avocado with marinara sauce topped with cheese, searved warm.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you Cucina Rustica for
Thank you Cucina Rustica for never disappointing! :) Definately one of my favorite places to eat at.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently attended a USC football game and were looking for an after game dinner spot. We made reservations at cucina rustica. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, we were greated warmly and seated immediately. The service wast fast and efficient, the food was great and the desserts were absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back....................................................
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delicious dinner get the lasagna!
We ate here last week after reading the reviews and looking for a place within walking distance to the Sheraton. I walked by earlier in the day around lunch time and the place was packed. But, we dined on a rainy Monday night 10/28 and it was pretty empty upstairs.
The fresh hot bread and oils to start were great. The waiter (Nabeth) helped me select a nice bottle of red wine that was not too expensive and super. We also took his recommendation for an app and glad we did. It was the avocado dish, which was unique and really good. I had the lasagna and my husband a seafood linguine I think. Overall, we enjoyed the dinning experience and it was nice to see a place with real candles on the tables for dinner.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable pre-theater dinner
We arrived early - 5:15 p.m. - so we could enjoy a relaxing dinner prior to the theater. Our waitress was warm, friendly and willing to share her thoughts about the wine list. There were three of us and all ordered a different entrée so we could "taste-test" the offerings. No one was disappointed. Our two starters arrived promptly along with bread for dipping. The wine was excellent as was the service. The only exception was the busser wanting to clear the starters before we were ready. I know he was being efficient, but we wanted relaxing and not rushing. That was easily taken care of when we thanked him and told him we were content to graze. Definitely plan on repeat visits.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have gone here for bday celebrations on a number of ocassions. The food, seating, atmosphere is wonderful for an intimate group. We can actually hear each other speak. The food is amazing. Everyone enjoyed their dish and the location is a perfect distance from our office.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM