Ruscello - Nordstrom Oakbrook Center

Ruscello - Nordstrom Oakbrook Center

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 6305712121x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd Street/Route 83
  • Parking: Public Lot
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Ruscello - Nordstrom Oakbrook Center reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (5)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great food
    nango
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We love their menu. Salads are full of fresh ingredients and there's something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    Gsc22VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A favorite place for lunch - they have great salads and are very family friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special lunch
    ILAZWIDinersVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    my friend and I once again had a great experience---service was excellent food /salads excellent we'll continue to meet for lunch at one of our favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service for lunch
    Tarheelborn1VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had great service for lunch but the food was not as good. The pizza was very salty even without the proscuitto. Salmon salad was decent as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, but loud
    ChristineFrancesVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    They were snappy and the food was great. My only complaint is that it is always loud.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay food | Pricey
    CityHoppinVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Can I get a straw please? Each time we come here it's a struggle to get a straw. For the prices they charge for the food, you'd think they'd just give it to you off the bat since almost everyone wants one!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We all had salads and they were fresh and delicious tasting. You do have to ask for bread and butter at lunch if you want it. They don't just bring it to the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Autumn13
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Ruscello is always a must when shopping with my daughter as they are very accommodating for vegetarians. Great food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ruscello at Nordstrom in Oakbrook
    Missy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What a wonderful dinner and great service!! Both my and my husband's dish had great presentation and taste. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. We'll be back again!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Ruscello - Nordstrom Oakbrook Center reviews archive.
  • A great mall find
    MallVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and not a long wait. After shopping you will love this place. Great food and service,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service and fast
    Alina
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Very convenient, good service, quick food , liked the staff, very friendly
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foood, great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The shrimp salad was fantastic. Our waitress was wonderful! The price was great. I love this place and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seems a step down from previously
    SuburbanFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was prepared well and as we expected. Nothing on the menu was fantastic but all solid and tasted good. The waist staff now wears black T-shirts which get washed out quickly and do nothing for the atmosphere; however, the staff were all very friendly and fairly attentive. It's tough to say but it feels like Nordstrom was trying for better and missed the mark somehow. I'm sure I'll eat there again given its location but there's nothing special or great about it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay for lunch
    Tarheelborn1VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Ruscello is okay for lunch but it is a problem that women have to go out of the restaurant and to another floor of the store to use the Women's restroom. Service is good and the booths are comfortable but they really need to have facilities for women restaurant patrons.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I hadn't been at Ruscello since it had been remodeled. I thought the ambiance was much improved. We got a table in the back and the noise level was perfect for a conversation with a friend over lunch. Our server was very attentive and the food was outstanding. We both had salads and they were more than happy to make minor modifications.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good is superb! Love the roasted
    laurakVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Good is superb! Love the roasted vegetable panini!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected late lunch
    SouperSalad
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A friend I hadn't seen in yrs was greeting me with her children. We decide to find a place to sit down and catch up. She left it up to me to select the spot. I knew there was a a place in Nordstrom but was pleasantly surprised to see that the entire store had been remodeled! The restaurant was completely different. The children were enjoyed the chicken fingers. My friend and I started with the Hummus, it was delicious. I ordered a special salad they offered with kale, lentils, and a sherry vinaigrette and my friend selected the chicken lime salad from the menu. The two salads where excellent. The refills on ours drinks where a bit slow but we were ok since we were mostly talking and catching up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect place
    gmta
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    It was a perfect place to go before a production at Drury Lane.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient
    AuntKikiVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food is solid, no complaints. Nice option when shopping--haven't had to wait for a table. Kids menu is a plus. Decent wine offerings. Nice to have another option at this side of the mall...other than cpk.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE the menu fresh & the
    skipperVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    LOVE the menu fresh & the new look of the restaurants - and now it's not a haven for screaming kids and strollers ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the plate should have better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the plate should have better amount of food on it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dinner options with
    Queenmum
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very good dinner options with gluten free menu options as well. Very good service. Friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • S...L...O...W service
    AES2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We gave it a try on our way to see Young Frankenstein at Drury Lane. A lot of fun and we recommend it to anyone who wants to relax with an evening of lighthearted laughs. They had a Valentine's Day special $60 / couple with a choice of steak or scallops. Nice choice and was good. Other than that the menu is mostly overpriced sandwiches. We had two hours before curtain, but that wasn't enough. We got our main courses maybe an hour and a half after arriving, and when we noticed the time and asked for the check and dessert to go we still waited a long time. We finally got dessert while standing with our coats on, missed the first few minutes of the show, and when we got home there was only one dessert in the bag.
