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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com
  • Phone: (310) 393-7050
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Fox
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Rustic Canyon can be rented out for special events and gatherings.
  • Private Party Contact: Anastasia Smith (310) 393-7050

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and street parking.
A word from Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar located in Santa Monica. The regularly changing menu consists of Farmers' Market-inspired dishes along with a unique selection of boutique wineries from around the world. Rustic Canyon offers twenty options by the glass that rotate on a regular basis and an expanding list of small production offerings by the bottle. Every time you visit there will be something new to try!

(For party reservations larger than 5 people please contact the restaurant directly)
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and they made an effort to recognize it - which was something we didn't expect. Overall, the food was delicious. We tried baby lettuce, june lady peach, pork belly, ricotta dumplings, and clam pozole. All of them had delicate and layered flavors - each bite was wonderful. The kick and punch at the end was the pozole! We also tried the ice box cake - WOW."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We dined at Rustic Canyon on Sunday night and it would be hard to overstate what a wonderful experience it was. From the moment we stepped in the door, it felt as if we were joining family for dinner. The rustic atmosphere is understated so the focus is on the people and the decidedly divine creations that come from the kitchen. Our server was patient and friendly, describing each dish and how much it would make sense to order for the table. As the concept is for the plates to be shared and we were a party of three, we ordered four small plates and two large. Every one of the creations that met our lips was a revelation of flavors. A master chef + incredible ingredients in their prime = revelatory taste treats. Don't miss dessert!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We all loved the small plates. We ordered four different ones and especially liked the pork belly and posole. Loved our waitress. She didn't pretend to know about the wines we asked about, but she was willing to find out. No one knows everything and she was willing to admit she didn't know."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Excellent food! Superb chef! Perfect city for Jeremy Fox to settle down in!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The ribeye was $40 however the quality of the meet was not even worth two dollars. Was terrible . The chicken and desserts were good"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We arrived 30 mins early, we were told our table wasn't ready and shown to the bar. I could see over the host's shoulder that we were assigned to a particular table and it was ready. They made us wait almost 30 mins before seating us despite the table being ready the whole time. My wife started with the beet salad - it was so so, I think I could have recreated it pretty accurately at home. I had the soft shall crab with pork belly. The pork belly was small and lacked flavour - the soft shell crab was overwhelmed by the batter. All in all, pretty average. My wife's chicken omelette was pretty good, but then again it was an omelette - hard to get wrong. Didn't bother with desert, they looked pretty unimpressive."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "High expectations for what turned out to be an average experience. Ordered six different dishes. Food was good but, with the exception of the pezole, nothing stood out. The restaurant is over-priced and over-hyped. The wine list is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Flavor profiles have been great. The smaller plates are so much better than the bigger plates."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Menu changes often so there are always new things to try - sound good and some wonderful!!! desserts are generally outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "What an absolute pleasure of a restaurant. Casual atmosphere with an exciting and unique menu. Incredibly clever combinations reflecting a creative hand with the freshest ingredients. The salads were terrific. And the servers were cinredibly knowledgeable about the food, extensive wine list and the beer menu. We will return everty time we visit LA!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Bad food. My fish was way over-cooked. Bad service. Server had a chip on her shoulder. Would not return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Went to town and tried almost everything! The oldfashion I had was amazing and the clam pozole verde was my favorite!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Came in with very high expectations and you surpassed them. Came to California to eat and drink and so far has been the best meal of the trip. Great wine recommendation on a budget and the food was incredible."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "In consultation with our wait person we decided to just order a bunch of small plates so we'd be able to try lots of different stuff. Worked out great and we loved just about everything. The bread and olive oil were perfect too - temperature, texture, taste."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had burrata salad, halibut, bread and butter, and everything was delicious- seasonal, and fresh. My type of local fare for sure. Noise level a little high. Demographic slightly stuffy- a little pricey, but food was excellent. I'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was terrific .. hard to hear my daughter trying to talk with me from across the table."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The tasty combination of ingredients in every dish we had made for delicious food! Interesting dishes and so good. I'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I know restaurants like to be noisy these days. But this is my neighborhood hang, and I'd love to be able to hear my friends when we talk. Food and drink are amazing. Service is impeccable (those busboys are more than attentive)."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food, hard to taste because it is so noisy. (There are even studies that show if noise is too loud taste diminishes.) If they would just cut the music it would be ok-but with the loud music and a lot of people it borders on unpleasant. Bring ear plugs."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I don't think it deserves the accolades by major publications; but I'm willing to try it again at some point. Burrata (excellent): best dish of the evening, fresh and balanced "Persian" cucumbers (ok only) Chicken "nduja" omelette (bad): way too heavy and way too salty. Ricotta gnocchi (bad): muddled flavor and heavy despite the fact the gnocchi was good clam and mussel posole verde (bad): too salty roasted chicken (very good): tender and juicy and good flavors."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We just had dinner there and the food was outstanding. A couple of things could be worked on, first they have a 2 bottle limit per table for their corkage policy, which is problematic when you have a bigger group. Then, we took our kids and the menu really doesn't have anything that's particularly kid friendly, so they weren't too happy and got restless."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to Rustic Canyon for a while now. And perhaps the anticipation and the high rankings on J. Gold's list raised out expectations too high. Then again, perhaps it was just an off day. Idk. The server certainly didn't add positively to the experience. Short, curt and not very inviting. As far as the meal was concerned, we split 3 small plates, the McGrath peas (v good), the Gnocchi (v good) and the Asparagus (good). My girlfriend had the Steak Fritte (v good) and I had the Scallops (mediocre). My scallops were over cooked and rubbery chewy. There were a total of four and I gave up on the third. Other than that, the meal was generally very good. But, certainly not $220.00 good (incl 3 glasses of wine)."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "fun food combinations! worth the hard to find reservation."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great food - always delicious. However, the desserts, though quite tasty, are sometimes rather naked on the plate, i.e my chocolate hazelnut torte would have benefitted from a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate shavings or even a mint leaf and some sifted powdered sugar. I'm sure Zoe, the great pastry chef, would prefer to see her desserts a bit more showcased...."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had dinner last Saturday and it was quite delicious. The chicken and scallops were perfectly cooked, not too much, perfect balance and taste. The service was friendly and professional. The only drawback was the noise, it became pretty loud and the main dining area is open, so we could barley hear each other chat. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great location for the Broad Theater two blocks away; the staff kept our curtain time in mind very graciously."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "When I first looked at the menu I was like, can I eat this? After the meal I was like wow, what a great menu. Healthy and very tasty. The bottle of Dominus put it over the top. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had an early reservation, Rustic Canyon can be noisy. I mentioned on my reservation request that we wanted a quiet table since it was our anniversary and not only did we get one of the four or five coveted booths, but they immediately brought us out a glass of prosecco on the house and wished us a happy anniversary! The meal was delicious, fresh, with beautiful farmers market produce, the service was awesome and if not for the woman who inexplicably kept her crying toddler at the table, thus disrupting the whole restaurant, which was not their fault. Such a nice place! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Can't wait to come back to see what they do with summer produce ."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The great food and service at RC are not supported by an interesting, comfortable environment, and the playlist of 70's music doesn't fit either and is played far too loud, for our taste. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were charged $33 for slivers of ribeye with a pound of french fries. Our New York guest was embarrassedfor us."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Love the food. Excellent wine list. Only negative is that it's very noisy and they charge for bread and butter??"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Always very happy to come here!!! Very talented and creative chef!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Rustic Canyon works as a wine bar with tasty small plates. It fails as a restaurant. Menu is clever but too limited for more than a once a year visit. Service varies from very good to awful. Training? Manager working on our last visit was arrogant and simply unprofessional."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "That is no exaggeration. Rustic Canyon is an absolute DON'T MISS! The ambiance is relaxed, the service wonderful and the food is superb. Choices abound and change daily. The chef is very creative without trying too many tricks to surprise you. It is obvious that he respects the quality of food. One example was the Clam and Mussel Posole Verde. The combination of textures and the layering of flair was so superb. I also had Skate Wing Picatta....the delicious lemon caper sauce would have been enough for some chefs...this rendition included artichoke hearts and favs beans which gave this fairly simple dish an edge if sophistication and creativity. Don't miss the Olive Oil cake for dessert."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food is delicious, but the portions are a bit too small for the price. Great for a romantic date night."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This is one of those places that is well reviewed and it's hard to get a reservation so when we finally went I had high expectations for the food. We enjoyed some small plates and a kale salad and my husband liked the rib eye; but my roasted chicken was disappointingly average. Nothing was bad, but nothing was impressive either. There was nothing special about the design or ambience of the place either."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Jeremy Fox has made this restaurant his own. We were so happy he brought some of his menu from Ubuntu!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "So pleased to have done some research on dining options before heading to SoCal from Portland. The food at Rustic Canyon was inventive, well-executed and richly satisfying. We focused on sampling an array of the small plates and were rewarded by one tasty delight after another."
    Dined on 3/24/2014