Great food, fun environment
Went for my birthday and enjoyed the service and food immensely. Creative menu selections and great flavors!
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Jeremy Fox is amazing!
We always loved Rustic Canyon but their new chef Jeremy Fox took it up a notch. Interesting textural contrasts, delicious flavor combinations, gorgeous presentation. I love the addition of local wild/native foods. The deserts are also impeccable. Yum!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and service. Very good wine and beer list.
Cons: Pricey. We don't mind paying top dollar for good food and service, however the decor here leaves much to be desired. Too many tables and very spartan, resulting in an ambience that feels more like a cafeteria than a high-end restaurant. No romance here.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Night Out To Share Your Plate
If you're looking for a place with a very solid tasting menu then Rustic Canyon is it. Beef, pork and seafood all came to the table in tasty combinations and our waiter guided us through when each dish would be served. The only dish which did not live up to its billing was the ribeye steak. It was delicious but it definitely wasn't worth $32 (and I never comment on price).
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, ambience, and service made it an incredible evening. I would recommend anyone and everyone to this restaurant. The food was outstanding.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious but slightly skimpy
Food was delicious and SOOOO fresh but drinks were served in rather small glasses and the dishes, although they were small plates - were slightly skimpy. Probably okay for 2 to share but definitely not enough for 4. Need to order 2 of each dish to get a satisfying (taste-wise) portion. We would definitely go back for the food though. Regarding the service - I do not like it when the wait staff/bus staff pick up the plates without asking if you are finished. When the sauces are that good, you have to mop them dry one way or another . . .
Also LOVED the fact that we could actually hear the people we were dining with. Why is that so difficult to find these days???
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A noisy exception.
Farm to table, small plates, riffs on comfort food, non-traditional wine and beer list -- All these features have become LA trademarks, and we do it all very well -- Rustic Canyon's new menu is no exception: it is exceptional. I just wish it wasn't so exceptional noisy.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
a very happy anniversary
this past week was our third anniversary and we chose Rustic Canyon for a romantic dinner. it was excellent -- on all levels. from the moment we arrived and were served a complimentary glass of champagne to the dark chocolate cake we shared for dessert. Loved all the small plate dishes (particularly the gnocchi) as well as the halibut for the main course. overall, a great evening!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Fox has tweaked the Rustic
Chef Fox has tweaked the Rustic Canyon Menu to add a lighter and more refined touch to the farm to table fare we have grown to love. While no longer on the printed card, the not to miss burger is still available as are an unusually deep selection of interesting wines by the glass. Great salads and starters are actually enough for a small plates meal and the roast chicken was so moist you could cut it with a fork. Coming back next week for more.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place ...
Great food, interesting cocktails, good wine list, friendly and knowledgeable servers. What more could you ask for?
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
will be visiting again often.
Place you can always count on exceptional food and service. We are regular customer, and the place is number one on the recommendation list.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed my dinner at Rustic Canyon the other night. We celebrated my brother's birthday. Food was wonderful, the service was fantastic. I'll go there again. It was a very pleasant experience.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is always impeccable,
The service is always impeccable, and the burger and fries (a holdover from the previous chef and no longer on the menu, but they accommodate you, if you ask) is the best in the world!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Coulda been a 5
This was my second visit. The first time was outstanding so when I needed to take business associates out to a fresh dinner, I chose RC with reservation at 5:30. We arrived at 5:15, thinking a drink at the bar would be nice, but were told, abruptly, "We're closed. You can wait outside on the chairs." Apparently they were filming inside. OK. Not feeling welcomed or appreciated, we considered another place a short walk away. I assured my colleagues it was worth persevering, so we sat on the sidewalk chairs and suffered through the hot, humid and noisy street. So how hard would it have been to send someone out with a small, cold glass of wine? Or a refreshing ice cold glass of water with a lemon? Score would have been higher.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Rustic Canyon! The small plates are delicious, great portion size and inventive. Love the original cocktails and sitting at the bar.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is excellent - original
The food is excellent - original without being pretentious. The wine list is good. Only bad point: the noise level is unbearable and makes it very hard to have a decent conversation.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rustic Canyon continues to set the standard. Great food. fantastic service.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
the burger lived up to the hype
We ordered several burgers to share, and also several dishes to share. A nice mix of comfort food with more contemporary fancy dishes. Make sure you save room for dessert, too. We actually decided to start the evening with dessert to avoid this dreaded issue!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
good sauces. shrimp scampi
good sauces. shrimp scampi delicious. not enough greens on any dish or menu. very noisy. good service. free bubble water nice touch, accommodating attentive service, high prices, no 7:00 reservation although I called a week before, no need to have me verify reservation when I had made it., overall good food but experience not inviting , warm or special.menu too limited
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rustic Canyon is a great spot - their menu changes constantly based on what is available. Great wine, snacks, vegetables.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
What? you have burgers?
The food was real good. interesting though, when they brought my "Prime Rib-Eye", and I was expecting "a steak". What I got was about 7 slices of steak. Real good, flavorful and tender, but not what I was expecting for $35.00. The Loup de Mer was ok. Then, we saw a nearby table being served these good-looking burgers and we both said, "Let's come back and try a burger!".
Oh, The melon soup was amazing and the beet salad was really good too. The fruit crisp was awesome! I'd recommend you come here and expect to pay $125.00+ for a dinner for two. Don't expect to be bringing home a doggy bag, because the portions are realistic for a healthy diet!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, ambience to improve
We had a dinner in two the other nice at this lovely place in Santa Monica. They have an excellent wine list, to include US, French, Spanish and South American wine. The food was really excellent, in particular the fish dishes. Really fresh ingredients. Service was very good as well.
The only thing that was disturbing was the AC, it was just too cold. The room was also just a little bit too dark, it's nice for a romantic dinner but one should also see what's on the plate in its true colours.
All in all, would definitely recommend!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Fri. Night Dinner in L.A.
The atmosphere was fun and energetic. Every table was full at 10pm on a Friday and we even had to wait about 15 minutes with a reservation. Our server was friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. Wine by the glass was affordable and good. My husband especially enjoyed his "big plate" of prime rib, chophouse style which was cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommend to friends visiting L.A.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
There portions are not the biggest but if you split a few things with a dining mate you can get a lot more out of the menu.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Didn't know what to expect
Last minute Sunday night dinner plans, and my friend and I wanted to try someplace new - new for us. Upon entering, we thought the place was a little bright and loud, but once our cocktails arrived, all was good. Try the Old Fashion. We decided to split some of the small plates and they were all delicious. Mad love for the ciabatta with whipped bone marrow, burrata was delightful, the pozole with clams and mussels was a surprising favorite. The prawns were flavorful without being overpowering and we shared the perfectly cooked ribeye. I wish I could remember the name of the Spanish wine we had as it complimented the meat. Overall, it was a great dinner and I know that we will be back. Ohhhhhhhh, and DO NOT leave without having the beignets!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loud but good food
As has been the problem, it gets so loud that you have to lean towards your companion and almost yell, but the food is wortg it. Especially the chicken. Good wine list, but should have a better selection under $75. Great service early but should have been better later.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting and delicious
This chef knows his food and prepares it with finesse. My olive oil poached halibut with farmers market vegs arrived in just the right amount of perfectly seasoned broth. The yellow bean and peach salad was a revelation. The grilled. Scampi were delicious. Plus the menu included a very hard to find rose.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
love this place
We visit Santa Monica occasionally and try to catch a meal at Rustic Canyon when we are in town. Such creative use of fresh ingredients. Subtle herby medleys in the salad dressings. Two of shared the tonnato taste, 2 salads and the chicken preceded by a Moscow Mule. All were totally yummy. One has to be pause upon tasting the first forkful of each dish. Definitely a favorite.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place to eat with yummy food
We got there and had to wait at the bar while our table was being set which was great because the bar was actually very cool! I'd go there just to sit, drink and mingle for a bit. I had the fish which was cooked perfectly and very tasty. I like the fact that they use farmers' market items for their menu. Desserts are fabulous!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This food is ART!