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  • preferred the old cafe
    annieVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I'm just not a fan of the new café at Nordstrom - Ruscello. I'm really not sure who they are trying to attract, with the more formal dining experience. It used to be a great place to go while shopping, and particularly with kids. It's lost that casual, café experience. And, they don't seem as busy. Takeout used to be so easy. Now, it seems to take forever - as they don't have an area designated for takeout. There is one person who goes back and forth from the bar area, and the poor woman was just frazzled the two times I was there for takeout. Also, there is something different with my old favorite chicken and asparagus pasta. They are using dark meat in the pasta and it's just not as tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    NanbetsVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had the scallops with sweet pea risotto which was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't even know it was there.
    DrLydiaGray
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Didn't even know it was there. A friend suggested it. We were meeting to shop. It was a very nice place to meet up. Great for one on one conversation. Will go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch
    mdbuttercupVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Menu is basically the same from when it was Nordstrom Cafe with a bump up in prices, plus portions are smaller. Soft drinks come in smaller glasses, as well. Our server was pleasant and efficient but we had to ask for refills on our drinks. I ordered a salad and had to ask for some bread. My friend ordered a sandwich and that was a very nice portion. Our bill was presented without even asking if we wanted coffee, dessert, etc. The restaurant was crowded and we felt a bit rushed in order to vacate the table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    My co-workers and I go here all the time. Although it can be a little loud and crowded the food and service make up for it. We even order out from here because the food is so good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner before a show!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Just went to see Hello Dolly and we had forgotten to make reservations to grab a bite. All of the restaurants in the area had an hour plus wait which we didn't have so I went on open table to look for the closest spot and Ruscello came up. I had one of their pizzas and it was delicious. Frank, our waiter was great! I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    Mejo
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I ate here on 11/22/13 with family - it was so delicious I can't even explain! We ordered the Batter-Fried Artichoke Hearts...OMG! So good!!! Our server, Jamie, was delightful and helpful - we had some elderly diners with us. Just go here for lunch or dinner - the food is the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient place to meet for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Convenient place to meet for lunch. My entrée was excellent--penne pasta with spinach and chicken. Service was friendly and appropriate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • partyguru1
    Partyguru
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Wonderful! Wait staff was fabulous. Our Birthday group has been dining at Nordstrom for years......we had a bad experience with the change over from the cafe....but we thought we would try again.....so glad we did ....everything was great this time! Thanks to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant had a large
    criz
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The restaurant had a large menu of a variety of different items. My friend and I opted for salads for lunch. She had the Salad Nicoise with salmon and I had the chicken with strawberries. They were both delicious! The service was excellent; I did not have to ask for ice tea refills, it was done automatically. I, also, had a request for fresh mint for my ice tea and they did have it. One negative thing, it is very noisy in the restaurant and hard to have a conversation. I recommend going after lunch hour. This is definitely the place for lunch in the Oak Brook area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    This is a great restaurant in Nordstroms in Oakbrook. So much nicer than the former space. The food was very good and they also have some nice glasses of wine. Food was fresh and delicious. I will be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great girls lunch
    Tily
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    A friend and I met there .. asked for and got a booth in the back.. soooo much quieter!!! We both had the steak sliders with horseradish aioli...and homemade sea salt fries.... it was sooooo delicious!!!!!!!! The waitress was wonderful! I would definitely go again.. but only if we could once again sit back there.. otherwise it is way too noisy
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why did they change this?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This restaurant recently underwent a remodel, changing it from a great place for shoppers to get a wonderful meal with little fuss to one that is nothing really special.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate