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Rustic, Francis's Favorites
Rustic, Francis's Favorites

Rustic, Francis's Favorites Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com
  • Phone: (707) 857-1485
  • Hours of Operation: 11a-9p Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Independence Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rustic, Francis's Favorites
Open for lunch and dinner Francis Ford Coppola shares his personal pantheon of recipes at RUSTIC, Francis’s Favorites, the winery’s full-service restaurant. RUSTIC’s menu embraces international as well as traditional Italian dishes, with an emphasis on family-style cooking that features fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from the property’s organic herb and produce garden. Authentic, Neapolitan-style pizzas are also a specialty. A focal point of the dining room at RUSTIC is the Parrilla (pronounced “pah-REE-jah”), an authentic Argentine grill. Manned by the restaurant’s dedicated Asador, or grill-master, it provides a true South American experience of delicious, wood-grilled meats. RUSTIC offers service in our casual dining room and on an outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards of Alexander Valley. A bar adjacent to the restaurant also serves a full complement of cocktails and an extensive wine and beer Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I booked the restaurant for our 11 year anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and the service great! We do not drink alcoholic beverages so I had asked for sparkling cider or something of that sort. They presented us with a virgin drink that was absolutely wonderful. We celebrated our 10 anniversary there and perhaps we'll go there again for our 12th!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a delicious food and wine experience on the patio. Gorgeous view!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It is always fun to take visitors there to see the movie memorabilia. Service is usually very good. Food is usually very good and prepared a little different that a comparable dish at other restaurants. Hostess was not as attentive as usual - even with a reservation (for 6) we were told it would be another 10 minutes... and then another 5, which turned into about another 15... not a big issue this time, but sometimes that 30 minute delay could knock a schedule off. They were not that busy and could have done a better job of planning and timing. That said, once seated, the outside dining experience was great and all enjoyed the views, food and good service!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I never had a lamb experience like the Marrakesch lamb that I ordered at Rustic."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were fortunate enough to get in on the Tuesday night family style dinner. For a mere $35 we we treated to antipasti, warm bread, delicious fresh salads, fire roasted pizzas, three different yummy pastas, polenta, grilled London broil medium rare, herb roasted chicken, and two desserts! Believe me the food was very tasty, authentic, and fresh. New dishes were brought out during the course of the night and were spooned onto our plates. The staff is dressed In old school clothing and act as if you were eating at their house for a family dinner. It is a must if you are in Geyserville on a Tuesday night!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Coppola winery is another 'DisneyLand' venue like Castello di Amorosa-- overrun with tourists BUT, the restaurant is really quite good, especially if you can sit outside on the terrace Rather good caesar and pizzas You could do a lot worse"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We visit and dine at Coppola/Rustic often; on our way from east bay to our property further up north. We have always enjoyed our meals and have been happy with the service, though the last two times (with in the last couple of months) we were seated outside (as requested) but way off to the side of the patio. Coincidentally we had the same server each time. I mentioned to him that on our previous visit we felt a bit neglected; a gentle nudge about service lacking. We enjoyed our Cesar and burger, and you certainly can't go wrong with a $12 bottle of Rosso- but again service was poor. When he did get to our table he was fine but the problem was that he rarely visited our table. 45 minutes passed before we reminded him about our food etc."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our waiter, Justin made our experience one to remember! He was efficient, friendly and informative. He is a true professional and we felt he cared about meeting our needs. This was the perfect compliment to the amazing views and those habit forming ribs! Thank you Justin. We'll request you in the future."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food, good service and a view of the Coppola vineyards. What could be better as the sun is setting. Book a table on the patio after 6:30 and the vineyards will glow as the sun is setting. Lovely....don't miss it if you visit the winery."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We love the authenticity of this restaurant. On Sundays traditional Italian is offered and we love it. The wine of course includes most of the Coppola wines and our favorite is the Directors Cut Chardonnay, 2012 Russian River Valley. We sat outside this time and it is beautiful and quiet with fabulous vineyard views. This is a very fun place for lunch - swimming pool, good shopping, lots of movie memorabilia - all very entertaining and interesting. I plan to do all of my Christmas shopping here! This isn't just a restaurant, it is the whole experience. I didn't give the restaurant 5 stars because it isn't The French Laundry or Chez Panisse, but it is really excellent. We have only been there on Sundays for the Italian dishes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We did the $50 price fix with wine pairings. Descriptions of food made it sound much better than it tasted. Don't order the chicken. Plain, not crispy. Bumbolini(sp?) pasta dish was an off putting mushroom color. Our waiter was good but stretched thin. Wine pours were full & we had options not listed on the price fixe. Outside is beautiful if you can get a table. Late afternoon best time. Besides our included dessert we ordered Zepoles (fried dough, powdered sugar in a bag!) but all wrong, had salt sprinkled on them! After dinner we did play Bocce which was fun. Interesting grounds, maybe go for a sandwich & soft drink & then tasting."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Rustic is a total experience: great food, great wine, and a great ambience. And the winery itself adds a special flair."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Rustic provides a wonderful ambience in keeping with the amazing venue Mr. Coppola has established. We love it but don't order pasta. We tried two dishes which were dry and tasteless. The meat dishes our friends ordered were delicious. Wish we would have ordered meat dishes as we did in our two previous visits. We will return but we suggest the chef revisit the pasta dishes and give us dishes more tasty and fulfilling."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very friendly servers, good food, and just a fun place to eat and visit with friends or with special someone."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband's meal was pleasing. My Lemon Chicken should not have been served. I have had this entree several places. It was the worst I have ever had. To the server's credit she did warn me that it was rather lemony. It was beyond lemony and also each piece of chicken barely contained a bite of meat. The petioles tasted at least a day old. My salad was very good. Since we always consider going to this restaurant a highlight of a visit to this area, we will return to this restaurant, however, I will never order the Lemon Chicken. We have recommended this restaurant to several friends in the past. Hopefully they ordered a lamb dish."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Beautiful place but food quality and service was disappointing. Our guests had to go to the bar to get their own drinks. No cake and candle for my mom's 65th Birthday :("
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What an amazing experience. Lunch overlooking Coppola vineyards and the Sonoma valley with exquisite tastes from Italy, Northern Africa, and the Middle East artfully blended. If course, there is an extensive wine list. The service was pleasant, prompt, and perfect."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Lovely outside dining and excellent service and food."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food, ambiance and views are always outstanding. Unpretentious, delicious food and a fun spot to gather with friends. My only negative is that the serve is often slow, especially in nice weather. It's almost like the kitchen can't keep up, and the wait staff is hard to catch as they run around. Overall though, we continue to go here often because of the food and views."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Rustic never misses. The food is served piping hot and the pasta sauce is the best I've ever tasted."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience at Rustic! We went for the Tuesday night tasting menu in which the servers brought around a large variety of dishes. Warning:pace yourself! We did but still couldn't try everything they brought. It was a set price for the experience with the wine (Coppola of course)extra. Reservations necessary."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Be careful of the hidden up-charges that they don't explain CLEARLY upfront. They make it sound like it comes with your meal."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "great food, great employees, good wine, perfect atmosphere - its just like in the movies."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend and father for both of their birthdays. I noted this in my reservations and they made no special accommodations. . We ordered from Francis's favorites: the short ribs which were almost all fat, the habit-forming ribs hitch were tough, fatty and overly sweet, a whole fish which was unfresh and smelly and fried zucchini which was very greasy. We couldn't eat anything and when the waiter asked us if everything was ok we explained our unsatisfaction. He told us that is just the way the food was. I don't even know why he bothered to ask us. We had a very expensive meal that we couldn't eat much of. This will be the last time we ever would go there for the horrible experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went here for my wife's birthday - had reserved an outdoor table - it was great. We were on the edge of the balcony, overlooking the vineyards. Service was excellent, as was the food. We had the wine pairing meal - excellent. A word of warning, if you like hot sauce, try the one on the table, it is excellent. I really like hot sauce and when I saw it, I decided to try a drop on a bite of steak. It was so good, I had it on the rest of the steak. I'm going to order some over the internet today..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Decided to spend my birthday dinner at Rustic because my parents had never been and I had remembered the food being good. Well we were in for a treat, it was even better than I had remembered! My parents are Italian and said the food lived up to it's name "Rustic" because they said that's how they used to eat when their Italian grandmothers and aunts cooked for them. Classically simple ingredients created the most delicious meals, they couldn't stop talking about it! My birthday dessert (chocolate mousse) was the BEST I've had, EVER! Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great outdoor table almost right in the vineyard. Innovative menu featuring Coppola's personal favorites. Service was attentive. Tasty bass in salt crust and rack of lamb...but much undercooked. Had to go back to kitchen."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After a day at the Coppola pool, it seemed like a good idea to dine on the terrace at Rustic, but for some reason it proved to be a very long process. The food was up to the usual high standard, but we waited a very long time for it. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day and our charming and somewhat embarrassed waitress poured us complimentary wine after the first hour of wait. An off night at Rustic and in fairness, the worst since the old days after the fire."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our server, Will, made sure our lunch was spectacular!!! We both chose the wine and food pairings and they were wonderful!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We returned for an annual get together with old friends. This was our third year at Rustic. The bartender actually remembered us- we are a group of six. Fun bar."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I always know we will have a wonderful experience at Coppola (or Zoetrope in the City). Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very nice ! Thank you very much for a wonderful evening. Nice dining experience !"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience! It was a beautiful day on the patio....my salmon was out of this world. The service was excellent! Will definitely return to this wonderful spot."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We dined as a family of 5 on vacation in Sonoma. Francis Ford Coppola went first class with his winery and restaurant. It reminded me of Italy as far as the smells and views. The food was great. Be sure and dine on the terrace if the weather is nice. There are views of the vineyards and mountains in the background. You are as great as a restaurant proprietor as you are a movie director!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great place to go and feel you are at a resort in Europe instead of in your own back yard!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We are a senior couple looking for a quiet and romantic setting with a scenic view and a great menu. This was are first visit to the Rustic. We called a head for reservations and requested a Terrace table for 2. When we arrived are reservations were quickly confirmed and we were escorted to our table on the Terrace. The early afternoon lunch setting was beautiful. It was a week day, very quiet with plenty of time to enjoy the scenic view and each other. The wine list was immediately presented and we were able to enjoy some wine and conversation before selecting are lunch choice. We were not rushed to order. The service, the attention given, the friendliness and our lunch presentation and taste was very good."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The lures here are the movie memorabilia and the wine tasting/food pairing. It's too bad that the food accompanying the pairing wasn't available for dinner, because our entrées were marginal at best. We had ordered a medium rare NY Strip that was presented more as medium and the rigatoni with braciole. Though the rigatoni was good, the braciole was dry."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Most peaceful and beautiful outdoor dining. The food and service was excellent too."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Stunning views of vineyards and distant mountains from a great patio. Indoor seating also available, but who would want to sit inside unless the weather's just too miserable. Otherwise, outside seating is a must to capture all of the ambiance of this wine country dining gem. Good food. Superb friendly service. Nice wines from the winery that compliment the fare very well. We've been there before and will definitely be back again in the future."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've being to Rustic's several times and have never had a bad meal or bad service. The staff is friendly and fun. The food and wine are excellent. I love to take people there for the first time. They fall in love with the place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014