Incredible cuisine. Each dish looked as beautiful as it tasted. Takes "eating" to another level. It is a culinary experience everyone should have! The Halibut was sensational... the best I've ever had. I even mentioned my wife's birthday when I confirmed the reservation and they remembered without a reminder and brought a candle to the table with dessert. Love it.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the ever changing menu at rustic canyon and especially the great seasonal desserts!!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
blonde waitress wouldn't stop
blonde waitress wouldn't stop talking to her coworker about her personal life during our meal. She could of at least go to the back or in the kitchen so we can enjoy the meal we were trying to experience! It's just common courtesy when one comes to work you don't bring your personal issues with you!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A restaurant to keep coming back to
Since the arrival of the new chef, I have had two great dining experiences. Great cocktails, nice service, delicious food. As you may already know, the chef had earned a Michelin star while working at the vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu in Napa. I actually am a big meat eater, but loved his vegetarian dishes at Ubuntu as well as those now offered at Rustic Canyon. The Rustic Canyon menu also has a variety of fish and meat options, but I think the vegetarian dishes shine the most. I look forward to coming back again and again to see how the menu evolves. I also enjoy the hip, yet casual scene. The venue is kind of loud, so I wouldn't go with a party larger than 4 people.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just recently moved from
We just recently moved from NYC to Santa Monica. Having read about Rustic Canyon in the NY Times, we decided to spend our first nice night out (also my wife's birthday) here. The atmosphere was terrific, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent. My understanding is that the menu changes fairly regularly, so I don't know that specifics are worthwhile, but overall, the food was well presented, and well seasoned. We left feeling more than satisfied, but not overly full.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely local food
Chicken was to die for. As were the lavender salted almonds. Great menu...just the right length.
nice evening but lacked ambience. Bad acoustics and lighting almost too low to read the menu. But I would go back!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was fantastic, service personal and attentive. A bit noisy.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farm to table fabulous
The food is always amazing, local, fresh and delicious. The burger still exists, but isn't on the menu. This is the one place in LA that ordering the chicken is a great choice. You can't make it at home like they do.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Food & Service
We went here to celebrate a birthday and it was one of the best meals we'd ever had. The service was impeccable and the ambiance was just right!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best restaurants in LA
I have dined in most of the best restaurants in the US and this one comes out near the top. The food was fabulous, fresh and flavorful. The combination of ingredients for the dishes made your palate come alive. If you haven't dined here, you are missing a real treat.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Changing menu always interesting. Vibrant bar.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Dining in Santa Monica
The food was exceptional, especially the chicken, scallops and shrimp main dishes. Great seasonings on all dishes and the snacks are to die for! Try the nuts for sure. We had a great time with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The only tiny problem was the noise level it was a bit loud for we 'seniors' but to experience the great food we can overlook it.
Thanks to Manager Steve for his attentiveness and great personality. We will definitely be recommending Rustic Canyon to friends.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific First Visit
Thanks to the very accommodating staff (we were late!), and excellent service we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Rustic Canyon after months of curiosity. Looking forward to next time!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yes we Can…yon
Hadn't been here in a while - the atmosphere and restaurant are still fantastic.
Ordered a few cocktails to start, delicious.
Then grabbed a bunch of small plates to share and were thrilled by everything that came to the table.
Only thing that was left to be desired was our server, who really seemed like she didn't want to be there.. she'd disappear for decent stretches, didn't really have much enthusiasm when asked for recommendations, and seemed more interested in turning the table over than anything else.
Disappointing in that regard, but I'd never let a not-quite-sour-but-definitely-not-ripe apple prevent me from enjoying apple pie again.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rustic Canyon always has superb
Rustic Canyon always has superb service - and THE best hamburger and fries in the WORLD!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Make sure you order the burger, which is not on the menu. Get it with a fried egg! Amazing!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rustic Canyon remains one of the best casual dining experiences on the West side. There is always an interesting array of specials to augment the inventive menu favorites.
While their signature burger has been modified by the new chef, it is still an outstanding choice and you can ALWAYS find a new vegetable preparation to fall in love with. This time it was the broccoli and burrata
Very interesting wines available along wit the full bar.
Great environment...hip, but not overtly so. Friendly pro staff. Its a winner
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rustic Canyon is a great dining experience. We have been there twice now and both times the food was mouth watering good. The menu changes depending upon which fresh veggies and seafood are available. So, it was a different experience on each occasion.
So far, everything that we have had there has been of the highest quality. The menu on both occasions had choices of meat, poultry and seafood for main dishes and several appetizers and side dishes to choose from. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good as always
This is my neighborhood go to when I want good food, especially the chicken. But all courses are good. I had the pork chop for the first time and I will certainly get it again. Only problem, as always, was the service. The servers are all very good, but the management just does not have enough. So you have to wait for the servers. Oh well, the food makes up for it.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great but not so rustic!
Very good food with a terrific focus on veggies. High;y recommended for foodies.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Noise level was too much to
Noise level was too much to have engaging conversations with a large table
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM